What's Making Our Children Sick?

What’s Making Our Children Sick?

What's Making Our Children Sick?

We interviewed Michelle Perro MD, co-author of What’s Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It. This book explores the links between genetically modified foods (GMOs), glyphosate, and gut health. What if toxicants in our foods are a major culprit, one that, if corrected, could lead to tangible results and increased health? In this webinar you will learn about: New medical insights about pathogenesis of chronic pediatric disorders Gut dysfunction The microbiome The politics of food science The link between higher-yield, cost-efficient foods and an explosion of childhood morbidity A toxic food supply Insight on the medical responses that are available, both to heal our kids and to reverse the compromised health of our food supply In the webinar, Dr. Perro provided interesting insight into how removing pesticides and genetically modified foods from the diet by eating organic foods has led to significant improvements in her patients’ health,…

Homeopathy for Healing

Homeopathy for Healing

Homeopathy for Healing

We interviewed Janine Burnham Ruth about homeopathy for healing. Understand, utilize and heal yourself, and your family, with homeopathy. In this webinar, you’ll learn: What homeopathy is, and is not How to discern if you should self-treat or hire a professional How to tell if the treatment of homeopathy, or ANY treatment you are using, is actually working to bring about true healing How to find which remedies work for what issues What is most important when choosing a specific homeopathic remedy How to dose When to switch to a new remedy When to stop taking remedies A brief discussion of other ways homeopathic remedies are used beside classical, and how remedies are made, will also be included in the webinar. This webinar can benefit those interested in: Learning about homeopathy Seeking natural and alternative solutions to concerns regarding well-being Understanding the difference between suppressing symptoms and true healing Self-empowerment for their and their family’s health Please note that you will…

Cultivating Resilience for Reversing Chronic Health Conditions

Cultivating Resilience for Reversing Chronic Health Conditions

Cultivating Resilience for Reversing Chronic Health Conditions

We interviewed Josie Nelson, founder of Integrative Health Strategies, program director of the Documenting Hope Project, and co-developer of the CHIRP™ study, about cultivating resilience for reversing chronic health conditions. Whether you’ve “been there, done that” with approaches to your child’s health condition or are just getting started, you won’t want to miss our conversation with Josie Nelson. We talked about: Removing obstacles to the healing process (and adding supports) What to do when expensive integrative care is out of reach Why we often overlook the fundamentals (and how to get back to them) Getting support from your child’s primary care provider (really) How to leverage other health practitioners (and when) Where to find the best clues (even when you’ve been there/done that) Taking a deeper dive into your child’s health history (and why that matters) Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Josie Nelson…

MTHFR and Other SNPs That Can Affect Health

MTHFR and Other SNPs That Can Affect Health

MTHFR and Other SNPs That Can Affect Health

We interviewed Kendra Becker-Mussante (the “genetic genius”) about MTHFR and other SNPs (genetic mutations) that can affect health. With the mapping of the human genome in recent years, a lot of research has gone into understanding how some genetic differences called SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) play a role in the etiology of disease and chronic health conditions. Dr. Kendra Becker-Mussante joined us to educate us about some of the more commonly known mutations that can affect kids with autism, ADHD, SPD, autoimmune disorders, allergies and asthma. Some of the SNPs we discussed are: MTHFR CBS SUOX COMT GAD65 Dr. Becker discussed how “genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger“, meaning that just because you or your child has one or more of these mutations does not necessarily mean that a disease or chronic health condition will occur. Instead, Dr. Becker revealed how diet and lifestyle interventions can affect the expression of these genes and improve health outcomes. Please…

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) with Tania Dempsey MD

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) with Tania Dempsey MD

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) with Tania Dempsey MD

We interviewed Tania Dempsey MD about Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). In this webinar, Dr. Dempsey answered the following questions: What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome? What are its symptoms? What are common triggers of MCAS? What is the link between MCAS and infections such as Lyme disease, Bartonella, PANS and PANDAS? How having MCAS means that children with eczema, allergies and asthma are more likely to develop autism, ADHD and SPD? Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Tania Dempsey MD Tania Dempsey, MD, ABIHM is a board-certified internist and diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She received her MD degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her BS degree from Cornell University. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at New York University. In 2011, she founded Armonk Integrative Medicine (AIM) which has become a destination practice in…

Mold and Mycotoxin Illness with Jodie Dashore PhD OTD MSc

Mold and Mycotoxin Illness with Jodie Dashore

Mold and Mycotoxin Illness with Jodie Dashore PhD OTD MSc

  We interviewed Jodie Dashore PhD, OTD, MSc about mold and mycotoxin illness. Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by fungi such as mold that can cause disease and even death. Many practitioners report that addressing mold and mycotoxin illness can significantly help if a client has hit a plateau in symptom relief. Patients who address the possibility of mold and mycotoxin illness often report that treating it was the single biggest factor in reversal of symptoms. Mold and mycotoxin illness can play a significant role in the etiology of: Autism ADD/ADHD Sensory Processing Disorder Allergies Asthma Autoimmune disorders Lyme disease PANS/PANDAS Common symptoms are: Fatigue Respiratory problems Problems with memory, concentration and focus Joint and muscle pain Headaches Nose bleeds Unexplained digestive problems Unusual pains Frequent urination Night sweats Tingling Numbness Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Jodie Dashore PhD, OTD, MSc Dr. Jodie A. Dashore…

Parasites Can Cause Seemingly Unrelated Symptoms

Parasites Can Cause Seemingly Unrelated Symptoms

Parasites Can Cause Seemingly Unrelated Symptoms

It took me years to understand how my seemingly unrelated symptoms of dental, digestive and respiratory issues as well as obesity were all due to parasites. Blood in the Stool It’s really frightening to have blood in the stool, especially with a family history of colon cancer. At first, I thought it was remnants of beets, and a colonoscopy showed no abnormalities, not even a tiny polyp. I eliminated wheat and dairy. No change. As my symptoms gradually worsened, I made an appointment with Pittsburgh’s “best” gastrointestinal specialist.  Gastrointestinal Symptoms The candy in the waiting room and the intake with not one query about diet should have been fair warning. “Dr. GI” requested a stool test. “I did one two weeks ago with a top lab; the results will be back soon,” I said, expecting him to be impressed. “Why’d you do that, honey?” he asked kindly. “We have a great lab down the street.” I explained that mine could…

Vitamin D Deficiency and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D Deficiency and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Increasing amounts of research (see References, below) point to a vitamin D deficiency as being linked to autism, as well as ADHD, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders. What Is Vitamin D and How Do We Get It?   Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is produced naturally as D3 or cholecalciferol (pronounced koh·luh·kal·sif·uh·rawl) when sunlight hits the skin. Most people used to get sufficient vitamin D3 from sunlight. Today, vitamin D deficiency is rampant largely in part to increased use of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, coupled with a move away from an agrarian society.   A Perfect Storm for Vitamin D Deficiency With just 10-40 minutes of unprotected summer sun our bodies produce about 20,000 units of vitamin D. The body makes what it needs, accumulating and storing significant reserves in the tissues, liver, spleen, bones, and brain; it can be then be available during darker months. Vitamin D is fat soluble, requiring sufficient “good” fats in the diet for…

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…

9 Easy Ways to Create a Healthy Home

9 Easy Ways to Create a Healthy Home

9 Easy Ways to Create a Healthy Home

Good health starts in a healthy home, but toxins in the everyday products you use in your home can negatively impact your health and well-being. Some can mess with your hormones and others can have triggering reactions on your nervous system, which is especially important if you have kids with ADHD, autism, asthma or allergies. If you feel confused about the simple, practical things you can do, don’t worry. Here are some easy ways to decrease these invisible hazards. Here’s a list of nine items you want to rethink using, and how to shop smarter. Scrubbing Tile Cleaner  Put some baking soda in a grated cheese container (the kind you find at pizza parlors) and sprinkle it on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers before scrubbing. For tough stains, make a paste of baking soda and a little water. Smear it on the spot, let it sit for half an hour, and sponge off. Laundry Bleach  Instead of bleach, try adding…