There’s been a stark rise in autoimmune disorders over the past 50 years, from type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis to celiac disease and asthma. What is autoimmune disorder? The first step toward a cure is understanding and controlling the causes.
Autumn is one of the most glorious times of the year. The trees bursting with color, the crunch of falling leaves underfoot, the still-warm days and cooler nights. If, however, you’re saddled with seasonal allergies and all the respiratory misery that goes along with them, the arrival of fall may be anything but a cause for celebration.
Much of my work as a holistic pediatrician these days is focused on empowering parents to grow healthy, resilient children in body, mind, and spirit. The basis of this empowerment lies in our ability to connect effectively to the world around us. When disconnected, all the physical and mental alarms go off, and that can make us feel sick.
One of the key concepts in my work is “toxic load,” in other words, the sum total of all the harmful things that your body is exposed to. When we do everything in our power to reduce that toxic load, for instance, reducing our exposure to chemicals in the home, we reduce chronic illnesses and lead healthier, happier and longer lives.
Feeling comfortable in our skin is something everyone can achieve. Letting go of our images of what we should look like and enjoying the true beauty of who we are can be a challenging, but empowering endeavor.