Frances Dalton ND joins the Mindd Integrative Health Centre
Frances Dalton has expanded her practice to include Naturopathic and Nutritional consulting at the Mindd Integrative Health Centre in Edgecliff, Sydney.
Frances is passionate about the benefits of a Natural Holistic approach which works to restore vitality & the body's natural state of good health. She is a professionally trained Naturopath, Herbalist & Nutritionist specialising in digestive health, detoxification, immune dysfunction, women's health & the biomedical treatment of ADD, ADHD, ODD, regressive Autism & other children’s health issues including Allergies, Asthma, Eczema & Chronic illness.
Frances aims to address the causes of health problems in children & to support & assist parents on the pathway to unlocking the potential of their child. This often includes treating parents for Mindd (metabolic, immunologic, neurologic, digestive, developmental) conditions such as chronic fatigue, IBS, anxiety, depression, allergies, food intolerances and a range of auto-immune illness.
In treating adults, Frances also has a wealth of experience with digestive problems, hormonal issues including menopause, anxiety / depression /stress & detoxification programs.
Frances is also passionate about the nourishing power of food and loves the challenge of creating nutrient-dense meal plans that meet the specific needs of the individual patient. She has a special knack for creating delicious super food recipes.
Frances holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) & has done extensive post-graduate study in the biomedical treatment of children. As a fully accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) & the National Herbalists Association (NHAA), Frances has industry recognition which allows rebates from most major health funds. Frances brings a wealth of life experience to a consultation & ultimately believes in living life to the full which you can only achieve with optimal health & vitality.
To make an appointment: Call Frances Dalton on 0413 397 521 or Email via Natural Therapy Pages - www.ntpages.com.au
Interview with Dr. Nancy O'Hara
Dr. Nancy O'Hara, leading US pediatrician and featured speaker at the recent Mindd Forum shares her views on the rise of childhood illness.
1. Asthma, ADHD, Allergies, Autism; are at epidemic levels. Has there been exponential growth or is it just that there is better diagnosis?
"As you may well know, it is not just better diagnosis. There have been a series of factors including a more toxic environment, poor nutrition and a genetic predisposition in these kids for the chemicals, toxins, metals and "junk" to negatively impact their development and health. This predisposition is a lack of a key molecule (an antioxidant called glutathione) that helps all of us to detoxify and efflux (get rid of these toxins). In children who lack this or have a deficient amount (or energy systems that are not working right) then they are more susceptible and thus more affected".
2. Is our health system to blame - with too much focus on pharmaceuticals and not enough on prevention and cellular health?
"Prevention at the fetal level, before moms get pregnant is key. It is not just big pharma, but our insurance industry, our medical system in general. Doctors get paid to fix disease not to insure wellness".
3. Why is it so hard for the conventional medical paradigm to accept the nutritional and integrative model? Do you think this is changing?
"There are some minor changes; some increased understanding of the dangers of fish consumption in pregnancy, the need for essential fatty acids and the increase in food allergies - but nutrition is a very small (only 1/2 hour in 4 years of medical school) part of a doctors training. There is very little understanding of food as the best "drug". The food industry (Kraft, Nabisco...) is as much to blame for this. We all want a quick meal, a quick fix and what we are teaching and preaching is not quick".
4. Is there any new research out that helps support the nutritional/integrative paradigm? Or is it only empirical at this stage?
"There is a plethora of research on the effects of diet on glutathione and autoimmune disease (where the body is attacking itself), on mitochondrial dysfunction (where the energy cells of the body are working) and on immune dysregulation (where due to all fo these factors our ability to live healthfully is compromised). But as this research is not backed by big pharma, it does not get the press it deserves. At the conference we will be presenting all of this data, not just anecdotal information.
5. How does food and nutrition affect the brain?
"Food is the fuel for the brain. How it is absorbed and digested by our guts affects how our immune system sees it and how we can process it for use by the brain. If the gut is not working right or is inflamed, then the immune system will see foods as they are abnormally absorbed as foreign and react against it. Also most of our diets are devoid of the basic things we need like b vitamins, zinc, essential fatty acids and probiotics".
6. What are the main concerns for you when you see children with autism going through the mainstream medical system, medication, special schools etc?
"Many children with autism have medical problems that are being overlooked because they have autism. They may have IBD, iron deficiency, other mineral and vitamin deficiencies (vitamin D, zinc, for example). They may have chronic infections or problems with their energy systems. Because they have the label of autism their other problems are ignored or overlooked".
7. Do you believe this scenario is avoidable for many of these children?
"Treatable yes and in some cases preventable. Prevention is key – that is what we try to do with our moms having more kids".
8. Many of these alternative treatments are not government funded and special diets are hard for working parents and also expensive. What would your main advice to these parents be?
"You have to start with diet. I think casein and gluten free is a good place to start but it needs to be healthy, not replacing gluten carbs and junk with gluten free junk. The diet needs to be full of protein with lots of veggies and fruits and fewer carbs and no junk. This does not have to be that expensive and can make a big difference".
9. Do nutritional and integrative treatments help all kids or only some? In your experience what would the percentages be?
"All kids can be healthier, 25-30% will recover, and 30% will get moderately better".
10. Do you believe the origin of these conditions are genetic or environmental, or both?
"There is a genetic predisposition and then environmental triggers in the fetal period or early neonatal period. Then there is a tipping point where the body cannot handle further insults".
11. What do you believe would be the ideal outcome for treatment and support for families with kids who have these issues?
"The whole family needs to be supported in being healthier in all ways. This includes, diet, relationships and stress management. It is a heady undertaking but one that is necessary and doable for the health of all of our children and us".
Mindd Foundation brings MAPS to Australia and New Zealand
The Medical Academy of Pediatric Special needs will be training Australasian practitioners at the next Mindd Forum, May 17-20, 2013. Founding Director Dr Dan Rossignol along with Dr Elizabeth Mumper , Dr Martha Herbert and David Quig PhD will travel to Australia as part of the MAPS faculty to conduct the 3 day training.
MAPS is an important initiative that offers fellowship for licensed practitioners as well as providing a rating system of treatments based on research and evidence-based science. The objective is to turn academics and research into evidence-based practice. MAPS teaches practitioners how to present a program of care to patients in a manageable and affordable package. Parents feel supported and stay motivated to implement recommendations without feeling overwhelmed. The program is a vigorous course of study and mentoring that prepares medical professionals to deliver quality biomedical, evidence-based care for children with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome and other developmental conditions. The training focuses on education, mentoring, practice management, patient support as well as proper charting and documentation processes. These courses, developed by the leading scientists and physicians with a special interest in the treatment of Paediatric conditions, reach beyond the typical lecture series, bringing to life working case studies and the supporting evidence to treat specific conditions.
The MAPS curriculum will cover a broad range of topics including but not exclusive to; inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, endocrine abnormalities, hypothyroidism, seizures, cerebral folate deficiency, iron deficiencies, toxic exposures, purine metabolism, methylation and sulphation, immune dysregulation, gastro intestinal dysfunction, neuro-immunology, neurotransmitters, excitotoxicity, immunotoxicology, immunodeficiency, PANDAS, functional connectivity, lab assessments, biomarkers, diet, nutrient therapy, hyperbaric therapy, developmental milestones, legal issues in Biomedical treatment and more.
Because Fellows are taught to deliver a systematic, evidence-based standard of care, they may in future qualify for reduced-rate malpractice insurance.
MAPS Fellowship Benefits
Specialised physician courses and continuing medical education (CME)
Fellowship that distinguishes medical practitioners as leaders in their field
Exposure to patient populations with a listing on a highly accessed and respected clinician referral list
Access to an advanced and current clinical research database
Clinical research, working in conjunction with highly recognised institutions, medical organisations and boards
A community of well-educated medical professionals and experts for collaboration and support
Staying at the forefront of emerging science and clinical research
Availability of experts who can offer professional testimony and/or documentation for legal and insurance purposes
Australian and New Zealand practitioners wising to pre-register for MAPS training can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and indicating your intention to train. Those who pre-register will receive MAPS bulletins and updates throughout the year.
The Founding Physicians of MAPS, Dr Dan Rossignol and Dr David Berger, and many of the MAPS faculty were faculty for the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences, now called Autism Research Institute conferences. The name DAN! has been dissolved due to a legal issue over name ownership of DAN. ARI still runs conferences but does not have a certification or treatment rating program.
Mindd Foundation Director Leslie Embersits appointed to Executive Committee of the Global Autism Collaboration
Leslie Embersits, The Founding Director of Mindd Foundation, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Global Autism Collaboration (GAC). GAC is a project of the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, the organisation founded by Dr Bernard Rimland who many regard as the key initiator of Biomedical Intervention in Autism.
The main mission of GAC is to network and collaborate with autism organizations worldwide to generate necessary political, legal, and social change to deal with the global autism health crisis.
Given that rates of Autism are at alarming levels worldwide, GAC President and ARI director Stephen Edelson explains "an important part of the Global Autism Collaboration is to network and share information with one another. If you have a handout, information fact sheet or video, please consider sharing with GAC's membership. Organizations can then share this information with their own membership."
Ms Embersits invites all relevant Australasian Organisations to become members to help disseminate important news and research to their community with the aim of helping families understand the potential benefits of biomedical intervention in ASD and other Developmental Disorders.
"The evidence is mounting. Thousands of children and dozens of studies are revealing that diet and nutrient therapy can result in dramatic improvements and in some cases even recovery. Now we need Governments around the world to invest in the larger research projects to expand upon and lend credibility to what parents and practitioners in the biomedical community have understood for 2 decades. The cost of Governments not getting involved in treatment solutions is too high as they will bear the burden of at least 1% of their population requiring a range of health, housing and social services as these children reach adulthood".