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Holistic Child Health Newsletter 
October 2012

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  

Analyzing Alzheimer's
Is Alzheimer's Type 3 Diabetes? 


Dr Palevsky's Comments: Do people with Alzheimer's Disease have a breakdown in their blood brain barriers (BBB)s? If so, is it a case of the chicken or the egg? Does the development of Alzheimer's lead to a breakdown of the BBB, or is a breakdown of the BBB a precursor to the development of the eventual pathology seen in Alzheimer's?  Alzheimers

Apparently, BBB dysfunction may have a significant role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease. 

( It appears that patients with Alzheimer's Disease experience an initial disruption of their BBB which eventually leads to the onset of their brain pathology and subsequent clinical symptoms. Hypertension, hyper-osmolarity like diabetes, radiation, microwaves, infections, trauma, ischemia and inflammation can all contribute to the breakdown of the BBB. ( Once the BBB is disrupted, even regular components of the bloodstream, that normally aren't allowed into the brain due to the protective nature of the BBB, can enter the brain and cause damage and inflammation to the neurons. Does the entrance of ordinary bloodstream material, across a disrupted BBB, contribute to the pathology and symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease? Or to any other neuro-degenerative diseases? Does the consumption of hyper-processed foods only become a problem to an already exposed brain tissue after any one of these factors contributes to a breakdown of the BBB? How long before sufficient insults to the BBB would cause patients to reach their threshold of symptom expression of Alzheimer's Disease? Or any other neuro-degenerative disease? 


And, lastly, there is a component in vaccines, polysorbate 80, that can help deliver vaccine materials across the BBB into the brain, potentially leading to inflammation and impairment of brain function, even if the BBB is intact. Pharmaceutical companies use polysorbate 80 to bind to specific drugs to ensure their delivery across a pretty stubborn BBB, in order to reach brain tumors, brain lesions, and brain infections.  ( ).


Does the presence of polysorbate 80 in vaccines, which could conceivably bring vaccine materials across the BBB into the brain, impact the underlying pathology in patients with Alzheimer's Disease, other neurodegenerative diseases, or even pediatric neuro-developmental delays? In pediatrics, 1 in 6 children is diagnosed with a developmental disability (ADHD, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, stuttering or stammering, moderate to profound hearing loss, blindness, learning disorders, and/or other developmental delays -


Do vaccine materials disrupt the BBB and/or enter the brain and contribute to the pathology seen in Alzheimer's, or pediatric and adult neurodegenerative disorders, thus making hyper-processed foods, or ordinary bloodstream materials that enter the brain that much more dangerous? We have been remiss in researching whether vaccine materials get across the brain. Even if people with neuro-degenerative diseases have intact BBBs, vaccine materials like heavy metals, antibiotics, viruses, bacteria, proteins, foreign DNA & RNA, and foreign animal viruses can all enter the brain across the BBB attached to polysorbate 80, thus leading to inflammation of the brain. They may also enter the brain all on their own regardless of the status of the BBB, leading to the potential disruption of normal neuron function. In either case, no vaccine materials belong in the brain anyway. We need much more research to answer almost all of these questions. Hyper-processed food consumption may be a smokescreen to the real underlying problems facing people who develop neuro-degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's Disease.


A Sullied Spin on Organics 
Stanford's "Spin" on Organics Allegedly Tainted by Biotechnology Funding  

The Right to Know about GMO
GMOs Cause Tumors and Early Death in Rat Study
Study Shows Direct Evidence Monsanto GMO Crops Are Harmful
Dr Palevsky's Comments: When health food companies label products "All Natural" the likelihood that the products contain genetically modified organisms (GMO) is very high. Labels that say organic are more likely to contain non-GMO crops.
Non GMO Shopping Guide 


Probing Pertussis


CDC Probes Whooping Cough Epidemic  


Dr Palevsky's Comments: One of the reasons there may be an increased outbreak of whooping cough pertussis infections is because the pertussis bacteria have mutated, making the current vaccine ineffective, and the new pertussis bacteria more reactive. This new outbreak may come as an expected evolution of the vaccination process, whereby more virulent bacteria form due to a mutation in the pertussis bacterial DNA, thus leading to a serotype shift in the pertussis bacteria. In a sense, this situation may be similar to what happens when bacteria change their structure and resistance in response to chronic antibiotic exposure. When bacteria are threatened with being killed or neutralized by antibiotic, and most probably vaccine, exposure, they will mutate their DNA, often making them resistant to being killed or neutralized by antibiotics and vaccines. This allows them to survive and stay alive in response to the stress put on them by antibiotic and vaccine exposures. Vaccines cause the body to produce an antibody reaction against bacteria, in this case pertussis. What most people may not know is pertussis bacteria may already be living on the lining of the airway by the time the vaccine is given. Pertussis bacteria fly through the air and can colonize anyone's airway at any age, regardless of their vaccination status. Vaccinations do not stop someone from continuing to be exposed to, or carry, the pertussis bacteria in their airway. Children and adults can, therefore, be exposed to pertussis without having to wait to be exposed by someone who is sick with a pertussis illness. Exposure to the pertussis bacteria and colonization of the airway with pertussis bacteria through normal breathing does not automatically translate into an infection, or into an antibody response against the bacteria. Instead, exposure to pertussis bacteria results in the activation of the cellular mediated immune system along the lining of the airway, which creates a symbiotic relationship with the pertussis bacteria, often without the occurrence of an infection. This relationship with the cellular mediated immune system does not involve the production of an antibody yet, the bacteria are seen as safe, friendly and non-threatening to the body, allowing pertussis to become normal colonizers along the lining of the airway. With the injection of the pertussis vaccine, however, the immune system now mounts an antibody response against the pertussis bacteria through the activation of the humoral immune system. The vaccine induced humoral immune response to pertussis, with the assistance of the newly produced antibodies, will counteract the cellular mediated immune response to pertussis which developed after a real-time airway exposure. A previously regarded safe exposure to the pertussis bacteria at the hands of the cellular mediated immune system, is now attacked by the humoral immune system antibody response on any pertussis bacteria lining the airway, due to the use of the pertussis vaccine. The injection of pertussis through the vaccine causes the body to view the pertussis bacteria lining the airway as an enemy. In essence, the pertussis bacteria lining the airway, previously involved in a symbiotic relationship with the body through the cellular mediated immune response to pertussis, is now neutralized, threatened, or even attacked by the antibodies. This ultimately threatens the bacteria's ability to survive and replicate. As all organisms would do when their survival is threatened, the pertussis bacteria mutate to avoid neutralization by the antibody reaction caused by the vaccine. This allows for the evolution of new pertussis organisms, and the onset of potentially more pertussis illnesses. This is no different a situation than what has occurred over the past 20 or so years with continued reports of non-type B Haemophilus influenzae bacterial infections in children and adults. Nor is it any different than what has occurred with new Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial infections. Both of these infection rates are due to bacterial serotype shifting in the Haemophilus influenzae bacterial family and the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial family due to the use of the HIB and Prevnar-13 vaccines respectively. Mother nature is always ahead of us. 

Dr Palevsky's Comments:  One of the things I've noticed over the years is how so many people believe that unvaccinated babies and toddlers are developmentally advanced for their age, as compared to the other children around them. Parents of vaccinated children look at these unvaccinated children in awe, and often wonder to their parents, "gee, what are you doing that your children are so advanced?" Most parents of vaccinated children don't want to know the real reason these children are so advanced, because they're afraid to know the truth. And, if they hear the truth, they usually disagree with it or even walk away and stop talking to these parents. And, I understand that. They trust their physicians to do the right thing, and believe they are making the right decision. They don't want to know they might have been complicit in hurting their children, or admit that something is wrong with their children, or accept that their children's development is behind the other children. But, the reality is, and I don't mean to break parent's hearts- most of these unvaccinated children are not more developmentally advanced. They're just neuro-typical for their age. They've read the section on normal development in the pediatric textbooks. At least the textbooks I read when I trained in pediatrics. These 'advanced' children are developing the way we used to expect them to, before we started creating the new norm of children with neuro-developmental delays. See the transcript of the Simpsonwood Conference for starters ( The vaccinated children, as a whole, have become so neuro-developmentally delayed that their peer group of unvaccinatedchildren now appear to be more advanced. 1 in 6 children in the US has some developmental disability according to a Pediatrics journal article in March 2011 ( And, 1 in 88 children in the US is diagnosed with autism, according to the CDC, another developmental delay. ( The bar has been lowered. smiling healthy baby
When I was training in Pediatrics in the 1980's, we were taught that 2 word sentences and a vocabulary of over 100 words was normal speech development for 2 year-old children. Parents are now being told by their pediatricians that it is acceptable if their 2 year-old children are only speaking 20 words. Forget about 2 word sentences. That is a milestone that is expected to come much later than 2 years of age. These children with 20 words at 2 years of age won't get speech services because twenty words at 2 years of age is now considered normal speech development. This is a far cry from what constitutes normal speech development. But, more and more people are accepting this new norm. Were my textbooks, and teachers, and mentors wrong 25+ years ago about what constitutes normal child development? Are we now getting it right after all these years by saying 20 words at 2 years of age is acceptable speech development? No, to both questions. Our society doesn't have the capacity to accept that so many children are now speech & developmentally delayed, and can't address the role vaccines may play in contributing to this problem. Since the resources to help these delayed children are scarce, and there are more and more of these delayed children, we just lower the bar, and accept a new normal, i.e., speech & other developmental delays are normal. At the same time, however, we continue to produce the new norm of more and more children with speech & other developmental delays every day. If people don't think vaccinations are contributing to their children's neuro-developmental delays, see the following study, which suggests that motor reflexes may already be impaired in newborn monkeys right after they receive a single dose of a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine at birth, as compared to a control group. ( The same may be true for human infants who now receive the aluminum-containing, thimerosal-free Hepatitis B vaccine, since "aluminum is now being implicated as interfering with cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and in other tissues." ( In addition, all of the following vaccines contain aluminum - DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine), DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine), some but not all Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) conjugate vaccines, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar or PCV-13), Hepatitis B vaccines, all combination DTaP, Tdap, Hib, or Hepatitis B vaccines, Hepatitis A vaccines, Human Papillomavirus vaccine (Gardisil), anthrax vaccine and rabies vaccine. Those vaccines that do not contain aluminum - IPV, MMR, Varicella, and Influenza (many of which still contain thimerosal) - are often given in tandem with the vaccines that do contain aluminum. ( Tell your pediatricians that aluminum injection leads to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration. ( ).  So sad. 

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Exposure and Effect 
Shifting the Curve: How Small Changes in Individuals Have Large Effects in Populations

Dr Palevsky's Comments: Children's exposures to lead and tobacco independently, raises their chances of being diagnosed with ADHD. When children are exposed to lead and tobacco together, the synergistic effects of these exposures contributes to an even greater chance of children developing ADHD. Now, if we add children's exposures to environmental and vaccine sources of aluminum and mercury, as well as their exposures to other chemicals and heavy metals from plastics, pesticides, foods, food allergens, house-hold products, chemically treated furniture, clothes, bedding, paints, rugs & toys, flame retardants, processed foods and beverages, hormones, medications, electro-magnetic radiation (EMF) and others, we can understand why so many of our children are suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, leading to such diagnoses as ADHD. ADHD When the body is under constant stress from chronic inflammation, which is what happens to a number of children when they are exposed to these toxins, blood flow changes in the body, especially in the brain. The change in blood flow in the brain during chronic inflammation leads to a more preferential shift of blood going to the brain stem, where more primitive brain responses trigger a consistent fight or flight response with a more consistent adrenaline enriched sympathetic nervous system activity. Thus, a hyperactivity, or impulsive, or inability to sit still and focus syndrome, is created. The other change in the brain due to the effects of chronic inflammation and a heightened sympathetic nervous system, is a reduction of blood flow to the higher frontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for allowing humans to develop higher reasoning and complex thought processes and concentration. These higher brain functions are compromised in people who have chronic inflammation and adrenaline enriched sympathetic nervous system activity. When the body is more relaxed and is able to slow down and breathe, and not responding to repeated stressors and chronic inflammation, blood flows preferentially to the frontal cortex, and away from the brain stem. Thus, higher reasoning and complex thought processes and concentration become possible, and the stress responses of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inability to sit still are no longer in sight. It's no wonder children with ADHD have decreased sizes of their frontal cortex, as is reported in the literature. ( We're preferentially stressing them out with a sufficient amount of inflammation so as to reduce frontal cortex blood flow, leading to a smaller frontal cortex, and therefore decreased activity of their frontal cortex, and a higher brain stem activity triggering more frequent sympathetic fight-or-flight responses. One of the best ways to help these children is to reduce their environmental exposures to factors that chronically inflame them, while helping them to reduce the body burden of toxins that they already have in their systems. Medications for children do nothing to reverse the terrible physiology affecting their systems. 

Teach Your Children Well
Raising Successful Children 
Dr Palevsky's Comments: Here is an excerpt from the book jacket, "Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success," by Madeline Levine, PhD: ....until we are clearer about our core values and the parenting choices that are most likely to lead to authentic, and not superficial, success, we will continue to raise exhausted, externally driven, impaired children who believe they are only as good as their last performance. Real success is always an inside job, argues Levine, and is measured not by today's report card but by the people our children become fifty or twenty years down the line. Refusing to be diverted by the manufactured controversies as "tiger moms versus coddling moms," Levine confronts the real issues behind the way we push some of our kids to the breaking point while dismissing the talents and interests of many others. She shows us how to shift our focus from excesses of hyper-parenting and the unhealthy reliance on our children for status and meaning to a parenting style that concentrates on both enabling academic success as well as developing a sense of purpose, well-being, connection, and meaning in our children's lives. Teach Your Children Well is a call to action. And, while it takes courage to make changes we believe in, the time has come, says Levine, to return our overwrought families to a healthier and saner version of themselves. 


Each month, Dr Palevsky will be answering a hot topic question......
Question Corner Question Corner Question Corner
My son was diagnosed (because of severe eczema) at 5 months old via skin and blood testing with peanut, tree nut, soy, sesame and coconut allergies! He was born at home, has never been vaccinated. My husband is a chiropractor and therefore my son has been adjusted since birth. Articles like this ( frustrate me becasue we live our lives differently and still our son has severe allergies. Although, my husband and I have been on antibiotics and are vaccinated...maybe that has something to do with it, (passing along to future generations.) Nonetheless, is is a very frustrating and scary thing that is happening.  

The transgenerational effects of vaccinations have never been studied. All the experts keep saying is, "we know vaccinations are safe because we've been doing it for so many years." Not a very scientific study. Nonetheless, more and more animal studies are showing the transgenerational effects of exposing the grandparent or great-grandparent to BPA, fungicides, pesticides, emotional stress, and other environmental chemicals. The offspring 2, 3, or even 4 generations down are expressing health issues and different symptoms in response to the ancestor's exposure to the original toxin or stressor, with the effects of the exposure being passed down in the genetic pool of each generation. Even though none of the subsequent generations is exposed to the original toxin or stressor, the health effects of the original toxic or stress exposure continue to be expressed. I don't see why we would exclude the possibility that vaccination materials might have caused damage to our ancestors, with the continued transmission of these damages from generation to generation, especially since each subsequent human generation continues to be vaccinated. Again, in the animal studies, only the grandparent or great-grandparent is exposed to the stressor or chemical, not the offspring. This would raise even more suspicion as to the extensive effects the human exposure to toxic injections of chemicals from vaccines could have on consecutive generations. And, probably the reason we are seeing such sequential debilitation in the health of each generation.





Join Dr Palevsky in NYC for his new lecture:

Preparing Your Children for Winter

winter baby

Believe it or not, the season of winter begins in the first week of November (in the Northern Hemisphere), even if we are not experiencing typical winter weather at that time.  At this lecture, attendees will hear why the winter season begins in November, and not on December 21, and how they can eat and live according to the winter season to ensure optimal health and well-being.  You will learn about the choices you can make for your family during this time of year, and how these choices can help you avoid the typical winter illnesses.  Flu-like symptoms are not a guarantee just because it's winter time.  You will also hear about safe and easy ways to treat and resolve any of the winter illnesses, if they occur at all.  Most importantly, attendees will learn that the dietary and lifestyle choices they make during the winter season can also have a big impact on how their bodies might feel come spring time. 

Come join Dr Palevsky for an interesting and informative evening.

Thursday November 15th 2012
6.30pm to 9.30pm

The Meta Center NY
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$25 per ticket
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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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