SUPPORT NETWORK/AUTISM SOCIETY YORK REGION
ONE CHILD’S STORY – A LIFE TIME OF LOVE AND INTERVENTIONS
2; Issue 5
November 15, 2001
are so proud of this latest issue of the E-News! We have taken the story of one child with ASD, as written by
his mother, and reproduced it here for you to read. Within, you will find not only a moving account of this
family’s struggles, but also the joys and triumphs they’ve found when
something ‘clicks’. This issue
talks about interventions including changes in diet and chelation, a subject
which I’m sure you will find fascinating.
first met Jason in September of 2001. He was a terrific child, obviously
hindered by his autism spectrum disorder but with emerging language.
I visited Jason and his family again last month and was astounded at the
changes! He sat at the table with
us and ate dinner, but the most amazing thing I saw was Jason voluntarily
sitting down to make a craft. He coloured and cut out a pumpkin, then cut out a
smile. He held the smile up to the pumpkin, turned it upside-down and said:
“Pumpkin SAD”! There have been
similar gains since that meeting and his mother has generously offered to share
an account here, exclusively for us.
hope you enjoy this issue, it gives us all the hope that there are things out
there, administered by trusted professionals that can help our children.
Please remember, neither BBB Autism or the Autism Society York Region
endorse any particular therapy…but we DO endorse your right to know about
Jason was born, I thought everything was so perfect. A wonderful husband, a daughter who could melt your heart,
and now my beautiful baby boy.
We were truly blessed. My
daughter Amanda was bright and cheerful. No
“terrible twos” for her. Jason
was a good baby. He reached his
milestones on time. He loved people
and they would comment on how sociable he was.
Jason was quick to give his big grin and enjoyed all the attention he
would get back.
remember when Jason was 18 months old and one morning I went to get him out of
the crib. I started to play a
little game with him. This
particular morning, however, he wouldn’t look at me.
He kept turning his head. I
remember thinking how odd, for an 18 month old to be “rebellious”.
Later that day, my parents came over.
Jason ran away from them and went to his bedroom, closing the door and
hid in the closet. I wondered if the terrible twos were starting early.
that same day, I noticed Jason couldn’t point and he wasn’t using the few
words that he had, such as juice. In
fact, he showed no interest in juice, or his toys, or us. He was more interested in flipping through the telephone book
at high speed. It also seemed like
he couldn’t hear us talking.
family doctor felt we should get Jason’s hearing checked out.
We went to several hearing clinics.
It was confirmed that Jason’s hearing was fine.
We ended up at a pediatric specialist, who gave us the diagnosis of
soon as I came home, I went to the library looking up PDD.
I spent the next week wondering why nothing is written on this topic.
Then I read some information that was titled Autism/PDD.
Slowly I came to realize the full implication of the diagnosis.
We spent another year going to appointments to the pediatric specialist,
who did not have any suggestions for us. He
felt there was nothing to recommend except for speech therapy.
was a dark and horrible time. To
realize there weren’t the services out there for your neurologically damaged
child, and no hope, no advice. Some
waiting lists we were able to get Jason’s name onto. But by the time his name would come up in 2 or 3 years time,
he wouldn’t be eligible because of his age by then. Other waiting lists were closed because they were too full.
tried to learn all I could. I read,
talked with other parents of ASD children, attended workshops, and then I had a
turning point. I attended a lecture
given by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, in 1998. It
was about the MMR vaccine, the immune system and how it relates to autism.
Dr. Wakefield said struck a chord with me.
An audience member asked, “Why doesn’t an adult develop autism?”
Dr. Wakefield replied, “They do. It’s
called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. He
went on to explain why. I didn’t
take any notes, so I can’t write down exactly what he said, but basically he
explained how a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has an immune system that
functions very much like that of a child with autism.
I thought why not treat Jason like he has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I started reading about it, questioning two people I knew who suffered
with it and asked our doctor about how this could relate to Jason.
The doctor certainly didn’t know what I was talking about, and I’m
sure he thought I had oversimplified and was feeling desperate.
I kept on reading. I read about
other immune system disorders, such as MS, Parkinson's, and chemical
sensitivity, trying to find some common thread.
I read about environmental illness, which is an adverse reaction to toxic
chemicals in our air, water, food and surroundings. I read how for environmentally sensitive people, chronic
exposure, even at low levels, can mark the start of a chain of events that can
damage the immune system. I learned
about aspects of environmental and nutritional medicine.
I became interested in how chemicals and metals become stored in the body
and how we should be breaking them down and eliminating them (called
common thread was that the disease seems to come about because of an overload
that alters the body’s natural balance. The
accumulation of harmful substances that can’t be disposed of by the body
eventually leads to degenerative diseases. So how did I tie this in with autism? I knew that autistic children have serious
abnormalities with their immune system. Dr.
Walsh in Chicago says he has found in his study of autistic children that they
are missing an enzyme (called metallothionein) that breaks down heavy metals.
Vaccines are under scrutiny because of the numerous active agents such as
live viruses, bacterial agents, preservatives, formaldehyde and mercury.
Dr. Wakefield found MMR antigen, along with mercury, lodged in intestinal
walls & the brains of autistic individuals.
first step I felt was to reduce the toxic load on Jason’s body.
I removed obvious allergens. I
pulled up carpeting; my moldy shower curtains were thrown out and I changed my
household cleaners to a natural product. I
kept the house fragrance-free, changing to unscented soap and shampoos and
throwing out scented candles.
next step was to look into Jason’s diet.
I felt the Feingold diet made sense, eliminating preservatives,
additives, food colourings and artificial colourings. All the things a body would have a hard time breaking down
and eliminating. I read about the
gluten and casein free diet while I was reading up on MS. I read how the wheat has so much pesticide and it is
more refined now than ever. I read
about the hormones added to milk. I
decided to give the gluten and casein free diet a try.
It was later that I learned about the intestinal wall being permeable and
leaking, resulting in an opioid (drug-like) effect when gluten and casein got
into their system. I also tried to
keep as organic as possible. I went
to the butchers to buy our meat (even went so far as to ask the butcher what
kind of feed the animals had eaten).
was lucky that it wasn’t too hard to change Jason’s diet.
He was only 3 years old, and didn’t know he had a choice with food.
I found some good recipes, and we kept with the gluten and casein-free
diet for 2 years.
knew nutrition was important too. With
autistic children there seems to be malabsorption problems and mineral ratios
out of the ordinary. I found
out how valuable oils (Essential Fatty Acids) were, as well as looking at
different testing we could do, such as testing for yeast in the intestines.
was an overload of yeast in Jason’s intestines. We treated the yeast with a prescription of anti-fungal
medicine, started on vitamins, specifically Super-Nu-Thera, and oils, namely
flaxseed oil, and a capsule called Efalex that contained a combination of oils
(includes Evening Primrose Oil which you cannot use if one has seizures).
We could see Jason progressing in the right direction.
He was doing ABA (I set up a home-based program), speech therapy and OT.
We celebrated every success.
really felt the oils helped Jason. There
was one test where we had to take him off the oils for a week.
I thought I noticed a difference; he didn’t seem to have the connection
and eye contact as much. When he
went back on the oils, he perked up. Essential
Fatty Acids are essential because the body cannot make them and they are
essential for the immune system. There
is Omega 6 fats and Omega 3 fats. Most
people get enough Omega 6 in their diets (from sunflower and corn oil).
However Omega 3 is generally deficient in our diets.
Also processed foods, preservatives, artificial colouring, and artificial
flavouring inhibits the body from using Omega 3.
This Omega 3 is found in flax seed, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil
(do not use if there are seizures), fish oils and black currant seed oil.
all this, I watched Jason like a hawk.
I was hoping I was following the right path. I was thrilled when his speech therapist asked us what is it
we were doing at home. She seemed
to be quite taken aback with Jason’s progress.
He went from hardly being able to imitate a sound to speech (single
words) within just a few months. To
our delight he soon crossed the line to becoming verbal, and able to get by
without PECS. Our ABA therapist
told me she was having a hard time keeping up with his progress (even saying I
should write a book on him). We
loved the compliments of course, and that kept us committed to our continuing
was still curious about detoxification of heavy metals.
I had read a book called “Turning Lead Into Gold”, written by a
mother living in Vancouver who felt her boys who were diagnosed with autism may
have lead poisoning. It was
actually the first book I read after Jason’s diagnosis.
I had gone running to the doctor straight after reading it, wondering if
perhaps Jason really had lead poisoning instead of his autism label.
The doctor said heavy metal poisoning doesn’t happen in today’s
world. I figured at the time, I was
desperately trying to get the autism label off any way I could.
did I know I would want to read that book again. I became interested in how chelation was being used for
autistic children. Chelation is the
method for removing toxic, (or heavy), metals such as aluminum, tin, lead,
arsenic and mercury. I read stories
of improvements. I felt there must
be something to all this. A year
ago there was the DAN conference (a group of doctors and parents that started up
in the States, calling themselves Defeat Autism Now!).
Chelation of mercury was the big topic.
The group of DAN doctors felt the bottom line is that the mercury is
causing the harm in our autistic children.
That is what is responsible for everything, from heightened
sensitivities, to intestinal problems, to fussiness with food.
Mercury is also blamed for interfering with an enzyme needed to break
down gluten and casein. They feel once the mercury is removed then the body just may
be able to start to heal and that these problems may resolve themselves.
is a huge controversial topic, and certainly not supported by traditional
medicine. In fact many doctors will
say chelation is downright dangerous. The
fact that the mercury could come from the vaccines has the medical field
divided, not to mention that there is mercury in our fillings and the vapor
released from them, and the mercury ingested through food.
the more I read, the more I felt this was our next thing to look at.
The stats looked good, Dr. Cave announced them at the DAN conference this
year, saying that this was the most improvement they had ever seen with any
we had heavy metal testing done for Jason.
Nothing showed up. I felt I
needed to see a DAN doctor to get more information and guidance.
I got my map out and starting looking to see where each one was located.
I found a doctor we could drive to (despite the temptation to find one in
an exotic location!). I did a bit
of research and I managed to find some other parents of ASD children that took
their child to this doctor, and I was able to get the feedback that I was
packed the car and drove to see this DAN doctor for our appointment, with my
long list of questions and some test results in hand. After listening to our story, the doctor felt that Jason’s
immune system probably couldn’t handle the MMR and that it was probably the
DPT shot that was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, resulting in
encephalitis (a brain injury). He
also said it didn’t matter what the heavy metal test results were really. The reason being because mercury doesn’t release itself in
the body’s urine, feces or sweat. It
binds itself to the cells, and therefore does not show up in any tests.
If it did, then it would mean a recent exposure of 3 weeks.
After that, the mercury stays within the body.
DAN doctors have put together a protocol for removing mercury.
It takes almost 2 years to do, and although simple and they claim it is
safe to do, needs to be done under a doctor’s guidance.
There can be side effects if the child is not ready for chelation.
We have been “preparing” Jason for chelation for almost a year now.
The child should be in a good nutritional status (which is difficult when
they are a picky eater, hence the supplements) and no yeast in the intestines
(chelation will most likely cause yeast, which can have side effects like
irritability, so you don’t want to start off with any yeast).
This chelation medicine (called DMSA) also removes some good minerals
such as calcium from the body, so it needs to be supplemented.
haven’t started chelation yet, and hope to soon, we have a bit of yeast to
address first. When I read the
stories from other parents of the progress they are seeing with chelation it
gets me excited to say the least. It
is also a rocky road, lots of ups and downs while the mercury and other metals
are coming out, and will no doubt be difficult at times.
was curious as to how these doctors know that mercury is “lodged” in the
system. I knew that Dr. Wakefield
had found this in his biopsies. The
proof is apparently when the urine is tested at intervals during chelation to
see what heavy metals are coming out. Sure
enough the mercury is coming out (even though mercury wasn’t revealing itself
in any preliminary tests).
latest venture was to start on a protocol set up by Dr. Megson.
She found that using Cod Liver Oil was very beneficial.
We replaced flaxseed oil with cod liver oil (there’s a lemon-lime
flavoured one from Kirkman’s!), and then followed up with a prescription of
medicine called Bethanecol. It
stimulates the pancreas (similar to the way secretin does).
It apparently doesn’t work on very many autistic children, but we
lucked out. The very first day, we
noticed several exciting improvements, including more awareness, less spaciness,
and speaking clearer. The second
day, there were more improvements, some sentence structure, and better
co-ordination, (suddenly playing hop-scotch, I didn’t even know he could hop
on one foot!). He has been on this
for 3 weeks now and the benefits seem to have leveled off now, however Jason has
retained his improvements. This
further proved to me that there is indeed a gut-brain connection with autism.
is our journey so far. It’s not
over, but with the research that is going on, we are encouraged and feel
confident that there are indeed answers out there.
I know this is based on my personal viewpoint, but I wanted to share my
story and help explain the detoxification concepts and consider all the angles.
Thinking about it, perhaps much of science depends on personal
is being made. There are
interventions that can help and effective treatments are available. But they work differently for each child, so it is our job to
investigate them thoroughly so you can make the best decision for your child.
Not an easy task by any means, as parents are put in a difficult position
of trying to determine what is best and having to research the different
opinions from the medical field. As
we all know, our children are our most precious resource and my wish is that our
children will benefit to some degree with our interventions, to have a better
life and to live to their full potential.
to FEAT (Families for Early Autism
Treatment). It is free and
excellent for the latest news on research and autism topics.
is an organization that stands for Sensible Action for Ending Mercury-Induced
Research Institute headed by Bernard Rimland
Arts gives information about chelation of mercury, written by Dr. Amy Holmes
(one of the DAN doctors involved with writing the mercury detoxification
link includes an excellent slide presentation about heavy
metals in autism. A must-see!
of the Autism Research Institute website, this shows a chart of symptoms
of mercury poisoning and next to it a chart of autistic symptoms.
from the Autism Research Institute, this is the Mercury
Detoxification Paper detailing the detoxification regime.
discusses the link between mercury and autism.
I mentioned Dr. Cave announcing chelation results at the DAN conference this year. She is highlighted in this newspaper article.
mentioned this website above, further down on this website page, there is the Bethanecol
protocol written by Dr. McGinnis.
is the website of Dr.
Megson who researched the cod liver oil, vitamin A connection to autism.
Labs; Good for reading about and/or ordering supplements especially
formulated for autistic children.
is excellent, written by Paul Shattock, about Dietary
Interventions for the Treatment of Autism.
gives a bit of information of Dr. Walsh’s findings about the enzyme metallothionein
is about Omega 3 fats, it’s technical. It
is Dr. Andrew Stoll’s
DAN 2001 Atlanta Presentation.
1995, thirty doctors joined together and had their first DAN! (Defeat Autism
Now!) meeting and agreed to treat autism under the DAN approach.
Since then the number of DAN doctors have grown and a list has been put
together with the Autism Research Institute.
You can find the list in their website.
be a DAN doctor, he/she must have attended at least one of the DAN conferences
that take place yearly (and now twice yearly).
Most of these doctors tend to be alternative. Be sure to do your research and feel comfortable with the Doctor you are
working with .Try
to locate and talk to other parents whom have done specific treatments and
therapies. Find out who they see
and get some feedback. There are
excellent DAN doctors out there and most of them have a long wait until you can
get an appointment (probably a good sign!).
While you are waiting, you can do your research and be learning more.
Then when it is time for your appointment, you’ll be well informed and
able to tell the doctor what it is he/she can do for your child.
source of information to find out about a doctor (DAN or otherwise) is to go the
Unlocking Autism website.
Find your State Representative and they should be able to help you.
They can also help you find other parents that have tried the treatment
you are asking about.
day I hope Autism will be recognized as a disorder that needs to be a totally
no-cost situation. In the meantime,
here’s the reality. I’ve listed
our approximate costs so far to give you an idea.
doctors will have different fees; this is the one we went to.
Plus some others don’t have appointments as regular, maybe only twice
or once a year, depending on treatment)
– consultation (first visit) - $550 US
appointment - $230 US
appointments become cheaper ($100 - $150 US)
are every 3 months (4x a year)
we’ve done so far:
Analysis for Heavy Metals - $70 US
Test for Heavy Metals (Doctors Data Lab) - $136 US
Test for Heavy Metals (Doctors Data Lab) –
(can’t find cost sorry)
Digestive Stool Analysis (test for yeast) (Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab) –
$230 US approx
Acid Analysis, Urine (Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab) - $240 US
Acid Test (MetraMetrix Clinical Lab)
Acid Test (Great Plains Lab)
Test (blood) $230.00 US
add up. None are expensive
individually but each month there is a definite cost, approx. $40/month.
haven’t started chelation, but I know the cost is not too bad.
It’s something like $1.00 a capsule and you take 3 capsules a
day for 3 days every two weeks (adds up to $20/month approx).
(The capsules can be taken apart and contents dissolved in juice,
there’s also suppositories available).
Canadian residents, be sure to save all receipts pertaining to
out-of-town trips to medical practitioners.
These amounts can be deducted from your income tax under medical
expenses. You may also try claiming
supplements prescribed in conjunction with a DAN protocol.
Expenses for the following licensed practitioners may be deducted:
Naturopath, Physical Therapist, Christian Scientist, Psychologist, SLP, OT, and
Chiropractor. For more information,
check out the Parent
Empowerment section of our website.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT DOCTOR FOR YOUR ASD CHILD
by members of
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What I Look For in a Doctor by Becca
besides basic credentials are warmth, compassion, eye contact, and strong
listening skills. Its good if they write down what they are listening to as
well. Hearing...really hearing what I am saying is a must have skill in any
doctor I seek out for my family.
look for a doctor who is able to give advice and let me make my decision, then
support me in whatever choice I make.
looking for a general practitioner or a pediatrician, I am not necessarily
looking for an expert on autism (it’s doubtful I’ll find one, anyway, lol).
I am looking for a doctor who’s willing to read a few articles, perhaps
a book on the subject and most of all (as mentioned above) willing to listen.
I like a doctor who has the attitude that I am his/her partner
and that the insights I have may be worthwhile. My sister-in-law is a G.P. and she told me that they spent
such little time on ASD in medical school; it’s not even funny.
like a doctor who will see my son more often than once per year for a checkup.
Due to communication issues, J. can’t tell us if he is sick, so we go 3 times
a year, and have a slightly better chance of nipping illness in the bud.
went to a DAN doctor once who’s attitude was questionable (in my opinion), so
I want to say that just because s/he is a DAN doctor, it doesn’t make him/her
any better and it doesn’t make them more of an expert on your child than you
are. Be careful. If your doctor is
reluctant to answer your reasonable questions about treatment, is prescribing
hundreds of dollars worth of supplements per month without telling you what they
are or ever tells you s/he can CURE your child, look somewhere
To Your Pediatrician
Make the most of your
time with your doctor
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with the patient. This usually begins with a chief complaint, or the main reason
that you came to the doctor, such as my 'child has a fever ' or 'he has a bad
cough.' The chief complaint is followed by the 'history of present illness,'
which includes what other symptoms he has, when they began, and what makes the
symptoms better or worse.
If you learn to 'present' your
child to your Pediatrician at the beginning of the visit, then that will leave
more time for your doctor to ask some follow up questions, examine your child,
and then discuss what is wrong and what the treatment should be.
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Disorder ~ Rose Ann Punnett of Kerry’s Place Services
in General ~ Dr. Adrienne Perry, Ph.D., C. Psych., TRE-ADD
New Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; A Time-Line Continuum ~ Margo
Allen, Early Intervention Services and Liz Cohen, BBB Autism/ASO York Region
of Children with Autism ~ Victor Predo, TRE-ADD
& Sexuality ~ Deanna Pietramala, Leaps & Bounds
Skills ~ Deanna Pietramala, Leaps & Bounds
Discipline & The Exceptional Student
~ Lindsay Moir
Management ~ Deanna Pietramala, Leaps & Bounds
8-week Behavior Management Course
Hanen’s More than Words Course
ASOYRC/BBB Autism’s Head Start ABA Courses
A weekend with Dr. Robert
Naseef ~ a weekend conference addressing the following topics:
Special Children, Challenged
Parents, Caring Professionals: Building Links that Endure
The Father Factor:
Understanding the Special Needs of Fathers
First Aid for Your
Relationship: When You’re Raising a Child With Special Needs
Stress Busters: When Your
Child has Special Needs
Facing Siblings of Children with Disabilities
speakers and topics will be included in this very special weekend!
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