|Holistic Child Health Newsletter
Welcome to the Holistic Child Health Newsletter.
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.
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
Rhythms of Nature
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. In
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 have 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.
Got Milk? You Don't Need It
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
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. http://www.safbaby.com/whats-the-devil-in-the-milk-you-must-read-this-important-interview. Keith
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
Dr Palevsky's Comments:
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,"
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 www.nvicadvocacy.org for more information.
Tending the Body's Microbial Garden
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
at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and
competing species could change the practice of medicine..........
Skin Bacteria Are Your Friends
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
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
Radio Network to discuss his philosophy on Holistic Child Health
and raising children naturally. Listen to the interview here:
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:
ARE VACCINES SAFE AND EFFECTIVE?
AN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS AND PRACTITIONERS
Thursday September 20th 2012
6.30pm to 9.30pm
The Meta Center
214 West 29th Street
(Between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
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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?
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
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Dr. Palevsky is a board certified pediatrician who utilizes a holistic approach in his work with children and families.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
For more information, or to contact Dr. Palevsky go to: www.drpalevsky.com
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