|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
One Surprising Cause for Obesity: Electricity
Dr Palevsky's Comments:
The mismatch between the body's circadian rhythms and the environment
is called 'circadian desynchrony' - and it is caused by electricity. She
says that the obesity epidemic may be caused by our bodies
being out of sync and changes to our circadian rhythm which affect
metabolism. The fact of the matter is, that the mismatch between the
body's circadian rhythms and the environment may be THE most likely
contributor to the onset of most acute illnesses, and the cause of the
exacerbations of most chronic illnesses, not just obesity.
The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields
Is Your "Smart Meter" ZAPPING You?
Modern Wheat a "Perfect, Chronic Poison
Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity Diagnosed by Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Challenge: Exploring a New Clinical Entity.
Dr Palevsky's Comments:
I have consistently seen a growing number of children and adults who
either have gluten sensitivity or a full-blown case of celiac disease.
But, over the years, I have also observed another clinical entity
whereby children and adults have presented with a sensitivity to the
wheat grain commonly used in most conventionally sold flour products,
but seem to be able to tolerate eating other gluten grains. This study
confirms what I have been seeing in my practice for well over 10 years.
People who are sensitive to eating wheat, but are not gluten sensitive,
can often tolerate eating other gluten-containing wheat grains like
spelt, kamut, and farro, along with the other commonly ingested
gluten grains, like barley, rye and oats. The permutations of wheat and
gluten sensitivities are becoming more and more complex, partly because
of how we're manipulating the food crops and the environment in which
they are grown, and partly because of how we're manipulating the human
immune system. The standard blood tests to check for
sensitivities to wheat and/or gluten are the following: IgE antibodies
to wheat, IgG antibodies to wheat, gluten and gliadin, and a celiac
test. For some people, even if their IgE & IgG antibodies are
negative to wheat, gluten and gliadin, they could still be clinically
sensitive to wheat and/or gluten. The tests are often true when they are
positive. But, when the tests are negative, people can still express
symptoms of wheat and/or gluten sensitivity, so these blood tests are
not always the final word on wheat/gluten sensitivity. The genetic
component for celiac may or may not be expressed as a clinical symptom.
Each person with a negative IgE or IgG, who has the genetic component,
would have to try his/her luck with eating, or not eating the gluten to
see whether there is any difference in their health.
Peanut Allergies Seen on the Rise
Dr Palevsky's Comments: There is adequate scientific evidence that peanut
oil has been used in vaccines since the 1960's. If current
vaccine package inserts do not contain the specific evidence that
peanut oil, or peanut meal, is contained within the final
vaccine product, it does not mean that peanut antigen is
not in the final vaccine product. Vaccine manufacturers use
different growth media on which to manufacture the vaccines.
They do not report, and I believe are not required to report,
the exact ingredients in all of the growth media. Therefore,
we may not know whether peanut antigen is used in the vaccine
manufacturing process just by reading through the package inserts. Our
lack of knowledge about it does not mean it isn't knowledge waiting
to be discovered. And, it may, or may not, have anything to
do with an attempt to purposely hide the information that peanut antigen
is present in vaccines.
Nonetheless, I do believe it is a screw-up on the part of the
FDA, CDC, and all other agencies in charge of reviewing vaccine
constituents prior to licensing, to turn their heads away from the role
vaccine food antigens play in contributing to the significant rise in
food allergies in the pediatric and adult populations, and thus the
rise in chronic disease.
The tetanus portion of any DaPT, tdaP, Dt, Td or Tt vaccine
is grown on a Fenton-Latham medium derived from bovine casein, which can
still remain as an antigen in the final vaccine product (http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_pediarix.pdf
Children receive 6 of these vaccines by the time they are 11 years old,
and then as adults once every 10 years. Milk allergies and
sensitivities have been exponentially on the rise, and these
sensitivities are found to contribute to the inflammatory symptoms found
in children and adults with many different chronic illnesses such as
chronic otitis media, eczema, asthma, autism, and even bipolar disease
and schizophrenia (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21176030, http://www.schres-journal.com/article/S0920-9964(09)00621-5/abstract
Another source of casein that is potentially injected into
the body is from the Menactra vaccine. Casein hydrolysate is used to
make the Mueller-Hinton agar, which is the growth medium for the
manufacturing of the Menactra vaccine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mueller-Hinton_agar
The MMR is one of a few vaccines that contains egg protein, (http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf
and despite a recent study claiming that it is safe to give the MMR to
children with egg allergies, children who are allergic or sensitive to
eggs still have significant inflammatory reactions after the injection
of the MMR. The lack of an anaphylactic response in children who ingest
egg protein after they've been sensitized by an injection of egg protein
in the MMR, does not mean they lack a reaction to, or lack the
development of inflammatory symptoms as a result of the injection and
ingestion of egg protein.
A large subset of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
have positive antibodies to Saccharomyces cerevisae, a known marker for
diagnosing Crohn's Disease (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11252413, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14745572).
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is brewer's yeast, and is used in the
manufacturing of several vaccines, specifically, the Hepatitis B
vaccine, where up to 5% of the vaccine can still contain this yeast. (http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_engerixb.pdf
Children receive 3 Hepatitis vaccines, starting at less than 12 hours
of life. Brewer's yeast is used a lot in foods and in the manufacturing
of supplements, so an inflammatory immune response to ingested
Sacchraromyces can flare up into major symptoms of disease in a subset
of patients who have developed a significant immune reaction against the
injected Saccharomyces from vaccines.
The ingestion of food proteins, that are also found as
antigens in vaccines, and are injected into the body and automatically
perceived by the immune system as foreign proteins, especially in the
presence of an adjuvant like aluminum, is going to contribute to
inflammatory symptoms that manifest in a myriad of ways, depending on
the genetics and the constitution of each person affected. Some of these
immune responses may not be IgE reactions. This is basic Immunology
Peanut allergies are on the rise. Gluten sensitivities are on
the rise. By an extension of how much we already know that vaccine food
antigens are a likely contributor to the development of food allergies
and sensitivities in children and adults, and a contributor to the
development of chronic inflammatory symptoms, I believe it is reasonable
to question, and seek to prove, whether peanuts and gluten are used
somewhere in the vaccine manufacturing process. I think it would be
naive of us to turn our back on the possibility, and even the
probability of this link, especially since we can reasonably deduce that
the current rise in casein, egg, and soy food allergies, and chronic
inflammatory symptoms that improve once these foods are removed from
people's diets, are due to a prior injection of these food antigens in
vaccines. Just because we don't see the food antigens listed in the
package inserts, doesn't mean they aren't in there.
Let's compare the number of food allergies and sensitivities
to dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, and gluten in vaccinated children, to the
number seen in unvaccinated children. Maybe it is a clinically
significant difference (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15805992). Or
better yet, let's fund a study that does independent assays on all of
the vaccines, looking for the peanut and gluten protein antigens
residing inside them. We already know that casein, eggs, soy and yeast
are in the vaccines.
It would be nice to think that experts who sit on the
committees that approve vaccine safety and licensing would make note of
the rise in allergies to these foods in the general population, and be
able to make the link that the development of these allergies is due to
the body's immune rejection of ingested food proteins resulting from a
prior immune reaction to injected vaccine food proteins. It would also
be nice to think that at least the proper safety studies would be done
to see if the injection of these food proteins manifests in a clinically
significant way in humans. Many clinicians, and parents, are already
seeing this connection. I believe, however, that these experts are not
doing their due diligence, and are looking right past the evidence.
There seems to be a concerted effort to avoid doing the studies that
would solidify our scientific knowledge. Until then, I support the
Vaccination Exemptions at 2.2% for Kindergartners
Confirmed: India's Polio Eradication Campaign in 2011 Caused 47,500 Cases of Vaccine-Induced Polio Paralysis
Vaccine Controversy: A PubMed Compilation
Keep an eye out for important articles and events in October 2012
- Vaccine Awareness Month.
Dr Palevsky was interviewed recently by Dr Mercola
about his thoughts on
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Each month, Dr Palevsky will be answering a hot topic question......
"I am a
pediatric occupational therapist in NJ. A mother of a child I work with
told me that she had her son tested to see if "the antibodies were
there" for certain vaccines. Even though he got his shots, there were no
antibodies. My question then is, if we are getting these shots and kids
still aren't immune, what's the point? Is anybody researching this? Is
anybody researching anything about the efficacy and safety of the
The gold standard of vaccine efficacy is whether or not the
vaccine being used promotes an antibody response in the body. If the
vaccine produces an antibody during testing, it is believed to have
efficacy. Once the vaccine is given in the community, however, where
there is a greater cross-section of diversity in the pediatric
population, there is no way to know what percentage of
children produce an antibody or not. People automatically assume if
children receive their vaccines, antibodies are automatically produced,
efficacy is therefore achieved, and the children are therefore
protected from disease. This is where the story gets murky. There is
pretty good evidence in the literature, pediatric textbooks, and vaccine
package inserts, that the presence of an antibody after vaccination
does not automatically confer immunity. Therefore, there may be no such
thing as vaccine efficacy even if the antibody is produced from
vaccination. According to Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics, page 1015,
"the absence of measurable antibody may not mean that the individual is
unprotected. In contrast, the presence of antibodies alone is not
sufficient to ensure clinical protection after administering some
vaccines and toxoids." In the case presented, the child can still be
protected even if he doesn't have antibodies, regardless of his
vaccination status. Most people only understand that protection comes
from the presence of antibodies, and that lack of protection comes from
not having antibodies. This is too bad, because the way in which the
immune system protects the body from infectious disease is much more
complicated than whether or not the body has an antibody. Even if the
boy were to have antibodies, the presence of these antibodies does not
ensure clinical protection, anyway. Despite the inconsistencies between
what the literature, textbooks and package inserts state and what we say
is scientific fact, we still hold true to the gold standard that
vaccine efficacy, and therefore, immunity to disease, comes from the
presence of an antibody through vaccination or exposure to disease. To
the question then, what's the point of vaccinating if there are no
antibodies, my answer is, exactly. Better yet, even if there are no
antibodies, a person can still be protected, so again, what's the point
of vaccinating? Time to rethink the science......Lastly, whether or not
vaccines induce an antibody in the body, and whether or not the antibody
confers immunity, something is happening in the body to change the way
in which these infectious diseases are expressing themselves. That's an
explanation for another day.
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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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