Health and Inspiration

July 22, 2018

Pastor Larry spends one day a week with our medical team. The Pastor is preparing to go to an undeveloped country to offer both spiritual and social services to a population with great needs. He would like to bring some of the principles of Environmental Medicine. I like to chide him about the many people in need in our own country and that he doesn’t need to go to a foreign country to find them.

I was motivated to write this alert after watching CNN’s Sanjay Gupta talk about a group who challenged the American population to eat only non-processed food in order to cut down on our epidemic of obesity. So, how does Pastor Larry fit into this story? One day each week I have lunch with the Pastor in our conference room. He brings his lunch in a cooler and puts the food out on the table. This week I was literally awed by what he was eating for lunch. The colors alone were magnificent with a display of green, yellow, red, orange and brown from raw vegetables, fruits and a variety of seeds and nuts.

As many of you know, I often talk about our ancestors who for 300,000 years ate nothing but what they hunted and gathered, which basically consisted of meats, vegetables, a few fruits and lots of seeds and nuts. Their diet was free of grains and dairy products, two classes of foods that produce some of our greatest health problems. What could be simpler than eating such a primitive diet?

I forgot to mention the many vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutraceuticals the Pastor takes with his meals. The point of all of this is to say how fit and trim our Pastor is and how he inspires all of us to do as he does.

At a time when we as a nation are debating a health care initiative, I hear nothing about lessons the lifestyle of our Pastor could be teaching us. In dollars and cents, can you imagine what could be saved if we imitated the country of Finland who reduced their incidence of heart attack and stroke by 75% by simply switching their regular table and cooking salt to one high in potassium, magnesium, iodine, other trace minerals and the amino acid Lysine?

How can we ignore an 80% reduction in Breast and Prostate cancer and probably most other malignancies by taking enough Vitamin D3 to raise our blood levels to about 50-70 ng.?
These are some of the principles that Environmental Medicine teaches to help keep us from disease.

I am ready. Are you ready?

We at the Center are ready to help you achieve optimal health. Give us a call @ 843-572-1600 or visit our website @ www.coem.com

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

 

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July 22, 2018

A SAFE & EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR HEAVY METAL TOXICITY: CHELATION THERAPY

Why should we as parents and consumers be concerned about heavy metal toxicity?

It is important to recognize that heavy metals interfere dramatically with normal physiology. There are over 3000 enzymes in every cell and enzymes are the driving force behind nearly every bodily process essential for life! Of these 3000 enzymes, half are metallo-enzymes containing about 15 trace minerals known to be essential to normal enzyme activity (including chromium, cobalt, iron, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, tin, and vanadium). The remaining 1500 enzymes do not actually contain metals but are influenced by metal-acting co-enzymes or catalysts. Thus almost no process goes on in the body without the aid of metals. If these essential metals are rendered inactive by displacement with toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and tin, then normal functioning of enzymes is compromised.

Various types of heavy metals may be absorbed into the body from not only paints, toys, and lipstick, but also dental fillings, vaccines, second hand cigarette smoke, food additives, treated lumber, or even water supplies. Heavy metal toxicity has been implicated in developmental disorders of children, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, chronic infections, and disruption of countless normal body processes.

How can we safely remove toxic metals from our bodies?

Chelation (pronounced KEY-LAY-SHUN) Therapy has been used in this country since 1948 and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in removing toxic levels of heavy metals. Chelation uses agents that are able to capture or bind toxic metals, allowing them to be safely removed from the body.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine specializes in safely treating toxicity from heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Young children, especially, are extremely sensitive to heavy metals, and our successful approach to children’s toxicity has been developed over decades of clinical practice.

An important first step in reducing heavy metal toxicity is to perform laboratory testing capable of identifying elevated levels of toxic metals. Testing typically evaluates levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and many others.
Once the specific types and levels of toxic metals are identified, treatment may consist of chelation agents taken either orally or rubbed into the skin (for young children) over a prescribed period of time. Different heavy metals may require slightly different treatment approaches—thus the advantage of performing laboratory testing prior to treatment.

Following a slow, gradual, and carefully monitored method of chelation is especially important for removing highly reactive metals. The rate of chelation must be geared to the body’s ability to both mobilize the toxic metal and also quickly excrete it.

The Center has helped many children and adults overcome a body burden of toxic metals through our Chelation Therapy program. Some patients have seen dramatic improvements in health just from this one individual aspect of their comprehensive treatment program.

Heavy toxic metals can be a major cause, or an aggravating factor, in many diseases. Their role in making you or your child sick should not be underestimated. When no cause for disease or illness can be found, it is important to look for a hidden body burden of these toxic metals.

Methods of Chelation

We use primarily two methods of chelation: oral chelation (chelating agents taken by mouth) and transdermal chelation (chelating agents rubbed into the skin). In some adult cases, intravenous chelation may be indicated.

Prior to considering any chelation treatment, our Center’s doctors perform a Comprehensive Diagnostic Work-up, as well as laboratory testing and treatment to address many aspects of disease. For those individuals with arteriosclerosis or related problems, we normally use oral nutrients, including Vitamin K2 and specific enzymes taken between meals, to reduce plaque in the blood vessels. In some cases when a body burden of heavy metals is clearly documented and does not respond to other measures, intravenous chelation may be utilized for an adult as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

To ensure optimum results and the safety of patients who undergo chelation, we perform pre-chelation testing and other recommended screening measures. The Center follows all protocols recommended by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.

Each intravenous chelation treatment consists of a slow intravenous drip of EDTA, a man-made amino acid that chelates (binds to) toxic metals in the bloodstream and carries them away in the urine. EDTA also serves as a potent anti-oxidant, which works to change the structure of plaque that clogs arteries and contributes to many serious medical conditions. With intravenous Chelation Therapy, plaque is gradually transformed from its highly reactive state to an inert substance, which facilitates the process of gradually unblocking clogged arteries.

At The Center, we alternate intravenous Chelation Therapy treatments with intravenous nutrient replenishment treatments. This combination allows the removal of toxic metals and plaque to proceed without depleting the body’s stores of essential minerals or other nutrients. The nutrient IV’s provide the additional benefit of boosting overall nutrient status and enhancing the body’s ability to heal and overcome disease.

All three forms of Chelation Therapy used at The Center (oral, transdermal, or intravenous), when utilized as part of a comprehensive program to reduce toxic metals and replenish essential nutrients, can be very effective aids in restoring health.

July 22, 2018

http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk

First established in 1978 by Ms. Belinda Barnes, Foresight is a charitable organization based in Surrey, England. Its primary role is to promote the importance of good health and nutritional status in both parents before they conceive a baby, and to provide sensible, achievable information and advice on how to do this.

Foresight has put together a thoroughly researched pre-conception program that identifies and addresses various areas of concern in the health in any pair of prospective parents. The objective is to optimize the health of both prospective parents well before conception occurs so that a pregnancy can be started with a normal, strong sperm and ova and the embryo can implant and develop under optimum conditions in a healthy uterus, with no danger of damage from nutritional deficiency, toxins, or disease.

Over the years, Foresight has found that under these conditions it is possible to have uncomplicated pregnancies resulting in strong, healthy and perfectly formed babies, even in many couples who may have previously experienced the distress of miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects, unexplained infertility, post-natal depression, health problems in the child, and other problems relating to conception, pregnancy and birth.

It is a sad fact that the modern, busy lives that many people lead today, with our polluted air and our over-stored, over-processed and over-packaged foods, are not conducive to healthy living. Unfortunately, our fertility and our ability to reproduce is one of the first things to be affected (albeit mildly in many cases), although symptoms of ‘sub-fertility’ often do not become apparent until problems with conception or pregnancy result. Many couples experiencing reproductive problems of one form or another would otherwise consider themselves to be perfectly healthy.

Slideshow of Conceptions

 

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July 22, 2018

HAVING A BABY—100 DAYS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

By Allan D. Lieberman, M.D.

Most couples spend more time planning for their two-week vacation than they do planning for having a baby, but family planning is a serious business. Anything but a perfect, healthy baby can be disastrous for a young couple–not only financially, but also emotionally. This article may be one of the most important messages of your life, so please read and study it carefully.

 

The one hundred days prior to conception may be the most important time to determine the

 

 

fate, health, and welfare of your baby. During this critical time period, the genetic structure of the developing ova and sperm lays the foundation for the genetic inheritance of your baby. Paying attention to a few factors in both the potential mother and father can make an enormous difference in the outcome of a pregnancy, or even in the ability to conceive at all.

We call this plan a PRECONCEPTION program. Just as it took many years for medicine to understand the supreme need for optimal nutrition for a mother-to-be during pregnancy, in the future it will undoubtedly be recognized that the 100 days prior to conception, when the raw materials for the baby-to-be are being formed, is as critically important.

When I learned about the concept of a Preconception Program, I invited Belinda Barnes, the pioneer developer of the first such program in England, to come to America and teach us why her Foresight program is so effective. Seventy-five physicians and nurses attended. Ms. Barnes described how her program enabled infertile couples to conceive without fertility drugs and with an almost perfect record of no abnormal births, including prematurity.

If you are planning a pregnancy, you cannot afford to not learn about how to have an almost perfect pregnancy.

The preconception program encompasses our understanding of nutrition, infections, social poisons (including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs), as well as toxicity from heavy metals, industrial and commercial chemicals, allergic manifestations, and contraception materials. The program is really quite simple to do, and highly effective.

The following is data from a research study evaluating the Foresight Preconception Care Program conducted by Dr. Neils Ward at the University of Surrey, England. This data is very convincing proof of the value of a preconception care program. The results are all the more striking considering that nearly all couples attracted to the Foresight Program had not been able to conceive prior to the program or had previous distressing pregnancy outcomes (miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weight, birth malformations) which motivated them to want to avoid a recurrence of those problems.

AUDIT OF 367 COUPLES IN THE FORESIGHT PRECONCEPTION CARE PROGRAM
Conducted in 1990

367 COUPLES TOOK PART NO MALFORMATIONS
327 CONCEIVED NO BIRTH BEFORE 36 WEEKS
327 BABIES BORN NO BABY BELOW 5LB 3 OZ
NO MISCARRIAGES NO NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE REQUIRED

COMPARISONS TO U.K. NATIONAL AVERAGES

 
Predicted Averages For United Kingdom Per 327 Couples
History in Prior Pregnancy for 327 Foresight Couples
Results of same 327 Couples using Foresight Program
Miscarriages
92 (25%)
139 (38%)
0
Stillbirths
05 (1%)
11 (3%)
0
Low Wt. (<5.5lbs)
33 (9%)
55 (15%)
1 (0.3%)
Malformations 
11 (3%)
7 (2%)
0

FERTILITY SUCCESS RATE OF THE FORESIGHT PRECONCEPTION CARE PROGRAM
Additional Data from Audit Conducted in 1990 (the same 367 couples given above)

204 COUPLES HAD FERTILITY PROBLEMS

Of the 204 infertile couples, 136 couples had primary infertility and 68 couples had secondary infertility

Of these 204 couples, 158 couples followed the Preconception Program for natural conception,
And 145 babies were born to them (91 percent success rate)

Of these 204 couples, 46 couples were prepared for In Vitro Fertilization,
And 30 babies were born to them (65 percent success rate)
[For comparison, assisted reproductive technology usually yields only a 25 percent success rate.]

ALTOGETHER, 175 BABIES WERE BORN TO THESE 204 INFERTILE COUPLES
(86 PERCENT SUCCESS RATE)

Reference for all of above data: Preconceptual Care Questionnaire Research Project by Dr. Neils I. Ward, ICP-MS Facility, Department of Chemistry, University of Surrey, July 1993.

Of all the programs we have offered at the Center, our Preconception Program has been one of the most exciting and rewarding. It was developed with direct guidance from Mrs. Belinda Barnes, the founder of Foresight. Infertility is almost epidemic in our country and there is nothing more rewarding than helping a couple to have a healthy, normal baby. Even when existing medical problems in a man and woman require the use and expertise of assisted reproductive technology, employing this relatively simple program can double the success rate. Our Preconception Program is used in conjunction with your obstetrician’s care.

Every couple planning a pregnancy should learn about preconception by reading Preparation For Pregnancy, An Essential Guide, by Suzanne Gail Bradley with Nicholas Bennett (available through our Center).

If you are interested in more information about The Center’s Preconception Care Program, please call us at (843) 572-1600.

 

 

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July 22, 2018

The Cruise That Wouldn’t End (Or So It Seemed)
By Allan D. Lieberman, M.D.

 

In the summer of 1997, a middle-aged woman came to The Center with a most unusual history.

 

She was a cosmetologist working in a mall. One day she bought a raffle ticket for a charity and was pleasantly surprised when she learned that she had won a free cruise to the Bahamas. Concerned that she might get seasick on the cruise, she bought a medicated patch designed to prevent motion sickness and applied it behind her right ear.

 

Off she and her husband went on their five-day cruise. The sea was fair and she had a wonderful time enjoying all of the ship’s activities. She returned home delighted with the experience of her voyage. After arriving home, she realized she was still wearing the motion sickness patch, so she reached up and pulled it off her head. Within minutes, her head began to swirl and she rapidly became motion sick. The intense vertigo was soon accompanied by nausea and vomiting, forcing her to bed. She saw her family doctor the next day and he prescribed several medications. Despite these drugs, she

 

continued to be violently dizzy and sick. She was referred to another specialist who prescribed a few other drugs, but nothing changed. Days turned in to weeks. Despite consultations with four other specialists, the vertigo persisted.

After six physicians and eleven drugs, this poor woman came to our Center “as a last hope.” When I saw her, she not only had overt dizziness but also nystagmus, a condition that can accompany intense vertigo whereby the eyes continuously roll. Her eyes were jumping from side to side. She could barely stand. I literally could not look at her for long because her jumping eyes were making me dizzy! I apologized to her and took her history while looking away from her.

When my office nurse saw what was happening, she came over and whispered in my ear, “Would you like me to try and neutralize her?” I said yes and told the patient that while we continue talking, the nurse will give you a few tiny injections under your skin.

After about ten minutes of this sort of testing, the patient jumped up out of her chair and began screaming and dancing around the room. “The dizziness stopped!” she screamed, and began to cry for joy.

We prepared an allergy extract with the neutralizing dose we found “turned off” her vertigo (and its accompanying nystagmus) and sent her home with instructions to use one drop of the extract if the dizziness returned and to continue using the vaccine as long as she needed to control the vertigo. She continued the drops under her tongue for several days, with complete resolution of her six-week ordeal.

Magical? Yes but actually there is quite a bit of science behind our treatment of vertigo, as explained in Turning Off Ear Ringing and Dizziness.

 

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July 22, 2018

2007 was a great year for us at the Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Many new preventative medicine projects were introduced and made a significant contribution to your health. Most exciting was the addition of the Heidelberg System, which can measure accurately your stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid. You may appreciate my enthusiasm when I tell you how many people were taking Acid Blocking medication only to find their many signs and symptoms were actually coming from not enough acid. It is an old cliche that Disease begins in the gastro intestinal tract; when your gastro intestinal tract doesn’t work nothing works. Substituting hydrochloric acid capsules for the “Purple Pill” (acid blocker) resulted in dramatic changes in health for those patients. If you are one of those acid blocking pill takers you owe it to yourself to find out once and for all whether you should be on them.

These signs and symptoms of low stomach acid will amaze you.

¬Bloating
¬Malabsorption
¬Gas ¬Dementia
¬Malnutrition ¬Constipation
  ¬Hair loss
  ¬Heart burn/reflux
  ¬Pneumonias, etc.

And all the expected side effects of malnutrition but especially mineral depletion (calcium/osteoporosis; iron/anemia; chromium/diabetes/obesity etc.)

Testing is a simple procedure, done in the early morning while fasting. It involves swallowing a pill sized radio transmitter capsule and after 30-45 minutes you will learn about your stomach’s essential function. For more information call the office 843-572-1600.

 

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July 21, 2018

Is Your Child on Ritalin?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Submitted by Timothy J. Callaghan, M.D. for COEM’s Website

Three to seven percent of children (and one to six percent of adults) have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the use of pharmaceutical drugs to treat this condition is estimated to double every six years. Why?

In schools across America, teachers and nurses find themselves having to supervise the administration of their students’ ADHD psycho-stimulant medication. In order to deal with ADHD symptoms, more and more children are being placed on drugs like Ritalin, Adderal, and Concerta.

Let’s first define ADHD.

ADHD is a persistent lack of attention with the inability to control impulsiveness. This manifests as restlessness, difficulty sitting still, problems completing tasks, and may be accompanied by learning issues, decreased memory, mood swings, and even temper tantrums. As a consequence, the child’s self-esteem may be devastated and the parent exhausted.

Since there is no clear objective test to diagnose this condition, it is critical to get a second opinion and, hopefully, one opinion should be from a developmental specialist. There is a fear that many “boys who are just being boys” will be labeled in error.

What is happening in these children’s brains?

Current research indicates that there may be a “perfect storm” combining genetic predisposition (vulnerability) and environmental triggers. We in Environmental Medicine feel that “genetics loads the gun but the environment pulls the trigger.”

Professor Richard Deth of Northern University has discovered that ADHD (and autistic) individuals have problems at the D4 (dopamine) receptors of the brain. These receptors, critical to normal brain transmission and signaling, are genetically different in ADHD children and may explain their susceptibility.

Note that the susceptibility doesn’t mean inevitability!

Researchers Harding, Jodah, and Gant list in their 2003 study eight categories of triggers. The researchers can be commended for identifying and initiating research into these eight areas of possible “triggers.” This concept of triggering mechanisms is the big key and has been utilized by Environmental Medicine physicians to successfully treat this condition for nearly thirty years!

What are the treatment options for ADHD?

The traditional approach to ADHD treatment is psycho-stimulant medication. It can be very effective and has helped many. However, there are often dangerous side effects and concerns over long-term use. One study showed chromosomal breaks with Ritalin. Another study found possible growth suppression. Some children exhibit insomnia, headaches, dizziness, and loss of appetite, neurological ticks, abdominal pain, social withdrawal, fatigue, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), “Zombie”-like behavior, and the possibility of increased risk for drug addiction. Side effects often necessitate anti-depressants and mood stabilizers being used to control emotional problems that are consequences of the medicine.

Is there a non-drug option to treat ADHD?

At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we look at the entire biochemistry pattern of the patient and utilize non-toxic treatments. After a very comprehensive initial evaluation, a battery of tests is performed to look for triggers. Testing includes tests to evaluate levels of toxic metals; hidden yeast or bacterial infections; allergies (including food allergies); deficiencies of important minerals, especially iron, as well as essential fatty acids and amino acids; and blood levels of glucose and insulin to rule out poor blood sugar control as a cause of mood swings.

Based on this wealth of information obtained from a comprehensive diagnostic work-up, we are often able to identify causes behind the behavior of ADHD. With a proper diagnosis, treatment becomes much easier, and more importantly, more effective. We have been utilizing this approach at The Center for nearly 30 years and have seen wonderful success stories with many of our young patients. [See Success in Treating Attention Deficit Disorder.]

If you would like help for your child or other loved one with ADHD, please call The Center at (843) 572-1600 and talk with one of our staff. ADHD doesn’t have to limit your child’s potential. Please remember adults also suffer from ADHD and these same principles apply. When the causes are identified, there is a multitude of natural and effective treatment options available.

References:

Crook, WG. The Yeast Connection and the Woman. Jackson, Tennessee: Professional Books, Inc., 1995.

Harding KL, Judah RD, Gant G. Outcome-based comparison of Ritalin versus food supplement treated children. Altern Med Rev 2003; 8(3) 319-30.

Pangborn, JB and Baker SJ. Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments. San Diego, California: Autism Research Institute, 2005.

 

 

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July 21, 2018

Is Your Child on Ritalin?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Submitted by Timothy J. Callaghan, M.D. for COEM’s Website

Three to seven percent of children (and one to six percent of adults) have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the use of pharmaceutical drugs to treat this condition is estimated to double every six years. Why?

In schools across America, teachers and nurses find themselves having to supervise the administration of their students’ ADHD psycho-stimulant medication. In order to deal with ADHD symptoms, more and more children are being placed on drugs like Ritalin, Adderal, and Concerta.

Let’s first define ADHD.

ADHD is a persistent lack of attention with the inability to control impulsiveness. This manifests as restlessness, difficulty sitting still, problems completing tasks, and may be accompanied by learning issues, decreased memory, mood swings, and even temper tantrums. As a consequence, the child’s self-esteem may be devastated and the parent exhausted.

Since there is no clear objective test to diagnose this condition, it is critical to get a second opinion and, hopefully, one opinion should be from a developmental specialist. There is a fear that many “boys who are just being boys” will be labeled in error.

What is happening in these children’s brains?

Current research indicates that there may be a “perfect storm” combining genetic predisposition (vulnerability) and environmental triggers. We in Environmental Medicine feel that “genetics loads the gun but the environment pulls the trigger.”

Professor Richard Deth of Northern University has discovered that ADHD (and autistic) individuals have problems at the D4 (dopamine) receptors of the brain. These receptors, critical to normal brain transmission and signaling, are genetically different in ADHD children and may explain their susceptibility.

Note that the susceptibility doesn’t mean inevitability!

Researchers Harding, Jodah, and Gant list in their 2003 study eight categories of triggers. The researchers can be commended for identifying and initiating research into these eight areas of possible “triggers.” This concept of triggering mechanisms is the big key and has been utilized by Environmental Medicine physicians to successfully treat this condition for nearly thirty years!

What are the treatment options for ADHD?

The traditional approach to ADHD treatment is psycho-stimulant medication. It can be very effective and has helped many. However, there are often dangerous side effects and concerns over long-term use. One study showed chromosomal breaks with Ritalin. Another study found possible growth suppression. Some children exhibit insomnia, headaches, dizziness, and loss of appetite, neurological ticks, abdominal pain, social withdrawal, fatigue, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), “Zombie”-like behavior, and the possibility of increased risk for drug addiction. Side effects often necessitate anti-depressants and mood stabilizers being used to control emotional problems that are consequences of the medicine.

Is there a non-drug option to treat ADHD?

At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we look at the entire biochemistry pattern of the patient and utilize non-toxic treatments. After a very comprehensive initial evaluation, a battery of tests is performed to look for triggers. Testing includes tests to evaluate levels of toxic metals; hidden yeast or bacterial infections; allergies (including food allergies); deficiencies of important minerals, especially iron, as well as essential fatty acids and amino acids; and blood levels of glucose and insulin to rule out poor blood sugar control as a cause of mood swings.

Based on this wealth of information obtained from a comprehensive diagnostic work-up, we are often able to identify causes behind the behavior of ADHD. With a proper diagnosis, treatment becomes much easier, and more importantly, more effective. We have been utilizing this approach at The Center for nearly 30 years and have seen wonderful success stories with many of our young patients. [See Success in Treating Attention Deficit Disorder.]

If you would like help for your child or other loved one with ADHD, please call The Center at (843) 572-1600 and talk with one of our staff. ADHD doesn’t have to limit your child’s potential. Please remember adults also suffer from ADHD and these same principles apply. When the causes are identified, there is a multitude of natural and effective treatment options available.

References:

Crook, WG. The Yeast Connection and the Woman. Jackson, Tennessee: Professional Books, Inc., 1995.

Harding KL, Judah RD, Gant G. Outcome-based comparison of Ritalin versus food supplement treated children. Altern Med Rev 2003; 8(3) 319-30.

Pangborn, JB and Baker SJ. Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments. San Diego, California: Autism Research Institute, 2005.

 

 

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July 21, 2018

Success in Treating Attention Deficit Disorders: Two Children’s Stories

By Allan D. Lieberman, M.D.

These are some of the many case histories of successful treatment of behavior disorders in children and adults. All of our patients are treated with an individualized, comprehensive program.

Case 1: This patient came to us when she was 4 years old. Her behavior could be described as “the Attention Fatigue Syndrome”, meaning she would appear very hyperactive and not able to focus one minute, and the next she would be whiney or crying with fatigue.

She also had allergic rhinitis, with runny nose and dark circles under her eyes and other classic allergy symptoms.

As we read through her medical history, we saw that she had often had ear infections and had been on many antibiotics. It was also documented that she had developed thrush and even vaginitis (infection of the female reproductive tract) as an infant and toddler, most probably as a side effect of all the antibiotics given for her ear infections. Based on so many symptoms of yeast overgrowth, we emphasized eradicating the yeast overgrowth as part of her initial treatment. Since her history of yeast-related problems was so clear, we used a systemic anti-fungal drug.

At the first follow-up visit, the mother said her child’s behavior had been better from the very first day of treatment. Overall, her symptoms were 50 percent better. About 4 months later as we continued to monitor her progress, we again prescribed a different anti-fungal medication and again her behavior improved significantly.

I had just heard Dr. William Shaw’s lecture about his research into the correlation between yeast overgrowth and neurological and behavior disorders. So eventually we tested this child with the Organic Acids Test as recommended by Dr. Shaw and found high levels of four metabolites from yeast overgrowth and also high levels of a bacterial metabolite from bacterial overgrowth.

On the basis of this test, I prescribed an anti-fungal medication again and the child’s behavior improved so markedly that the mother commented she had had only one tantrum in several weeks, whereas she used to have several tantrums daily.

However, we did not wish to continue to treat this child (or any patient) with medications to control yeast overgrowth, so we knew we had to look further into her case.

We suspected she had developed a hypersensitivity to the yeast metabolites we had found on her laboratory testing and that allergy testing could be an important key to her further improvement. During allergy testing in our Center’s testing room, she developed symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, restlessness, itching, and stomach pains when we tested her with allergy extracts of yeasts. Her symptoms all improved when we reached a neutralizing dose. Seeing these symptoms provoked and then “turned off” was amazing to the parents, but we see this sort of thing in our allergy testing process quite often. [See Adventures in Allergy Testing at COEM.]

This little girl continued doing well with a maintenance treatment program of allergy desensitization extracts, a probiotic supplement (a supplement to replenish the normal good gut bacteria that are often killed by antibiotics), and, equally important, dietary measures. Her behavior continued to further improve over time with this comprehensive program.

[NOTE: Yeast eradication can play a powerful and important role in alleviating behavior problems, but need not be continued for an extended period of time when all the other parts of our Center’s comprehensive programs are followed.]

Case 2: This 12-year-old boy came to us with a long history of truly severe behavioral problems. His medical and school history showed he had been diagnosed with hyperactivity and aggressive tendencies by age 3 and difficulties with learning and focusing by age 6.

He was placed on Ritalin in first grade, but developed migraine headaches. He repeated first grade, was placed on Tofranil and became very fatigued. A pediatric neurologist was consulted and different medications tried, all of which provoked side effects of various kinds. Medications were discontinued but his behavior was so bad he was on the verge of being thrown out of school.

He was referred to a child psychiatrist at age 9. His formal diagnoses by age 11 were Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Dysthymia (a form of depression). High-dose Prozac (60 mg.) was prescribed. On this drug, he was somewhat better, but developed screaming tantrums in school, especially in spring and fall. By age 11, he was prescribed Zoloft, whereupon he developed more OCD behaviors. He was placed in a class for learning disabled children, with additional behavior modification instituted after school.

When this child came to our office for initial evaluation, he was still on Ritalin and Zoloft but was unable to sit still or stay in one room. He persisted in wandering all over the building while his mother tried to give his history to one of our physicians. She related that he had had many antibiotics as an infant due to recurrent ear infections. His favorite foods were milk, sugars, and chocolate. There was a family history of Bipolar disease. Our physical examination of this boy showed allergic rhinitis (runny nose), athlete’s foot and jock itch (fungus diseases of the skin), mouth ulcers, and nail biting.

We placed him in our Center’s allergy testing room (we have a separate room where restless children can go) and tested him for foods, pollens, and inhalants. These tests showed moderate reactivity so he was started on allergy desensitization. Due to the obvious symptoms of yeast overgrowth (athlete’s foot and jock itch), we also started him on medications to eliminate yeast and fungus. We strongly recommended that his diet be changed to eliminate sugars and milk products, since these foods feed yeast and were the things he craved the most and ate the most (probable signs of allergic addiction).

When we received the results of our laboratory testing a few weeks later, they showed he had elevated levels of mercury and low levels of the essential minerals magnesium and selenium, again specific imbalances that we were able to address.

At the first follow-up 6 weeks later, his mother reported her son’s behavior was 30 percent better. Because of such marked improvement, she had been able to taper him totally off Zoloft and down to one-half of his previous dose of Ritalin. Her son had brought home the best report card ever. He was obviously calmer and showed increased focus. Athlete’s foot and jock itch had been eliminated. His symptoms of runny nose, constipation, and headaches had also decreased.

At the 3-month mark after beginning treatment at our Center, his mother reported that her son was 60 percent better in both his behavior and his physical symptoms. She had tapered him totally off Ritalin.

He had brought home straight E’s (for Excellent) on his report card and had recently attended a summer camp! This young man was so dramatically changed in demeanor and behavior that it was hard to believe he was the same person. Since he was still craving sugars and having mild headaches, we recommended further allergy testing to uncover hidden food allergies. Other nutrients were added to his plan.

For this young man, a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program provided an almost incredible turn-around from a tragically dismal history to a promising future. It’s hard to describe how deeply satisfying it is for the parents, the child, and the physician alike to see what wonderful results are possible when an effective comprehensive program is developed and then carefully followed.

There have been many, many such success stories at The Center. We only wish more parents could learn that there are natural, effective treatments for overcoming ADHD and other behavioral and developmental problems in their children.

If you would like more information about our successful treatment programs for children and adults with behavioral problems, please call our Center at (843) 572-1600, and ask to speak with our New Patient Coordinator

 

 

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