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Your Healing Retreat: Education & Hope for Autism and ADD

Posted May 01 2011 12:00am

  Me-time The "Your Healing Retreat" conference is this June 3-5 at the Kanuga Conference center in Henderson, NC.  

Carve out a few days for yourself and spend time with Elizabeth Mumper MD, Julie Buckley MD, FAAP, Maureen McDonnell RN, Nancy O'Hara MD and Stephanie Cave MD, MS, FAAFP, true leaders  of the autism treatment community. This is a unique conference designed with treating Mom and Dad to a gentle retreat that will also help your child.

Visit Your Healing Retreat today to learn more. 

Your Healing Retreat:
June 3rd – June 5th 2011
Sponsored by Hopewell Pharmacy and Compounding Center

By Maureen McDonnell RN

Parents Can’t Keep Going Without Hitting the “REFRESH” Button

Parents of children with autism are on a constant quest to discover all they can to improve the behavior, speech, cognitive function and general health of their children.  However in the midst of their ever-escalating activities and pursuits, they need to stop once in a while and take care of themselves. 

When I joined four of the top medical experts in the biomedical field (Drs Stephanie Cave, Liz Mumper, Nancy O’Hara and Julie Buckley)  for a weekend last year after Julie Buckley (a pediatrician and mother of a child with autism)  developed breast cancer, it wasn’t to compare power points or fill each other in on the latest research, it was to stop and acknowledge that with Julie’s diagnosis and surgery,  the early passing of Jo Pike and the general high level of stress and illness in the autism community,  something needed to shift.    

The concept that was born out of the five of us coming together for that weekend was not only our name (sisters in science, spirit and spunk), but a new model of education, hope and rejuvenation we call Your Healing Retreat.   Yes, all four of these docs (and I) realized that in addition to fulfilling our mutual  desire  to teach physicians and parents methods for improving the children’s health and behavior, we also  wanted to address the  very real needs of the caregivers.   

So, instead of doing what we had always done and renting a hotel where we would breathe re circulated air, eat processed food and ask every researcher and clinician we knew to present, we decided to do something more in alignment with our new vision.  We searched for a serene, resort-type setting and found such a place in North Carolina.  The Kanuga Conference Center has hiking trails, a beautiful lake, 100 year old cottages with fireplaces and to add some proverbial icing on the cake, we will be serving all local and organic food.   

Yes, there will be lectures on mitochondrial dysfunction, immune dysregulation, and GI distress as well as talks for parents and primary care providers on practical solutions for reversing and repairing these conditions.  But there will also be a lakeside wine reception,  massage, yoga and dance sessions in the morning,  whole food cooking classes,  workshops on toxin-free dentistry and ways to create a healthy home or office,  sessions on stress management, healing relationships and meditation as well as a chance to sample  low pressure hyperbarics.  

Will parents and clinicians who attend learn cutting edge treatment strategies to help their children heal?  Absolutely!  But in addition, those who come to the healing retreat will leave feeling rejuvenated by both new perspectives on, and practical tools for, achieving healthier more balanced lifestyles.   

Spring is a time of renewal and Your Healing Retreat is an opportunity to experience this new model for learning and healing….. Press that REFRESH button and register today!


Register at a discounted rate for the month of April at

The sisters will not let finances get in the way of parents and clinicians attending.   Any questions call or email Maureen McDonnell, RN at or call 609-240-1315 and we will assist you.


Top 3 Reasons to Register for Your Healing Retreat (and to Bring a Physician)


1.      Four of the best and most experienced medical doctors from the biomedical treatment community (Stephanie Cave, MD, Liz Mumper, MD, Nancy O'Hara, MD and Julie Buckley, MD) have collaborated to continue the much needed service of training physicians, nurse practitioners, Physician’s Assistants and other primary care providers on the biomedical approach to treating autism. 


2.      Parents will receive a $50.00 discount off of registration for the month of April and another $50.00 off for simply getting a physician or other primary care provider to register.  We all know how desperately we need “trained” clinicians to partner with parents to address the medical issues the children with autism and ADD have.

3. The stress level that parents of kids with autism experience is enormous.  To address this issue (that is taking a hefty toll on our community), we have created a new model of education and rejuvenation.  In addition to lectures, there will  be workshops on stress management, whole food cooking and  yoga.  Healthy organic meals will be served.  Massage will be provided, HBOT will be available and there will be a lakeside wine reception.  Parents and clincicians should take this opportunity to care for themselves so that they can continue to care for the children.  






Posted by Age of Autism at May 14, 2011 at 5:50 AM in Current Affairs , Treatment Permalink

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