I’m back in Tahoe for another Christmas, and it reminds me that it was a year ago today that I read Jenny McCarthy’s book and realized behavioral therapy would not be enough to help Jackson. Autism is medical. Autism is a whole body toxic burden. Autism is exposure to a toxic environment, dangerous vaccines, horrible GMO-filled food and more. December 23rd, 2011, I changed Jackson’s diet by cutting out the gluten and casein. It’s been 365 days of learning, researching, trying, fighting, praying, hoping and questioning. I’m nowhere near where I hoped we’d be with Jackson.
Interventions we’ve tried:
-gf/cf/sf/low sugar/Organic/GMO free diet
-methyl b-12 shots, supplements, probiotics
-lyme treatment, including antibiotics for 3 months
-treating for viruses with Valtrex
-Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) 65 hour long dives
-ABA/OT/Speech/Pre School class
It’s discouraging that none of these interventions have made a huge difference in Jackson, but I’m not giving up. I still have high hopes with our Homeopath and Naturopath. I also have some other ideas of things to try with Jackson that other parents have reported to be successful with their affected children.
I’m interested to see what impact our new service dog (either Rilee or Kaiden, http://www.pawsitivesolutions.com) will have on Jackson.
I’m most excited about the Autism One conference in May in Chicago. Misha and I have booked the 5 day trip to attend the conference with cutting edge presenters. I hope to be bombarded with information, guidance and motivation to continue this fight for Jackson.
So many kids are getting better, and there’s no reason Jackson can’t. I have visions, hopes and dreams for Jackson and know he’s going to thrive. Jackson’s been through so much…through the blood draws, supplements, therapies, specific diet…he is such a trooper. He does it all with a positive attitude and a lot of love.
We’ve all worked so hard, putting in time, energy money and love. Jackson is a tough nut to crack, but I know we’ll crack him. This time next year, I know we’ll have made more progress. Jackson will be more aware, more communicative, and more involved. This is my only wish. A healthy family. Jackson, we will fight for you as long as it takes.