Perspectives about Autism and ADHD from a Developmental Pediatrician

Perspectives about Autism and ADHD from a Developmental Pediatrician

Perspectives about Autism and ADHD from a Developmental Pediatrician

We will be interviewing Mark Freilich MD on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern about perspectives about autism and ADHD from a developmental pediatrician. You can sign up to join the webinar live here: A parent may consider having a developmental pediatrician conduct an evaluation if their child exhibits any of the following symptoms: Developmental delays Speech and language delays Sensory issues Social-emotional issues Behavioral concerns Problems with focus and attention Dr. Mark believes that each child develops and learns in his/her own unique and individual manner. He knows that differences in development and learning may interfere with skill development, social adjustment, academic productivity and behavior. Because he believes that the exclusive reliance on standardized test scores as a sole means of understanding a child’s difficulties is insufficient, he undertakes a thorough evaluation of a child that includes interactions with each person involved in the child’s life. Join us and ask your own questions! About Mark Freilich MD Mark…

GABA and Glutamate: What Works for Anxiety? with Trudy Scott

GABA and Glutamate: What Works for Anxiety? with Trudy Scott

GABA and Glutamate: What Works for Anxiety? with Trudy Scott

We interviewed Trudy Scott, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and the host of The Anxiety Summit, about GABA and glutamate and what works for anxiety.   GABA and glutamate are neurotransmitters and amino acids that can affect the body’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter, while glutamate is excitatory. Both are needed for optimal function of the brain, but in this day and age, it is easy to have an excess of glutamate due to: Stress Infections that cross the blood-brain barrier (PANS/PANDAS) Pyroluria, a condition in which vitamin B6 and zinc are overly excreted An excess of free glutamates in the diet Toxic heavy metals such as: Aluminum Mercury Lead Tin Fipronil, glyphosate and other pesticides Fluoride Phthalates Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) Low blood sugar Brain inflammation stemming from any of the above factors or other factors An excess of glutamate can contribute to symptoms of: Seizures Anxiety and other mood disorders Autism…

The Five Levels of Healing According to Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD

The Five Levels of Healing According to Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD

The Five Levels of Healing According to Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD

Patricia Lemer MEd NCC describes the five levels of healing from autism and other chronic health conditions according to Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD. On several occasions I have written about practitioners whose work has profoundly influenced my thinking: Dietrich Klinghardt is another. He joins Drs. Leo Galland, Abraham Maslow, and Sidney Baker on a high pedestal because his innovative model of healing is applicable to anyone with physical, behavioral or mental issues, regardless of diagnosis. I have been privileged to many exciting weekends learning from Klinghardt at his Klinghardt Academy teachings. I believe that many healing professionals will soon accept and adopt his protocol for treating autism and other chronic health conditions. Klinghardt states unequivocally that autism has one cause: mercury poisoning. Nutritional, metabolic, immunological, behavioral, emotional and gastrointestinal problems are all secondary to mercury toxicity. Healing takes place on five levels: Physical, Electromagnetic, Mental, Intuitive, and Spiritual. Developmental problems can manifest at several levels. Influences flow both up and…

Autism Therapy Checklist

Autism Therapy Checklist

Autism Therapy Checklist

Therapy is a critical piece of healing a child with autism, and we have created an autism therapy checklist to help you out. Please note this checklist is also helpful for children with: ADD/ADHD Learning disabilities Dyslexia Sensory Processing Disorder Developmental delays Apraxia/dyspraxia Speech and language disorders Retained reflexes Other neurodevelopmental disorders This is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any specific treatment option. Its sole purpose is to introduce you to the possible treatment options available for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. There are many therapies listed below.  If you feel overwhelmed trying to decide which therapy is right for your child, consider talking to an Epidemic Answers health coach who may be able to help point you in the right direction. Autism Therapy Checklist Vision Therapy We believe that vision therapy, along with craniosacral therapy, should be one of the first therapies for your child with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with autism often have trouble…

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

If your child has autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder such as ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder, it can be empowering to develop a biomedical plan. Use this biomedical plan as a symptom checklist to work with your practitioners to guide treatments, medications, biochemical interventions, therapies and evaluations. Now objectively think about your child and circle the symptoms that apply to him/her. (You may want to print this page out and use it as a worksheet!) Physical Symptoms Symptoms of Physical Motor Impairment (Fine and Gross) Falls easily Poor balance Difficulty navigating uneven surfaces Reduced fine motor skills Abnormal gait Walking on toes Poor muscle strength/low tone Overall muscle weakness W sitting Slumping posture Other______________________ Symptoms of Oral-Motor Difficulty Drooling Gags when eating Swallowing issues Oral motor weakness that results in food aversions (prefers pureed foods) Poorly chews food/exhibits mouth stuffing Poor articulation Expressive language delay Other______________________ Symptoms of Digestive System (GI-Related) Issues Vomiting Acid reflux Chronic constipation Chronic diarrhea Self-limiting…

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Post contributed by Vicki Kobliner MS RD, CD-N, Registered Dietitian and owner of Holcare Nutrition. 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…

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 interviewed Andrea Nakayama of the Functional Nutrition Alliance about the use of functional nutrition for anxiety. 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 with anxiety are: Magnesium Omega-3 fatty acids Vitamin D Lithium orotate (a naturally occurring mineral, not the pharmaceutical prescription) Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants B…

The History of Epidemic Answers

Epidemic Answers was originally incorporated in CT in 2009 as “Parents Ending America’s Childhood Epidemic.” Our website was launched at that time with the goal of educating parents about the “new childhood epidemics” and the many healing options available. Our guiding vision was to “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 health conditions. Michelle and Beth wanted to bring what they had learned about the root causes of chronic health conditions 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….