Alternative Treatment for Allergies

by Ayelet Connell-Giammatteo, P.T., I.M.T.,C. Recently, I visited with my son’s new preschool teacher.  One of the first questions that she asked me was if my son had any allergies.  I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, my biggest fear in having my son begin school was that his food sensitivities would not be accommodated. When I mentioned that he had gluten sensitivity and peanut sensitivity, she exclaimed, “That’s great! We have plenty of gluten-free snacks in the classroom and the school is a peanut-free zone!” In fact, she mentioned that the only snacks that they provide to the children in the classroom are those that can be eaten by everyone. Now, I know that not every classroom is as allergy-friendly as this one.  But it leads us to consider a future of more possibilities. Allergies are becoming so commonplace today.  It is a rare family that does not have a child and/or parent with allergies. There are many signs and symptoms…

Simple Solutions for Allergy Free Cooking

Simple Solutions for Allergy Free Cooking

Simple Solutions for Allergy Free Cooking

by Liz Gagnon, Executive Chef at Nature’s Temptations, Ridgefield, CT When I started pondering the idea of simple solutions for allergy free cooking, I quickly had this vision of me with 10 bags of strangely named flours strewn about my kitchen.   The result was terrible-tasting cookies, tough, flat bread, and a tension headache.  Really?  What’s simple about allergy-free cooking? Being a working mother, not to mention, a whole-foods organic chef for a living, someone might as well tell me to learn Chinese. I never thought in a million years my daughter would have been born with food allergies.  By the time she was tested she had over 26!  And they were big ones:  soy, yeast, oats, egg, dairy, wheat, coconut and rice – to name her top 8.    That pretty much ruled out every packaged food on the market, whether it was cereal or a snack – natural or organic. Being addicted to bread myself, I quickly decided after trying…

Almost Autism: The Key to Stopping the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks

Age of Autism ran a piece by our Executive Director, Beth Lambert, who wrote about why Epidemic Answers is making the documentary “Canary Kids” about filming the recovery of 14 kids from autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes. In short, we’re making this film because the medium of film can be powerful and effective at educating viewers in a short amount of time. The key, as Beth writes, in having people understand that it’s not just kids with autism and their families who are affected. “The key to stopping the autism epidemic in its tracks lies in helping them to see that their mildly affected children are really ‘almost autism’. A child with GERD and projectile vomiting as an infant:  almost autism A child who can’t stand to have her hair brushed, skin touched, or clothes on:  almost autism A child with low muscle tone, apraxia and runny stools:  almost autism A…

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

Maria Rickert Hong‘s Children: Recovered from Sensory Processing Disorder, Acid Reflux, Asthma and Eczema, and getting healthier everyday! Let me tell you about my sons’ recovery from sensory processing disorder, acid reflux, asthma and eczema. I used to wonder a long time ago if these issues were related to each other and to their developmental delays, anxiety, failure to thrive and mitochondrial dysfunction, and now I know that they are. All of these issues are related to gut dysbiosis (in their case, a system Candida infection) and toxicity.  They are both full of heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium). My older son is at the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger one at the 90th. They both got it from me when I was pregnant with them.  I didn’t find out until after my older son was over 4 years old that we were all full of heavy metals. My concerns about my sons’ problems were dismissed by all…

Statistics About Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and More

Millions of American children live with diagnosed chronic illnesses.  Here are some of the statistics about autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and more: Asthma: At least 1 in 8 children, and approximately 1 in 6 African American children Allergic Eczema: 1 in 5 children Hay Fever (seasonal allergies): 2 to 3 out of every 5 children Food Allergies: 1 in 12 children under 4 years of age have a “true” food allergy (IgE mediated).  It is estimated that 1 in 3 children (or more) have food intolerances (are sensitive to particular foods) Celiac Disease: 1 in 80 children Obesity: 1 in 7 children Millions of American children struggle with “psychiatric” disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities: adinabulina | dreamstime.com Autism: 1 in 31 boys  (1 in 50 children) ADHD: 1 in 10 children Learning Disability: 1 in 6 children Severe Mood Dysregulation (e.g., bipolar disorder): 1 in 30 children Dyspraxia (Impaired coordination and motor skills):  1 in 10 children Pediatric Depression:…

The “R” Word: Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder

You may or may not know my personal recovery story of how my sons have experienced recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I have recovered my 2 sons, now ages 5 and 7, from SPD, asthma, allergies, acid reflux and eczema with a biomedical approach, which means correcting nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, removing toxicities and correcting gut dysbiosis. 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 for at least a week at a time, then…