The New Normal:  1 in 68 Children with Autism

The New Normal: 1 in 68 Children with Autism

The New Normal:  1 in 68 Children with Autism

by Ashley Morgan, mother of 2 chronically ill children (Leo and Sydney) It’s official according to the CDC and other government bodies. The rate of autism has increased no matter what.  The numbers are now 1 in 68. Will these new numbers be the tipping point that will cause change in the way we take care of our children?  Will it change how we live? Over reporting? Even Michael Kogan, lead author of the HRSA study states there are unaccounted for percentages in the rise. I didn’t get a call, did you? Doubtful Leo’s former pediatricians didn’t account for him. And how about those that say we must “proceed with caution?”  What?  Cautiously treat children that desperately need services?  When a very small percentage get the level of services they need already? Do we treat the statistics or do we treat what we see before us? I was sitting at dinner the other night with new friends after Leo’s baseball…

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

by Ayelet Connell-Giammatteo, P.T., I.M.T.,C. Recently, I visited with my son’s new preschool teacher.  One of the first questions that she asked me was if my son had any allergies.  I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, my biggest fear in having my son begin school was that his food sensitivities would not be accommodated. When I mentioned that he had gluten sensitivity and peanut sensitivity, she exclaimed, “That’s great! We have plenty of gluten-free snacks in the classroom and the school is a peanut-free zone!” In fact, she mentioned that the only snacks that they provide to the children in the classroom are those that can be eaten by everyone. Now, I know that not every classroom is as allergy-friendly as this one.  But it leads us to consider a future of more possibilities. Allergies are becoming so commonplace today.  It is a rare family that does not have a child and/or parent with allergies. There are many signs and symptoms…

Immune Dysregulation and Gut Dysbiosis

Immune Dysregulation and Gut Dysbiosis

Immune Dysregulation and Gut Dysbiosis

Central Biological Dysfunctions in Chronic Childhood Illnesses To understand what causes chronic illness in our children, we must first understand that the symptoms that appear in our children (wheezing, constipation, behavior issues, etc.) are the result of much more complex underlying biological dysfunctions in their bodies. The wheezing that accompanies asthma, for instance, does not simply mean that something is wrong with the lungs, rather, it is a symptom that tells us that other systems and functions in the body are breaking down. Two very important systems in the body, the immune system and the gastrointestinal system, appear to be most affected in children showing signs of chronic illness. When the immune system and the gastrointestinal system are not functioning properly, you begin to see signs and symptoms of illness – all sorts of illness (everything from depression to eczema). Very few people would think that the symptoms of asthma have anything to do with the gastrointestinal system or that…