Thursday, December 29, 2011

Service dogs may lessen anxiety in autistic children

Data on cortisol awakening response measurements of 42 children with autism spectrum disorders showed that trained service dogs reduced stress hormone levels and improved socialization skills of the children. In the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, parents reported an average of 33 behavior problems before living with a dog compared with 25 while living with the animal.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BPA lurks in canned soups and drinks

By Anahad O'Connor New York Times 23 November 2011

A new study of people who ate one serving of canned food daily over the course of five days, the study found, had significantly elevated levels — more than a tenfold increase — of bisphenol-A, or BPA, a substance that lines most food and drink cans.

The new study, which was published last month in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to measure the amounts that are ingested when people eat food that comes directly out of a can, in this case soup. The spike in BPA levels that the researchers recorded is one of the highest seen in any study.

Why are so many children being born with sex defects?

1.2 million Britons are thought to have been born with some kind of disorder of sexual development as a result of errors in their genetic code. The disorders may be becoming increasingly common as a result of chemicals in plastics and hormones excreted by women taking the Pill, or similar drugs used in animal rearing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sports-related concussions may affect cerebral blood flow

From the American Academy of Pediatrics...
A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that cerebral blood flow significantly declined in most children ages 11 to 15 who experienced sports-related concussions. The circulation changes continued after other symptoms had subsided, which researchers said may mean that some children are returning to sports while they are still vulnerable to reinjury.

Monday, December 5, 2011


An organic diet decreases pesticide exposure in 5 days

"Clean 15" - lowest in pesticides
1. onions
2. sweet corn
3. pineapple
4. avocado
5. asparagus
6. sweet peas
7. mangoes
8. eggplant
9. cantaloupe (domestic)
10. kiwi
11. cabbage
12. watermelon
13. sweet potatoes
14. grapefruit
15. mushrooms

"Dirty Dozen" - HIGHEST in pesticides
1. apples
2. celery
3. strawberries
4. peaches
5. spinach
6. nectarines (imported)
7. grapes (imported)
8. sweet bell peppers
9. potatoes
10. blueberries (domestic)
11. lettuce
12. kale/ collard greens

For more information on pesticides in food, visit:

Monday, November 21, 2011

More from TACA...

More from TACA...
Born Free baby bottles free of bpa; Dr. Brown’s, Evenflow, Gerber, Playtex all have levels of bpa associated with damage in lab animals associated with hyperactivity, iddm, obesity (bpa = bisphenol a)
Styrene (styrofoam) decreases glutathione (toxicology 2006), causes mito damage
Be sure to use bpa free dental sealants

Gardasil Vaccine Claim for Preventing Cervical Cancer Not Backed by Science

Health Impact News Editor Comments: This article is from Discover Magazine, which is generally a pro-vaccine publication, and the author is a medical investigative journalist for the British medical journal (BMJ), who is not anti-vaccine. So it is not simply the anti-vaccine crowd that is complaining about the lack of science behind...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TACA Tidbits...

~New research on treatment of concussion with HBOT shows marked improvements with HBOT.
For more information or to schedule a session at our office, please call 203-834-2813.
~Prenatal exposure to phthalates leads to attention problems, aggression, oxidative stress and mito dysfunction (references on file)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Your Child's Motor Development Story

Come see our friend Jill Mays discuss her new book Your Child's Motor Development Story at the New Canaan Library on Wednesday 11/16 at 9:15 AM. She is gearing this talk to parents with an emphasis on the importance of sensory motor play in the baby through elementary years for healthy development, including social, emotional and neurological development. She will be sharing some of the most recent research findings on cognition and the brain that support the premise of the book.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Free Online Viewing of The Greater Good Movie

Regardless of your view regarding the relationship between vaccines and autism, watching this movie is essential. It premiers in NYC on November 5th, but you can view it for free for the next few days (see link below).

If you are like many Americans, you want to know more about the long term safety record of all vaccines especially the newer ones like Gardasil for HPV (which is now recommended by the CDC for "All" 11 year old girls AND boys).

The movie is very well done and will have a huge impact.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tidbits from TACA...

Cortisol levels are very important in our kids. High cortisol levels affect adrenal function, mito function, activates inflammation.

Signs of Adrenal hypofunction - no sleep, crave salt, fatigue, anxiety, low cortisol

Signs of Adrenal hyperfunction - excess sweat, hyperactivity, weight gain, high cortisol

Labs to check- glucose, cortisol, aldosterone, thyroid, dhea

Treatment- Clean up environment, decrease carbs, sugars, bedtime snack with protein, b6, zinc, mg

Herbs- adaptogens including rhodiola, ginseng

Vitamins - b5, a, e

Others - licorice, chromium, cinnamon, efas, carnitine, salt, phosphatidylserine, ace (adrenal corticol extract)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On the from ARI conference

See our upcoming newsletter (will be emailed within the next week) for details on the following:

- Folate receptor auto-antibody abnormalities has important potential treatment implications
- Association between milk and folate receptor auto-antibodies
- Gut flora affects how we handle toxins
- BH4 can be have communication, oxidative stress, social and cognitive benefits
- Other treatments to consider for anxiety and OCD
- Importance of intestinal microbiomes in immune development and function over time

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

California 12 year olds to be vaccinated with out parents knowing

News from yesterday...California 12 year olds to be vaccinated with out parents knowing written by Eileen Dannemann

Today Governor Brown signed into law AB499 which will allow 12 year old children to be vaccinated without parental knowledge or consent. This currently applies to the Gardasil and Hepatitis B vaccines, but will expand to include ANY new STD vaccine that is brought to market in the future.

This means that as of tomorrow, boys and girls as young as 12 will be alone in their doctors office, or pulled into the nurses office at school, be offered a vaccine and told that if they don't get it, they can get sick and die, the child will be given the shot and parents will never know. This also means that parents no longer have access to their child's full medical records, but are only able to request PARTS of their child's heath records once they turn 12.

The package insert for the Gardasil vaccine is 30 pages long. Take a look at it. The state of California has decided that 6th graders are competent to read and properly digest this information, to fully understanding the risks and benefits of this vaccine, and to make an informed consent decision. Absurd.

This is nothing more than a marketing ploy for Merck (who makes Gardasil) to get around parents who understand the risks of these specific vaccines, and the corrupt public officials in Merck's pocket who are handing innocent children over to them for power and profit. The California legislator that introduced this bill, Toni Atkins, took money from Merck and then lied about it when confronted on her motives for this bill.

And this morning on Fox, our friend and Canary Party member Rebecca Estepp, who is the communications director for the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, debated former California state assembly woman Sally Lieber, who previously introduced a bill making the Gardasil vaccine mandatory for 11 year olds. Lieber had to remove her name from the leadership on the bill when it was discovered that her family was heavily invested in Merck.

Eileen Dannemann is the Directo of the National Coalition of Organized Women
319 855-0307

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Looking for a homemade, non-toxic play-doh recipe?

Well, here it is...

3 cups flour (you can use gluten-free flour)
1 1/2 cups salt
3 tablespoons cream of tartar
3 cups water
3 tablespoons oil
food coloring

Mix together dry ingredients in large mixing bowl, set aside. In small pan bring water, oil and food coloring to a boil. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and stir until to tough and then knead on floured table or cutting board. I like to let the children help with everything except the hot water (obviously) and when the play-doh is cool enough, it's so much fun to just play with it warm. You can keep it in a ziploc bag for several weeks.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Article: Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy Benefits Baby, Too - WE DISAGREE

There was a recent article from Pediatric News entitled "Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy Benefits Baby, Too." In our opinion, this article, which was partially funded by Merck, is misleading and another example of "false advertising."  In controlling for maternal age, black race, high school education, Medicaid or lack of insurance, and medical comorbidities, the study found that receipt of a maternal flu vaccine during pregnancy was associated with a 133.7 gram increase in birth weight. The article claimed the increased birth weight as another reason to give maternal flu vaccines during pregnancy. However, there was another statistically significant difference between the study groups related to prenatal care that questions the strength of their conclusion -- Women who received the flu vaccine had earlier and more frequent prenatal visits.   We argue that the difference in prenatal care, and not the receipt of the maternal flu vaccine, is the reason for increased birth weight. 

The article can be found at

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Real Help Now Conference for Families with Autism - Saturday, October 1st

Dr. O'Hara will be one of the featured speakers at TACA's 1st Pennsylvania Real Help Now Conference for Families with Autism which will be held on Saturday, October 1st in Malvern, PA
Visit for details and registration information

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Alive and Well: The Art and Science of Living Well

Dr. Szakacs and Dr. O'Hara met a wonderful woman in Australia who attended the Mindd Forum and some of their patient visits. Check out what she has to say on her blog, Alive and Well: The Art and Science of Living Well.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dr. O'Hara is speaks at Mindd Foundation Fundraiser - see video

If you've got 20 minutes, check out the attached video link to see Dr. O'Hara speak about Autism and ADHD at the Mindd Foundation fundraiser last month in Australia.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dr. O'Hara is speaking at Wheeling Country Day School on 9/6/11

Dr. O'Hara will be speaking at the Wheeling Country Day School in Wheeling, West Virgina on Tuesday, September 6th @ 6:30pm. Come see her! The lecture is titled Our Canaries: Why all the Asthma, Allergies, ASD and ADHD?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Radio Interview with Dr. O'Hara

On August 15th, Dr. O’Hara was featured on Australia's Radio National’s Life Matters with Richard Aedy, an illuminating interview that explores the health issues facing children in the modern world. Here is the link to the interview:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dr. O’Hara was recently featured on Australia's radio station, Mix 106.5

Mindd Foundation delegate Dr Nancy O’Hara was recently featured on Australia's radio station, Mix 106.5 , Andrew and ClaireThe Brighter Side of Breakfast’  show at 7.35-8.30am; interviewed by media personalities Dr Andrew Rochford and Claire Hooper.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Looking for a holistic dentist in the Fairfield / Westchester County area?

Check out Leonard Kundel, DMD at
A Holistic approach to Dentistry by Dr Leonard Kundel. The basis of Dr. Kundel’s practice is "Your mouth is connected to your body so it should be treated as such". To be treated holistically is to be made whole/complete.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dr. O'Hara is speaking at Mindd Foundation International Forum for Children

Dr. O'Hara is speaking at Mindd Foundation International Forum for Children next weekend August 13-14 in Sydney, Australia.
Please visit for more information.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PANDAS Study update from Dr. Cunningham

The study was recently closed for regulatory reasons so no more results will be provided. If you would like your donation refunded, please contact them at:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HBOT Rentals Available for Summer

If you are interested in renting one of our soft HBOT chambers this summer, please contact our office at 203-834-2813.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Your Healing Retreat was a huge success!

Your Healing Retreat is a path of education, hope and rejuvenation for parents and physicians living and working with autism and ADD.
Visit the Your Healing Retreat website!
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More Pictures!

More pictures from Your Healing Retreat 2011 are coming very soon! Please “Like” our Facebook Fan Page to receive an update when all of the pictures are posted.
Learn more about the team behind Your Healing Retreat!

The Team!

Professional colleagues, Drs. Nancy O’Hara, MD, Elizabeth Mumper, MD, Stephanie Cave, MD, Julie Buckley, MD and Maureen McDonnell, RN have worked together as clinicians, teachers, authors and nationally recognized lecturers in the field of neurodevelopmetal disorders. Read More
The powerful healing circle that closed the weekend and began a movement
Powerful healing circle that closed the weekend & began a movement

Hope for You to Heal

A new concept for helping to heal children and their families affected by autism was born! The first annual Your Healing Retreat took place June 3rd to the 5th at a beautiful lakeside retreat center in the mountains of western North Carolina. Parents, therapists and physicians gathered to learn not only the biomedical approach and practical pearls for improving the health and behavior of children, they also enjoyed workshops on strategies for healing their own lives.
As most people know, living and working with children affected by autism can be exhausting! The organizers of the Healing Retreat (Dr. Julie Buckley, Maureen McDonnell, RN, Dr. Liz Mumper, Dr. Nancy O’Hara and Dr. Stephanie Cave) decided from the onset this event would be different. Yes, there were excellent and informative CME lectures on the science, and practical approaches for getting the kids better, but additionally these sisters in science spirit and spunk crafted the agenda with careful consideration for the caregivers.
Finally, a chance to relax and reflect...
Parents finally have a chance to relax and reflect...
Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor Hopewelll Pharmacy and Compounding Center, our Gold sponsor OxyHealth and our additional high quality, hand selected companies, attendees were provided with nurturing and rejuvenating experiences that included: free massage, organic food for all meals (thank you Houston Enzymes), a lakeside wine reception, a workshops on ways to create a healthy home or office, toxin free dentistry and healthy gf/cf diets with added information on the how’s and why’s of vegetable juicing and fermented foods. Parents and clinicians alike took advantage of early morning yoga, walked the beautiful trails, swam in the lake, enjoyed the live performance by H Hanson, learned stress management techniques, benefited from sessions on healing relationships and danced (with some wild socks) at the Saturday night SOKHOP.
The 3- day event ended with a special closing ceremony that focused on the healing energy that we each possess. Together we focused that energy on our children and on ourselves. There is hope for us all to HEAL.
Follow the healing retreat movement on our soon to be launched on line community. More details to follow or go to for updates.
Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you next year!
The Sisters in Science, Spirit and Spunk

Where else can you go to get cutting edge science and practical information on ways to heal our children?
Parents and Physicians alike pay close attention as the speakers present cutting edge science and practical information on ways to heal our children.


The attendees of the first annual Healing Retreat say it best:
I just wanted to let you know how amazing my experience at the retreat was! I learned so much and now I'm feeling so positive! The energy was great and I feel like I'm truly beginning to let go of fear and embrace hope. It is an amazing feeling to have hope back for my child! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! I can't wait for next year!
- Alicia Ballard, Hendersonville, NC
It seemed to me that everyone was just drinking in the atmosphere and one another – both professionals and parents. Very healing experience at Kanuga.
- Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH
Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
My head and heart are still reeling with insights, ideas, and a-ha's... this weekend was splendid... special and powerful in countless ways.... thank you so much for facilitating the healing and being a messenger for all....
- Kim Shufran, NC
Please start telling your friends and physicians about

Hope for You to Heal by H Hanson

To listen to the special Hope for You to Heal song by H Hanson, visit If you would like to purchase this song, please visit
Your Healing Retreat, a chance to connect with friends with nature as the backdrop
Your Healing Retreat, a chance to connect with friends with nature as the backdrop
Every opportunity to bond, learn, relax and have fun...
Every opportunity to bond, learn, relax and have fun...
Two of the "sistahs" feeling the good energy and looking forward to doing what they do best....sharing their knowledge on how to heal the kids.
Two of the "sistahs" feeling the good energy and looking forward to doing what they do best....sharing their knowledge on how to heal the kids.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Office Space for Rent

We still have additional square footage (~500 SF) available for another like-minded practitioner.   Separate entrance, beautiful and airy space to rent, utilities included (except phone and internet).   Please contact the office at 203-834-2813 if you are interested.

Monday, May 30, 2011

June 5th Autism Speaks Walk!

If you are not attending the Healing Retreat next weekend ( for our local followers, Sunday June 5th is the Fairfield/Westchester Autism Speaks Walk. Click the link below for more information.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Healing Retreat is just a week - June 3-5, 2011

When It Comes to Autism, Solutions, (Not Just Studies) Are Available

A new study says 32 million children in this country are affected by chronic illnesses including autism and ADD.
Link to study:
The study concludes that more specialists and better health care access are the answers. But what if the answers lie in thinking about the problem in a new way? What if we used good science, evidence-based medicine, and some common sense to examine the underlying issues that may hold the key to not only the problem, but to the solutions?
At Your Healing Retreat, four of the most experienced medical doctors will be speaking to clinicians and parents on effective ways to prevent and improve the health and behavior of children affected by autism and ADD. Check out
These seasoned physicians will address the fact that there is a growing subset of children that cannot handle the 87,000 chemicals in wide spread use. They will also discuss the consequences of children consuming food with little or no nutritional value (the typical American diet). Finally and most importantly they will offer solutions and practical advice to clinicians and parents who are in the trenches trying to help these children.
The numbers of children affected by autism and ADD have been growing steadily and are now astronomical. These are preventable and although it can be exhausting work, kids can improve and even recover from these disorders. Your Healing Retreat will provide pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, RNs, therapists and parents with the knowledge and practical tools needed to address the startling statistics revealed in this new study.
It's time to turn this ship around!!! PLEASE consider attending Your Healing Retreat and tell clinicians to attend so that they can learn the real reasons our kids are sick and more importantly how to help them get better.
Click here to register for Your Healing Retreat!

Thursday, May 19, 2011



Try to start these herbs and supplements at the first sign of infection in your child.

1. Garlic - Garlic supplies powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties.
• Clove or Kyolic
• Dosage: One/day
• Take with meals

2. Vitamin C
• Ester-C or Buffered form
• Follow directions on bottle for child’s weight to maximum of 1000mg per year of
age through age 5. Divide into 3-4 doses per day
• Start with small amount. If you are giving too much, your child may have
cramping and diarrhea

3. Echinacea-
• Follow directions on bottle for child’s weight.
• Discontinue after two weeks. Works best when given intermittently, not
continuously throughout the winter. If you have chronic infections, you may want
to cycle echinacea, 2 weeks on, 1 week off
• Do NOT use with goldenseal
• Echinacea and Elderberry is often sold together and is an excellent immune

4. Zinc - Follow directions on bottle for child’s weight

5. Carrot juice - Drink 4 ounces daily or at least every other day. The best juicers for
home made vegetable juice are Vitamix, Champion, Acme and Omega.

6. May add astragalus for congestion

7. If you miss the early signs of an infection, start this procedure as soon as possible to
give the immune system an extra boost.

8. See your primary physician if your child develops a fever or worsening symptoms. If
he/she is placed on an antibiotic, double probiotic dose until 1 week after finishing
antibiotic (probiotic and antibiotic need to be at least 2 hours away from each other).

The above is intended as information and does not represent the only options in addressing
this problem. Please contact your primary physician prior to beginning any treatment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Spring is here and ticks and bugs are out! Here are some natural repellents to try...

Insect Bites and Sprays

Insect spray for the house and garden:
  3 drops spearmint
  3 drops orange
  2 qts water
Mix and spray on plants in the house and outside and in greenhouse to keep the bugs and aphids   away. 

Insect repellent
  Peppermint works great.  Just rub it all over head, arms and legs.

Here is a list of essential oils you can use on bites:
  1 drop thyme                 Or                      1 drop lavender
  10 drops lavender                                    1 drop birch
  4 drops eucalyptus
  3 drops roman chamomile
  1 Tbs V-6

Over the Counter Products:
Note: Lemon eucalyptus, citronella and lavender should not be used in children under 2 years old.
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus spray
Skeeter Beater
Kiss My Face natural tick repellant
California Baby Citronella products
Ambermin’s Natural Source – available at Hopewell Pharmacy (

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Got yeast?

Come see us if your child suffers from any of the following symptoms:
Inappropriate laughter
Mood swings
Foggy thinking
Sugar or carb cravings
Poor sleep
Frequent diaper rash
Frequent urination
History of frequent antibiotics

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Mercury poisoning often goes undetected for years because the symptoms presented within the body do not necessarily suggest the mercury as the initiating cause.
Mercury poisoning can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, confusion, irritability, insecurity and fatigue. Below is a list of sources that mercury can be found in:
  • Adhesives
  • Air conditioner filters
  • Body powders
  • Broken thermometer
  • Cosmetics
  • Dental fillings
  • Diuretics
  • Fabric softeners
  • Felt floor waxes
  • Polishes
  • Fungicides
  • Industrial wastes
  • Laxatives
  • Mercurochrome
  • Paints
  • Photoengravings
  • Psoriatic ointments
  • Seafood (especially large Atlantic fish)
  • Sewage disposal
  • Skin lightening cream
  • Tanning leather
  • Tattooing
  • Wood preservatives
  • Flu vaccine (93%)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Hair is an excellent indicator of lead toxicity. Lead is a cumulative toxin that is retained in the central nervous system, bones, brain, glands, and hair. For children, 1 ppm has been found to correlate with increased risk of hyperactivity; over 3 ppm increases the risk of learning disabilities. Sources of exogenous lead are:
  • Bone meal
  • Car batteries
  • Canned fruit/juices
  • Ceramic glazes
  • Cigarette ash
  • Eating utensils
  • Auto exhaust
  • Leaded gasoline
  • Hair dyes
  • Insecticides
  • Lead crystal dishes and glassware
  • Lead refineries
  • Lead smelters
  • Lead water pipes
  • Mascara
  • Evaporated milk
  • Organ meats
  • Lead-based paint
  • Pesticides
  • Porcelain glazed sinks and bathtubs
  • Produce (near roads)
  • Putty
  • PVC containers
  • Rainwater
  • Solder
  • Tobacco, pre 1986 (50% lead)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toys (especially those from China)
  • Vinyl mini-blinds
  • Water, city and well
  • Wine

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Notes from Day 3 of the Autism Research Institute Conference

Opiate peptides are released from gluten & casein by enzymes in GI tract and regulate cysteine uptake (inhibit the uptake) -- Decreased cysteine uptake causes decreased antioxidant capacity and leads to increased GI inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and Autism
One reason some children benefit from low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is that this opiate antagonist blocks inhibition of cysteine uptake by morphine & gluten/casein-derived opiate peptides

Greater increase in cysteine uptake with human milk than with formula

Study showing milk-free diet down regulates folate receptor autoimmunity in cerebral folate deficiency syndrome

Colostrinin is a sheep colostrum that has been shown to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients

Ecogenetics = study of environmental factors that interact with genes to cause health & disease.  Ecogenetic adaptation is occurring among Somali residents in Minnesota
--- < 1:1000 Somali children with ASD in 1993 (before immigration to Minneapolis, MN in mid-to-late 90's)
--- 1:60 Somali-American school children with ASD in 2005
--- 0.17% of Caucasian, Hispanic, and African-American children in ASD programs in 2005; 0.28% in 2008
--- 1-1.5% of first generation school age Somali-Americans enrolled in ASD programs - peaked in 2005; 0.9% in 2008.
(Information is from the Minnesota department of health, 2009)

80% of people in US with ASD are less than 22 years old
(Information from the Autism Research Institute, 2011)

More from Day 2 of the ARI Conference in Atlanta

Children with autism have lower glutathione levels, higher markers of protein damage and higher levels of oxidative stress as shown in research by Jill James.

MeB12 & folinic acid moved behavior (communication, socialization and daily living skills) toward normal and raised glutathione levels over 3 mths (James et al)

Epigenetics (genes are the hard drive and epigenetics are the software that dictates how information is read) are altered by diet, environment and stress. It is the way the genome adapts to environmental change.

Mom"s genetic profile and imbalances affect fetus and can alter metabolism prenatally. In utero environmental factors affect fetal development. If mother carries genetic risk, then this increases the risk of problems in child.

Maternal methylation abnormalities include low folate, methionine, and SAM

Friday, April 29, 2011

Live from Day 2 of the Autism Research Institute Conference

Met an adult woman with autism who is an advocate for the biomedical treatment of all children and adults with autism as she is dealing with tremendous immune, mitochondria and hormonal issues.
She also said that out of 10 physicians she has found only 1/2 of 1 doctor that has helped her. 
Please spread the word so we can teach more physicians how to help these children and adults. Sponsor and encourage a physician to go the healing retreat in June (
This same woman with autism did not have any functional language until she was an adult and now is a spokeswoman!

Live from Day 2 of the Autism Research Institute Conference

Dr O'Hara & Dr. Szakacs are in Atlanta at day 2 of the Autism Research Institute Conference. They are blogging you pearls from the clinician seminar.
Children with autism have at least a 20% lower level of ATP than the Neurotypical control group, some up to 50% less.

The mitochondrial problem, according to Dr. Frye, is more dysregulation and an inability for the proteins to work given the level of oxidative stress in our children with autism.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

More from ARI Conference Atlanta

Rice protein powders are very high in glutamate (excitotoxic) - often better to supplement actual amino acids.

Elevated sarcosine (an amino acid) increases toxicity of substances like formaldehyde - sarcosine should not be present in blood or urine.

Although plant protein has many benefits (decrease ammonia levels, etc), it also has a higher % of glutamate (40% in plant protein & 11-22% in animal protein).
Non epileptic treatments (ketogenic diet, GFCF diet, HBOT) improve seizures as well as improvements in sleep, communications, behavior, attention and mood (frye and Adams, submitted)

More from the Autism Research Institue Conference

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) able to record neruomagnetic signals (like listening for ant footsteps in the middle of a rock concert)

Mitochondrial disorders and seizure HEADD syndrome - hypotonic, epilepsy, autism and developmental delay (filano 2002)
Complex III deficiency and seizures (filipek 2003, poling, 2006)
ASD & mito - 39% with seizures (shoffner 2009)

Cerebral folate deficiency -antibody blocks transport of folate into brain as well as mitochondrial deficiency may lead to lower levels; treat with high dose of folinic acid or 5-meTHF 2 mg/kg/day and casein free diet; antibody test done by dr Quados at SUNY Downstate - 287 chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood, 180 cause cancer, 217 toxic to brain and nearly 200 banned for years
BH4 (tetrahydrobiopterin) used as cofactor for metabolism of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Found to be lower in children with autism ( oxidative stress decreases BH4 availability (frye et al, neurotherapeutics, 2010))
Study on glutamate (excitatory neurotransmitter) showing excitoxicity may have role in autism as it peaks in second year when regression occurs and namenda may have role in treating this.
If your child has low tone and signs of mitochondrial dysfunction and/or inflammation but normal lab tests then consider testing ck-mb.

Live from the Autism Research Institute Conference in Atlanta, GA

Dr. O'Hara & Dr. Szakacs are in Atlanta at the Autism Research Institute Conference.
They are blogging you pearls from the clinician seminar...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011



Arsenic is a highly poisonous metallic element registered with the Chemical Poisoning and Environmental Toxicity Centers. Inorganic arsenic deposits in the hair, skin, and nails, and once within the hair follicles, as with most toxic metals, it will stay in the shaft for years. Below are some common sources for arsenic:
  • Animal feed
  • Automobile exhaust
  • Colored chalk
  • Herbicides
  • Household detergents
  • Industrial dust
  • Insecticides
  • Non-organic chicken
  • Non-organic rice
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Rat poisons
  • Seafood
  • Wallpaper dye/plaster
  • Water/city and well
  • Wine
  • Wood preservatives
Arsenic is a carcinogen, and those with high levels of arsenic within their tissues are at a high risk for skin, scrotal, liver, lymphatic, and lung cancer. Other symptoms of arsenic poisoning are:
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Convulsions
  • Changes in fingernail pigmentation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody urine
  • Muscle cramps
  • Convulsions
  • Gastrointestinal upsets
  • Coma
  • Death

Monday, April 25, 2011



Aluminum is a popular metal used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals to cookware. Aluminum salts are soluble in water and are, therefore, easily assimilated into the body. Unwanted aluminum is deposited in the brain and nervous system tissues, and will continue to accumulate there. It is commonly known that aluminum is related to Alzheimer's disease.
Aluminum toxicity is sometimes elevated in children and adults with low zinc and behavior/learning disorders such as ADD, ADHD, and autism. High levels of aluminum are found in many colloidal mineral products. Aluminum is commonly found in the products below:
  • Alum
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum cookware
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum silicate found in Kaopectate
  • American cheese
  • Animal feed
  • Antacids
  • Automotive parts
  • Automotive exhaust
  • Baking powder
  • Beer
  • Ceramics
  • Vaccines

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Your Healing Retreat receives American Academy of Pediatrics Seal of Approval

The excerpt below was taken from page 9 of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine's Spring 2011 Newsletter

Your Healing Retreat
Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAP

My gratitude to the SOCIM Newsletter for the opportunity to share exciting news about a new venture: Your
Healing Retreat, a path for parents and physicians living and working with autism and ADD will take place
June 3-5, 2011 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina in Hendersonville.
Four of my professional colleagues, Drs. Nancy O’Hara, MD, Stephanie Cave, MD, Julie Buckley, MD and
Maureen McDonnell, RN and I have worked together as clinicians, teachers, authors and lecturers in the field
of neurodevelopmetal disorders. As busy professionals, we have a hard time practicing what we preach about
self nurturing. Suddenly, we got a wake-up call when the youngest of us developed cancer.
We decided to create a weekend retreat, geared at caregivers- both family members and physicians dealing
with disease processes- that could prove to be helpful to everyone involved, integrating education about the
medical problems with experiences that help those caring for someone with chronic health challenges
successfully care for themselves. Our first retreat will focus on those who care for children with Autism and
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Physicians who take care of children with autism and ADHD may find themselves in “burnout” mode, due to
the magnitude of their patients’ problems and the frustrations of the parents. The retreat is designed for
medical doctors (especially pediatricians and family practitioners) who wish to understand and learn practical
science-based approaches for identifying and treating the array of medical conditions that impact behavior,
attention and speech of children affected by autism. Your Healing Retreat participants will gain access to
cutting-edge, safe and effective integrative approaches for healing children while recharging their own
batteries. They will learn relaxation techniques, tips to improve their relationships, and strategies to get back
into balance. Kathi Kemper, the former section head of the American Academy of Pediatrics Complementary
and Alternative Medicine division will speak on Stress Management: Mental, Physical and Spiritual.
CME approved lectures scheduled in conjunction with workshops and a myriad of rest, relaxation and healing
opportunities (including morning yoga, massage, hikes, organic food and cooking classes) allow conference
attendees to enjoy a spectacular retreat environment at a beautiful lake in the mountains. During the threeday
intimate meeting, a community will be built––and through the use of interactive web-based tools––
continue to be fostered long after the conference is over. At the conclusion of the “Healing Retreat”, parents
and physicians return home rested, renewed, and rejuvenated, with a resource community and real-time
implementable tools in their proverbial toolbox.
We specifically have designed the curriculum for this retreat to be very friendly and welcoming for those new
to the integrative medicine experience. We have made a conscious decision to avoid focusing on the
polarizing issue of causation with regard to autism and focus on strategies to help children with autism and
ADHD thrive and heal. We are working hard to develop an integrative medicine tool box, so that clinicians
who attend the retreat will be equipped to begin specific treatment strategies when they return to their offices
refreshed and restored.
Your Healing Retreat is a path of education, hope and rejuvenation for parents and physicians living and
working with autism and ADD. Due to the unique structure of the event, we can only accommodate 50
clinicians (MDs and DOs). Visit now to register!

To read the full SOCIM Spring 2011 Newlsetter, click on the link below.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mercury Levels in Fish

Mackeral (King, Spanish, Gulf)
Orange Roughy
Seabass (Chilean)
Tuna (Ahi, Yellowfin, Bigeye, Canned Albacore)

Bass (Striped, Black)
Cod (Alaskan)
Croaker (White Pacific)
Halibut (Pacific, Atlantic)
Mahi Mahi
Perch (Freshwater)
Tuna (Canned Chunk Light, Skipjack)
Sea Trout

Cod (Arctic)
Crab (Domestic)
Crawfish/ Crayfish
Haddock (Atlantic)
Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)
Perch (Ocean)
Sole (Pacfic)
Trout (Freshwater)

Data from:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

Courtesy of Chris Holden, Chef/ Owner of Back on Tract an SCD cook and caterer in Massachusetts.

To learn more visit

Just in time for Easter...

Prepare Eggs: Boil white cage-free organic egss with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in the water. Let eggs cool when done.

Red: beets, paprika, pomegranate juice
Yellow: turmeric, sage, saffron
Orange: mix 3 parts yellow and 1 part beets
Green: spinach, kale
Brown: tea, leftover coffee, chili powder
Blue: Blueberries
Purple: Blackberries, concord grapes or grape juice
Lavender: red onion skins

Prepare Dye:
1. Chop or crush dye ingredients of desired color
2. Place 2 cups of water and ingredients in saucepan
3. Simmer for 5 to 60 minutes making sure that water is deeply colored
4. Strain dye and add eggs to hot colored water
5. Leave eggs in dye until desired color reached

Be creative.  Use wax crayons to write words or draw pictures.   The wax will not absorb the color.   Use rubber bands to create a tie-dyed effect. Stickers will also add to the fun.   Use your imagination and have fun!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Office Space for Rent

We still have additional square footage (~500 SF) available for another like-minded practitioner.   Separate entrance, beautiful and airy space to rent.   Please contact the office at 203-834-2813 if you are interested.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Now in Theaters...Wretches & Jabberers

Wretches & Jabberers

Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette are two men with autism who have limited speech but a whole lot to say. As young people, both faced lives of isolation, unable to convey their inner intelligence. It was not until adulthood when each learned to communicate by typing—giving them a way to express their thoughts, needs and feelings—that their lives changed dramatically. After more than ten years of advocating for people with autism, they felt it was time to take their message global—to help people with autism in other countries around the world break through the isolation they both knew so well.
Tracy, Larry and their support team, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng, joined forces with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Gerardine Wurzburg, and Producer, Douglas Biklen.  “Our goal was to shine a light on autism internationally. Larry and Tracy’s journey allowed us to portray the global face of autism through the personal stories of six men and women throughout the world,” explains Producer and Director Wurzburg. The result is the feature documentary, Wretches and Jabberers: And Stories from the Road, a provocative mixture of advocacy, personal portrait and travel adventure film—seasoned with liberal doses of humor.
The film provides a rare opportunity to hear directly from people with autism about how they understand and experience their own disabilities. Larry types, “Autism is not abnormality of the brain as much as abnormality of experience.” Interspersed with their travels are glimpses of Tracy and Larry's formative experiences in the States. For Larry, 52, who spent ten years of his childhood in a mental institution, painting became his outlet. He finds that his art makes people “want to listen to his artistic voice not his autistic voice.” However, he notes, “nothing I did... convinced people I had an inner life until I started typing.” Tracy, 42, spent his school years in segregated classrooms isolated from his peers. His breakthrough also came from typing, when he was 23-years-old. Though he now communicates with audiences of all kinds for his advocacy work, Tracy admits that he is still prone to “intense anger” about his situation. “I have always been very angry about my autism and didn't get seen as intelligent until I was out of high school.”
Despite their struggles, the two men reveal profound wisdom about their lives and convey their acceptance of autism as an expression of the diversity of humanity.  This theme of diversity is underscored by the variety of customs, food and cultures of the people visited by the men—in Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. Viewers share their eye-opening experiences as they negotiate the terrain of travel, culture and new friendships on what they aptly name The World Intelligence Magnified Tour.

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