Five Steps to Tame the Sugar Monster Within

By Dr. Madiha Saeed With sugar all around us, part of our everyday life and celebrations, it is really hard to avoid it. It’s important to remember that sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. As a mother of four children under 8, I understand how easy it is to cave in to your children’s demands for sugar. With all you have going on in your life, it may feel like the least of your worries, and maybe the easiest way to calm your children when you just can’t handle any more chaos . . . we have all…

The Dark Side of Sugar

By Madiha Saeed, MD We are under attack! Take cover! Our lives are being hijacked! From what you say? Sugar! Think about the ways that sugar creeps into every corner of our lives: From frosted breakfast cereal to lollipop rewards at the doctor’s office. And then the parties, holidays and celebrations! The cake, candy, cookies, ice cream and the list goes on and on. Sugar is everywhere. Eating sugar creates more cravings, so feeding kids sugar increases their desire to eat more sugar. Did you know that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine?! (And we thought they just…

What Your Child’s Poop Is Telling You

by Madiha Saeed, MD Isn’t it funny how one word can cause a whole room of children, and sometimes adults, to burst into laughter? That word, (OK, I’m going to say it, so hold on tight!)…POOP! Have you gathered yourself? Now seriously, poop is huge. What your poop looks like is an important clue to determine what is going on in our bodies. My five year old has learned to monitor his poop to better understand how his body is responding to the environment, particularly what he eats. What is going on in our bellies, particularly what is living in…

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…