This post is based on seven years of biomedical intervention experience with my own child. I am hoping the message that I’m about to convey will help parents with their own child’s recovery. So please don’t take what I am about to write as me being hurtful or rude. I just want to be helpful and save you a lot of stress in the long run. So here it goes…
My kid is not your kid.
I’m sure our children are different in a lot of ways.
For example, my son loves BMX, Mario Brother games, and math. He hates spelling, puzzles, and any sort of action figure…. oh and ketchup. He hates ketchup…. says it smells like hands?
Our children are different on the inside too.
I will never forget that first appointment with our DAN doctor. He sat me down and flat out said “There is no silver bullet for these kids” He meant in regards to recovering. There was no specific set of supplements that would make all our kids recover. Honestly I wish to God it was that simple. You know, like how western medicine acts to MANY conditions. Pop a pill and you’re all better. YAY!
But autism spectrum disorder is not that way. Underneath it all, there are multiple medical conditions going on. Things like clostridia, mito dysfunction, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter imbalances, food allergies….Just to name a few.
Some kids with autism are completely non-verbal. Others are very verbal. Some children have tic behaviors, others do not. Children on the spectrum have different stimming behaviors. My son was a drooler, toe walker, head dragger, let me push my entire body weight into you, and make you almost fall over even though I only weigh 30lbs….. kind of kid.
No two kids are the same. There is no silver bullet! And yes, that really sucks!!
During the seven years I have been in the biomed community I have met parents whom have children with:
– high metals
– high vitamin D
– the MTHFR gene mutation
My son has none of these issues.
I have met parents whom have children with:
– Only 1 food allergy
– Have huge improvements with Vitamin B6
– Rave about Epsom Salt
– Have high levels of ammonia
Again….. not my son. He had 5 food allergies, 30 food sensitivities, B6 made him so hyper and caused him to have sleep apnea at night cause he snored so loud while on it. Epsom salt made him irritable.
Our children are all individuals right down to the core. No wonder there is no “silver bullet” of treatment.
So what is one to do?
I am just a mom. But I can tell you the one thing that I have found in common with all our children. THEY NEED THE RIGHT TESTS RUN!! My biomed motto has become “Don’t guess, do a test”
If I had to narrow it down to 4 tests to start out with on your biomed journey, they would be the Genova Diagnostics NutrEval & CDSA, Alletess’s IgG & IgE allergy panel, and the 23andMe genetic testing. (click here for more info)
Through testing we found out what exactly was going on inside my son. More information than I could post here in one sitting. But a small sample would be, at one time he had high yeast (which is now in normal levels), BHMT/CBS homozygeous mutations (TMG works great for him), He’s overly sensitive to Epsom Salt, and strong chelators are not good for him, He was really low in vitamin B1, but his B6 and B12 are normal.
I have had parents ask me questions about supplements my son is on. And I am very happy to help answer any questions they have about the actual supplement. What it is used for, what it is suppose to help with. I will also tell them about my sons experience on that particular supplement. But I want to urge parents to never start a supplement, just because it helped someone else’s child. That can lead to horrible outcomes and regression. Always remember our children are individuals and have their own specific set of needs. Needs that you won’t exactly know of if you don’t do testing. Testing lays the ground work for your child’s recovery.
If you find a supplement that you think might help your child, research it. Refer to your child’s test results to see if it might be a good fit. Most importantly, talk to your DAN doctor about it before starting your child on a new supplement. Get their opinion, and find out the correct dosage your child would need.
Remember why most of us stopped trusting western medicine in the first place, and turned to biomedical intervention. We wanted to know WHY this was happening to our kids, and how to properly fix it. We didn’t want a band-aid treatment. We knew it was going to be a lot of work, and we knew that recovery wasn’t going to be “instant potatoes”. Healing takes time. But with black and white test results in front of us, it can make this journey a little easier. We can physically look down at a test and see what we are dealing with!
Our children are individuals, and we need to remember that when it comes to treatment.