Why are our schools filled with medications, nut-free policies, elimination diets and special learning programmes? Have you ever wondered if there is a connection between ADHD, allergies, asthma, autism, food intolerance, learning delay and behavioural issues? Did you know that roughly half of the children in the UK have allergies, 5% of NZ children are prescribed Ritalin, 1 in 4 children in NZ has asthma, and 1 in 10 is sensitive to the gluten in wheat?

In June, 2007 on Voices From the North  I recorded this interview with Dr. Debbie Fewtrell of Kerikeri. Dr. Fewtrell was one of the organisers and keynote speakers at the Mindd International Forum on Children that was held the month before in Takapuna, Auckland. Dr. Fewtrell is a lecturer, medical educator, and paediatric integrative medical practitioner. She is also New Zealand’s first DAN (Defeat Autism Now) medical practitioners.

This is an interview that should be of interest to parents, grandparents and educators.

Discussion covered a wide range of pertinent topics such as:

  • Healthy food information and ideas and recipes for the sensitive child that they will enjoy.
  • How to boost your child’s immunity and safe natural therapies to use with common childhood illnesses.
  • How to create a less toxic home for the benefit of the entire family.
  • How to best manage siblings of affected children who may be vulnerable and how to avoid triggers.
  • Gluten (wheat) free and/or casein (dairy) free diets made easy!
  • How to work with schools to achieve the best combination of mainstream and special educational programs.
  • The world’s latest science and research behind biomedicine that explains the current escalating rates of childhood disorders and the common themes that underpin them
  • Breathing therapy to help asthma and allergies.

Debbie’ dream at that time as stated in her words was:

My dream is to fully integrate the biomedical treatment of autism into New Zealand. In the last 5 years I have passionately pursued a professional interest in this field and I plan to develop a cohesive biomedical model so that New Zealand families can benefit from this specialised approach. This model could help significantly change the lives of autistic and ADHD children and their families.

Again the interview can be heard here:

For additional information see: http://mindd.org/serendipity/archives.php/109-Mind-Forum-2007.html

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Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.

                                                                                                                                                                                       ― Cicero         

The following words were recently sent to me by my dear friend, Elan Sunstar. I don’t know the source but I think you’ll agree they have tremendous relevance today. 

     ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, has gotten a lot of attention over the last few decades. More and more children are being diagnosed with the disorder, along with many adults. Yet there is another disorder that is even more pervasive and dangerous, and which exacts our society a far greater cost: Spiritual Deficit Disorder.

      Symptoms of SDD include resistance to awakening in the morning, boredom with work, absence of passion, irritability, fatigue, chronic low-level diseases. inclination to soft or hard addictions, a sense of lack of direction and meaning, self-numbing in front of a television or computer screen, hypnosis from watching the news followed by depression, insatiable need to acquire more stuff, and pursuing relationship partners with no lasting or rewarding results.

      Experts report that far more of the population may suffer from SDD than appearances would indicate, and some of the people who claim or appear to be the happiest may in their private moments be the emptiest of joy.

      While medical officials are not aware of a cure for SDD (and many are not even aware of the disease) it had been reported by non-traditional healing practitioners that a number of remedies have been tried and proven. They include: stepping away from the computer, getting into nature, taking long deep breaths of fresh air, spending time with people you enjoy rather than those you feel obligated to be with, choosing a career that allows you to express your passion, speaking your truth to those close to you, working less, playing more, avoiding the news or talk of it, laughing at will, and serious lovemaking.

      Members of SDDA meet at twelve-step groups to share their stories of how they were addicted to the fear until they realized the spirit inside them gave them more reward than anything outside them. If you suffer from SDD it is recommended that you get help immediately.

What do you do, or can you do, to reconnect with your spirit and revitalize your life? 

I am a spiritual being at my core, nourished and sustained by life and love.

 

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews