My Son’s Autism Was Caused by Autoimmune Encephalitis and No, I Won’t “Accept” It.

Oh this is such a good read…

Walking In Quicksand

Something highly unusual in the world of autism happened to my son last week. He received a diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis from a prominent and highly respected mainstream pediatric neurologist. Moreover, she stated this to be the cause of his autistic behaviors. Seven years after his devastating regression into autism, we finally have answers as well as a thoughtful treatment plan. We’ve moved out of the realm of “just autism” and into a realm where his suffering is being taken seriously.

Autoimmune encephalitis is a serious medical condition in which the immune system attacks the brain, impairing function. What makes my son’s diagnosis last week so unusual is not the fact that autoimmune encephalitis is a rare cause of autism, but that it is rarely diagnosed in this population. Similarly, it is rare for autism to ever be attributed to a medical condition by a mainstream physician. To say autism…

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MTHFR and Metals

So, we did some genetic testing last spring and it turns out Alexi has a double mutation called MTHFR (MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase) A1298C.  Among other things, this genetic condition means that her body is susceptible to metal toxicity.  I have googled this condition over, and over and over – here’s just one article example: http://mthfrliving.com/health-conditions/heavy-metals/.

What I know, in my heart of hearts, is that this MTHFR issue is a sign that babies, at birth, ideally should be pre-tested to see what genetic predispositions they have BEFORE parents & doctors decide to vaccinate.  Vaccines are just one part of the toxic soup that can push certain kids over the edge, and I am not saying only vaccines “cause autism” – however – they do contain a certain level of risk vs. benefit and I strongly feel that if we humans have the capacity to test for genetic mutations, we should use this ability to give families a chance to know the whole picture and not treat everyone the same.  A brand new baby is a precious thing – but even babies are not perfect – and not everyone starts out in this life with the same deck of cards, so to speak.

If your interest is piqued, pls watch this doctor explain what her thinking is about the issues and potential causes are surrounding Autism….

I believe it is worth your time – after you see these 20 minutes –  you’ll better understand just what us parents of autistic children are dealing with – the webs we need to untangle – the puzzle pieces that we need to find – in order to try to help our kids feel better.  I have a lot of hope that we can help our daughter to feel better — but doing so takes so much time, energy and $$$$, and it is easy to get discouraged and to give up because it’s very complicated.  This video helps give me hope, and it might help give you hope as well if you have a loved one who struggles with an autism-related issue.  Chances are, as Autism has climbed to 1 in 36, if you don’t know anyone, you soon will.

 

CRAVINGS:

23313116_10155706451747508_188642727_oSo I am simultaneously overwhelmed and proud of little Alexi this morning.  Here’s why:

Early this morning Alexi figured out how to open the combination locks on all our kitchen cabinets – she got up and ate to her heart’s content!

She doesn’t have allergies, she has food sensitivities and cannot eat wheat and sugar like the rest of us.  Our entire first floor and basement showed evidence of her party of one… there were crumbs, wafer chunks, opened bags strewn around, nibbled rolls and accompanying crumbs, 1/2 eaten sister’s french toast bagel treat…

So while I felt overwhelmed while cleaning up the mess – and overwhelmed by the consequences we will be facing in the aftermath of this type of eating — I was equally amazed at our daughter’s intelligence and sneakiness — her ability to get what she wants is admirable….

Here’s the ugly part:

The aforementioned “aftermath” is basically really bad diarrhea and increased hyperactivity/inability to focus.   It can take days for these symptoms to calm down and lessen.

The cravings she deals with are “they say” stronger than the urge to smoke or take drugs.  She has a yeast called Candida overgrowing inside her…  This yeast is created by her body to protect itself, and it overgrows….  and feeds… and makes her CRAVE, you guessed it, CARBS and SUGAR.   She’s on a monitored yeast treatment – called Diflucan – she did a round of it around this time, last year with great results – but the natural over-the-counter maintenance treatment only works for so long before the yeast builds up again….  and these intense cravings ensue.

You may wonder why the yeast is there in the first place?  What is this yeast protecting the body from?

The answer is —METAL.

more to come on this topic… stay tuned…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flu shot during pregnancy

So this post is about vaccines – and I post today because I feel SO STRONGLY about this issue….  Also, just posting this article to facebook, as I did, means it will fade away down the feed rabbit hole — but I feel it should be saved because it marks a TURNING POINT in the Vaccine Issue….

Below is the article’s link and the whole article in case the link breaks….  It is about the CDC’s study linking flu shots during pregnancy to “some” accounts of miscarriage. Hmmm — JB Handley’s article reviews this study in his article below…

My thoughts, before you read the article or after if you are so inclined, are these:

Imagine if this is even a teeny bit true — do you ever contemplate what happens to all those pregnancies with flu shots that don’t miscarry? Well, the answer potentially runs a large spectrum of symptoms – from ANXIETY to FULL BLOWN AUTISM – just ask any teacher of 20 years+ if they see a difference in their classroom…. ask any Pediatric Physician worth their salt if they see an increase in Anxiety and Depression and lack of FOCUS in their patients as young as 12.

and YES – during my second pregnancy they URGED me to get a FLU shot.  They advised it – said it was standard protocol now – told me it was absolutely safe to my face – and I F’ING DID, LIKE AN IDIOT and, well, we all know what happened there….  Course I cannot PROMISE it was the flu shot that caused my daughter’s condition, it could have “clicked” many places along our timeline for Alexi – HOWEVER, it turns out she has tested positive for a double mutation in her MTHFR A1298C — and guess what I found?

“…What you have are two copies of the A1298C MTHFR mutation which means you have a defective BH4 pathway and this can lead to a multitude of symptoms.  Neurological, mental, muscular and sensitivity to chemicals are common for this mutation.  You do have a chance to be well or at least much better if you begin to address the A1298C mutation…”  

What this means to me is THIS:  if they tested newborns for genetic issues like this one – BEFORE VACCINATION – then they could know which babies were genetically predisposed to metals sensitivity and they could DELAY their vaccines…  till after the age of 2 when “they say” the Blood Brain Barrier seals up.  They can do this and they should do this – just like they do by routinely testing dogs with titers before re-vaccinating them to avoid over-vaccination.  But – medicine geared toward the human individual is not what is done.  And parents are busy rioting in the streets while fighting forced mass vaccination – in Italy, in France, in Australia… but we here in the US don’t hear about the riots about vaccines.  Remember, Pharma owns our TV stations and News — so we are only spoon-fed  pharma-approved news.  

So you see, after all, I am NOT anti vaxx – I am PRO SAFER vaxx and PRO individually geared health – not blanket solutions with herd treatments…

One piece of advice I can disseminate as I spend upwards of 2 hours daily researching all things autism:

Try like hell not to be a sheep…. on politics, global warming, on religion, on where your food comes from and on which friggin spread to use margarine vs. butter — DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.

Nuff said – I leave your reading to J. B. Handley – autism dad and co-founder of Generation Rescue…  follow him on facebook…. especially if you are pregnant….  this issue surely will get messier!

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Here’s the article’s link:  https://medium.com/@jbhandley/devastating-flu-vaccine-miscarriage-study-sparks-ridiculous-spin-c440bb14c867   ….and, in case this link fades, I’ve also copied and pasted the article below….

Devastating flu vaccine-miscarriage study sparks ridiculous spin

BY J.B. HANDLEY September 13, 2017

The mainstream media is doing their best to minimize a devastating study showing a high correlation (7.7-fold) between flu vaccines and miscarriages. A review of the scientific literature shows a body of evidence that supports the new study’s conclusions. Why can’t we all just deal with the facts?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lena Sun, reporter for the Washington Post, had an unenviable task: cover a newly released study implicating the flu vaccine in spontaneous abortions (aka, miscarriages). The study, released today in the highly respected and prestigious journal Vaccine, has a title that will likely increase the stress level of pregnant women trying to figure out how to keep their baby safe:

Association of spontaneous abortion with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine containing H1N1 pdm09 in 2010–11 and 2011–12

Like all good journalists working in the mainstream media, Ms. Sun’s challenge was to report on a potentially catastrophic new study that might hurt the primary source of advertising revenue for her employer: the pharmaceutical industry. And while I’ve seen a number of different ways for reporters to try and minimize the implications of damaging studies, Ms. Sun’s headline may just take the cake:

For those of you not steeped in the jargon of statistics or epidemiology, you’re going to have to take my word for it that “hint” is not a statistical term nor does “hint” in any way provide a specific assessment of risk. “Hint” is more like a word that you hope might keep people from reading your article.

(Imagine saying McDonald’s hamburgers provide a “hint” of spontaneous death or riding a rollercoaster provides a “hint” of lifelong paralysis…)

Despite Ms. Sun’s choice to minimize the significance of the study, the actual conclusions by the study authors were deeply troubling. In a nutshell, what the authors found is that women who had received an H1N1flu shot in the 2010–11 season and who then received a normal flu vaccine in the 2011–12 season were dramatically more likely to have a spontaneous abortion. How much more likely? Here’s what the study says:

“Among women who received pH1N1-containing vaccine in the previous influenza season, the aOR in the 1–28 days was 7.7 (95% CI 2.2–27.3); the aOR was 1.3 (95% CI 0.7–2.7) among women not vaccinated in the previous season.”

(Author’s note: soon after my article was published, the headline of Ms. Sun’s article was changed to remove the word “hint” although she is still using the word to describe the 7-fold relationship researchers found within the article itself.)

For those of you who need to brush up on your statistics (pretty much all of us), an odds ratio is “a measure of association between an exposure and an outcome. The OR represents the odds that an outcome will occur given a particular exposure, compared to the odds of the outcome occurring in the absence of that exposure.” In plain English, an odds ratio greater than 1 would tend to imply that two things are in fact linked (like tobacco use and lung cancer). What was the odds ratio for spontaneous abortion for women who had received an H1N1 shot in 2010–2011 and then a flu vaccine in 2011–12?

The study says 7.7, for those of you counting at home, that’s not a “hint”, that’s a giant disturbing alarm (which is why the damage control is being rolled out en masse today). Women who had received the two flu shots in successive seasons were almost 8x more likely to have a spontaneous abortion than those who had not — a nearly 700% increase.


Ms. Sun compounds her minimization of a very serious conclusion by then saying something that’s simply not true:

The findings suggest an association, not a causal link, and the research is too weak and preliminary, experts said, to change the advice, which is based on a multitude of previous studies, that pregnant women should get a flu vaccine to protect them from influenza, a deadly disease that may cause serious birth defects and miscarriage.

It’s always ridiculous when I read things from reporters that say “multitude of previous studies” because I know that it’s pretty easy to verify whether or not that’s true. You see, every vaccine is required to have a package insert, and unlike a Washington Post reporter, the law requires package insert writers to tell the truth, which Sanofi Pasteur (a flu vaccine maker) did when they wrote this package insert for their flu vaccine one year ago, in 2016:

Multitude or zero?

Ms. Sun, in the case of Sanofi’s flu vaccine, routinely given to pregnant women, the sum total of the “multitude” of safety studies done on the vaccine’s safety in pregnant women is ZERO, at least according to the product’s package insert written by the vaccine maker (and is true for every other flu vaccine).

Before I jump into the science on the flu vaccine, I need to mention that this whole issue of what impact getting flu vaccines in successive years does to people’s immune systems (and to an unborn fetus) is not new. In fact, it was actually a giant controversy in Canada just a few years ago. Here’s an article:

“Not only was there a vaccine mismatch with that dominant strain — H3N2 is responsible for about 90 per cent of all flu deaths, especially among the elderly — but researchers found that people who had been inoculated in previous years actually had a higher risk of coming down with the flu than those who typically didn’t get a shot.”

“‘That’s a controversial finding, obviously,’ said Skowronski, who led the study recently published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. ‘But that’s not a reason for us to shy away from addressing it.’”


Scientists actually speak up, while CDC says pipe down

In the last week, two things happened that are starting to look less like a coincidence and more likely related to this miscarriage-flu shot study:

  1. A group of prestigious scientists wrote a withering critique of the opposition they experience when publishing studies that show negative outcomes for vaccines (it’s published in the same journal where the new flu shot study is published, Vaccine):

The authors write:

“Recently, the authors of many vaccine safety investigations are being personally criticized rather than the actual science being methodologically assessed and critiqued. Unfortunately, this could result in making vaccine safety science a ‘‘hazardous occupation”. Critiques should focus on the science and not on the authors and on the scientists that publish reasonably high-quality science suggesting a problem with a given vaccine. These scientists require adequate professional protection so there are not disincentives to publish and to carry out researches in the field. The issues for vaccine safety are not dissimilar to other areas such as medical errors and drug safety.”

2. Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a gag order on employees talking to the press, from an article yesterday in Axios.com:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to crack down on its employees’ conversations with the press, according to an internal email obtained by Axios. The message — sent by public affairs officer Jeffrey Lancashire and dated Aug. 31 — instructs all CDC employees not to speak to reporters, “even for a simple data-related question.”

What it said:

“Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC’s Atlanta Communications Office,” Lancashire wrote. “This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.”

I’ll let the reader draw their own conclusions on these two developments.


Let the science speak

So now you know that you may not get the truth about vaccine science from a Washington Post reporter. Well, what does the science actually say about flu shots? Here’s 10 published studies (and a bonus) that I hope will help you better understand this topic.

Are we getting played?

1. Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease

Background: Johns Hopkins scientist and British Medical Journal editor delivers critique of the marketing and limited studies of flu vaccine.

Excerpt: “Closer examination of influenza vaccine policies shows that although proponents employ the rhetoric of science, the studies underlying the policy are often of low quality, and do not substantiate officials’ claims. The vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.”

2. Comparison of VAERS fetal-loss reports during three consecutive influenza seasons: Was there a synergistic fetal toxicity associated with the two-vaccine 2009/2010 season?

Background: This study found the exact same flu vaccine/spontaneous abortion link when comparing the 2008–09 to the 2009–10 flu season.

Excerpt: “Thus, the concomitant administration of the seasonal influenza and pandemic A-H1N1 vac- cines during 2009/2010 suggests a synergistic toxicity and a statistically significant higher rate of fetal loss reporting relative to the single-dose seasons.”

3. Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy: A Critical Assessment of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Background: CDC’s recommendation to vaccinate pregnant women has no science to support it.

Excerpt: “The ACIP’s citations and the current literature indicate that influenza infection is rarely a threat to a normal pregnancy. There is no convincing evidence of the effectiveness of influenza vaccination during this critical period. No studies have adequately assessed the risk of influenza vaccination during pregnancy, and animal safety testing is lacking. Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative present in most inactivated formulations of the vaccine, has been implicated in human neurodevelopment disorders, including autism, and a broad range of animal and experimental reproductive toxicities including teratogenicity, mutagenicity, and fetal death. Thimerosal is classified as a human teratogen. The ACIP policy recommendation of routinely administering influenza vaccine during pregnancy is ill-advised and unsupported by current scientific literature, and it should be withdrawn. Use of thimerosal during pregnancy should be contraindicated.”

4. Vaccination against Human Influenza A/H3N2 Virus Prevents the Induction of Heterosubtypic Immunity against Lethal Infection with Avian Influenza A/H5N1 Virus

Background: From Neil Z. Miller: “Mice that were infected with a seasonal influenza virus survived exposure to a lethal influenza strain; vaccinated mice died.”

Excerpt: “As a result H3N2-vaccinated mice continued to loose body weight after A/H5N1 infection, had 100-fold higher lung virus titers on day 7 post infection and more severe histopathological changes than mice that were not protected by vaccination against A/H3N2 influenza….These findings may have implications for the general recommendation to vaccinate all healthy children against seasonal influenza in the light of the current pandemic threat caused by highly pathogenic avian A/H5N1 influenza viruses.”

5. Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccine during Pregnancy in Preventing Hospitalizations and Outpatient Visits for Respiratory Illness in Pregnant Women and Their Infants

Background: This study showed no benefit in health outcomes for women who received a flu vaccine while pregnant.

Excerpt: “Although the immunogenicity of influenza vaccination in pregnancy in mother and infant has been well documented, in this study, we were unable to demonstrate the effectiveness of influenza vaccination with data for hospital admissions and physician visits.”

6. Mandatory influenza vaccination? First we need a better vaccine

Background: Highly respected Canadian scientists questioning efficacy of the flu vaccine.

Excerpt: “Two research groups have recently reanalyzed the literature supporting influenza vaccination, including the vaccination of health care workers as a patient-safety measure.7,8 Both concluded that influenza vaccination is considerably less effective than is commonly accepted. These conclusions are not new: in 2007, Simonsen and colleagues9 similarly challenged the results of published influenza vaccine efficacy studies involving elderly patients.9

7. Evidence of bias in estimates of influenza vaccine effectiveness in seniors.

Background: This study claims the benefits to the elderly from getting a flu vaccine has been overstated. In fact, it says there are no benefits.

Excerpt: “The reductions in risk before influenza season indicate preferential receipt of vaccine by relatively healthy seniors. Adjustment for diagnosis code variables did not control for this bias. In this study, the magnitude of the bias demonstrated by the associations before the influenza season was sufficient to account entirely for the associations observed during influenza season.”

8. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Background: The authors reviewed 31 published studies on the flu vaccine and found little data to support the benefits of the vaccine.

Excerpt: “Influenza vaccines can provide moderate protection against virologically confirmed influenza, but such protection is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons. Evidence for protection in adults aged 65 years or older is lacking…New vaccines with improved clinical efficacy and effectiveness are needed to further reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality.”

9. Yearly influenza vaccinations: a double-edged sword?

Background: Vaccinating children every year for the regular flu could make them more at risk to pandemic strains of the flu in the future. Not good.

Excerpt: “Preventing infection with seasonal influenza viruses by vaccination might prevent the induction of heterosubtypic immunity to pandemic strains, which might be a disadvantage to immunologically naive people — eg, infants.”

10. Association between the 2008–09 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and Pandemic H1N1 Illness during Spring–Summer 2009: Four Observational Studies from Canada

Background: Further proof that prior vaccination with flu vaccine can make you MORE susceptible to future strains.

Excerpt: “Prior receipt of 2008–09 TIV was associated with increased risk of medically attended pH1N1 illness during the spring–summer 2009 in Canada. The occurrence of bias (selection, information) or confounding cannot be ruled out. Further experimental and epidemiological assessment is warranted. Possible biological mechanisms and immunoepidemiologic implications are considered.”

11. Influenza vaccine effectiveness in the community and the household.

Background: From Neil Z. Miller: “The current season’s influenza vaccine will not work in people who also received the previous season’s influenza vaccine.”

Excerpt: “Vaccine effectiveness estimates were lower than those demonstrated in other observational studies carried out during the same season. The unexpected findings of lower effectiveness with repeated vaccination and no protection given household exposure require further study.”


In conclusion: we want the truth, we can handle it

Lena Sun of the Washington Post

Parents are tired of hype and misdirection when it comes to vaccines. Vaccines have risks, vaccines have benefits. I don’t personally understand what purpose reporters like Ms. Sun serve to this debate except obscuring the truth. Luckily, science on this topic is readily available for anyone willing to spend the time to do research.

The new study in Vaccine looking at flu vaccines and spontaneous abortions is a credible, peer-reviewed study that found a very high correlation between successive seasons of flu vaccines and miscarriages. It deserves our attention, and it deserves an honest appraisal of where it fits into a growing body of literature raising serious concerns about the benefits of annual flu vaccines.

Earlier this year, I wrote a lengthy article detailing the emerging science that appeared to clearly explain how autism was caused. I highlighted the pioneer of all this learning, Dr. Paul Patterson from Caltech, and his seminal work Pregnancy, Immunity, Schizophrenia, and Autism. A quote from Dr. Patterson feels like an appropriate way to end this article. Parents, please do your own research:

“Finally, I want to ask a question that’s come up in the literature in the last few years — should we really be promoting universal maternal vaccination? The flu vaccine has been recommended routinely to pregnant women in the United States since 1957. The official policy of the Centers for Disease Control states that “administration of vaccines to women seeking prenatal care is an opportunity for preventative intervention that should not be wasted.” Now you might say, “Well, of course, you don’t want to get the flu if you’re pregnant!” But remember that double-stranded RNA experiment — we activated the immune system, and it caused all these downstream effects on the fetus. And what does a vaccination do? It activates the immune system. That’s the point of vaccination. In practice, not all pregnant women receive flu shots, and I think that universal vaccination of pregnant women could get us into a whole new set of problems.”


Addendum:

The news on this study is coming out fast and furious. Given what you just read about the science that has long been published that seems to corroborate the findings from this new study, I think you will share my shock in reading this article, which says the Committee that makes vaccination recommendations in the U.S. (the ACIP) has known about this data for more than TWO YEARS.

What do you say to women who have experienced a miscarriage after flu shot anytime after June, 2015?

Excerpts from article, bold added by me:

ACIP has known about this work for a couple of years and to date has chosen not to change its recommendation that pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy get a flu shot. The researchers made a preliminary report to the panel in June of 2015.

ACIP next meets at the end of October and will discuss the finding further then, said Dr. Amanda Cohn, senior adviser for vaccines at the CDC and executive secretary of the ACIP. Cohn said she couldn’t predict at this point whether those deliberations will lead to a vote on a policy recommendation.

Dr. Laura Riley, an ACIP member, is not convinced the finding is real [she obviously hasn’t considered the 11 studies above]. Riley, who is vice chair of obstetrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, said she doesn’t think there’s a biologically plausible explanation for why repeated flu shots would increase the risk of miscarriage [even though we have biological scince telling us why]. “I remain skeptical,” she said, adding the question needs more study.

“It’s not going to change my practice, that’s for sure,” [cognitive dissonance?] Riley told STAT. “I feel like women should be vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available and when they’re in my office. And if that’s in the first trimester, second trimester, third trimester, I’m vaccinating.”

She and other doctors will be doing a lot of that in the weeks to come. This is, after all, flu shot season in the Northern Hemisphere.

Belongia said while it’s not clear whether flu shots could increase the risk of miscarriage, it is known that contracting the flu during pregnancy can be dangerous for both a woman and her fetus.

But he and the CDC’s Cohn advised that pregnant women who are concerned should talk with their doctors. One option might be to time the flu shot for some point after the first trimester, if that’s possible, they suggested.


J.B. Handley is the father of a child with Autism. He and his wife co-founded Generation Rescue, a national autism charity. He spent his career in the private equity industry and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University. He is also the author of Did Chinese scientists find autism’s missing puzzle piece?, “The Only Vaccine Guide a New Parent Will Ever Need” , “An Angry Father’s Guide to Vaccine-Autism Science”, and “7 reasons CDC employees should be “crying in the hallways” Mr. Handley also has a free podcast called “How to End the Autism Epidemic” — you might enjoy his first six interviews:

“I made a hat”

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T’s been a while since last post.  Summer is usually tough to get through with an ASD kid – because there really is no relaxing and down time.  Summer is GO TIME for most ASD parents…  Man, did I schedule this summer!  Alexi had school this summer, then she was lucky enough to be accepted into Camp Moore sleep-away camp (thank you and shout out to ELKS) where she did well!  Then she had 2 weeks of JCC Camp Haverim which she enjoyed… and during the moments of down time we’ve gone to the beach several times and Sky Zone with school pals and gymnastic private lessons and we’ve gone to the mall and to Ikea and to BJ’s and go go go go go GO!!!!

Yesterday was Alexi’s last day of camp.  With her “brand” of ASD, there is no sentimentality, no real sadness about it being the last day…  It’s always about what is next to her.  She doesn’t reflect, doesn’t yearn for the past, there were no reports of her missing her family while at sleepaway camp… she’s basically stuck in the ID, stuck in the now and what will happen in her near future.  You can imagine – it is quite like an animal…  Temple Grandin writes about this similarity in her book, “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.”

So back to her being in the back seat of our car yesterday on her last day of camp.  I had her say goodbye to her teacher and away we drove.  She was hit with my usual list of questions… “So, Alexi, how was camp, fun?”  “No more camp, today’s the last day, ok?”  “Did you swim?”  to which she responded as per her usual…”Yes” in a quiet, distracted, unenthusiastic and uninspired voice.

We had some silence after she demanded “Music on” while we drove the 1/2 hour home. Then, she out of the blue announced, “I MADE A HAT!”  Just like that – like a NORMAL kid – just for a fleeting second…  Perhaps for you, this is the most normal thing a kid might say after a day of camp.  For me, it was EVERYTHING!  She doesn’t tell us diddly, shares nothing if not pressed, she just lives in the moment.  And when I told Pat – the reality of the wow factor was not lost on him, even though I told him at 2am last night after he had a night out with friends.  He couldn’t believe it………..  so – I had to share!

Is this “progress” ?  Is it a fleeting moment? Is it part of normal development and a growing trend we will see more of in the coming days?  Dunno…

Is it a result of the ionic foot baths, the supplement changes, the hbot, the no wheat, low dairy low sugar diet that is so hard to comply with, or is it the normal development of her aging, dunno……..  But it is NEW and that is what matters…………

GREEN FLOWER

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So our good friend brings gifts for our kids when she visits… this past weekend, she brought Alexi a Fidget Spinner.  I just never thought to get her one, but didn’t think she’d go gaga over it.  Turns out she played with it for a bit, put it down and didn’t touch it again for a few days.  It lived on the coffee table for the week.

So yesterday the girls and I headed to a store and Alexi took the spinner into the car with us.  She often scripts and talks to herself in the car so she was doing that in the back when out of nowhere she called out to Kyra and exclaimed, “Kyra……  Kyra, it’s a flower!” We kinda said yeah yeah it’s a flower.  Then I realized she was probably talking about the toy.. I asked her “Lexi, what color is the flower?” She replied, “Green… green flower” — and so, yeah, no biggie – except that it is….  What she did was a teeny but huge deal as it shows RIGHT BRAIN development —  not only did she (imagine/right brain skill) something creative by deciding the spinner looked like a flower (kinda looks like petals), she also wanted (joint attention/right brain skill) Kyra to know she thought of it and wanted to share that information.

In our world, that was HUGE!  Wanted to share……..

Summer 2017

 

19667604_10155369165862508_712385292548298491_oHello there!  It has been a long while since I’ve blogged due to technical difficulties and this switchover to wordpress.  If you are new to this blog and want to see previous posts – just click on the ARCHIVE tab…

Where to begin?

Last post was November around Thanksgiving…  Since then, let’s see, we have gone gung-ho on the hyperbaric chamber sessions and we have seen improvement!  She is sharper and “getting it” more and more as the weeks pass.

She is also really entering puberty and all the joys I’ve heard that brings for parents of a pre-teen with autism – she’s been caught lying, sneaking, and hiding — you’d think this would be horrible news.  For us – it’s a double edged mostly good sword, really,  as it proves she has a strong independent streak and is expressing her frustration with being controlled – and while that is not “easy” it is a very natural and expected stage of development around 11 years old and we are grateful, most days, for seeing her go through this stage.

So other than that, we started full steam ahead with our continued biomedical approach by officially checking out her insides and making sure we are doing all we can to help her get in a better place by going to Holistic Family Healthcare http://www.holisticfamilyhealthcarepc.com/.  Turns out, a lot of the things we were already doing were on the right track!  After blood tests and urine tests were completed and results were reviewed, we learned that Alexi had:

CASEIN: casein (milk protein) showed up in her bloodwork, so we need to do a better job at eliminating dairy more strictly…

METALS:  that she had some LEAD present in her bloodwork, so we should continue with chelating that out…

YEAST:  She had some yeast in her results so we need to stick to very low sugar no carb diet and keep giving her the natural yeast supplement…

SERATONIN:  She’s low on seratonin so we got a supplement to increase that…

LIVER:  her liver is stressed so we need to continue support for that…

OMEGA 3’S: She’s low on omega 3’s so we need to change her supplement for that…

GUT:  she does NOT have a lot of gut issues so that was good to confirm…

B VITAMINS:  her MTHFR results showed she has a need for B6, NOT B12…  so B12 shots would still over-methylate her if we tried that again….  good to know…

UPDATE:  3 of these supplements made her WIRED, not calmer :(.  Currently trying to figure out… why?

Her chiropractic visits are going well – still going once/5 weeks with continued, relaxed muscles in her neck area.  This change occurred after we eliminated yeast with Diflucan and ionic foot baths — finally her body could begin to heal and relax a bit.

So – overall – we are still in the long process of finding out what she needs – research and trying supplements are both expensive and time consuming – there’s tons of things to try, but at least now we have some guidance based on the science of her individual body and test results….  Keeping her as busy as possible, teaching her as many skills as I can along the journey… hoping hoping hoping she continues to improve with age as we go along this very traveled road…………….  as always, comments and questions are welcomed…