THE “R” WORD

road to recovery signYou 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.

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 go to school the next week, get sick, and the cycle repeated ad nauseum (pun intended).

I also had severe adrenal fatigue, which was caused by dealing with my older son’s severe SPD.

Adrenal fatigue caused middle-of-the-night insomnia, in which I would be awake for hours at a time in the middle of the night and be so dead tired the next day that 3 hour naps wouldn’t help.

I later learned that adrenal fatigue was the cause of the onslaught of my “female problems”, which I’d never had before: a suddenly irregular menstrual cycle, a uterine fibroid and ovarian cysts.

I also found out I have two types of anemia: iron-deficiency (the more commonly known about kind) and folate-deficiency. I learned how these and most of out other problems can be tied back to gut dysbiosis and its chronic infections, especially Candidiasis.

I also discovered that I am hypothyroid and that this may have played a large part in my sons’ problems when I was pregnant with them.

I found out that I was loaded with heavy metals, especially mercury and lead, which are the most neurologically damaging. I immediately had my sons tested and found out they were full of them, too.

It’s been very hard going through this, as most people, even most doctors, don’t know about the causes of all these problems. They don’t understand that all of these problems are related, and they certainly don’t know that recovery is possible.

We got a lot of help from changing our diets and seeing a naturopath, a functional-medicine doctor and a holistic nutritionist, as well as from me doing never-ending research about how all of these problems are connected.

We’ve recovered from so much, although there is still more work to be done. In any case, we are so much better off now than we were 4 years ago, when all of these problems hit a crescendo.

I want people to know that recovery is possible, which is why I joined the non-profit Epidemic Answers. We seek to educate parents about the causes of these problems as well as let them know that recovery is possible.

In fact, we’re making a documentary film to show the world that recovery is possible because most people just don’t know that.

Most people don’t know that a child can recover from autism or asthma or that an adult can recover from an autoimmune disease, even multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.

If you want to learn more about our film, you can find out more by watching this video or by visiting our website. Please help us get this film made!

 

LYME DISEASE, THE GREAT MASQUERADER

A few months ago, my then-6-year-old son had a definite change in his typically sweet personality for the worst.

Given that he already been recovered from sensory processing disorder, I was confused.

This time, instead of crying at loud sounds, bright lights, fast motions, etc., he was ANGRY.  [Read more...]

PEANUT ALLERGY

peanutsI remember when I was growing up in the 1970′s (ahem) that no one had allergies, let alone an allergy to peanuts.  Now, if you go to a school, you’ll see “nut-free classrooms” and “nut tables” in the cafeteria.

Visit the school nurse’s office these days, and you’ll see epi pens everywhere along with a binder full of names of children that may require them.

Peanut allergies are no laughing matter.  They can be deadly very quickly, causing sudden anaphylaxis upon exposure to even dust or oil from peanuts.

Peanutallergy.com reports that 1% of the American population has an allergy to peanuts, while 4% of children are allergic to peanuts.  This means that the incidence is rising in the pediatric population.

So what is a parent to do?  One thing is to learn the soft signs of a compromised immune system that Epidemic Answers lists.  Be on the lookout for projectile vomiting, cradle cap, colic, diaper rash, red ears after eating, chronic runny nose, chronic constipation, a distended “pot” belly and more in your baby or toddler.

 

RECOVERY FROM SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER, REFLUX, ASTHMA, ECZEMA

older sonMy Children: Recovered from Sensory Processing Disorder, Acid Reflux, Asthma and Eczema, and getting healthier everyday!

(NOTE:  This is a blog I wrote for Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)3 non-profit of which I am a Board Member.  We let parents know that recovery is possible from autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases and other chronic children’s health disorders.)

I have recovered my sons from sensory processing disorder (SPD), acid reflux,  asthma and eczema.  [Read more...]

THE “R” WORD

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You may or may not know my personal recovery story.

I have recovered my 2 sons, now ages 6 and 8, from sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma and acid reflux 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 and hypothyroidism.  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.  [Read more...]

WHICH PATHOGENS LURK IN YOUR GUT?

CandidaDid you know that gut dysbiosis, which means there are too many pathogens outnumbering probiotic bacteria, is linked to autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, allergies, asthma, sensory processing disorder, colic, eczema, IBS and autoimmune diseases like lupus, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?

If your gut is dysbiotic, you likely have immune dysregulation.

For $99 or less (the more you order, the cheaper it is), you can find out which good guys and bad guys are taking up residence inside of you.

If you’ve ever had any kind of stool analysis done, you’ll know this is a bargain price AND the results are anonymously documented in the Human Microbiome Project.  Read more…

 

WHY IS GUT DYSBIOSIS SO BAD FOR YOU?

Gut dysbiosis is an imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria, yeast and other pathogens in your intestines.  It can cause lowered dopamine and lowered serotonin, as well as an inability to remember something in the short term.

It can also cause leaky gut (intestinal permeability) which means that waste products that should be pooped out are not and are instead leaking out and causing an immune response.

Gut dysbiosis also causes nutritional deficiencies and can lower thyroid function, as well as cause lowered excretion of waste through the kidneys.

In addition, it causes increased ghrelin and lowered leptin, making you feel hungrier than you should, thereby contributing to weight gain.

Toxins produced by gut pathogens impairs your liver’s ability to detoxify, and because they are stressors, your adrenal glands will produce more cortisol, leading to fatigue and an inability to handle stress.

Gut dysbiosis causes inflammation and oxidative stress, as well as damage mitochondria, thereby increasing fatigue and lowering glutathione, the body’s powerful antioxidant.

 

BOOK REVIEW: ENVISIONING A BRIGHT FUTURE

If you could buy only ONE book about how to recover your child from autism, PDD-NOS, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, developmental delays or ADHD, I would recommend it be my friend Patty Lemer’s, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Patty is the Executive Director and co-founder of the non-profit Developmental Delay Resources, and she has been working with these kinds of kids for over 40 years.  She’s seen it all; she knows what works.

The way she told me to read the book was to read the last chapter first:  “Prioritizing Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”.  She’s in process of writing another book that expands on this chapter, but I’ll give you the short version of it here:  [Read more...]

KOMBUCHA MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE

Kombucha may not be well tolerated by those with weak immune function, gut dysbiosis or hormonal imbalances, such as people with SIBO, IBS or Candida overgrowth.  Donna Gates of the Body Ecology Diet recommends doing controlled ferments with specific bacteria or yeast instead.  Read more…

SOURCE:  Body Ecology

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. [Read more...]

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