Preventing Autism and Other Developmental Delays

by Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed., NCC

DDRʼs mission statement has two parts:

  1. Assisting those with developmental delays, including autism, and
  2. Preventing additional children from becoming affected.

So far, our focus has been on assisting families, with minimal attention to prevention. It is now time to educate prospective and new parents about the roles of hormones, stress, environmental toxins, vaccines, nutrition and reflexes in developmental delays. Healthy babies are our goal. At the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Conference in April, Drs. Stuart Freedenfeld and Nancy OʼHara spoke on this subject. I thank them for their medical contributions.

Before Conception: Miscarriages occur when too many components are not "just right." To increase fertility, assure the viability of a fetus and the health of a baby:

While Pregnant: Carrying a healthy baby requires:

DDR is launching an educational program entitled "Having Healthy Babies" in January. Initially, we will offer a one-day workshop in Pittsburgh and New York City. Our goal is to hold it in other locations throughout the year. Eventually, we will sponsor a six-part series with a lecture devoted to each step from before conception through the second year of life.

In Pittsburgh, I will co-present with Dr. Franne Berez, a homeopathic physician and family practitioner. The New York program is with Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, President of both the American Holistic Medical Association and the Holistic Pediatric Association.

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 11, Number 1 - Fall, 2005]

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