Change:  Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

Change: Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

Change:  Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

By Patricia S. Lemer, M.S. Bus., NCC Everything changes:  winter to spring, summer to fall, youth to adolescence, health to illness. We expect, accept and adapt naturally to the irreversible cycles of the seasons and to aging. Changes from health to illness and illness to health are not so predictable and irreversible.  We can benefit from fine-tuning our responses to these changes. How people deal with change is the basis for a profound, little book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”, given to me by my dear friend Diana Henry, OTR.  Cheese, a metaphor for what we want in life, is elusive.  As I read the book, I saw how its wisdom can help us attain our “cheese” — good health and function for our kids. Change Happens; Notice It Health changes appear first in those subtle differences in skin, digestion and behavior.  Do those little bumps persist?  Is elimination less regular?  Are sleep patterns disturbed?  In many children these early warning…

A Dairy Free Diet

A Dairy Free Diet

A Dairy Free Diet

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, Co-Founder, Developmental Delay Resources Many parents are using a dairy free diet to alleviate undesirable symptoms in their children.  This can have many benefits including: Improving focus and relatedness, Reducing post-nasal drip, and consequently the number of ear infections and other upper respiratory illnesses, Relieving eczema, Controlling bed-wetting. Concern over the need for calcium may cause some families to hesitate going milk-free for long periods of time.  Even with careful planning, providing sufficient calcium to the bones and nervous system without milk products can certainly be a challenge.  With children who have severely limited diets, the task is impossible. The most practical solution to this problem is the use of calcium supplements.  There is a wide array of products available over-the-counter, but which one should you choose?  The decision is made easier by considering three factors: dose, form, and delivery method.  Dose The recommended amount of calcium for children age one to ten is 800-1000…

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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…

How to Recover a Child from Autism, ADHD, Asthma and More

How to Recover a Child from Autism, ADHD, Asthma and More

How to Recover a Child from Autism, ADHD, Asthma and More

by Beth Lambert I have an idea about how we can heal our children. It’s a great idea. No, it’s a fantastic idea. But it may take a little explaining and a little leap of faith. Please read to this end . . . this is really good. Are You Looking for Answers? If you are a Thinking Mom (or Dad), you have probably spent many hours and many dollars looking for answers for your children about how to recover a child from autism, ADHD, asthma and other chronic illnesses. Answers with regard to why and how your child’s health became compromised in the first place. Answers with regard to what is out of balance in them biologically, physiologically, microbially, energetically, spiritually. Answers with regard to how we, as a society, can prevent more children from being harmed. Most importantly, you want answers that help us heal those that have already been harmed (our babies). I am a mother of…

Asthma and Dairy

Asthma and Dairy

Asthma and Dairy

My older son got sick a lot, especially after he started preschool when he was 3. He would go to preschool for a week then be out the whole next week because he was sick; the preschool didn’t want kids coming in who were sneezing and coughing. Constant Sickness Turned to Asthma When he was 4 years old, he had a severe asthmatic episode after we went to Los Angeles to visit my husband’s family. We woke up the first morning after we landed in LA to discover that the whole valley where his parents lived was engulfed in smoke from forest fires in the San Gabriel Mountains. They stayed on fire the entire week we were there, and, although we didn’t go out in the smoke too much, we couldn’t help but breathe in some of it in. When we came back home, he had a severe asthmatic attack, which he had never had before.  It was so bad…

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…

Almost Autism:  The Key to Stopping the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks

Almost Autism: The Key to Stopping the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks

Almost Autism:  The Key to Stopping the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks

Age of Autism ran a piece by our Executive Director, Beth Lambert, who wrote about why Epidemic Answers is making the documentary “Canary Kids” about filming the recovery of 14 kids from autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes. In short, we’re making this film because the medium of film can be powerful and effective at educating viewers in a short amount of time. The key, as Beth writes, in having people understand that it’s not just kids with autism and their families who are affected. “The key to stopping the autism epidemic in its tracks lies in helping them to see that their mildly affected children are really ‘almost autism’. A child with GERD and projectile vomiting as an infant:  almost autism A child who can’t stand to have her hair brushed, skin touched, or clothes on:  almost autism A child with low muscle tone, apraxia and runny stools:  almost autism A…

Rodger:  Asthma Recovery

Rodger: Recovery from Asthma

Rodger:  Asthma Recovery

Here’s my son Rodger’s story of recovery from asthma. Rodger was a fairly healthy and typical toddler until he began to show signs of environmental allergies and asthma around three years of age. While he did have eczema (a subtle sign of immune dysregulation) as a baby, there were no other signs that anything was amiss with Rodger as an infant or toddler. Because Rodger’s father, Rodger Sr. has known allergies to nuts, they kept highly allergenic foods out of Rodger’s diet to protect him from any possible harm. When Rodger entered preschool at three years old, Celia and Rodger Sr. knew they could not control their son’s exposure to allergens, so they felt an allergy test was in order.  Sure enough, Rodger tested positive on a serum IgE test to shellfish and nuts. Celia and Rodger closely monitored his exposure to these foods from that point on because they knew how dangerous these allergies could be. During September of…

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

Maria Rickert Hong‘s Children: Recovered from Sensory Processing Disorder, Acid Reflux, Asthma and Eczema, and getting healthier everyday! Let me tell you about my sons’ recovery from sensory processing disorder, acid reflux, asthma and eczema. I used to wonder a long time ago if these issues were related to each other and to their developmental delays, anxiety, failure to thrive and mitochondrial dysfunction, and now I know that they are. All of these issues are related to gut dysbiosis (in their case, a system Candida infection) and toxicity.  They are both full of heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium). My older son is at the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger one at the 90th. They both got it from me when I was pregnant with them.  I didn’t find out until after my older son was over 4 years old that we were all full of heavy metals. My concerns about my sons’ problems were dismissed by all…

Statistics About Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and More

Statistics About Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and More

Statistics About Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and More

Millions of American children live with diagnosed chronic illnesses.  Here are some of the statistics about autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and more: Asthma: At least 1 in 8 children, and approximately 1 in 6 African American children Allergic Eczema: 1 in 5 children Hay Fever (seasonal allergies): 2 to 3 out of every 5 children Food Allergies: 1 in 12 children under 4 years of age have a “true” food allergy (IgE mediated).  It is estimated that 1 in 3 children (or more) have food intolerances (are sensitive to particular foods) Celiac Disease: 1 in 80 children Obesity: 1 in 7 children Millions of American children struggle with “psychiatric” disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities: adinabulina | dreamstime.com Autism: 1 in 31 boys  (1 in 50 children) ADHD: 1 in 10 children Learning Disability: 1 in 6 children Severe Mood Dysregulation (e.g., bipolar disorder): 1 in 30 children Dyspraxia (Impaired coordination and motor skills):  1 in 10 children Pediatric Depression:…