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…

The Alzheimer Autism Connection

The Alzheimer Autism Connection

The Alzheimer Autism Connection

by Laurette Janak Do you have a child with autism?  A history of depression?  A parent with Alzheimer’s?  Some discoveries I made might interest to you about the Alzheimer autism connection. When I adopted my daughter, she was simply the girl I had always wanted.  Little did I know what adventures her complicated medical issues would lead me into. My son Steven had been conceived through the help of nutritional therapies, and I knew that because Emily had Down Syndrome, vitamin therapy would be crucial for her.  I read everything I could about her condition. Kent MacLeod at Nutri-Chem, the Canadian company whose nutrients for Down syndrome are known world-wide, called me a “one-woman research institute”. Folate Deficiencies I learned that children with Down Syndrome have weakened immune systems and impaired folate cycles.  Folates are products of complex biochemical reactions through which our bodies convert folic acid, a vitamin found in green leafy vegetables, into substances responsible for various important…

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…

Mia now

Mia: Recovery from Autism

Mia now

I am releasing this story here as a means to get this story out to as many people as possible.  I am a physical therapist for 14 years, a healthcare provider; I am a husband and a dad. I do not work in pediatric physical therapy.  That particular patient population is not my clientele, and I do not plan on specializing in pediatric physical therapy in the future. I have nothing to gain from this at all except for my colleagues in health care and the doctors who refer to me to think of me as a quack or a nut. That being said, I feel that it is my moral and ethical duty to share this story to you and anyone willing to take the time to read it.  It may help them or someone that they know. My wife’s sister’s son is autistic, I had an entire pediatric internship in pediatrics dealing with developmentally delayed children, some who…

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…

Healing Modalities

Approaches to Healing

Healing Modalities

While we would love to list organizations and healing approaches that are backed by leading medical institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, or Mt. Sinai, the truth is that few of the mainstream conventional medical institutions have much to offer children with chronic illnesses in terms of actionable protocols for recovery or cure. While a tremendous amount of research is ongoing at these prestigious institutions (and we hope to see answers soon!), families dealing with chronic illnesses do not have time to wait. Thus, parents and some pioneering physicians and medical researchers have found that in order to heal children they have had to step outside the boundaries of convention. Remarkably, parents, physicians and researchers who have dared to step outside of convention have healed and recovered children from illnesses that were once thought to be lifelong or incurable.   One very important caveat is necessary here: Depending on the severity of illness, the path to recovery…