A Unique Approach to Healing

The Documenting Hope Project:  Grassroots Initiative Tackles New Childhood Epidemics by Beth Lambert One of the greatest paradoxes of our times is that the most affluent, resourced and medically advanced societies in the world also have the highest rates of chronic childhood illness. Obesity and diabetes, autism and neurodevelopmental delays, and digestive and allergic diseases were rare just a generation ago. Today those illnesses are impacting our children in epidemic numbers, and the social, economic and human costs are staggering. Our children are the “canaries in the coal mine” of national health. For their sakes, we must take action now. “The Fierce Urgency of Now” Some startling statistics: Rates of autism have risen over the last few decades from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50 children. Autism costs the United States $126 billion per year. Asthma affects 1 in 8 children, and as many as 1 in 6 African American children. Asthma costs the United States $56 billion per…

Our Favorite Recovery Books

Our Favorite Recovery Books

Our Favorite Recovery Books

You can purchase items from Amazon Smile and designate us as your beneficiary – we’ll get 0.5% of all purchases.  We’d love to be your charity of choice!  If you feel inspired to give outright, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. To make it easy for you, we thought we’d share our favorite books about health and healing: “Is This Your Child:  Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults” by Doris Rapp, M.D. “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders” by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Strauth “A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children” by Beth Lambert and Victoria Kobliner “Outsmarting Autism:  The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention” by Patricia S. Lemer “Almost Autism:  Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners” by Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADP “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults…

Child Malnutrition

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Child malnutrition is often associated with the image of a thin, forlorn child with a distended belly. Another kind of malnutrition, with high and empty calories, runs rampant in America, among people who never experience deprivation. Children with developmental delays are especially susceptible to this type of malnutrition because they tend to be picky eaters or may be on restricted diets for the treatment of allergies or autism. What Is High or Empty Calorie Malnutrition? A person can gain weight eating excessive calories consisting only of bread and french fries, missing the nutrients needed for optimal neurological development.  During critical brain development periods, such a diet can cause permanent damage due to lack of essential vitamin and mineral building blocks. Picky eaters may eat too little food or suffer from empty calorie malnutrition by eating junk foods with excess calories but few nutrients.  If their intake is poor over a long enough period, a type…

Change: Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

By Patricia S. Lemer, M.S. Bus., NCC Everything changes:  winter to spring, summer to fall, youth to adolescence, health to illness. We expect, accept and adapt naturally to the irreversible cycles of the seasons and to aging. Changes from health to illness and illness to health are not so predictable and irreversible.  We can benefit from fine-tuning our responses to these changes. How people deal with change is the basis for a profound, little book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”, given to me by my dear friend Diana Henry, OTR.  Cheese, a metaphor for what we want in life, is elusive.  As I read the book, I saw how its wisdom can help us attain our “cheese” — good health and function for our kids. Change Happens; Notice It Health changes appear first in those subtle differences in skin, digestion and behavior.  Do those little bumps persist?  Is elimination less regular?  Are sleep patterns disturbed?  In many children these early warning…

Autism Prevention – Early Choices

By Lorna C. Aliperti, APRN, IBCLC A Good Start is Important If you are concerned about the health of your new baby, you have a right to be. Allergies, asthma, autism and other immune and autoimmune problems are increasingly prevalent, as are the incidence of life-threatening allergies and problems with attention and relatedness. These are thought to be triggered by environmental influences in those genetically predisposed.  The immune system is our primary interface with the environment, and digestive problems seem to be related to many of these medical and psychological difficulties. Early microbial colonization of the infant gastrointestinal tract by microbes is becoming increasingly appreciated as being crucial for the overall health of an infant. The actions of parents and caregivers in the perinatal period can have enormous impact on this infant’s microbiome, which is influenced by mode of delivery, antibiotic exposure and feeding practices, although exposure to foreign antigens that trigger an immune response can also be important. I…

Curious How Our “Evening of Inspiration” Went?

It was fabulous!  The Harmonie Club is a beautiful venue, and it was a fantastic setting for our “Evening of Inspiration”, which benefited the making of our Canary Kids Film Project, in which we will be taking 14 children with a known diagnosis of autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes and providing free healing and recovery services to them while we film them for 18 months. You can check out pictures of the event here and here. We honored Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, Deirdre Imus and Harvard pediatric neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert, author of “The Autism Revolution”, for their work in protecting the health of children.  Dr. Herbert and Dr. Russell Jaffe will be heading up the film’s medical advisory board.  Ken Cook wasn’t able to attend in person, but he made this thoughtful thank-you video for us that we are proud to share. Many members of the film’s…

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

by Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, AADP I am fortunate to have Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD, as my sons’ behavioral optometrist.  Dr. Schulman wrote the chapters on the role of vision therapy and optometry in Patty Lemer’s book, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, which I reviewed earlier.  Patty was the one who recommended Dr. Schulman to me, and she practices in my area. Patty has always talked about the importance of vision therapy for people with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD), learning disabilities and other neurological disorders.  Now I know why.  In fact, Patty’s book was published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, which should give you a clue as to the importance of vision in neurodevelopmental disorders. Vision Problems a Cause of Many ASD Symptoms I was astounded to learn that vision problems are a CAUSE of, not a by-product of, many ASD symptoms. …

NAET for ADHD and Autism

by Devi S. Nambudripad, DC, LAc, RN, PhD Alexander has dark circles under his eyes and a constant “cold.” After finishing off macaroni and cheese, he throws a temper tantrum when asked to hang up his jacket. He wants ice cream; his mother promises it after he finishes his homework. He throws his book at her. His doctor has diagnosed attention deficit disorder.  Is that the problem, or is he allergic to milk products? Treatment for Allergies Conventional western medicine diagnoses allergies with skin tests and blood analysis. Treatment by desensitization, using injections of allergenic substances over extended periods of time, is effective in some cases. Drugs such as antihistamines and steroids can alleviate symptoms. The only sure and completely effective option is total avoidance of the substance. Abstinence, of course, does not correct the underlying problem. Furthermore, with substances such as grass, milk, and wheat, abstinence can be difficult to impossible. Years ago, I resolved to find a cure…

IgG Allergies in Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Autoimmune and More

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LN   Intolerance to certain foods, especially gluten (wheat related grains) and casein (milk protein), is a common occurrence among children with developmental delays. Before adopting an elimination diet, however, many parents consult an allergist to determine if the diet is necessary. Surprisingly, after extensive scratch testing, the child is often found not to be allergic to any foods. Some parents choose to eliminate gluten and casein proteins anyway, and find their youngster responds with improved attention, sleep and/or language skills. How is this improvement possible if the child was not allergic in the first place? The answer lies in understanding the difference between allergies and other types of chemical reactions within the body. IgE versus IgG Reactions Allergies are defined as specific reactions within the immune system involving an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Immediate responses such as hives, congestion or swelling typically result from IgE activity. Traditional scratch testing identifies IgE triggers such as…

The Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Leaky gut and autism, ADHD and other developmental delays: Many children with developmental delays have leaky guts, which cause digestive problems. Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays The lining of the digestive system is a selective screen. It allows necessary fuel and nutrients to slip through, or be actively carried across, the intestinal membranes to the blood. Well-functioning membranes filter and excrete undigested food chunks, debris and germs. What happens when the tissues lining the digestive tract are operating poorly? They “leak.” Microscopic junctures between the cells are too large to prevent undigested food pieces and potentially dangerous chemicals from reaching the blood. The several pounds of food that the average child consumes each day contain an endless array of toxic substances, organisms and heavy metals. Pathological bacteria or fungi that tend to grow in excess along the surfaces of a leaky gut can change these toxins into even more dangerous compounds….