Lauren came to bioenergetics in search of healing her children and chose to make it her career after experiencing its success firsthand. In addition to a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Lauren has a Master's in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Lauren holds advanced certifications in Homotoxicology, BioSET, and Quantum Reflex Analysis and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), and a Board Certified Integrative Health Practitioner.
Lauren is also a board member of Epidemic Answers, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to reestablishing vibrant health in our children and ourselves through education, empowerment, and prevention.
Although she works with clients nationally and internationally, Lauren has a private practice in homotoxicology and nutrition located in Westport, CT.
Lauren is the author of Everyday Immunity: A Wellness Primer and co-author of the book Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, AND Autoimmune Encephalitis.
Severe clinical conditions require careful attention and management. This is why most parents get overwhelmed when their kids have PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections), or autoimmune encephalopathy, which are all complex conditions.
Today, we'll discuss with Dr. Lauren Lee Stone, a dear friend and our family practitioner who is the founder of Althea Health & Wellness, all about healing PANS/PANDAS and AE.
Lauren's story of having her first child with autism
Lauren is the perfect guest to discuss this topic with because she has firsthand experience dealing with these clinical issues with her children. She did a great job healing her children from autism, PANS, and PANDAS.
She expected to have a young and healthy baby with the way she took care of herself while she was in graduate school – eating organically, exercising regularly, and taking prenatal vitamins daily. But instead, she never imagined her baby so sick, troubled, and in pain.
Her baby's pediatrician reassured her that what her baby was feeling was normal. However, as Lauren's kid got older, he started to have seizures. They were so worried about their son's condition that they went to a neurologist and a psychiatrist until they took him to the Child Study Center, where he was diagnosed with autism.
Lauren was told that there was nothing they could do and that there was a high possibility that her son would continue to regress and get institutionalized. It was their turning point in changing their lives, as Lauren refused to let that happen.
Lauren researched more about her son's condition and became her son's advocate. Then, finally, she became a practitioner motivated to keep doing that kind of work because no one was providing the help she needed. And thankfully, all their time and efforts paid off as Lauren's son fully recovered and even got his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
What is homotoxicology, and how does it help people?
Whereas the Western medical system views the body and health separately, homotoxicology considers them as one entire system and calls it the flow system. So what they try to do is to create a flow in the body because the flow disruption is what causes you to end up with a disease.
Homotoxicology studies toxins and how they interact with the human body. When we are overloaded, the body cannot excrete toxins and deal with an infection. That's when the disease process starts.
It helps resolve health issues by opening your flow system and repairing natural processes that we were born with. It focuses on the accumulation of toxins in the body, which the body tries to eliminate through various routes and stimulates its natural healing processes.
However, it's essential to combine this with other modalities. So Lauren makes use of conventional testing at times. Other times, she pairs other testing modalities with bioenergetic testing. And sometimes, she combines it with muscle testing.
What are some of the biggest obstacles that parents are experiencing?
Of course, we all want our children to heal. However, some parents wish to hasten every process. They want to move through stages even though their child isn't ready for the next step. That's like jumping into the pool with weights on.
Trust the process, even though it will surely take some time to get to the point of full recovery. It should also be noted that some are treatment-resistant. Some are afraid to try new things, which becomes an obstacle for the parents and the doctors or health professionals.
Lauren wants parents to remember that everyone's different and everyone is treated according to their diagnosis. Another thing is that you have to open those channels of elimination. Ensure that your liver, kidney, and lymph are all supported because if you're not eliminating, you're just waiting for the toxins to cycle back.
Support your body biochemically. As always, it is recommended to have a healthy diet because it's our best source of proper nutrients. Eliminate food sources that are toxic and change your diet as needed.
Detoxification is also important to isolate toxins, pathogens, germs, latent infections, and others. We have to start the change in ourselves first. Set an example because the more toxic we get generationally, the more toxic our children are when they are born.
What was the most significant lifestyle change that you made?
For Lauren, the biggest change for her was food. It's essential to have a deeper understanding of what you're consuming because many food choices destroy your body.
You must be careful with your food choices, especially when your children are still young, because these will affect their brain and gut. It's important to note that the first step to healing the brain is healing the gut, and you can only do that by changing your diet.
Healing takes time. We have to be patient and committed. We also have to be kind to ourselves. Don't pressure yourself even more.
What would you say to anybody considering working with us in our team for PANS, PANDAS, or any other condition?
Lauren praised our team for PANS, PANDAS, and other conditions for supporting our clients and giving them remarkable results. She expressed how fulfilling it is to see the positive changes in children from being anxious and nervous to being relaxed.
The team helps improve the children's behaviors which affect their school and social performance. The treatments have certainly made parenting a lot easier.
If you're interested in working with Dr. Lauren Lee Stone, I highly recommend her as she's got my stamp of approval. You can visit the Althea Health & Wellness website (https://altheahealthandwellness.com/
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