A Note-able Performance

Please Join Us For: A musical variety show and art exhibit to benefit Documenting Hope WHEN: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT) WHERE: Wentz Concert Hall 171 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540 Please join us for this Fine Arts Fundraiser at North Central College. Proceeds benefit the Documenting Hope Project which is focused on the recovery of kids from chronic illnesses like allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism and autoimmune conditions. Doors open at 2 pm. Come early to visit with our artists/authors and to grab your seat. Help us spread the word by sharing with family,…

The Microscopic Organ That Secretly Controls Your Child’s World

By Madiha Saeed, MD While your child may pretend he’s a superhero, did you know that he is actually a super-organism? That’s right—human beings are super-organisms, made up of a complex blend of genetic traits from human and microbial cells that control and influence our world. Our 10 trillion human cells are outnumbered by 100 trillion microbes—that’s about 3.5 to 4.5 pounds of microbes in our digestive system alone! Can you imagine? Could these tiny stowaways be controlling our genes? Influencing our moods? Determining whether we are sick or healthy?[1] A child’s DNA isn’t her destiny. Instead, her environment, especially…

Food as Medicine: 5 Tips to Lower Inflammation and Heal Your Body

An interview with Amie Valpone, of the Healthy Apple by, Dr. Madiha Saeed Who knew your kitchen could be your pharmacy? Inspirational Chef, Blogger and Author Amie Valpone did. In fact, she took her passion for food to the next level when doctors told her they couldn’t treat her serious illness. She was so determined to heal that she underwent a full diet and lifestyle make-over. Now, Amie shares her healing wisdom in her recently released book, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body. The idea behind culinary medicine is rather simple. Exhaustion, sinus…

6 Time and Cost Effective Steps to Optimize Your Child’s Health

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Integrative Physician, Documenting Hope Director of Education Ever feel like a hamster on a wheel — huffing and puffing and going nowhere fast? Do you work long hours then run from one game to the next, only to stop off for fast food just to fill your children’s bellies? Are you consumed by daily deadlines, projects, answering emails, update statuses and tweets, simply losing touch with those that matter most? As a physician and mother of four boys (8 and under!), I very often get lost between work, children, Zumba, cooking, cleaning, writing books and articles,…

Why We Must Document Hope

A Call to Action by Beth Lambert, Josie Nelson and Martha Herbert PhD, MD Currently, a majority of our children are chronically ill, an exponential increase over previous generations. This epidemic of childhood illness is taking place as we head into an unprecedented crisis of planetary health. Our relationship to the environment has a direct and immediate impact on our health, yet modern healthcare seems to all but ignore this inconvenient truth. Our children, our “canaries in the coalmine,” are telling us that something must be done, today. We can stop the escalating epidemics of chronic childhood illness and redefine…

Hope For Healing in the 21st Century: Grassroots in Action

By Beth Lambert, Executive Producer, The Documenting Hope Project At Documenting Hope, we love our volunteers! A number of months ago, I was contacted by an energetic and enthusiastic integrative health coach in Illinois. She had come across the Documenting Hope Project and wanted to get involved and help support the work. Meet Tamara Ortegel. Tamara is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a mother of three children, two of whom have battled Crohn’s disease. Once Tamara learned about our mission and the work we intend to complete, she got right to work herself. Tamara has been…

What IS the Documenting Hope Project?

Rye Hamlethub wrote a compelling piece about the Documenting Hope Project: “We’ve seen the car magnets throughout town with the bright yellow canary, and many of us have heard of Documenting Hope. But what exactly is it?” Hey, we think it’s great that so many people have seen our magnets around Rye, NY enough to spark an article about us!  Even better, “many of us have heard of Documenting Hope”! That means we’re starting to reach the tipping point of letting parents know about recovery from autism, ADHD, asthma and more at least in our local area. Here’s one way…

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A Unique Approach to Healing

The Documenting Hope Project Grassroots Initiative Tackles New Childhood Epidemics by Beth Lambert One of the greatest paradoxes of our times is that the most affluent, resourced and medically advanced societies in the world also have the highest rates of chronic childhood illness. Obesity and diabetes, autism and neurodevelopmental delays, and digestive and allergic diseases were rare just a generation ago. Today those illnesses are impacting our children in epidemic numbers, and the social, economic and human costs are staggering. Our children are the “canaries in the coal mine” of national health. For their sakes, we must take action now….

Canary Necklaces

Designed by SOHO GEM, 14 karat white or yellow gold canary bird necklace with 0.06 cts of micro pave diamonds. Each piece is a limited edition of only 150 hand made necklaces.  $1,600.00 50% of your purchase of the Canary Kids Necklace will be donated to our Documenting Hope Project. These necklaces can be purchased at: www.sohogem.com/canary-kids

Documenting Hope Project Accomplishments and Plans

Many of you have been following the work of the Documenting Hope Project.  We would like to provide you with an update on some of the most exciting events of 2013 as well as some of our plans for 2014. The Documenting Hope Project The Documenting Hope Project is a compassionate, urgently needed, innovative, and comprehensive response to the epidemic of childhood chronic illness. We know anecdotally that children have recovered from many chronic conditions including those (like autism) once believed to be permanent or intractable. We would like to take this experience out of the realm of anecdote  and into the…