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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

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Tommy’s Story – by Liane Holder All seemed well as we began our life with our newly adopted son.  His birth mother’s questionable background was not a concern because surely we could provide all the love and security and parenting necessary to overcome any rocky start he might have. Initially that would appear true as he met physical milestones. His first word was dog and that remained his only word well past his 2nd birthday.  He didn’t sleep through the night and was often irritable, but so were other children… still… something was beginning to nag at us.  Entering daycare at 2, he was a handful, often biting or striking other children without provocation. He also hugged and kissed everybody and anybody, including perfect strangers in stores.  At 3 he entered a language-based special pre-K due to his delayed language.  We didn’t really understand at the time that his lack of speech was the red flag he had been waving…

Antibiotic Alternatives

Antibiotic Alternatives

Antibiotic Alternatives

by Dr. Michael Schmidt For decades, antibiotics have been the cornerstone of treatment for bacterial infections. Antibiotics have saved many lives during this time.  However, doctors have come to rely too heavily on these miracle drugs and the overuse of antibiotics has led to serious problems. For all of the potential benefits of antibiotics, a growing list of adverse health consequences has emerged because of overuse.  A sample of these is listed below: Children with chronic earaches who take many series of antibiotics experience 2-6 times more recurrent ear infections. Antibiotic overuse can upset intestinal integrity. Antibiotic overuse can suppress immune function. Factors that Lower Immunity We know that there are many factors that lower immunity and thus make the body more susceptible to infection.  These include: Nutrition:  Low vitamin C and zinc lead to sluggish immune response. Diet:  Excess sugar consumption slows the ability of white blood cells to engulf and destroy bacteria. Lifestyle:  Sedentary people tend to have…

Removal of Allergenic Foods Helps Asthma and Acid Reflux

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…

Nutrition Fundamentals – The Foundation of a Healing Approach to Autism

Mention the words “nutrition” and “autism” and many people quickly but exclusively think of gluten and casein free diets (GFCF). While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill.  When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of picky eating behaviors and limited diets, bowel irregularities, food allergies or sensitivities and physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies.  A vicious cycle is created which goes something like this: The poorly functioning digestive tract (whether from food…

This Should Be All Over the News Media!

by Beth Lambert The statistics are frightening enough on their own. 1 in 50 children has autism (and this number is growing!).  In some communities (e.g., Somali immigrants in Minnesota), the statistics are even higher. 1 in 8 children has asthma. 1 in 10 children has ADHD. 1 in 6 children has a learning disorder. 1 in 80 children has celiac disease (a hugely underdiagnosed condition) But what is even more frightening is that it seems like no one is even paying attention to the fact that millions of children in this country are sick.  Millions.  Some have diagnoses, some do not, but they are all affected. Why isn’t this all over the evening news?  How is it that the news media can follow Lindsey Lohan’s every misstep but seems to be missing one of the greatest health epidemics of our time? From time to time, you do hear about autism in the news media, but no one seems to…

The New Normal

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 50. 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? 

Sophia: Recovery from Colic

Read about how Karen eliminated colic in her baby Sophia below. Sophia was born full term with an APGAR score of 10.  She seemed perfect and everything seemed to be going really well… until colic set in when she was about three or four weeks old.   She would cry and scream at the top of her lungs and it seemed like she was in pain.  Sometimes she would scrunch her legs up.   I didn’t know what to do and the crying was driving me over the edge.  I called my lactation consultant who suggested that I remove a few things from my diet to see if this would help. At first I didn’t think that the colic could be related to something in my diet because she seemed to be okay when she was breastfeeding.  It was later that the crying would begin . . . and it just seemed to go on and on.  But, I thought…

Alexa and Sergio: Recovery from Lyme and Autism

I have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Our healing journey really began when they were 3 and 1 years old. I now know that both of them had gut dysbiosis and dysregulated immune systems which presented in very different ways for each child. Learning  that they had gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation was like finding the missing link. Learning about these conditions and how to overcome them was what really put us onto the path of healing. Oral Thrush Just the Beginning Soon after Alexa was born, she developed oral thrush and was treated with Nystatin.  This seemed to clear up the thrush, yet Alexa had €œfoamy€ diarrhea and painful gas constantly. Nursing became increasingly difficult as Alexa struggled to stay latched on as if she was choking on the milk. My pediatrician at the time instructed me to reduce my diet to chicken, rice and a couple of vegetables.  She also told me…

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…

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…