Welcome! I hope you enjoy the following nine interviews from Season 2 of the Full Potential Parenting show.
Interview #10 (July 22, 2013): The Gut-Brain Connection with Heather Schrock
Heather Schrock is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner at the Amenda Clinic with a background in diet and its effects on the mental well-being of children and adults. Her approach is enthusiastic, supportive, and grounded in properly prepared, nutrient dense, whole foods that promote healing of the body and mind. With a particular focus on healing the gut, Heather has worked with numerous families to address the underlying imbalances in children’s bodies rather than just treat the symptoms. Heather helped us understand the gut-brain connection (with a great description of where things can go wrong in various parts of the digestive process), and why what our children eat can have such an impact on their behavior. She described why food issues can be so difficult to unravel, yet provided some helpful advice for families who are ready to address nutrition as a key factor in helping our children heal.
Alison helps parents struggling with the stresses of parenting challenging children by working with them to identify the subconscious beliefs and fears that get triggered when our children act up, defy us, swear at us, and otherwise behave in ways that stretch us to our limits. Alison discusses where these subconscious beliefs and fears come from, how they get triggered by our children, and how to release them using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping). EFT combines Chinese meridian therapy (the basis for accupuncture and accupressure) with modern brain science and psychology in a simple and easy-to-use approach to healing that can help you become the calm, present, therapeutic parent that you know your child needs you to be but that can be astonishingly difficult to achieve in real life.
Interview #12 (August 5, 2013): Audio-Visual Entrainment with Sargent Goodchild
Sargent Goodchild is the Executive Director of Active Healing.Sarge works with children to recover their health and help them reach their full potential. A neurological reorganization practitioner, Sarge also relies on other modalities to help calm his client’s nervous systems, including Audio Visual Entrainment (AVE). Sarge explained what “entrainment” is (hint: it’s akin to sympathetic resonance in music), how it can be helpful for our children, and how parents can use AVE devices with their children at home on a regular basis to calm anxiety, reduce aggression, facilitate sleep, and even improve academic performance. AVE is safe, suitable for children 5 years and up, and can be used by others in the family as well. Since the benefits of AVE are cumulative, missed sessions don’t need to be cause for guilt. AVE can help children with a wide range of issues, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Developmental Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, and more.
Dr. Ullman is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic physician specializing in homeopathy, who practices at The Northwest Center for Homeopathic Medicine in Edmonds, WA. Together with his wife, Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D., Dr. Ullman is the author of six books on homeopathy, including the best-selling Ritalin-Free Kids; The Homeopathic Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and Other Mental And Emotional Problems (previously Prozac-Free); A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism; Rage-Free Kids; Homeopathic Self-Care: The Quick and Easy Guide for the Whole Family; and he Patient’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine. Their book on spirituality: Mystics, Masters, Saints and Sages: Stories of Enlightenment, has a foreword by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Ullman helped us understand what homeopathy is (and isn’t), and how a comprehensive profile of each patient is used to determine the most appropriate, single substance that will restore the entire body to balance and health. If you’ve always wondered about homeopathy, you won’t want to miss this show. Dr. Ullman and his wife have an international clientele and are available to work via phone or Skype.
Stephanie Belseth is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Newbridge Clinic with over 20 years’ experience specializing in general pediatrics, asthma, and early childhood development. She has received advanced training in integrative, functional medicine, natural, and biomedical approaches to managing pediatric, health and developmental conditions with a focus on children with special needs. In this interview, Stephanie discussed the importance of nutrition and supplements in helping the digestive, nervous, and immune systems function optimally. She listed many steps parents can take on their own to improve their children’s health, starting with eliminating gluten, dairy (casein), and soy from the family diet (otherwise known as the GFCFSF diet). She also described several tests that parents may wish to have done to get a more detailed assessment of their child’s health, and provided links to numerous resources that can help, which are listed below.
Autism.com (Autism Research Institute)- Great information on the nutritional connection (not just for autism) and free lectures.
Tacanow.org (Talking About Curing Autism) – Resources on going GFCFSF, plus a mentor program for families just getting started down the road to healing.
Medmaps.org (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs) – Sign up to search for medical practitioners in your area who have had specific training in the latest research for treating children with special needs.
A few weeks ago Alison introduced the concept of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping, and explained how it worked and how it could be used to help us as parents release some old, unconscious programming from our childhoods that keep us stuck in reactive cycles and make it more difficult for us to be the therapeutic parents we want to be. In this presentation, Alison discussed Surrogate EFT – the practice of tapping on yourself on behalf of someone else. After explaining the process, Alison took us through some tapping on some likely back-to-school issues our children are facing, and also provide examples of how we can use EFT to help our children heal in a surprising number of areas, from food sensitivities to deep-seated feelings of shame and more.
Dr. Moroz is a Developmental Optometrist at A Chance to Grow and Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the developmental vision field, working with children to assess vision skills that may be underdeveloped, include eye focusing skills, tracking skills, and binocularity. Developmental optometry goes far beyond an assessment of visual acuity to identify issues that can be behind numerous learning difficulties and even behavioral problems. Once identified, vision therapy can be used to address and correct conditions such as amblyopia, or lazy eye, convergence insufficiency, and eye focusing troubles. Dr. Moroz explained the foundations of healthy vision, symptoms to look for that might suggest visual processing or other developmental issues, and what vision therapy is and how it can help. To learn more about developmental optometry and vision therapy, and to find an OD near you, visit the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. The skills pyramid mentioned by Dr. Moroz during her interview can be downloaded here.
Victoria is a special education teacher/therapist, specializing in early childhood development and parent education and the mom to a full-grown son with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She is also an Auditory-Verbal Therapist, teaching deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and speak and attend regular schools from the start, and has had experience working with children with numerous additional diagnoses as well. She has spent years researching and trying different therapies and approaches to healing, for her son and for herself, starting before internet resources were available. Victoria shared the approaches that made the most difference for her son, what she wished she had known about earlier, and her 5-Star Approach to Healing.
Are you concerned about the aggressive vaccination schedule recommended by your pediatrician? Are you convinced that your child’s symptoms began or got worse after being vaccinated? Does your child have a compromised immune system so further vaccinations are not recommended but you want your child to be safe from infectious diseases? If yes, you’ll want to listen to my conversation with Kate Birch, a homeopath with a particular expertise in infectious contagious diseases and homeoprophylaxis, the use of homeopathy to prevent disease. Kate has been a practicing homeopath since 1994. She is the author of two books: Vaccine Free Prevention & Treatment of Infectious Contagious Disease With Homeopathy: A Manual for Practitioners and Consumers, and The Solution: Homeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative, co-authored with Cilla Whatcot. Kate and I discussed the public health rationale for vaccinations and the difficulties that model presents for certain individuals. We also delve into the historical success homeopathy has had in treating infectious diseases, and the opportunity homeoprophylaxis presents to parents who, for whatever reason, are reluctant to have their children vaccinated (or vaccinated further), yet wish to protect them from contracting dangerous diseases. For more information about homeoprophylaxis, please visit Vaccine Free: Homeopathic Alternatives to Vaccinations.