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  1. Carla began her mission to revolutionize family health after her 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
  2. Seeing so many missing pieces in the mainstream healthcare of children, she sought to change our approach and thinking of chronic childhood illness.
  3. The thing that Carla found more devastating than even her daughters diagnosis was the cultural attitude that you can’t do anything to reverse many chronic conditions.
  4. Carla believes that we are missing proper diagnosis because we blame biology rather than looking at the interplay between epigenetics and environment
  5. Glyphosate, heavy metals, pathogens, and EMF are the biggest contributors to childhood illness.
  6. Our culture and our environment can also have a huge impact on children’s well being.
  7. For any chronic illness either you are toxic or you are deficient, and many times toxicity can lead to deficiencies and vice versa.
  8. Another huge category to consider when addressing chronic illnesses is the food we eat, especially that of industrialized production.
  9. Carla encourages parents to get well educated on the topic of vaccinations, and to not get swayed by scare tactics.
  10. Breastfeeding, natural childbirth, good nutrition, a healthy microbiome, andhomeo prophylaxis, the homeopathic method of educating the immune system, are all techniques that can greatly reduce the chances of chronic childhood illness
  11. Addressing the family as a whole can greatly impact the success of a child’s healing process.
  12. Reducing stress on all levels, including improving family dynamics and relationships, can help prevent illness and have a strong contributing factor to the healing process.
  13. To register for Carla’s Children’s Health Summit Four, Preventing and Reversing Childhood Chronic Illness go to childrenshealthsummit.com

Wendy Myers:  Hello. I’m Wendy Myers of myersdetox.com. Welcome to The Myers DetoxPodcast. Today we have Carla Atherton on the show to talk about the role of toxins in childhood chronic illness. And she’s also the host of the Childhood Health Summit coming up very, very soon. And I wanted to do this podcast to talk about why so many children today are being diagnosed with ADHD and POTS and autism. So many children have allergies and asthma. We talk about the role of vaccines and what role they play in the underlying root cause of some of these childhood illnesses and what you can do about it, and how the whole family really needs to be treated, not just the child. So we cover all these topics and more in today’s show.

Wendy Myers: I know that so many of you listening to this podcast are looking for solutions, looking to underlying root causes of why you have vague symptoms like fatigue and brain fog, or even a diagnosis. And I assure you that heavy metals and chemicals are big underlying root causes, or outright exacerbating your health issues. I’ve created a quiz. You can find it at heavymetalsquiz.com. And I created this because I wanted to give you a tool where you could determine your levels of heavy metals in your body based on some lifestyle questions. And after you take the quiz, I give you some solutions and tips about what the next steps would be, so go to heavymetalsquiz.com and take the quiz.

Wendy Myers: Our guest today, Carla Atherton, MAFDN and ITN, is the director of the Health Family Formula, host of the Children’s Health Summit, family health and nutrition coach, write and editor, researcher, curriculum developer, publisher, workshop leader, yoga instructor, health revolutionary, and children’s health advocate. Carla is an acreage living mother of three and specializes in family health with a focus on functional, holistic, natural health and wellness, with specific interest in chronic childhood illness, functional neurology, digestive health, the science of mind, body practices, stress reduction, autoimmunity and immunology. Carla coaches families to overcome health challenges using the principles of functional health and lifestyle medicine. You can learn more about her at healthyfamilyformula.com. Carla, thanks so much for joining us on the show.

Carla Atherton: Thank you for having me.

Wendy Myers: You have spent the last seven years becoming an expert in family wellness, aiming to revolutionize family health. What started you on this mission?

Carla Atherton: Well, it’s a long story, but to make it a little shorter, it seems that everybody who starts in this kind of space and really getting focused on health and wellness and finding alternative answers to things that they really weren’t questioning before, it’s like my own experience with health. My daughter … Well, actually, I had some health issues before. And I was already looking into things a little bit differently, like hm, I wonder why I have weird digestion. And I wonder why I’m not feeling so great. And I wonder why I gained 35 pounds at the age of 35 when I was never really a heavyset person. I’ve got small bones. That’s a lot of weight for a person my size.

Carla Atherton: I was kind of exploring those things. Why is this chronic thing not going away? Why can’t I actually deal with this or handle that? And that was pretty much the very tip of the iceberg of what we experienced through the years after that. But then my daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes. And she was 11 at the time, which is kind of the time to be diagnosed. And it seems that a lot of kids end up developing type one diabetes at that time of their lives. And so that really turned everything on its head. That’s when I … And so I went to the hospital. This was us. I’m kind of noticing these strange things happening in my daughter. She’s kind of thirsty. She’s got kind of funny vision. She’s saying, “Mom.” She has to pee a lot.

Carla Atherton: And those are classic three signs of having type one. And so I was like, “That sounds like sugar. I don’t like that.” So I actually made an appointment. The doctor kind of said, “Don’t panic about stuff.” And I’m like, “I’m not.” Gave me crap for bringing food, but not feeding her, so I fasted her because I knew we needed to check her sugar. But I had this bag of food right beside my feet, and I’m like, “Well, I just want to make sure that we can do this test now. I’m not coming back tomorrow to do it tomorrow.” She calls me later that evening and said, “Carla, she has diabetes.” And I was like, “Okay.”

Carla Atherton: What I do with that kind of, I guess information, or that kind of … With her diagnosis, what I do is I often just, I get started. My feet hit the ground running, and I look into stuff. And I read everything I can possibly read about it. And I really got schooled in what I did not have any idea about before. All I had was instinct really to go by, and my own experience so far with what wasn’t working and what might work. Right? We went to the hospital. I was asking about glycemic index to the endocrinologist. What does that have to do with controlling blood sugars. And he said, “Nothing.” And so when he said that, I went, “We’re on our own.” I had to find … I hope that that’s true. I think we’re going to have to find somebody who knows something about this.

Carla Atherton: That’s when my break from conventional medicine kind of really came and expanded into an understanding of the body as a functional, in the lens of functional medicine, functional wellness, lifestyle interventions, and how powerful the concepts are and how powerful the therapies, the daily lifestyle, all that stuff that comes along with it, how powerful that is for healing, and for, well, prevention in the first place because I really realized what might have caused all of this to happen to my 11 year old daughter, who’s now 18. And then what to do about it, so root cause resolution, those sorts of things became really … I really started to understand those things.

Carla Atherton: That’s what started me on the mission. What I did then since has been something I never would’ve thought. I’m not 15 years old going, “I think I’m going to be a family health coach.” There’s not even close. What is that? Right? That’s kind of what started me on that, on this mission.

Wendy Myers: There’s a lot missing in regards to childcare in the conventional medical space. Can you talk about what some of those things are? What are we not getting in regards to taking care of our children in the mainstream medical space?

Carla Atherton: Yeah. I think one of the worst things … Thank you for asking me that because then I can sort of stand up here on my soapbox and tell everybody what I think. I think one of the worst things, and one of the most disservices that we give to parents is that they’re told it’s permanent, that it’s something happened. And that’s actually a lot of the case that … We had a lot of those responses from the people in our environment, from doctors and from family and from well wishing people, that, “Oh, I’m so sorry that this happened to you.” Right? And it’s permanent and it’s something that we can’t do anything about.

Carla Atherton: Well, I soon learned that is not true, that there is a ton you can do actually, like so much more than what anybody even comes close to understanding, and that we’re missing the opportunity if we’re just told that there’s nothing we can do, that it’s permanent. The hope that keeps people seeking, that keeps them motivated, that keeps them curious, asking questions, having some sort of sense of innovation that will create change because if we’re told that this is it, that’s what you get, you’re dealt this deck of cards. No. I’m reshuffling those cards. That’s not an answer for me.

Carla Atherton: And also, that we’re told it’s normal. Right? This is a normal thing, that things just happen. If we’re not talking about type one diabetes, if we’re talking about any other chronic condition that children may encounter, and they’re encountering those conditions more and more all the time, the numbers are just skyrocketing. But are like lobsters in a pot, thinking that it’s normal because everybody else is sick. This is pretty normal for kids to suffer from anxiety and depression now, especially teenagers, like they’re just going through this phase. No, that’s not normal, and they’re not actually growing out of it. That’s not a normal thing to happen. Or it’s not normal to have chronic eczema or acne. It’s not normal, or shouldn’t be. It might be the norm, but it’s not normal. It’s not healthy.

Carla Atherton: All of these things that we’re kind of … We have lots of kids with ADHD diagnoses, or autism, this has become something that’s just common and everyday. But I think that’s a real disservice that I don’t think that we need to be chastising people or anything like that. But we need to understand this is not okay. We really need to pay attention to what’s happening basically. What that does is it stops us from questioning or improving and living our best lives, improving what … Because our families and our children can really have a lot of suffering unnecessarily. Some things, you can’t fix all the way. Some things are hard. But you can definitely improve to a point where it’s not a constant state of suffering unnecessarily.

Wendy Myers: Yeah. That’s one thing that’s so important that I love that you said, is that if your child gets a diagnosis, and the doctor says, “Oh, there’s nothing that can be done,” BS. There is always something that can be done. And for me, I don’t ever take no for an answer. I’m like, “There is always a workaround. There is always something you can do,” because my daughter, Winter, was diagnosed with autism at just before her third birthday. There’s some doctors out there that would say, “Oh, that’s a lifetime diagnosis,” and I didn’t get that messaging. But I know a lot of people do. And my daughter is normal today because of all the interventions and everything that I had to do to be proactive, so I understand that kind of devastating emotional impact that can come with a childhood illness, diagnosis, or psychiatric diagnosis like autism. Let’s talk a little bit about toxicity and how toxicity relates and is contributing to childhood chronic illness.

Carla Atherton: You know what, I just want to say one other thing about you talking about diagnosis because I identify with you as another mom and other parents that are listening to this right now, is that the diagnosis for me wasn’t the devastating part because I knew, instinctually I knew that wasn’t it. We can find the answers and we can defy the odds, or whatever you want to call it, but there was lots we could do. And I never feel like I’m ever stuck because knowledge is power. Empowerment is even better. Right? You empower yourself with knowledge and find ways to do something about a situation that’s, again, unnecessarily kind of chronically plaguing you.

Carla Atherton: What I found was the most devastating, and even continually so, even though we’ve had many, many challenges since, and other family members, friends, clients that I work with. And so I think what’s more devastating than the actual diagnosis is the attitude around, the environment that we need to live in, our children are constantly told the opposite of what their moms, who are these … No, we can do this, we can do this. They’re constantly being told that they can’t. And we’ve had that encounter so many times, and it’s not just in a doctor’s office. I’m not dogging on that.

Carla Atherton: But I’m saying in the environment, and the stuff we see in the media, and how we understand this whole medicalized model of health, which is completely missing the point. It’s negligent, really, I think is what it is. Yeah, I just wanted to say that. It was the diagnosis that I personally found devastating, which it can be for sure. I mean, it is if you don’t think there’s anything you can do about it, or to improve, or to have a good life. But it was more so the attitudes that surrounded that diagnosis that I found the most, I guess, crippling for my own children.

Wendy Myers: Yeah. I totally agree. It’s sad when I think people just learned helplessness when they’re told that there’s nothing that can be done, or what have you. Don’t be limited by the toolbox of your mainstream medical doctor. Don’t be limited by their limited knowledge set because that’s why you need to have a team of practitioners around you, and nutritionists, someone working on toxicities and expert in that, someone who knows about something else, maybe their specialize in your child’s diagnosis. You need to be never looking at one person to having all the answers to solve your issues, or problems, or health issues. It takes a village to address these things. And so I just caution people to be wary and get second opinions, and get other alternative opinions and alternative ways of addressing health issues because knowledge is power, like you said.

Carla Atherton: Yep, for sure. I just want to quickly reiterate a couple of points there, and then we’ll move right into this toxicity conversation. A couple other things I just want to make sure that it’s really clear what I think about that. Blaming biology rather than looking at the interplay between epigenetics and environments. We’re missing proper diagnoses and root cause resolution. We’re missing really what’s actually happened with those kids to get to the proper … Sometimes someone will be diagnosed with ADHD. But what is that, really? What is the ADHD? It could be a nutritional deficiency, could be a toxicity, which quite often, it is. And it might not be the toxicity you might be thinking. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a chemical. Could be EMF toxicity.

Carla Atherton:  Those sorts of things, making sure that we’re understanding that, we’re also missing that. We were talking about the collaboration with healthcare professionals. Like you were just saying, we need a team. We need a collaborative team, with the parent as the quarterback. They might not be the one that makes all the play calls, and they may not be necessarily the coach, but they’re definitely that key player that makes everything happen. They make everything happen. And so we’re missing that empowerment that people need to feel. And we’ve kind of lost that, relying on sort of synthetic, not really real systems and ways of thinking that strip us away from our own power. Really, parents are the ones that are actually doing this work with their kids, and they need to trust themselves more, I think.

Carla Atherton: And also, the nature of health, literally and figuratively. What is natural about health? We need to kind of return to that, that nature of health, and also a shift in the view of how we view health as well. So yeah, thanks for indulging me there. Okay. Your other question-

Wendy Myers:  Toxicity. I am wanting to talk about toxicity.

Carla Atherton: Me too.

Wendy Myers: We address this. What role to toxins play in childhood illness? I know it’s a huge, huge, huge role. What are your thoughts?

Carla Atherton: I think for sure in any chronic illness, especially children too, it is definitely either you’re toxic or you’re deficient. Right? Toxicities can cause deficiencies. And deficiencies can allow for toxicity, so it’s this whole interplay. I think that there are categories of toxicity that we really need to pay attention to, and they’re not all only physiological or biological. Of course, we have chemicals, and namely glyphosate. Glyphosate is being talked about in these circles. Some people, like Stephanie [Standifer 00:17:52], just jumping up and down trying to get people’s attention and discussing this whole issue of glyphosate and how it’s devastating the microbiome, creating all kinds of problems with the chemical processes in the body, that’s leading to high inflammatory cascades and autoimmunity and just all kinds of damage to the cell, cancers. You name it, glyphosate has a hand. And we are just spraying it like it’s I don’t know what. I don’t understand. It’s completely reckless.

Carla Atherton: I think chemicals for sure are leading the pack. We don’t know what chemicals so. It’s like, “Okay. This one seems benign. And this one’s benign.” But you put them together, we have no idea what that is doing to the human body. Chemicals are definitely on the top of the list there. Heavy metals, of course, you did a summit on heavy metals. You had a zillion people talking about this that know way more than I did. But I’m just going to give this mention because that is another issue with the development of childhood chronic illness. And kids are really highly exposed. If you’re talking dental work, or if you’re talking about vaccinations, if we’re talking about the soil, I mean, rain. Heavy metals are here to stay. And we need to be able to get them out of the body, not necessarily chelate, but move them out, recognize the sources. Heavy metals is another thing that will be toxic to children and create this whole inflammatory cascade leading to chronic illness.

Carla Atherton: Toxins caused by pathogens, that’s another category. We have viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus, all of these things that our immune systems aren’t really handling very well because of the assaults that we’re getting from heavy metals and chemicals and poor lifestyle habits, EMF exposure. That’s another huge category that we’re not really … We’re naturally, in nature we are going to encounter that. We’re supposed to. We actually are supposed to have this commensal party in there of all these different critters. We’re supposed to have that. But some of the ones that make the most mess and do the least cleanup, and pollute the place, and throw their garbage around, the unwanted guests, those ones are actually starting to really take over. And the helpers, the cleaners, those ones are getting pushed out the door or killed. And so I think that’s one thing we really need to pay attention to is the immune system there.

Carla Atherton: Toxic food and lifestyle habits, so industrialized food. What are we taking in? And glyphosate, that’s a pretty good way to introduce glyphosate into the body is to purchase food that’s not organic. And so we have those sorts of things and lifestyle habits, so no sleeping, no real rest, all of those things are really … Not very good exercise, if you’re exercising, you’re sweating, those sorts of things are contributing as well in a big way. And then another thing, Wendy, I just wanted to mention too, is that those are all sort of things we can ingest, take in. They kind of relate to biochemical reactions and hormones and neurochemicals and all that sort of thing. They will affect those things. Right?

Carla Atherton: But we’re also talking about other things that affect the central nervous system, that will actually become toxic, or allow toxins to sort of take hold. Yeah. They are toxic in and of themselves, so the mental and emotional environments that we live in. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to ask you this. Do you feel like sometimes if you’re around … I think I’m a really empathetic person, so I really absorb a lot of the energy around me. And so if I’m in the city, I live in the country, but I’m in the city a lot, grew up in the city, and I feel this energy that is just like, I don’t even know how to explain it, and so it really affects my psyche. And then it’s really hard to actually feel good and to feel like I’m on a healing path. It actually makes people sick. This whole … Yeah. Yeah. An emotional and mental toxic environment, it makes people sick, literally.

Carla Atherton: And so those sorts of things, toxic peer groups and social situations, and our culture is actually conducive, it can be very toxic because paying attention to things like the biggest celebrities, or these tragedies all over the world, and the spin in media and stuff like that, or social media for children and youth. Those sorts of things can be very toxic. Our culture actually can be quite toxic to our children as well.

Wendy Myers: Yeah. And so I really like that you mentioned that because I think some people don’t really look at their environment, or the energy around them, and how it’s affecting them. And some people, they’re incredibly empathic and are dramatically affected by people, or their environment, or EMF as well. And so tell us a little bit about vaccines and how vaccines contribute to childhood chronic illness.

Carla Atherton: Yeah. I think they are a major player. I have things that I consider usual suspects for the onset of chronic illness and children and youth. And so vaccines is definitely part of that picture, and actually quite a large part because they can affect all of the things, actually, that I’ve talked about that we were talking about before in this whole interview. I think that parents really need to get really well educated when they’re making these decisions, not get swayed by any sort of scare tactics or anything. Really go by the facts. Is my child at risk? What kinds of things am I concerned about? If you’re considering something like a vaccination, what am I actually doing? What am I injecting into my child? What could the consequences be for that injection? Again, is it necessary?

Carla Atherton: I just advise parents that I work with to be extremely cautious. Myself, in our experience, I actually did. I did vaccinate when my children were younger, but that’s because I didn’t know any of the stuff I know now. And I stopped at a very early age because for me, I wasn’t going to do that anymore. I learned too much, and I was like, “No. The risks outweigh the benefits very exponentially.” I advise caution. I advise getting really well educated, not by studies that are paid for by pharmaceutical companies, but by actual evidence, and also anecdotal evidence. I actually really put a lot of value into parent testimonials and saying, “Look. My kid was fine until this happened.” I put a lot of stock into that because it’s those moms and dads that are actually reporting the truth of what’s going on behind the scenes and what actually happens to people, not just theoretical idea of what we should and shouldn’t do, but what is actually happening.

Carla Atherton: So I advise extreme caution with the topic of vaccinations. Also, I think we need to really understand how early kids are being vaccinated. Do we really need to vaccinate a two month old baby that should have immunity from their own parents? Being born a vaginal birth, or being breastfed, those are two very protective measures for newborn babies. And actually, all the way through to when the child is no longer being breastfed, and also even into the future. That part of life is really where we establish our immune system. Those beginnings are really where we need to focus. We have all kinds of things. If we’re talking about toxicity, we have adjuvants, mercury. Everybody knows about this now. All these metals that are coming into the body, also, viruses that are kind of hitching a ride as well. We don’t really want to be injecting that into the body because of the detrimental effects that they have in aiding chronic illness. And I really feel that was part of my own daughter’s picture, although she didn’t just get diabetes right away.

Carla Atherton: A lot of children end up autistic after a vaccination. And parents are like, “You know, they were fine, and then they weren’t fine.” And so it didn’t happen that way for us, but she had eczema. She had all these different little signs that something was going on under the surface that I didn’t really think was a big deal, like I was saying, lobsters in the pot. I didn’t really think that it was a big deal. But that chronic kind of illness, that chronic condition that shouldn’t actually really keep going and going, was there from then. I also think there’s combination of things that happen there. So we need to understand what is actually in these vaccines. Do we really want to be injecting that straight into the bloodstream of little children, and at the rate that we’re doing it right now? Stacked on stacked, can our immune system, those children’s immune system really handle that? And then what’s going on after the fact when that immune system just says, “Look. I’ve had it”?

Carla Atherton: The necessity, again, Paul Thomas, Dr. Paul Thomas gives a really good rundown about the necessity of certain vaccines. And he’s a little more … It’s a little different than my view about vaccines, but he gives a really good discussion about what we’re doing when we actually inject vaccines, and which ones are actually maybe worth considering. Most of them aren’t. By the way, most of them actually are not worth considering. And then he says, “Well, these ones might be worth looking into.” Like the HPV vaccine, for instance, kids are being very damaged by it. And we’re really questioning first. Does it work? And second, are they necessary? I mean, is that necessary to give these 13 year old kids HPV vaccine?

Carla Atherton: And then also, not really understanding a child’s epigenetic makeup. What is it? Do they have certain snips that might actually make them not be able to detoxify properly that make these vaccines much more dangerous for children who have these particular genetic snips? And also, their status of their gut health. We’re not looking into that before actually saying, “Yeah, sure. Everybody should get this.” But you’ve got a kid with a leaky gut who has these previous conditions to not be able to detoxify well, they don’t make glutathione well, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. And then we’re combining it with Tylenol. Tylenol in conjunction with vaccinations has actually been shown to create these sorts of chronic illness, just this onset that happens right away after a vaccination, so that’s another.

Carla Atherton: And Tylenol actually tends to deplete the body of specific vitamins and nutrients, minerals as well, B6 in particular, B vitamins. Tylenol will actually deplete the body of that particular vitamin. And B vitamins are essential for so many different processes in the body that we just, being deficient in that, not being able to detoxify, not be able to produce the antioxidants we need, like major antioxidant, glutathione, leaky gut, that’s causing all kinds of reactivity and inflammation. We have, again, a recipe for disaster.

Carla Atherton: And also, not to mention what we don’t know with DNA changes. What are we doing to our actual, the future children that are being born from children of vaccinated people? We have no clue what’s going on there. We won’t know for quite some time. And also, I think that, Wendy, there are safer ways. I think that, like I said before, natural childbirth and breastfeeding actually give that baby that immune system that they need. And also, having viruses and bacteria and all those things that we think are bad, actually aren’t necessarily bad.

Carla Atherton: We know that measles actually are protective, so when your child gets measles, and they go through kind of that sick, and nobody wants their children to be sick, but they have a robust immune system and a good, healthy gut, they actually come through those illnesses much more equipped to deal with every other assault they get along the way. So they’re not using that sort of crutch of having a vaccination to do that for them. Their own immune system is being educated by the various pathogens that they’re encountering in their environment. And we need that, so that will actually lend us a much more robust immune system in the future.

Carla Atherton: We have breastfeeding, natural childbirth, good nutrition, recognizing that the health of the microbiome is major, and also homeo prophylaxis, which is a homeopathic method of educating the immune system as well. I just think that there’s safer ways, less toxic. Some of those are toxic. Those are actually beneficial. And so yeah, word of caution, parents just pay attention to what you’re introducing to your child’s body because even the safer ways are actually protective. And they’re actually ways to actually prevent chronic illness as well, as well as reverse it.

Wendy Myers: Why do you think it’s important for the entire family and not just the child to be addressed? It’s important to work with the entire family unit when a child has chronic illness.

Carla Atherton: Yeah. I actually think it’s essential. If you’ve ever seen a family, I’m sure you do this all the time, but you see a family who’s been devastated by a diagnosis, it’s not easy. There’s nothing about this that’s easy. The relearning, even the most empowered parent feels like I don’t want to do this, sometimes. I don’t want my child to suffer. I don’t want to go through this stuff. It’s tough. The divorce rate is high. Discontent in the homes is high. And you actually can’t really heal very easily from a chronic illness if you have stress. It’s not just this feeling of stress and this, I can’t communicate, or connect with my parents because there’s so much stress involved. It’s not just that. It’s actually the central nervous system and the high cortisol, and all those things that are contributing to the disease process. That’s really important to deal with family relationships.

Carla Atherton: And so if you’re doing it all together, that’s strengthening that family, the relationship. And whatever that family looks like, might be one parent and kids, might be one parent, one kid. Could be two parents, could be grandparents, whatever that family unit is, you know zillion of kids. It doesn’t matter what that is. But the unit, the people that are living together as a family, to do it together I think is really … It’s essential because that child who is ill, that one, or two, or whatever, that child is not singled out. They don’t feel different. They don’t feel odd. This is just something we all do to maintain our health. They’re not the sick kid because that takes away all of their power in their healing, their own healing process. And we need them to feel empowered as well.

Carla Atherton: Yeah, not the sick kid. And the family is the best support system. They could be the worst, if you’re falling apart, that could be the hardest thing in somebody’s life is when you have a family that really has difficult relationships, not working together, someone’s singled out, black sheep of the family. So and so doesn’t have to do the dishes. All that strife, it just wears down on you, thing, after thing, after thing. We can really mitigate some of that fallout and not singling certain people out. But our family support system can be the best support. It could be our solace. It could be where those kids actually come to you for the advice of their parents or their siblings, and the support, rather than going out there, where there’s a lot of crap and a lot of stuff to deal with that is not beneficial for them. It’s not serving them. It’s not serving them to be, all their friends are going to McDonald’s. It’s not serving them to even feel like they’re deprived of that.

Carla Atherton: If they have this really good support system, this is the way we do it, this is the way I’ve been taught. It’s so much easier to deal with any sort of illness. And it elevates the health of everybody. And we create a less toxic, more healing space for our families to heal. And so when I coach people, I’m looking at mom, I’m looking at dad, and those are actually the first two people, or whoever’s the main caregiver, those are the people actually, that really need the support of, let’s say you’re working with a family health coach, or healthcare providers, those are the people that need the most support. And their kids just get better. It shakes out in the wash.

Carla Atherton: If the parents are getting better, those kids are getting better. That’s why I think a family approach is really, really important. And I think the family gets lots in the shuffle quite often. We focus on the sick person, and we forget that everybody in that family is … It’s like a symbiotic relationship. And if one person’s not well, the rest of them aren’t really doing well either. And if other people are doing well, a rising tide lifts all boats. So that’s why I really focus on the family.

Wendy Myers: You talk about all these topic and more in your upcoming summit, the Children’s Health Summit Four, Preventing and Reversing Childhood Chronic Illness. And I talked on the summit as well about toxicity. But can you tell us about what someone could expect with the summit, and where they can sign up and register for it?

Carla Atherton: Yeah, for sure. If you go to childrenshealthsummit.com, that’s where you can find us. They’ll have a lineup of the speakers so far, and actually have a couple latecomers too. 54 speakers, it’s insane. It is the best. I promised to deliver the biggest family health event of the year, and I delivered. I’m telling you they are incredible, and I don’t mean just me. I mean all of these people who are speaking is just phenomenal. We talk about everything from ADHD, autism, asthma, atopic conditions, autoimmunity, GI distress, mood and mental health issues, and also childhood cancer. Actually, I just wrapped up an interview with Dr. Nasha Winters about childhood cancers. We tackle it all because … And then what we do is we help people to first understand the problems, then dig into some of the details. And then what do we do about it? Right?

Carla Atherton: We want people to come away from this summit with some real concrete answers. I’m really proud of it. I can’t wait. We actually start, we launch May 13th. But you can go head on over to childrenshealthsummit.com and get signed up to receive the emails, that’ll give you the links to all the talks. I really hope to see you there.

Wendy Myers: Yeah. And so you also have a program where you teach people to become family health coaches. Can you tell us about that?

Carla Atherton: Yeah. Well that kind of was born out of my discontent. I think sometimes we just need something to bug us a little bit to keep us going on that hero’s journey. I mean, that kind of bugs me, our experience. I’ll just put that mildly, kind of bugged me, my experience I had with my daughter. And I felt like, “What are we missing when we’re trying to support these parents to be empowered?” And so I took a bunch of different health coach training programs and trainings and trained in functional medicine and all kinds of stuff. But I never addressed the family or what people can do, so it didn’t address advocacy, didn’t address how to find your support team. It didn’t address … Parents weren’t really taught the physiology, or the coaches weren’t even taught that, to really give their clients the best experience. I wasn’t really interested in doling out supplements and just saying, “That’s going to fix you,” because it’s not. It just isn’t.

Carla Atherton: What I did was I put together a program that did this paradigm shift. In the very beginning of the program, we talk a lot about the medicalization of health shifting into this natural state of health that we should have. It shouldn’t be an anomaly to feel good. We should all feel good and be rarely sick. That’s actually kind of how it needs to be, or should be. And then we go through all of the physiology. We go through all of the psychology. We go through trauma. We go through central nervous system. We go through all the usual suspects that cause disease. And then we go through all of the pillars of how to actually reverse, prevent, help our clients. And then we talk about those issues with coaching as well, and coaching the whole family, not just the individual, because it’s very different to coach an individual and then also coach a family that has kids and this variable and that variable, or grandparents, all these things that we need to take into account.

Carla Atherton: I wanted to train people to support people like me, who really could’ve used that at the very beginning and saved myself eight year of trying to figure it all out for myself, and really making headway right away with somebody who knows what they’re doing, how to guide you in the decisions that you need to make so that you can actually nip this whole thing in the bud.

Wendy Myers: Carla, thank you so much for coming on the show. I really appreciate your insight on this topic, as you just interviewed some of the world’s foremost experts on childhood healthcare. It’s so important because so many children today are on medications. They have allergies. They have asthma. We just have a rash of childhood illness that just didn’t exist even 20, 30 years ago. And so you talk about some of those issues as to why, and a lot of solutions on the Childhood Health Summit. Thanks for coming on. And everyone, thanks for tuning in to the Myers DetoxPodcast, where every week we talk about issues surrounding heavy metal and chemical toxicity, health issues that are caused by these toxins, and solutions as well. So thanks for tuning in every week. And it’s such a blessing to be able to serve you and help answer all your pressing health questions. I’ll talk to you next week.