Sound Healing

Homeopathic Sound Healing Remedies

Sound Healing

Homeopathic color and sound healing remedies create inner balance and stability by activating an individual’s energy system, using vibration to allow the body to heal itself. Recently, practitioners have found positive results in addressing compromised immunity, inflammation, and hypersensitivities in children with autism and other developmental delays using these vibrational remedies, which penetrate deeply to address imbalances in the energy field.   From Classical Homeopathy to Color Healing   Homeopaths use homeopathy’s key tenet, known as the “Law of Similars”, to match a homeopathic remedy with a patient’s constitutional nature. Classical remedies, which address a patient’s physical, emotional and mental symptoms, are made from plant, mineral or animal substances to stimulate the body’s “vital force”, thus enhancing its ability to heal.   Color Remedies  Color remedies come in kits containing small pellets in one-dram brown bottles of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, pink, turquoise, indigo blue, violet, magenta and spectrum (all the colors). Like classical remedies, they are prepared through a…

Herbal Medicine for Children

Herbal Medicine for Children

Herbal Medicine for Children

In this post, learn how herbal medicine can help children with neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety, constipation and gastrointestinal issues. What Is Herbal Medicine? Medicinal herbs are plants with healing properties used to prevent and treat illness. Herbal medicine is the most ancient form of medicine known to humans. Many of today’s pharmaceuticals were originally derived from herbs. Herbs are very different from drugs, however. While drugs suppress symptoms, herbs support and enhance the body’s own natural healing processes.   Which Systems Go Wrong in Children’s Chronic Health Disorders?   Three main systems become disordered by toxins, viruses and bacteria. Gastrointestinal System Yeast overgrowth and “autistic enterocolitis,” a novel form of inflammatory bowel disease that correlates to a chronic, sub-acute measles virus in the intestines, are common problems in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The overuse of antibiotics causes yeasts to proliferate and colonize the gastrointestinal tract. Toxic chemicals from yeasts weaken and perforate the intestinal lining, leading to “leaky gut syndrome.”    Immune System In…

Getting Good Supplements into Picky Eaters

Getting Good Supplements into Picky Eaters

Getting Good Supplements into Picky Eaters

Parents are justifiably alarmed when children are picky eaters. Inadequate and improper nutrient intake can decrease intelligence and affect brain functioning, especially during the first few years of life. Unfortunately, these indisputable facts are not enough to convince many children to eat their fruits and vegetables! The best most parents can do is offer consistently good choices and eliminate the worst of the heavily processed, artificially colored and flavored foods. What often remains are foods like cereals and meal bars because many parents fear that children will eat nothing if the menu is adjusted any further. One mother does not even keep vegetables in the house because the child reacts so negatively to the sight of them. “He reminds me of me,” she confessed sheepishly. She is not alone; fewer than one in four Americans eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Why Use Supplements for Picky Eaters? Children who are distractible, have behavioral issues and developmental delays…

Handle Therapy for Autism and ADHD

HANDLE Therapy for Autism and ADHD

Handle Therapy for Autism and ADHD

Marlene Suliteanu, OTR, and Judith Bluestone, neurodevelopmental/educational therapist, discuss the history and benefits of HANDLE therapy in this blog post. HANDLE®, an acronym for Holistic Approach to Neuro-Development and Learning Efficiency, believes that everyone possesses the potential to learn. No one knows this better than Judith Bluestone, HANDLE’s founder. Bluestone’s personal history gifted her with the ability to create this award-winning program which applies neuro-scientific principles to a wide range of learning and behavioral challenges. Grown from a single location in Seattle, since 1994 the HANDLE Institute has certified hundreds of trainers across the United States, in Israel, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia. Thousands of individuals have benefited from HANDLE therapy for learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, PDD, dyspraxia, language disorders, Tourette syndrome and a plethora of perceptual and behavioral disorders. What Are the Components of HANDLE® Therapy? Holistic HANDLE therapy considers interdependent internal and external influences from: Chemicals Allergens Nutritional deficits (especially essential fatty acids) Dehydration Toxins Lighting TV and…

flame retardants

Flame Retardants: A Threat to Our Children‘s Development?

flame retardants

Patricia Lemer, M. Ed., NCC, discusses the danger of flame retardants to a child’s neurological and endocrine development in this post. Since the 1970’s, manufacturers have been treating mattresses, textiles, plastics and car parts with flame-resistant chemicals known collectively as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), otherwise known as flame retardants. Today, these ubiquitous chemicals are showing up not just in our stores, but in our landfills, ground water, house dust, blood and breast milk, and in animals as diverse as fish in Virginia and polar bears and whales in Alaska.  What Are PBDEs?  PBDEs come in three varieties: deca, penta and octa. Deca, the most heavily used, is one of the many potentially hazardous chemicals in use, due to a failed national policy that presumes chemicals are safe until proven to cause harm. North American industry accounts for almost half the world’s market of Deca chemicals.  PBDEs did not attract much attention until 1999, when Swedish scientists first detected them in…

How Do Family Constellations Work?

How Do Family Constellations Work?

How Do Family Constellations Work?

Mary B. Rentschler, M.Ed., discusses family constellations in this intriguing post. Ever wonder why some families, like the Kennedys, have so much tragedy and pain, and seem almost to be “jinxed?” As parents, our deepest wish is that our children thrive and that our families be filled with love and joy. When instead we experience illness, failure, and conflict, we want to know why. Mercury? Allergies? Birth trauma?  Bert Hellinger German psychoanalyst Bert Hellinger has a different answer. His Family Constellations begin with the idea that instead of originating in an individual’s life history from birth to the present, dysfunction and suffering often relate to painful events in the family’s past. One of the most profound therapies in Europe today, Family Constellations are now available in the United States.  Why Is the Past So Important?  Nothing is more important to a child than belonging. Sometimes a child’s way of belonging, though, is to suffer like those who came before. A…

Epigenetics: Genetics and Environment

Epigenetics: Genetics and Environment

Epigenetics: Genetics and Environment

Epigenetics is the biology of how external modifications to an individual’s DNA can turn genes “on” or “off” with environmental triggers. Epigenetics is so important that it has made the cover of Time and Scientific American. In 2012, the International Journal of Epidemiology devoted an entire issue to it, calling epigenetics “the next big thing.” Epigenetics and Autism Epigenetics is at the heart of the matter in autism. Epigenetics explains why all young children exposed to today’s environmental chemical, electromagnetic, and sociological soup don’t end up with autism. Why do some and not all children regress into autism? Individuals with autism appear to have a genetic propensity or predisposition that manifests itself only when triggered by the “right” combination of environmental factors. Any of the environmental exposures mentioned above can change gene expression, resulting in MTHFR or SUOX mutations. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Related to the SUOX mutation is another environmental impact: the coincidental timing during the 1980s of a recommendation by…

Why Is Digestion Important?

Why Is Digestion Important?

Why Is Digestion Important?

Understanding the process of digestion is necessary before understanding what goes wrong in children with chronic disorders such as autism, ADHD, allergies and asthma. Digestion starts in the mouth. Each bite of food that enters the mouth mixes with saliva and is swallowed. A process of muscle contraction called peristalsis moves the partially digested food into the stomach, small intestines and colon, where enzymes and other juices work it further.    Enzymes, which are proteins responsible for many essential biochemical reactions, are vitally important for proper digestion. Enzymes act as catalysts, breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats into simple forms that the body can absorb, burn for energy, or use to build or repair itself. As the body absorbs nutrients, toxins and other waste products finish the journey, exiting through the rectum as fecal matter.    How Long Does Digestion Take? This very complex process could take hours to days, depending upon many factors. Ideally food should not tarry too long in…

What's for Breakfast?

What’s for Breakfast?

What's for Breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We’ve all heard that maxim. Manage Glucose Levels What is a “good” breakfast, and why is it so important, especially for kids with neurodevelopmental disorders and mood disorders? It’s all about glucose levels. Fasting for 10-12 hours between dinner and awakening in the morning triggers hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and acidosis. The Body Ecology Diet’s fourth principle is that too much acid encourages yeast overgrowth, viruses, parasites, and other unhealthy cells to thrive.  Prepare Children for Learning Research now proves the importance of a good breakfast to prepare children for learning. One British study explored the performance of 19 children, aged six to seven years over a four-week period. The children ate meals offering similar calories but different glycemic loads. (Glycemic load is how much a given food causes blood sugar to rise sharply.) Two to three hours afterwards, those who ate a low-glycemic breakfast performed significantly better on the tests…

The Folate Deficiency Connection

The Folate Deficiency Connection

The Folate Deficiency Connection

Laurette Janak discusses the connection of autism, Alzheimer’s, cancer and depression in this post about methylation and folate deficiency. Do you have a child with autism? A history of depression? A parent with Alzheimer’s?  Some discoveries I made might interest to you.  When I adopted my daughter, she was simply the girl I had always wanted. Little did I know what adventures her complicated medical issues would lead me into. Folate Deficiency My son Steven had been conceived through the help of nutritional therapies. I knew that because Emily had Down syndrome, vitamin therapy would be crucial for her. I read everything I could about her condition. Kent MacLeod at Nutri-Chem, the Canadian company whose nutrients for Down syndrome are known world-wide, called me a “one-woman research institute.”  I learned that children with Down syndrome have weakened immune systems and impaired folate cycles. Folates are products of complex biochemical reactions through which our bodies convert a vitamin found in green…