Monday, February 28, 2011

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. It significantly increases the partial pressure of oxygen in the body tissues and promotes increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood.  By increasing the amount of oxygen rich blood, HBOT stimulates the body to release substances that promote healing.
In treating inflammation, oxidative stress and cellular detoxification, HBOT promotes healing in many disorders including, but not limited to:
Chronic Inflammation
Autoimmune Diseases
Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, IBD
Multiple Sclerosis
Post Chemotherapy Treatment
Post Radiation Treatment
Stroke and Post Concussive Injuries
Center For Autism and Integrative Health offers soft and hard chamber HBOT treatment options.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sleep Problems?

Difficulty falling asleep, night waking and early waking can be a nightmare for parents and other family members. Sleep deprivation is a problem for your child as well, as his/her developing immune system. Here are some suggestions for helping sleep problems:

·        Protein in the morning and carbohydrates in the evening
·        Dark at night, light during the day
·        Magnesium and Calcium
·        5 Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP)
·        Melatonin
·        Herbs such as Chamomile, Milk thistle (silymarin), Kava Kava and Valerian
·        Exercise
·        Calming bath with baking soda, Epsom salts and lavender oil.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lecture by Dr. Nancy O'Hara in NYC on March 10, 2011

The National Autism Association NY Metro Chapter
In Collaboration With
Beth Israel Medical Center's Department of Developmental Pediatrics
would like to invite you to our special event

"Reducing the risk of Autism and other childhood chronic illnesses"
with Dr. Nancy O'Hara

on Thursday, March 10th 6:30-8:30pm
Beth Israel Medical Center
10 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003
2nd Floor Conference Center

Dr. Nancy O'Hara is going to walk us through some of the most important
steps you can take in order to reduce your child's risk of developing a
chronic illness such as Autism. So whether you are pregnant, would like to
become pregnant or have a young child, there are many things you can do to
lower the chances.

Autism is one illness that is on many parents mind these days, since the
rates seem to keep climbing. Dr. O'Hara is on the front lines everyday
trying to treat these children. Dr. O'Hara has a comprehensive list of
things that you should avoid, supplements you can take and simple changes
you can make in your diet in order to lower your risk. Many of us know
that it is much easier to try to prevent than treat an illness once you
already have it. Some of the steps you will hear about will be quite simple
such as replacing some of the foods you eat or the type of toothpaste you
use. Even if you can just start with a few changes, then you are well on
your way to reducing the chance of someone in your family from developing a
chronic illness.

Nancy O'Hara, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician. Prior to her medical
career she taught children with autism. Dr. O'Hara graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and earned a Master's degree
in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. She entered general
private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative
practice solely for children with special needs. She is a leader in the
training of clinicians, both in the US and abroad.

Come join us for this informative event. 

Refreshments will be served.

There is no fee for the workshop

Please RSVP to Stacey Purro, LCSW at 212.844.8431 or via email at

Monday, February 14, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Constipation - possible treatment options

Constipation is a problem for many of our children and may interfere with the effectiveness of other therapies. As the underlying cause(s) of the constipation are investigated by your physician, you can review the list below for possible treatment options under the supervision and guidance of your physician.
1. Prunes or prune juice
2. Fiber
3. Magnesium
4. Vitamin C
5. Senna
6. Olive Oil
7. Mineral Oil
8. Castor Oil
9. Dulcolax
10. Glycerin suppositories
11. Appropriate fluids and dietary changes

Monday, February 7, 2011

Looking for a Second Opinion?

If you are currently working with a practitioner to treat you or your child, but you are seeking a second opinion, we can provide that service to you or your family member. The Second Opinion Consultation includes a review of the patient’s history, a nutritional physical examination and observation of your child’s interactions, if the patient is a child. At the conclusion of this consultation, you will be presented with a detailed list of recommendations to take back to your primary practitioner for you or your child’s treatment plan.  This is an excellent option for siblings of children on the spectrum, parents planning another pregnancy or those dealing unsuccessfully with another chronic illness.  For more information, please visit our website at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First Annual Healing Retreat - June 2011

Parents and practitioners please join us at the first annual healing retreat outside of Asheville, NC in June 2011.  The retreat will be a combination of workshops, organic food, spa type treatments (like massage and HBOT) and lectures by experts in the field of autism and developmental disorders.  For more information, go to