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…

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. …

Teacher Says: Help Kids Become Food Allergy Detectives

By Evelyn Porreca Vuko Science teachers and parents can turn kids from elementary to high school age into food allergy detectives.  Teach them to investigate their own bodies and to determine whether they have food allergies that affect their behavior and learning. Stage 1: Do a Little Homework. Many experts believe that nutrition and food play an important role in the behavior of children diagnosed with attention deficits, learning disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders.  Use Dr. William Crook’s book, Help for the Hyperactive Child: A Practical Guide Offering Parents of ADHD Children Alternatives to Ritalin.  Its workbook format is easy to read. Stage 2: Investigate Behavioral & Learning Symptoms. Personal investigation will help students learn more about themselves, their dietary choices and their behavior.  Use this checklist from Stanley Turecki’s book, The Difficult Child. Kids can decide on “yes,” “no,” or “sometimes.” Are you active and don’t like sitting still? Are you easily distracted while working? Do you dislike new…

Light, Water, and Air Quality: Improve Their Balance to Enhance Health

By Patricia S. Lemer, MS.Bus., NCC, Chairman of the Board, Epidemic Answers Some simple improvements can help those with allergies, asthma and developmental problems: light, water and air. When these are in balance, life flourishes; when balance is upset, so is development. Since ancient times, Eastern philosophy has viewed the healer as a gardener who facilitates nature in making the body days grow.  This holistic approach is in marked contrast to that of western doctors who view the body as a machine and themselves as chemists and engineers who replace or repair faulty components.  Just as a plant depends on light, water and air, so does the human body. Both are dynamic, self-regulating systems that transform light and water into tissues.  A healthy organism can be resilient against adversity.  Plants can withstand drought, storms, and plagues; appropriately growing children can tolerate foods, pollution and animal dander. Recently, a friend consulted me: “My son is bringing home his girlfriend, and she…

Epidemic Answers’ Collaboration with Developmental Delay Resources

WEST SIMSBURY, Conn., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization at www.epidemicanswers.org dedicated to educating the public about the epidemics of chronic illness and helping parents find healing solutions, is joining forces with Developmental Delay Resources (www.devdelay.org), the only educational resource for families dealing with developmental delays that integrates the full spectrum of treatments and therapeutic modalities from diet interventions to biomedical protocols, physical therapies and everything in between. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130625/CG37989) Epidemic Answers (EA) and Developmental Delay Resources (DDR) are combining efforts to raise awareness about the record number of children being diagnosed with chronic health conditions and developmental delays.  The rates of autism are now 1 in 50 children and 1 in 31 boys.  The rate of asthma is 1 in 8 children, and the rate of ADHD is 1 in 10 children. Both EA and DDR are dedicated to educating parents about the environmental factors that contribute to these conditions.  Beyond that, both organizations…

The “R” Word: Sensory Processing Disorder Recovery

You may or may not know my personal recovery story. I have recovered my 2 sons, now ages 5 and 7, from sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, acid reflux and eczema with a biomedical approach, which means correcting nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, removing toxicities and correcting gut dysbiosis. Most people don’t know that sensory processing disorder recovery is possible, but my sons have recovered from it. I’m still working on failure to thrive, mitochondrial dysfunction, hypothyroidism and persistent eczema in my older son. In addition, they both had developmental delays, and my older son had severe hypotonia as a baby. I have recovered from immune dysregulation, in which I had shingles twice, the worst case of poison-ivy ever, bronchitis (which I’d never had before), constant sinus infections and constant colds that would last 3-4 weeks at a time. My older son had immune dysregulation, too, when he was younger: he would go to preschool, get sick and be out…

How to Recover a Child from Autism, ADHD, Asthma and More

by Beth Lambert I have an idea about how we can heal our children. It’s a great idea. No, it’s a fantastic idea. But it may take a little explaining and a little leap of faith. Please read to this end . . . this is really good. Are You Looking for Answers? If you are a Thinking Mom (or Dad), you have probably spent many hours and many dollars looking for answers for your children about how to recover a child from autism, ADHD, asthma and other chronic illnesses. Answers with regard to why and how your child’s health became compromised in the first place. Answers with regard to what is out of balance in them biologically, physiologically, microbially, energetically, spiritually. Answers with regard to how we, as a society, can prevent more children from being harmed. Most importantly, you want answers that help us heal those that have already been harmed (our babies). I am a mother of…

Why Is the Autism Rate Now 1 in 68 Children?

Are you scared yet? If you’re thinking of having children, you should be VERY concerned that the autism rate has gone from: 1 in 10,000 children in 1980, to 1 in 150 children in 2002, to 1 in 88 children in 2012, to 1 in 68 children in 2014. That’s almost TWO PERCENT of the pediatric population! We’re not buying that this is due to better diagnosis. Ask any teacher who’s been around for over 20 years, and he or she will tell you that, yes, children today have a far greater number of health, developmental, learning and behavioral issues than children did 20 years ago. We believe this is a profound epidemic affecting today’s children. It’s Not Just an Autism Epidemic We know that there isn’t just an epidemic of autism. There are also epidemics of PDD-NOS, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, mitochondrial dysfunction, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases and neurological, behavioral, digestive disorders. When will you wake up…

BioSET for Allergy Elimination

An interview with Lauren Stone, PhD, MS, HHP, Homotoxicologist, BioSET practitioner, and holistic health practitioner How did you first become involved with BioSET treatment? I started out in academia and was finishing up my Ph.D. when my children were born. Once my children were born, they ran into a lot of health issues and my career path started to take some turns. My 2 year old had persistent projectile vomiting and my older son had chronic loose stools.  It was difficult finding treatment for my kids.  When we sought medical advice, all we were told was that this was normal and that there wasn’t anything we could do for them. Feeling frustrated with the medical establishment, I started researching on my own in an effort to figure out what was going on.  I thought my children’s problems had something to do with reactions to certain foods they were eating. I was frustrated in that I had three children, and all…