Our Favorite Books

Our Favorite Books

Our Favorite Books

You can purchase items from Amazon Smile and designate us as your beneficiary – we’ll get 0.5% of all purchases.  We’d love to be your charity of choice!  If you feel inspired to give outright, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. To make it easy for you, we thought we’d share our favorite books about health and healing: “Is This Your Child:  Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults” by Doris Rapp, M.D. “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders” by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth “A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children” by Beth Lambert and Victoria Kobliner “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, Patricia S. Lemer “The Thinking Moms’ Revolution:  Autism Beyond the Spectrum:  Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children” by Helen Conroy, Lisa Joyce Goes and Robert W….

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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…

Failure to Thrive

Failure to Thrive

Failure to Thrive

“Failure to thrive” is when your child’s weight percentile falls to the 3rdpercentile or below or when it crosses 2 or more major percentile curves.  When either of these (or both, as in the case of my older son) happens, it’s an indication that the child is not growing as he or she should be. I could scream every time someone tells me that I’m not that big or my husband’s not that big, so my sons’ failure to thrive is something I shouldn’t worry about.  Or how about when I’m told to stop comparing my kids to fat American kids?  I’m NOT comparing my boys to other kids.  I’m comparing them to THEMSELVES.  That’s the point of a growth percentile curve.  A child is born at a certain height and weight, which puts them on a growth-percentile curve, and they should track that curve.  Otherwise, what’s the point of having these curves? For example, my older son was born…

Methylation Defects:  The Hidden Link Among Alcoholism, Autism, Cancer and More

Methylation Defects: The Hidden Link Among Alcoholism, Autism, Cancer and More

Methylation Defects:  The Hidden Link Among Alcoholism, Autism, Cancer and More

Methylation is a subject that keeps coming up again and again for my sons and myself.  It’s one of those all-encompassing issues like toxicity or gut dysbiosis because so many diseases and conditions are linked, directly or indirectly, to it or rather, a lack of it. What is methylation?  It’s the chemical process of donating a methyl group (CH3) to a molecule or compound.  This doesn’t sound like much, but this little group is very important to how our bodies function, as I’m finding out. It not only helps with energy production and builds immune cells and neurotransmitters, but it also processes hormones, detoxifies our bodies, puts protective myelin sheath on our nerves, and can be responsible for epigenetic gene regulation. Because of its association with all of these essential processes, an inability to methylate is linked to a whole host of diseases and conditions.  Methylation defects are linked to: Diabetes Alcoholism Cardiovascular disease Cancer Osteoporosis Spina bifida Autism Fibromyalgia…

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

After finding out that I had heavy metal poisoning, I immediately thought about my sons.  Was it possible that I had passed any of this on to them? Could this be responsible for their sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, eczema, acid reflux, and developmental delays? Would I finally find the common thread that I had been looking for all along that tied all of these conditions together? Yes, unfortunately. My Sons’ Heavy-Metal Toxicity After finding out about my toxicity, I had both sons tested with a heavy-metal hair test because it’s not invasive.  My older son was in the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger at the 90th. That means that my older son had more heavy metals in him than 97% of people in the reference group, which contains roughly 40,000 people. Heavy Metal Reference Range (g/g) Older Son (g/g) Younger Son (g/g) Aluminum <8.000 16.000 13.000 Antimony <0.066 0.110 0.210 Arsenic <0.080 0.047 0.098 Barium <0.500…

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity

I’ve been chelating to remove heavy metal toxicity for a while now.  I had myself retested back in January 2011, and my levels of heavy metals had declined significantly. “H” means higher than the reference range, and “VH” means it’s a way-high number.  My initial mercury levels were literally off the charts! Mercury is toxic at one part per billion, which is about the same concentration as one grain of salt in one swimming pool. Metal              Reference Range      March 2010 Level     January 2011 Level Aluminum                   <35                              0                                  9.5 Antimony                   <0.4                             0                                  0 Arsenic                        <117                            120H                           19 Barium                            <7                                6.2                               6 Beryllium                    <0.6                             0.4                               0 Bismuth                      <15                              4.6                               0.5 Cadmium                     <1                                0.6                               0.4 Cesium                        <10                              7.8                               11H Gadolinium                 <0.4                             0                                  0 Lead                            <2                                4.9H                            4.3H Mercury                      <4                                25VH                          4.3H Nickel                          <12                              7.4                               5.1 Palladium                    <0.3                             0                                  0 Platinum                      <1                                0                                  0 Tellurium                    <0.3                             0                                  0 Thallium                      <0.5                             0.4                               0.9H Thorium                      <0.03                           0.02                             0 Tin                              <10                              1.5                               0.4 Titanium                     <15                              0                                  0…

What Is Gut Dysbiosis?

What Is Gut Dysbiosis?

What Is Gut Dysbiosis?

Gut dysbiosis — this topic is the motherlode.  It’s one of the two core (in my opinion) reasons for the explosion of chronic childhood illnesses we see today. Gut Dysbiosis:  A Common Link Among the Epidemic of Children’s Chronic Illnesses First, let’s discuss the numbers behind this epidemic:  How many kids did you know when you were growing up that had autism, ADHD, acid reflux, allergies, asthma, developmental delays and/or mental health issues? I knew of only ONE child with any one of these in the whole time I went to school from elementary school to high school.  Now that I am a mom, I can tell you that it’s the rare child who does NOT have any chronic illnesses.  The statistics for today’s kids are staggering: 1 in 6 African-American children has asthma; 1 of every 8 children has it 1 in 5 children has allergic eczema 2-3 out of every 5 children have hay fever 1 in 3…

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…

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

If I were to tell you that both of my sons have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), you might: a) ask, what is that? b) ask, how did you know that they have it? or c) not believe me unless you had met them – especially my older son – a few years ago. I believe that they are mostly recovered because of occupational therapy (OT) interventions over the course of a year and a half and because of ongoing naturopathic medicine and dietary changes. My goal here in this article is to help other parents understand what SPD is and what can be done about it. To answer the first question, people with SPD have a problem with the wiring from their nervous system to their brain; SPD is a neurological disorder.  SPD is usually more noticeable in kids; most adults have learned to compensate. Sensory Seekers and Sensory Avoiders There are two kinds of people with SPD: sensory seekers…

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…