Ever Been to Autism One?

I LOVE attending biomed autism conferences.  Autism One is one of my favorites.  Have you ever considered going?

Even though I’ve been on this biomed journey for 5 years now, I was exposed to many new ideas and treatment options.  However, I think my favorite thing last year was meeting an 11 year girl who is totally recovered and 4 or 5 teens and adults who are totally recovered.  When I say totally recovered, I’m saying not just typical but higher functioning most people.  It reinforced my conviction that my son is going to go from “recovered” to “totallly recovered.”

If you’re a physician or other medical practitioner, there’s a track for you too.  Dr. Eily and I went together last year.  We both loved the conference.  It was really fun to see how excited Dr. Eily was about the enthusiastic, optimistic atomosphere at A1 that is so different than other medical conferences she attends.

I love the atmosphere there too.  There were 1,400 parents and practitioners from around the world there last year!

Another thing I love about A1 is that they don’t shy from controversy.  At A1, you will hear both your old favorites like Dr. Arthur Krigsman, Dr. James Bradstreet, Dr. Anju Usman, and Dr. Dan Rossignol, AND, you’ll hear from practitioners who are doing cutting-edge work that is too new or controversial for some of the other biomed programs.

The conference is only $99, but of course, there’s the flight to Chicago and hotel.  Sharing a hotel room is a great way to make the conference more affordable.

If you are considering going, here are a few tips:

    • Look at the schedule and decide if the sessions on the first couple of days are worth the money for extra hotel nights.  I went for the full 5 days last year.  It’s a bit slow on Wednesday and Thursday then things really pick up Friday through Sunday.
    • Take a friend and share the cost of a hotel room.
    • Take a cooler so you can keep food in your room.  You’ll eat healthier and you’ll save money on food.  The hotel does offer refrigerators.  However, A1 asks that attendees wait to get a refrigerator so all families whose children have refrigerated meds can get one first.

If you can’t make it, know that they are dedicated to making it work for you too.  They post just about every session to be viewed for free within a week or two.

Let me know if you’re looking for a roommate and I’ll try to hook you up with anyone else who is seeking a roommate too.

Are Our Kids as Healthy as Kids Were 45 Years Ago?

I heard Marvin Gaye’s song, Mercy Mercy Me, a couple of weeks ago.  I’d never paid attention to the lyrics of this 1971 song and didn’t see how they relate to children in 2015.  His prophetic lyrics have haunted me ever since.  Here are the lyrics in case you’ve missed them too:

Mercy Mercy Me

By Marvin Gaye

Mercy mercy me
Things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east

Mercy, mercy me, mercy
Things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas
Fish full of mercury

Mercy, mercy me
Things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying

Mercy, mercy me
Things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?

Oh, na na na na na na na na na
My sweet Lord
My Lord, my sweet Lord

What’s Mercy Mercy Me Have to Do With Children’s Health?

It’s been almost 45 years since Marvin Gaye released this song, and the EPA has achieved substantial victories since then such as banning DDT, lead and arsenic.  However, new and not well understood chemicals are introduced into our environment every year.  These new toxins are everywhere – not just our air and water.  They are in our food and almost every product we use. And, they are a major contributor to an emerging constellation of chronic conditions in today’s children.

If Marvin Gaye were alive today, I believe he would look back on the health of children in 1971 and say:

Mercy Mercy Me

Kid’s Health Ain’t What It Used to Be

    • 1 in 6 have learning disabilities
    • 1 in 3 children have obesity
    • 1 in 3 have allergies
    • 1 in 8 have asthma
    • 1 in 10 have ADD
    • 1 in 50 have autism

The toxins in our food, medications and environment are making all of us sick – especially our children.  Statistics show that these conditions were rare in 1971.  Most people hadn’t even heard of some of them.

The good news is that by viewing these conditions as a product of environmental factors, we know how to reverse them.  There is an amazing crowd-funded documentary being developed by the good people at DocumentingHope.com.  They will show us how to protect and heal our kids. Here’s a description of their project:

“The Documenting Hope Project is supporting 14 chronically ill children through a healing and recovery journey. The children will come from five locations throughout the United States, and their illnesses will include autism, ADHD, asthma, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders, obesity/type II diabetes and atopic disease/eczema. Up to seven of these children will be featured in a groundbreaking feature-length documentary film, Canary Kids, which will spread the much-needed message of hope: Recovery is possible.”

If you would like to help fund the DocumentingHope project click here.

Check out DocumentingHope’s benefit concert featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead on February 7th, 2015 here.

The next time you’re talking with a group of parents, notice how frequently they mention chronic health, learning and behavior problems in their children.  You’ll be shocked.

In my next blog, I’ll give you tips for preventing and reversing chronic conditions in children – as well as adults.

Great Health Documentary & A New Health Food Restaurant in Raleigh

While eating breakfast at Whole Foods yesterday morning, I sat across from a guy who seemed to know everyone who walked by.  Everyone asked him about “Friday morning.”  Curious, I asked him, “What’s happening on Friday?”  It turns out, his name is Matt Whitley, and he and a friend are opening a new juice bar and health food restaurant, happy+hale, on the plaza at the end of Fayetteville Street.  There will be a grand opening early Friday morning at happy+hale that sounds like it’s going to be a blast!

Starting at 6:30 am they’re offering a Sunrise Yoga class.  Then at 7:15 am the party begins.  They’ll have a DJ and dance party, free massage therapy, samples of their fresh pressed juice, smoothies, kombucha, and more.  Plus, there will be an opportunity to meet one of the hyper-local farmers who will be supplying food to the restaurant.

I had a great conversation with Matt, and he is a true believer in the healing power of food.  In our conversation, he turned me on to a new documentary that is out, FED UP.  Here is the trailer:  http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home.  It’s still in the theater.

I watched the trailer, and I’m thrilled to see some of the most effective health proponents out there are featured — Dr. Mark Hyman, Gary Taubes, and Dr. Robert Lustig to name a few.  Here is a description from the FED UP website:

“Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. The film opens in theaters across the country on May 9th.”

Before I started on my journey to health, I believed that my discipline and my genes were the cause of my weight and health challenges.  However, I learned that it’s specific foods that cause health/weight problems.  I realized that I was a victim of misinformation and not a gluton or a sloth.  This documentary clearly points out that the media has pushed the message on us,  “It’s your fault you’re fat.”   In fact, it is inaccurate advice that is causing our health problems.  This documentary sets the record straight.

FED UP has the information you need from well-respected experts that will allow you to protect your and your family’s health.  Watch it with the people you love.  It will arm you and your loved ones with the knowledge you need to maintain or transform your health.

I hope to see those of you who live in Raleigh at the happy+hale grand opening on Friday morning!

Let me know your thoughts about FED UP when you watch it.