I get it – I’ve been there
Hi, I’m Lauren, a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and a Board Certified Integrative Health Practitioner. I never planned on pursuing a career in holistic health. I have a doctorate in Italian and French literature and intended to become a professor and an author.
But when your child is sick, you do whatever it takes.
I was in graduate school when I had my first child. I was young and healthy.
I ate all of the right foods, took my prenatal vitamins, exercised throughout the pregnancy, and had a fully natural birth, refusing all medications. It never occurred to me that my son would be anything but perfect. I had dreams of an adorable, snuggly baby who would essentially play at my feet while I researched and wrote my dissertation.
I was gifted with the first part of my vision: Sam was/is beautiful. He was born at 9lbs 5oz with a full head of auburn hair and bright blue eyes. The rest, however, remained frustratingly elusive. Sam had extreme colic – For the first 6 months of his life, he writhed and screamed from 4:00PM – midnight. He started hand flapping at 3 months old. He had seizures at 18 months. He had constant ear infections and his stools were loose and burning.
Sam also had hyperacusis, which means that loud noises were terrifying and painful for him. Birthday parties, movies, parades, all were too loud – too overwhelming – too scary. As such, socializing was difficult, and that was the most painful part of all.
Sam was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. I was told by both my pediatrician, and the Yale Child Study Center that there was nothing we could do for him, and that he would more than likely to continue to regress and eventually be institutionalized.
I am the daughter of an oncology nurse, and I was brought up to revere doctors and the medical profession as a whole, but these doctors had failed me. I felt totally alone and totally abandoned. In that moment, I realized that I couldn’t rely on anyone else to help my child.
I decided that I needed to become my child’s medical professional – I had to do whatever it took to heal him.
Having just finished my doctorate in Italian and French literature, the notion of going back to school wasn’t a scary thing for me. I started out with biochemistry courses, because intuitively, I knew that was where I needed to begin, and ended up with a Master’s in Human Nutrition. Along the way, I studied and received certifications in homotoxicology, BioSET, and Quantum Reflex Analysis among others, anything that would help my child to heal.
Sam lost his diagnosis when he was eight. He is now in graduate school getting a PhD in chemical engineering. He is a fully functional, beautiful man. You would never know he once had autism, or seizures, or any other disability.
And now I’m here to help you.
I know your heart is broken.
No matter what the doctors have told you.
No matter how many things you’ve tried.
No matter how frustrated and exhausted you’ve gotten.
There is hope.
“I have had the great pleasure of knowing Lauren for the last 15 years not only as a colleague but a trusted advisor and clinician for my son. Her level of professionalism, dedication and commitment to helping others is unparalleled. Lauren’s depth of knowledge in bioenergetic medicine, homotoxicology, and nutrition makes her tops in the field of alternative medicine. I hasten to think where my son would be today without her guidance, clinical skills, and dedication to helping him heal and recover. We are truly blessed and forever grateful.”
Sheila Ring Reed, LCSW, CHHP, BEP, CH
When you work with me…
We work in partnership. We share the same goals and level of commitment to see those goals to completion. I create a space for healing by providing the education, the direction, and the tools. The body does the rest. You are the one who creates the magic by putting in the work. Healing is never a passive exercise — it requires energy and commitment.
Your child’s healing journey…
My approach to healing is one that relies upon the wisdom of the body. The key is to listen closely to what the body is saying, then follow that lead.
Most complex conditions are the result of a blending of factors. But disease almost always involves some combination of toxic overload resulting from physical and emotional stressors.
Stressors can be anything from environmental exposures like chemicals and heavy metals, to emotional stressors like losing a loved one, to infectious agents like Lyme or Epstein Barr. Stressors can also be transgenerational, passed down from parent to child from generation to generation.
We’ll work together to unravel these stressors to reach the core of the issue. To do so, we will utilize a combination of bioenergetics, nutrition, and gentle detoxification to support your child’s body through the healing process.
“I turned to Lauren when I was desperate to find healing for my son. After being incorrectly diagnosed with depression for 3 years, his body finally collapsed. Eventually he was diagnosed with Lyme disease but we couldn’t find help in the traditional medical circle.
I was so very ignorant of any healing modality outside of the drug world. I was grateful that Lauren was so very patient with me and tried to answer all of my ignorant questions. Lauren is knowledgeable and skillful. Through her guidance, I am happy to say that my son is fully recovered from Lyme. But that’s not all… she guided me through my Hashimoto diagnosis, shingles episode, and even my dog’s Lyme disease! She is always available to answer my questions. I learn so much from her. I highly recommend Lauren to anyone who is serious in taking control of your health.”
If your child has been diagnosed with:
ADD or ADHD
Pediatric depression or anxiety
or you just feel like something’s not right
I CAN HELP
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Lauren Lee Stone, PhD, MS, CNS is the founder of Althea Health and Wellness.
Lauren came to bioenergetics in the search to heal her own children, and chose to make it her career after experiencing its success first hand. In addition to a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph. D. from Cornell University, Lauren has a Master’s in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Lauren holds advanced certifications in Homotoxicology, BioSET and Quantum Reflex Analysis, and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), and a Board Certified Integrative Health Practitioner.
Lauren is also a board member of Epidemic Answers, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to reestablishing vibrant health in our children and ourselves through education, empowerment and prevention.
Lauren has a private practice in homotoxicology and nutrition located in Westport CT, although she works with clients nationally and internationally.
Lauren is author of Everyday Immunity: A Wellness Primer, and co-author of the book Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, AND Autoimmune Encephalitis.
What to expect from our practice
- A commitment of at least 6 months: Depending on the issue, protocols often require a commitment of between 6-18 months.
- A desire to learn: Education is at the core of my practice, and there is always more to learn.
- A commitment to communication: Monthly phone consultations and frequent email check-ins are a must in my practice. I like to hear from my clients; if something is working, great! If not, I need to know about it, sooner rather than later.
- A willingness to invest in the healing process: Investment is not just monetary, although money necessarily comes into play. Investment also includes the willingness to set aside time, energy and space in your life to accommodate the healing process.
- A willingness to change when change is needed, and to let go of old habits that no longer serve you in the pursuit of your goals.
- A commitment to practicing compassion, for others, but especially for one’s self. This is especially important for parents. We all do the best we can with the knowledge we have at the time. Focusing on regret or blame is never constructive, and takes energy away from what should be your most important goal, which is what you are creating in the present and the future.
What people are saying
”Lauren is extremely knowledgeable and has a big heart to help. The technology she uses give you precision guidance on how you can gain your health back, saving you time and money!
I turned to Lauren when I was desperate to find healing for my son. After being incorrectly diagnosed with depression for 3 years, his body finally collapsed. Eventually he was diagnosed with Lyme disease but we couldn’t find help in the traditional medical circle.
I was so very ignorant of any healing modality outside of the drug world. I was grateful that Lauren was so very patient with me and tried to answer all of my ignorant questions. Lauren is knowledgeable and skillful. Through her guidance, I am happy to say that my son is fully recovered from Lyme. But that’s not all.. she guided me through my Hashimoto diagnosis, shingle episode and even my dog’s Lyme disease! She is always available to answer my questions. I learn so much from her. I highly recommend Lauren to anyone who is serious in taking control of your health.Nancy C.
”Our family started seeing Lauren when my oldest child was showing a wide array of gut, immune, skin, and behavioral symptoms and my second child was starting to develop immune and developmental symptoms. Lauren guided us through a program of nutrition, gentle detoxification, and allergy desensitization that rapidly and powerfully improved the health and well-being of my children. My children lost all of their symptoms after working with Lauren over the course of several months and have been healthy and vibrant ever since. Lauren is brilliant and I learned so much from her at each and every visit. She is a kind and compassionate healer who cares deeply about her clients. Since first working with Lauren over ten years ago I have sent dozens of friends, family members, and acquaintances to Lauren--she is one of my top recommendations for anyone who has a child with any kind of immune, behavioral, developmental or other chronic health challenge.Beth Lambert, MAExecutive Director, Epidemic Answers and The Documenting Hope Project
”Lauren has an incredible depth of knowledge and insight about the effects of how immune-system dysfunction impacts neurodevelopmental disorders. I often send my health-coaching clients who have children with autism, ADHD, SPD, OCD, PANDAS and Lyme to her for help with an integrative approach to healing. Lauren's compassion, knowledge and ability to work with long-distance clients make her a favorite practitioner of mine!Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADPBooks: Almost Autism + Brain Under Attack
”I have had the great pleasure of knowing Lauren for the last 15 years not only as a colleague but a trusted advisor and clinician for my son. Her level of professionalism, dedication and commitment to helping others is unparalleled. Lauren’s depth of knowledge in bioenergetic medicine, homotoxicology and nutrition makes her tops in the field of alternative medicine. I hasten to think where my son would be today without her guidance, clinical skills and dedication to helping him heal and recover. We are truly blessed and forever grateful.Sheila Ring Reed, LCSW, CHHP, BEP, CH
”For over a decade, Lauren has been my "go to" practitioner for a wide variety of health-related concerns. These issues have ranged from establishing a daily supplement program to determining the cause of complex symptoms. Lauren's extensive knowledge base, her command of current technology, her ability to quickly assimilate information and her dedication to heal her patients, make Lauren an undeniable treasure. I trust Lauren implicitly, as she treats me as she would herself. I know, without question, that I leave her office having received the same amount of care and attention, kindness and compassion that each of her patients receive. It is an enormous comfort to know that Lauren has the ability to identify conditions and treat them safely.Aileen Speight
”Since 2011 we have actively sort Lauren’s help for an alternative solution to our health issues. We have been able to put our full trust and confidence in Lauren and really appreciate the way she has helped and guided our whole family. Issues such as hives after vaccinations, slow thyroid function, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels to digestion issues have all been helped in our family with the utmost professionalism. We have recommended Lauren to many of our friends and they have also been helped with issues such as asthma, eczema and migraines. Seeking Lauren’s guidance is our first step to any new health issue and I could not be happier with the alternatives she has suggested for us!Debbie - New Canaan, CT
”Our daughter, Sophia, regressed into autism at 18 months old. She lost her words, became extremely sensitive to sounds and was lost in her own world. The changes were sudden and drastic, but we acted quickly to have her evaluated and began early intervention therapies. At age three, Sophia transitioned into the preschool at our local elementary school where she continued receiving therapies such as speech, OT, PT and special education. However, Sophia did not progress much and remained nonverbal for the next two years. Then when Sophia was five, through a happenstance conversation with a coworker, I learned that diet and biomedical interventions can help reduce the symptoms of autism in some children. This was an absolute shock for us and our pediatrician downplayed the potential saying these interventions “simply don’t work”. We trudged on, reading and learning. We went organic and removed gluten from our daughter’s diet and within two weeks she was able to jump for the first time ever. We were encouraged by this and removed casein next. Over the course of the next 3-4 months, our daughter started saying words.
When Sophia regressed, she began having respiratory issues, a lingering cough and even came down with croup every spring and fall. Now understanding that there was a medical component here, we decided to take Sophia to a local immunologist when she was seven. The doctor ran bloodwork and discovered that her immune system wasn’t creating antibodies efficiently on its own and as such she had several underlying viral and bacterial issues that were wreaking havoc on her body, including Bartonella and Babesia. The doctor wanted her to do several IVIG sessions, but we decided to use a more holistic approach and opted for homotoxicology, at which point we reached out to Lauren, who was well known in my circles.
Lauren is very kind, experienced and is also very intuitive and both Sophia and I took an instant liking to her. Lauren worked with us to clean up some of the supplements that Sophia had been on for years and we then started working on Bartonella and Mycoplasma. The change in Sophia over the last year has been incredible. Sophia is 9 now and knows thousands of words. Her comedic timing is spot-on and her sensory issues have been reduced significantly – Sophia even rode her first roller coaster last October and when she got off, she said “that was cool!”. Sophia has stayed in the classroom for all of her classmates’ birthday parties this year and is currently learning fractions. Her immune levels are rising steadily and her mood is so much happier. We are looking forward to continuing on this journey with Lauren and can’t wait to see what the next year brings.Adrienne - Norwalk, CT
”Using Lauren for BioSET has way exceeded my expectations. When I started going to Lauren, my main objective was to lower my food sensitivities and to be able to eat eggs again. Not only am I safely able to eat eggs again, but I have also expanded my diet with other foods. What I didn’t realize is how much Lauren was going to be able to help me improve my health overall. I’ve been to a lot of practitioners and I am genuinely impressed with Lauren’s abilities, knowledge and tools for getting her clients on their path to wellness. I would highly recommend her.Christine O’Day, FDN, AADP
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