Epidemic Answers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to reestablishing vibrant health in our children and ourselves through education, empowerment, and prevention.
Epidemic Answers was founded in 2010 by a group of parents and practitioners who were concerned about the escalating number of children impacted by the “new childhood epidemics”: autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease and more.
Epidemic Answers created this resource guide to help parents of children diagnosed with PANS find the answers they need to restore health in their children.
Brain Under Attack was written by several board members of Epidemic Answers. They are:
BETH LAMBERT is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. As a consultant, she worked with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other health care companies to evaluate industry trends. She is the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). In 2009, Beth founded Epidemic Answers and currently serves as Executive Director. Beth attended Oxford University and graduated from Williams College and holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Beth is also the mother of three young children.
MARIA RICKERT HONG is also our Media Director. She is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in helping parents making dietary and lifestyle changes for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune and more. She also helps tired mothers of special-needs children reclaim their energy. Maria has recovered her sons from SPD, allergies, asthma and acid reflux, and is the author of Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners. She is a frequent blogger about these issues for Epidemic Answers. Maria is a former sell-side Wall Street equity research analyst covering the oil services sector at Salomon Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers. Later, she covered the gaming, lodging & leisure sector at Jefferies & Co. and Calyon Securities. She quit working on Wall Street when her first son was born. Prior to working on Wall Street, she was a marketing specialist for Halliburton in New Orleans, where she also received her MBA in Finance & Strategy from Tulane University.
DR. ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE is a Connecticut Certiﬁed School Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certiﬁed Neurofeedback Provider (BCN), with more than 20 years working with children, teens, adults and parents. She answered her calling to be a psychologist, and currently has private practice offices in Ridgefield and Newtown, CT, where the focus is on neurofeedback, counseling and assessment for a variety of issues and conditions. After seeing individuals and families suffer with unsuccessful attempts at traditional therapies, Dr. Roseann became passionate about using highly effective research-based, holistic, non-medication and brain-based therapies to alleviate stress and suffering, bringing children and adults to a point of wellness. Dr. Roseann is a well-respected BCN practitioner who is a popular and sought after speaker. She serves on the Board of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society and Lyme Connection Task Force Professional Adviser.
LAUREN LEE STONE, PHD, MS, HHP is a nutritionist and holistic health practitioner who uses BioEnergetic Medicine as a healing modality. Lauren came to BioEnergetic Medicine 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 PhD from Cornell University, Lauren has a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She also holds an advanced certificate in BioSET, Quantum Reflex Analysis, and is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner.
JENNIFER GIUSTRA-KOZEK, LPC, NCC, is a board certified licensed psychotherapist with 16 years of clinical experience treating clients with Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD. She is the author of an award winning book, Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medication. Jennifer had seen the ADHD/Autism epidemic unfold in her own private practice and has watched the harmful impact of medication on many of her young clients. The ADHD/autism epidemic turned personal when Jennifer’s young son was diagnosed. She plunged into the world of safe and natural healing modalities outside of the pharmaceutical model and found much success. She now teaches other mothers about nutrition and biomedical interventions for the treatment of these disorders and is now on the panel of nutritional experts at the National Autism One Conference and speaks across the country. Her blog has amassed a following from all around the world. She has written many newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows. Jennifer’s book has also been featured on NBC and FOX5 news. Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Criminal Justice from Western Connecticut State University. She has since become certified in EMDR, Reiki and Hypnotherapy.