The FLIGHT™ Study
The FLIGHT™ Study: Facilitated Longitudinal Intensive Investigation of Genuine Health Transformation
There is a vast body of anecdotal evidence indicating that children with chronic conditions such as ADHD, asthma, autism, autoimmune diseases and more can fully recover, but almost no prospective research documents this. If the FLIGHT™ Study replicates what so many of us have seen – that children can lose their chronic illness diagnoses – this will provide proof-of-principle evidence that chronic and developmental diagnoses do not have to life sentences.
The FLIGHT™ Study builds upon the CHIRP™ Study as a foundation for capturing clinical data over time to test the hypothesis that comprehensive personalized lifestyle interventions will result in symptom abatement, improved health and potentially full diagnosis reversal. The study tracks individual participants through 18 months of lifestyle interventions personalized to their needs.
The full study aims to enroll up to 14 children with chronic health or developmental conditions. The study will be filmed, and the results shared with the public.
Participating children will receive:
- Systematic assessment of stressors, exposures and risk factors using our CHIRP™ survey
- Detailed high-quality tests and assessments to track change over time in multiple levels of function, carefully chosen and timed to minimize the burden on the child and family
- Supervision of care by a primary clinician along with input from a team of experts, including a family health coach
- Comprehensive approach that considers genetic, environmental and other factors
Enroll Your Child
Families interested in participating must meet the following criteria:
- Have a child between the ages of 2 and 15 with at least one chronic health condition (such as autism, ADHD, autoimmune conditions, severe asthma, allergies, type II diabetes, mood disorders and more)
- Must live within a set of specific zip codes in Northern Virginia.
- Must have completed the CHIRP™ Survey on behalf of a child.
During this 18-month study, participating families will receive the following types of support:
- A team of nationally recognized and local health experts focused on finding “root cause” solutions to their child’s health condition(s).
- State-of-the-art laboratory and other personalized diagnostic evaluations.
- Provisions to help the family live a healthier lifestyle including nutritious food, safe home products, and a dedicated health coach.
More Information About the FLIGHT™ Study
The purpose of this research study is to observe, document, and analyze a model of care that parents report to have been successful in addressing many chronic childhood health conditions. This model is centered around taking a comprehensive approach to supporting a child’s health needs.
The FLIGHT™ Study uses an approach that is rooted in “Total Load” Theory. “Total Load” Theory suggests that the cumulative impact, or buildup, of negative health influencers (illness, toxins, diet, trauma, etc.) decreases a child’s ability to stay healthy.
The approach used in the FLIGHT™ Study involves reducing a child’s “Total Load” by identifying and removing inputs and exposures that might be harmful to health while at the same time supporting health in a personalized way.
The FLIGHT™ study is not a clinical trial (which is a study where scientists might test a treatment like a drug to see if it helps symptoms) or a test to see if any one treatment helps reduce symptoms of chronic illness.
Instead, we are looking to see if children’s health will improve from a whole program that gives them a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and personalized care from carefully chosen local health practitioners.
The FLIGHT™ Study involves:
- Replicating the type of approach that we have seen yield striking outcomes, in a carefully structured research setting.
- Providing the participants with a series of baseline and follow-up assessments (such as lab tests) over an 18-month period, to learn as much about each participant as possible and help inform the parents’ health decision making.
- Exploring how clinical experts from different disciplines and with differing expertise can work best together to help one child.
- Documenting participants’ experiences through a variety of media for research and educational purposes.