Mar 282013

Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet

Many parents know that diet and environment can change children’s behaviour. In this video a mother and Dr Kenneth Bock discuss how a gluten and dairy free diet helped her son recover from autism.

Dr Bock recommends also that children and families avoid chemicals, pesticides and other possible contributors to autism such as phthalates in plastic.

‘Growing Greener Children’ is a great first step comprehensive resource for parents wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.



Mar 102013

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s).

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, EDC’s, include Bisphenol-A (BPA), PCB’s, phthalates and agricultural pesticides that are in everyday items such as plastic water bottles, shower curtains, beauty products (including nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances), vinyl floor coverings, and more. The joint study highlights a range of health problems associated with EDC’s including breast cancer in women; developmental effects on the nervous system in children and attention deficit hyperactivity in children.

Theo Colborn, Ph.D., President of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange talks about chemicals, parents and dreams of the future for our children.

Theo asks ‘Where are parents going to get information to help understand the myriad of factors in the environment and the effect on their children’. ‘Growing Greener Children’ is such a resource for parents.

Further information : Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease in Landmark UN Study’ Dr Mercola’s website






Jan 202012

There is a need for the growing body of scientific evidence, linking obesity and other chronic diseases to toxins in our environment, to become acknowledged in public policy.

This was highlighted in the letter, Metabolic Lottery, (1) in the Sydney Morning Herald – ‘obesity is due to metabolic damage wrought by a food supply high in toxins and low in nutrients’.  In the past year $36 billion has been spent cost on treating obesity-related ailments. 25% of children in Australia are overweight or obese. ‘In 1985, the proportion of overweight or obese Australian children (7-to-15-year-olds) was 11.1 per cent. If the trend continues, 65 per cent of Australian children will be overweight or obese by 2020.’ (2)

In ‘Eco Parenting – Growing Greener Children.’ Jane Hanckel provides easy access to information about everyday toxins in our environment and presents an eco parenting model to help parents make healthy choices for their children and their families.

(1) Metabolic lottery‘The fortunate choose foods low in toxins and high in nutrients. The determined starve themselves and exercise frantically. The majority play the metabolic lottery which has many losers. It will be a dark day when our governments begin penalising those losers while still subsidising the toxic food supply.’  Dr Dave Liddy Belrose


Aug 122011

Natasha Hanckel-Spice, Ray Moynihan and Jane Hanckel at eco parenting book launch

The weather was warm and sunny on Saturday August 6th for the launch of the first two books in the eco parenting series at the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Derek Spice the co-founder of Inspir=Ed and the Spirit of Childhood Foundation  gave a short introduction to the launch.

Delta Kay, an Arakwal spokesperson and one of the Aboriginal custodians of Byron Bay provided a welcome to country.

Delta Kay at the launch of the eco parenting book series

Delta is also an early childhood support worker.  Delta and I have worked together running the Inspir=Ed early childhood programs using the eco parenting principles at the Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative in Ballina.  Delta spoke movingly about how the programs have helped parents gain new and valuable parenting skills and knowledge to support healthy outcomes for their children.

After the welcome to country MC Natasha Hanckel-Spice introduced Ray Moynihan who officially launched the books.

Ray is an inspiring award-winning journalist, author, documentary-maker, academic researcher and a journalist with Byron Bay’s local independent paper The Echo as well as a writer for the British Medical Journal, Radio New Zealand and other media around Australia.

Ray Moynihan launching the eco parenting series

Ray’s 2005 book Selling Sickness’has been translated into over a dozen languages. In late 2010 he released his fourth book, ‘Sex, Lies & Pharmaceuticals’ which further explores the very close links between pharmaceutical companies and some of the recent medical ‘breakthroughs’ that have been made.  Ray related how witnessing the diagnosis and prescibing of a child with borderline ADHD was one of the turning points in his career leading to his important work investigating the link between doctors and the pharmaceutical companies.

Next to join the conversation was Jo Immig.  Jo is an ecologist, freelance writer and researcher. She is also the Coordinator and spokesperson for the National Toxics Network in Australia, a community group fighting for pollution reduction and raising awareness about environmental health.

Jo Immig talks about children and the environment

Jo has authored three books including ‘Toxic Playgrounds’.   She has recently been campaigning for authorities to recognise the connection between the spraying of macadamia farms in the Lismore area with the rise in a birth defect among babies born in the Northern Rivers.  Jo provided extremely valuable input in the final stages of the ‘growing greener children’ book through her extensive experience in researching the links between the toxins in the environment and human health.

The panel discussion included how plastics have become so prevalent in childhood and the links to hormonal disruption, ADHD and other illnesses.  It was the opportunity to quote from the chapter on environmental triggers.  “American writer Norman Mailer called plastic ‘the excrement of the oil’. He warned about the cost of reliance on this cheap, ubiquitous material and the deadening of our senses. ‘Mailer also saw a link between violence and plastic. He argued that extreme actions were part of a search to discover the senses.’”

There were many questions from the audience which included a suggestion for one of the next books in the series – how to raise healthy young teengage girls in the midst of much peer and media pressure to use potentially toxic personal care products.