Green Your Life

Chemicals and toxins can be found in most areas of the home. While we may be unaware of many of them, they can affect our health and especially the health of our sensitive children; here’s how to green your life. It is wise to take an inventory of your home to gauge the toxic burden, and the list below will help. If it seems overwhelming at first, try making small changes one at a time. Some of the easiest things you can do are to get fresh air, wash hands frequently and filter your tap water. Fresh Air A study by the EPA found significantly higher concentrations of 20 toxic compounds inside homes than outdoors. So, weather permitting, open your windows to circulate fresh air. Try to spend a few minutes outside every day. Exhaust fans in the bath, kitchen and attic can also help. A HEPA-filter vacuum will help remove some of the lead, fire-retardants and other contaminants found…

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. …

Pediatric Chiropractic for Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Developmental Delays

by Warren Bruhl, DC, DICCP “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” -Hippocrates, 460-377 BC You might visit a chiropractor for problems as diverse as backache, ear infections, or learning disorders. Regardless of your symptoms, my objective as a chiropractor is always to correct nerve interference, safely and effectively. Another term to describe nerve interference is vertebral subluxation. This is a complex of physiological factors frequently seen in children with developmental delays. The nervous system is sensitive to the movement and position of the spine. Vertebral subluxation can either increase or decrease the rate at which nerve messages travel from brain to body and back again. The result is that the child’s brain cannot communicate with his body. This miscommunication is comparable to what happens when you use a walkie-talkie with the headsets on different channels. What does this complex mean for the child with developmental delays? If he has vertebral subluxation, he will never…

Greening Your Home, School and Life

by Marcia F. Marks, ACSW, LCSW, Environmental Health Consultant Daily news reports alarm us about the hazards of living in a toxic world.  Parents sometimes feel helpless, yet they can do many simple tasks to protect their families.  This blog post will tell you about greening your home, school and life. Background Since the 1940’s, the use of synthetic chemicals has escalated until they are hard to avoid in daily life.  With the energy crisis of the 1970’s, buildings were sealed tightly to conserve energy.  The 1980’s saw deregulation of consumer safety laws.  We can no longer assume government protection.  People must do research to make informed decisions.  Reducing the Sources of Toxins People spend about 90% of their time indoors.  It is important to protect your homes, schools, and workplaces. Tobacco All tobacco products and secondhand smoke are hazardous and should be eliminated. Make sure that schools and day care centers are smoke-free, as directed by U.S. Public Law…

How Homeovitics Can Help: A Mother’s Testimonial

Homeovitics has helped recover my son from Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), a form of autism. Before our recovery story began, I worked as an executive in a chemical company for 10 years. Although I did my best to avoid exposure to chemicals and heavy metal while pregnant, I didn’t know that the chronic, low-level exposures over the years may have accumulated toxins in my body. A Diagnosis of PDD These “hand-me-down” toxins were then passed along to my child in utero – ultimately compromising his immune system. Shortly after our son was born, this seemingly healthy baby was becoming more and more fussy. At about one year, he had stopped responding to his name and wasn’t babbling anymore.  High fevers, gastrointestinal problems, night terrors and ear infections soon followed. At 2 1/2, he was diagnosed as having Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). We began investigating the effects that toxins (xenobiotics) may have on developing fetuses. We read in Our Stolen Future…

The Fish Isn’t Sick; The Water’s Dirty: Autism and Environmental Toxins

by Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed., NCC, Chairman of the Board, Epidemic Answers  This generation of children is liv­ing in a world more riddled with chemicals, toxins, and unnatural sub­stances than any before. Despite mas­sive efforts of individuals and advo­cacy groups to clear the air, food and water, people are eating, drinking and breathing substances which put enormous stress on their bodies. The end result is immune systems that are working overtime. Add to this mix­ture a child who may be born with less capacity to deal with poisons (in part because the parents’ immune sys­tems were also overloaded) and drugs to treat frequent illnesses, and what you get is a perfect formula for de­velopmental problems ranging from attention deficits to autism. As a diagnostician by training, I have spent over 25 years testing for educational problems. I evaluate a child’s motor skills, language, percep­tion, reading, writing, and arithmetic. The resulting scores tell me the strengths and weaknesses. Educators use these scores to…

Craniosacral Therapy for Developmental Delays

by Carol Douglass, R.N. Craniosacral therapy for developmental delays, developed by Dr. John Upledger, is a gentle, relaxing, hands on therapy that can help children and families deal with some of the physical and emotional issues that are common to autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder. The Craniosacral System The bones of the skull and the spinal column are encased in a three-layered membrane system called the meninges. These membranes hold and protect the core of our nervous system: the brain, the spinal cord, and a clear, nutrient-rich fluid called the cerebro-spinal fluid.  The dura mater (outermost meningeal layer) forms a fluid barrier, creating a semi-closed hydraulic system. As the system’s fluid pressure rises and falls, it creates the craniosacral rhythm, a subtle expansion and contraction that can be felt anywhere on the body by a trained therapist. The craniosacral system is crucial to overall functioning because it houses not only the brain and spinal cord, but the…