Part I: Melissa's Story and Part II: The Parent and Physician Partnership for Healing our Children with Kendal Stewart, MD and Lisa Hunter Ryden

October 13, 2009
Hosted by Teri Arranga

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We will be joined by Melissa, a 21-year-old who was previously healthy and who did not miss days from work due to illness. She received a flu and a tetanus vaccine in July. In addition to still developing a flu-like illness, little did Melissa know that she would soon land in an internationally renowned neurological center for brain and spine diseases, expected to die. Melissa now believes that her severe symptoms and the treatment she received following the two vaccines in July fit a case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. What happened to Melissa? How is she doing now and what are her continuing challenges?Kendal Stewart, MD & Lisa Hunter Ryden talk about the parent-physician team approach to recovering a child from autism, even in times of regression. Lisa will share how her son, Jake, recovered from many sensory issues and clinical symptoms such as heavy metal toxicity. Dr. Stewart will discuss immune function and how he treats the source and not just the symptoms. Lisa will discuss how important it is for parents to document behaviors at home and school and communicate milestones with their child's doctor. Other topics include laboratory biomarkers and pathogens. This program will be chock-full of information! Dr. Stewart and Lisa will join us again in November.

Autism One: A Conversation of Hope

Autism One: A Conversation of Hope

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Approximately 1 child in 50 is diagnosed with autism, which gives autism the undesired ranking as the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the United States. 67 children will be diagnosed today - that is nearly 1 child every 20 minutes. Autism is treatable and children are significantly improving or recovering following appropriate therapies. “Autism One: A Conversation of Hope” hosted by Teri Arranga, includes discussions with the most experienced doctors, researchers, and therapists in the field, parents of recovered children, and advocates for the children and families.

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Teri Arranga

Teri Arranga

Teri Arranga is the executive director of AutismOne (www.autismone.org), the vice president of the Global Autism Collaboration (www.autism.org), and the secretary of Strategic Autism Initiative. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Autism Science Digest and as editor of the US/Canada edition of Autism File magazine. Teri is co-editor of the book Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection, and she is editor of Dr. William Walsh's book Nutrient Power and Dr. Andrew Wakefield's books Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy (www.callous-disregard.com) and Waging War on the Autistic Child: The Arizona 5 and the Legacy of Baron von Munchausen, all of which were published by Skyhorse Publishing. Additionally, Teri has contributed to and provided editing for all annual editions of Skyhorse Publishing's Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism series. Teri has been involved with a number of media projects, including consulting for medical documentaries such as by award-winning filmmaker Lina Moreco of Canada, appearing in the award-winning documentary Beautiful Son, and consulting for the April 2007 Discover magazine article "Understanding Autism." Teri received the National Autism Association's Believe Award for 2008 and a volunteerism award from USAAA in 2006. She has been an active advocate in the autism community for many years, including attending and broadcasting events in Washington, D.C.

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