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….

Sugar and Candida

Sugar and Candida

Sugar and Candida

by Christine Winderlin and Dr. Keith Sehnert.  Reprinted with permission from Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas. Of all the foods that can damage the body, sugar seems to be the most effective.  Sugar is sweet but has no nutritional value, lowers immune defenses, and encourages Candida growth.  Sugar and Candida go hand in hand. If large amounts of sugar are consumed on a daily basis, the result may be an immune system unable to fight infection. Dr. William Crook sums up the relationship between sugar and yeast growth: “Feeding sugar and simple carbohydrates to Candida organisms is like pouring kerosene on a fire.” The average American consumes more than 130 pounds of sugar every year – 14 times more than was consumed only 100 years ago.  Obvious evidence of our need for sugar is everywhere.  Many supermarkets dedicate entire aisles to cookies, candies, syrups, sugar-coated cereals, and ice cream treats and desserts.  Less obvious examples of sugar-laden foods are tucked throughout…

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…

The Organic Acid Test

The Organic Acid Test

The Organic Acid Test

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND The medical histories of distractible children often include frequent use of antibiotics or steroids, digestive disturbances and/or allergies. Any one of these can impair immune functioning and pre-dispose children to the overgrowth of small amounts of pathological bacteria and yeast that normally reside in the gut in controlled amounts. Organic Acid Test Dr. William Shaw, the Director of Great Plains Laboratory, has discovered a way to monitor the by-products or metabolites of imbalanced gut flora in children with developmental issues ranging from attention deficits to autism. He does this by quantifying specific organic acids in the urine, a test known as the Organic Acid Test (OAT).  These substances are part of a large family of organic acids that have been observed for years in youngsters with genetic disorders. Unlike organic acids traditionally measured to diagnose chromosome abnormalities and other syndromes, the obscure set of organic acids Dr. Shaw decided to study, appears to be the…

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The “R” Word: Sensory Processing Disorder Recovery

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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…

Healing Eczema with Food

Healing Eczema with Food

Healing Eczema with Food

My sons have had eczema their whole lives.  It has ranged from cradle cap (did you know that was a form of eczema?) to itchy bumps in the creases of the knees and elbows to full-blown bloody red rashes on the arms and legs. Pediatricians, as usual (sorry!), were useless in treating eczema.  Their standard advice was to “put a little cortisone cream on it”.  I did try that a few times at first with my older son, but I quickly grew worried about the effects of it on his already-poor immune system.  Cortisone cream is a steroid, and steroids suppress the immune system.  Not only that, but I learned that suppressing eczema with cortisone cream can lead to asthma. Most times, we just put up with the itchiness, but this winter, my older son’s eczema was the worst I had ever seen.  There was an itchy, red rash all over his thighs and horrible itchy bumps all around his…

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

I became severely stressed when I began taking care of my two boys without any help because that’s when my older son’s sensory issues and “fight, fright or flight” issues really kicked in. Sensory Processing Disorder Drove Me Over the Edge He was crying about everything almost non-stop, and almost nothing I could do could console him. I read an article the other day from SheKnows Parenting called, How To Talk To Your Pediatrician About Sensory Processing Disorder that summed up Sensory Processing Disorder very well:  “The difference between a finicky child and a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) is that the child with SPD will often react in what you would consider a highly over the top manner, such as prolonged screaming and crying.” That was my older son, and that’s what drove me over the edge. A Whole Host of Sudden, New Symptoms Because of this, I developed middle-of-the-night insomnia, extreme irritability, shingles (twice), bronchitis (which I’d…

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

After finding out that I had heavy metal poisoning, I immediately thought about my sons.  Was it possible that I had passed any of this on to them? Could this be responsible for their sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, eczema, acid reflux, and developmental delays? Would I finally find the common thread that I had been looking for all along that tied all of these conditions together? Yes, unfortunately. My Sons’ Heavy-Metal Toxicity After finding out about my toxicity, I had both sons tested with a heavy-metal hair test because it’s not invasive.  My older son was in the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger at the 90th. That means that my older son had more heavy metals in him than 97% of people in the reference group, which contains roughly 40,000 people. Heavy Metal Reference Range (g/g) Older Son (g/g) Younger Son (g/g) Aluminum <8.000 16.000 13.000 Antimony <0.066 0.110 0.210 Arsenic <0.080 0.047 0.098 Barium <0.500…

How Not to Have a Child with Autism

How Not to Have a Child with Autism

How Not to Have a Child with Autism

by Jennifer Elrod, mother of a toddler boy who is in the process of recovering from mild autistic symptoms, speech delay and gross motor delay As the mother of a toddler who has developmental delays, ASD symptoms, and signs of mitochondrial dysfunction, when I look back at the year before I became pregnant, I have a list of “I wish I had dones” and “I wish I had knowns”. Let me tell you how not to have a child with autism. Many of the items on those lists can probably be dismissed. But even after weeding out the less rational fears and doubts, a few things remain. These remaining items can be dismissed on the basis of “don’t feel guilty” or “move forward”. But they can’t be dismissed on logical grounds as opposed to psychological grounds. My goal in looking back is to help somebody else. I have seen the women in the online forums asking other women what they…

Jacob:  Recovery from Aspergers

Jacob: Recovery from Aspergers

Jacob:  Recovery from Aspergers

Here’s the story of my oldest son’s recovery from Aspergers. Symptoms included: Chronic explosive diarrhea from age 18 months to 6 years Multiple food allergies and chemical sensitivities, that lasted until 6th grade Candida, yeast overgrowth Facial tics Night terrors Several violent tantrums per day from about 2 ½ to 3 years old. Took up about 3 hours of our day trying to calm him down. Difficulty transitioning Sensory Integration, or SI Literal interpretation of language ADHD/ODD/Depression The major healing elements: Strict diets I designed specifically for Jacob using muscle testing to watch for food sensitivities, and very few chemicals/preservatives/artificial ingredients of any kind. Limiting his exposure to environmental toxins. Homeopathy Chiropractic Emotional healing (NET, EFT, NLP) The right supplements The belief that your child can heal. 3rd grade was the official diagnosis. Broke my heart. Broke my heart a million more times, learning about SI, and finally understanding why he was so whiny, angry about sensory issues. Learning about…