The Mindd staff are happily settling into the change of season, feeling energised by the success of our 5th Mindd International Forum On Children. We whole-heartedly thank all of our speakers, partners, delegates, volunteers and staff who helped in the collaboration to fast-track effective healthcare to our children.
Collaboration is at the heart of Mindd Foundation since our very first seminar in 2005 when an impassioned parent asked a willing Biomedical paediatrician to share the message of hope with other families. The response to this first seminar was overwhelming and from there Mindd Foundation has grown into 5 international conferences, 65 seminars, a highly-trafficked website and Youtube channel, a strong facebook following, a growing list of Mindd Chapters and a 10,000 strong community of parents, teachers, practitioners, carers, media and more…
None of this could have taken place without the support of dozens of speakers and sponsors who share the knowledge and the vision to help tens of thousands of children struggling with a range of chronic illness. As a direct result, there have been some very exciting changes in the level of awareness and activism with entrepreneurial parents creating healthful products, mothers revamping school canteens, practitioners educating their communities and media showing more interest in our children’s minds.
While much has progressed, some key obstacles to effective healthcare remain unchanged. Government remains in a state of confusion, General Practitioners remain uninformed about digestive and metabolic conditions impacting on our children's brains; and multinational businesses continue to turn strong profits from food, medicine and consumer products that are making our children sick.
The result is a global epidemic of childhood disease as reflected in Australian health trends over the past 20 years;
Autism; nearly 1 in 100 Australian Children
ADHD; 1 in 4 Australian Children
Allergies; 1 in 3 Australian Children
Cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression have more than doubled over the past 2 decades.*
Wide-spread zinc, iodine and Omega 3 deficiencies also adversely impact on IQ and immunity.
Autism; Autism ACT, B. Buckley, A4.
Allergies; B. Hill, Australian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy Annual Conference, Nov 2003.
ADHD & Mental Health; M. Sawyer, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2001
These are alarming health trends that require immediate action, not the slow response of Government nor the biased involvement of business. The power is in the people. It’s the collaboration between parents and integrative practitioners driving effective treatments . This is very encouraging at a time when global events point to the power of the internet and social media to connect people and topple dictatorships. And with so much research emerging on the impact of environment and nutrition on human health, the time could not be better.
Moving forward, our initiatives will aim to bring unbiased news and science to more families and practitioners through online marketing and education. Education and collaboration are at the heart of our monthly e-news which will feature research, news, practitioners, products, recipes, books and services that contribute to effectively treating Mindd conditions including allergies, asthma, ADHD, Autism, depression, food sensitivities and a range of “brain-immuno-gut” disorders.
In this issue, we aim to present the power of biomedical intervention in preventing and treating illness as well as provide some tools to help you implement this. World expert, Dr O’Hara highlights the importance of diet and supplementation, Nichola LeFroy shares an inspiring story of healing her son, our feature on Fructose offers important dietary advice for everyone, our smoothie recipe and wholefood powder provides a way to mix whole food nutrition with supplements, and the Vitamix offers a way to include the nutrition of the whole fruit and vegetable (seeds, shell and all) into your diet.
Our community shares an important understanding as to what our children are telling us about the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the lifestyle we choose and the ways in which we communicate with one another.
Each of you can contribute by promoting mindd.org as well as our Youtube videos via facebook, newsletters and your community blogs. And if everyone in our database collaborated by becoming a Mindd member, we could get our message out globally to millions of families in need!
Mindd Foundation belongs to all of us. So let’s collaborate, communicate and educate.
Health & Happiness,
Director, Mindd Foundation
Bursting the Healthcare Bubble
This is an exciting time in the science of Nutritional Healthcare. Dozens of studies are coming out weekly in support of diet and supplementation as effective treatment options for ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Autism and so much more. It appears the healthcare bubble will be the next big burst.
Nutritional scientists worldwide are finding recurring conditions of malnutrition and toxicity which drive inflammation and oxidative stress common to many conditions including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, dementia, ADHD and Autism. Environment more than genes is driving the epidemic in epidemics and now more than ever our children are at risk.
The good news is that we can all do something about our environment, especially diet and lifestyle! To get the word out and help more families, Mindd offers our monthly newsletter, a new recipe section , dozens of video clips and ongoing news on Facebook and Twitter.
By becoming a Mindd Member, you can enjoy special offers and 20% discounts on healthy products while helping us reach more children in need.
Mindd Membership offers you 20% discounts on great holiday gift ideas including organic wine, organic skin care, healthy home consults, air filters, water filters and much more. Membership also provides ongoing research and news as well as access to PowerPoint presentations from past Forums & Seminars .
In order to help us grow the movement, please become a Mindd Member TODAY! Please also consider;
Giving Mindd membership to someone special for the holidays
Buying Mindd books or partner products as a holiday gift (wine, skin care, air and water filters)
Inviting friends to become a Mindd member (forward this newsletter)
If you believe you and your family have benefited from Integrative and Biomedical healthcare, please consider becoming a Mindd member so that together we can help more families enjoy the same opportunity.
Wishing you a safe and fun-filled holiday with your friends & family.
Director, Mindd Foundation
Thank you for supporting a healthcare paradigm that can help all Australian children reach their full potential! Message from the Director, Leslie Embersits
Mindd Foundation extends an enormous and heartfelt thank you to Victoria O'Neil and her committee of Tina Levy, Phoebe Malouf, Ben Mayo, Victoria O’Neil, Georgina Senes, Adriana Turner and Alexis Parszos for organising our most successful fundraiser to date!
This talented and professional group of friends put their passion into organising a fundraiser that raised nearly $92,697.00 with just 250 guests!
The evening exceeded everyone's expectations on every count; organisation, attendance, prizes, sponsors, décor, food AND presentations. More importantly, the committees generous and talented network of friends gave us a feeling of ongoing community support which is so vital to a non-profit.
The money raised helps make it possible for Mindd to move into a Centre in Edgecliff, Sydney where we can offer much more community support in the way of health services, healthy home and personal care products, information, seminars and cooking classes.
Specifically, we will be focusing on helping children and their families access effective healthcare for both treatment and prevention. We will continue to offer support in treating a wide range of Metabolic, Immunologic,Neurologic, Digestive and Developmental conditions that often effect the mind including; ADHD, allergies, Autism, asthma, anxiety, depression, diabetes and mood, language & learning disorders.
Mindd Foundation's achievements have gone a long way to building a community that has successfully educated parents, trained clinicians and raised public awareness.
Thank you again for supporting Mindd Foundation to promote a healthcare paradigm that can help all Australian children reach their full potential.
Health & Happiness! Leslie Embersits Director, Mindd Foundation
To all of our generous friends who supported us at the Mindd Fundraising Event on 31 March 2012 Mindd Committee
In January of this year, with the guidance of Alexis Parszos from Mindd Foundation, Tina Levy, Phoebe Malouf, Ben Mayo, Victoria O'Neil, Georgina Senes and Adriana Turner formed a committee to arrange a party with the ambitious goal of raising $40,000 towards Mindd Foundation's Integrative Health Centre in Edgecliff.
First to come on board was Pages with an exceptional offer of a superb marquee and all its trappings, for FREE! This incredible gift from Pages made the event a success before it had even started. We are extremely grateful for your significant contribution which in itself constituted a large donation to Mindd Foundation.
Next to join us was the Royal Oak Hotel of Double Bay and Zilzie Wines who together donated the majority of the alcohol and Serena Sanderson Catering who provided the committee with an incredible deal on what was truly superb catering. We were astounded by the generosity we received from you, our sponsors and once again these substantial contributions allowed us to minimise our costs and maximise the funds raised. We were stunned by the readiness of all of you to give and spurred on by the excitement this generated.
We approached everyone we knew in business to donate items for the auction, raffle and lucky envelope prizes, the response was overwhelming as evidenced by the sheer number of prizes we had to offer. The auction items alone raised over $38,000, we are indebted to you all, the businesses and families who donated so generously. Furthermore we received numerous services and products for free for the event, including video editing, graphic design, musicians, banners and portable toilets – and who will ever forget the enthusiasm of Udo Edlinger as MC!
The turnout on the night blew us away! As the RSVP's rolled in we couldn't quite believe that more than 250 people had supported us by buying tickets to attend on the night, not to mention the donations we received in lieu of attendance. We are very grateful for the commitment you made to attend and participate in all the fundraising activities the night had to offer. Fundraising dollars are hotly contested these days and we are honoured that you donated to Mindd Foundation through our event.
In three short months the team produced a superb event and together with the generosity of sponsors, families and friends we doubled our expectations and raised $92,697.00!
To generate so much money from a crowd of 250 attendees is nothing short of amazing. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who made this event the very special evening it was. The impact that it has had and the momentum and opportunities it has created represent a turning point for Mindd Foundation.
The result of your contributions to Mindd Foundation are both immediate and profound. Together we have helped to secure the future of a foundation committed to helping Australian children access effective integrative healthcare that can be profoundly life-changing.
Our wish is that when we throw the next party at least one parent who was introduced to Mindd as a result of our function, will add to Mindd’s many recovery stories.
Thank you so much for helping us to create this magical evening for Mindd Foundation, the excitement and goodwill on the night was electric!
Sincere Thanks, Victoria O'Neil, Tina Levy, Phoebe Malouf, Ben Mayo, Georgina Senes, Adriana Turner and Alexis Parszos
Mindd Committee, 2012
Nobel Laureate Endorses Biomedical Intervention at Autism One Conference, 2012
This Year's Autism One conference (held over 5 days in Chicago as always) was as large and impressive as ever with 8 tracks, 126 speakers and over a thousand parents and professionals racing to 172 lectures on treatments that have the potential to recover their children from Autism.
This year was especially noteworthy as it featured French Nobel Laureate Dr Luc Montagnier, who won a Nobel prize in 2008 for co-discovering HIV. Monsieur Montagnier presented clinical findings from his French team who has found Autism to be treatable and language and socialisation gains to be profound by treating bacterial infections in a responsive subset of Autistic children. Another eminent scientist, Australia's own Professor Tom Borody, lectured on Gastro Intestinal Microbiota and Regressive Autism drawing on his considerable expertise to make the connection between gut bugs, brain function and cognitive regression. The scientific endorsement from 2 world-renowned scientists represents a significant step forward for the Biomedical movement!
Even more encouraging, was that these respected scientists and hundreds more scientists and physicians had a strong education in the multi-system approach to a multi-factorial disorder from the world's top Biomedical/ASD scientists including; Dr Martha Herbert on Mainstreaming Biomed: Why and How, Dick Deith PhD on Redox & Methylation in the Gut, Brain & Immune System; Dr Arthur Krigsman on Autistic Enterocolitis; Dr Richard Frye on Neurological Abnormalities and Seizures in Autism; Dr Anju Usman on The Autonomic Nervous System, Hormones and Stress; Dr Kyle Van Dyke on Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Hormesis and Hyperbaric Therapy in Autism; William Walsh PhD on An Epigenetic Model of Autism; Anat Baniel on Linking Powerful Pathways to Harness the Potential of the Brain; Dr John Hicks on Biofilms, Bugs and Bowels; Dr Dan Rossignol on Cerebral Folate Auto-Antibodies in Autism; Dr David Berger on Environmental and Nutritional Strategies for Lowering the Risk of Autism; Dr Jeff Bradstreet on Are Stem Cells the Future of Autism Biomedical Therapies?
Another exciting development is the formation of MAPS, the Medical Advisory for Pediatric Special needs, spearheaded by Dr Dan Rossignol and Dr David Berger. MAPS will offer a certification and fellowship to licensed practitioners worldwide. Within their curriculum will be a strong evidence-based approach and a rating system that ranks treatments based on research to date. Mindd Foundation will be providing the MAPS training in Australia and New Zealand as of May 2013 (see MAPS article in this newsletter).
Autism One fittingly opened with Culinary Day, an entire day dedicated to lectures on the importance of diet as part of the Biomedical treatment program. Speakers emphasized the need for a nutrient-dense, no additive, low GI, low grain and casein/gluten/soy/corn –free diet and covered the key diets; Casein/Gluten-Free, Specific Carbohydrate, GAPS, Body Ecology and Weston Price. Most importantly they showed parents how to make nutrient-rich foods their kids will eat.
More "alternative treatments" were also presented at Autism One with very impressive anecdotal reporting including lectures on MMS in the treatment of infections; fermented foods in providing long-term beneficial gut flora; hyperbaric in improving socialisation and reducing inflammation; homeopathy in supporting the body’s ability to heal; Osteopathy in treating seizures and much more…
The treatment of Down Syndrome had a significant presence with many of the experienced Autism clinicians presenting on effective biomedical treatments for DS patients of all ages. These Biomedical doctors and scientists have found the principles of improving cellular health through digestive and metabolic support to be very effective not only in neuro-developmental disorders but in a range of illness including allergies, asthma, auto-immune disease, depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes and much more…
Other noteworthy happenings at Autism One include a strong show by dads who this year more than ever took copious notes, chased down specialists, attended several dad-focused lectures and mingled at a beer & pizza night.
While the numerous and complex lectures at Autism One can be intimidating, especially to newer parents, the information offers hope and helps strengthen their resolve to comply with the diet, supplement, medical and lifestyle regimes that have significantly improved the lives of tens of thousands of children worldwide.
In an effort to make the information more accessible to delegates, the conference offered a very successful Q & A session featuring 4 of the world's top Biomedical physicians and 3 experienced Biomedical mums. This standing room only event was a HUGE success allowing very important information exchange to happen.
This coming together of parents, patients and practitioners is at the heart of the Biomedical and Integrative movements. As one of the Biomedical doctors on the panel emphasised; "it's the information from parents that has lead us to our most important treatments." The Mindd Forum, 17-20 May, 2013 will feature several key speakers from Autism One including MAPS Founding Director, Dr Dan Rossignol, Dr Martha Herbert, PhD, Harvard University and Anat Baniel who will speak on neuroplasticity and brain repair.
By Leslie Embersits
Mindd Foundation invites you to support effective Integrative Healthcare for Australian families by supporting Team Mindd at the upcoming City2Surf, 12 August, 2012. The aim is to raise funds as well as awareness that Recovery is Real!
There are 2 ways you can support Mindd:
Sign up to run with us, when registering you will be presented with three options for teams, please choose "I would like to choose an existing team" and enter Mindd Foundation. From here you will also be able to make a donation as part of your registration. OR
If you are running or walking we ask that you please consider wearing our new flash Mindd Ts (price to be advised) that will help us all stand out in the crowd. We will also have magnets for runners to hand out along the way for those willing and able. Once you have registered, email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject - City2Surf) to let us know and we can send you details of where to meet before the race and where to celebrate with some healthy treats at Bondi afterwards.
So far we have a good mix of ages from 12 to 55, many of whom are happy to walk and create the flash mob we need to raise awareness. So come out and join us for a great day and help spread the word on effective healthcare!
Health & Happiness The Mindd Team
P.S. Please save the date for the Blackmore’s Bridge Walk on September 19
Mindd Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge Healthworld for their ongoing sponsorship and their recent commitment to donate a portion of sales from both their Ethical Nutrients and Metagenics children's supplement lines.
Since Mindd Foundation's inception in 2005, Healthworld has been a consistent sponsor of the Mindd International Forum and dozens of Mindd seminars, enabling MF to expedite effective treatments to thousands of children struggling with Autism, ADHD, allergies, obesity, anxiety, asthma and a range of neurological, immune and digestive disorders.
Health World and Mindd share a common goal of helping families find individualised treatments that go beyond treating symptoms to address core causes of disease. Mindd Foundation understands the importance of nutritional medicine and diet and with that the significance of quality supplements.
Mindd Foundation thanks Healthworld for their leadership and vision in supporting our work to help Australian children and their families live happier, healthier lives