Avoiding Autism: What to do when you’re pregnant.

We need to know how to help our autistic children.  Just as important is to avoid it in the first place.  Our future depends on our children and we cannot survive if we continue to allow our children to be so severely affected.

How can we avoid something if we don’t know what is causing it?  We ask the question, “What causes autism?”

It’s a loaded topic.  Filled with politics on all sides.

I hear the debate.  Over diagnosis, vaccines, environment, viruses, Lyme, strep, antibiotics, heavy metals or of course my favorite, evolution.  The theories are never-ending.

The more potential for profit, the more skewed the results of the research.

Our children are being lost in the debate.  The longer this discussion lasts, the more time we take to debate the issue, the more children fade.  Time is of the essence here and we as parents are the first defense our children have against this debilitating event.

We alone are the only wall to shield the next generation from imminent disaster.  We are alone to sort out the best thing to do. We are confused.  Frankly, nobody knows what causes autism.

The players?

  • Genetics: meaning there isn’t much we can do about it right?  Our kids are just born this way, or is something affecting the genes?  If so what?
  • Over diagnosis:  You won’t see many parents of autistic children accepting this one.  Politics might sell it to people who do not know Autism, but the rest of us aren’t buying what they are selling.
  • Vaccines:  Probably a contributor, but if it alone were the cause then we would not have unvaccinated Autistic biomed responders ( like my son).
  • Environment:  while our environment is terribly toxic there are certainly times in our history when the environment was easily as toxic (especially around the middle of the industrial age).

There are more, but I will skip to the point since I am not likely to name them all anyway.  I see desperate parents regularly asking how to avoid autism?

My Opinion:

Autism is iatrogenic.  Meaning: caused by doctors.  Not as individuals necessarily, but certainly as part of the larger system.  I am sure people are tired of hearing rantings over big pharma or discussions on the latest trend of diagnosing people with their symptoms (like my cousin, who took her dd to the doctor after she fainted for no clear reason, only to leave the office with a diagnosis of syncope…?).   I could likely write 20 blog entries complaining about our medical system, lol, but you all know me.  I am too much of a fixer to waste that much time on complaining (I reserve most of my ranting for my lovely family).

So what is the solution?

If your pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant I have a few tips I would recommend.

  1. Do not mess with detoxification unless you have about 18 months afterward.
  2. Get back to basics.  Eat good food not pesticide laden, GMO pseudofood.  Real food the way our grandmothers and our great-grandmothers used to cook.  Boil thee bones to make thy soup and other such nutrient dense real food techniques. Avoid artificial ick and additives, MSG, fake sugars, trans fats and hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, etc…
  3. Take a decent multi-vitamin to make up for what is lacking in our food.
  4. Fish oil is a must when pregnant: High quality fish oil higher in DHA than EPA (1500 mg DHA / 750 mg EPA is good)
  5. Control the toxic load as much as possible.  Don’t choose now to remodel your house.  Don’t use CFLs.  Stay clear of chlorine bleach, and other chemicals, fluoride, fabric softeners, aluminum and non stick cookware, etc…
  6. Above all stay away from Doctors unless it is absolutely necessary.  DO NOT Vaccinate!  DO NOT take Rx Meds!

Doctors treat disease they do not bestow health.  Do not use medication that is my motto. Doctors can run tests, check your health, and clue you in to a possible disease process. They are however, most beneficial when you are well-informed and do your homework.  and if you find a doctor who is annoyed by your desire to be part of the process, RUN!!!

We use vitamins and herbs at the first sign of illness and we seldom need to go to the doc.  I think the old adage, “An apple a day to keep the doctor away,” was right in one regard.

Keeping the doctor away is of utmost benefit to your health!

Did Acetaminophen Provoke the Autism Epidemic?

tylenol bottle closeup

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.

Mr. Sandman, You are cordially invited to…….. move in.

Sleeping baby

Ok so baby number one (working mom)?  He was sleeping through the night by 6 months of age, potty trained at a year and 1/2, broke of the bottle, the Binky, and the crib all in a very timely manner.

Baby number two (working and back to school)?  getting up once in the night for a drink from the tippy cup until 2.5 yr, diaper at night sure, but all else… timely.

Baby number three didn’t sleep through the night until I was pregnant with baby number four.  Freaked out and broke her of night wakings in a couple of months.

Baby number four, I can’t even remember I was too traumatized by baby number five.  (can you say bad mom?)  Probably got her to sleep through the night while preg with baby number five seems to be a pattern by now.

Baby number five?  Say hello to Autism.  Night terrors, won’t fall asleep until midnight, up again at 4am, back to sleep at 7am?  Really?  Three years later we are graced with the unexpected baby number six.

So one is up every two hours and the other sleeps only 4 hours per night.  Now Mommy becomes caffeinated ……. for survival.

We have finally solved number five’s sleep issues (can you say adrenal/ thyroid?).  Baby number six is now a child of three who is “mostly” sleeping through the night.

Now we chelate every weekend, and anemic Mom drinks a pot+ of coffee daily to function, lol.  and I call myself a health coach…  Do what I say not what I do?

Hey, did you know the latest research says coffee is a great antioxidant?  Ya, that’s why I drink it.

But seriously wondering if I will ever again see a decent night’s sleep?