Press On! (A Testimony About Probiotics)

June 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm 8 comments

Okay, I must confess!  I have been there – the place where I have felt that I just can’t press on another moment in the fight for healing for my son with autism.  When we first began working on the intestinal imbalances (yeast and harmful bacteria), the detox reactions were sometimes so severe that I wasn’t sure it was worth it!  Now that we are on the other side of it, I am grateful we pressed through because of the progress made.  We noticed significant improvement in my son’s behavior when we cleaned up his gut.  However, in the midst of the various treatments, I found myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained!   

One of the most difficult struggles I found was his “disagreeableness.”  Oh, I am sure that is not a word, but it describes his pre-detox and during-detox behavior best.  He would constantly argue and fuss about everything, sometimes it seemed just for the sake of being disagreeable.   

The first thing we did to address my son’s intestinal imbalances was to give him a high-quality and high-potency probiotic (beneficial bacteria).  At first, my son was so toxic that we could only give it to him every third day.  Any more than that would cause his face and ears to flush and would send him to the floor in one tantrum after another.  I think it was seeing this severe reaction that made me realize just how much he needed it!  After a couple of weeks, we increased the dose to every other day, then to every day.  Finally, we began a daily dose that was double and then triple the original dose.  During the time when there was “die-off” of the yeast and harmful bacteria, his behavior actually got much worse.  He walked around on his toes all day long, he argued at everything, or refused to talk, and he was aggressive and mean to everyone.

But, after the yeast and bacteria in my son’s intestines started dying off, his behavior improved!  He became less hyper, less frustrated, less aggressive, and, yes, he actually became “agreeable!” I felt like a huge weight had lifted!  I was absolutely amazed at how much intestinal health (or lack of it) can affect mood and behavior! 

Since that time, I have learned that the intestines (or the “gut”) is sometimes referred to as a “second brain” and has a big part in serotonin levels.  Also, yeast and bacteria put of toxic by-products, which enter the blood stream and can affect the brain.  No wonder  my son became agreeable when his gut became balanced! 

I believe probiotics are such an enormous part of creating and maintaining good gut health and, therefore, overall wellness.  I am now such a firm believer in them that when my second son was born, I began giving him high doses of probiotics (formulated for infants, and casein-free) when he was only hours old.  Our entire family now takes high doses of probiotics – we have seen their benefits and will always make them a part of our foundation for healthy living!  Press on!  Blessings to you and your family!

“For I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14 NASB

 

 

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  • 1. Tori  |  July 25, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I’m curious, what brand/type of probiotics do you use?

    Thanks!
    Tori
    http://gfcfblog.blogspot.com

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  • 2. acttoday  |  July 31, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Tori, We are actually using probiotics by a company that is releasing their new line in just a couple of months. They are absolutely fantastic! They brought such dramatic results for my kids – they are so effective that I believe the probiotics are what saved my youngest son from needing a colonoscopy! They should be available for sale in just a couple of months. When they are, I will definitely give the link!

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  • 3. Alex  |  October 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    My 5 yr old son is on the gf/cf/sf diet and I’m just about to order lots of supplements online. After reading your Press On! it sounded like us, however we haven’t started any probiotic yet. My son’s “disagreeableness” (made sense to me!) is pretty bad right now, without any supplement. How long roughly was the “rough part” for you?

    Did the new line of probiotics that you mentioned come out yet?

    Thanks!
    Alex

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  • 4. acttoday  |  October 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Alex,

    Yes, the probiotic product (and other products we use) have been released and they are fantastic! The company is Neocore Spectrum, and the website is http://www.neocorespectrum.com. The probiotic is very high-potency with 25 + Billion CFUs (colony forming units). It is gluten-free, casein-free and also free from FOS (a prebiotic in many probiotics that feeds bad bacteria). It also is formulated so that the probiotics survive the stomach acid and can actually colonize in the intestines – where they can do their job.
    We also use all the products offered by Neocore Spectrum – the multivitamin/multimineral, enzymes (both chewable and capsules), omega-3 fish oil (small gelcaps), liquid antioxidant extracts (my sons LOVE the Blueberry), and the Silver Renew gel. The Silver Renew skin gel has been wonderful for us – we use it on bug bites, skin irritations, eczema, and even used it on a viral rash called Molluscum. I recently had some horrible eczema flare-ups on my arms and used the Silver Renew and saw relief within minutes, and complete resolution in only a few days.
    The thing I love best about the Neocore Spectrum products is that I really feel I am getting a value for my money. For example, the multivitamin/multimineral is very complete and is reasonably priced. It is well-suited for our autistic children. (I use the products for myself too!) It is free from copper and iron, it uses many natural forms of vitamins. It also contains the active forms of folic acid, vitamin B 12, B-6 (it contains P-5-P), which the information published by the DAN! doctors and the Autism Research Institute shows that autistic children have difficulties processing these vitamins and need the more active forms. There are even bioflavonoids for extra antioxidant protection. A multi like this is truly hard to come by!
    Alex, to answer your question as to how long the most difficult part lasted – I must say that it took several months of working on the yeast imbalance before I noticed that my son’s behavior and mood improved and the “disagreeableness” began fading away. As I mentioned, he was so toxic when we began the probiotic supplementation, that we saw his behavior worsen for the first few weeks. He even had some nights of rough sleep where he would kick and scream out at night. I now know that was the bacterial and yeast die-off. Now I know that activated charcoal pills can help alleviate some of the die-off reactions. (Make sure not to take the activated charcoal within 2 hours of eating or taking any supplements.) Also, it is important to stay away from sugar – even excessive fruit sugar (ex. we avoid dried fruit) and moldy foods. It’s also important to work on the overall health of the body – supplying the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and nutrition that the body, and specifically the immune system needs.
    It is a lot of effort, but I must say it is worth it! Tonight as I was giving my boys a bath, I was thinking back a couple of years. I was remembering how difficult it was back then to give my son a bath. He would throw a constant fit during bath time – he didn’t like the water over his head, he didn’t like the smell of the soap (which was totally unscented!), he didn’t like the towel, he didn’t want his hair dried, and on and on! By the time I got him to bed, I would be in tears! Now our bath and bedtime routines are a joy! My boys hug and kiss each other goodnight and say “I love you!” to each other and to me! It is what I hoped, worked, and prayed for, and I am truly thankful! I pray for that same joy for you!
    Blessings!

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  • 5. Stephanie  |  March 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I was wondering how you gave it to them. I have Autistic twin boys. I can’t find somethign that tells me how to give it to them… in yogurt? jello?

    Thanks!

    Stephanie

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  • 6. Detoxifying  |  April 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I real enjoying reading your articles and I love your writing style! Thank’s!

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  • 7. Sarah Bucacci  |  April 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    How is everything now?

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    • 8. acttoday  |  May 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks for asking! Everything is wonderful! My children are doing very well and improving all the time! A couple of years ago, we took a very serious look at the immune system and the role of infections and inflammation. When we focused on addressing these issues as a primary goal, we noticed a very dramatic improvement, and this improvement has been maintained and continued for two years. We still follow a gluten-free/casein-free/soy free/corn free diet and a diet that strictly avoids any foods which produce an allergic response, as seen either through testing or observed reaction. I firmly believe in following this type of diet for life and for good health. (Not just for people on the autism spectrum.) As I’ve written before, Dr. Richard Frye (and other researchers doing similar work) has noted that milk downregulates the immune system. I read a great deal from health websites that are not relating to autism, and there is much information about the downfalls of milk and wheat. My own health has imrpoved from following this diet for 7+ years. I’ll share more in another post about what I’ve learned, and what we have done, to strengthen the immune system. For now, I’ll tell you one product that we love – Ecological Formulas’ Vitamin C from Tapioca – NOT made from corn. This product comes in powder and capsules, so if you buy it, make sure you check to make sure you are getting the form you like. The powder is very bitter, and my children prefer to take the capsules.
      Thanks for your question!

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