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ARI Conference Recap

What a weekend!  Though I suppose it’s not quite over for us.  We’re at the Denver airport, anxiously waiting our flight home.  Can’t wait to give the kids a hug!!

The Autism Research Institute held a great conference, and Misha and I are coming home with a long list of things to change, implement and further research.  We heard lectures from experts in the fields with many different credentials, PhD, MD, EdD, RDH, MS, LDN, CCN, CN, MA OTR/L, BCBA-D.  It’s impossible to explain everything I discovered, but I’ll try to summarize a few, important, key points I want you all to know about:

  1. Environment is HUGE!   There is stuff in the environment that is bad for us, and we don’t even know it.  These kids (and adults) are sick from the environment.  Environment changes gene expression.  What we eat, the products we use, vaccines, chronic infections, poisons/toxicity/heavy metals, diet, water, dental amalgams, plastic toys, pesticites BPA, electrosmog.  Poisons slow down the metabolic process.  Removing the poisons and clearing the pathways is necessary.  Spectrum kids have challenged detox pathways for all toxins.  As best we can, we need to clean up the environment, remove harmful exposures and build health and resiliency.   Avoid heavy metal exposure wherever you can; convert to non-toxic pesticide option at home; be proactive with school, therapy clinics and parks where your child spends time; consider used (“pre” off gassed) cars and furniture over new; purify the water you drink and the air you breathe; eliminate processed food and beverages and their exposure to plastics; get rid of “stick free” coated pans and skillets.
  2. Biological. There are at least 300-800 genes associated with Autism.  Most of them are not of major affect.  They don’t cause autism, but they can contribute.  More research is needed, but the symptoms of Autism may not be from genetics but from side effects of the debrit.  Children on the spectrum have some biological abnormalities.  There is a genetic predisposition.  Need functional medicine to treat the causes, not symptoms.  Immune dysreguation, inflammation, metabolic/mitochondrial defects.  Kids with Autism need support (supplements) to regulate methylation cycle.
  3. “There is very little in life worth doing that is easy.”  This is going to be a long journey.  Parents need to take care of themselves.  If they are not physically, mentally and emotionally there for their kids, it makes for a difficult situation.  High parental stress results in low family function and poor health…leads to poorer outcomes for affected child.  Kids do and can improve with the right interventions.  The more you try, the more you will find that works.  Families that recover their kids need strength, intuition, intention and grit.  If you are stronger than Autism, you can win, but it takes being strong, smart, intuitive and fearless.  “Even a 1,000 mile journey begins with but a single step.”-Lao Tzu
  4. EAT ONLY ORGANIC!!!  “clean diet.”  What you put in your body is one thing you can control.   Food is information for your body.  Develop a healthy suspicion of food.   When we eat differently, we feel differently.  Food is not always made with your health in mind.  You want to eat/feed your kids nutrient hense food to get the most nutrients per calorie.  In today’s world, Americans get 51% of their calories from flour, and added fats and sugars.  Our body need lots of nutrients to make it work right, and we are blocking ourselves by depriving key nutrients.  Food affects cell growth, inflammation, hormone regulation and more, so if we’re giving our bodies Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs), they send our bodies different messages.  Food is information.  GMO foods can cause infertility and increased infant mortality.  When GMO foods were introduced in 1991, men’s sperm counts have gone down 50%.  Eat more organic foods, Eat a variety of foods, Eat more fruits and vegetables, Eat more nuts and seeds, Use whole grains, gluten free, Cook from scratch, Eat fresh local foods in season, Cooking is self-love, Add herbs and spices, Support your local farmers. **NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, REFINED GRAINS.  Go back to the basics: Organic, ecofriendly, beneficial fats, beans, nuts, seeds, fermented foods. “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”-Hippocrates

So, what causes Autism?  It’s the total load.  Biology and environment, nature and nurture.  Kids are recovering.  It is important to find the right doctor, get the right tests/information, and forge ahead, trying different avenues with the right attitude.

Really, the one thing our family will continue and even tighten up is an all-organic, nutrient dense, wholesome diet.  No GMO foods, a lot of home cooking minimal eating out.  I’m going to make myself cook more, and I’m going to have fun with it.  Ibought an amzing GCCF kid-friendly cookbook at the conference, and I’m ready to try out some recipes.

Misha and I have a list of immediate changes we will implement, but know our journey is long and will continue for years to come.  This conference motivated me and reminded me visualize the positive: Jackson progressing; speaking, playing with friends at the park, being on a t-ball team, playing with Sophie, skiing, going to school, learning happily, graduating from high school and going on to college.

I’ll report back more in the next few days…

Traveling Thoughts

Made it to the airport, on the plane, but barely!  At 10:10am, my dad was driving me and Misha to the San Jose airport for our 12:20pm departure to Denver, then Denver to Newark, New Jersey.  I got a text from Southwest as we exited the freeway toward the SJ airport saying the flight from Denver to Newark was cancelled.  Misha immediately was on the phone with Southwest to figure out a way to get us to New Jersey today.  There were no other flights from Denver to Newark today, all the flights from San Francisco and Oakland to Newark were full, and no red eye flights…aaaahh!  A flight out of Sacramento at 1:25pm, stopping in Phoenix, then onto Newark?  We’ll take it!

Thank goodness Jackson was safe at home with Misha’s mom and Sophie at preschool.  My mom was on her way from Davis to help out in San Jose while we are gone, and my dad was speed racing us to the Sacramento Airport.  Thank goodness we made it to the airport by noon, had time to grab some food (GFCFSF) for the airplane and all without stressing too, too much.

See what your family does for you, sweet Jackson?  We speed from airport to airport to attend a conference to gather more information to better understand you and help you come out of the confusing world you are in.  Jackson, you have so much love surrounding you, so many people are on your side cheering for you and there isn’t anything we won’t do for you.

I’m thousands of feet in the air in the first hour of our trip, reflecting on the past two months.  What a whirlwind of emotions I’ve been through.  Up.  Down.  Confident.  Defeated.  Progress. Regression.  Information.  Stuck.  Appointments. Crush.  Squirt. Supplements.  Herb Drops.  Prescriptions.  It’s a lot!  Each day is jam packed with taking care of others, but it’s something I know I can do, do well and continue for the wellbeing of our family.  It all comes down to having a healthy family.  That’s really all one can ask for.  Health.  Happiness.  Peace.

I still have 3 ½ months to concentrate on Jackson full time before I go back to teaching in the fall.  My mind is racing, wondering if, in that time, I will hear words come out of his mouth.  Will I get a “mommy?”  An, “I want that toy,” a “Sophie always gets that movie,” a “doggies!”  I know he’s got it in him.  Changes are coming.  We’ll eventually be ready to get rid of his crib and get him his “big boy” bed, start potty training (eventually), engage in meaningful activities and making memories together.

As we peel away at the toxins in Jackson’s body, I’m going to have to adjust to a new, healthier boy emerge.  It feels like years away right now, but I know it’s coming.  For now, I’m going to sit back in my airplane seat, relax with my inflatable neck pillow, with my headphones and outdated, 90’s iTunes playlist and daydream about our future with Jackson.

Jackson’s Appointment

Whew!  Jackson’s appointment was at 9:45am, and I am just now getting a chance to sit down to give an update.

It was a whirlwind of an appointment, but we heard what we wanted to hear…Antibiotics!  However, we aren’t starting them right away since  Jackson is going to do a third and final cycle of parasite treatment, which means 20 more days.  After those 20 days, we have the green light and prescription to start antibiotics (Amoxacillin and Zithromax).  We walked out of the appointment with over $500 worth of additional supplements and to support him now and after he starts antibiotics.

We asked about Jackson’s Nagalese levels, and our doctor said that he was sure his levels were elevated, but that we’re not ready to treat it quite yet.  We asked about Jackson’s amazingly crazy amounts of water Jackson drinks in a day, and the doctor said it’s a good thing (except the number of diapers we go through a day).  We asked about Jackson’s recent dirt head-sprinkling habit, and the doctor said it could possibly be due to the bug die off.  I was, and continue to be very impressed with our doctor’s knowledgeable progression in Jackson’s treatment.  He obviously knows what he is doing and is interested in knowing how everything is going to help us every step of the way.

Jackson is going to get more blood drawn mid May to check his thyroid as well as another type of Lyme test.  We then have the biofeedback test May 21st to see if the medicines have taken care of the parasite problem and to see if we made a dent in the Lyme bugs.  May 15th will be Jackson’s first day on antibiotics!  We then meet with the doctor on May 24th to follow up to discuss the biofeedback results, bloodwork results, and to recap how the antibiotic treatment goes.

So really, things are going well.  Every day, we are killing off parasites and Lyme spirochetes and will eventually get to the viruses that lay below.  This treatment process is so complicated, time consuming and expensive, but knowing Jackson will soon make progress and become more present in our lives is all the motivation I need to push on.  May is going to be a big month…I can feel it!

This entry was posted on April 25, 2012. 2 Comments

Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/glutathione-the-mother-of_b_530494.html

This is a great, informative article to take a look at even if you aren’t sick and don’t have Lyme disease.  I especially like the ‘9 Tips to Optimize your Glutathione Levels’ mentioned at the end of the article.  Glutathione is something that Jackson, Misha and I are now taking everyday, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.  This is a great article, that I learned a lot from, about why we need Glutathione.  Glutathione recycles antioxidants, helps your immune system fight infections, helps mental and physical performance, prevents cancer and helps detox  toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool, out the body).

This is the Liposomal Glutathione that we take:

Something that I recently learned is that when one takes Tylenol, it depletes the glutathione levels.  Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol & many other OTC drugs), depletes Glutathione levels in the liver (where it is made & stored).  It can then cause more oxidative damage, free radicals & liver damage. Tylenol is known to cause liver damage & failure.  We haven’t given Jackson any Tylenol since we found out about this.

Nagalese Level and GcMAF

http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/2012/04/24/speech-finally/

This Thinking Mom is onto something!  She is in the process of recovering her son, Harry.  I know I’ve posted something before about elevated Nagalese levels and GcMAF therapy, and that seems to be one of the key pieces for her son’s improvements.

Two questions for our LLMD tomorrow are how to test Jackson’s Nagalese and Homocysteine levels.

I’ll report back tomorrow after tomorrow’s appointment!

This entry was posted on April 24, 2012. 2 Comments

The Planning

Since Misha and I will be leaving for the Autism Research Institute conference in New Jersey Thursday-Monday, I’ve been busy getting things ready here at home to be ready in my absence.  My parents and Misha’s mom will hold down the fort while we’re gone.  For any of you teachers out there who leave lesson plans for the substitute, that’s what I’ve been busy doing…took me a good 3 hours!  I especially wanted to leave detailed notes on how to give Jackson his medications.  My parents have watched me several times prepare and administer Jackson’s meds, but I know it’s different being on your own.  Here are the ‘lesson plans I typed up to leave for my parents:

Lesson Plans

JacksonMedSched

There’s nothing easy about giving Jackson his meds, and nobody has given him his meds but me.  I’m nervous to be leaving, but know the kids will be in the best hands ever.  Grandma and Grandpa are the best!

I am super excited about what I will learn at the conference…tips on nutritional diets, getting kids to swallow pills, the latest research on causes/treatments of Autism, and possibly a discussion on Lyme Induced Autism?  If there is ever a forum or an open question and answer portion of the conference, I am eager bring up the topic.

We do have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday that I’m anxiously awaiting, hoping that starting antibiotics is in the very near future.  Should our LLMD set us on the antibiotic path, we probably won’t start them until Monday, when Misha and I return home.

Good things are coming!  Patience, patience, patience!

Summer 2012: Beware of Ticks

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Vaccine Resistance Movement Article

Joel Lord posted this on Facebook.  I tried to follow it as best I could, but it is a little technical for me.  For you science-y people out there, hope you get some helpful information from it.

Excerpt from upcoming Vaccine Resistance Movement article VRM: THE AUTISM REPORT

Early onset autism occurs anywhere from 12-18 months, potentially even earlier. It is significant that autism coincides precisely with most intense period of standard immunization. According to the CDC’S ‘Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years—United States • 2010′ by 15 months the average child has received 25 injections including: 3 doses of Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, HIB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b), IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine) & Hepatitis A, 4 doses of DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) & PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine), 1 dose of Varicella & Meningococcal and 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).

All children coping with Autism are stripped of their Mitochondrial efficiency, the result of a premature breach of the 3 primary core “electrical grid” stations encasing the nerve center/brain (the Blood-Brain barrier, Myelin sheath & Meninges) mainly from the vaccine derived build-up in the organs, glands, arteries & arterial veins leading to the brain, of heavy metal-virus-mycoplasma-excipient toxic “sludge” (synergistic toxicity).

There is a direct correlation between Mitochondrial disfunction in children coping with Autism and the presence of gastrointestinal dysmotility and subsequent Inflammatory Bowel Disease, ie. Crohn’s Disease & Colitis. Anti-mitochondrial antibodies are elevated; which suffocates Eukaryotic cells (complex structures enclosed within membranes). Mitochondria are the battery pack of your cells. “Mitochondria play an important role in controlling the life and death of a cell. Consequently, mitochondrial dysfunction leads to a range of human diseases such as ischemia-reperfusion injury, sepsis, and diabetes.” Most Eukaryotic cells contain other membrane-bound organelles such as mitochondria, chloroplasts & Golgi body. “Primordial eukaryotic cells lacked ability to use oxygen” – excerpt/Autistic case file.

Mitochondrial DNA and Anti-mitochondrial Antibodies in Serum of Autistic Children:
‘We recently showed that the peptide neurotensin (NT – brain and gastrointestinal peptide that fulfils many central and peripheral functions through its interaction with specific receptors) is increased in autistic children. We now show that NT induces release of extracellular mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that could act as “autoimmune” trigger. We further show that serum from young autistic patients contains mtDNA (n = 20; cytochrome B, p = 0.0002 and 7S, p = 0.006), and anti-mitochondrial antibody Type 2 (n = 14; p = 0.001) as compared to normally developing, unrelated controls (n = 12). Extracellular blood mtDNA and other components may characterize an autistic endophenotype and may contribute to its pathogenesis by activating autoimmune responses.

The presence of extacellular mtDNA in children with autism suggests that it may be one source of “autoimmune” triggers, and may potentially explain some aspects of immune dysregulation reported in autistic patients. For instance, mtDNA (or other extracellular mitochondrial components not measured in this study) could activate TLRs on immune or glial cells to release pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6, IL-8 or TNF, high gene expression of which was reported in brains of autistic children.’ Bodi Zhang; Asimenia Angelidou; Konstantinos-Dionysios Alysandratos; Magdalini Vasiadi; Konstantinos Francis; Shahrzad Asadi; Athanasios Theoharides; Kyriaki Sideri; Lefteris Lykouras; Dimitrios Kalogeromitros; Theoharis C Theoharides, Journal of Neuroinflammation

‘Autistic spectrum disorders with or without additional neurologic features can be early presentations of the A3243G mtDNA mutations (Mitochondrial DNA abnormalities) and can be a prominent clinical manifestation of mtDNA depletion. Mitochondrial dysfunction should be considered in patients who have autistic features and associated neurologic findings or who have evidence of maternal inheritance.’ Departments of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York

Re. gastrointestinal dysmotility in children with Autism: ‘The gastrointestinal tract is the largest lymphoid organ in the body containing T and B lymphocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells. Despite the fact that these cells are constantly confronted with antigen primarily in the form of food and bacteria, immune responses in the gut are tightly regulated to maintain homeostasis. Without this balance of active immunity and tolerance, mucosal inflammation may ensue, and manifest as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, pernicious anemia, or celiac sprue. Therefore, it is not unreasonable that inflammatory diseases of the gut are commonly encountered in patients with primary immune deficiencies…Since the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the largest lymphoid organ in the body, it is not surprising, that GI conditions are common, and often the initial presenting problem, in patients with underlying immunodeficiency disorders.’ Shradha Agarwal MD, Lloyd Mayer MD

“Autism was not a known, described illness until about 1941-3, 8 to 10 years after the introduction of thimerosal and similar organicthiol-mercury compounds in biological mixtures used in medicine and other areas. This argues against autism being a genetic illness. The study of non-vaccinated populations is a very obvious experiment that the CDC and its supporters refuse to consider.” Dr. Boyd Hayley

‘The number of vaccines given before age two has risen from 3 in 1940, when autism occurred in perhaps one case per 10,000 births, to 22 different vaccines given before the age of two in the year 2000.’ Building Wellness with DMG by Roger V Kendall PhD p.104

The incidence/prevalence of data indicate the timing of introduction of vaccines & changes in the type & increasing number of vaccines given at one time implicate vaccines as a cause of autism. The MMR II vaccine is contaminated with human DNA from the cell line. This human DNA could be the cause of the spikes in incidence.’ Journal of Immunotoxicology

According to Dr. John Cannell, “Autism is caused from a quantitative, not qualitative, variation in one of the enzymes that metabolize Vitamin D. That is, there are no structural differences in these enzymes in autism, only agenetically determined difference in the amount present. These enzymes are responsive to estrogen; estrogen protects the brain from being damaged by low Vitamin D, probably by increasing the amount of activated Vitamin D present, explaining why boys are four times more likely to have the disease.” Vitamin D3 is not strictly a vitamin in the traditional sense. It acts as a steroid type hormone with uniquely beneficial properties; critical to overall respiratory function.

A mother with several Autistic children sent me her own analysis of the overall Autistic condition, “Vaccines & Antibiotics kill good bacteria in the intestines leaving room for yeast overgrowth. Prolonged root growth perforates the walls of the intestines. Bad food choices, ie. those containing gluten & milk products cause proteins to leak through these holes & attach to the Opiate Receptors in the brain. Children with Autism literally become addicted to this ‘Heroin’.”

Common deficiencies amongst children with Autism frequently include:

a. Vitamin A

b. Vitamin B6/B12

b. Vitamin C

c. Vitamin D3

d. Vitamin E

e. Glutathione

f. Selenium

g. Mitochondria (related)

These are the body’s primary antioxidants (excluding Mitochondria), essential to regulating Free Radicals (unpaired Electrons) throughout the body, staving off Cancer, Diabetes, Autism, Schizophrenia & the rapid macro-degeneration of cells.

a. Hyperbetacarotenemia, a form of intestinal disfunction linked to Measles (from the MMR shot) is marked by excessive beta-carotene in the blood & Vitamin A depletion. The characteristic yellow tint of the skin in hypothyroidism is due to hyperbetacarotenemia. Studies conducted in 1958 and 1961 confirmed that the wild measles virus has a severe short-term effect on immunity and the child’s nutritional status, especially vitamin A which is obliterated by the intervention of such a virus. Vitamin A plays a central role in the development & differentiation of white blood cells, such as lymphocytes, which are essential to the immune response. Vitamins C & E are dependent on Vitamin A. Therefore the bedrock of your immunity is compromised.

b. Starved of Vitamin D3: As a result the Lymphocytes in their lungs can’t process Vitamin C & E, which leads to Respiratory disfunction & increased vulnerability to ALL infections. Vitamin D is required to increase the circulation of calcium and phosphorous, two minerals necessary for healthy bones. The kidneys produce Vitamin D3 & the liver plays a vital role in the functioning of D3 throughout the body. When these organs are compromised , it will throw your entire metabolism off.

c. Many autistic children have a deficiency of Vitamin B6/B12, which is vital for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. B-12 is ‘a crucial nutrient for nerve health and the construction of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body; deficiency of which can actually cause brain shrinkage – also associated with Alzheimer’s. Studies now show that up to 40% of the population may be deficient in vitamin B-12.’ Solutions: Avoid cyanocobalamin. Safe, effective B-12 supplement: Methylcobalamin

d. Estrogen protects the female brain from being damaged by heavy metal toxicity (including low Vitamin D). Testosterone, the male sex hormone increases heavy metal toxicity; explaining why Autism is statistically occurring 4-1 in boys over girls. “Autism is caused from a quantitative variation in one of the enzymes that metabolize Vitamin D.” Dr. John Cannell

e. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, the intercellular “cement” substance which gives structure to muscles, vascular tissues, bones, tendons and ligaments. Vitamin C is also able to regenerate Vitamin E but not when the Vitamin D3 levels drop off.

f. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which intercepts free radicals and therefore prevents lipid destruction chain reactions. It maintains the integrity of cell membranes. After reactions with free radicals the antioxidant function of vitamin E is lost. Vitamin C is able to regenerate Vitamin E levels but not when the Vitamin D3 levels drop off.

g. Heavy metals rapidly deplete Selenium in the body. Selenium is necessary for Glutathione production (the body’s primary antioxidant). This causes a chain reaction which triggers liver damage, diabetes, cancer & in the long term, heart failure.

h. The Thyroid Gland is key to overall health. Produces T3 & T4 hormones (Iodine Atoms). Iodine helps regulate metabolism in the body. Thyroid synthesizes vital T3 (rare) from T4 (plentiful). Body needs 150 mg per day – 80% comes from T4 conversion to T3 in the Liver. Vaccine derived heavy metal toxicity neutralizes this function.

i. Damage to the Methylation process – Methylation assists in a critical stage of early development involving the viability of cells, ‘an on/off switch that allows the body to learn how to respond to environmental change. It represents the only cellular pathway that effects both adaptability and structural integrity of the body.

j. Anti-mitochondrial antibodies are elevated; which suffocates Eukaryotic cells (complex structures enclosed within membranes). Mitochondria are the battery pack of your cells. “Mitochondria play an important role in controlling the life and death of a cell. Consequently, mitochondrial dysfunction leads to a range of human diseases such as ischemia-reperfusion injury, sepsis, and diabetes.” Most Eukaryotic cells contain other membrane-bound organelles such as mitochondria, chloroplasts & Golgi body. “Primordial eukaryotic cells lacked ability to use oxygen” – excerpt/Autistic case file.

These primary antioxidants are all interdependent, without which your fundamental metabolism is seriously compromised; a hallmark of Autism and a wake up call to those of us more fortunate:

Vitamin A plays a central role in the development & differentiation of white blood cells, such as lymphocytes, which are essential to the immune response. Vitamin A deficiency has been shown to increase T3 and this is further increased by an additional deficiency of iodine. “In the A- and A-I- groups, blood levels of retinol fell to one tenth of the control mean and circulating concentrations of total and free T4 and T3 increased significantly. This biochemical hyperthyroidism contrasted with the maintenance of normal TSH plasma values, suggesting a generalized peripheral refractoriness to thyroid hormones.”

Group B vitamins can act individually or in combination with the cellular enzymes to form vitamin B co-enzymes. These vitamin B co-enzymes are crucial to the metabolic pathways that generate the energy from carbohydrates, fat and protein, needed by every cell in the body. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin & norepinephrine and for myelin formation. ‘In some experiments on chick growth with wholly vegetable diets supplemented with pure vitamin B12, a relationship became evident between the growth-stimulating effect of this vitamin and the content of calcium, iron and vitamin D of the diet.’ Vitamin D insufficiency has now reached epidemic proportions and has been linked to increased body fat and decreased muscle strength.

Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, the inter-cellular “cement” substance which gives structure to muscles, vascular tissues, bones, tendons and ligaments. Vitamin C is also able to regenerate Vitamin E but not when the Vitamin D3 levels drop off. Vitamins C & E are dependent on Vitamin A. Therefore the bedrock of your immunity is compromised.

Vitamin D is required to increase the circulation of calcium and phosphorous, two minerals necessary for healthy bones. The kidneys produce Vitamin D3 & the liver plays a vital role in the functioning of D3 throughout the body. When these organs are compromised , it will throw your entire metabolism off. The Lymphocytes in your lungs depend on Vitamin D3 (steroid hormone derived from sunlight); without which they can’t process Vitamin C & E.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant which intercepts free radicals and therefore prevents lipid destruction chain reactions. It maintains the integrity of cell membranes. After reactions with free radicals the antioxidant function of Vitamin E is lost.

Selenium is necessary for Glutathione production (the body’s primary antioxidant). This causes a chain reaction which triggers liver damage, diabetes, cancer & in the long term, heart failure. Heavy metals rapidly deplete Selenium in the body.

Mitochondria are the battery pack of your cells which determine your body’s inherent ability to function efficiently, without which none of these connections are possible. Anti-mitochondrial antibodies are elevated in children with Autism; a process which suffocates Eukaryotic cells (complex structures enclosed within membranes). Vaccine derived heavy metal-antibiotic-detergent-virus sludge targets the Mitochondria while neutralizing major anti-oxidants in the body, causing Ischemia. “Primordial eukaryotic cells lacked ability to use oxygen” – excerpt/Autistic case file.

So you’re seeing a chain reaction affecting 7 major antioxidants in the body, all essential to regulating your overall metabolism, Liver, Kidney, Thyroid, Methylation, including Mitochondrial function, generally neutralized in these children with Autism; and all the evidence points to heavy metal toxicity derived from standard Immunization Vaccines (25 injections by 15 months).

Note: All vaccinated children, regardless, are susceptible to this depletion to a lesser or greater extent.

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder include (excerpt from VRM Worldwide Autism Study):

1. chronic rash,
2. chronic eczema,
3. Gastroenteritis,
4, floppy limbs,
5. cracking of joints,
6. chronic constipation,
7. chronic diarrhea,
8. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crones, Colitis),
9. Sub-Clinical Epileptic Seizures,
10. Grand Mal Epileptic Seizures,
11. Macrophagic myofascilitis,
12. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fybromyalgia,
13. chronic Insomnia,
14. rolling on the back,
15. refusal to lay on stomach,
16. fanning or shaking of hands,
17. fixation on ceiling fans,
18. fixation on repetitive motions,
19. spinning in circles repeatedly,
20. tearing up paper repeatedly,
21. long stretches of silence/withdrawal,
22. complete absence of speech/verbal communication,
23. acute difficulty relating to people/objects/events,
24. indications of mental developmental delays,
25. indications of physical developmental delays,
26. serious mental & physical developmental delays,
27. prolonged difficulty using/understanding language,
28. acute sensitivity to sound/light/surroundings,
29. unusual/obsessive play with toys & other objects,
30. difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings,
31. circumscribed interests are more prominent (ie. cars, trains, door knobs, hinges, meteorology, astronomy or history),
32. Attention Deficit Disorder (symptoms include inattentiveness, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, easily distracted, fidgeting, excessively talkative, physically reckless, delayed social & motor skills, plus extreme sensitivity to sensory stimuli),
33. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (symptoms include impulsiveness, hyperactivity, inattention, fidgeting, excessive talkativeness, impatience, physically reckless, delayed social &
motor skills, plus extreme sensitivity to sensory stimuli),
34. Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone: the amount of resistance to movement in a muscle),
35. Echolalaia/Echophrasia (immediate & involuntary repetition of words/phrases spoken by others),
36. Echopraxia (the automatic repetition of movements made by another person),
37. Epstein Bar Virus (symptoms include fever, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, swollen spleen or liver),
38. Bacterial Meningitis (inflammation of thin tissue that surrounds brain & spinal cord – meninges),
39. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (symptoms include sudden loss of motor/social/language skills, bowel & bladder control at age 2),
40. Encephalitis (symptoms include dizziness, confusion, vomiting, high fever, weakness or paralysis, impaired speech & hearing, delirium, excessive drowsiness, brain inflammation, coma),
41. Febrile Convulsions (symptoms include loss of consciousness, stiffening of body, legs/arms, jerking of head, legs & arms, skin turning pale or blue),
42. Rett’s Syndrome (symptoms include slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain & head growth, problems with walking, seizures & intellectual disability),
43. Mitochondrial Disorder (symptoms include muscular weakness/Hypotonia, developmental delays, epilepsy, vision & heart problems),
44. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (acute sensitivity to commonly used chemicals products including perfumes, air fresheners & laundry softeners. The symptoms, which are chronic include fatigue and
respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, dermatological & neurological problems).

Keeping the Secret

In many ways, I am so open about our family’s encounter with Lyme disease.  I will talk to anyone open and honestly, and look here…this blog has reached hundreds of people, friends and friendly strangers who can relate to our story.

What I feel uneasy about is keeping this secret from our speech therapist and soon, the school district when Jackson turns 3 and begins preschool.  Since Jackson will  be turning three on May 26th, his services through Early Start will end and our local school district will be in charge of providing Jackson a ‘free and appropriate education.’

Our speech therapist is amazing.  She comes up with fun ideas on how to engage Jackson and get him motivated enough to make meaningful, communicative sounds.  She helped me make a binder of pictures to use for Jackson to communicate, and always leaves me with ideas of activities to try with Jackson at home.

On Monday, she had a list of questions for me regarding Jackson’s language, since she has to write up a report about Jackson for our upcoming Early Start exit meeting.  After answering the questions and reviewing Jackson’s goals we set six months ago, it was discouraging (to me) to see that Jackson hadn’t met many of the goals and that he has showed minimal progress.  The speech therapist kept it positive and listed all of Jacksons strengths and improvements.

I have been on the fence for so long, whether or not to tell our speech therapist the truth about Jackson’s recent diagnosis of Lyme disease.  In January, I told her we were going to see a DAN doctor, and since, she has asked me if anything came of the appointment.  I told her that Jackson is on a few supplements, but we didn’t get any big questions of ours answered.  Many times, I wanted to tell her of the recent developments so that she could understand why Jackson is not communicating and progressing as he should.

Once Jackson is out of the Early Start program and into his school district preschool, I will definitely fill in our speech therapist with all the information she is missing and giver her the link to this blog.  I hope she doesn’t feel used or deceived and understands the need for me to keep private this information and do what I did.  I’m sure she’ll understand, and more, use the information to help other children she works with.  She is really, really great!

There will come a day when I can be open and honest with everyone…I can’t wait for that day!!