I see undiagnosed thyroid problems in young children pass through my office every day. Any child who is overweight or tired (kids should not be tired) or chronically constipated should be evaluated for hypothyroidism and iodine deficiency. Standard thyroid tests (TSH) are not enough and a complete thyroid blood panel including total T3/T4, thyroid antibodies, and iodine levels should be performed to achieve a complete understanding of thyroid function. In addition, every child with Down Syndrome will have hypothyroidism and should be treated as early as possible, even as an infant.
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in Down Syndrome, Hashimoto's, Hypothyroid, Iodine
There are so many wonderful non-pharmaceutical treatments to help children focus and concentrate. The problem with our system is that there are no objective tests for ADHD, just a frustrated school teacher and a parent survey. Children with anxiety, hyperactivity, lack of focus, and lack of motivation all get lumped into one diagnosis and get thrown stimulants that stunt their growth for life. Other answers exist! Try those with or without pharmaceuticals.
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in ADHD
Non-organic rice products have high levels of toxic arsenic. Organic rice products contain non-toxic, naturally present arsenic that is not harmful. Simple urine tests can measure the levels of toxic (inorganic) versus safe (organic) arsenic levels.
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in Arsenic Toxicity
We had a great time when NBC came out to our natural autism clinic a couple years ago. We have dedicated our lives to helping children achieve their full potential and our new office.
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in Autism
Many children with tics that worsen during colds are undiagnosed for PANDAS. This condition is also known as Syndenham’s Chorea or St. Vitus Dance, and sadly, ignored by most neurologists. If your child has tics or seizures that worsen during a sore throat or other cold, have them evaluated by a neurologist that specializes in PANDAS.
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in PANDAS, Seizures, Strep, Tics
MTHFR mutations are becoming more popular to analyze and treat. It is one of the most common genetic mutations, affecting approximately 50% of the population. MTHFR mutations contribute to serotonin and dopamine deficiencies, increasing the risk of mood and sensory issues, along with sleep problems. Get tested and treated!
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in Anxiety, COMT, MTHFR
Breathing problems affects over 10% of our children and can be prevented. Removing food allergens and food sensitivities while correcting nutritional deficiencies can improve their health.
Posted on January 4th, 2015 in Asthma, Vitamin D
I’m a visual person. I see things. When I recollect a memory, something from my childhood, a lab test for a patient, a moment with my wife and daughter, it comes to me as a picture. So when a patient asked for a Map to Healing Autism, my first thought was, “What does that look like?”
Initially, I had a vision of a hiking trail, taking us from the base of the mountain to the top of the mountain, and looking over a horizon of recovery for our children. But then I realized, that’s not the right map. Our map has more roads, more pathways. We don’t all start from the same place, but we all want to end up at the same destination.
Our map is more like a road map of the country. Let’s say we all want to get to Disney World. I live in Connecticut and have one route, other people live to the west, other people in Canada, other may need to take a boat or a plane. So there’s not the same route for everyone. This is the perfect analogy for healing autism. It truly is a spectrum, because there are different symptoms, different physiologies, different biochemistries, different genetics, and different treatments for all our children. That’s what is making healing autism so difficult. A road for wonderful B12 shots for one family, may end up on a rocky cliff for other families.
This book has many answers. Many solutions. Which route will get you to recovery? You never know until you start your trip. I hope this book acts as a guide, and if something is a dead end for you. Don’t. Give. Up!!! Take a different road. After 15 years of working with children with autism, ADHD, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and other behavioral challenges, the thing that I’ve learned is that there is not one easy solution. There are many easy solutions! We just have to find yours.
I have helped the non-verbal speak, the anxious calm, the stims be peaceful. I know recovery is possible because I’ve seen it. I’ve also been lucky to find my life’s work. It is to help our kids recover, to be the best they can be. As a parent myself, I know we want our children to grow up, enjoy life, and be able to take care of themselves when we can’t help them anymore. Let me guide you there.