CHILDHOOD TRAUMA & AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

 

Many things can determine the possibility that autoimmune disorders develop as we age. Genetics, nutrition, stress, toxic exposure and infections can all weaken and attack the immune system. These are all factors that have been studied for a long time. However, what we are now realizing is the fascinating connection between autoimmune disorders (that show up later in life) and childhood trauma.

These events, called Adverse Childhood Experiences (otherwise known as ACEs),

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THE BENEFITS OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

 

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a specialized treatment stemming from osteopathic roots, developed by John Upledger, DO. It is described as a hands-on treatment that targets the soft tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

While it is not related to modern massage, it does use a hands-on targeted approach that is softer than massage. The gentle pressure of craniosacral therapy is meant to loosen the restrictions impacting the surrounding area of the nervous system.

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GLUTEN & INFLAMMATION

 

Gluten intolerance, sensitivity, and allergy are all different forms of the body’s inability to process gluten. Numerous studies have addressed the controversy of gluten and Celiac-related medical issues. This includes one of the main symptoms associated with gluten intolerance- inflammation.

Inflammation is a complex process that happens within the body when it is exposed to a substance it sees as harmful, but might actually not be. This includes foods containing gluten.

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MERCURY & AUTISM

 

 

Autism is complex. Complex enough to contain a wide spectrum of possible symptoms or issues. This is the reason that it is called Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our understanding of it is still fairly new, but we are beginning to develop a clearer picture about its root causes and how our environment and society affects it. Researchers have been looking into whether certain heavy metals or pollutants are also having an effect on ASD.

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10 WAYS TO SAY “NO” WITHOUT ACTUALLY SAYING IT

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Sean E. Heerey  ND, MA, CCC/SLP

 

Parents and caregivers get tired of saying “No”. Children don’t want to hear the word “No”. Setting limits and establishing boundaries are an important part of raising children.

Sometimes we feel that we have no option when dealing with a child and we must say “NO” quite emphatically and vociferously. Here is a typical scenario: It is time for dinner and your child wants a chocolate bar.

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LEAD TOXICITY IN CHILDREN – THERE ARE NO SAFE LEVELS!



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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), acceptable Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) for children are <5mcg/dL. However, there is no measurable level of lead in the body below which no harm occurs. Lead is toxic to the brain! It does not matter if a child inhales, swallows, or absorbs lead particles, the health effects are the same. However, higher levels of lead are absorbed when it is inhaled.

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POSITIVE WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD

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Sean E. Heerey  ND, MA, CCC/SLP

 
The words we say have power. Sometimes it is not the words we say but how we say those words that communicates how we are feeling. Our words can have the power to hurt and harm someone or they can heal and uplift.

 

Researchers at Florida International University made an interesting discovery about children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and parental expressed emotions.

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PLANNING FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

 
Summer is a great time for children. Lots of free time and opportunities to be outdoors and play! The end of summer means that the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Parents and caregivers can take advantage of this time and help prepare their child for the transition back to a scheduled and regimented day.

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WHY ISN’T MY CHILD SPEAKING YET

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

Many children meet all of their developmental motor milestones on time. They roll over, sit up and walk with ease and have the skills to explore their environment. They can play with toys, open boxes, kick balls and entertain themselves with a variety of objects.

Some children have all these motor skills and seem to understand basic commands and questions,

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