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 Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Lauren holds advanced certifications in Homotoxicology, BioSET and Quantum Reflex Analysis, and is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, a Board Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, and a distinguished member of the American Association of Integrative Health. Lauren is one of the founding board members of Epidemic Answers, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to reestablishing vibrant health in our children and ourselves through education, empowerment and prevention.
Lauren is also co-author of the book Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, AND Autoimmune Encephalitis.
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 illusive. 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 more than likely he would 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.
Lucky for me, I had just finished my doctorate in Italian and French literature, so the notion of going back to school was not 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. Healing happens. Healing is real.