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Parents Rights & Autism

One of the best blogs I have seen on parents rights in custody battles relating to autism:

http://autismcustodybattles.wordpress.com/

October 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Teleconference Seminar on Causes and Treatment of Autism

There is lots of great information on the internet about the causes and treatment of autism.  Early on in our journey to bring our son to healing from autism, I personally found so much help from the Autism Research Institute www.autism.com and many others.  I spent hours and hours staying up way too late, educating myself about the causes and treatment of autism (the treatment of it and not merely management of behavioral manifestations). 

Recently, I discovered an upcoming teleconference seminar which I believe will clearly present information on the causes and treatment of autism.  I have personally registered for it because I am interested in always learning more about helping my son.  I believe it will be educational and full of hope! 

The teleconference seminar is scheduled for August 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Here is the link to register:

http://JustAskDrMike.com

When you register, you will be directed to a page with the phone number to call in for the teleconference, and it also includes a link to listen live via webcast. 

I also encourage you to read the information on this related website:  www.Lispectrum.com   There is fantastic, well-presented information on this site about the causes and treatment of autism.  I encourage you to read it! 

Blessings to you as you learn and journey toward healing!

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5 NASB

August 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm 2 comments

Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet in Autism – A Great Starting Place for Biomedical Treatment

Yanti had a question on the effectiveness of the gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diet in autism and whether hyperactivity or non-hyperactivity was a factor in deciding whether to follow the GF/CF diet. 

Hi Yanti, 

I think the best answer is to try the gluten-free/casein-free diet to see if it works!  The Autism Research Institute publishes the results of the information they receive from parents on the effectiveness of various biomedical interventions.  According to the “Parent Ratings of Behavioral Effects of Biomedical Interventions,” 66% of parents reported that their children “got better” on the GF/CF diet.  You can find this parent rating form at http://www.autism.com/treatable/biomed/ARI_TreatmentRatings_Form34QR_February2008.pdf 

I have consulted with and interviewed quite a few doctors using biomedical treatments for autism, and they all say that the GF/CF diet is a must for children with autism and should be the first place to start.  It is my understanding that the diet really must be followed very, very strictly for at least 6 months to one year.  The reason for this is that the peptides created from the incomplete digestion of gluten and casein actually build up in the bloodstream (and enter the brain) and must be allowed to clear the body.   Another reason for following the GF/CF for an extended period of time is to permit the intestines time to heal.  Gluten and casein can cause injury to the digestive tract in some children, so it is necessary to completely remove gluten and casein to stop the source of injury and allow time for healing.  During this time, can also be helpful to use products that promote intestinal healing and integrity such as high-potency probiotics and colostrum.   

For this reason, I think it is really important to note that this diet really mandates strict compliance.  Gluten is not like other things we might keep our kids away from like sugar – even though a lot of sugar is bad for any child, maybe a little bit of sugar won’t hurt too much.  Not so with gluten and casein!!!  A little bit can be very harmful!  For this reason, we use only products that can certify they are gluten-free and casein-free.  For example, if a product with generally gluten free grains (such as rice flour) states that it has been produced in a facility that also produces wheat and that there may be trace amounts of wheat, we do not use the product!  One doctor I interviewed also instructed me to have a separate toaster for gluten-free breads and another for regular bread to eliminate any cross contamination! 

A note about your question – you stated that your daughter is not hyperactive.  My research shows that the GF/CF diet is extremely helpful to children with autism, whether they are hyperactive or not.  Many doctors and researchers believe that the peptides formed from the incomplete digestion of gluten and casein travel through the bloodstream and into the brain and attach to the opiate receptors in the brain.  This could be why so many parents report that their children seem addicted to wheat and milk products.  Many parents also say that as their children begin the GF/CF diet, they act as if they are coming out of a “brain fog.”  

I will admit that the GF/CF diet is extra work – homemade meals, no eating out at fast food restaurants, and always packing a lunch…..   However, I believe most parents who try it for their children (and even for themselves!) say that it is worth the effort!   

Blessings to you as you walk strongly forward in this journey!   

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you.”  Numbers 6:23-24 NASB 

Just a note – I began the GF/CF diet with my son to be a support to him and have been following the GF/CF diet for almost three years now.  I must say that my health has considerably improved as a result.  It is now a life-long commitment for me!

July 1, 2008 at 8:07 pm 4 comments

Immune System Help!

Immune dysfunction is common in autism and can make children with autism more susceptible to catching colds and stomach viruses.  Of course, antibiotics do not work on viruses, but even with a bacterial infection, I prefer to avoid using antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary.  I have found there some solutions that help to strengthen the immune system and some which actually help the body fight off viruses.   

Our first line of defense is high-potency probiotics – 50 billion CFUs (colony forming units) per serving, at a minimum.  We actually routinely use at least 100 billion per day, and twice that when fighting off illness.  Probiotics are beneficial living microorganisms.  They promote gastrointestinal and immune system health.  They have also been proven to maintain healthy skin, respiratory systems, and heart. 

Some researchers say the digestive system is responsible for 70% of immune system function.  It makes sense then to supplement with products that enhance immune function and heal the gastrointestinal tract.  Colostrum is helpful with both the immune system and GI health.  Cod Liver Oil and Fish Oil are also beneficial.  Like probiotics, they are also appropriate for daily use.   

At the first sign of a cold or stomach virus, I give my son Elderberry extract, which has been proven through clinical study to prevent viruses from replicating in the body.  Using Elderberry extract has greatly diminished the length and severity of colds or stomach viruses for both my son and me.  When I see a cold coming on, in addition to the Elderberry extract, I give my son colloidal silver. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and has prevented him from needing antibiotics many times.  To relieve cold symptoms like sneezing, runny and stuffy nose, and cough, we use Quertecin (has anti-inflamatory properties), Vitamin C (antioxidant and immune enhancer), and Stinging Nettles (an herb).  Another effective antiviral agent we use is Olive Leaf Extract.   

I keep all these items on-hand so that we are ready at the first sign of a cold or stomach virus.  Of course, you should always consult your child’s doctor before beginning anything.  And, make sure to separate anti-microbial supplements from probiotics by at least 3-4 hours.  And, I must say it is a great blessing to have a doctor who is knowledgeable in nutrition and natural treatments.  It was hard to find our wonderful doctor, but I kept trying and trying until I found one. 

May you and your children be blessed with health and healing! 

Matthew 14:14 “When He (Jesus) went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”  NASB

  

June 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm 7 comments

Links on Vaccines and Autism

I believe information and knowledge are powerful.   The more we are informed, the better we are able to take a stand for what we believe.   

Research shows there are many causes/contributing factors in autism, and there is an enormous amount of evidence linking autism with vaccines. 

Here are some great links with information on the association between vaccines and autism.

www.safeminds.org

www.nomercury.org

www.putchildrenfirst.org

http://vaccineinfo.net

www.generationrescue.org

www.autism.com/triggers/vaccine/mercury.htm

www.autism.com/triggers/vaccine/mercurylong.htm

  Proverbs 24: 3-4: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.  A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power.” 

February 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

Documentary on Recovery from Autism – “Waking up Baxter”

This documentary on the recovery of a young boy named Baxter is so amazing and well done that I had to share it!  Click on the link below:

www.wakingupbaxter.com

 Thanks to Karim Cherif for sharing it!

February 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Autism Resources – Helpful Links for Information on the Treatment of Autism

My absolute favorite place for information about autism is the Autism Research Institute.  They hold a place dear to my heart because it was through the publications and information from the ARI that I gained a clearer understanding of the causes and treatments for autism.  Their website has been my greatest source of information and encouragement as I have navigated my way through treatment for my son.  The ARI has the most information about effective treatment of autism that I have seen online. 

For over 30 years, the ARI has been conducting research regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of autism.  They boast the world’s largest database of case histories of autistic children from around the world.  But, most importantly to me, they combine this top-notch experience with the message of hope! 

In case you have not yet discovered the Autism Research Institute, their website is www.autism.com.  They also have a monthly e-newsletter.  Here is the link to January 2008.  http://autism.com/ari/enewsletter/enewsletter_200801.htm.  Make sure to read the article “Letters:  Evolution of the Reluctant Biomedical Mom.”  It is a great encouragement!

On another note, the latest buzz has been the ABC television show “Eli Stone”.  In response, the news media is coming out with stories defending current vaccination ingredients and policy.  Here are some links with information presenting the other side of the story:

www.generationrescue.com

www.safeminds.org

May you and your family be blessed, and may your search for information and answers be fruitful!  And remember – there is hope! 

 Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding.”  NASB      

February 1, 2008 at 12:05 am Leave a comment


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