Saturday, March 13, 2010
Therapy in the Spotlight: Homotoxicology With Lisa Rudley
The most amazing part about Lisa’s story is where the inspiration came from to follow the naturopathic way of health. Lisa’s middle son, Max, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at three years old. During her search for a cure, Lisa was introduced to natural medicine and began using these principles for her own family. Max is now seven years old and has made tremendous strides using natural healing modalities including homotoxicology, acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, NAET, sequential and classical homeopathy as well as customized nutrition.
Lisa had some wonderful tips and information to share with our readers and I’m thrilled she was able to squeeze in a short chat among all the amazing things she does.
CHYNNA: Thank you so much for making some time for us, Lisa. Why don’t we start with your background and how you became interested in Homotoxicology?
LISA: I am a mother of 3 children and my middle child Max was diagnosed with ASD at the age 3 years old. He had a significant negative reaction to a flu vaccine at age 2 ¾ which led us to reflect on reactions he had all along with the vaccinations. Max had multi-sensory issues along with many autistic characteristics. He also had a nutritional absorption issue as he dropped off the growth chart from 50th percentile to 5th percentile after his first birthday. I knew we had to detoxify my son, but was concerned about his reaction to the chemical chelation therapies available.
I heard a lecture in 2005 by Mary Coyle a homeopath regarding the principles of Homotoxicology and began this protocol shortly thereafter. Max began making significant improvements. We had also modified his diet and began cranial sacral prior to starting Homotoxicology. I became a certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in Homotoxicology in 2007 and work with Mary Coyle in NYC and in my home-office in Westchester. I consult with children and adults with ASD, SPD and chronic-illnesses.
CHYNNA: What an amazing and inspirational experience, Lisa. Nothing is scarier than seeing your child suffering and not being able to help him. And how extraordinary that you became an expert in the very areas that helped your son! Now, can you discuss what homotoxicology is and how it differs (if it does) from homeopathy?
LISA: Homotoxicology is based on the principles of Homeopathy but differs in terms of remedies and analysis used to determine the protocol. Typically, a Classical Homeopath—after an extensive client evaluation—will recommend one homeopathic remedy at a time. A Homotoxicologist would also take an extensive client history but uses bio-energetic equipment to test the energetic level of the organ systems and recommend a combination of Homeopathic remedies at various potencies. Homotoxicology bridges the gap between Homeopathic and Allopathic medicine.
CHYNNA: Thank you for making that distinction for us. Lisa, most of our readers are caregivers of SPD or children with sensory issues. How would being aware of and practicing natural health and homotoxicology benefit these children?
LISA: The common thread for many children with ASD and SPD is central nervous system disruption. They don’t feel and experience the world like their neuro-typical peers. These children’s energy level and sleep patterns are abnormal and require a great deal of parental management. Many of the children appear to be “tapped out” and are running on overdrive. I have experienced in my own child, and with other families, that improvements can be achieved through diet changes and removal of toxins through Homotoxciology. This program removes stressors from the body and lowers the toxic load and allows the body to repair. In addition, Immunotherapy, which desensitizes the body from food and external environmental allergens, has also been helpful and I work with a wonder Naturopathy in Connecticut to assist with this.
CHYNNA: This is one part of natural health that not a lot of parents have heard about but that I think is so important to learn. Having new options to turn to is so helpful in treating our sensational kids! Lisa, I’ve asked this question to a few of our nutritional experts and would love your insight as well: What are the most essential things caregivers of sensory children must pay attention to, and to be sure to have included, in our child’s overall Sensory Diet?
LISA: In my experience I have seen listening therapies and customized sensory exercises assist my son and others in self-regulation, focus and overall confidence. It is important to understand the top sensory exercises that can assist your child when under stress and to avoid unexpected deregulation. It is essential to have a sensory diet in place at home and in the school. As my son matures and continues to detoxify and repair, he requires less outside sensory input as he is able to handle many more challenges.
CHYNNA: Listening therapy is a fantastic tool to add…we’ve added it to Jaimie’s regular Sensory Diet. And I totally agree with you on the importance of setting up the essential sensory exercises best suited to our child’s needs. Lisa, I’d love it if you could share with our readers about your wonderful support group. How did that start, what sort of support does it offer and how can people join it, if they can?
LISA: I started the Healing with Homeopathy support group for families in the tri-state area 2 years ago. We support families with ASD and other neurological disorders who are utilizing Homotoxicology along with other natural healing modalities. Our support group offers information on natural healing, education/social skills, sensory therapies, political issues and legislative issues. We have monthly meetings on a Saturday night and invite various presenters. At each meeting we network with each other and share information. Everyone is welcome and all I need is an email to send meeting announcements. In addition, I will update everyone with noteworthy news or needed legislative action from time to time.
CHYNNA: That is an amazing thing you’re doing, Lisa. I hope any of our readers in your area will check it out. Do you have any inspirational stories to share that demonstrate what following this practice can do?
LISA: There are a number of parents in our support group whose children have lost their diagnosis. Many of the families report back that as their children began to heal with homeotoxicology, self-regulation was a big piece that first improved. In addition, progress is seen in receptive and expressive language areas next. Typically, social skills and executive functioning has been reported to improve later on the program. My son Max who had very little functional language and skills at three years old is now 7 ½ years old and in a mainstream class with supports. He plays soccer, skateboards, rides a two-wheeler, swims, plays the drums and has many friends. His IQ was significantly below average at the age of 4 and is now within average levels and continues to improve.
CHYNNA: Thank you for sharing those with us, Lisa. That gives a lot of us hope for the healing of our own children. Do you have any final pearls of wisdom to share or personal insight you’d like to add that we haven’t discussed?
LISA: I recommend researching many different modalities and the one that makes the most sense for you and your family should be explored further. Being open-minded to the possibility of protocols that were very new to me has served me well. Pace yourselves and always believe that anything and everything is possible!
CHYNNA: Awesome advice, Lisa. How can we get a hold of you for more information?
LISA: Please feel free to email me at email@example.com to join my email list. Thank you Chynna, for this opportunity to share my experiences.
Thank you, Lisa for sharing your insight and wisdom with us. Hopefully, we’ll get to chat with Lisa again in the near future.