Maggie: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Because of my experiences with my older daughter who had sensory processing disorder, allergies and eczema, I caught my second daughter’s biomedical issues at a much earlier stage. My second daughter, Maggie, developed oral thrush within one week of birth.  She was given Nystatin and unfortunately, she was also exposed to antibiotics early on (these were given to me to prevent an infection from breastfeeding with thrush). It Began with Colic Maggie developed colic-like symptoms shortly after exposure to the antibiotics.  It was at this time that I began to do some research on the possible causes of colic. I learned that people in many other countries use probiotics to address colic and also to restore gastrointestinal balance after exposure to antibiotics. Against our pediatrician’s advice, we gave Maggie some infant-formulated probiotics in breastmilk and within a few days, the colic symptoms were completely gone.  After this, all seemed well with Maggie’s health.  There was no constipation or other signs…

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Avery: Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, OCD, Eczema, Allergies

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My oldest daughter, Avery* began to show signs of gut dysbiosis shortly after birth. About a week after she was born, Avery developed oral thrush (overgrowth of Candida in the mouth, a sign of gut dysbiosis) that was treated with Nystatin. This appeared to resolve the problem. However, at about 7 weeks old colic set in; she would scream, writhe, and couldn’t be consoled for hours and hours each day. This colic lasted until she was 4 months old.  This is when I began to notice Avery’s constipation. Her stools were hard and difficult to pass–a sign that something was not right in her gastrointestinal system.  Many times while trying to have a bowel movement should would cry or scream in pain.  This chronic constipation lasted well into her third year. Through the thrush, colic, and constipation, our pediatricians assured us Avery was “fine,” “normal,” and that I myself was “too anxious” about my daughter’s health. Once Avery stopped nursing at…

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Approaches to Healing

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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…

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Getting Started on Recovery from Autism, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma & More

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How can I help my child get started on recovery from autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma and more -  from a chronic illness or underlying gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation? To get started, consider taking the following actions: Connect with other parents who are in the process of healing their children.  Other parents who have been through the healing journey can be the greatest of resources. Find a healthcare provider who understands this epidemic and can help you heal the underlying biological dysfunctions present in your child’s body.  Most providers experienced in recovering children from chronic illnesses come from the fields of functional, integrative, complementary, or natural medicine. Ask your provider to order diagnostic tests or biological analysis panels. Often, providers will start by ordering particular tests such as comprehensive IgE or IgG allergy panels to screen for food and environmental allergies and sensitivities.  Some providers suggest ordering diagnostic tests that look at various metabolic functions within the body. Ask your…