How To Find a Thyroid Doctor

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a doctor knowledgeable in treating children with sub-clinical thyroid disorder.

I generally skip most endocrinologist as they stick pretty closely to text book synthroid.

Naturapathic Doctors and Chiropractors can Rx natural thyroid in some states, However in most they cannot get you the med you need.

After spending money on way to many intake appointments I got smart.  I called the local compounding pharmacies and asked if they ever fill scripts for Armour.  Then asked for referrals.  It can sometimes be necessary to travel a ways to find a doctor (I know parents who have driven 2 hours one way to obtain their thyroid medication).

I have successfully found thyroid doctor for several parents I have consulted with from all over the country.  Remember that often you only need to visit these doctors once per year to maintain your script.

When calling I ask the following questions:

1.  Does the doctor ever prescribe natural thyroid?
2.  Does the doctor consider both test results and symptoms when determining whether or not to treat the thyroid?
3.  Does the doctor feel comfortable treating cases of sub-clinical thyroid in children?

Often the person on the other end will either know right away that the doctor can do this, or they will take your number and call you back.

Once you find a doctor be sure to bring with you a list of your child’s thyroid symptoms and basal temps to your first appointment.

Did Acetaminophen Provoke the Autism Epidemic?

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http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/14/4/364.pdf

I was invited to view a webinar on a possible connection between Autism and Acetaminophen some months ago.  When I was first told about the next great claim of a definitive cause for Autism, I was skeptical.  I had listened to so many debates on causation and autism.  Honestly, after awhile, the obvious politics involved becomes very tiresome.

I voiced my skepticism, but as this mother proceeded to describe some of the accusations against Acetaminophen (Tylenol), I started to listen more closely.  That is when it hit me.  Unlike all the other causation theories, this could actually explain my child’s Autism and his remarkable improvement through chelation.

You see, my son did not match the typical case histories of othAcetaminophen and Autismer Autistic children.  In fact, I almost failed to pursue biomedical treatments because he did not have a typical story.

My child did not regress.  He never developed normally.  After his diagnosis it became apparent that he was born with Autism.

My child did not have any health problems or frequent ear infections.  In fact the only ear infection and subsequent round of antibiotics he had ever had was at 2.2 years of age, well after his Autism was apparent.

My child was never vaccinated.  I did not receive any vaccines or Rhogam while pregnant.

This was my 5th child.  If his Autism was solely due to my toxic body burden one would expect my previous children to be more affected.

We did not move.  My 3rd child and 4th child were both born and raised in the exact same apartment building as my 5th child.  The environment hadn’t changed.

I really was at a loss and none of the typical biomed explanations quite fit our experience.  Still biomed advocates were proposing using natural safe approaches, like diet modification along with vitamins and other supplements.  These weren’t things that could damage my child, so I really had no reason not to at least give it a go.

We did the GFCF diet and saw improvement.  We did yeast treatments and gut supports, and saw improvement.  He improved on zinc.  He improved on B6.  He improved with almost every intervention we tried.

Then we found AC chelation and he improved to point that most would consider him recovered.  He is in a typical school with typical peers with no supports.  He has friends and has been invited to parties.  In fact, at the end of this year they tested him for the gifted program and determined that he was academically gifted and will start going to an enrichment school one day a week because his typical classroom isn’t quite academically challenging enough.  He is flourishing.  (He does still have some precocious speech and slightly odd gestures but no sign  of Autism.  He was diagnosed with low functioning Autism at age 2.5).

With that kind of drastic improvement with chelation protocol, it was apparent he was metal toxic.  But how?  By now the how didn’t matter much to me.  We left the how question alone to dangle in the wind as we had found the solution, so it didn’t seem important to figure out exactly how the problem started or what the cause could have been.

Never the less the question always dangled, it never totally disappeared from our minds.

Insert the Acetaminophen theory.

You know what was different about my 5th child’s med history?  I was over due and very uncomfortable during my last trimester.  It was so bad that I could not even get two full hours of sleep per night.  I was miserable and exhausted.  My midwife was concerned about whether I would have the energy to mount a proper labor and delivery.  I asked her if there was anything safe I could take while pregnant to help me sleep.  ( I just knew her answer would be no).  She said yes and came back with an Rx for Tylenol 3 with codeine.

I told her I thought it was over kill, “I am uncomfortable but I am not in pain.  I just need some sleep.”

She said that it didn’t cross the placental wall and that although I didn’t need the pain relief, it was the only thing they could give me that was safe for my baby.

I took Tylenol 3 almost every night for 2 weeks.

Quote from article:

Acetaminophen taken during pregnancy may provoke autism present at birth…

Finally, a possible explanation for what we had experienced.  The Tylenol I took may have interfered with his ability to detox environmental toxins as well as impaired his brain function and immune system.  The toxins his body built up could be responsible for the rest.  Is this truth or theory?

At this point it is only theory.  But it is the first theory that had a chance of explaining what we saw, and the research is convincing.  It is solid enough that I would never give Tylenol to another child.  I would recommend all children and pregnant mothers avoid Tylenol and other acetaminophen containing products.  Until more research is done it only makes sense to be cautious.

Adrenal Fatigue: Something was very wrong.

When we started AC chelation our dose was a bit too high.  Remnants of our old DAN!s protocol still lingered in my mind. I mean 1/2 mg per pound for three days is pretty close to 10 mg per pound every third day.  So we started at just under 25 mg per dose of ALA and DMSA together.

The changes we were seeing were amazing.  In only three rounds he had increased conversational language, he was more social, more tuned in.  He was listening.

This child who wouldn’t respond until you had called his name 15 times…. this child who was content just to stimm all day on the computer (unless he was running off or tantrumming of course)…. this child who scripted all day and all night without meaning to his words… this child was in the living room minding his own business and his mother and father were talking among themselves at the kitchen table.

We were having a normal conversation in average tones, and we were talking about him.  I do not recall which of us used his name, but he heard it and from the other room he yelled, “Coming!”  Only to appear in the doorway a moment later and say, “you called me?”

It was incredible.  We were doing something soooo right.  Amazing.

On the other hand, something we were doing was sooo wrong….

He was whiny, clingy (this from a child who never wanted to be held), sad…..  He cried so easily, and the mood swings were drastic.  On minute he was fine and the next was a complete meltdown over some tiny thing like dropping his toy.

We also had a return of a very old behavior.  When he was younger he used to crawl along the floor with his head on the carpet sliding it along the ground.  It was a very odd behavior that we were happy to see go away and very unhappy to see return.  He was also turning upside down a lot.  He did hand stands on the wall, on the couch, in the chair.  This wasn’t completely abnormal for him as it was part of his trouble with vestibular sensory processing issues, but it had increased substantially.

I was on a mission to figure out how to keep our wonderful gains, but get rid of these awful side effects.

It was suggested that some of the behaviors we were seeing were headaches do to dosing to high.  We lowered the dose down to 1/4 mg per pound and the crawling along on his head and increased headstands stopped.  Yeah!  one piece solved.

A parent in one of the groups I was part of mentioned Adrenal fatigue, so it was back to the books.

That is when we discovered ACE.

Adrenal cortex was our happy pill.

I began by giving ACE in the morning, starting slowly and increasing by 1/2 cap at a time.  We decided to follow Andy’s timing recommendations for Hydrocortisone.  (between 7-8 in the am, around noon, and between 5-6 in the pm).  This worked like a dream.

All his increased whiny, fearful meltdown behavior stopped (we still had meltdowns, but they were back to the regular kind we had grown accustomed to).

The something very wrong was solved.  Of course he had adrenal fatigue even before we were chelating we just didn’t know it.  So we got bonus result from this wonderful little supplement.

My son never slept.  We struggled with it for years.  It didn’t matter what time I laid him down, he was up until at least midnight, sometimes 1 am.  Then he would wake up again at 3am or 4am.  He would be wide awake, ready for the day, full of vim and vinegar.  uggg.

Of course he was down for a nap around 8am but by then it was too late for me.  I was chronically sleep deprived.  All we ever heard about was melatonin.  I would dose it before bed, and then often again in the night.  It would work for a week or two, then it would start to make sleep worse and we would stop using it.  A couple of weeks later we could bring it back again.  It was a never-ending cycle we had gone through for years.

But when we started the ACE the most marvelous thing happened.  He slept through the night.  It was still a struggle to get him to fall asleep, but there were no more night wakings.  This was one of the biggest gifts I could get.  Better than winning the lottery any day.