Thursday, January 18, 2024, 1:00-2:00pm ET: House Call

Featuring Madiha Saeed MD, Director of Education and Heather Tallman-Ruhm, Medical Director, both of the Documenting Hope Project.

Here’s what was talked about:

A mom with an 11-year-old daughter with ADD, dyscalculia and dyspraxia did the GAPS diet for 2 years when her daughter was 4-5 with no results. Three months ago they started CEASE homeopathy. The daughter has high anxiety, and mom is looking into primal reflexes. What should be done if child doesn’t respond to dietary changes? As a newborn, she had trouble latching. Mom was looking at an ALF device, but she does have a palate expander. She never crawled correctly and had developmental delays.

A dad asked about reflex integration; is there a time when it’s not appropriate or better to do?

  • Shandy: Reflex integration is always appropriate at any age.

A mom is doing the Body Ecology Diet for her daughter with Chron’s disease. Should she just eat soups and avoid fats as a start? Child is not digesting fiber well.

  • Beth did the diet for a year and made homemade young coconut kefir different culture and probiotics.
  • Dr. Madiha: The gut is inflamed. Start with broths and soups first, then slowly integrate fermented foods. Maybe add in digestive enzymes. Do the baking soda test to see if she has low stomach acid. If low, she can supplement with betaine HCl. Use simple approaches like apple cider vinegar and lemon water.
  • Dr. Heather: Look at histamines. Remove peels and seeds. Zucchini and summer squash are well tolerated. Start with small amounts. Use lemon water before ACV, or at least dilute ACV. Use simple enzymes to break down carbs, then maybe fat. Proteases are harder to tolerate. Stress lowers stomach acid. Read Why Stomach Acid Is Good for You: Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD.
  • Shandy: A zinc deficiency can contribute to low stomach acid.

Another mom has a daughter with lots of things going on and has been gluten-free, dairy-free for a long time and is not in touch with her body. Which way to go? Functional-medicine MD didn’t know about stomach acid. Daughter is in fight or flight all the time.

  • Dr. Heather: Have you done a food-sensitivity test? Can look into an elimination diet, which can be done at home. A leaky gut can cause a lot symptoms. Calm the body with craniosacral therapy, which can help with constipation.
  • Beth: Look into a heart-rate variability monitor; she likes Elite HRV. There’s also the Nerva app.
  • Dr. Madiha: Try Boiron’s Stress Calm remedy. Start a gratitude practice. Use all of these things for mom, too! Focus on what you’ve accomplished. Start with the basics: veggies, clean fat and clean protein. Try Head Space on Netflix. Get a Genova Diagnostics food-sensitivity test.
  • Beth: Try topical creams like Calming Cream by Neurobiologix. Lots of research on grounding.
  • Dr. Heather: Look into the Safe & Sound protocol.
  • Shandy: Try Bach flower remedies, morning walks and fresh air. Also, cut out corn and soy to lower glutamates.

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