Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medi by Jennifer Kozek

Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medi

byJennifer Kozek

Hardcover | August 31, 2016

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Jennifer Kozek is a therapist who practices in Connecticut, and is also the mother of a son with Autism Spectrum disorders. After treating Evan bio-medically, along with other healing practices, Jennifer witnessed the kind of improvements that every parent of a similarly diagnosed child dreams of: Evan no longer grunts and screams, throws toys, hits others, or has mood swings. He no longer throws himself into fits of uncontrollable rage,  listens to his teachers & responds appropriately. He copes better with changes in routine & makes eye contact more often. He no longer enters into a trance-like state and the list goes on. Evan is now a happy, well-adjusted, 7 year-old.  It is the author''s mission to reach  the millions of parents who struggle to find healthier and more natural ways to treat their children''s nuanced disorders. Healing without Hurting, includes a full menu of natural treatment options, including:

  •  A real world success story. 
  • Specific points highlighted in boxes.
  • Tips that highlight the main ideas of each chapter.
  • Simple recipes and healthy alternatives.  

Readers will learn how to: 

  • Identify common labels of behaviors.
  • Recognize the early warning signs that an autoimmune disorder is brewing.
  • Identify the different medications; potential benefits and side-effects.
  • Find the right doctors and practitioners.
  • Identify food sensitivities and other autoimmune assaults.
  • Test for nutritional deficiencies and causes for malabsorption.
  • Heal the intestinal system.
  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Look for and treat the other underlying issues, e.g. sleep problems.
  • Shop for the best vitamin supplements on the market.
  • Recognize food additives to avoid.
  • Avoid toxins in their environment.
  • Wash away toxins from the body.
  • Incorporate other effective healing treatments and modalities.
  • Have the healthiest pregnancy possible to reduce the risk of ADHD and autism.
  • Instill healthy eating and other practices for their family.
  • The Author would like to help shift current medical and society practices.
Jennifer Kozek has a Master's Degree in Community Counseling, and a Bachelor's Degree in English/Criminal Justice from Western Connecticut State University. She is an accomplished licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She has over 15 years of clinical experience treating clients with an array of health disorders includi...
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Title:Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effecti...Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:370 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.2 inShipping dimensions:370 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.2 inPublished:August 31, 2016Publisher:CHANGING LIVES PRESSLanguage:English

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"At 4 ½ years old, my sweet and loving son Evan was diagnosed with ADHD, Apraxia and high functioning autism – Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Although mostly happy, he started displaying episodes of anger and become anxious and obsessive/compulsive (OCD). He began fixating on many things and lost the ability to sleep soundly. I often felt hopeless and frustrated with the progress of his recovery during our intense therapy sessions and I knew from experience as a licensed psychotherapist that medication would be introduced as the only other viable treatment option. I recognized that medication may provide immediate relief, but because I am a psychotherapist also knew that these medications can cause many problems and come with numerous side effects. In some cases they even cause increased anger, depression, fogginess, anxiety, numbness, seizures, tics, paranoia and even psychosis. I witnessed many of these effects on the children I saw for therapy. Some moms came back to tell me that it turned their child into someone they did not recognize. However, I never really questioned the authority of the medical professionals. 'Who was I to question a doctor that had many more years of experience and schooling to back their theories?' I thought... As life would have it, all the training and education I received in graduate school and by prestigious psychiatrists about the benefits of medication would be challenged when I had my own child with similar symptoms. I have discovered that although well intentioned, many mainstream doctors are too quick to prescribe medication to cover up symptoms without digging deeper to find the underlying causes and numerous nutritional deficiencies plaguing our kids. Our children become out of balance (biochemically). Their immune systems go haywire and their guts become inflamed due to food intolerances, processed foods, food dyes, chemicals, GMOs, yeast, etc. This often can cause inflammation in the brain and nutritional deficiencies – leading to frequent illness (chronic ear infections, illness, bronchitis & asthma) and ultimately neurological dysfunction. I discovered that we have more neurons lining our intestinal wall than we have in our brain and spinal cord combined. The gut and brain have a very intimate relationship. So, when the gut isn’t happy, neither is the brain. I have also uncovered a few gene mutations preventing the proper utilization and metabolic functioning of essential nutrients necessary for proper brain functioning. These disorders are often linked to constipation, food allergies & sensitivities, heavy metal build-up, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems and hypoglycemia. I was extremely skeptical at first. However, as I started doing a tremendous amount of research, I became to uncover the root causes of these disorders. I started addressing Evan’s gut issues with the help of an awesome naturopath and other functional medicine doctors and began healing him from a deeper level. We started by healing his gut wall and eliminating all of his offending foods and reducing inflammation and gut permeability so that the nutrients he was eating and the supplements we were giving him would get absorbed properly. We continued treating Evan with nutrition and biomedical methods. We starting taking advantage of the many Eastern Medicine therapies and treatments such as acupuncture, and energy healing, as well. I discovered that over the course of treatment Evan started improving exponentially in all areas of development, including, emotionally, socially, physically and academically. I highly recommend that this ‘avenue of healing’ be explored if your child suffers from ADD/ADHD, PDD, Asperger’s, Allergies, Apraxia or Autism. An improving Evan (in his Boy Scouts uniform) and his father.The Differences We Began To See When Evan was tested at age 5 ½ his level of development was only that of a 3 ½ year-old. Developmentally he was two years behind his peers. However a year later after implementing the alternative treatments Evan’s testing demonstrated a huge improvement in all areas of development. His testing showed a dramatic increase in progress. At 6 ½ his level of development was that of a 5 ½ year-old. Now he was only one year behind his peers. There is a tremendous jump in Evan’s expressive language and speech articulation; it is more complex and conversational. His comprehension skills are also much better. He is able to formulate a thought and carry out his set of plans. He is now formulating new ideas and trying them out on others. Evan’s true personality started to emerge and it was discovered that he has a very dry but funny sense of humor. One day while Evan’s grandma was cooking a new stew recipe that included cinnamon her ‘special ingredient’ she hit her wooden spoon against the pot and a piece of the spoon flew off. She warned us all to watch out for it because she had no idea where it flew. After dinner, grandma asked if anyone could taste what the special ingredient was and without hesitation Evan said, ‘Spoon.’ After putting the alternative treatments into practice and addressing underlying nutritional deficiencies, Evan’s progress catapulted. He was able to stay on task and presented less careless. He has less difficulty listening and following directions, and no longer seemed to get as distracted by background noise. He listens to his teachers and responds appropriately when asked a question. He is able to retain information and speaks more clearly to convey his ideas. Socially he is also doing much better. He is making eye contact more often and now greets his friends at the playground. He no longer enters into a trance-like state. He no longer detaches himself from the world. Evan talks to strangers in waiting rooms and has whole conversations. He is able to assert himself and tell people what he likes and doesn’t like and what he wants and doesn’t want. He is less anxious and no longer grunts and screams when he is upset. He is coping better with change of routine and with frustrating situations. He is no longer throwing himself into fits of uncontrollable rage, throwing his toys, hitting others or displaying sudden mood swings. In addition, his sensory issues are lessening greatly. Loud noises and uncomfortable clothing no longer bother him. His pre-kintergarten treatment plan included a communication device to help Evan to write and communicate. However, he lost his need for such a device. His fine motor skills have significantly improved and he is able to write his letters as well as many of his peers. He is also able to communicate clearly and express his thoughts and ideas in a sequential way. We now see a confident little boy who is eager to join in group activities. His motor planning ability has jumped up from extremely disordered to barely noticeable. We notice an increase in imaginative play and although not perfect, there is a greater independence in daily activities of living. On Evan’s seventh birthday, his grandfather was joking around with him by saying, ‘Mmm your cake looks so good – I think I’m going to eat your piece.’ In the same breath without skipping a beat, Evan replied, ‘That’s okay grandpa, I’ll just eat yours.’ Demonstrating a marked improvement is social ability, an increased self-esteem and tremendous growth on so many levels. He got the joke, stood up for himself, responded with amazing wit, and delivered it in such a loving and non-aggressive way. We are so proud of him in so many ways… Medically we notice that his sweet cravings lessened and he was no longer overly thirsty. The dark bluish circles under his eyes disappeared. His eczema and fungal infections cleared. He has not been sick except for a few minor colds and has only missed a few days of school since starting the regime. He no longer suffers from sinus infections, respiratory infections, or eye infections. His constipation issues continue to improve, he is no longer straining and his bowels appear less sluggish. He no longer suffers from nightly head sweats and the quality of has sleep has improved as well. Teachers, therapists, his swimming instructor and family members have all made comments on how well Evan is doing. They say, ‘I don’t know what you are doing, but whatever you are doing we see a huge difference in Evan, so keep it up.’ Evan is now 8 years old and progressing well. When I recently asked him, ‘What do you think helped you more – all the intense therapy or your diet changes and vitamins?’ He looked at me with the biggest smile and with huge inflection in his voice and said, ‘Mom, they helped each other work better.’ So we continue with appointments with the homeopathic physician to address any emerging health concerns or imbalances. And we continue his dietary modifications for now and we continue with his therapies in order for him to catch up 100%, in an effort to optimize his health. A happy Evan and his sister Elaina.8 Crucial Points About Healing ADHD and Autism Naturally Every child is unique, so treatment plans need to be tailored specifically to address underlying immunologic, digestive and metabolic conditions.There is no ‘magic bullet,’ no single treatment alone that can significantly reverse the effects of ADHD, apraxia, or autism. All cases are individualized, and each child needs a well thought-out and integrate