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Holistic Child Health Newsletter 
August 2012

Dear Friends,


Welcome to the Holistic Child Health Newsletter.


The goal of my holistic pediatric practice, and of this newsletter, is to inform and support parents to become more empowered as the primary health care providers for their children. Extending far beyond Western medicine's conventional treatments, holistic medicine and mindful parenting allow us to boost children's natural immunity, support their optimum health and wellness, safely heal any illnesses, and prevent disease-without dangerous side effects.  Holistic medicine provides us with the tools to nurture the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health of your children.  


Over the coming months and years, I intend to use this newsletter to address some of your concerns as parents, share information that you might want to add to your knowledge base, and inform you of important issues and current events that are happening in the news and in your area.

   Together we can heal the whole child. Naturally.


Yours in Health, 

Lawrence B. Palevsky, M.D 
Leah and Larry


Rhythms of Nature


The 'Busy' Trap


Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids 


Quality of Life is Better for Active Kids 


Dr Palevsky's Comments: It's that time of year where the excitement of summer is ending and the excitement of back to school has begun, whether the children attend an organized school or are schooled at home. Back to SchoolIn the Northern Hemisphere, the days are starting to get shorter, and by September 21, the days will get progressively darker than they are light. Moving through the fall into winter, the days will continue to shorten, when on December 21, another change happens, and slowly the days begin to get progressively lighter, inching closer to the end of winter and then the beginning of spring. As we move through this darkening time of year, the energy capacity of the body, along with the environmental energies, all begin to contract, shorten, and slow down. This means we don't have as much resiliency, and our energy stores begin to diminish. We don't have the reserves to be as active heading into this time of year as we did during the summer season, regardless of how much our minds try to fool us as to otherwise. If we pay attention to the shortening days, and the natural energetic contraction of the next few months, we will see that our capacity to accomplish and engage in the level of activities we are used to doing is just not there. Our diminished energetic capacity and the rhythms of nature demand that we get more sleep, more down time, more rest, and quieter times. That doesn't mean, however, that we necessarily listen very well to the change in the rhythms. This is hard for the creatures of habit that we are, always on the go, feeling the need to do and accomplish and produce and succeed and experience. Push. Push. Push. 

Too Fast


From now until the end of the year, we will see that we need to end our days earlier, that we get more tired and exhausted more easily, that we can't push as much, and that we instinctively move to quiet the home as early, and as much as possible, in order to get the appropriate rest & sleep. With school, fall activities, after school activities, homework, projects, travel, sports, creative arts, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all coming in the next few months, we will most likely draw heavily on our energy reserves, expanding the use of our energies at at time of year when our energetic reserves are diminishing.


By behaving in a contradictory way to the rhythms of nature, we create a great deal of tension in our immune and nervous systems, potentially increasing the inflammation and wastes in our bodies, and contributing to the onset of acute winter and spring illnesses in both adults and children. The key take home message to stay healthy through the fall and winter, reduce upper respiratory inflammations and flu-like illnesses, and avoid more significant illnesses in the next 4-6 months, is to pay attention to the seasonal changes and try to synchronize as much as possible with the changes in the rhythm of the seasons.

  Autumn Walk

Harvest in the fall, begin to slow down, and recognize what the animals do because of the innate resonance they have with the changing natural environmental energies. They hibernate. I believe they have something to teach us about being one with nature so we can stay optimally well. 

Is Your Problem Gluten? Or Faddish Eating?


Dr. Palevsky's Comments:  
Is gluten used in the 
of vaccines? Is there a protein in vaccines that is similar to gluten, such that when the
 into the body, the immune system sees it as an enemy and mounts an immune response against it? Gluten sensitivities have increased. Vaccination rates have increased.  
Dairy protein sensitivities have increased. Casein, one of the two major dairy proteins, is in vaccines, e.g., the DaPT, and gets injected into the body. Egg protein sensitivities ha
ve increased. Egg protein is in vaccines, e.g., the MMR, and gets injected into the body. Soy protein sensitivities have increased. Soy protein is in vaccines, e.g., the Prevnar-13, and gets injected into the body. Yeast sensitivities have increased. Yeast proteins are in vaccines, e.g., Hepatitis B, and get injected into the body. Peanut allergies have increased. Are peanut proteins in vaccines, perhaps in the growth medium of the Hemophilus influenzae B vaccine, that are then injected into the body? Fatal allergies have increased. Vaccines alter the integrity of the cellular mediated, the humoral, and the regulatory immune systems, in such a way that people are rendered more vulnerable to developing allergies.  Any time a protein is injected into the body, past the cellular mediated immune system which lines the digestive tract, the airway, and the skin, the internal immune system sees that injected protein as an enemy, and mounts an immune response against it, especially in the presence of a vaccine adjuvant. If gluten, or a protein similar to it, is used in the vaccine manufacturing process, and if it remains as a protein in the final vaccine product, then the body will see this injected gluten protein as foreign and mount an immune response against it. When vaccinated people then choose to eat gluten, their immune systems will view the ingested gluten as an enemy of the body, leading to the onset of a number of inflammatory symptoms. Once they stop eating the gluten, their inflammatory symptoms will usually disappear.  A blood test showing positive IgG antibodies to gluten indicates that a person is sensitive to gluten. The injection of gluten into the body can also cause the body to mount an IgG antibody response to the injected gluten. Are the positive IgG antibodies to gluten in people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities arising from the body's response to the injected gluten in vaccines? If so, which vaccine(s)? Are 1% of adult Americans living with celiac disease, and perhaps many more living with IgG antibodies to gluten making them gluten sensitive, because they have been injected with gluten? If so, as a result of this injection, have their immune systems reached a critical threshold whereby they have been genetically overwhelmed by this immune assault, which has then led to the clinical manifestations of their gluten sensitivities? Are the phenotypic expressions of the clinical symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities a consequence of the genotypic changes that are occurring as a result of people being injected with the gluten protein in vaccines? Scientists should be asking whether the gluten protein is, in fact, present in vaccines, or whether there is a similar protein to gluten in vaccines, in order to get a better understanding of how and why there has been such a marked increase in the number of cases of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities over the years. We may have to look further, and ask tougher questions, besides pondering whether people are eating more processed wheat products, or whether the changes to the wheat grain are to blame for this increase in immune sensitivities to gluten. That is, if we really want to be scientific.


Dr Palevsky's Comments:   I don't see a place for humans to drink the milk, whether raw or pasteurized, of any animal, after breastfeeding or formula feeding are weaned. I don't think it makes medical sense or scientific sense, and for many children, I've seen it cause more harm than good, even if raw, especially when parents give it to children cold right out of the refrigerator. Dairy is extremely mucus forming, which means it creates Milk August 2012 inflammation in the body, and when it's cold (milk, yogurt or ice cream) it depresses the energetics of digestion and makes the body produce even more phlegm and mucus, i.e., even more inflammation. Many people have problems with milk due to their reaction to the milk sugar, lactose. But, the major problem people have with milk products is an allergic or sensitive reaction to the milk protein, casein, especially if the casein comes from the consumption of American cow dairy products. Human consumption of raw milk cheeses from goats and sheep, raw butter, along with raw milk fermented products from goats or sheep (yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk), as condiments in the diet, make sense to me, and are much safer than the dairy products of most American cows, because the protein in goat and sheep dairy is an A2 casein. Most American cows are bred to produce A1 casein, and this type of casein for many people can be highly inflammatory, and opiate-like in the body. Even some of the US cows from which people obtain raw dairy will still produce A1 casein. I do not know the women who write this blog, but this is a good introduction to the problem of consuming A1 cow milk protein in our diets. Woodford's book, The Devil Is In the Milk, is a well-researched expose on the trouble with ingesting A1 casein. It's worth the read. Lastly, since casein is used in the manufacturing process of the tetanus vaccine, and may likely be injected into the body in the final vaccine product, the body's exposure to this injected casein will cause a vaccinated person to mount an immune response against it, making it an enemy when the immune system sees the protein come through the digestive system. In turn, vaccinated children and adults who consume dairy products will often develop subtle, and sometimes not so subtle symptoms of inflammation that can be traced back to the casein in their diet, and a history of having the casein injected into their bodies from vaccines. The indigestion described by this blogger is one type of subtle symptom that can be attributed to the body's sensitivity reaction to casein, not necessarily lactose. All reflux is is the body's attempt to reject & remove whatever has been ingested into the stomach that the immune and nervous systems deem unsafe for the body to take in. Even unvaccinated children, who consume dairy, can have similar subtle, and not-so-subtle inflammatory reactions to the consumption of dairy in their diets, partly due to the A1 casein issue, but also partly due to the fact that their parents have also been vaccinated and their immune sensitivity to casein can be passed down from their parents.........Water is really the only beverage that is appropriate for the human body. Certainly not milk from another animal, and soy, almond, rice, oat, and hemp milks are not milks, and are often a waste of calories as a beverage, with very little nutritional value, regardless of what they've been 'fortified' with.


Parents, Not The State, Should Decide Whether To Vaccinate

Vaccine August 2012Dr Palevsky's Comments:  

There is increasing pressure being put on parents by physicians, governmental & state authorities, schools, and medical organizations, to have their children fully vaccinated. In my experience, the parents who decide to use a religious or philosophical exemption are generally not zealots. They are often very educated, and very knowledgeable about the growing body of science that reveals the relative risk of vaccination is greater than the relative risk of many of the diseases. They've read more of the literature than the physicians and authorities who claim they know the literature better, and can often easily recognize the poor scientific standards used in studies that make headlines claiming vaccines are safe and effective. Yet, in an August 10, 2012 letter, titled, "Vaccine Exemptions? Call Them What they Really Are,", Dr. Paul Offit is quoted as saying, "If you want to feel better about vaccine use, I think one needs only to look at the roughly 20,000 studies that have evaluated the safety or efficacy of vaccines, or the hundreds of studies that have looked at what happens when you combine vaccines and give them at the same time to feel confident that, in fact, there are data to support that choice." And, therefore, it is so. There's no allowance for a challenge to his statement, or to anyone else who makes a statement like this. What a growing number of parents have found is that there is no public dialogue to be had. There is no room for public discourse, and certainly no room for disagreement. There is only one voice to be had about vaccines, and that's the party line voice that says, vaccines are safe and effective. "You're either with us, or against us." Period. End of discussion. There is no room for knowledge to expand and grow unless it's their knowledge that expands and grows. The authorities have established the final word on the subject of vaccines, and that should alarm any person, parent or not, that science has been usurped by dogma. Most of the vaccine adverse reactions in children are written off as coincidences, further demeaning the intelligence and experience of parents who know otherwise. Unvaccinated children are being blamed for causing the outbreaks of diseases for which we vaccinate children. This myth, which is being turned into fact, is what the authorities are using to begin removing religious and philosophical exemptions from state laws. If you want to protect the parent's right to decide whether to vaccinate, please get involved and find out what legislation is being worked on in your state. See for more information.

Bacteria Bugaboo


Tending the Body's Microbial Garden 


For a century, doctors have waged war against bacteria, using antibiotics as their weapons. But that relationship is changing as scientists become more familiar with the 100 trillion microbes that call us home - collectively known as the microbiome........


Me, Myself, Us

August Newsletter Graphic 

Looking at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and competing species could change the practice of medicine..........



Skin Bacteria Are Your Friends

Americans have been on an antibacterial kick for the past several years. Our hand soap, dish soap, and body wash have morphed into an arsenal of bug-killing napalm, eliminating all but the heartiest of bacteria.......

Dr Palevsky's Comments:  The human body is colonized by 100 trillion bacteria, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of viruses. By contrast, there are only 10 million cells in the body. How do these bacteria come to live on the linings of the skin, airway and intestines? Easily. We breathe them in, eat them, and touch them all day long. They play in integral part in keeping our immune systems healthy and strong, and helping our bodies remove the necessary toxins and wastes that would otherwise debilitate our systems if we didn't get rid of them. The relative balance, however, of the important bacterial colonies in our bodies is determined by the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, the medical choices we make, the stressors we expose ourselves to, our psychological health, and the chemicals and toxins we choose to allow to enter into our bodies. It's important that we treat with care the terrain under which these organisms grow, by making healthy diet and lifestyle choices, otherwise, the kinds of bacteria that are likely to colonize our bodies will contribute greatly to our development of many of the chronic diseases from which our population is suffering.

Earlier this month, Dr Palevsky was invited to join Patrick Timpone of
One Radio Network to discuss his philosophy on Holistic Child Health and raising children naturally. Listen to the interview here: 

   Healthy Kids

 Don't forget to check out other informative interviews with Dr Palevsky 

on his Media Center page 


           Please Join Us for Dr Palevsky's Educational and Empowering Lecture: 





Thursday September 20th 2012

6.30pm to 9.30pm




The Meta Center

214 West 29th Street

16th Floor

New York

NY 10001

(Between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)


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$25 per person 

Early Reservations Advised

Please Note: We cannot accommodate children. Babies-in-arms are welcome



In this workshop, you will hear discussions on vaccine science: 

  • What is current vaccine science and who is funding it and doing it?
  •  How do vaccines work, and have they done, and do they do what we're told they do?
  • What role do vaccine ingredients play when injected into infants and children?
  • What do the ingredients do to our children once they're injected?
  • Do vaccines contribute to the development of chronic illnesses in children?
  • How do our children get into school if they're not vaccinated?
  • How does the immune system work in babies and children?

Attendees will hear some of the answers to these questions, along with the research that questions whether vaccines are safe and effective, and whether the scientific process is even at work to prove the answers to these questions. Attendees will also be asked to look at the issues that drive us to make the decisions we make, many of which come to us through fear, bullying, uncertainty, and a lack of knowledge, and to perhaps think alternatively about how illnesses occur and disappear. 

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Dr. Palevsky is a board certified pediatrician who utilizes a holistic approach in his work with children and families. 


Dr. Palevsky received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987, completed a 3-year pediatric residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and enrolled in a 1-year fellowship training program in the out-patient department at Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine. 

Since 1991, his clinical experience has included working in pediatric emergency medicine at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx, NY, serving as the Chief of the Pediatric Acute Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, and working in in-patient and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, and newborn and delivery room medicine. 

Dr. Palevsky has also worked in a conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric practice at the NYC Beth Israel Center for Health & Healing- an integrative and complementary care medical facility.

Currently, he runs his own holistic pediatric practice in Northport, NY and Manhattan. Dr. Palevsky teaches holistic integrative pediatric & adolescent medicine to parents, and medical and allied health professionals, both nationally & internationally. 


Dr. Palevsky is a former Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association, and a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABIHM).


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