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Holistic Child Health Newsletter 
February 2014


Dear Friends,


Welcome to the Holistic Child Health Newsletter.


The goal of my holistic pediatric practice, and of this newsletter, is to inform and support parents to become more empowered as the primary health care providers for their children. Extending far beyond Western medicine's conventional treatments, holistic medicine and mindful parenting allow us to boost children's natural immunity, support their optimum health and wellness, safely heal any illnesses, and prevent disease-without dangerous side effects.  Holistic medicine provides us with the tools to nurture the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health of your children.


Over the coming months and years, I intend to use this newsletter to address some of your concerns as parents, share information that you might want to add to your knowledge base, and inform you of important issues and current events that are happening in the news, and in your area.


Together we can heal the whole child. Naturally.


Yours in Health,


Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD

Leah and Larry  

The Toxins That Affected Your Great-Grandparents Could Be In Your Genes
Biologist Michael Skinner has enraged the chemical community and shocked his peers with his breakthrough research
Dr Palevsky's Comments: 
There are no studies reporting the transgenerational effects of vaccines in humans, or in animals, for that matter. Yet, we keep saying vaccines have been appropriately tested for human safety. This study on exposing rats to vinclozolin is just one of a series of studies looking at the transgenerational effects of different chemicals (BPA, herbicides, fungicides) on mice and rats, all of them demonstrating the same outcome. The toxins that affected your great-grandparents could be in your genes. 

For many years, I have been speaking about my concerns re: the degree to which human immune system responses to vaccines may be passed down from generation to generation, without our knowledge. The only difference with vaccines, however, is that we continue to vaccinate each generation, re-exposing each generation to more and more chemical toxins through injection, whereas transgenerational studies in animals demonstrate the significant health effects of only a one-time exposure, that permeates through each subsequent generation of offspring, without re-exposure to the toxin. How much damage are we doing by vaccinating consecutive generations, when scientific studies clearly suggest unfavorable health effects on subsequent generations with only a single grandparent or great-grandparent exposure to the toxin in question? Are we willing to say that vaccinations don't expose people to toxins, so this issue is a moot point?
If an animal's one-time exposure to a chemical toxin can have such grave effects on the health of several generations of off-spring, without needing to re-expose them to the chemical toxin in order to witness the health effects, I can only imagine what repeatedly exposing several generations of humans to the same chemical toxins could do to their health? Just think about the chemical toxins injected into each generation through vaccines, and your worst nightmare can come true. This would help explain, in great detail, why today's generation of children is so ill with chronic inflammatory conditions, many of which have significant methylation problems. How many people walk around saying, I don't remember seeing so many children with asthma, autism, speech delay, low tone, sensory processing issues, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, allergies, and behavioral problems when I was a kid, or when my parents were kids??

In this article, "critics of the Skinner-led research point out that doses of vinclozolin in his rat studies were way too high to be relevant to human exposure, and injecting the rats, as opposed to administering the toxins through their food, exaggerated the effects." This is a remarkable statement. To these critics, the injection of the chemical is what is responsible for exaggerating the chemical effects on the health of the rats. As if we don't perform these experiments on children and adults every single day, and see 'exaggerations' of the effects of these chemical exposures through injection of vaccine materials, and then turn around and deny that the symptoms developed after vaccination have anything to do with the vaccines, themselves? 

How many 'experts' brainwash parents into vaccinating their children, using the non-scientifically backed notion that their exposure to vaccine materials is so minimal, as compared to the amount of materials children are exposed to on any given day, and in their lifetimes, that the administration of these vaccine toxins should have no adverse effects on their bodies? Nonsense. Bring this study with you into your physician's office, and ask him/her if you need to worry about your children's health, and the health of their offspring, after you allow your physicians to inject your children with chemical toxins, the effects of which have never been evaluated on humans?
Delayed Language Development 'A Result of Gender and Genes'
Dr Palevsky's Comments: Boyd Haley may have laid out the most reasonable physiological explanation as to why boys are 4 times more likely to have neurodevelopment disabilities than girls. Dr. Haley demonstrated this by bathing human neurons with estrogen and testosterone, separately, and exposing both sets of neurons to mercury. The neurons bathed in estrogen showed less destruction in response to mercury exposure, than those bathed in testosterone. Suffice it to say, it appears that estrogen is more protective to the body than testosterone, when exposed to toxicity. This makes sense since we know women are much more vital to the survival of the species than men. One man can easily impregnate 50 women (in a more uncivilized society). We don't need 50 men to fulfill this task, in order to keep the species alive.

Gardasil Vaccine, Katie Couric and Cyber-Lynching 
Pediatrician: Vaccinate Your Kids-Or Get Out of My Office
Dr Palevsky's Comments: As a medical student and resident, I would have said the same thing this pediatrician has stated, "After all, for immunizations to be as malign as their detractors claim, my colleagues and I would have to be staggeringly incompetent, negligent or malicious to keep administering them." But, after doing my homework, reading the package inserts, reading the literature that the FDA, CDC, AAP and other governmental and medical associations don't want people to know about, I realized, I was staggeringly incompetent and negligent. There was so much more that physicians weren't being taught. A literature that is so easy to find, so easy to read, and clearly states the truth, that the risks of vaccines far outweigh the benefits. 

Oh how the mighty will fall if pediatricians started to think on their own, investigate on their own, evaluate the literature on their own, and not regurgitate the party line about the sacredness of vaccines. How many would be brought to their knees if they were to face the darker side of their practices? 

Contrary to what this pediatrician has stated, giving kids vaccines is not absolute, and is one of the most ambiguous standards of care, as brainwashed an answer as pediatricians will ever be able to offer. If you see a pediatrician like this, be a conscientious consumer and just walk the other way. Don't stop at go, don't collect $200, just go the other way......

Studies Find Flu Shots Can Harm Your Heart, Infant and Fetus 

New Insights into the Mystery of Autism: Could it be Caused at Birth by Salt in the Nerves?
Dr Palevsky's Comments: Autism has been established as more than just a genetic condition. We have seen in the literature that there are probably a multitude of contributing factors that sufficiently stress children to the point where they develop the symptoms of autism. These stressors may include all, or some, of the following - family history of chronic inflammatory conditions and/or auto-immunity, in-utero inflammation & multiple sonograms, effects of epidurals & induction of labor, birth trauma, food allergies, exposure to environmental toxins, unfavorable changes in the intestinal microbiome, effects of antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, especially acetaminophen & other pharmaceuticals, electromagnetic sensitization, concurrent infections, and side effects of vaccines. 
I wrote about a few of these issues in my October 2013 Q & A of the month. "Study shows how infections in newborns are linked to later behavior problems. In the animal study, inflammation stops cells from accessing iron needed for brain development."

In regards to this article on the mystery of autism, it appears that chloride levels in newborn brain neurons can influence the possibility of later development of autism. Chloride levels are already kept deliberately high in the neurons of the fetus while developing in the womb. High chloride levels are lowered in the infant under normal birth conditions, due to the effects of the hormone, oxytocin.

Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone that is released from the maternal pituitary gland. During labor, it is generally released in waves by the mother, and it is involved in the stimulation of uterine contractions. Oxytocin is also released when the mother is allowed to experience skin-to-skin bonding, which is less likely to happen when babies are born via C-section, or born in a hospital setting. The hormone also plays a significant role in signaling the milk ejection reflex during breastfeeding. There is also research to suggest that the presence of oxytocin elicits maternal behavior and maternal bonding. Many children with autism have difficulty bonding to most people in their environments, and some studies have shown that the use of oxytocin in these children may improve their social interactions. Oxytocin surges during natural labor may also increase the likelihood that mothers are more responsive to their babies' cries.

Oxytocin acts like a diuretic, and helps to reduce chloride levels within the brain neurons. Maintaining adequate oxytocin levels in mothers and babies during and after birth is important to allow for the expected reduction of brain chloride levels in newborn brain neurons. Lowering chloride levels seems to be vital to support healthy brain development in newborns. When oxytocin production is inhibited, however, newborn brain chloride levels remain high after birth. As suggested in this article, the physiological state of elevated brain chloride levels during labor, and after birth, seems to make newborns vulnerable to developing developmental disorders of the brain, and autism. It would seem most important, therefore, that medical practitioners who assist women in their birthing processes, ensure that endogenous oxytocin production is not inhibited, in order to prepare newborns for optimal brain development. Current medical practices, however, do not comply with this simple physiological rule.    

Obstetricians, nurse midwives, and nurses should know that blocking oxytocin production inhibits the natural lowering of chloride ions during normal birth conditions. This inhibition potentially increases the newborns' chances of experiencing developmental disorders, and even autism. With this knowledge, it would make sense for the medical practitioners to do everything in their powers to avoid the interventions during the birth process that are known to inhibit oxytocin levels. Yet, most pregnant women are routinely given a medical intervention during labor that directly blocks oxytocin and, therefore, increases the likelihood of keeping the levels of chloride in newborn brains elevated. What medical intervention inhibits oxytocin levels during labor, and after birth? Pitocin.

There are two main reasons pitocin is used during labor. One is, to induce women to begin their labor. The other, is to help speed up the labor process. A third, minor reason, is to assist in the delivery of the placenta. Many inductions of labor are not for medical reasons, but rather reasons of convenience for the practitioner and/or the mother. 

In a May 2013 report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, induction and augmentation of labor with pitocin was found to be an independent risk factor for unexpected admission to the NICU lasting more than 24 hours for full-term infants. Augmentation of labor with pitocin was also responsible for Apgar scores of fewer than seven at 5 minutes.
Side effects of pitocin include, low Apgar scores at 5 minutes, nervous system side effects including neonatal seizures and permanent CNS or brain damage, liver side effects including neonatal jaundice & fetal death, overdosage leading to variable deceleration of the fetal heart, fetal hypoxia, hypercapnia, and perinatal hepatic necrosis or death. 

Unlike the wave-like release of oxytocin during labor, which allows the fetus a break from the birthing process to become more fully oxygenated before the next contraction, pitocin is given as a steady, consistent infusion. This steady, consistent infusion of pitocin keeps contractions going, and doesn't allow babies to take a break from the birthing process in order to re-oxygentate between contractions. This would explain why so many babies, whose birthing processes are augmented with pitocin, and who don't get a break between contractions, go into 'fetal distress' and are more likely to be delivered via C-section. The likelihood of C-section may be twice as high in women who are given pitocin to augment labor, than if women are allowed to proceed with spontaneous labor.� 

Maternal and infant posterior pituitary glands are responsible for producing endogenous oxytocin, and this production is crucial during the birth process, and during early infancy for, among other things, optimal newborn brain development. It would, therefore, seem crucial to allow women a more natural childbirth, and to deter them from having an elective C-section, to maximize the potential for their newborn's brain development. It would also seem crucial to encourage breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, as effective means of augmenting oxytocin levels. It seems vital for women in labor to experience the physiological effects of their own surges in endogenous oxytocin production. And, it seems vital for newborns, and their optimal bonding, socialization, and brain development, to experience their own surges in oxytocin production, as well. 

Studies have shown, however, that exogenous oxytocin, i.e., pitocin, can interfere with the natural production and regulation of oxytocin in the mother. Synthetic oxytocin, in the form of pitocin, blocks the receptors in the mother's posterior pituitary gland, and in the baby's pituitary gland, down-regulating mothers' and newborns' abilities to produce their own endogenous oxytocin. These physiological changes will occur whether the pitocin is being used to induce labor, speed up labor, or simply to push the delivery of the placenta along, three processes that are known to occur naturally without the need for human interference. Besides, pitocin and oxytocin differ in their physiological effects on the mother and newborn.
When exogenous pitocin is given, it acts to overwhelm and inhibit the endogenous oxytocin production in the posterior pituitary glands of mothers and infants during labor, and right after birth. Even though pitocin is similar to oxytocin in its effects on the uterus, until we have done the proper research, we cannot say whether pitocin mimics oxytocin by helping to lower elevated neuronal chloride levels, as well. When newborns are exposed to pitocin, we know the negative effects of this medicine would leave them with a marked decrease in their own endogenous oxytocin production, potentially leaving them with a marked elevation of brain chloride levels, and an increased potential of developing neurological disorders, and autism. 

Is exposure to pitocin alone sufficient to predispose newborns to developmental disorders and autism? Clearly, pitocin is used more often than what matches the 1 in 50 US childhood incidence rate of autism. But, the real problem is not the high incidence rate of autism, but the even higher 1 in 6 US children incidence rate of neurodevelopment disorders.
Perhaps, this high incidence rate of developmental disorders in children matches the rate at which pitocin is used in US deliveries. 

Do elevated chloride levels in newborn brains due to oxytocin inhibition by pitocin, make newborn brain neurons more vulnerable to damage when there are compounding factors like autoimmunity in the family, and/or exposure to inflammation from food allergies, electromagnetic radiation, sonograms, antibiotics, infections, environmental toxins, and vaccines? 

Are there any surges in endogenous oxytocin levels in babies born via elective C-section, when women are not even allowed to begin the labor process? If not, are the brain neurons of these babies more vulnerable to damage if they are not exposed to an oxytocin surge during natural labor, and then even more vulnerable to elevated brain chloride levels if they lose the oxytocin surge from skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding, because mothers are kept from their babies, or decide not to, or cannot, breast feed? 

We don't know, but we can see how divergences from the natural order of the birthing process, pitocin, elective C-section, increased potential for NICU admission & loss of skin-to-skin contact, & formula feeding of newborns, may increase the chances of selecting for a physiology where oxytocin levels are low, chloride levels in newborn brain neurons remain high, and a greater potential exists for selecting for the likelihood of developmental disorders, and autism, in children. 

Here's what we do know. Oxytocin, among other things, acts as a diuretic & helps lower serum chloride levels in newborns. An inhibition of oxytocin will keep chloride levels high in newborn brains. Inhibition of oxytocin levels can be caused by pitocin, elective C-sections, lack of skin-to-skin contact, NICU admissions, and formula feeding. Even though pitocin is like oxytocin, it may not mimic the actions of endogenously produced oxytocin. But, even if it does, who knows how long the suppression of endogenous oxytocin production lingers in the mom and newborn once the pitocin has worn off? Labors that are induced or augmented with pitocin will essentially inhibit oxytocin in both mother and child, potentially leading to a continued elevation of high chloride levels in newborn brains. High chloride levels in newborn brains can seemingly lead to developmental disorders and autism. It is unknown whether bathing fetal brain neurons with pitocin will make them more vulnerable to damage when they are exposed to other stressors through dietary, medical, & environmental forces.

With information from a study like this and from previous literature about concerns re: the safety of pitocin, and with more questions about the safety of pitocin than we have answers for, I recommend the use of the precautionary principle. If you're a woman planning on giving birth in a hospital, or a spouse who has a wife who will give birth in a hospital, don't let pitocin be injected into your pregnant veins until more proper scientific studies are done. Send this article to every woman who is pregnant, and any women who are planning to deliver their children in a hospital setting. Demand that you not be given pitocin during your labor. Consider giving birth in a birthing center or, better yet, at home. You don't want to increase the risk of having your newborn develop neurological disorders and autism, because your obstetrician wants to move your birthing process along a little faster so he/she can go away for the weekend........

Greenpeace Study Finds Hazardous Chemicals in Children's Clothing From a Wide Range of Well-Known Brands 
Putting the Next Generation of Brains in Danger

Fruit Juice Should NOT Count in Our Five-a-Day Because Some Versions 'Contain as Much Sugar as Fizzy Drinks'


Dr Palevsky's Comments: This is not the first post I've made re: this subject. I take the most unpopular stance by saying, I never recommend juice for human consumption. If we listen to the experts who say, oh, but juicing is so healthy for you, we only approach the subject of juice in a two dimensional way. If we look at juice in terms of its energy, and its relationship to the body and its energy, we start to see the picture in more of a three, or even four, dimensional way.


1) Juice is concentrated, and the human digestive system doesn't digest its food well when given things that are concentrated. Drinking juice is like driving 10 lanes of cars into 2 lanes of highway. The byproduct of inefficient digestion is usually inflammation. And, the body's reaction to inflammation is often increased mucus production. Add the consumption of concentrated juice to the concentrated lives we lead - massive amounts of information we take in, the schedules we keep, the thinking we do, and the overworking, overfeeding, and overstimulating we do - and we set ourselves up to weaken our digestive capacity, altogether. This is one way to understand how we naturally increase inflammation in our bodies, and cause illnesses as representative of how the body clears itself of all the inflammatory waste accumulation due to poor dietary and lifestyle choices.

2) Juices are damp. Exposing the digestive system to juice is like putting wet wood on a fire. The fire of digestion will not be able to handle the juice very well, despite what people say about, "but all the nutrients are more readily available......" Since the digestive system is an energy system, and needs to be able to cook its food, wet wood on a fire makes for a poor fire, the result of which in the body leads to greater amounts of inflammation. The strength of the digestive fire varies at different times of the year, and different times of the day. When drinking juice in the summer, or in the earlier part of the day, when the digestive fire is a bit heartier, the body can get away with it. Drinking juice in the winter, or later in the afternoon or evening, when the fire is much less efficient, the body will suffer. If someone has a chronic inflammatory illness, I don't ever recommend drinking juice. If people's health improves after drinking juice, I often say it might be because they stopped eating all the other foods that were bad for them......

3) Juices are usually cold in nature, and this energetic quality puts a hit on the digestive capacity, as well. Because juices are naturally cooling, and because they weaken the digestive capacity when cold, it makes more sense, if you're going to drink them, to do so during the summer, when it's hot. This makes sense for the human body, because the digestive capacity is strongest in the summer, and better able to handle the stress of something cold, damp, and concentrated. In the winter when its cold, when our bodies have the weakest digestive capacity, juices can be pretty debilitating to the body, especially for people who have weakened digestive energies. This is usually the case for babies, children, the elderly, and anyone with a chronic inflammatory condition. 

4) Juices contain a high concentration of the sugar, fructose. What does fructose help the body do? Store fat. How does it do this? By increasing insulin levels? Why do most fruits grow in the later summer and early fall? So humans will eat them in sufficient quantities during this time of year, to help them accumulate enough fat to withstand the difficulties, and usually the poor availability, of food in the winter. Just ask the bears.......

Drink water. That's all the body needs. Room temperature, or warm water, are even better, mostly in between meals. Just ask the Ayurvedics......

Milk Is Dangerous for Your Health - Dr. Mark Hyman



 "Gluten Sensitivity" May Be a Misnomer for Distinct Illnesses to Various Wheat Proteins 
 'Fluoridated Water Amounts to Public Murder on a Grand Scale' ~ Dr. Burk
GMO Lie Exposed - No Benefit in Feeding Hungry

Each month, Dr Palevsky will be answering a hot topic question....



Can the flu shot give me the flu? 

There are two issues here to review:
1) Most people believe a 'flu-like illness' is caused by catching a virus. 2) Some people believe you can come down with the flu after receiving the flu vaccine. Neither is completely true. 

1) The major reason the body develops fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, chills, cough, congestion, stuffy nose and excess mucus production, is because the body needs to develop these symptoms to make sure the body doesn't die. That's right. The development of these symptoms is a way for the body to ensure that it stays alive. Why? Because the need for these symptoms happens after the body has accumulated too many wastes and toxins. Where do these wastes and toxins come from? Stress. Stress leads to inflammation in the form of wastes and toxins, that will accumulate in the body if we are not mindful and careful, and if we create imbalances in our lives. From where can stress enter the body? Improper food choices, poor sleep, not paying attention to the seasons, working too hard, not sleeping enough, pushing the body beyond what it can tolerate, environmental exposures, and psychological and emotional traumas, to name a few. 

The cells, tissues and organs can tolerate an accumulation of wastes and toxins up to a point. But, when this accumulation exceeds the threshold by which the body can tolerate this load, before the cells, tissues and organs go into complete failure, something has to happen to save the body from complete ruin. And, that, my friends, is what we call, the flu. It may have nothing to do with a virus. In fact, it may be the viruses, many of which are embedded in the DNA of our own cells, that help us do the cleaning job from the inside-out, and not from catching a virus from another person. 

A flu-like illness saves the body from further harm. It helps the body remove the wastes and toxins because there is just no more room, or tolerance, for any further stress. No more room for waste and toxins to build-up and hamper cellular function. Besides, an actual flu-like illness stops people in their tracks. They can't continue on, or are at least put in a position not to go on making the same life choices that may have contributed to their stress in the first place. A flu-like illness is most often a life-saving experience, and hopefully, a wake-up call, for people to wise up and make different choices. A body is usually healthier, and stronger, after the illness is over, and it has been given the opportunity to heal, without suppressing the symptoms of illness. 

2) People develop flu-like illnesses after receiving the flu shot because you can't expect to inject poisonous materials into the body, and think that the body is going to be able to tolerate it. For those people who come down with a flu-like illness after a flu vaccine, your body is giving you a life-saving procedure.....To keep you from being permanently poisoned. Consider yourselves lucky. The flu-like illness is a sign that your immune system recognizes that your body has been poisoned. It is a way for you to purge those poisonous vaccine materials out of your body, in an attempt to keep you from having those poisons remain a permanent part of your cells, tissues, and organs. Think of all those people who don't get a flu-like illness after receiving the flu vaccine. How many of them harbor the poisons and, either become chronically debilitated, or have a major health problem later on, and have no idea it's from the poisons injected into their bodies from a prior time in their lives.......?

What's the answer? Be mindful of the stress you put on your body. Pay attention and listen. Balance intensity and rest. Make choices that are in line with what is optimally in your highest good. Continue to live a conscious life, and that means growing, and learning new things. Have fun. Smile. Live by the seasons. Eat well. Develop meaningful relationships. Sleep. Get out in the sun. Take time off from work. Create balance. And, remember, coming down with an illness is just a way for your body to stay alive. Think of it as a reminder for what is important......Viruses are around all year long.......They don't just have a preference for the winter and early spring seasons........And, the flu shot? Just more stress on the body.......  

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Dr. Palevsky is a board certified pediatrician who utilizes a holistic approach in his work with children and families. 


Dr. Palevsky received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987, completed a 3-year pediatric residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and enrolled in a 1-year fellowship training program in the out-patient department at Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine. 


Since 1991, his clinical experience has included working in pediatric emergency medicine at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx, NY, serving as the Chief of the Pediatric Acute Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, and working in in-patient and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, and newborn and delivery room medicine. 


Dr. Palevsky has also worked in a conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric practice at the NYC Beth Israel Center for Health & Healing- an integrative and complementary care medical facility.

Currently, he runs his own holistic pediatric practice in Northport, NY and Manhattan. Dr. Palevsky teaches holistic integrative pediatric & adolescent medicine to parents, and medical and allied health professionals, both nationally & internationally. 


Dr. Palevsky is a former Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association, and a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABIHM).


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