Child Malnutrition

Child Malnutrition

Child Malnutrition

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Child malnutrition is often associated with the image of a thin, forlorn child with a distended belly. Another kind of malnutrition, with high and empty calories, runs rampant in America, among people who never experience deprivation. Children with developmental delays are especially susceptible to this type of malnutrition because they tend to be picky eaters or may be on restricted diets for the treatment of allergies or autism. What Is High or Empty Calorie Malnutrition? A person can gain weight eating excessive calories consisting only of bread and french fries, missing the nutrients needed for optimal neurological development.  During critical brain development periods, such a diet can cause permanent damage due to lack of essential vitamin and mineral building blocks. Picky eaters may eat too little food or suffer from empty calorie malnutrition by eating junk foods with excess calories but few nutrients.  If their intake is poor over a long enough period, a type…

Do You Have a Zinc Deficiency?

Do You Have a Zinc Deficiency?

Do You Have a Zinc Deficiency?

by Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, AADP Here’s a fun way to test for a zinc deficiency, which is common in many people, especially those with compromised immune systems and/or picky eaters:  do a zinc challenge. It’s very easy to do:  buy some Zinc Challenge, put a little in a cup, swish it in your mouth, then spit it out.  It will taste different depending on your zinc status.  People with a zinc deficiency commonly have either a poor sense or a hyper-sensitive sense of taste and smell, and they won’t be able to taste the zinc sulfate monohydrate that’s in Zinc Challenge. Those with sufficient zinc will notice that it tastes like old eggs and will want to spit it out immediately.  In my experience, most people think it tastes like water. Be sure not to tell anyone ahead of time (especially kids) what kind of tastes to expect! Maria Rickert Hong is a Certified Holistic Health…

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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…

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…

Vaccines and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Vaccines and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Vaccines and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Immunizations and the Immunocompromised The subject of childhood immunizations is extremely controversial, but it may be an important piece of the puzzle concerning the epidemic of chronic childhood illness. The divide that exists between those who are vaccine advocates and those who are vaccine safety advocates is wide, but these two sides need to establish a civil dialogue so that we can assure that America’s childhood infectious disease eradication program is as safe and effective as possible. Vaccine advocates argue that vaccines have been vindicated by scientific research, and that there is no proven link to autism or other chronic illnesses. Vaccine safety advocates argue that many of these studies are flawed and that vaccines are either “poisoning” children (citing vaccine additives like aluminum and mercury) or that they are in some way dysregulating the immune system (e.g., causing immune responses to become altered and harmful). Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of both the National Institutes of Health and the…

The "R" Word:  Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder

The “R” Word: Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder

The "R" Word:  Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder

You may or may not know my personal recovery story of how my sons have experienced recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I have recovered my 2 sons, now ages 5 and 7, from SPD, asthma, allergies, acid reflux and eczema with a biomedical approach, which means correcting nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, removing toxicities and correcting gut dysbiosis. 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 for at least a week at a time, then…