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…

Our Favorite Books

Our Favorite Books

Our Favorite 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 Stauth “A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children” by Beth Lambert and Victoria Kobliner “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, Patricia S. Lemer “The Thinking Moms’ Revolution:  Autism Beyond the Spectrum:  Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children” by Helen Conroy, Lisa Joyce Goes and Robert W….

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. …

Teacher Says: Help Kids Become Food Allergy Detectives

Teacher Says: Help Kids Become Food Allergy Detectives

Teacher Says: Help Kids Become Food Allergy Detectives

By Evelyn Porreca Vuko Science teachers and parents can turn kids from elementary to high school age into food allergy detectives.  Teach them to investigate their own bodies and to determine whether they have food allergies that affect their behavior and learning. Stage 1: Do a Little Homework. Many experts believe that nutrition and food play an important role in the behavior of children diagnosed with attention deficits, learning disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders.  Use Dr. William Crook’s book, Help for the Hyperactive Child: A Practical Guide Offering Parents of ADHD Children Alternatives to Ritalin.  Its workbook format is easy to read. Stage 2: Investigate Behavioral & Learning Symptoms. Personal investigation will help students learn more about themselves, their dietary choices and their behavior.  Use this checklist from Stanley Turecki’s book, The Difficult Child. Kids can decide on “yes,” “no,” or “sometimes.” Are you active and don’t like sitting still? Are you easily distracted while working? Do you dislike new…

Light, Water, and Air Quality: Improve Their Balance to Enhance Health

Light, Water, and Air Quality: Improve Their Balance to Enhance Health

Light, Water, and Air Quality: Improve Their Balance to Enhance Health

By Patricia S. Lemer, MS.Bus., NCC, Chairman of the Board, Epidemic Answers Some simple improvements can help those with allergies, asthma and developmental problems: light, water and air. When these are in balance, life flourishes; when balance is upset, so is development. Since ancient times, Eastern philosophy has viewed the healer as a gardener who facilitates nature in making the body days grow.  This holistic approach is in marked contrast to that of western doctors who view the body as a machine and themselves as chemists and engineers who replace or repair faulty components.  Just as a plant depends on light, water and air, so does the human body. Both are dynamic, self-regulating systems that transform light and water into tissues.  A healthy organism can be resilient against adversity.  Plants can withstand drought, storms, and plagues; appropriately growing children can tolerate foods, pollution and animal dander. Recently, a friend consulted me: “My son is bringing home his girlfriend, and she…

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

According to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Report (June 1994), Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), an effective treatment for stroke patients, has been successful for a 3 year old child with autism.  Michael would not talk, avoided all eye contact with others, and was completely disinterested in his environment.  He was content to sit most of the day. Michael had been extensively tested, but no one had determined a possible cause for his disability.  Finally, one physician, Dr. James Parsons, in Orlando, Florida, theorized that perhaps Michael had had a stroke at birth; the birth trauma could have resulted in neurological complications which later caused his autistic withdrawal and inability to speak. After approximately 19 treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Michael began to look at others, make eye contact, recognize and acknowledge individuals.  He developed a good sense of humor, learning to laugh when others laughed, and participated more actively in his speech therapy.  His parents are optimistic that he will talk…

Epidemic Answers' Collaboration with Developmental Delay Resources

Epidemic Answers’ Collaboration with Developmental Delay Resources

Epidemic Answers' Collaboration with Developmental Delay Resources

WEST SIMSBURY, Conn., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization at www.epidemicanswers.org dedicated to educating the public about the epidemics of chronic illness and helping parents find healing solutions, is joining forces with Developmental Delay Resources (www.devdelay.org), the only educational resource for families dealing with developmental delays that integrates the full spectrum of treatments and therapeutic modalities from diet interventions to biomedical protocols, physical therapies and everything in between. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130625/CG37989) Epidemic Answers (EA) and Developmental Delay Resources (DDR) are combining efforts to raise awareness about the record number of children being diagnosed with chronic health conditions and developmental delays.  The rates of autism are now 1 in 50 children and 1 in 31 boys.  The rate of asthma is 1 in 8 children, and the rate of ADHD is 1 in 10 children. Both EA and DDR are dedicated to educating parents about the environmental factors that contribute to these conditions.  Beyond that, both organizations…

Another Canary Kids Film Project Event Has Made the Press!

Another Canary Kids Film Project Event Has Made the Press!

Another Canary Kids Film Project Event Has Made the Press!

Epidemic Answers’ Evening with Friends event has made the news! We’re featured in the June 2013 issue of Greenwich, CT’s Serendipity magazine for our event that benefited the making of our Canary Kids Project in which we’ll be documenting the recovery of 14 children from autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes.

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The “R” Word: Sensory Processing Disorder Recovery

road to recovery sign

You may or may not know my personal recovery story. I have recovered my 2 sons, now ages 5 and 7, from sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, acid reflux and eczema with a biomedical approach, which means correcting nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, removing toxicities and correcting gut dysbiosis. Most people don’t know that sensory processing disorder recovery is possible, but my sons have recovered from it. 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…