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Holistic Child Health Newsletter 
September 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

FOCUS AND FEATURES

Illuminating Electricity 

 

  Knowledge is Power

 

One Surprising Cause for Obesity: Electricity

 
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/11785/20120830/one-surprising-cause-for-obesity-electricity-embargoed-for-release-29-aug-2012-19-00-et.htm

 
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?
 
 
  Smart Meter Free
      
       Smart Meter Shielding
   

 


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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 ingeEating Wheatsted 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    
  peanuts
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.

 

The Prevnar vaccine contains soy protein, and we've seen a large rise in allergies and sensitivities to soy protein in the population. (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM201669.pdf).

 

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 101.

 

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 precautionary principle.  
 

 No peanuts


VACCINE VIEW
Vaccination Exemptions at 2.2% for Kindergartners
  
 
Confirmed: India's Polio Eradication Campaign in 2011 Caused 47,500 Cases of Vaccine-Induced Polio Paralysis
Vax
 

   

Vaccine Controversy: A PubMed Compilation  
 
 
 
Keep an eye out for important articles and events in October 2012 
- Vaccine Awareness Month.
Sign up for the mailing list of www.nvic.org and www.mercola.com 
 

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Keep the Poison Plastic Off Your Back-to-School Shopping List

 



MEDIA OF THE MONTH
 
Dr Palevsky was interviewed recently by Dr Mercola
about his thoughts on
Childhood Vaccinations.

 

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   Larry in front of Cameras 

 

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

on his Media Center page 

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Each month, Dr Palevsky will be answering a hot topic question......
 
Q 
Question Corner
 
 
"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 current schedule?

 

A

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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ABOUT DR PALEVSKY
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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).

 

For more information, or to contact Dr. Palevsky go to: www.drpalevsky.com 

 

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