Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Mention the words nutrition and autism, and many people quickly but exclusively think of the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill. When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far-reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of: Picky-eating behaviors Limited diets Bowel irregularities Food allergies or sensitivities Physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies A Vicious Cycle A vicious cycle is created which goes something like this: The poorly functioning digestive tract (whether from food allergies, lack…

Anesthesia and Autism

Anesthesia and Autism

Anesthesia and Autism

Parent advocate Alyssa Davi explains the risks of anesthesia and autism in this article. The purpose of this article is to highlight the medical issues surrounding anesthesia and autism so parents are better informed prior to their child having a procedure that requires it. In addition, parents need to be aware that some children have regressed into autism after undergoing anesthesia or sedation. Procedures such as endoscopies, colonoscopies and ear tube placement are all common medical procedures that require anesthesia or sedation. It is important to know the associated risks before anesthesia and or sedation is selected and before the procedure takes place. This is important because there is very little knowledge in the general medical community about the link between mitochondrial disease, autism and anesthesia/sedation risks. Some children have an undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder which impairs energy production and makes anesthesia selection, procedures and precautions even more critical. With anesthesia there are always some associated risks and even being cautious,…

Functional Nutrition for Anxiety with Andrea Nakayama

Functional Nutrition for Anxiety with Andrea Nakayama

Functional Nutrition for Anxiety with Andrea Nakayama

We will be interviewing Andrea Nakayama of the Functional Nutrition Alliance about the use of functional nutrition for anxiety on Thursday, September 24th at 3:00pm Eastern. You can sign up for the live webinar below. Join us to ask your own questions! JAMA Pediatrics estimated in February 2019 that 7.7 million U.S. children (16.5%) have at least one mental health disorder. Anxiety is a large component of most mental health disorders. Although mainstream medicine may be quick to either say “it’s all in your head” or to prescribe an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication (which can be very dangerous to children), the truth about anxiety can be a far deeper issue. By looking at results of specialized testing for root causes of a disorder – known as functional medicine – a clearer picture may arrive as to the origins of anxiety. Research scientists are discovering that inflammation and nutritional deficiencies are key contributors to anxiety. Common nutritional deficiencies in a person…

The History of Epidemic Answers

Epidemic Answers was originally incorporated in Wilton, CT in 2009 as “Parents Ending America’s Childhood Epidemic” (PEACE). Our website was launched at that time with the goal of educating parents about their children’s chronic illnesses, hence the name. Our initial tagline was “Educate. Empower. Heal”. We received our 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2010. The non-profit was co-founded by Beth Lambert and Michelle Giliberto, two parents who had recovered their children from chronic illnesses. Michelle and Beth wanted to bring what they had learned about the root causes of chronic illness and about the pathways to healing to other parents. They reached out to knowledgeable healthcare practitioners in the Fairfield County, CT area and prevailed upon them to join the Board of Directors. The Board soon filled with practitioners such as Nancy O’Hara MD MPH FAAP, Vicki Kobliner MS RD CD-N, Gail Szakacs MD, Lauren Stone PhD MS HHP, Annalisa Behling ND, and Lorna Aliperti APRN IBCLC. The next year, in…

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Feingold Diet

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The Feingold diet can improve physical reactions and behavioral changes that happen after your child eats certain foods. Your child’s behavior and learning ability may be impaired by certain chemicals such as artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives in their daily diet. Food controls mood and behaviors and affects cognitive ability. Our gastrointestinal tract (gut) is the direct link to the brain. The gut is often called the “second brain” because most neurotransmitters that affect mood are made there. Sometimes parents of children with autism have their children on a gluten- and casein-free diet or the GAPS diet, but for many it is only after they add the Feingold Diet that they see some significant improvements. Parents of children with ADHD, learning disabilities or dyslexia may not realize how powerful the Feingold diet may be for their children. The Feingold diet may be the key to eradicating behaviors and improving cognitive functioning without relying on pharmaceutical medications. History of the…

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter imbalances are common in mood and behavior disorders such as: Bipolar disorder Depression Anxiety Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Pyrrole disorder Eating disorders Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ADHD/ADD Schizophrenia Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Addictive behaviors Many children, especially those on the autism spectrum, also experience: Mood swings Anxiety Self-stimulatory behaviors Aggression Depression Anger Irritability Self-injurious behaviors One way to really understand what is going on neurologically with your child is to test for different biochemical imbalances that which can help you determine where the issues are and how to nutritionally correct them. It is important to note that neurotransmitter imbalances often begin in the gut, both because intestinal microbes play a critical role in the production and metabolism of neurotransmitters, but also because nutritional precursors to neurotransmitters are derived from the gut. If your child is exhibiting mood or behavioral symptoms, the first place to look is the health of their gut and the composition of their diet. Below are…

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The epidemic means that least 54% of U.S. children have a diagnosed chronic health condition such as an autoimmune disorder, neurodevelopmental disorder or mood/behavioral disorder. Why? Why does 1 in 12 children have an anaphylactic food allergy? Why do almost 10% of kids have ADHD? Why does at least 1 in 8 children have asthma? Why does 1 in 36 children have autism? It wasn’t like this when we were kids ourselves. School nurses’ offices weren’t lined with epi-pens and inhalers. We didn’t know anyone who had autism; now, almost everyone knows of at least one kid with it. What changed? We’re here to help you find the answers to these and similar questions. Root Causes When our own children were younger, we often wondered if other children had as many diagnoses and were on as many medications as ours were. We, too, wanted to know why our kids were so sick with conditions like acid reflux, failure to thrive,…

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

We interviewed Emily Abbott and Jessica Burdg of the Who Is Carter Foundation and The Brain Possible project about the new book, More Than a Diagnosis. Instead of focusing on what your child can’t do, have you ever wondered what they could do? Emily and Jessica have connected with dozens of families who put blinders on to the noise of gloom and doom, of negative predictions or assumptions, of their children’s diagnoses such as: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as concussions Cerebral palsy Autism Cystic fibrosis Dyslexia Spina bifida Down syndrome Epilepsy Rare genetic conditions PANS/PANDAS Through their work, they have discovered stories of hope of children with these conditions. Many of these parents looked outside the box of their children’s diagnoses and tried a variety of therapies that are typically not recommended by traditional, western-medicine doctors. However, by doing so, they have become empowered and informed by looking into non-traditional therapies such as: Orton-Gillingham multisensory phonics technique for children…

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

We interviewed Beth Lambert and Patricia Lemer about soft signs of a compromised immune system, which are red flags of your child’s health. Soft signs are symptoms that affect the immune system. Typical soft signs are: One or two red cheeks after eating Chronic runny nose or cough Chronic mouth breathing Recurrent ear infections Chronic or recurrent sinus infections Cradle cap Dark circles or bags surrounding the eyes Colic, excessive crying or irritability in babies Chronic constipation or diarrhea Food sensitivities, intolerances and/or allergies These soft signs indicate that the immune system is dysfunctional, which can happen for many reasons such as birthing practices, antibiotics, diet and toxicity. Soft signs often precede more complicated diagnoses such as: Autism ADHD Allergies Asthma Autoimmune disorders Developmental delays Dyspraxia and apraxia Failure to thrive Emotional, behavioral and mood symptoms Learning disabilities PANS/PANDAS Sensory Processing Disorder Speech and language issues Because these symptoms many times precede these diagnoses, it indicates that even neurodevelopmental disorders…

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

We interviewed nurse and homeopath Burke Lennihan about her book, Your Natural Medicine Cabinet about home-based solutions for non-acute health issues. In this webinar presentation, Burke covered in an easy-to-understand way how to use: Supplements Superfoods Medicinal herbs Homeopathy Cell salts Bach flower remedies Healthy eating and lifestyle She discussed home remedies for issues such as: Acid reflux Flu Insomnia Earaches Constipation Emotional first aid Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Burke Lennihan RN CCH Begabati Burke Lennihan is a Harvard grad and author of three books on holistic health care, writing under her middle name Burke. She has written the following books: Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Everyday Complaints A Healer In Every Home: Dogs & Cats: Top Tips for Healthy Animal Care from a Pioneering Holistic Vet and a Holistic Animal Shelter Director Cough Cures: The…