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Mourning Three Exceptional Doctors who Gave their Lives for their Beliefs

June 26, 2015

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The old adage tells us that things happen in threes.  As I write this piece, the autism world is still reeling with disbelief a week after learning about the death of Dr. Jeff Bradstreet at age 61.  Only six months ago, we lost Mayer Eisenstein, another extraordinary doctor, who also held a law degree. He was exactly my age: 69. Dr. Andrew Moulden died “unexpectedly” in November, 2013 at age 49.

Personal attributes that these courageous physicians had in common were extraordinary intelligence, a passion for healing, the ability to think outside the box, empathy for their patients, and deep religious convictions.  Moulden was a Muslim, Eisenstein an Orthodox Jew, and Bradstreet, a devout Christian, who prayed with their patients, and trusted their God in all aspects of their lives.

The third commonality these three healers shared was the conviction that vaccines played a role in their patients’ illnesses.  Dr. Moulden, who also earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, went one step further, stating that every vaccine produces damage. He demonstrated that each dose causes tiny strokes in the brain and in other organs of the body, bringing about a wide range of unexpected health conditions.

Now they share another bizarre connection: the circumstances surrounding their deaths are suspicious. Moulden and Eisenstein had heart attacks. Did they, or were their deaths suicides? Or foul play? Bradstreet was found lying in a river with a gun-shot wound to his chest, a day after the FDA raided his clinic.  His death was immediately called a suicide.  Possible, but unlikely.

Moulden quit a lucrative medical career in Canada in 2007 to travel around North America to conduct and present research into vaccine safety. He demonstrated that many cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome were actually vaccine-related damage. His testimony freed many parents from false accusations that they had abused their infants.  In October, 2013, Dr. Moulden told trusted colleagues that he was ready to release information refuting the germ theory of disease and the vaccine model of disease management. Two weeks later, he was dead.

Eisenstein, a Chicago area pediatrician, who for four decades treated over 75,000 patients, was an out-spoken advocate against vaccination.  He proudly paraded his thousands of healthy, unvaccinated children as proof of the body’s innate ability to take care of itself. He had just welcomed a new grandchild and lost over 100 pounds.  In a wink, he was gone.

Dr. Jeff, a brilliant and beloved physician who healed patients from all over the world, never met a kid, a problem, a symptom, an issue, a disease, upon which he gave up.  Just last month he made presentations at the annual Autism One Conference in Chicago, where he announced that we “would be seeing him for years to come.” The possibility that he gave up on himself and committed suicide is incomprehensible.

Andrew Moulden’s legacy has been preserved by Health Impact News.  Click here to listen to what he wanted to share with the world.

Mayer Eisenstein’s Home First Health Care is still online.  Listen to him speak about vaccines.

The extended Bradstreet family, headed by his “baby brother” Thom, has pledged to get to the bottom of the circumstances of Jeff’s death.  They have established a fund to underwrite a full investigation at Go Fund Me .

If you are concerned about possible vaccine damage or have questions about vaccines, here are some resources:

The Vaccine Epidemic  by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parents’ Guide by Aviva Romm

Dissolving Illusions by Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk

For the most complete and up-to-date information on vaccination, go to the National Vaccine Information Center website.

If you are in the Mid-Atlantic region, consider coming to Pittsburgh, PA on September 19th for the second Vaccination: A Conversation conference.  We will be talking openly about all aspects of vaccination research, policy, exemptions and more.  Stay tuned for more information.

In the meantime, please honor the work of these amazing pioneers and brave doctors.  Say prayers for their souls, send healing energy to their families, and beg that if evil forces entered into any of their deaths that justice will be done.

Preventing Autism

November 30, 2014

After the Diagnosis, Then What?

Researchers have learned SO much in the past 10 years about risk factors for autism and other developmental delays that I included the word “prevention” in the title, and devoted a chapter to this subject in Outsmarting Autism. I was thus thrilled when a friend introduced me to a mother who runs a parent support group for families with members on the spectrum. She thought the group a good match as a host for me on my year-long book tour.

What a surprise when I received the following response: “Thank you so much for reaching out to me. To me, autism is not something that needs to be healed or prevented. I truly believe with all my heart that it is just as much a part of my boy as him having brown hair and hazel eyes, and I want folks to accept my boy and his neurology the…

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Vaccine Politics

December 21, 2009

 

Wow!  What a year it has been for news about vaccines.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier, it has!  The biggest, best, most informative conference ever!  A governor elected on a vaccine-choice platform!  And pediatricians petitioning against vaccine choice in Jewish schools!

 The Fourth International Public Conference on Vaccination: We Came Together, We Made History!  A huge congratulations to Barbara Loe Fisher and her husband, Paul Arthur for a most remarkable conference at the beginning of October. What a success!  Over 700 attendees from 44 states and 11 nations were riveted by over 40 speakers from dawn to late evening for four consecutive days. Their subjects included vaccine risks, global vaccination issues such as contamination, injury and safety, pregnancy, swine flu, Gardasil vaccines, and military families. We heard from investigative reporters, scientists, physicians, nurses, parents, homeopaths and others.  Sometimes speakers had to agree to disagree. 

I was honored to assist with book sales, registration and general organization. What a pleasure to work with such dedicated people with amazing energy and passion. I have worked closely with Barbara and her co-founder, Kathi Williams for many years, and attended the three previous conferences.  This one was THE BEST! 

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)  raised over $100,000 in 24 hours to fund a study of the health of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children. Go to  to view Barbara’s five-minute YouTube video describing it.  Watch the NVIC website to order CDs of the talks and downloads of the Powerpoint presentations. 

Governor Christie Elected in New JerseyCongratulations to Louise Habakus, Founder of Life Health Choices, in leading vaccine choice advocates who showed up in record numbers in to cast their votes and elect Chris Christie as New Jersey’s next governor. Christie made an official campaign promise to citizens of New Jersey in support of vaccination choice. He further cemented his position by becoming the first gubernatorial candidate to utter the words vaccines, autism and parental choice in the same sentence on Don Imus’ live radio show.  Habakus is now asking NJ residents to thank Christie for his promise.  Hopefully he will act in accordance with it!

Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh Jewish School Administrators!  A group of 28 pediatricians in the Pittsburgh area, a majority of whom are Jewish, distributed a paper with the above title stating the following:

“We, the pediatric healthcare providers for the majority of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, ask the day schools, preschools and religious schools in the community to unite in stating the following policies regarding immunizations:

1.  All students will be required to provide proof of current, age-appropriate immunizations according to current Allegheny County immunization requirements, prior to the beginning of each school year.

2.  Any student not meeting these requirements must provide written, signed documentation, with state medical license number, from his or her licensed PRIMARY healthcare provider explaining the MEDICAL rationale for not immunizing the child in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

3.  While Pennsylvania law and Allegheny County code recognizes the right to “religious or philosophical objection to immunization,” our school does NOT accept such exemptions!  We consider vaccination to be a part of a person’s Jewish obligation to protect their own life and health and that of others; just as we expect that students and families choosing our school will accept that we provide explicit instruction in a variety of religious beliefs and practices, and expect our students to conform to school policies on dress, food, prayer, and ethical behavior, we consider this issue to be of equal, if not greater importance, and therefore expect the same level of respect and adherence. 

4.  Students not meeting the requirements outlined above will be excluded from school until they can comply with the requirements.

Exception:  We recognize that a student who is delayed in receiving immunizations often cannot receive them all at once.  Therefore, once a student can provide proof of having received the first doses in a “catch-up” schedule, along with a dated schedule from the physician indicating when the next doses are due, that student can be allowed to return to school.  The school reserves the right to exclude the student at a later date if the family does not follow through with completing the “catch-up” schedule in a reasonable time frame.  It is reasonable to expect that nearly all new students with immunization delay should be able to complete any standard “catch-up” schedule by the conclusion of their first academic year in the school.”

 Attached to this white paper are three pages of “Medical Evidence Supporting Immunization Requirements.”   No studies, no research. Just unsupported opinions on why “vaccination against infectious diseases is one of the most successful innovations of modern medicine ” Another statement:  ” Vaccination is perhaps the most rigorously tested, safest interventions practiced by modern medicine!”  WHERE ARE THE STUDIES?

A reporter for the Jewish Chronicle, a Pittsburgh Jewish weekly picked up this story.  The comments from Peter H. Meyers, Professor of Clinical Law at the George Washington University Law School and Barbara Loe Fisher of NVIC are worth reading.   Meyers, who is Jewish, directs the vaccine injury clinic at GWU Law School, and teaches courses on vaccination law.

To me this looks like an ACLU case waiting to happen!   I heard that one of the Yeshiva Schools had already sought legal counsel.  I just cannot believe that these doctors think they are above the law!  How can they dismiss the law of the state and people’s individual rights? 

Vaccinations and politics will no doubt continue to butt heads in 2010 for sure.  Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy New Year free of vaccines and politics!

 

 

Day Lily buds and Zucchini Blossoms: Eating for Free

June 30, 2009

In the 1970’s with Euell Gibbons’ best seller Stalking the Wild Asparagus as my guide, I used to forage for free food moving from scapes (wild garlic) in the early spring to blueberries in late summer.  Two of my favorites, day lilies and zucchini blossoms arrive together in June, and I cooked them this weekend for friends.

Zucchini plants are prolific, and a single one can provide more than enough of the vegetable to satisfy most families’ needs.  When you consider the blossoms as part of the harvest, you get double the gourmet experience. 

Stuff each blossom with a little bit of goat cheese seasoned with some chopped basil, dip into flour and egg, and fry quickly in hot olive oil until golden.  The blossoms puff up, the cheese melts and they make a wonderful finger-licking appetizer for the eating al fresco. 

With day lilies you have a choice.  You can add yesterday’s wilted flowers to soup or steam today’s largest buds waiting to be tomorrow’s flowers.  I prefer the latter.  Steam about a minute, top with butter and chopped parsley, pop in your mouth, just like asparagus, and just as good! Don’t eat too many, though, because they can act as a natural laxative.  

Thank you Euell Gibbons for teaching me about free foods.  Thirty years later, I am still enjoying foraging.  Hope you are too!

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May 28, 2009

Summer Options: ESY? Camp? Intensive Therapy? or Just Hanging Out?

Parents frequently ask me to make recommendations about summer programming for their children with special needs. They are torn between using the season for intensifying therapy programs or giving the child a break from routine.

Any child who has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is eligible for an Extended School Year (ESY) program. First, "critical life skills" are identified in the IEP. Next, a committee determines that, without ESY services, critical life skills: 1) will regress and not be recovered in a reasonable amount of time; 2) are emerging and at a breakthrough point; or 3) are impeded by stereotypic, ritualistic or self-injurious behaviors.

If an interruption in programming is likely to prevent a student from receiving some benefit from the educational program during the regular school year, the school system must provide ESY services. IEP goals for ESY are carried over from annual goals; no new goals are added.

My experience is that ESY services sound better than they are. The services tend not to be intensive or remedial, but to fulfill an obligation. Often we can find better ways for children with developmental delays to pass the summer months.

For the child in a self-contained class, summer can be an opportunity to try some inclusion with typical peers. Integrating children with special needs with non-handicapped peers has been proven to be beneficial for both groups. Sometimes a "shadow" from a local graduate school in education, psychology or occupational therapy is necessary for success. Typical children learn about autism, attention deficits and cognitive differences, while those with delays have a chance to practice social interactions, language and physical skills.

Many "special" camps are now available, both as day camps and for a week or two overnight. In the Washington, DC area the GMS Institute has camps that focus on children with sensory integration (SI) dysfunction. One includes typical siblings of children with autism, attention deficits and emotional problems. Both are staffed by occupational therapists and OT undergraduates. Each day, children are involved in activities that stimulate and normalize touch, movement, listening and visual skills. Swimming lessons help children gain confidence and provide the opportunity for movement without the demands of resisting gravity. Some have friends for the first time and are deliriously happy with the nutritious sensory diet they get heavy work, finger painting and the martial arts.

If a child meets ESY criteria, it is remotely possible that a school system will fund a private camp in the same way that it funds private school. Getting this service could require going to due process, however.

Summer can be a great time to intensify or schedule therapy that is hard to fit in during the school year. I would recommend this for older children, especially. If you need to travel to a practitioner in a distant city, combine the trip with a visit to a theme park or camping out. Increase vision or reflex integration therapy to several times a week. Do home therapy exercises in the fresh air. Enroll a child in FastForWord, Earobics or a Lindamood-Bell program. Find a tutor who understands sensory processing and incorporates movement into her sessions.

Vacations with children with special needs can be trying. One family I know was investigated for child abuse at a hotel in Disneyworld because their child with autism screamed all night. Don’t expect your child to hop on a roller coaster and love it. But the unpredictable does happen. With a great deal of vestibular stimulation from ride after ride, one child I know of spoke his first words.

Trips to theme and national parks are opportunities for families to be together, bond and enjoy nature. Fortunately, many parks have tried to make it easier by issuing special passes to avoid long lines and other perks. Use the park’s web site or call before you go.

Remember to keep up the routines as well as proven sensory and nutritional diets that you know your child thrives on. Just "hanging out" can be hard on everyone. Help relatives understand the importance of being flexible within set limits. Those not familiar with your child may think of behaviors as "bad," when they truly are not. Give them books that you have found helpful.

Most importantly – HAVE FUN!

 

Judith Bluestone HANDLE

March 7, 2009

Owner wrote:

HANDLE Founder Judith Bluestone Passes Away

On February 18, 2009, the world lost an amazing woman.  Judith died at the age of 64, in Atlanta, GA, where she had lived for the past several years. She is survived by her son and sister, and by thousands who very personally feel the loss of her from their lives.

Judith Bluestone was an internationally renowned specialist in neuro-developmental disorders and learning challenges. As an intuitive healer and educator, she had remarkable gifts for enabling function in herself and others.  

Judith dedicated her life – heart and soul – to the creation and expansion of The HANDLE® Institute in Seattle, WA, which she founded in 1994, the same year I co-founded DDR.  I first met her soon after we both started our organizations, and realized that we were definitely “on the same page.”  I was humbled by how Judith had experienced many of the same issues as her clients: autism, seizures, constant pain, and hypersensitivities, and was applying what she had learned about healing herself to others.   In the end her efforts became overwhelming.

Judith spread awareness of HANDLE® around the world. Just looking at her course schedule would exhaust the average educator: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa.  Bluestone created the Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency (HANDLE®) in the 1980’s and through the Institute, trained and certified over 125 individuals as Practitioners and Screeners of the HANDLE® program.  Go to www.handle.org to view the schedule of courses the Institute is offering, and attend one if you have never experienced HANDLE®

Judith received much acknowledgement for her achievements.  In 2004, she won the Jefferson Award in Seattle, and then the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for community service. 

I met with Judith in Atlanta last year at her home office and therapy studio.  She and I reminisced about how some of the “new” therapies are reincarnations of ones we practiced in the 1960’s, and shared our excitement about the strides we have made in the 40 years we have been helping children with special needs. We spoke of collaboration and perhaps a joint conference with DDR and HANDLE®, with the two of us as keynote speakers.  Alas, that will never be.

Judith left The HANDLE® Institute in Seattle in capable and loving hands, and it will continue the work she began. If you would like to do something in honor of Judith, please share your knowledge of HANDLE with anyone you know who might benefit from it. Or make a non-tax-deductible donation to The HANDLE Institute International, LLC to support the Institute or to The Churkendoose Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to provide opportunities for many to experience the benefits of HANDLE. The Project’s contact information can be found at www.churkendoose.org.

The HANDLE Institute has set up an email for you to send your questions, thoughts and memories about Judith. Please share them at HANDLEassist@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a Multi-Disciplinary Approach for a Spectrum of Disorders

June 2, 1998
This spring I returned to Boston for my 30th college reunion. I was disappointed to find that some of my old haunts had vanished, but thrilled to find that others were still there. A visit to what was once Kennedy Hospital for Children, where I began my first job in 1969 as a staff psychologist, resulted in my reminiscing about my career odyssey. It was here that the dream that was to become the DDR began to percolate. This remarkable institution was the genesis of my focus on the concept of a multi-disciplinary team. How fortunate I was to have worked with the best doctors and therapists.Every Monday a group of five children entered the hospital as inpatients. Each department did a comprehensive evaluation and on Friday met to discuss findings. An overall treatment plan included such innovative techniques as a ketogenic nutrition diet, intensive vestibular stimulation, play therapy or cord lengthening. This individualized plan, a predecessor to in the IEP focused on the whole child, not just his seizures, self-stimulatory behaviors or toe-walking. We were all idealistic new graduates, sure that our magic could rehabilitate the once brilliant child who had become aphasic because of chicken pox encephalitis. In those days, autism was a rarity, while learning disabilities or head injuries were more common. However, we considered autism no more a challenge than a reading disability We treated them both with the same set of interventions that focused on causes. As we collaborated, using a multi-disciplinary approach, we performed and witnessed miracles.

Two weeks after my college reunion. I spoke at the First World Conference on Non-Pharmacological Therapies for ADD, ADHD, Learning and Developmental Delays, sponsored New York-based ADD Action Group. Mark Ungar, the charismatic executive director, had brought together the best and the brightest from medicine, homeopathy, biofeedback, nutrition, chiropractic medicine and optometry. Each speaker tied his or her field to others, and described the synergy of complementary approaches.

Just last weekend, I exhibited DDR materials at the annual conference of the Feingold Association. I enjoyed meeting many DDR members who took the time to introduce themselves and to tell me about their positive experiences using the information they have gained from our newsletter. Topics ranged from food additives to boosting the immune system, Again, I was impressed by the range of disciplines and disabilities which were represented.

Like the DDR, both the Feingold Association and the ADD Action Group view ADD, ADHD, LD, PDD and autism as being on a continuum of disorders from minimal to severe. At both conferences, social-emotional disabilities, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and schizophrenia were also discussed. The idea of a continuum is gaining wider acceptance. I have written two papers, published in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry,* addressing the causes and treatments for ADD to Autism, as a spectrum of disorders.

The DDR is Kennedy Hospital revisited 30 years later. My experiences allow me to impart two important lessons:

1) Whether you are a parent or professional, consider combining key therapeutic interventions, such as nutrition and sensory integration (see page 6), or movement with language, This integrated approach frequently results in better outcomes than individual therapies alone. Although it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint which therapy makes the difference, that determination is not as important as a child’s improvement

2) When reviewing the efficacy of a therapy, consider that some of the same components of this multi-disciplinary approach are as applicable for a child on one end of the continuum as on the other. Techniques will be, somewhat difficult but the philosophy will not. It is meaningless to ponder whether a child with autism might have an attention deficit. It is assumed that he/she does, because of the continuum model. Remember that the ultimate outcome of treatment is more important than the label.

[New Developments: Executive Director’s Column, Summer 1998]