A Unique Approach to Healing

The Canary Kids 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…

Patty Lemer

Prioritizing Therapies

Patty Lemer

Our Chairman of the Board, Patty Lemer, has been involved with recovering children from neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, SPD and learning disabilities for roughly 40 years.  Before she joined us here at Epidemic Answers, she co-founded and ran another non-profit, Developmental Delay Resources, with nutritionist Kelly Dorfman. In 2008, Patty published an excellent book, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“.  The last chapter of the book is the basis for Patty’s upcoming book about prioritizing those interventions and therapies. While we’re waiting for the book to be published, you can watch this YouTube video of Patty’s discussion of these priorities.

Where Do I Begin?

Where Do I Begin?

Where Do I Begin?

Where do I begin?  Should I start with my being pregnant and working at a stressful job in New York City?  Maybe I should first write about my family history of celiac and not knowing that having undiagnosed celiac/gluten intolerance can have major consequences to your unborn child.  Was it the flu shot with mercury that I was convinced to take because I was high risk simply because I was pregnant? Maybe I should begin with my son’s delivery.  I describe the aftermath as being a crime scene, (sorry for the visual).  Let’s just say it was the perfect storm of two injections of an epidural, lots of pitocin and a forceps delivery. As soon as our bundle of joy came home…the crying began.  The doctor diagnosed him with having an awful case of colic, the worst she had ever seen.  He was prescribed a cocktail of Maalox and Zantac for the first year and a half of his life. …

Testing 101

Testing 101

Testing 101

by Patricia S. Lemer, M. Ed., NCC When I was twelve, my mother showed me some vocational tests she used in her volunteer work with seniors.  I was fascinated.  I loved math, puzzles, and analyzing behavior.  I had found my perfect vocation.  Later, I majored in psychological testing at college.  The rest is history. For more than 30 years, I’ve been an educational diagnostician.  Daily, I administer psycho-educational tests to kids and adults.  For me, testing is like playing bridge; instead of using cards, I ask questions, present blocks and problems, pencil and paper.  Every “hand” is a different, new puzzle to solve. Why Test?  Most people want a diagnosis.  The results of diagnostic testing determine placement, access to services such as special education or therapy, and insurance reimbursement (or denial). Rule:  Decide whether you need a diagnosis, or are more interested in what is causing the learning and/or behavioral issues.  While good diagnostic testing is multi-faceted and can pinpoint…

Nutrient Therapy for Autism

Nutrient Therapy for Autism

Nutrient Therapy for Autism

by Kelly Dorfman, M.S., Co-founder, Developmental Delay Resources Every day we hear a new theory about the cause of autism.  First it was “refrigerator mothers,” then sulphotransferase deficiency or DPP4 enzyme malfunction, then G-alpha protein malfunction.  More recently we targeted heavy metal toxicity and now a metallothionein protein (MT) defect.  Just listing the biochemical shortfalls associated with developmental delays would fill this website. Collectively, these theories are critically important and are leading to a striking number of dramatic recoveries.  Because the number of proposed metabolic defects is skyrocketing, however, they are increasingly being promoted in isolation as single entities.  Autism, the headlines scream, is a metalo-enzyme defect!  Developmental delays come from heavy metal poisoning! Simple Solutions: Tempting but Risky It is natural for parents and professionals to seek simple solutions. Sorting through long metabolic mazes seems pointless when the recovery stories of children doing one therapy are so compelling.  Then when a youngster’s modest improvement fails to live up to…

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback

Three years ago Jake’s parents sought out a clinic offering neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback that involves displaying a person’s brain waves on a computer screen and helping him control them. Jake would sit at a monitor with a sensor on his scalp, and whenever his brain achieved the calm, steady rhythms that normally eluded him, a Pac-Man would start gobbling black dots and beeping.  Soon he was controlling the screen action at will, by recognizing the way it feels when the Pac-Man goes to work, and his brain was growing more stable. “It took care of his teeth grinding and sleep problems in two sessions,” says his mother.  Within a week Jake was using scissors and developing a range of other fine motor skills.  The number of seizures dropped.  His schoolwork improved dramatically. Applications. Though biofeedback is best known for stress-reduction, researchers in clinics, universities and even NASA are now working to refine the type that deals with brain…

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…

ADHD Recovery Without Drugs

ADHD Recovery Without Drugs

ADHD Recovery Without Drugs

by Gail Szakacs, MD What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is an increasingly common behavioral disorder characterized by impulsivity, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity. According to Swanson, et al in Neuropsych Review in 2007, there was a 400% increase in ADHD over the past 20 years and a 7-fold increase in prescription medications for ADHD. Although it is largely diagnosed in children or adolescents, ADHD also affects adults and the negative impact it can have on learning, school or work performance, and personal relationships is universal. Are Pharmaceuticals the Right Treatment Choice? Pharmaceuticals may act as a patch and cause improvement, but they often mask signs and symptoms of underlying medical problems and thus are often ineffective.  In those with co-morbid psychiatric illnesses, the medication used for ADHD (usually stimulants) can even be dangerous. Spencer, et al, proposed that many with ADHD have undiagnosed bipolar disorder and stimulant medications used in ADHD may exacerbate that problem.  Other studies by DuPaul,…

Beth Lambert on Imus in the Morning1

Beth Lambert on “Imus in the Morning” Talking about Canary Kids!

Beth Lambert on Imus in the Morning1

It all started with Epidemic Answers honoring Dierdre Imus for her work in protecting children’s health at our “Evening of Inspiration” benefit for the Canary Kids Film Project on September 27, 2013. Deirdre brought her husband, Don, and their son, Wyatt.  Don had given us a shout out on his show “Imus in the Morning” before the event, but he seemed to be a little not-too-interested in attending yet another charity event. Apparently, that all changed when he attended the event and saw Beth Lambert, our Executive Director, speak about our Canary Kids Film Project, in which we’ll be documenting the potential recovery of 14 children with autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes as they receive free healing and recovery services for 18 months. Don quickly invited Beth onto his show, and here’s the video clip of their conversation.  It’s a compelling 10-minute video that tells you in a nutshell WHY so…

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Such as Autism

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Such as Autism

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. …