Epidemic Answers and Documenting Hope: Researching the Science of Reversing Chronic Illness in Children | Drs. Martha Reed Herbert, Randall Reiserer, and Heather Tallman Ruhm
The Science of Self-Healing Hosted by Dr. Sharon Stills With Special Guests from the
Documenting Hope Project
About the Team
MARTHA REED HERBERT, PhD, MD, is a pediatric neurologist, neuroscientist, systems thinker and writer who trained in medicine at Columbia University, Pediatrics at Cornell-New York Hospital and Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she founded the collaborative multidisciplinary TRANSCEND Research Program which takes a whole-body-brain approach to challenged brain development. Prior to her medical training she received her PhD in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writing her dissertation on the evolution and development of learning processes. She founded the Higher Synthesis Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose mission is to study and inspire successful regenerative approaches to complex health and environmental problems, particularly those that fall under the umbrella of its “Gifted Clinicians, Transformative Treatments, Sensitive Measures” Project and her Body-Brain-World thematic. She is the author of the book The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be as well as many scientific papers. Websites: www.highersynth.org, autismrevolution.org , and www.autismWHYandHOW.org).
RANDELL REISERER, PhD, is a broadly trained, independent scientist whose experience as a statistician and data scientist affords him the freedom to work in a variety of research fields. His professional work includes topics in biology, ecology, animal behavior, psychology, neuroscience, human behavioral health, substance abuse, and now childhood chronic diseases. Dr. Reiserer’s recent research converges on how systems can be optimized to achieve global sustainability goals. He views health-related research as foundational to the pursuit of sustainability, and sees human health as a nested function of environmental health. He is the Director of Biosynomics Institute and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Chiricahua Desert Museum and the Copperhead Institute.
DR. TALLMAN RUHM is a Board Certified Family Physician whose primary focus is whole-person health and patient education. She draws on her conventional western training along with insights and skills from functional, integrative, bioregulatory and energy medicine. She believes in the healing capacities of the human frame and supports the power of self-regulation to help her patients recover and access vitality. Dr. Tallman Ruhm was born and raised in Montana. She graduated from Montana State University and later the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where she received a Master’s in Public Policy. She attained her MD degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Colorado and Alabama. She has practiced ambulatory medicine from Coast to Coast, first at the Whitaker Wellness Institute in California, and later multiple integrative clinics in New England. She served as a college professor for over a decade where she taught Pathology and Foundations in Complementary Health and Wellness, a course she co-designed. Dr. Tallman Ruhm is a sought-after public speaker who currently maintains a part-time private practice in Southern New Hampshire. Dr. Tallman Ruhm, along with her husband and daughter, have hosted numerous exchange students. She has also studied and trained abroad and speaks several languages. Although she competed at an elite level in several sports, she is now content with her practice of yoga, skiing, cycling, hiking and gardening.
About the Team
Martha Reed Herbert, PhD, MD
Randall Reiserer, PhD
Heather Tallman Ruhm, MD
“We are not doing cookie-cutter science.”
-Dr. Martha Reed Herbert
The CHIRP Survey: The Child Health Inventory for Resiliency and Prevention is a large survey that collects data for analysis of stressors and supports that modulate different conditions. The Study is ongoing, and growing.
The survey was create by parents, who understand the nuanced nature of the factors that can contribute to a complex chronic illness manifestation.
Some questions asked on the survey include a comprehensive health questionnaire, family background and history, environmental factors, etc. The survey takes approximately 4-5 hours for parents to complete.
Many of the newer chemicals and poisons in the environment, clothing and cleaning industries, and food system are not acute chemicals, but rather accumulate over time and contribute to chronic illnesses.
One trend that is apparent from the results of the survey so far is antibiotic overuse contributing to illness.
FLIGHT: Facilitated Longitudinal Intensive Investigation of Genuine Health Transformation
The study is individualized and dynamic, in keeping with the community process to reflect the “real life” situations that present, rather than trying to force different people, families, and manifestations of disease into a rigid study.
The BioRegulatory approach is the most efficient and safest way to achieve healing. Documenting Hope emphasizes low-risk treatments, decreased toxic load and increased support for the bodily regulatory systems.
The CHIRP study is not a narrowly-focused, short-sighted study. It goes in depth, over time, to include as many dynamic biological systems and interactions with the surrounding environment as possible.
This is the first known BioRegulatory Medicine study which studies children.
Episode Highlights – Understanding in Detail the Difference Between the CHIRP and FLIGHT Studies:
CHIRP™ stands for Child Health Inventory for Resiliency and Prevention. CHIRP™ is a large survey to collect data for analysis of stressors and supports that modulate different health conditions in children. The survey was created by parents who understand the nuanced nature of the factors that can contribute to a complex chronic illness manifestation. The CHIRP™ survey is not a narrowly focused, short-sighted study. It goes in depth, over time, to include as many dynamic biological systems and interactions with the surrounding environment as possible. The survey includes a comprehensive health questionnaire, family background and history, and extensive environmental factors. It takes approximately 4-5 hours for parents to complete. Many of the newer chemicals and poisons in the environment, clothing and cleaning industries, and food system are not acute chemicals, but rather accumulate over time and contribute to chronic illnesses. One trend that is apparent from the results of the survey so far is antibiotic overuse contributing to illness. CHIRP™ is ongoing and growing and welcomes the participation of families across the country to move science forward.
FLIGHT™ stands for Facilitated Longitudinal Intensive Investigation of Genuine Health Transformation. This IRB approved study is the first known prospective BioRegulatory Medicine study working with children. It is an individualized, dynamic study with real children that reflects and documents a collaborative community-based model of medicine - facilitating a BioRegulatory approach that is efficient, safe and effective for achieving genuine health and healing. It is designed to reflect the “real life” situations that present, rather than trying to force different people, families, and manifestations of disease into a rigid study. The FLIGHT™ study is a whole child approach, and emphasizes low-risk treatments, decreased toxic load and increased support for the bodily regulatory systems. You are invited to support this project and help advance this wonderful research by spreading the word and collaborating with us