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PANDAS Symptoms: How to Spot the Signs


Kids behave in unexpected ways. Sometimes, that’s just growing up and maturing. Less commonly, sudden behavior changes are a result of the child’s immune system attacking its own brain. PANDAS is an autoimmune disorder that occurs most commonly in children before adolescence. Though rare, this is…

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Diagnosing PANS/PANDAS: Criteria, Exceptions, & Treatment


The National Institute for Mental Health finally recognizes PANDAS on its website. Though rare and only recently discovered, PANDAS is covertly making children into different people — sometimes overnight! PANDAS stands for “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With…

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What is PANDAS? Is my child at risk?


No, not the black and white bear. PANDAS is a rare but serious condition that every parent should know about. PANDAS stands for “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.” This means a strep infection (i.e. rheumatic fever, strep throat, scarlet…

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PANDAS and Autism: A Parent’s Guide


If you’re the parent of a child with autism, you know that navigating your child’s development and individual symptoms can be as tricky as it is rewarding.  However, what you may not know is that there’s an infection that can mimic some of ASD’s symptoms and go undiagnosed for years in patients…

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PANS/PANDAS: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


On Monday, you had a bright, happy, well-behaved elementary school child, happy to feel better after a short-lived case of strep throat. But by Wednesday, his behavior evolved to include overwhelming depression, bedwetting, obsessiveness, tics, and other disturbing symptoms. Sound like the stuff of…

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Healthy School Lunch Options for Special Diets


Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture has allowed schools to ease up on past restrictions to sodium, refined grains, and sugar being served in school cafeterias. Despite the evidence of diet-related diseases, America’s 30 million schoolchildren will once again be subject to…

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Back to School


Back to School School is back in session! Going from long stretches of sunshine, swimming, and lemonade to the classroom can be a difficult transition for our children. There’s a good chance your little ones are still adjusting to their normal sleep schedule, which is completely understandable but…

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Fever and Back to School


What exactly is a fever and why does it matter?  Over the years I have had parents come in with kids that were sent home from school for a “fever of 99”.  M’kay….. aaand? and that was it! No other symptoms or complaints. SO! Let’s talk about what a fever actually is and why we care….  …

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Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu


Sore throat, runny nose, and congestion. Cold and flu season is officially upon us. While prescription medications may help, your child’s first line of defense can be found at your local supermarket or vitamin shop. Here are 9 natural remedies to help treat the misery symptoms of colds or the flu:……

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What’s the deal with gluten and casein?


What are gluten and casein? They are the peptides (proteins) found in wheat and milk respectively. Why do they matter? For some people with certain genetic predispositions they can cause an excessive amount of inflammation and contribute to the root cause of many illnesses.  Let’s talk about gluten…

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