Does Mitochondrial Dysfunction Finally Connect the Diverse Medical Symptoms We Now See in Children With Various Health Problems?

By Alyssa Davi, Parent Advocate What is mitochondrial disease and why may it be important to my child with developmental delay, low tone, GI problems, seizures, feeding problems, failure to gain weight, autism, diabetes or neuro-psychiatric symptoms? Research connecting mitochondrial disease and many diverse medical problems is increasing.  Dr. James Anderson, the Director of Program Coordination at the National Institute of Health (NIH) stated that the NIH currently funds more than half a billion dollars in mitochondrial research. Researchers are linking mitochondrial disease with everything from diabetes, autism, mood disorders, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and even some cancers. Why would mitochondrial disease be involved in such a vast array of disorders?  The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation states, Mitochondrial diseases are not one disease, but a group of metabolic diseases.  These diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized organelles present in almost every cell of the body Mitochondria are responsible for providing more than 90% of the energy needed…

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Announcing the Documenting Hope Project

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What is the Documenting Hope Project? The Documenting Hope Project is a multi-year research and media initiative to scientifically demonstrate that children can get better from chronic conditions including autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease and many more conditions currently believed to be lifelong. The research team is led by Dr. Martha Herbert with contributions from a diverse board of medical and scientific advisors. The Documenting Hope Project aims to demonstrate how a data-driven assessment of environmental and lifestyle factors coupled with a personalized therapeutic approach can result in improved health outcomes and even total disease reversal. The Documenting Hope Research Program features two core studies: CHIRP™ and FLIGHT™ The first study, CHIRP™[Child Health Inventory For Resilience and Prevention], uses the first of-its-kind IRB-approved online secure survey to collect critical data about children and their development, medical, social and environmental health history. The CHIRP™ survey covers what children in the U.S. are eating, their exposures at home, their exposures at school, industrial sites nearby, their medical…