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Holistic Child Health Newsletter 
August 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  

Senior Government Scientist Breaks 13 Years of Silence on CDC's Vaccine-Autism Fraud

Read these important articles as this story unfolds.....


Scientific Review Finds Asthma Drugs Suppress Child Growth

Dr. Palevsky's Comments: There are other alternatives to treat asthma, without the use of steroids......

FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

Back-to-School Vaccines: Know the Risks and Failures
Robert Kennedy Jr.'s Belief in Autism-Vaccine Connection, and its Political Peril

The Dangers of a Hepatitis B Vaccination for Your Baby

Doctors Against Mandated Flu Vaccines

"The High Road to a True Smart Grid"

Dr. Palevsky's Comments: Please try to listen to the entire broadcast. You will hear about some of the studies concerning children, and the mechanisms by which close exposure to radiation can damage the cellular structures of the body.

Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation than Adults: The Consequences...

Perils of Peeking Into the Womb: Ultrasound Risks

Wheat Packs on the Pounds and is Addictive Like a Drug 

Infant Formula is Genetically Engineered
Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

How Maternal Diet and Lifestyle Affects the Nutritional Value of Breast Milk

Gluten-free diet reduces risk of type 1 diabetes in mice

Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

Dr Palevsky's Comments: Finally, a voice of reason in the industry-backed support of the government driven production and sale of this unhealthy, mostly genetically modified US crop......

Millions Wrongly Treated for 'Cancer,' National Cancer Institute Panel Confirms

Radical Remissions: Cancer Patients Who Defy the Odds
(Roxanne Nelson July 08, 2014)

According to statistics, Lola Baltzell should have died 3 years ago. Instead, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer by biking 110 miles to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pan-Mass Challenge.

Not only is Baltzell still alive after 6 years when median survival is 3 years, her scans have been clear of cancer for more than 5 and a half years.

"You will never be in remission, you are a chronic patient, you will never be cured - that's what the doctors keep telling me," she said. "But every scan done after November 2008 has been negative."

Baltzell, a 53-year-old social worker and artist who lives in the Boston area, is constantly on the move. She bikes to work year round, no matter what the weather, curates art shows, has showings of her own work, and is an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation. She sees herself as strong and healthy, and is hopeful that she will continue to defy the statistics.

Baltzell's experience is not unique. Although it is neither typical nor common, it is not all that rare. There are thousands of cancer patients just like her, who have extended their survival way beyond the upper limits of the median or who are seemingly cured after a terminal prognosis.

These individuals, sometimes called exceptional patients, have begun to attract the attention of researchers who are interested in what, if anything, they are doing to heal themselves of incurable diseases or to improve their chances of being cured.

Spontaneous remission, as it is often referred to, caught the attention of Kelly Turner, PhD, when she was an undergraduate at Harvard University in Boston. "I was surprised how little research was being done by the medical community on these patients who had healed from cancer," she said in an interview. "Many of the patients had healed without undergoing Western medical treatment or, following its failure, they used other therapies to extend their survival."

It became the focus of her PhD thesis at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Turner's research involved a year-long trip to 10 countries to interview 50 holistic healers and scores of cancer survivors about healing techniques. Since that time, she has analyzed more than 1000 cases of spontaneous remission and written a book: Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds. Dr. Turner prefers the term "radical remission" because typically there is nothing spontaneous about these unusual cures. Most patients were actively doing something to facilitate healing.

In the course of her research, Dr. Turner identified more than 75 different healing factors that patients used to help heal themselves. Of these, 9 stood out and were used by almost all of the survivors. These key healing factors involved body, mind, and spirit interventions. Dr. Turner noted that she is just presenting research, not prescribing cancer cures.

"Some of the popular media outlets were trying to present this as a '9 steps to curing cancer' sort of thing, and I said no, you can't do that," she told Medscape Medical News. "This is not a 9-step program for getting well. These are just 9 factors that most of the survivors had in common."

"I am a researcher who is simply trying to get a conversation started about this important subject," she said.

Dr. Turner emphasized that this is preliminary, exploratory research. "My biggest hope is that we can bring radical remissions to the discussion table. I have put out the hypotheses and now they need to be tested in prospective trials."

Navigating False Hope

She came across her first case of radical remission about 10 years ago when she was working as a counselor at a major cancer center. Intrigued, she conducted a quick search of the medical literature and was surprised to find there were more 1000 cases reported in medical journals. "I wondered why none of the physicians I worked with had ever mentioned these," she said.

These were primarily case studies, but there was no information about how the patient managed to survive, she noted. "No one had asked the patients what they had done to heal," Dr. Turner explained.

Most of the cancer survivors she interviewed reported that their doctors never asked what, if anything, they were doing that might be helping them. They also said that no one was keeping track of them.

She specifically studied 3 categories of cancer patients: those who healed from their disease without the use of any standard/conventional medicine; those who were treated with standard therapy and, when it failed to work, tried other treatments that did help; and those who used conventional and alternative medicine at the same time to overcome a very serious prognosis (i.e., any cancer that has a 5-year survival rate below 25%, such as advanced lung or pancreatic cancer).

"Everyone has seen cases like this in their practice," Dr. Turner said, "yet few have ever investigated them."

One reason for that, she believes, is that physicians simply don't have the time and can't explain it. Another is that oncologists might not want to instill false hope in patients with advanced disease. Still, those are not good reasons to ignore these cases. "It is not only scientifically irresponsible, it is also foolish, since there is the potential to learn so much about how the body heals," she said.

Of the cases that she reviewed, about 85% have no evidence of disease on their medical charts. About 15% still have cancer, but their tumors have shrunk and have remained stable for years.

One example is a patient with stage III non-small-cell lung cancer. His tumors are still there but they have shrunk considerably and haven't caused him any trouble, Dr. Turner explained. He never received any standard treatment for his cancer; instead, turned to a form of energy work and kept asking his doctors for "6 more months" before beginning chemotherapy. Six months became a year, and now it's been 5 years.

"Every time he goes in for a scan, his doctors shake their heads and say that they don't understand it, but that whatever he is doing, to just keep on doing it," Dr. Turner noted.

The issue of false hope can be difficult to navigate. "It's tricky because you don't want to give people false expectations, but it's only false hope if it is false," she explained. "These people are true, and they have truly healed. We have to be careful how to discuss them, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about them at all, just because we don't understand it."

By not studying these long-term survivors, she contended, "we are missing out on an opportunity to learn how cancer behaves and about the healing process. We can learn a lot by studying anomalies."

The 9 Factors

Although the cancer patients she analyzed used a number of strategies, there were 9 factors common to most of the patients.

The patients radically changed their diets, took control of their health, followed their intuition, used herbs and supplements, released suppressed emotions, increased positive emotions, embraced social support, deepened their spiritual connection, and had strong reasons for living.

Several of these factors applied to Baltzell; however, she didn't consciously think about how they were going to help her survive or extend her life. Baltzell had a mastectomy followed by radiation to the chest and the bone metastases in her hip. "They told me it was too late to do chemotherapy, and that they would save it until the 'end' in order to extend my life," she said.

She was a long time devotee of yoga and found the practice helped her physically and emotionally. She was on the mat every day, even right after her mastectomy. "I didn't do much that day, but I was on the mat," she explained.

Meditation, which she had started to practice 6 months before her diagnosis, also helped. "I thought I was going to die sooner rather than later," she said. "I saw the stats and they didn't look very good, but meditation really helped me get over that."

She explained that as her practice deepened in the weeks after her diagnosis and treatment, meditation helped her find peace and accept the situation. "I was okay either way and ready to go if that was going to be the case," she told Medscape Medical News. "I even told that to a friend that I was fine and I released the fear and attachment to life."

She had long wanted to get a dog but her physicians told her that it was not a good idea because caring for a dog required energy and time. "I took that to mean that my doctor was worried that I wasn't going to be around long enough to take care of my dog," she said.

After 2 years, she got a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, which has a lifespan of about 10 years. "I decided that I wasn't going to die before my dog," she explained.

Baltzell also embraced the great support she received from her husband and friends and, in 2009, dove head on into a long-term art project with her colleagues. It has since been completed and has been exhibited in several states, as well as in Russia.

Limited Research

There has been some research into the idea of spontaneous or radical remissions, although it is limited. In 1993, the Institute of Noetic Sciences published Spontaneous Remissions: An Annotated Bibliography, which catalogued the world's medical literature on the subject. It included references to cancer and a wide range of illnesses - from ulcers to injuries caused by gunshots. It is essentially the largest database of medically reported cases of spontaneous remission in the world, with more than 3500 references from more than 800 journals in 20 languages.

Some research in this area has been conducted by Moshe Frenkel, MD, from Integrative Oncology Consultants, who is a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

"The issue of exceptional patients has been an interest of mine for over 20 years. I have met hundreds of patients that fit the criteria in the medical arena," he told Medscape Medical News.

He is currently summarizing data for a study of exceptional patients from a population registry in Israel and documenting "lessons as perceived by these patients about their unusual recovery." He plans to submit the research for publication.

In earlier work tracking exceptional patients, Dr. Frenkel found that they were not using complementary therapies to extend their survival. "That means they did not use a magic alternative medicine cure to obtain their recovery," he said. "In the current study, we have similar findings, but also additional points that were found in the previous study and were not emphasized enough."

In one study of 14 medically exceptional outcomes, Dr. Frenkel and colleagues found that the overarching theme was connections, both internal and external (Palliat Support Care. 2013:1-8). Internal connections include relationships with God or a higher power and with oneself. The external connections include relationships with friends and family, with the medical system (physician, nurses, and other staff), and with other patients.

In another study, Dr. Frenkel's team interviewed 26 exceptional patients (14 from the United States and 12 from Israel) and found that personal activism was a recurrent theme (Support Care Cancer.2011;19:1125-1132). This involved taking charge and getting involved in the process of diagnosis and treatment and becoming more altruistic in their relationships with others. In many cases, this activism reflected a change in the patient's philosophy of life.

For Baltzell, cancer changed her life for the better. "I think the cancer introduced a sense of fearlessness in me," she explained. "I am grateful that it happened, as I would have been a completely different person - less engaged, less passionate. It really upped the ante for me."

She doesn't know why she has beaten the odds. She said she will continue to listen to her doctors and follow her own intuition.

Dr. Turner is continuing her research and following up with the 200 people she interviewed. She has created the Radical Remission Project Web site, where people can post their stories and share their experiences.

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


"My kids and I adore fruit, but recently I have been told that it is not healthy for us to eat fruit in the this true?"

6 Things You Didn't Know About Watermelon

There is a reason fruit grows in the summer and early fall. It is meant to cool us down during the hot summer. But, it is also meant to help us prepare for winter by giving us the fructose we need to begin storing fat cells, as a way of helping us cope with the significant changes in temperature. Take note of what the bears are picking off the trees in the fall..............It's important to the health and rhythms of our bodies to eat in season. There's a reason certain foods grow in our environments at different times of the year. Nature provides us with food that resonates with what our bodies require for proper balance and health. 

For New Yorkers, and those in the northeast, take a look at   If you begin eating more in line with the seasons, you might be surprised at how healthy your body feels...........
Fruit in the cold winter from other parts of the world? Doesn't resonate with true health, and may actually bring on unintended symptoms of illness. Perhaps, however, a jam preserve during the winter on a warmed piece of bread, from fruits that were canned/jarred after the summer and fall harvest, or a warm apple pie using fall-harvested apples that can normally be stored in colder temperatures? Now, that sounds more like it.


Medical Evolution Will Affect You, but How?


Evolving medicine means that we are learning new things and using new techniques constantly. If you aren't constantly educating yourself about the evolution of medicine, how will you expect to stay at the forefront of your own health?


The Evolution of Medicine Summit will shine a light on the work of more than 30 innovators leading these changes, and set a unique vision for a more empowered, proactive and patients-value focused healthcare system.


Whether you're a health professional or someone who wants to be healthier, The Evolution of Medicine Summit will show you the future of healthcare. Plus, it's ONLINE and FREE from  

September 8-15, 2014


This Evolution of Medicine Summit will provide you with the information you need to:

  • Understand what causes disease and how to disease-proof yourself
  • Elevate you and your family towards optimum health
  • Make the most out of the next generation of health technology

Health professionals and doctors will also learn to:

  • Understand the body as a complex and integrated system
  • Innovate with proven new care models (health coaches, telemedicine, group visits, etc.)
  • Learn effective strategies for reversing and preventing chronic and autoimmune disease

Navigate your way through the world's overwhelming amount of health information when you attend The Evolution of Medicine Summit!


Here are a few of the incredible presenters:


Beyond The Germ Theory: True Holism In Action -  Dr Lawrence Palevsky, MD, Board Certified Pediatrician


The Evolution of Consciousness Deepak Chopra, MD, Best Selling Author; Ayurvedic and Mind/Body Medicine

Evolution of Medical ParadigmMark Hyman, MD, Multiple Best Selling Author, Chairman of IFM


Activism: Empowered Medical Evolution -  Food Babe aka Vani Hari, Activist Blogger; Digital Innovator


The Great Health Outsourcing ExperimentJoe Cross aka Joe The Juicer


With over 30 presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge. This invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for patients and doctors everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today, you'll have access to the following FREE GIFTS as soon as you register!

  • "Are we Deluded by Disease?" a presentation by Jeffrey Bland, PhD
  • "Delivering Evolved Medicine," a presentation by Tom Blue, CSO of AAPP
  • "The Four Causes of Chronic Disease," 4 audio recordings brought to you by Revive Primary Care

Come listen to The Evolution of Medicine Summit ONLINE for FREE from September 8-15, 2014 and be a force of change for the future of health and medicine!

Register for FREE at the following link today:

Evolution of Medicine Summit




Tune in on August 27th to Fearless Parent Radio  for a Dr Larry Interview:

Holistic Dads Taking the Lead
This promises to be a show full of passion and heart.

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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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