inants; target medications like antifungals and anti-inflam- matories; and use homeopathy and acupuncture.

Case Study Maria O’Neil’s firstborn son, Connor, had a perfect Apgar score (newborn health status) at birth and appeared healthy to everyone until aſter immu- nization at 15 months, when he became withdrawn and vacant, with head-banging and hand-flapping. A pediatrician diagnosed moderately severe autism and advised, “Accept your new normal. Your son was born this way.” O’Neil exclaimed, “I will

not let this disease take my child!” Aſter she replaced pro-

cessed foods, sugar, dairy and gluten with organics in his diet, he became calmer and “more here”. Tests by another pedia- trician, Dr. Bob Sears, showed Connor had gut damage, mitochondrial issues, a high viral load, a low white cell count and a deficiency in basic vitamins and minerals. “Now I had a game plan,” says O’Neil, of Joshua Tree, California. Connor was given fish oil, shots, juices, targeted herbs,


Epsom salt baths, hyperbaric ox- ygen, a mitochondrial cocktail of nutraceuticals, medication with the antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan), the antiviral valacy- clovir (Valtrex) and the immuni- ty-enhancing naltrexone (Revia), plus acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. Over time, Connor’s eyes brightened, his language “burst forth” and he became social and loving. By age 5, educators took

him off his individualized learning program because he had no relevant symptoms. Today, at 9, he’s a popular

fourth-grade kid that loves swimming, soccer and art, and wants to become a scientist or engineer. “Te future is limit- less for Connor,” O’Neil reports.

“He can do anything he sets his mind to.”

Brighter Future

“Once you have addressed the root causes, you can optimize healing by using the additional integrative modalities to help prevent chronic illnesses now and in years to come,” explains family physician Madiha Saeed, of Naperville, Illinois, author of Te Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. Te multipronged integra-

tive approach is supported by studies that link poor gastro- intestinal health to childhood diseases, notes Lambert. Italian researchers found a greater prevalence of “bad” gut bacte- ria in autistic children. In New Zealand, it was shown that those with ADHD have gut bacteria that reduces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that con- trols the brain’s reward center. At,

medical professionals and parents have created a compre- hensive database of resources, studies, strategies and health coaches to help realize a child’s full potential. It plans to follow 14 children with chronic con- ditions through 18 months of healing and recovery therapeu- tic services to be documented in a film titled Canary Kids. “We want to show parents

that there’s hope—because then they can take the next step and move forward,” says Lambert. Ronica A. O’Hara is a

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