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2013 February 13
by Maria Rickert Hong

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The Journey to Conscious Creation

2011 June 16
by Maria Rickert Hong

[Read this excellent article by my friend, Nina Antolino, about how she conceived her beautiful son, despite being told it was impossible!  An inspirational story about healing, wellness and the power of intention]

The Journey to Conscious Creation

By Nina Antolino

In life, millions of moments sadly pass unnoticed.   We are not awake to our experiences while they are happening.  We often walk our path habitually, building deeper grooves in our minds and reinforcing our deeply entrenched, self-limiting beliefs about who we are and what is possible.  We are pulled outside ourselves for the answers we seek, rather than trusting our inner guidance.  We vacillate between trying desperately to control everything in our life on the one hand, and completely abdicating to some outside authority on the other.  We pay attention only to that which supports our thinking and ignore any evidence that stands in contrast.

But every so often there are moments that cannot be ignored.  Moments that have the power to wake you up, propel you in a new direction, help you to see your life and your Self in a new light.  Moments that challenge what you believe to be true and change you forever:  Empowering moments. Transformational moments.    Sometimes they are found in a moment of profound kindness or beauty.  Often, they are hidden within our most challenging experiences.   It is in these moments that we have the potential to discover the deeper messages and lessons of our life.

At the age of 40, I was told by a Reproductive Endocrinologist that it would not be possible for me to conceive, even with assistance.   It was one of THE most defining moments of my life.   For months while trying to get pregnant, all of my attention was focused on what was wrong with my body, what my body wasn’t doing, why now that I was ready to get pregnant, my body wouldn’t cooperate.  My mind was creating so much stress, how could my body cooperate?  And my life had gotten so out of balance.  All I could focus on was my inability to achieve this goal.  I had gotten so caught up in worrying and wanting desperately for something to happen, that I had forgotten everything I had already learned about the mind/body connection.    As a yoga instructor and empowerment life coach, I knew about the inherent connection between body, mind, heart and spirit. But now I was being beckoned to trust in it like never before, to really live it, not just to guide others to it.   This time, it is I who really had to learn to listen and trust, perhaps for the very first time, the wisdom within.  It was a reminder for me: the body, mind and spirit are inseparable and greatly influence each other.   To create wellness get back to what you know, find balance and trust your body’s wisdom.

I had sought out two other professional opinions but each reinforced the assertion that with endometriosis, my age, and an FSH of 27, pregnancy would not be possible.  In that defining moment, I woke up!  I could choose to turn my future over to that limiting belief and the scientific data and authority that supported it, or I could implement everything I had learned in my life and had been teaching my clients about the power of beliefs and our creative potential.  Many of our thoughts and beliefs are self-limiting and self-defeating and are reflected in our lives.  We live in a culture that teaches women to doubt their body’s wisdom and innate creative abilities (especially if you are over 40!).  But interestingly in places like Africa, women have children into their fifties, naturally.  (They have never been told that their bodies are too old to conceive).  I decided right then:  “I am not going to believe that it’s not possible for me.  It’s just data!”  This experience had a message reminding me:   Believe in possibilities rather than just what science tells you.  Let go of trying to control the outcome, trust your connection to something greater and recognize your creative ability to influence and shape your life

And so I began again to practice yoga, meditate, to pray, to set an intention and notice the flashes of intuition that would arise.  Within a few weeks through a series of synchronous events, I was led to an acupuncturist who specialized in fertility. I was reminded of power of breathing, releasing emotional stress, nurturing yourself, staying present  and knowing we attract into our life what most focus on with our minds.

She helped me to understand that her clients came to her not only as a last resort or an alternative to conventional methods, but also as a way to support one’s body while going through fertility treatments.  It was about creating balance.   She helped me understand the role that nutrition played and put me on a fertility diet.  She used herbs and acupuncture to address my specific imbalances.

It was then that I recognized the importance of choosing someone I trusted for such an important journey.   Equally important was that I would be a full partner in this process and no longer abdicate responsibility to anyone else for my health and well being.   Although I had been in the holistic field for a decade, this modality was new to me.   The more I learned, the more I became an advocate for myself.  I was on a new, more empowered path.  It reinforced for me:  Educate yourself.  Knowledge is empowering.  Surround yourself with people that help you feel safe but be your own best advocate.

Within a few months, between changes in diet and the acupuncture, yoga and meditation, visualizations and guided imagery, emotional support and finding support and balance in my life, I was really feeling a difference in my energy level and my ability to really tune into my body’s signals.  One night, I walked into our bedroom and said to my husband, “I think I’m pregnant”.  I hadn’t even missed my cycle but I just felt it in my body, I just “knew”.   The next day, my instincts were confirmed.  The call came in:  “Nina, congratulations, you are pregnant!”

I would remain a patient of the RE through my first trimester.   On the day I left the practice, I asked the RE what he thought about my ‘miracle’ since he had told me many months ago it wasn’t possible.  He just congratulated me for being tenacious and not giving up.  And before I left his office, I simply turned to him and said “I really think it is vital that no woman ever hears ‘It’s not possible’ just because science says so.”  I spoke those words with my whole heart, mind and soul.  It was in that transformational moment that I knew I wanted to share that message with other women:  to help them to know that no matter or anyone tells them, anything is possible!  There is always something greater working on their behalf and they have the power to consciously create and shape their experience by changing their beliefs, trusting their inner wisdom and by tapping into the union of their body, mind and spirit!

On July 31, 2008, a healthy 8 lb-13oz boy, Noah Bennett (which means Peaceful, Little Blessed One) was born!  Had I believed that it wasn’t possible, my story may have had a very different ending!

Nina Antolino, BE, MBA, RYT, is the Founder and Executive Director of Limitless Potential, a consulting and coaching practice designed to empower clients to achieve their full creative potential.  She is a Certified Empowerment Life Coach and has been coaching clients locally and tele-coaching nationally since 2005.  She is a Nationally Certified Yoga Instructor since 2000  and a Strategic  Learning Consultant.   Nina’s passion and personal experience has inspired her to design Women’s Empowerment and Wellness  programs to help educate, empower and encourage women to be conscious creators of their life.  Through a mind-body-spirit approach and empowerment workshops and empowerment groups, she coaches women to find balance, trust their inner guidance, release fears and limiting beliefs, and empower them to achieve their limitless potential.  Whether contemplating/struggling with conception or wanting to create a more inspiring vision for all areas of their life, the empowerment coaching process is a powerful tool for self-transformation.

For more information go to www.limitless-potential.com or email [email protected]

April is Autism Awareness Month

2011 April 29
by Maria Rickert Hong

Just a friendly reminder that April is (or WAS, as April is almost over!) Autism Awareness Month

Be sure to read the Epidemic Answers April Newsletter which is devoted solely to Autism–This issue has some great articles contributed by Nancy O’Hara, MD, Gail Szakacs, MD, Vicki Kobliner MS RD C-N and Lorna Aliperti ARNP–all outstanding healthcare professionals dedicated to spreading the word about the epidemic of autism and helping children recover from this and other chronic conditions.  Click the following link to read the newsletter:  http://p0.vresp.com/5Iq2Ij

The Foundation of a Healing Approach to Autism

2011 April 13
by Maria Rickert Hong
Nutrition Fundamentals-The Foundation of a Healing Approach to Autism
By Victoria Kobliner, MS RD CD-N
Mention the words “nutrition” and “autism” and many people quickly but exclusively think of gluten and casein free diets (GFCF).  While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies.  Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill.  When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far reaching effects.
Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of picky eating behaviors and limited diets, bowel irregularities, food allergies or sensitivities and physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies.  A vicious cycle is created which goes something like this:
• The poorly functioning digestive tract (whether from food allergies, lack of healthy bacteria or enzymes etc) causes inflammation and/or discomfort which makes a child want to eat less
• The inflammation reduces the ability to break down and absorb nutrients from food
• The limited intake reduces the amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed not only to help heal the inflammation, but to support brain function as well.
• As a result, inflammation is not addressed, the digestive tract remains compromised and the gulf between nutrition needs and nutrient intake grows ever wider.
To further complicate matters, children with autism frequently suffer from inefficiencies in many other biochemical processes that are nutrition dependent.  As the nutrition gap grows, these pathways are further compromised.  Some examples include the following:
• The immune system is commonly skewed in children on the spectrum.  A normal immune system requires essential fatty acids, zinc, Vitamin C and protein, as well as many other nutrients for normal function.
• Research shows that ASD kids often have a reduced ability to detoxify from the everyday chemicals and toxins we are naturally exposed to.  To perform normal detoxification reactions, the body requires a compound called glutathione, which is made from pieces of protein called amino acids.  In addition, natural detoxification requires B vitamins, and minerals such as selenium.
• Because children on the spectrum are chronically ill, their small bodies are under tremendous stress, and produce lots of the free radicals that are damaging to cells. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E are critical for quenching the free radical fire.
• An emerging area of study has linked autism with mitochondrial dysfunction.  The mitochondria are the energy producing engines of all cells, and not only impact muscle tone, but can also affect mood and brain function.  The mitochondria need the amino acid carnitine, Coenzyme Q10, and a variety of B vitamins to do their job.
• Mood and behavior modulating neurotransmitters are built from the amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine.  They require Vitamin A and D, B vitamins and other nutrients to become dopamine and serotonin.
While the GFCF diet is certainly an important consideration, a comprehensive nutritional intervention for autism is far more than a single diet that simply removes specific foods from a child’s menu. Instead, it should include all of the following components:
• Evaluation of the child’s current diet for nutritional adequacy
• A visual examination to observe physical signs of nutrient deficiencies
• A proper medical history
• Interventions to heal an impaired digestive tract, such as probiotics (good bacteria),  digestive enzymes, healing foods and/or herbs to mend intestinal cells
• Identification and removal of any problem foods and recommendations for nutritionally comparable replacements
• Specific, individualized nutrition therapy.
• Menu suggestions designed to insure appropriate intake of all major nutrients (fat, carbohydrate and protein), and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
• Supplement recommendations when diet alone will not meet nutritional needs.
• Recommendations and/or referrals to specialists to expand a picky eater’s diet
• Ongoing support and modifications as needed.
When faced with a dizzying array of therapies and other interventions in the struggle to improve the quality of an autistic child’s life, parents should make nutrition a priority early in the process and find a qualified dietitian/nutritionist to develop a specific plan for their child.  Not only can behavioral and cognitive improvements result from dietary modification, but well nourished children will sleep better, have improved moods, and less bowel distress. They will gain much more from their other therapies and may need fewer or less intense medical interventions later.  Without adequate nutrition, it is far harder to achieve these goals.
Vicki Kobliner MS RD, CD-N, is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Holcare Nutrition (www.holcarenutrition.com).  She practices using a functional nutrition approach to help the body heal itself has extensive experience using various diet modalities to help children with autism and related disorders.  Vicki works with infants through adults with chronic illnesses, digestive disorders, food allergies, ADHD and autism and provides fertility and prenatal nutrition counseling.  She is a contributing author to A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in Americas Children.  She can be reached at [email protected]

Pregnant? Antibiotic Use May Affect Your Child’s Health

2011 March 17
by Maria Rickert Hong

Our society tends to view antibiotics as benign wonder drugs useful for everything from sinus infections to urinary tract infections.  Antibiotic use, however, does not come without a cost.  Research shows that babies exposed to antibiotics either prenatally or postnatally have a higher risk of developing a chronic illness like autism, asthma, ADHD, or allergies.  If you are pregnant or if you just had a baby, please read my latest article on Natural News: Prenatal, perinatal and postnatal antibiotics may threaten the health of your child. If you know someone who is pregnant–please pass this article along and advise them to use antibiotics with caution.

Eat Fat? YES! But Make Sure it is the Good Kind

2011 March 3
by Maria Rickert Hong

Following is some nutrition advice from Victoria Kobliner MS RD, excerpted from A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness.

Victoria is an integrative registered dietician specializing in chronic illness recovery and pre-pregnancy and pregnancy planning.  For more information see www.holcarenutrition.com.

Fats are necessary. Fats are important. Fats make up the biggest part of our brains, are required for hormone production and insulation, and they carry certain vitamins to the cells. They provide energy, and the right fats even decrease inflammation. We need fat in our diets, just not too much, and in the correct proportion. Choosing the right fats can be extremely confusing as supposedly expert recommendations have flip-flopped in the last decade.

We have been taught that vegetable oils are healthful, and saturated fats cause disease. Yet vegetable oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids, and in excess these promote inflammation. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential in the human diet since we cannot manufacture them ourselves, and a healthy balance of omega-6 to omega-3 is believed to be 1:1 to 4:1.[i] The ratio in the typical American diet is approximately 25:1! In addition to the imbalance in the anti-inflammatory omega-3s and proinflammatory omega-6s, margarine and other hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils contain trans fats, which have been shown to cause heart disease and increase inflammation.[ii] This type of fat is used in a plethora of processed foods, and although once lauded as the healthier choice, its disease promoting power is so great that municipalities are even banning trans fats in restaurants and food supplies.[iii]

Margarines with minimal trans fats are now on the market, but a decade from now we may find them as dangerous as the partially hydrogenated fats we used to trust. Once again, a food not found in nature has stressed our normal biochemistry. The best fats come from natural sources, such as olive oil, organic butter, coconut oil, rice bran oil, avocado, nuts and seeds. Despite the coconut’s categorization as a saturated fat, it is actually quite healthy. The saturated fat in coconuts is mostly composed of something called medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which have antimicrobial qualities,[iv] and are easily digested as an added benefit to their delicious taste. Fats are delicate and many become rancid when heated, producing disease-promoting free radicals. Nut and olive oil do not tolerate heat well, while coconut and rice bran oil are appropriate for high heat cooking.


[i] G Caramia, “The Essential Fatty Acids Omega-6 and Omega-3: From their Discovery to their Use in Therapy,” Minerva Pediatrica 60, no. 2 (April 2008): 219-33. Italian.

[ii] D Mozaffarian, A Aro, and W Willett, “Health Effects of Trans-Fatty Acids: Experimental and Observational Evidence,” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 63, suppl. 2 (May 2009): S5-21.

[iii] S Angell et al., “Cholesterol Control Beyond the Clinic: New York City’s Trans Fat Restriction,” Annals of Internal Medicine 151, no. 2 (July 2009): 129-34.

[iv] Do Ogbolu et al., “In Vitro Antimicrobial Properties of Coconut Oil on Candida Species in Ibadan, Nigeria,” Journal of Medicinal Food 10, no. 2 (June 2007): 384-7.

Reverse Reflux in Babies

2011 February 26
by Maria Rickert Hong
How To Address Reflux in Babies
By Beth Lambert
What causes it?
There may be a variety of factors contributing to the symptom of reflux in babies ranging from physiological problems (e.g., sphincter/valve issues) to food allergies/sensitivities in both the mother and child.  The vast majority of breastfeeding babies who experience reflux do so when their mothers eat foods to which the baby is sensitive OR when the mother eats something to which SHE is sensitive (immune factors pass from mother to baby through breast milk).  Colic, reflux, blood in stool, eczema and some feeding issues are often red flags that there are food sensitivities involved.  Food sensitivities are much more common today than they were several decades ago, so even if your family does not have food allergies/sensitivities that you know about, it is the first thing that should be investigated.
Here are some guidelines for getting to the bottom of reflux:
1) Read Randall Neustaedter, OMD’s approach to dealing with colic and reflux in babies:
****THIS STEP IS MOST IMPORTANT
2) If breastfeeding, try to isolate any food sensitivities in both mother and baby.
Start by taking out of your diet the foods that you eat the most.  For most people, this means starting with dairy and wheat.  Do not eat anything with dairy or wheat (no yogurt, cheese, milk, butter or any processed foods containing casein, milk solids, etc.;  No wheat pasta, breads, processed foods with bread crumbs, flours, etc.  Watch out for modified food starch as it can be made from wheat).  Take these foods out for two to three days—see if symptoms improve.  If not, continue removing foods –the next logical foods are corn, soy, and eggs.  Most processed foods contain some corn or soy, so it is a good idea to remove processed foods from the diet if possible—for example, maltodextrin, a food additive, is made from corn and should be avoided.).  Watch for symptom improvement.  Consider any other foods that you eat daily—e.g. if you have a glass of orange juice first thing every morning, take this out of your diet for a couple of days and watch for improvement in baby’s symptoms.  Consider eating “foreign foods”—foods that you don’t normally eat, e.g., quinoa, millet, buckwheat or eat different kinds of fruits or vegetables.  Lamb and chicken tend to be less-allergenic than some other meats.
Chocolate is also known to exacerbate reflux independent of food sensitivities/allergies.
3) Give baby an infant probiotic daily (e.g., Klaire Labs Infant Probiotic, or Udo’s Infant Probiotic) and breastfeeding mother should be taking probiotics daily.
4) Consider eating cultured foods (raw sauerkraut, Bubbies pickles, kimchi, cultured carrots, etc. available at Whole Foods)
5) Consider chiropractic or cranial sacral therapy.
Other Considerations for Health of Baby
Once you have found the source of the food sensitivities, here are some other considerations (so as to prevent further, more serious problems for the baby’s health down the line)
1) No antibiotics, Prevacid, Prilosec, Zantac (these are reflux meds), steroid medications or other medications that could cause gut dysbiosis (an imbalance in the microorganisms in the gut) unless absolutely necessary.  This goes for the mother as well if nursing.  Read about gut dysbiosis here: http://www.epidemicanswers.org/epidemic/biological-dysfunction/gut-dysbiosis/
2) Eliminate any/all possible toxins in the home (e.g., flame retardants on zip-up PJs, canned foods [BPA exposure], aluminum cooking pans/utensils, PVC/plastics, household cleaners and other toxins; have water tested for heavy metals/chlorine/fluoride, check for lead paint exposures, etc.).  Mother needs to eliminate toxic exposures in personal products (e.g., deodorant, makeup, shampoos, etc.)
3) Nursing mother and baby should eat as much organic/pastured CLEAN food as possible (e.g., NO tuna or other sources of mercury in seafood, stay away from conventional chicken [source of arsenic and lead], eat only organic produce if possible, especially the “dirty dozen,”  http://static.foodnews.org/pdf/EWG-shoppers-guide.pdf, etc.)
4) Consider avoiding/delaying vaccinations –especially the flu vaccine.  A child on an antibiotic or reflux med (or recently on one) should NEVER be vaccinated.  Good gut health, and a low toxic burden is absolutely critical for anyone who is going to be vaccinated.
5) Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics ongoing—even when symptoms subside. . . this includes cultured foods for nursing moms (kimchee, organic yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, raw pickles, kombucha, etc.).
6) Do everything you can to ensure that your baby has good gut health.  How?  probiotics first and foremost, then a diet high in fruits and vegetables (for both nursing mom and baby) and low in sugars and refined carbohydrates (anything with white flour in it) and low in processed foods.  No GMOS if possible (most conventional soy, corn, and a lot of canola is GMO).  Address candida/thrush issues.  Breastfeeding moms can take garlic and coconut oil to help combat Candida/thrush.
7) Vitamin D–get levels of nursing mom and baby checked.  Levels of D3 should be between 50 and 100 per Dr. Michael Hollick of Boston University and Vitamin D Council.
The key is to 1) reduce oxidative stress (caused by toxins, allergies, chronic infections) 2) build/support good gut health (through diet and probiotic supplementation) and keep life as toxin free as possible, with as few unnecessary medical interventions as possible.
There is always more individualized advice to be given, depending on the particular mother/child and their medical history, etc. but these are just some generic guidelines.
Beth Lambert is the author of A Compromised Generation:  The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). www.acompromisedgeneration.com Lambert is a former healthcare consultant and teacher who attended Oxford University, Williams College and holds a Masters degree in American Studies from Fairfield University.  She is the Executive Director of PEACE: Parents Ending America’s Childhood Epidemic, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our youth, and helping parents connect with other parents and appropriate healthcare providers (www.epidemicanswers.org).  Lambert is also the mother of three children and lives in Connecticut.


 


Think Your Child Won’t Be Affected by the Epidemics of Autism, ADHD, Asthma? Think Again.

2011 February 25
by Maria Rickert Hong
Think Your Child Won’t Be Affected by The Epidemics of Autism, ADHD, Diabetes, and Asthma?  Think Again.
By Beth Lambert
We all feel some pangs of sympathy for parents of children on the autism spectrum, because we know that it must be difficult to raise children with such a condition.  Yet at the same time, we all think to ourselves, it could never happen to me;  It’s not in my genes.  Well, it is time to think again.  It can happen to you.
I was at a child’s birthday party a while ago when I met a stylish-looking blonde woman named Elisabeth.  She had just had a baby.   She seemed very ‘with it,’ happy, smiling and put together.  I asked her how her baby was doing (which, Mom-to-Mom really means, how is he sleeping at night?) and her happy expression seemed to evaporate.  “Not good,” she replied.
Apparently, Elisabeth’s son was suffering from severe gastroesophageal reflux, a phenomenon all too common in babies today.  Her tiny baby, not yet four weeks old, was already taking high doses of Prevacid and Prilosec—two adult heartburn medications now being used widely in children and babies.  What Elisabeth does not know is that her son is giving her early warning signs that he may be at risk for developing autism or another chronic illness.  Whether or not he develops autism or another chronic illness depends on his particular environmental exposures over the next few years of his life, but he is not well, and neither are many of his peers.
Another woman at the birthday party chimed in, “Oh, my sons were put on those medications too.  Have you thought about the foods you are eating?  Reflux is a response to food allergens in your breast milk.”  The two women proceeded to talk about food allergies, special diets and methods for alleviating the tiny baby’s reflux symptoms.  A third woman piped up to add the story of her daughter’s struggle with food allergies.  As I joined in the conversation, Elisabeth looked at me with tears in her eyes and asked, “Why is this happening? What is happening to our children?”
This conversation is one that I hear nearly everyday, although it is not always about an infant’s reflux.  Sometimes it is about a child’s chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation.  Other times it is about a child’s intolerance to wheat, dairy or eggs.  Sometimes, it is about a recent diagnosis of autism, ADHD, food allergies, diabetes, or asthma.  These diagnoses and early signs and symptoms are giant red flags alerting us to the massive epidemic of chronic illness that is consuming our children.
The symptoms and the diagnoses vary from child to child, but they are all part of the same epidemic.  Our country is facing one of the most insidious and wide reaching epidemics in its history, and it is striking the most vulnerable among us first.   Don’t believe me?  Drop in on a child’s birthday party, or a baby playgroup.  Ask a few parents about their children’s health.  Swing by your local school nurse’s office.  Ask her how healthy the kids are.  It seems as if every child is affected.
While it may be common knowledge that there are epidemics of autism, ADHD, asthma, and food allergies among children in this country, fewer people are aware of the skyrocketing rates of other childhood diseases and disorders like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, infant reflux, sensory processing disorder, depression, biopolar disorder, and many others.
Why are so many children being diagnosed with chronic health conditions? Epidemiological studies now confirm that it is no longer a matter of improved diagnostics or better patient capture. There are simply more sick children.
What is making our children so sick?  While mainstream medicine is slow in recognizing this epidemic, there is a movement among integrative physicians, medical researchers and parents treating children on the autism spectrum who have the answers.  These dedicated individuals have uncovered the environmental factors that cause autism.  Shockingly, these environmental factors are also responsible for the epidemics of ADHD, juvenile diabetes, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other chronic illnesses.
Although the specific pathophysiology of each individual child’s illness varies, they all have the same basic underlying causes.  These children are suffering from immune dysregulation and gut dysbiosis, two complex biological dysfunctions caused by very specific changes that we have made to our lives over the last few decades.  Immune dysregulation refers to an immune system that acts aberrantly and becomes hypersensitive or attacks the host’s own tissues and cells, for instance.  Gut dysbiosis refers to an imbalance in the microorganisms that inhabit our guts.  These children no longer have the right balance of germs in their intestines–germs that are necessary for a myriad of biological functions including digestion, detoxification, mood regulation, and immune function.
It is a “perfect storm” of environmental factors that cause immune dysregulation and gut dysbiosis, including decades of pharmaceutical over-usage (especially antibiotics), toxic or nutritionally anemic diets, excessive exposure to environmental toxins, specific American habits and lifestyles, and excessive or improperly administered vaccines.   This is no longer a matter of speculation.  The science is in.  We are making ourselves sick, and our children are the canaries in the coalmine.
The good news is that by altering certain environmental influences and by stepping outside of the traditional western medical paradigm, these illnesses, including autism, can be prevented and reversed.  Thousands of children have recovered from their chronic illnesses, and yours can too.
For more information about the epidemic or to find a healthcare provider who understands this epidemic, please visit Epidemic Answers, a web project sponsored by Parents Ending America’s Childhood Epidemic (PEACE), a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Beth Lambert is the author of A Compromised Generation:  The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). www.acompromisedgeneration.com Lambert is a former healthcare consultant and teacher who attended Oxford University, Williams College and holds a Masters degree in American Studies from Fairfield University.  She is the Executive Director of PEACE: Parents Ending America’s Childhood Epidemic, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our youth, and helping parents connect with other parents and appropriate healthcare providers (www.epidemicanswers.org).  Lambert is also the mother of three children and lives in Connecticut.


 

A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children

2010 April 15
by

A Compromised Generation offers an alarming portrayal of an emerging health crisis affecting America’s children.  We are witnessing the earliest signs of an epidemic of historic proportions, where children are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as autism, asthma, allergies, and ADHD, at a breathtaking rate, and even more undiagnosed children suffer silently.   This book reveals how specific, but seemingly benign, elements of American culture are making millions of children sick, disabled, or dysfunctional.

The etiology of autism continues to confound mainstream medicine, yet parents, medical researchers, and healthcare practitioners dedicated to unraveling the mystery are beginning to put the pieces of the puzzle into place.  What they have found is that environmental factors that cause autism are the same factors that are causing epidemics of ADHD, juvenile diabetes, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other chronic illnesses.  Although the specific pathophysiology of each individual child’s illness varies, they all have the same basic underlying causes.

The central tenet of A Compromised Generation is that there are two fundamental biological mechanisms, or dysfunctions, that lie at the center of the epidemic of chronic illness in children.  It is a “perfect storm” of environmental factors that causes these underlying biological dysfunctions.  These factors include:  Decades of pharmaceutical over-usage, toxic and/or nutritionally anemic diets, excessive exposure to environmental toxins, specific American habits and lifestyles, and excessive or improperly administered vaccines.