Does cultured food help autism?


I am sharing this mother’s story on benefits of using cultured foods to help her son’s autism.  We have personally used kefir for a short time but then stop.  This is worth looking at again!!

 

Her name was Mary and she changed my life the day I met her. It was the very beginning of my journey with cultured foods, and I was in hiding with my newfound knowledge. People didn’t understand what I was doing, and the thought of letting food ferment on your counter for days at a time . . . well, it sounded crazy to people and they let me know they thought I was nuts. So I decided I wasn’t going to tell anyone what I was doing. Nobody could have convinced me that these foods were bad. They had healed and made me well and I was so grateful. My own body had showed me the power of making probiotic foods and there was no turning back for me. But I didn’t like the ridicule, so I kept quiet until one day I met Mary. Our kids were in a drama class together, and I had brought some cultured vegetables and kefir with me to class. When she saw it, she asked me what it was, her eyes lit up, and I thought, “Oh no, here it comes.” But instead, she started sharing with me how these foods had changed her boys who were severely autistic. So miraculous was the change in her boys that I could hardly tell they had any tendency towards autism. They were bright and smart and I loved them. She shared with me her journey and how much these foods had helped her boys, along with exercise and therapy, and we became fast friends. Every week we would sit and talk about bacteria and all it could do. Mary was so smart and had such knowledge that I sucked it up like a sponge. I finally had a friend who understood my love for microbes and it felt like pure joy to me. These foods hadn’t just changed me and my family, they’d changed Mary’s family, too, and we were on to something. The stories she told me of her boys convinced me early on that I needed to learn as much as I could about these cultured foods. Mary gave me the courage I needed to spread the good news that cultured foods worked, and for that I will always be grateful. Her life experience with autism and cultured foods was a mighty thing to behold; and years later, research is catching up with what Mary knew for sure – probiotic foods work for autism.

The trial that was so successful, it failed

One study on autism that really made an impact on me was done by food microbiologist Glenn Gibson at the University of Reading. It is referred to by some people as “the trial that was so successful, it failed.” The study was done with 40 autistic children all between the ages of 4 and 13 years. Each child was randomly placed in one of two groups. For three weeks, one group was given a probiotic supplement with the species Lactobacillus plantarum, which is abundant in cultured vegetables. The other children were given a placebo. After three weeks, the researchers planned to switch what each group was receiving, supplement or placebo. However, the parents of the children taking the probiotic saw such positive results that they knew which group they were in and refused to switch to the placebo. They saw too many improvements in not only digestive health but also mental and behavioral health that they said it was heartbreaking to have to stop their child from taking the probiotic. The children were calmer and had a greater ability to listen and concentrate. The trial had such a large dropout rate that it was discontinued. 1

In another study, which was done on mice at the California Institute of Technology, researchers found that mothers who had an induced infection or inflammation during pregnancy had offspring with autism-like behaviors, such as social avoidance, anxiety, repetitive actions, and GI disorders. The researchers fed these mice Bacteroides fragilis, a bacterium that has been used as probiotic therapy in animals with GI disorders and is also found in a healthy human gut. The result? The behavior of the treated mice changed. They were more likely to interact with other mice, had reduced anxiety, and were less likely to become aggressive. 2

Different gut flora in autistic children

Kids with autism have bee found to have different gut flora. The pathogenic bacteria called “Clostridia,” as well as the lesser-known bacteria called Sutterrella was abundant in their guts.  One study done by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center 2017 4  showed that restoring the gut flora with a mixture of healthy bacteria can help change GI disorders that often accompany autism, and there is also a huge brain-gut connection in which microbes play a big part. Not only does bacteria help us digest our meals properly, but as the microbes break down food, they release waste products that travel through our bloodstream to the brain and impact our mood by stimulating the vagus nerve which affects the brain. Many of the bacteria waste products are neurotransmitters that have the ability to influence our moods in both those with autism and those without it. Anxiety, depression, hostility, and improving problem solving can often be helped greatly by changing the bugs in our gut. Certain bacteria in the gut release serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), both of which can change the mood. I have witnessed this first hand.

Mary fed her boys tons of kefir and cultured vegetables and they got lots of exercise which helps your microbes, too. Those boys transformed, and not just a little; it turned their lives around. I have another story that a mom sent to me that I’d love to share with you. You can also find her story on my Lives Touched page.

Rebecca shares her story in her own words.

Rebecca Willis

Rebecca Willis

“Hi there, Donna! I bought milk kefir grains from you back in early 2014 after watching your moving testimonial video. My son, Hudson, was 4 years old at the time and had recently received a PDD-NOS diagnosis (which is a non-specific autism spectrum diagnosis) and I was desperately researching possible causes of this frustrating syndrome. He was always a sweet child but had chronic constipation, behavioral problems, and severe learning disabilities. When I started him on milk kefir, he was only able to label people and things when I pointed to them; that was the extent of his communication abilities. The first night after giving both of us kefir in the form of chocolate protein shakes, I put him in bed with me out of fear of the dreaded Herxheimer reaction. I had some mild reactions myself, but what was very scary for me was waking up to Hudson wheezing and sounding like he couldn’t get any air into his lungs. I jumped up, put on shoes and buckled him into his car seat and we took off for the ER at the children’s hospital. Midway there, I heard a little voice singing in the backseat . . . so I pulled over, peered back at him and he was just smiling back at me and singing. That was the only day that he had a scary reaction from the die-off, but it still sticks out in my memory because it showed me the battle that was happening in his body with the introduction of an army of good bacteria. Two weeks after that day, Hudson began speaking in full sentence . . .  TWO WEEKS. I could not even believe what I was hearing! After that, I became a kefir prophet myself and my whole family started making and drinking kefir. Hudson is now almost 9 years old and is thriving! He is telling gross jokes and acting like a neuro-typical immature boy and I couldn’t be happier. In terms of his learning, he has become an avid reader and never wants us to tell him how to pronounce a difficult word . . . he tried for at least 5 minutes the other night to pronounce “unconscious” and finally allowed me to tell him, after which he repeated it incredulously and laughed hysterically. He is also a math machine and prides himself on already knowing many of his times tables. Physically speaking, we have gone from weekly enemas to address his once-chronic constipation to never needing them. We still need to get him tested for food sensitivities again, but I have let him try some foods that he was previously sensitive to and he doesn’t have as many problems as he did before.

In terms of my own kefir journey, I have not been as consistent with it, but I always notice marked improvement in my bowel habits, overall health, and my outlook on life when I’m having kefir at least every other day. I recently got a hypothyroid diagnosis, so I am taking the consistency with the kefir routine much more seriously now.

Something else that I have tried, without the advice of a doctor, just because I thought it was worth a shot, are kefir whey implant enemas. My thought stemmed from the idea of fecal transplants and the idea that if someone’s probiotic bacteria load has been ravaged by antibiotics, it will affect the entire digestive tract, not just the upper part. I don’t trust anyone enough to use their poo for that (nor would I trust the medical community to select someone suitable), so I thought of the kefir. I decided that milk solids would inflame the lower digestive system, but maybe whey would be OK? (I’m sure many people have decided I am cuckoo at this point in the story.) I started on myself first and tried one enema per week for about two months. After just two rounds, I noticed increases in energy, started feeling hungry in the morning for the first time ever, and started losing weight without even trying. I also noticed that my wedding ring got looser and my stomach stuck out less, which indicated that I was retaining less water and was, therefore, less bloated. The effect on my bowels has been astounding and has even had positive effects on my mood! My husband was so amazed by my experience that he tried it and it has cured his decades-long chronic indigestion and has allowed him to start eating certain foods he could not eat before without stomach pain and never-ending gas! There are still some foods he cannot tolerate, but the changes have been noticeable. My hope is, since these are living probiotic bacteria, that one day we won’t have to do the enemas anymore at all. For now, we are happy to do them once per week and it has almost become a competition to see whose body can produce the most happy growls and gurgles.

I hope you rest easy every night knowing that you have changed innumerable lives, many of which will never be able to thank you directly, face-to-face. Thank you for sharing your story with the world and choosing such a worthwhile vocation – to share your knowledge, experience, and life-saving probiotic cultures. Together, we can heal our sick, tired, and sad society . . . one kefir grain at a time!”

Definitely worth trying and seeing how much better you feel!!  Share your experiences with cultured foods.

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Vaccine Detox Plan!


Here is a plan for a gentle vaccine detox.  Many of us know how much a simple vaccine can cause damage to your health and body!

“Regardless of what your stance on vaccines is, you should know that the ingredients in vaccines are toxic to the human body. Vaccine ingredients  include: sucrose, fructose, dextrose, potassium phosphate,  aluminum potassium sulfate, peptone, bovine extract, formaldehyde,FD&C Yellow #6, aluminum lake dye, fetal bovine serum, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate, aluminum hydroxide, benzethonium chloride, lactose  thimerosal, ammonium sulfate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, bovine extract), calf serum, aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate, and ethanol. Unfortunately, most of these ingredients accumulate in our bodies and will not leave the body without assistance.

 

A Gentle Vaccine Detox For Children and Adults

Here are some gentle detox ideas to help your body detoxify from heavy metals and other vaccine toxins and recover your health.

Detox Bath

A detox bath helps strengthen the immune system and flush out toxins that have built up in our body.

Add 6 drops of Zendocrine to your child’s bath with a few pinches of Epsom salt.

This powerful blend combines Rosemary, Cilantro, and Juniper Berry, known for their detoxifying properties and ability to support healthy liver function, while Tangerine and Geranium have purifying effects against unhealthy substances.

 

Garlic

After eating a crushed clove of garlic, a chain of metabolic events results in the release of allicin in the small intestine. Allicin  eliminates pathogens, while leaving the beneficial bacteria alone. Allicin, provides the primary healing aspects of garlic. It also binds heavy metals and helps us todetox. It’s best effects come from eating 3 or more cloves each day.

Silica

Silicic acid is an antidote for aluminum poisoning and silica as a detox agent for heavy metals.When a person consumes silica, the aluminum and the other heavy metals present in the body are passed in the urine and eliminated with it.

 

Horsetail is a great and inexpensive herbal source of silica. Additionally, foods that help keep your silica levels high are: Unrefined whole grains such as rye, barley, oats, and wheat. Alfalfa sprouts nuts, and other seeds will boost your silica levels and let you experience silica health benefits.

Chlorella

According to several strong scientific studies, chlorella helps support healthy detoxification of heavy metals from the body because it naturally binds to heavy metals which are carried out of the body through natural processes of elimination. You can take chlorella in capsule form, or just add it to smoothies.

Probiotics

Since heavy metals and other toxins tend to alter bacterial balance within the gut, supplementing with probiotic-rich foods such as organic yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut,  kombucha, fermented vegetables is very important  for detoxing and protecting against the harmful effects of vaccines.

Omega 3 Cod Liver Oil

Omega 3 fatty acids also block excitoxins while repairing cellular damage.  I give my child  one teaspoon of the Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil  daily, which needs to be refrigerated and used quickly in order to maintain its optimal capacity to help the body.

Cilantro 

Cilantro binds to heavy metals, pulling them from blood and body tissues, and eliminates them from the body. It  is one of the most effective and gentle detoxifiers of heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. It is excellent for extracting mercury from your body’s organs. This herb is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and remove heavy metals from the brain.

You can juice with cilantro, add it to your smoothies, or eat it raw. Consume at least 1 teaspoon daily for 2-3 weeks or add 6-7 drops cilantro essential oil to your  bath.

References:

http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/10/1/2

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11535365

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8686573

Vitamins & Autism


I wanted to share this blog post with you.  I have written articles in the past about the effects of our diet on health and well-being.  All of the chemicals and additives put into the vaccinations now are causing more health problems than previously thought. Many children are struggling to maintain good health and progress than ever before.

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Autism, Vitamin A and Vaccinations

Toy CarsA few weeks ago, I blogged about Vitamin D and how the rise in Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to the rise in autism, but vitamin D is not the only deficiency that has been linked to autism and some people are suggesting that a deficiency in vitamin A may be responsible.

As I have said before, the Standard American Diet is not healthy and, although we may be eating a lot and filling ourselves up, many of us are actually malnourished because our diet does not contain enough of the essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly and for our children to develop and grow correctly. Instead our diets are high in sugar, fats, salt and empty calories. However, low fat diets can also be bad for us because by not eating an adequate amount of fat we may actually be causing our bodies to be deficient in vitamin A, which is found in foods like full fat dairy foods, liver and cod liver oil.

Autism and Vaccines

In a study entitled “Is Autism a G-Alpha Protein Defect Reversible with Natural Vitamin A?”, Mary Megson, MD, a developmental pediatrician, argues that “Autism may be a disorder linked to the disruption of the G-alpha protein, affecting retinoid receptors in the brain” and that some cases of autism may be caused by “inserting a G-alpha protein defect, the pertussis toxin found in the D.P.T. vaccine, into genetically at-risk children”. This study also argues that the live viral measles vaccine (MMR) depletes a child’s existing supply of vitamin A and so has a negative impact on the retinoid receptors in the brain.

Megson, in an article entitled “Autism and Vaccinations”, reports that this G-Alpha protein defect causes:-

  • Night blindness
  • Problems seeing light-to-dark shading
  • Problems perceiving what they are seeing – Children try to make sense of things by lining up toys, sorting objects by color etc.
  • Avoidance of eye contact – Megson believes that this is because the child is trying to get light to “land off center in the retina”.
  • Hypersensitivity – A gentle touch can feel rough, common sounds can sound harsh.

Is Vitamin A the Answer?

Megson writes of how she has been treating autistic children effectively with cod liver oil, a source of vitamin A retinol, to “bypass blocked G protein pathways and turn on these central retinoid receptors”. She reports that there were marked improvements in the children in just a few days, including improved eye contact and better vision and perception. After two months of this vitamin A treatment, the children were given a single dose of a drug called bethanechol, to stimulate pathways. These children were then able to talk, laugh, focus and concentrate – a huge improvement!

Research like this really does emphasize the need to give our children a nutrient rich diet and to make sure that we make up for any potential deficiencies with supplements. Cod liver oil is great for children because it is a great source of vitamins D and A (deficiencies have been linked to autism), omega 3 essential fatty acids, and it also offers us the following benefits:-

  • Improved blood flow
  • Reduced risk of coronary heart disease
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Better vision
  • Healthier skin
  • Healthy joints
  • Healthy brain development

There are many different types of cod liver oil supplements available for children – syrups, capsules, chewy tablets etc., so you’re bound to find one that your child likes and will take without any problem.

You can read Dr Megson’s article and study at:-

http://www.westonaprice.org/moderndiseases/autism.html

http://www.whale.to/vaccines/autism35.html

http://www.newautism.com/autism-vitamin-a-and-vaccinations/479/

Missourians: Please call Senators today!!!


HB 557, a bill protecting the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children, is still NOT on the calendar.  If it doesn’t get on today the calendar today then it is guaranteed to NOT become law this year, and we NEED this protection!

If you have called Senator Dempsey, thank you.  I am asking that you call again.  If you have not called him, NOW is your chance.

Senator Dempsey will not be in Jefferson City for the last two days of this legislative session, Thursday and Friday.  He is the one in charge of deciding what goes onto the Senate Calendar, so we must act right away!

Please make a brief and polite phone call to Senator Dempsey, the president pro tem, urging him to get this bill onto the senate calendarTODAY for a third read and a vote.  His office number is (573) 751-1141.  You don’t need to necessarily speak to the senator.  A message with his staff would be sufficient.

I would also encourage you to contact your own senator and encourage him to speak to Senator Dempsey about the importance of getting this bill on the calendar.  You can look up your senator here.

Here are some ideas of what you could say to Senator Dempsey and to your senator…

Families are counting on you to get HB 557 onto the Senate calendar!  Please place this bill on the Senate calendar so that there is an opportunity to protect parental rights in statute this session!

OR

Families are the backbone of the state of Missouri!  Please put HB 557 on the Senate calendar today to move the protection of parental rights forward.

Thank you,

Jill Johnson

Missouri Coordinator for ParentalRights.org

More research in support of Omega 3’s helping autism – Chia Seeds


I have written posts in the past discussing the benefits of Omega 3‘s helping autism.  An article I received recently discussed the benefits of consuming Chia Seeds for autistic children and helping with brain function.  One of the main issues we have in educating our son is the lack of retention.  He can pick up things here and there but for the most part we are relearning items every day.  I don’t know if this will help as I haven’t tried it with my son but I found this article in relation to that and hemp and thought I would share in case it helps someone else.

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Autism cures – especially natural autism cures – are becoming increasingly sought after

as the autism rate in the US and across the world continues to climb. While the exact causes of autism are still being researched (with Big Pharma vaccines already being a confirmed suspect), scientific studies are now bringing to light a new connection between autism and omega 3 fatty acid deficiency. Yasmin Neggers, professor of human nutrition, conducted a matched case control study in Korea, comprised of 29 autistic boys, who ranged in age from 8 to 11 years old (as well as a control group of 29 comparably healthy boys). She measured the children’s total cholesterol, high-density cholesterol, low density lipoprotein, LDL/HDL ratio, total fatty acid concentrations, as well as their omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid levels.

Remarkably, the study showed that autistic children had much lower omega 3 levels compared to healthy children, especially levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Not only that, but the autistic children also had a significantly lower ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids than the healthy children. Thus, it was discovered that autistic children exhibited an omega 3 deficiency – which makes sense, because it is exactly these omega 3 fatty acids which build nerve and brain tissues, and affect motor coordination. The professor concluded that omega 3 fatty acid deficiency is now a strong predictor of autism, and she is not the only one – there have numerous other randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trialswhich came to the same conclusion.

If you’re looking for a natural cure for autism (or Asberger’s or any of the autism spectrum disorders), forget side effect-laden Big Pharma drugs and look instead to Mother Nature and her array of super foods. There are two remarkable and outstanding sources of omega 3 fatty acids that could be the solution. Chia seeds are an exceptionally high source of easily digestible omega 3 fatty acids, as well as being a powerhouse of nutrition, very high in minerals and boasting an almost the complete protein spectrum (19 out of 22 amino acids). Hemp seeds are another phenomenal source of omega 3 fatty acids, as well as containing the ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 (3:1), something which virtually no other food does. Together, taken on a daily basis, super food chia and hemp seeds can counter any omega 3 deficiencies, build healthy nerve and brain tissue, and restore the body’s correct and optimal balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

Chia and hemp may the best natural way to deal with autism until more research is done. It is too early to say if they could become an autism cure, but if I were a parent of an autistic child, I would certainly give them a go.Super foods have been known to cure many diseases, including cancer, that Western Medicine has falsely stated were incurable.”

Source: Autism Cure? 

MMR Vaccine and Autism Case won in Federal Court


There have been several news reports and debates regarding whether vaccines cause autism and other health issues lately.  This email was sent to me and I am passing it on to you to help further your fight in protection of your child.  Stay strong and be aware of any ill side effects from medications or vaccines (if you choose to administer them)!!

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MMR vaccine and autism case won in Federal Court, per………….

Tell Congress that Vaccine Court Has Ruled CA Boy has Autism from MMR

This isn’t supposed to happen.

It happened again. The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
(VICP) has awarded Ryan Mojabi and his family a multi-million dollar settlement for autism as the result of an injury from the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Ryan’s family joins Hannah Poling and at least 85 others who have received judgments for vaccine-induced autism from the VICP. These people aren’t supposed to exist. We are told again and again that vaccines cannot cause autism, vaccines have never caused autism, and vaccines never will cause autism. Except when they do.

Here is the link to the settlement document.

Please click on the Take Action Link to share this information with your elected representatives in Washington, and ask them to support further hearings into why this thing that supposedly cannot exist keeps on happening. As we saw in the vaccine hearing in November, many members of Congress are clearly skeptical of both the competence and truthfulness of the autism bureaucracy.

And remember Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license for suggesting that there may be a connection between autism, the MMR and bowel disease, and that further study was warranted (but people should continue to immunize. )

To learn more about the documented VICP cases of compensated VICP injury cases read. “Unanswered Questions, A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury”. More than 80 cases were documented in a review of the relatively few VICP cases that are available to the public.

Please share this message with friends and family and please post it to Facebook and other social networks.

Posted by Age of Autism at January 16, 2013 at 5:45 AM

http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/01/tell-congress-that-vaccine-court-has-ruled-ca-boy-has-autism-from-mmr.html#comments

 

Sensory activities to help with “stimming” behaviors


Time sure does fly by fast.  I wish now that I had paid more attention to the pamphlets and brochures given to me by the therapist and specialists.  In some ways, though, I don’t think my son was ready for activities.  Now that he seems to be understanding more of what I am trying to teach him – I revisited the pamphlets and I wanted to share some activities that might help your child as well.

One component of autism is sensory problems.  If you are NOT familiar with this term let me explain – most of us can process lots of outside stimuli such as: the radio being on, fans, dryers, pots and pans clanging, vacuums, etc. etc., for a child with autism all of this “stimulation” is like running your fingers down a chalkboard.  Their nervous system is not able to process and interpret the noise therefore they will retreat and find ways of calming their “nerves”, it is similar to information overload.   If you have been around children with sensory problems you may know that some of thes calming behaviors they obtain are not acceptable or tolerable.  A child with autism may run around in circles, flap their hands, lick the furniture or other objects, bang their head into walls, and the list goes on.

As parents/loved ones how can we help our children to learn appropriate behaviors to process and internalize their environment?  I will share some exercises that have been recommended to me by therapists as well as activities that we have used ourselves and noticed an improvement.

Some of the first things to consider when working with the sensory & vestibular system is that people with functioning nervous systems know where their limbs and bodies are in space at all times.  If I were to ask you right now where your foot is you can tell me without hesitation.  As my therapists explained to me that a child without sensory input may lose the ability to know where he/she is in space and time.    “The vestibular system plays an important part in our ability to interact with the environment.  It tells us how and where we are moving, if we are moving up, down, fast, slow, angular or circular.  Now think about times when you have been dizzy, and the whole room seems to be spinning – imagine that you are trying to negotiate a crowded hallway.  You are not able to accurately perceive the information about your own movement.  The receptors for the vestibular system are located in the inner ear, and are stimulated by movement of the head and input form the other senses.  This system tells us where our body is in space.  It lets us know the quality of our movements, and tells us if it’s our body or the environment that is moving.”

Depending on your child, you will need to determine if you need to apply calming or alerting activities to his daily activities.  For my child he has problems staying motivated and on task unless someone is working with him one-on-one, therefore, I try to  institute alerting activities.  It stands to reason then if your child is hyperactive and cannot sit still then you would need to instigate calming activities.

Alerting activities:

*Jumping on a trampoline or doing jumping jacks

*Hanging upside-down by the knees on the jungle gym

*Riding a scooter down a ramp

*Sitting and bouncing on a therapy (or any kind of plastic ball that is big enough to sit and bounce on; an exercise ball is great too)

*Standing and twirling in a circle

*Bending over with head between the knees

*Changing positions

Calming activities:

*Jumping on a trampoline or doing jumping jacks

*Swinging on a playground swing

*rocking in a rocking chair

*Sitting on a teeter–totter

*Sitting on a air cushion, therapy ball (or any plastic ball) to receive input during class activities

*take a break to do an errand for the teacher

*rolling slowly back and forth in a barrel

As I previously mentioned, I tried instituting some of these activities when my son was younger but did not notice any improvement.  Please don’t be discouraged if your child is not ready for these exercises.  The main point is to keep trying and find what works for your child!

Until next time! 🙂

Aluminum – the dangers to Cognitive Health


This was posted a year ago on my blog, it is a follow-up to the first post with more information….

“Several months ago it came to our attention the dangers of aluminum.  Some children with learning disabilities may have a possibility of high levels of metals in their system.  Aluminum is one of those metals that can be found in many foods and cooking ware, utensils, canned foods, deodorant etc.

When your child is already suffering from mental cognition the less metals and toxins you put in his/her body is better. We switched from teflon coated pans to iron skillets, and from pots and pans to pressure cookers and ones without any coatings on the bottom.

All of these changes may require you to search high and low for these items that are slowly fading into existence, but the health of your family depends on it.

Items that need to be adjusted and possibly eliminated from your child’s diet include:

*deodorant

*aluminum pots and pans

*aluminum foil

*baking powder

*baking soda

* some medications may contain aluminum

*CANNED FOOD

It is also important to look at baked goods (breads, tortillas, crackers etc.) for any ingredient listing with the word “aluminum” in it.  Store bought canned food is probably one of the biggest sources for aluminum.

For the health of your child and family, try learning how to can your own foods in order to limit your exposure to aluminum.  Homemade items are much better than packaged food.

Red Bob Mills Aluminum Free baking powder and baking soda are some recommended products.  Some retail stores and local health food stores carry these items.”

 

All’s well on the homefront


Since my last post, all seems to be going well at the moment.  Nathan seems to be exhibiting normal behavior for the developmental years he has missed.  A couple of new additions to our household have been a great improvement to his growth.

A few months ago both of our older treadmills quit working.  It took awhile but this time we decided to use manual workout equipment instead of motors and save ourselves the hassle of expensive replacement units.  Therefore, for the price of one electric treadmill we purchased a manual bicycle (stationary) and a manual treadmill.  Trying to teach a child who doesn’t understand ordinary concepts has been challenging but he seems determined to learn.  The bike is the equipment he enjoys the most and tries to make an effort in pedaling.  The treadmill on the other hand is very difficult for him to “power” unless we are moving the belt for him.  As we are learning both of these instruments are excellent for improving his motor coordination!

Whether it is the physical exercise or his age Nathan seems to be adjusting and growing like an ordinary little boy.

Growing and learning


I haven’t written a post in a while.  Things have been really hectic the last few months.  However, great changes have been made in our son’s progress.  We did a trial run with the Zeolite powder and noticed his cognitive awareness was increased tremendously.  We went on vacation and like most people keeping up the vitamin routine is very difficult.  However, many people who knew Nathan since he was really small had noticed a big change in him.

Once we got home, I ordered some new vitamins via the homeopath Dr. that I recommended in the earlier blog.  However, shortly after receiving those we had company come and visit for a week, and I started a new job, things are slowly starting to get in a routine though again.  Toward the end of the visit I noticed that his speech had slowed down again therefore I gave him some more DMAE and it started right up.

During our week vacation I came across other parents who have had questions and concerns about behaviors and activities that their child exhibited but didn’t find anyone who could answer them.  My best advice to all those involved, keep asking questions!  If your doctor doesn’t answer you, talk to a friend, neighbor or anyone you can think of.  Most likely, you will come across someone who has experienced what you are going through.

An epiphany I just experienced was our visitors were grandparents who have not had much contact with Nathan over the years.  During the visit, some of the behaviors I used to think were medical conditions are actually traits passed down from his parents.  This alters my “treatment” protocol because now I realize that the more I don’t correct these undesirable behaviors the more he will do them when he gets older.

Discipline with a disabled child can be very difficult as it is extremely important to their well-being.  We (often mothers) tend to protect or as some would say “coddle” their child because of their condition.  My problem is that I don’t know how much he understands of “no” or other corrections that work on his older sisters.  His mental capacity is not at the same level as theirs, however, after reading numerous books about the importance of protecting them from abusers or others who would take advantage of their situation; it is becoming a #1 concern to me that I know needs to be corrected.

In the last few weeks I have heard several sentences that are starting to make sense, and requests that can be understood.  He still gets excited and goes on a “tirade” about something he is upset or concerned about, but for the most part he is starting to increase his vocabulary and personality.

Even though my “treatments” – vitamin regime hasn’t been as regulated as it should, he is still making some progress but it also gives us a good idea of what is working well.

Continue to the fight and know that in the end with prayer and patience the journey you have been on, both of you will have learned a lot about each other and what is needed for optimal health! 🙂

Until next time!