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Brain Under Attack – PANS, PANDAS, & Related Developmental Disorders

Episode #88: Brain Under Attack with Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADP

In this episode, you will learn about PANS, PANDAS, and related developmental disorders.

About My Guest

My guest for this episode is Maria Rickert Hong. Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADP is a former Wall Street sell-side equity research analyst who is now a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is the author of the bestselling book, “Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners” and the co-author of “Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis”. As a health coach, she helps parents make diet and lifestyle changes to recover their children from symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, autism, PDD-NOS and ADHD. She has recovered her two boys from SPD, asthma, and acid reflux. Maria is a board member, Media Director, and blogger for Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)3 non-profit that lets parents know that recovery is possible and is the sponsoring non-profit of “The Documenting Hope Project”. Maria is also a board member of Parents as Partners.

Key Takeaways

  • What is the difference between PANDAS and PANS?
  • When does PANS generally present?
  • What are the symptoms of PANS?
  • What is the role of inflammation in PANS?
  • Do PANS and autism overlap?
  • What leads to a blood-brain barrier breach in PANS?
  • What is the role of EMFs in PANS?
  • What role do glutamate, phenolics, and salicylates play in PANS?
  • What are some of the triggers for PANS?
  • Does mold exposure play a role in PANS?
  • What tests are done to explore the potential for PANS?
  • What is the Epidemic Answers Four Step Healing plan?
  • Why is detoxification and drainage key in PANS recovery?

Connect With My Guest

Related Resources

Epidemic Answers

Brain Under Attack

My Kid Is Not Crazy

Disclaimer:  The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today’s discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.


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FDA Warns of Potential Danger from Gadolinium in MRIs”

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In this video, Miami attorney Jack Hickey explains how to tell if you’re a victim of gadolinium poisoning, and what you can do if you’re affected. Call 888-393-1388 to contact Jack Hickey. Learn more about his practice and experience here:

Transcript: I’m Leslie Rhode for and this is a legal brief. MRIs are a common medical procedure. However there is one potentially dangerous element in them and everyone needs to know about it. It’s called gadolinium. It’s a metallic substance used in contrast dyes and patients ingest it to make the results easier to read. It’s also potentially toxic. Gadolinium can stay in your system, causing symptoms like pain in the joints, hair loss, skin lesions, tinnitus, muscle weakness, balance problems and cognitive issues.

The FDA issued a warning about it, but it may have come too late.

Jack Hickey is an attorney based in Miami. He says that not everyone has a reaction to gadolinium. However, he says:

“People with the reactions, which tend to be a pretty significant percentage, the reactions can be pretty significant, and they can last a lifetime. A majority of these symptoms last anywhere from two months to six years.”

Hickey says that pharmaceutical companies might try to deny that the material is toxic because the symptoms are so widespread. Hickey explains that the wide range of symptoms makes sense. He says:

“You’re injecting this rare earth mineral into the bloodstream, so it’s going everywhere in the body. It’s potentially going to affect any and every system in the body so it’s not surprising the symptoms are so far reaching.”

He recommends that if you have a liver condition, systemic neurological condition or any kind of auto immune disease, make sure your doctor knows about that before you undergo an MRI. If you’ve had an MRI in the past and wonder if it’s causing your current symptoms, call your doctor and ask for a copy of your radiology report. If your doctor says that you had that MRI with contrast, then you should call an attorney who handles these types of cases. If you have questions or need a lawyer to talk to about gadolinium, or want to get in touch with attorney Jack Hickey, visit I’m Leslie Rhode and this has been our legal brief.


Detox Talk

Episode 59: My Talk with Detox Expert Wendy Myers

Cindy Kennedy, FNP, is joined by Wendy Myers, a detox expert, functional diagnostic nutritionist and NES Bioenergetic Practitioner based in Los Angeles.Wendy founded and is the best-selling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue.

She is the host of and also hosts two podcasts: the Live to 110 Podcast about detox and the Supercharged Podcast about bioenergetics.

Passionate about the importance of detox to live a long, disease-free life, Wendy created both the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol and the Mitochondria Detox system after working with thousands of clients.



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Medical Doctor of 50 Years: Current Measles Hysteria Not Based on Science but “Scientism,” a Quasi-religious Faith in Vaccines

Medical Doctor of 50 Years: Current Measles Hysteria Not Based on Science but “Scientism,” a Quasi-religious Faith in Vaccines


Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Dr. Richard Moskowitz has been a licensed physician since 1967. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1959, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude in General Studies (Biochemical Sciences).

He received his M.D. from New York University in 1963. After finishing a Graduate Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, he completed his internship at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.

In 2015 when the first measles hysteria broke out in the corporate media, Dr. Moskowitz was gracious enough to allow us to republish his article, The Case Against Immunizations, which remains one of the most brilliant pieces of writing on the topic we have ever published, drawing upon his knowledge of the subject, as well as decades of clinical medical practice.

Dr. Moskowitz has just written another article on the subject of “measles outbreaks” in 2019, and the renewed call for mandatory vaccinations.

He exposes the fallacy that the “science is settled” when it comes to measles and vaccines:

“Contrary to what we’re being told, the science is far from being settled when it comes to vaccine effectiveness.

These assumptions are not science, but merely scientism, a reverent, quasi-religious faith characterized by dogmatism in the name of science, which stifles the critical thinking, questioning, and doubting of allegedly settled truths that real science requires, and helps explain why the news media refrain from reporting deaths or injuries from vaccines.”

Those Measles Outbreaks: Thoughts out of Season

by Richard Moskowitz, M. D.
Alliance for Human Research Protection


Before the current measles hysteria gets even further out of hand, a little common sense could help us think more carefully before rushing to take action that won’t work and will actually do harm.

Refusing unwanted medical treatment is a basic human right that all civilized nations have sworn to uphold, with the sole possible exception of a dire and imminent threat to the public health, which a few localized measles outbreaks, numbering no more than a few dozens or hundreds of cases, decidedly are not.

All of these outbreaks are typical of those that have occurred ever since the vaccine was introduced, and others just like them will undoubtedly continue to occur even if the drug industry’s well-funded campaign succeeds in vaccinating everybody.

Yet the Washington State Health Department has declared a public health emergency on the basis of them; several other states are considering doing the same; and the news media have enthusiastically joined in, with editorials and Op-Eds in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other major outlets, as well as talk shows on NPR and other radio stations, all well-meaning but repeating the same alarmist fears and exaggerations as if they were settled truths, and citing these modest outbreaks as ample justification for eliminating personal-belief exemptions from the states that still honor them.

A clear violation of the First Amendment, the latest and most ominous example is Congressional pressure on Facebook and other social media to censor postings that dare raise doubts or questions about vaccines or their mandates.

On the other hand, these politicians and journalists have done nothing more than simply taking on faith the information that prominent doctors and public health authorities are telling them.

Unfortunately, what they’re being told is not only bad ethics, but also bad science, based on assumptions that are flatly contradicted by current research, and violate basic human rights and moral values that we still profess to hold dear.

Often assumed to be self-evident without even having to be stated, much less proved, their bottom-line assumptions are really two postulates that depend on each other to support them — namely,

  1. that these small outbreaks of measles and other infectious diseases that we vaccinate against are initiated and propagated by unvaccinated individuals; and
  2. that vaccines are not only miraculously safe, but also uniformly effective in rendering people immune to these diseases without having to contract them, so that only the unvaccinated are still susceptible and thus capable of transmitting them to others.

But you can’t have it both ways. For if these postulates were really true, if the immunity conferred by the measles vaccine were truly comparable to the absolute, lifelong immunity that results from coming down with and recovering from the actual disease, then the unvaccinated would pose no threat to anyone but themselves, based on a free choice of their own making, such that those taking the vaccine would have nothing to worry about.

Conversely, if vaccinated individuals are indeed at risk of acquiring the disease from the unvaccinated, then the vaccine is clearly ineffective to that extent, and whatever it does offer cannot be a genuine or reliably effective immunity.

In any case, there’s plenty of good scientific evidence that both of these assumptions are just plain false.

The vast majority of cases of measles, mumps, and other vaccine-preventable diseases in both past and recent outbreaks, typically between 75 and 95%, have been in vaccinated individuals, while a recent study of measles in China, where over 99% of the population are vaccinated by the same sort of strict government mandate being advocated here, nevertheless reported over 700 localized outbreaks in a single year, totaling almost 26,000 cases.

Much the same is true of recent mumps outbreaks in the United States, where typically 95-100% of the cases have been vaccinated.

So even if all non-medical exemptions were eliminated and virtually everyone were vaccinated, as the proposed new laws would require, similar outbreaks would undoubtedly continue to occur.

In other words, the so-called immunity conferred by vaccines is a trick, a counterfeit of the real thing; and “herd immunity,” the stated goal of the mandates, customarily tied to a vaccination rate of 95% or more in the case of measles, is a chimera of wishful thinking that vaccination simply cannot achieve, in contrast to the natural disease, regarding which public health experts have long known that large-scale outbreaks no longer occur when at least 80% of the population have already contracted and recovered from it.

That, and only that, is herd immunity: to expect a vaccine to achieve an even higher level, with no outbreaks at all, is pure fantasy, and the polar opposite of hard science.

Moreover, scientists have also demonstrated that individuals receiving vaccines made from live viruses, like measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, rotavirus, oral polio, and some versions of influenza, regularly “shed” them and are thus contagious for many weeks afterward.

Regarding the resurgence of whooping cough in recent years, for example, numerous studies have shown that the increasingly large and frequent outbreaks of the disease are likewise being spread by vaccinated individuals, even though the bacterium is no longer alive, in part through natural selection for vaccine-resistant strains, as has been documented in the case of other non-living vaccines (HiB, pneumococcus, and possibly injectable polio) as well.

In short, the entire rationale of vaccinating as many people as possible, and the bullying and resentment of parents who choose not to vaccinate that always accompanies it, is not only cruel and misplaced, but helps to create and propagate the very diseases that the vaccines were designed to eradicate.

Rather than simply accepting the fact that vaccines have at best a partial and limited efficacy, we are allowing the CDC and the drug industry to play on our fears to the extent of inflating these small, localized outbreaks of measles into the dreaded semblance of a looming public-health emergency, posing a serious threat to society, justifying forced vaccination of everyone, even against their will if necessary, and thereby nullifying our co-authorship of and continuing allegiance to the Nuremberg Code of Human Rights and the Helsinki Declaration governing Biomedical Research, both of which insist upon the right of every patient and every experimental subject to give informed consent to all medical and surgical procedures, and explicitly forbid administering them by force.

The Science is Not Settled

Contrary to what we’re being told, the science is far from being settled when it comes to vaccine effectiveness.  Even that much would be enough to deflate the myth that vaccine mandates are necessary.

But it’s not the only reason, or even the most important one.

Vaccine safety is even further from being settled, to put it mildly, and for very good reasons.

In the first place, many studies have shown that children who come down with and recover from acute febrile infections like measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and influenza are much less likely to develop chronic autoimmune diseases and cancer later in life than those merely vaccinated against them.

Still other studies link the risk of death, hospitalization, and other serious adverse reactions not so much to any particular vaccine or vaccines, but rather to the total number of vaccines given, both simultaneously at the same visit, and cumulatively over the patient’s lifetime.

In other words, these worst outcomes cannot be simply written off as idiosyncratic aberrations of certain hypersensitive individuals, but rather appear to be built into something about the nature of the vaccination process itself.

These findings are already more than sufficient to question if not discredit the almost universal reverence accorded to the concept of vaccination, not to mention the blank check that allows and even incentivizes the drug industry to develop, market, and ultimately mandate more and more vaccines, based on the assumption that vaccines are safe and effective across the board, that they save vast sums of money from not having to care for patients suffering with these diseases, and that it is therefore OK and even desirable to pile on as many doses of as many different vaccines as the traffic will bear, often for no better reason than that we have the technical capacity to make them.

It is the same assumption that allows and even blesses the drug industry to conduct its own safety studies without genuine placebo controls of unvaccinated individuals; that limits adverse effects to those appearing within a few hours or days of the shot,thus automatically excluding the chronic diseases from consideration; that gives the lead investigator unlimited authority to determine whether a reported adverse reaction is or is not vaccine-related, according to criteria that are never specified;and that allows the CDC to insist that vaccines are uniformly safe and effective without conducting independent studies of its own, even though Congress has legislated and the Supreme Court has upheld that they are “unavoidably unsafe,” in order to shield the manufacturers from liability for the deaths and injuries they cause, a free ride granted to no other industry.

In short, these assumptions are not science, but merely scientism, a reverent, quasi-religious faith characterized by dogmatism in the name ofscience, which stifles the critical thinking, questioning, and doubting of allegedly settled truths that real science requires, and helps explain why the news media refrain from reporting deaths or injuries from vaccines without having to be told, and why most physicians offer up their own children for the same vaccinations they administer to their patients.

Which brings me to my final point, that if vaccination and vaccines were indeed safe and effective across the board, then the thousands upon thousands of parents who sincerely believe that their children were maimed or killed by them and must live with that existential reality every day of their lives must be either lying, ignorant, or stupid, and thus perhaps even deserve to have their stories ignored and dismissed out of hand by the medical community, the news media, and the public at large.

Yet their suffering, whatever may have caused it, surely cries out at the very least for caution, restraint, and simple compassion for the viewpoint of those whose lived experience is so tragically different from that of everyone else privileged enough to be ignorant of or somehow unmoved by their loss.

As a family physician who has cared for many of these children over the years, I can say with complete assurance that the vast majority of their parents are by no means ignorant or credulous “anti-vaxxers” or hostile to science.

Quite the contrary, in fact: they are often well-educated, have devoted their lives to unraveling the mystery about what really happened to their kids, and ask no more than that vaccines be made as safe as possible, based on careful investigation by independent scientists unaffiliated with the drug industry.

After more than fifty years in the trenches, I can also attest that the instinctive, practical sense of caring parents is often a far more accurate and trustworthy guide to the truth about what caused the specific tragedies that they have had to endure than any preformed, generic pronouncement that pre-empts any need to consider the details of their actual, lived experience.

Finally, the widespread and indeed almost universal reverence accorded to vaccination, based on the catechism that vaccines are not only safe and effective, but also among the  supreme achievements of modern medicine, has impelled me to write with a sense of urgency and foreboding at this critical moment in our history, when the time-honored rights of patients to refuse unwanted medical treatment and to make such decisions on behalf of their children are being challenged as never before.

I will feel well rewarded if my words, my reasoning, and the commingled sadness, fear, and outrage I have long felt about this subject will promote a healthy debate and elicit more of the rigorous scientific work that still remains to be done.

Read the Full Article, with References, at Alliance for Human Research Protection

See Also:

Richard Moskowitz, M. D. – The Case Against Immunizations


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Dr. Moskowitz points out in the article that studies link risk of death, hospitalization, and serious adverse reactions to the TOTAL number of vaccines given both simultaneously & cumulatively, yet, this link shows the ACIP voting yes to a NEW vaccine, despite NO safety studies on the cumulative effects.  Houston we have a problem.










Global Lyme Alliance Announces New Partnership With Delaware Lyme Board to Help Educate Physicians About Lyme Disease

MARCH 12, 2019

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STAMFORD, CONN and DOVER, DEL (March 12, 2019)—Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, today announced it has partnered with the state of Delaware’s Lyme Disease Education Oversight Board (LDEOB) and launched an online Lyme disease course for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

This Continuing Medical Education (CME) certified activity presents and discusses recent advances in the management of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Among the topics covered are the epidemiology of Lyme, diagnostic challenges, common co-infections and routine recommendations for the testing and treatment of Lyme disease infections based on current guidelines.

“The incidence of Lyme and tick-borne disease in Delaware and nationwide is alarming and causes so much suffering,” said Sara Tyghter, GLA Director of Education and Outreach. “GLA was delighted to work with Delaware’s LDEOB to determine the learning objectives for this educational activity and help select its faculty members.”

Serving as faculty for the course, “A Clinical Guide to Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses,” are GLA Scientific Advisory Board member Charles Chiu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and Elena Frid, M.D. a board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist in private practice in New York.

The course eventually came about after Delaware House Speaker Peter C. Schwartzkopf, State Senator Ernesto B. Lopez, and other Delaware state lawmakers became aware of the high incidence of Lyme and the consequent suffering it caused constituents. In 2014 lawmakers sponsored the Delaware Senate Joint Resolution 10 which was signed into law and established Delaware’s Lyme Disease Prevention Task Force. Two years later Delaware House Bill 291 created the LDEOB and reached out to GLA since it already offered CME-accredited programs. Members worked with GLA, Drs. Chiu and Frid, pictured, in collaboration with the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RedMedEd, an e-learning entity, to bring the Lyme disease course to fruition.

“We feel that this program is essential to help educate healthcare professionals on the complexity of Lyme disease as a multi-systemic infection that can have the potential for long-term illness if diagnosed late or inadequately treated,” said Dr. Krista Griffin, a LDEOB member. “We wanted to impress upon healthcare providers that Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis; rash presentation or lab testing can confirm a diagnosis but should not be solely relied upon.”

Speaker Schwartzkopf added, “Delaware is right in the middle of a hotspot for Lyme disease which is misunderstood and sometimes misdiagnosed. . . Continuing Medical Education classes like this will help physicians identify Lyme early and take action quickly to limit its effects and treat patients quickly.” Senator Lopez noted, “The Delaware General Assembly values and appreciates this meaningful step forward on behalf of all affected by this illness.”

GLA is committed to providing CME-accredited educational programs for healthcare professionals to learn more about diagnosing and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. For information on all its educational programs, go to

To access this course free of charge, visit

About Global Lyme Alliance
Global Lyme Alliance is the leading 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness. GLA has gained national prominence for funding some of the most urgent and promising research in the field, while expanding education and awareness programs for the general public and physicians. We support those around the globe in need of information about tick-borne diseases. Learn more at


Please spread the word to doctors that there are accredited CME’s they can obtain to become better educated on Lyme/MSIDS.




Second Person Ever Has Been Cleared of HIV After a Stem-cell Treatment

March 5, 2019An image of HIV-1 budding (in green) from a cultured lymphocyte

The second person ever has been cleared of HIV after a stem-cell treatment

Ozarks Woman Hopes For Tick-borne Disease Progress With Proposed Federal Legislation

Ozarks woman hopes for tick-borne disease progress with proposed federal legislation“>  News Video Here

You probably try to protect yourself and your children from ticks and the diseases they carry with insect repellents. But new federal legislation would add resources to the battle against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the U.S. The proposed legislation would crate a new national strategy to combat tick-borne diseases.

The bill would create an office of oversight and coordination for tick-borne diseases in the Department of Health and Human Services.
It would expand and enhance research, develop new and better diagnostic tests and seek safe and effective vaccines.

Lori Geurin, who lives near Bolivar, hopes more resources are put toward exploring tick-borne diseases. She started having flu like symptoms and severe fatigue about seven years ago.

“My whole body was in pain, and I couldn’t sleep at all,” says Geurin. “I would have night after night of no sleep at all, and I was teaching and a mom of four children and a wife. And it was just all I could do to get up in the morning and get out of bed.”

A year and a half later, Geurin says she tested positive for Lyme disease in one test from a private company, one from her doctor, plus another tick borne disease called tularemia.

“He said that my symptoms, if I had been to the northeast, that he would diagnose me with Lyme because my symptoms were consistent with Lyme,” says Geurin.

“But because I hadn’t been to the northeast, I didn’t have Lyme disease.”

Her long search for answers is one reason she believes more research is needed on Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses.

“I’ve read a lot that there isn’t enough funding for Lyme, and there’s so many people out there that I hear from every week have the same symptoms and they’ve been told the same things,” says Geurin.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is one of many co-sponsors to the bill, House Resolution 220. It’s been introduced in the house and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.



Another patient told they can’t have Lyme because it doesn’t show up on a man-made map. This is 2019, with information coming out on a daily basis on the spread of ticks and tick borne illness, yet doctors STILL have their heads in the sand.

This, right here, is a very real reason why thousands go undiagnosed.

Medical stupidity.

These maps are outdated and do not explain the whole story. Doctors, please use your God-given brains. Do not smugly rely on outdated information.  Be informed.  Do your homework.

Quit looking at maps and start listening to patients!

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This tick border thing is a man-made constructed paradigm that has never been accurate, but it’s fit the CDC/NIH/IDSA narrative. (go to page 6 and read about Speilman’s maps which are faulty but have ruled like the Iron Curtain, and have been used to keep folks from being diagnosed and treated)


There is Lyme in the South: