Epidemic Answers http://www.epidemicanswers.org Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:56:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Copyright © Epidemic Answers 2013 info@epidemicanswers.org (Epidemic Answers) info@epidemicanswers.org (Epidemic Answers) http://www.epidemicanswers.org/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/powered_by_podpress.jpg Epidemic Answers http://www.epidemicanswers.org 144 144 Epidemic Answers Epidemic Answers info@epidemicanswers.org no no What Is EFT? http://www.epidemicanswers.org/what-is-eft/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/what-is-eft/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:31:14 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=9217 What Is EFT?

by Robin Friedman

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, and it is sometimes also called Meridian Tapping.

EFT is a simple-to-learn, powerful technique where you tap on meridian points of the face and body while saying affirmations about something that bothers you.

This clears the energy system of the block and often the issue that bothered you will no longer have an emotional intensity.

How Does EFT Work?

EFT works by calming the fight-or-flight response in the brain, and reducing the stress hormone cortisol. What this means for us, in practical daily life, is that we have a simple way to change how we feel about an emotionally charged situation.

The ancient Chinese mapped out the energy meridians about 5,000 years ago.  This is what is used in acupuncture.

The meridians are pathways of energy that run throughout the body, kind of like rivers or highways.  There is a system of 14 different meridians that are all connected.

This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bio-energy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

EFT is very easy to learn and can help you to

  • Remove negative emotions
  • Increase self esteem
  • Reduce food cravings
  • Reduce or eliminate pain
  • Implement positive goals

EFT is easy to learn, takes only about 10 minutes, and is very simple.

Even small children have learned EFT, and one of my friend’s children taught their whole soccer team and then proceeded to score their first goal, and they also used it before their national test, with results scoring better than that class had ever had.

How Did EFT Get Started?

In the early 1980’s a psychiatrist who specialized in anxiety disorders, Roger Callahan, had been treating a woman named Mary for severe water phobia for over two years.

Mary had such an overwhelming fear of water that she couldn’t even get into a bathtub without this precipitating an anxiety attack.

He had tried many anxiety reduction techniques, but the progress had been slow and discouraging. Mary couldn’t even allow water to contact her body without feeling panic.

One day, she told him that the fear felt like butterflies in her stomach. Since Dr. Callahan had just been studying the meridians, he knew that there is an acupuncture point under the eyes related to stomach meridian.

So he told her to tap on that point, as he thought it might help her stomach.  Instead of merely experiencing relief from her stomach symptoms, she called out in surprise that her fear of water was suddenly gone!

She got up and ran to the pool and began splashing water on her face. Her fear of water was gone and never returned.

Roger Callahan went on to develop TFT (Thought Field Therapy) which used specific meridians and sequences for specific issues.

EFT founder Gary Craig came along and said, “Why not tap on every meridian for every issue, since it only takes a few minutes?”  So that is basically what EFT is. We tap on the end of every meridian for every issue, which makes it simple to learn.

EFT has been proven successful in thousands of clinical cases, and it has been endorsed by notable experts, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and Dr. Joseph Mercola, just to name a few.

Research into EFT has shown it to be effective in many conditions including phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.  It is easily learned by individuals, has no negative side effects, is inexpensive and self-empowering.

 

Robin Friedman is a Certified EFT Practitioner, Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, residing in Weston CT and Portland OR.  She loves helping people find practical tools that they can use on their own to literally transform their life. Her website is www.EnergyToolsForDailyLiving.com. She has monthly a monthly online Tapping Circle Meetup, and an Energy Tools Study Group as well.

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The Much Maligned Tonsils: Remove or Regenerate? http://www.epidemicanswers.org/the-much-maligned-tonsils-remove-or-regenerate/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/the-much-maligned-tonsils-remove-or-regenerate/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:31:18 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=9045 The Much Maligned Tonsils: Remove or Regenerate?by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND

A study at the University of Michigan involving 22 children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), found that half of them no longer qualified for this diagnosis after their tonsils were removed.

This shocking turn-around for a reportedly chronic brain condition has been attributed to better sleep.

Improving sleep patterns is fast becoming an accepted tool for resolving attention issues, though the percentage of those improving after tonsillectomies was much higher than with other sleep enhancement strategies.

What Are the Tonsils?

The “tonsils” are a group of lymphatic tissues found at the back of the throat.

Most people think of the palatine tonsils, those two only-visible-when-swollen lumps, as being “the tonsils.”

However, five tissues including the adenoids, comprise “the tonsils.”

In this article I call the palatine tonsils, “the tonsils” and refer to the whole system as the “tonsil tissues.”

The tonsils, as components of the lymph system, carry immune cells that fight disease.

Tonsil tissues are arguably the most active parts of the immune system.

Since most germs enter the body via the gastrointestinal system and respiratory tract, tonsil tissues are strategically located at the best place for immune efficiency.

As lymph tissue, they expand or swell when exposed to germs.

PANDAS

Swollen tonsil tissues can harbor infections such as streptococcus bacteria.

Chronic streptococcus infections are now suspected of causing the sudden onset of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

This condition is referred to as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infection, or PANDAS.

Once illness passes, healthy tonsils shrink.

In chronic illness, low-grade infections or allergies, however, sometimes they do not.

Because swollen tonsils can interfere with eating, breathing and sleeping, they are often considered more troublesome than useful.

Tonsil Removal

The standard treatment for chronically inflamed tonsils is to snip them out.

Parents are assured that the surgery is harmless and potentially highly therapeutic.

This approach does not address why the tonsils are swollen.

Is removing vitally important immune tissue really a good idea?

If your finger was chronically infected, a dedicated physician would probably work hard to treat the cause, and not recommend a finger-ectomy.

The same should be true for the tonsils.

When sections of the lymphatic system are removed, remaining tissues must protect their own as well as neighboring areas.

While a tonsillectomy may resolve chronic tonsillitis, infections then move.

Pockets of pus get stuck around teeth and in sinus cavities nearby, and these areas now shoulder the burden of a lymphatic response.

Regenerative Cryotherapy

Enter Dr. Sergej Dorochov, a Russian trained pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist, with a pristine office in a tiny town near Duesseldorf, Germany, who accidentally stumbled upon an alternative to tonsil removal in the mid 1980s.

Dorochov was scheduled to remove the tonsils of a boy who was deathly allergic to anesthetic.

He improvised by applying a local numbing agent, and then freezing the tonsils using a technique called cryosurgery.

This type of cryotherapy leads to necrosis of the under-cooled tissue.

The doctor used an instrument cooled down with liquid nitrogen at -190 degrees, which is so cold that it can destroy precancerous lesions and other unwanted growths.

Only the instrument, not the liquid nitrogen, comes in contact with the tissue.

Because his young patient could not sit still for very long, Dr. Dorochov was able to touch only one tonsil for a few seconds with the cryo unit.

The following week, to everyone’s surprise, the treated tonsil was completely healthy.

Regenerative cryotherapy was born.

Twenty years later, Dr. Dorochov is a pioneer in regenerating tonsils.

People travel from all over the world to Germany for his restorative treatment, after which they report fewer illnesses and a general improved sense of well being.

The theory behind the immune enhancement is that the super cold temperature kills any organisms pooled in the tissues, and the mild burn causes a dramatic localized immune response that revitalizes the tissue.

The Procedure

Dr. Dorochov begins by spraying a local anesthetic onto the throat, stopping the gag reflex, prohibiting swallowing, and taking the pain out of the freezing.

This initial procedure often causes alarm until the patient begins to breathe through the nose.

Because the body immediately mounts a strong immune response, temporary dizziness and tiredness can also occur.

Other than having a sore throat, most patients are fine after a few days.

Who Is a Candidate for Cryotherapy?

Almost anyone with swollen tonsils or adenoids, who can tolerate a local anesthetic and can hold the mouth open for 15 or 20 seconds is a candidate for this operation.

Cryotherapy won’t work for children with developmental delays who cannot tolerate getting a throat culture or who cannot understand basic instructions.

Some long-standing cases might require more than one treatment.

Getting to Germany is not easy.

The treatment costs 270 euros (about $325).

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt recommends this procedure to many of his patients.

Dr. Dorochov can be contacted at: dorochov@kryopraxis.de.

His wife conducts all of the correspondence as his English is limited.

Save the Tonsils

Tonsils are strategically located immune tissue.

Swollen tonsils are a symptom of immune overload, which can interfere with sleep and may be involved in ADHD and other developmental delays.

Once tonsil size is reduced, health care professionals can help reduce immune stress, the true underlying condition.

Improved diet, proper allergy treatment, elimination of food reactors, reduced environmental toxins and dietary supplements are all areas to explore to treat the underlying immune system dysfunction.

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The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever http://www.epidemicanswers.org/the-best-dyspraxia-program-ever/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/the-best-dyspraxia-program-ever/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:21:38 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=9039 The Best Dyspraxia Program Everby Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND

Children with developmental delays demonstrate varying degrees of difficulty with motor planning.

This disorder is called dyspraxia, a technical term derived from the Latin roots “dys” meaning “poor” and “praxis” meaning “coordination.”

Apraxia is a more serious version of this disability, with severely limited motor planning.

Dyspraxia can affect gross, fine and oral motor skills.

Activities such as riding a bicycle, running, and eating with utensils require skilled motor planning.

When dyspraxia affects the ability to coordinate sounds to make words, the result is impaired speech and language.

Dyspraxia, Speech and Language

How does an individual find the right words, sequence them into sentences, and converse?

Since conversations can take many directions, mental flexibility and the ability to prioritize ideas are essential.

If grandma asks Christopher what he likes about school, he could choose recess, or his new truck.

Children with language motor planning issues often answer questions tangentially, with scripts, or by echoing.

Fluid social interactions require a combination of competent motor planning and sufficient processing speed.

Motor Planning Depends Upon Good Fat

The biological foundation of good motor planning is balanced fat.

Picture the brain as a house of fat.

The house’s foundation and beams are made of structural fats, the walls of fatty cell membranes, and stabilizers (compounds that protect lipids from damage) are the paint and caulk.

Together these fats comprise 60-70% of the brain.

Phospholipids: Structural Fats

What lays the foundation for our house of fat are phospholipids.

Unlike the more familiar fats, triglycerides, which have three fat soluble molecules linked to a base, phospholipids have a fat soluble molecule on one end, and a water soluble molecule on the other.

Phospholipids are the perfect building material because of their unique ability to link to both fat and water soluble molecules.

However, their quality changes, depending upon whether they incorporate good fats, like. omega-3, or poor fats, like trans-fats.

The former optimize the strength, function and quality of brain membranes., making the foundation strong.

When combined with the latter, the foundation is weak.

Phosphatidylcholine

Phosphatidylcholine (PC) makes up 50-65% of the phospholipids in membranes.

Research suggests choline supplementation can improve cognitive function.

Choline is the raw material for the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, the major neurotransmitter that regulates memory, motor planning and executive function.

An excellent and effective form of phosphatidylcholine is Xymogen Phosphaline, a thick liquid, available from The Village Green Apothecary.

Although this supplement is expensive, children with dyspraxia who take it are showing exciting leaps in language complexity.

Mix with apple or pear sauce, spread it on a pancake, or camouflage it with maple syrup.

The Walls: Omega 3 fats

Up to 25% of the brain is DHA (docosahexonoic acid), an omega 3 fat found in fish and seaweed.

Many studies show DHA’s ability to improve motor planning, attention, academics and behavior.

Essential fats like DHA are the windows and walls of our house of fat.

They become incorporated into the cell membranes.

Better function follows improved structure.

With sufficient DHA, the cells take in and carry information more efficiently and accurately.

The fat you eat becomes the fat of your brain.

Most people consume many omega 6 fats, found in meat, cheese and nuts, and few fish based omega 3 fats.

Flax seeds and oil are good sources of both omega 3 and 6.

To avoid mercury contamination in fish, good manufacturers distill the DHA to remove mercury.

As a result, ironically, supplements are safer then the real food.

Take DHA with another omega 3 fat, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Dose at between 500-2000 mg for children.

Too much fat of any type can cause loose or yellow stools. As in all dietary supplements or changes, watch for irritability.

Paint and Caulk: Vitamin E

Using our house of fat analogy, vitamin E protects the fat soluble tissue from inflammation and damage, just as paint and caulk protect a house from the weather and other environmental assaults.

Vitamin E is a fat-based antioxidant, so it is important for the fat-based brain.

Antioxidants donate electrons to molecules injured by chemical toxins.

Claudia Morris MD, a California pediatrician, discovered that many children with dyspraxia show symptoms of vitamin E deficiency, such as poor articulation, low tone, abnormal proprioception and high pain threshold.

To address dyspraxia, she recommends higher than normal levels of vitamin E.

Dr. Morris recovered her own three year old of dyspraxia with 2,000 I.U.’s per day.

Most children do well with 800-1,200 I.U.’s of the mixed tocopherol form of vitamin E. with the upper limit of safety at 66 I.U.’s per pound of weight.

Although research offers little safety data on children, no reported cases of toxicity are known.

I recommend using all eight types of vitamin E, including four tocotrienols).

Megafood Complete E-8 and Perfect E are products containing the entire E complex.

For a child that cannot swallow, puncture the capsule and squeeze out the contents.

A parent can swallow the shell of the capsule and reap benefits also.

Build a Strong House of Fat

Efficient brains need the proper fats for strong motor planning.

Fight dyspraxia by building a strong house of fat.

Combine good quality phospholipids for a strong foundation with DHA for durable walls and Vitamin E to protect the house.

Only then can the brain function maximally.

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Piracetam: A Powerful Learning Tool for Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxia http://www.epidemicanswers.org/piracetam-a-powerful-learning-tool-for-learning-disabilities-and-dyspraxia/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/piracetam-a-powerful-learning-tool-for-learning-disabilities-and-dyspraxia/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:52:13 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=9032 Piracetam: A Powerful Learning Tool for Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxiaby Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND

Rosie had multiple learning and language disabilities related to a seizure disorder that had resisted medical treatment. “The little men in my head make the lights go out,” Rosie told me on her first visit.

“I never thought this would happen,” Rosie’s mother exclaimed excitedly, six months later. She was referring to a recent test result that revealed her eight year-old daughter was now reading at a first grade level.

Joseph, a boy with severe language delays, had also been making little progress. Joseph’s mother was likewise thrilled when a speech evaluation found her son had gained 13 months in receptive language in just nine weeks.

Jackson, a boy with a brain injury, began walking independently for the first time.

Rene, an adopted toddler whose birth mother abused drugs, overcame an “incurable” swallowing disorder.

What is responsible for these remarkable changes? Piracetam!

What Is Piracetam?

Piracetam, (2 oxo-pyrrolidone) is a “smart drug” developed in Belgium in the mid- 1960’s. This remarkable product falls into a class of drugs called nootropics. Nootropic means “acting on the mind”.

While hundreds of studies have been done on piracetam’s usefulness and safety in Europe and in the former Soviet Union, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize nootropics as a separate class of drugs, although it allows their use for a variety of purposes.

Piracetam has been shown to be extremely effective in enhancing memory and cognition in children diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia. It has also been used to slow the rapid brain aging associated with Down syndrome.

How Does Piracetam Work?

Nobody knows for sure; researchers believe that two reactions are at play.

  • First, piracetam appears to influence glutamate transmission. All four glutamate neuro-transmitters have excitatory properties. When piracetam effects the glutamate in the cerebellum, the center of motor function, motor planning skills improve.
  • Second, piracetam most likely improves blood flow to the brain and oxygen uptake by the brain by activating acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in motor planning, memory and organization. This activation of acetylcholine uptake and formation is called a cholinergic effect.

Piracetam’s relationship with acetylcholine is complex, though the net result is cholinergic. Researchers have, therefore, found that increasing choline, the nutrient building block of acetylcholine, enhances its effectiveness.

Di-methyl-amino-ethanol (DMAE) is a choline derivative that appears to cross the blood brain barrier. DMAE is found in sardines and anchovies, fish often referred to as “brain foods.”

Studies done on DMAE alone found that it reduced hyperactivity and improved concentration in students with learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

Finally, piracetam promotes transfer of information from one hemisphere of the brain to the other. Coordinating the right and left hemispheres is critical for motor planning.

A nine year-old I know climbed to the top of the jungle gym while taking piracetam because he could now alternate his limbs more efficiently, and was thus more confident of his ability to maintain his balance.

How Is Piracetam Delivered?

Liquid piracetam is available over-the-counter through www.antiaging-systems.com. Flavored piracetam in a liquid can be ordered by prescription from NuTriVene at 800-899-3413.

A common dose for piracetam is 50 mg per kg of body weight. DMAE is available at any good health food store as a chewable, liquid and a pill. Taken to enhance piracetam, dose it between 50 and 200 mg per day. Add these substances only one at a time, starting with piracetam.

Cautionary Notes

Since piracetam and DMAE increase brain energy, they may cause irritability, anxiety or nervousness in some children.

Speak with a health care professional before introducing piracetam to a child who is highly agitated already, or who has reacted poorly to DMAE or other choline derivatives.

Ask your doctor before using it with a child already on stimulant medication. Although there are no known interactions with other medications, and side effects are rare, every child is different, and each developing brain responds in a unique fashion.

I have concluded after using piracetam for over 15 years that, unfortunately, it has limited usefulness with those who have autism.

Piracetam does not increase a child’s sociability, but can help children communicate better in social situations by improving the pragmatics of language and increasing motor planning skills.

Consider piracetam for any child with dyspraxia or motor planning problems. I even know a mother who found it benefited her tendency to bump into things in her path! For more information on piracetam, go to either of the websites above.

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Choline and Complex Language Development http://www.epidemicanswers.org/choline-and-complex-language-development/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/choline-and-complex-language-development/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:25:18 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=9021 by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LDN

Choline and Complex Language DevelopmentWhen I began recommending choline to improve motor planning, many parents reported spontaneous improvement in the complexity of expressive language in their children.

I want to share my thoughts about this very exciting and unexpected outcome with our readers.

What Is Choline?

Choline is essential for brain development.

In 1998 the National Academy of Science recognized it and established a daily requirement of 425–550mg.

Research shows that lack of choline in a mother’s diet during pregnancy and lactation can permanently limit brain capacity later in life. Individuals must ingest choline.

Since primary dietary sources are liver, eggs, wheat germ, lecithin and soy, it is unlikely that many kids, especially those on elimination diets, get enough of this critical nutrient.

What Is Complex Language?

Developmentally, children progress from labeling items, to asking for what they want, a form of “demand” language.

The next step, the most difficult for many children on the autism spectrum, is conversing and answering “why” “where” or “what” questions, all components of “complex” language.

Clinically, many children get stuck at the level of “demand” language, transitioning to the next level slowly or not at all.

Making conversation requires a specific type of motor planning in the language area of the brain that allows finding, prioritizing and sequencing words, rather than simply memorizing or scripting.

The part of the brain that labels objects is different from the section that generates conversation or answers questions such as “What happened at school today?”

What Are the Functions of Choline?

Choline has several important purposes. It is needed to:

  • Assure structural integrity and signaling ability of the cell membrane, the “gate-keeper” that surrounds and protects every cell. Material can enter a cell and neurotransmitters can signal a cell only as the membrane allows. A healthy cell membrane contains phosphatidylcholine (PC) to regulate its permeability. Insufficient PC compromises this regulatory function.
  • Contribute small chemical structures called methyl groups that enable methylation, a key phase of detoxification. Methylation is also important for gene expression, nutrient activation (especially for vitamin B-12), and cell membrane stabilization. Research by Dr. Jill James and others suggests that autism can result from a faulty methylation system.
  • Build acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that regulates memory, motor planning, and executive functions such as sorting and prioritizing.

How Does Choline Enhance Complex Language?

Nobody knows for sure, but I have a theory, based on my professional training, review of the research and clinical observations.

I believe that the part of the brain where motor planning for language takes place is under the influence of acetylcholine.

The combination of copious amounts of acetylcholine along with permeable membranes composed of sufficient PC appears to be the magic formula for improving complex language in many children.

Case Studies

  • Adam, age three, had multiple developmental delays, for which he was receiving speech, occupational and FloorTime therapies. Despite this aggressive intervention, progress was slow. Adam used many single words, but few phrases or sentences. Within a month of starting choline as PC, he was conversing.
  • A six-year-old boy shocked his parents by using a whole sentence for the first time just a few weeks into taking PC.

Choline Supplementation

Research supports choline supplementation. Rat pups who took choline showed enhanced memory and attention lasting throughout their lifetimes. Researchers could even identify those animals that took choline supplements in infancy from their behavior as aging rats.

Because foods alone cannot provide sufficient amounts, extra choline must be added to obtain therapeutic benefit.

Choline as a dietary supplement comes in several different versions.

  • Choline bitartrate is found in most multiple vitamins, but rarely used as a separate supplement.
  • Alpha glyceryl phosphatidylcholine (GPC) and DMAE are two other forms available. GPC is thought to slow brain aging by increasing motoric response time. DMAE may improve symptoms of attention deficit disorder, with irritability as a side effect.
  • For complex language development, I prefer phosphatidylcholine (PC).

For children who cannot swallow capsules, try liquid PC, Xymogen Phosphaline, available from My Village Green. Dosage is ½ to 1 tsp. per day. Xymogen Phosphaline is strong- tasting and thick; mix it with apple or pear sauce, spread it on a pancake, or camouflage it with maple syrup.

The only side effect of PC may be loose stools because it is fatty. PC is derived from soy, but because it contains no soy protein, it is safe for most children on gluten-, casein- and soy- free diets. Children with serious soy reactions should avoid this product, however.

Bottom line: Choline is safe and effective as a brain membrane builder. It may be the secret weapon for taking language to the next level.

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The Autism Exchange http://www.epidemicanswers.org/the-autism-exchange/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/the-autism-exchange/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:32:55 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=8909 The Autism ExchangeThe Autism Exchange (AEX) is a fast, user-friendly website that takes frustration out of internet searches.

  • Their mission is to connect autism parents with the information, products, and services they need to support their child to the fullest, without wasting valuable time searching the internet.
  • Their slogan is “Sharing Info Saving Time”.  They provide the capability for everyone to share information, which in turn helps all parents save time.
  • The AEX is designed to put autism-related information at your fingertips.
  • Their unique custom software organizes, standardizes, and randomly displays all AEX information which makes it easy to search and saves you lots of time. They have well over a 1,000 data streams, with 2,000 more on the way.  In addition, they have very useful interactive tools.

At the Autism Exchange, Users Can:

  • Use the interactive tools to search common autism categories, directory lists, consumer corner products, and community library articles.
  • Share information that you have with other parents through the Exchange Box.
  • Contact them with feedback and ideas you have to make The AEX better.

John Leon’s Story

“I am the father of two teenage boys with autism.

Since 2002, my wife and I have done what most autism parents do: we searched the internet, read books, participated on forums, and talked to anyone that could give us information to help our boys.

As you all know, searching for information is time consuming, exhausting, and frustrating because it is a never ending task.

In 2014, my wife got tired of me complaining about search difficulties one night and said, “You’re an engineer, Fix it!”

Well, I wasn’t thrilled about that idea, but I didn’t back down from the challenge either.

I talked to hundreds of parents and practitioners asking them what was important to them when they search.

Then I put together a small team, and we developed an online search system to incorporate those features into our site.  The result is what we call The Autism Exchange (AEX).

Our site is different than most, and we think you will find it to be very helpful.”

Website Launch

Before the Autism Exchange goes live on the internet, they would like to select a few groups of autism parents to check out the web site and kick the tires a little.

They expect the trial period (soft launch) to last a few months.

The only thing that they ask in return is that users fill out an online survey to give them feedback. They will email the survey a week or so after you login.

They want to hear what you think, so please take the survey and help them make the site better.

Once the trial period is complete, they will perform an update to the site and go live on the internet.

Please copy and paste the link below to access the login page:

http://tinyurl.com/autism-exchange

The Autism Exchange looks forward to hearing from you and making The AEX a place where parents can share info and save lots of time.  Feel free to forward this to family and friends.

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Sound-Based Therapies http://www.epidemicanswers.org/sound-based-therapies/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/sound-based-therapies/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:43:54 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=8261 This excerpt is provided with permission from the book “Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention” by Patricia S. Lemer

Sound-Based TherapiesMany individuals with developmental and learning issues demonstrate problems with sound sensitivities.  Both under- and over-responsivity to sound are common.

Those who are hypo-responsive may “tune out,” and appear deaf at times. Others may be under-responsive and experience certain environmental sounds such as the humming of a fluorescent bulb as intolerable or even painful.

Birthday parties, shopping malls, restaurants, sporting events and other gatherings can be particularly troublesome for them, because of the unpredictability of sound.

Distorted processing of auditory signals impairs the brain’s ability to focus on and give meaning to that which is heard. Inconsistencies in hearing the various frequencies of sound, or lack of synchronicity of the two ears, can result in behavior that is distractible, avoidant, hyperactive, inattentive or bizarre.

Utilizing sound to facilitate bodily change is not new. For centuries, almost every culture on earth has developed methods using sound and song to heal. Unfortunately, many of these tools are associated with superstition and mysticism.

Today’s sophisticated computerized technology allows us to document what is happening in the body and brain, thus removing the mystery.

Modern sound-based therapies include interventions that address auditory, listening, and vestibular issues. Some call sound-based therapies “listening therapies” or “auditory retraining therapies.” However, they are much more than “listening” to music or “retraining” the ear.

The term “sound-based therapies” embraces all components of the other terms as well as includes other therapies that utilize sound and vibration on the body, through special equipment, modified music, and/or specific tones/beats.

In the past 20 years, an increasing number of professionals from a variety of disciplines, including audiology, occupational therapy, psychology and speech-language pathology, are recommending, and have incorporated, sound-based therapies to improve the auditory, listening, and vestibular skills of children with autism spectrum disorders.

While some programs are designed to take place in a therapist’s office, others can be used at home, under a therapist’s supervision. Learn more about these therapies in Chapter 10 of Outsmarting Autism by Patricia S. Lemer.

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BioAcoustics http://www.epidemicanswers.org/bioacoustics/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/bioacoustics/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:28:46 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=8247 This excerpt is taken with permission from Envisioning a Bright Future: Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, edited by Patricia S. Lemer

History of BioAcoustics

BioAcousticsIn 1978 audiologist David Kemp began conducting research on otoacoustic emissions. This phenomenon, identified in the late 1940s, states that the ear not only takes in and sends sound to the brain, but also emits a sound, most likely from the cochlea[i].

About the same time, Sharry Edwards, a college student, was searching for an explanation for why she heard sounds emanating from the people around her.

She claimed to be able to identify people by their sound, and believed that each person resonates at a unique frequency.

Three different sound laboratories conducted independent testing of Edward’s voice; all confirmed that she could produce a pure tone sine wave with her voice.  

Edwards postulated that if key frequencies are out-of-balance in the ear, then they are also out-of-balance in the voice.

For over thirty years Edwards has increased her unique knowledge of the voice-ear connection and concluded that the voice is a hologram of the body’s emotional, physical and spiritual components. Eventually her knowledge led to the development of the science of Human BioAcoustics™.[ii]

The Tomatis Effect

Over 50 years ago, Dr. Alfred Tomatis discovered the “Tomatis Effect”, a set of 3 laws that identified a ‘voice-ear-brain’ connection. Specifically, these laws state:

  • Law 1: The voice only contains the harmonics that the ear can hear.
  • Law 2: If you give the possibility to the ear to correctly hear the distorted frequencies of sound that are not well heard, these are immediately and unconsciously restored into the voice.
  • Law 3: The imposed audition sufficiently maintained over time results in permanently modifying the audition and phonation.

These laws were validated in 1957 at the French Academy of Sciences.

Dorinne Davis’ Contribution

After working with both The Tomatis Method, and BioAcoustics, Dorinne Davis, and audiologist specializing in sound based therapy, conducted research into the connection between otoacoustic emissions and vocal analysis from BioAcoustics.

Spontaneous otoacoustic emissions from the ear were evaluated and compared with a frequency analysis obtained through voice analysis. One hundred percent correlation between the stressed frequencies of the ear and voice was noted. From this research, an addendum of two new laws to the “Tomatis Effect” was suggested.

Davis Addendum to the Tomatis Effect

With 100% correlation, two new laws are suggested as an addition to Dr. Tomatis’ laws.

  • New Law 1: The ear emits the same stressed frequencies that are emitted by the voice.
  • New Law 2: When complementary or supplementary frequencies of stressed frequencies are introduced via sound vibration to the ear, vocal patterns regain coherence.

What Is BioAcoustics?

Human BioAcoustics uses a “voiceprint” to evaluate a person’s state of health by analyzing the frequencies of all cellular structures in the body, and their relationship to each other. After evaluating the voiceprint, and identifying imbalances, a qualified sound-health practitioner suggests a combination of specific frequencies that are programmed into an instrument designed to support an individual’s overall well-being.

BioAcoustics is a proto-science with unlimited potential for many wellness fields.  It is a useful tool for those practicing integrative medicine, as well as for professionals in nutrition, sports medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and, of course, optometry.

BioAcoustics is the study of the frequencies all living systems produce. It uses voice spectral analysis, a scientific method for identifying and interpreting the complex frequency interactions constantly occurring in the body.  BioAcoustics™ is based on the principle that the body requires a full range of harmonious frequencies, working cooperatively, in order to be healthy.

Everything in an individual’s body is impacted by sound: every single cell in the body continuously emits and absorbs sound vibrations that affect the entire body[i].  Every element, pathogen, bacteria, hormone and nutritional factor also manifests a unique vibration, defined by BioAcoustics as its Frequency Equivalent™. Every person’s body vibrates with its own unique combination of frequencies. Combined, they produce a distinctive and unique sound blueprint or “voiceprint,” representing the totality of those frequencies at that moment in time.

Restoring Health

A BioAcoustics Research Associate (BARA) analyzes the voiceprint and identifies frequencies to help a person’s body makes changes that support and maintain its overall balance and harmony. BioAcoustics depends upon both individual Frequency Equivalents™, and the relationships among them, to identify imbalances and restore an individual’s balance and health.

Frequency Equivalents interact with each other. For example, when you combine the Frequency Equivalents of calcium and magnesium, the result is the Frequency Equivalent of phosphorus, an element that is necessary for calcium and magnesium metabolism.  BioAcoustics explores the potential that the body is a mathematical matrix of predictable frequency relationships.

When a person listens to combinations of specific sound frequencies, programmed into a tone box, his/her brain supports the body to self-correct frequencies that are “out of balance” by sending information back to the brain via the nervous, circulatory, soft tissue, and cellular network.

Who Can Benefit?

BioAcoustics is particularly useful in relieving symptoms related to a variety of seemingly diverse conditions in people of all ages.

Testing and Equipment

BioAcoustics uses a computerized voice analyzer to capture a 30-second sample of the frequencies of a subject’s voice in a “voiceprint” known as his/her Signature Sound™. Because the voice produces what the ear hears, a BioAcoustics’ voiceprint also reflects the voice-ear-brain connection.

The BARA prints a graphic representation of the results and reviews it. Computer analysis identifies vibrational discordance: frequencies that are out-of-balance, or “in stress,” as well as those that are not supporting the body sufficiently. For instance, a particular vitamin, mineral, or hormone level may show up as too low or high. People who have similar traumas, illnesses, syndromes, psychologies, diseases and toxins have similar, if not identical vocal anomalies.

After evaluating the voiceprint, and identifying imbalances, the next step is for the BARA to establish a protocol of frequency combinations chosen specifically for that individual.

The BARA tests this protocol with the individual connected to biofeedback equipment that monitors his/her body responses. These formulated frequencies are then programmed into a portable tone box that the person listens to at home. Instruments show that BioAcoustics individualized binaural beat frequencies entrain the brain, thus facilitating positive change.

The Bioacoustics voiceprint and tone box are extraordinary tools. The voiceprint can be:

  • Explanatory – pinpointing long standing health issues, such as the Frequency Equivalents of nutritional deficiencies and toxicity. The voiceprint can also identify Frequency Equivalents of invaders, like toxins or pathogens, as well as system problems, such as muscle weaknesses. The voiceprint of a three-year-old with autism, who wasn’t progressing, showed the Frequency Equivalents of high levels of fluoride. After taking a history, the practitioner discovered that the family drank only fluoridated water, and that the child liked to eat his fluoride-containing  toothpaste.
  • Predictive – identifying imbalances even when a person has no symptoms, because stress in the body manifests itself at an acoustical level before showing up physically. This program determines if a child’s stressed Frequency Equivalents are related to factors such as mercury toxicity.

The tone box is

  • Supportive – resolving a person’s innate weaknesses, and even facilitating better absorption of ingested substances, by using the tone box to re-pattern the brain.  The end-product is wellness. For example, after listening to a sound Frequency Equivalent of vitamin C, one child who refused and spit out vitamin C pills and liquid drops, ingested them without difficulty.

Voiceprints are not intended to be used as medical information. However, patients can share the results with their physicians for additional interpretation, if they so desire.

Frequency and Duration

Children with autism may make changes both physiologically and psychologically by listening at home daily to the tone box containing their unique protocols. The length of individual protocols varies, as does the frequency.

Patients should repeat their BioAcoustics voiceprints to measure changes. The practitioner then reformulates the frequency combinations to address the current needs.

Resources

BioAcoustics facilities are located throughout the United States and in six other countries. About 3,000 people are trained in this technique, but only about 40% use it in a medical practice. Approximately a third learned BioAcoustics to take care of ill family members.  To locate a practitioner in your area, go to www.soundhealthoptions.com

[i] Wheeler, M. Signal Discovery? , Smithsonian Magazine, March 2004.

[i] Martin, F.N., Introduction to Audiology, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1986:278.

[ii] Edwards, S. Subtle Energy Medicine: The Potential of Math as Medicine. Albany, OH: Sound Health, Inc.

 

 

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Before Autism, After Autism http://www.epidemicanswers.org/before-autism-after-autism/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/before-autism-after-autism/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 01:05:41 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=8232 by Stephanie Kodeck

Before Autism, After AutismEveryone’s familiar with the eras BC and AD. In my life, I’ve lived in two different eras – BA and AA:  Before Autism and After Autism. One way to describe living After Autism is like being dropped into a polar opposite existence than the one you typically live in; you know, where you’re just moving along obliviously having a ‘normal’ life.

Life After Autism reminds me of the lyrics to that Talking Heads song “Once In A Lifetime”:

”And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself living in another part of the world….
And you may ask yourself
Well, how did I get here?

Sorry David Byrne, but I think that question is best answered another time; after I tell you what it really feels like to live in the “After Autism” Era.

Well, for starters, it’s absurdly hard.

It feels as though someone has punched a whole into your chest, torn your heart out and strangled it; only to put it back into your body, mangled and barely beating. Yes, life after autism is heart wrenching. It’s painful. It’s raw. It’s scary. And you are completely unprepared for all of it.

You worry about what was, what is and what will be. Especially in the beginning when you get hit by that autism mac truck. That’s when my son suddenly transformed from a baby who joyfully hugged me when I came home – to a baby who avoided me when I came home; from a baby who sought out my attention, to a baby who avoided my attention; from a baby who used to dance with agility – to a baby who had the coordination of a wet noodle; from a baby who hid behind my back and blankets to play peek-a-boo – to a baby who constantly and reclusively spun his toys; from having such focus and determination that others commented – to being so hyper and unfocused that others commented.

Though that all seems like more than enough to digest, so is your child getting autism. And there is more; trust me, there is just always more.

See, you don’t just lose your child, you lose yourself; well at least, I did.

The pain and the fear wore me down. I felt like a walking shadow of myself. I barely laughed, I withdrew, I was always agitated, I felt angry; but mainly I felt fear.  Fear is what ruled me.  Fear was the root of it all. I was so scared for my son.

It was a long time before I learned to galvanize that fear into action. I can’t say anyone one thing got me to the point where I could enjoy my son, advocate for my son and work to heal us both.  I came into contact with so many inspiring people, stories, films, groups, theories, therapy etc. It was, and is, mind bending. It was a whole new way, to this new way. I found out I could actually heal my child! I could take the power back! Yes!

But, then, even now, I have moments where the fear takes over and I say to myself, “Heal my child? I can’t do that. No. I won’t be able to it and I’ll just be disappointed – all over again!”

In those moments I try to breathe deeply and remind myself, it’s my choice, I can stand here full of fear; or I can work, hope, dream and love. Does it take hard work to choose the latter? Amazingly so, sometimes I feel like I’m performing Jedi mind tricks. But even though I have the choice, really, what choice do I have? And that is about as much sense as this whole autism thing makes!

So with that, I do declare, “Hear this Universe:”

I choose hope. I choose action. I choose unlimited potential.

I choose fighting the good fight for Ezra, for myself and for the true greater good.

I choose my son growing into who he wants to be.

I choose healing.

 

Stephanie earned her degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland, graduating as a member of the esteemed fraternity of Phi Beta Kappa. Two weeks after graduation she flew off to Zurich, Switzerland to be an au pair and perform other odd jobs while also traveling throughout Europe. After this, she lived in Israel for a year, volunteering on a kibbutz and waiting tables. All the while she had been accepted into a graduate program to get her PhD in counseling psychology; however, she quit the program when she realized that research conclusions were often forged to fit the hypothesis. After some thought, she embarked on a career as a copywriter in advertising.  From here she worked with and advanced many famous brands such as Nike, Angie’s List, Xbox and more.  Stephanie ended her career in advertising after learning her child had autism.  Now she focuses on healing her son and herself. She calls her son her greatest gift because he awoke her to the true fundamentals in life.

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EMF Dangers http://www.epidemicanswers.org/emf-dangers/ http://www.epidemicanswers.org/emf-dangers/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:12:30 +0000 http://www.epidemicanswers.org/?p=8196 EMF Dangersby Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADP

Chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) puts your child’s body in a state of stress, even when resting. If you live in a city, your child’s EMF exposure is much higher.

Chronic stress can wear out your child’s adrenal glands, making them more anxious, prone to temper tantrums and prone to sickness. Chronic stress also leads to chronic inflammation, a hallmark of a chronic illness.

Research shows that EMF can cause changes in both the sympathetic nervous system as well as the parasympathetic nervous system. Researchers described the top 10 symptoms of EMF dangers as:

  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Eye problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling unwell
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Heart palpitations

Common sources of EMF exposure are fluorescent lights, cell phones, cordless house phones, baby monitors, Wi-Fi systems, smart meters and large electric devices such as refrigerators. “Dirty electricity” from off-phase electrical systems in houses and buildings is another source of EMF.

EMFs make fungi (mold and yeast) more virulent, and this was known at least as far back as 1980. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, is a huge opponent of EMF dangers.

My top two sources for understanding this issue in more detail are Ann Louise Gittleman’s book Zapped:  Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution and the Electric Sense website.

In the meantime, here are some simple things you can do to mitigate EMF dangers:

  • Get rid of wireless phones and use corded phones
  • Remove Wi-Fi at home or at least turn it off at night
  • Get rid of baby monitors
  • Keep electronic tablets and cell phones on airplane mode as much as possible, especially if children are playing on them
  • Use electronic devices as a babysitter as little as possible
  • Use grounding mats while using electronic devices
  • Use grounding sheets and pillowcases while sleeping
  • Installing Stetzer filters to reduce “dirty electricity”
  • Make sure your child’s bed isn’t within a few feet, even on the other side of a wall, of a large electric device like a refrigerator or oven because these appliances generate large electromagnetic fields

In addition, we interviewed Dr. Devra Davis, author of “Disconnected: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation” and the President and Founder of the Environmental Health Trust about the dangers of EMFs. You can sign up for the replay of that interview here.

 

Maria Rickert Hong is a former Wall Street equity research analyst who is now a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is the author of the bestselling book, “Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners.” As a health coach, she helps parents make diet and lifestyle changes to recover their children from symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, almost autism, autism, PDD-NOS and ADHD. She has recovered her two boys from SPD, asthma, acid reflux and eczema can be reached at www.MariaRickertHong.com Maria is a board member, Media Director and blogger for Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)3 non-profit that lets parents know that recovery is possible.

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