Category Archives: Mike’s progress

Mike going off to college

PW_tree1Our son “Mike,” who has been doing NAET treatments for more than two years now, is doing much better in every way and plans to leave home to go to college in the fall.  (He’s 20, transferring from the local community college.)  He’s also been taking supplements from the Yasko protocol, but in the past couple of months decided not to take them for his own reasons (checking to see if he really needs them?). He has decided he’s better off taking them, and is starting up again.  He’s on a much-abbreviated list of them, as determined by our chiropractor who muscle-tests each one to see whether his body responds positively or negatively to it.

When we started on this journey, at the beginning of this blog in 2007, I wondered whether he would always have to take the Yasko supplements, since they seemed to remediate a genetic deficiency in the way his body works. Or would taking them somehow improve the biochemistry in his body over time?  The answer seems to be clear: his biochemistry has improved. He can get along without the supplements now, but he’s better off taking a few of them. The most important one for him is phosphatidyl serine, by the way. Without that one, he can get irritable. Note that his genetic burden differs from other people’s, so you can’t assume what works for him will work for you.

NAET is a treatment that uses Chinese medicine theory (meridians, energy flow).  How it works I wonder; I think it has to do with bioelectricity. I can see that it does do some amazing things. Don’t pooh-pooh it just because you don’t understand it!

Mindfulness, a new concept for us

PW_tree2“Mike,” my son with Asperger’s, has come a long way, first from his supplements from the Yasko protocol (which allowed him an emotional even keel) and now from two years of NAET treatments, which seem to be helping him control his anxiety.  But he still has Asperger’s, and as part of that he still has ADD.

He’s 20 years old, and I would love it if he learned to drive. I spend too much time driving him where he needs to go. We live in the suburbs where the bus service to anywhere but the community college is terrible.  He’s been working on learning to drive for a couple of years at least. If my autistic 55-year-old brother learned to drive as a teenager, why can’t “Mike”?

He’s not getting there. What’s holding him back? The ADD. He’s not really focusing on what he is doing, while driving or doing most other things. He’s paying attention to some other script going on in his head, I think. We nearly had a serious accident in November because of this inattention, and since then I’ve been rethinking this. Maybe he isn’t a candidate for driving.

Then I read an article that was encouraging seniors to practice “mindfulness” as a way of preventing mental lapses.  Mindfulness is consciously paying attention to what’s around you. For example, you could take a walk in your neighborhood and notice what’s different from yesterday–a new for-sale sign up in the neighbor’s yard, a kite stuck in a tree, the neighbor’s car with a dented fender, or whatever.  This sounds pretty normal to the way I operate. But I realized it’s not normal for “Mike.” The idea is to practice it consciously.

I want him to practice this for a while before we try driving again.

Update on “Mike” and NAET treatment for Asperger’s

Our Aspie son “Mike” continues his NAET treatments, and isn’t showing improvements yet. This is after 9 months of treatment. His treatments have uncovered a sensitivity to just one vaccine, the Hepatitis A vaccine, which he had in second grade. This is about the time he started to display hyperactivity, anxiety, and the other hallmarks of Asperger’s.

“Mike” is now 19 years old and going to classes at the local community college. He’s not eating junk food any more, as he was in the summer, and is doing well. He’s taking his Yasko supplements. What I’m hoping to eventually see with the NAET treatment is normal conversational interaction, back and forth questions, and so on. This has been lacking.

People have asked what prescription drugs he might be on. Once he was on three or four of those drugs, and they were making him gain weight.  I believe that the stimulant medications were causing him to be angry/aggressive, and the other drugs were to mitigate that, and pretty soon it was just a mishmash of side effects.  After being on the Yasko supplements for a while I gradually dropped them all. Without the drugs, it became apparent that he was still pretty anxious, so the doctor and I agreed to put him back on one–zoloft, which has few side-effects.  I am not sure whether the zoloft is helping. He is still anxious sometimes.

His sister was on the NAET treatments for a year before we noticed an amazing change in her, so I am happy to be patient. By the way, her NAET treatments showed she was very sensitive to the DPT vaccine.

Why might NAET work? My best guess is that it can help autism because it treats the immune system. NAET was originally designed as a nontraditional treatment for allergies, which are malfunctions of the immune system. So autism must have something to do with a broken immune system.  Because the NAET treatments have uncovered extreme sensitivities to particular vaccines for both of my children being treated, I am thinking that the vaccines they had must have contributed somehow. Vaccines are an attempt to manipulate the immune system. If they damage the immune system, in individuals with a genetic predisposition, perhaps autism can result.

I’ve said it elsewhere on this blog, but I’ll say it again. I think the high numbers of required vaccines, at a young age, are making our children guinea pigs in a vast experiment. And the drug companies and FDA are not even looking for possible consequences.

Junk food setback

“Mike,” our son with Asperger’s at 18 years old, is old enough to hang out as a volunteer in a hospital workplace and make good decisions, right? Wrong. He’s been volunteering since early June, and has managed to put himself on a diet of at least five sugared sodas per day, plus candy and assorted junk food, paid for with the money in his wallet which came from gifts. Sigh.

What we’ve seen as a result is a great increase in obsessiveness, and less interest in other people. The reason for it came to light last week on vacation, when he didn’t have access to any of this stuff. But the obsessiveness stayed. It’s going to take a while to clear it all out of his system, if he cooperates. Sigh.

Hoping he can see the light and cut back. Today, his first day back on the “job,”  he said he only had one soda. Sigh.

Here’s the problem: his system is apparently extraordinarily sensitive to what he eats. The right supplements have brought him out of obsessiveness into regular conversations, over the past four years.  But eating lots of sugar and other stuff is sending him right back to where he started.

So the question becomes, where does HE want to be? And is he tough enough to say no to junk food?

“Mike” graduates from high school

“Mike” graduated from high school Friday night. We were so proud of our son with Asperger’s–he’s come such a long way. I remember the days (just 3 1/2 years ago) when we wondered what would become of him, whether he would have to live in a group home as an adult, whether he would achieve anything at all, full of impulses, anger and anxiety as he was. With all those negative emotions under control now, thanks to the Yasko protocol, he’s emerged as a very smart young man, able and willing to achieve all A’s. He’s going to college, starting at the community college, expecting to transfer to a local four-year institution after a couple of years. Majoring in what? We don’t know yet!

He still has some difficulties with math, and of course he’s still got social issues–he’d rather read a book than go to a party. But he DID go to the official all-night party for his graduating class, deciding to go at the last minute. He spent the whole night playing poker–Texas Hold ‘Em. 🙂

Does Mike have to take all those supplements all his life?

pills1Does Mike have to take all those Yasko protocol supplements all his life?  This is a question I wondered about when we first embarked in 2007 on treating his Asperger’s with the Yasko protocol, based on genetic testing.

I figured the answer was yes. We’d have to give him tons of supplements all his life. The theory seemed to demand it.

Now it turns out that the answer is no, or at least not so many!  I took him to the chiropractor in July for his annual testing. She uses “muscle testing” to evaluate whether each of his supplements is of value to his body.  In particular, several of his supplements addressed a set of mutations that cause the body to make too much ammonia, causing behavior problems.This is not an uncommon set of mutations that Yasko sees, and it’s hard to treat.

Well, this July, after 2.5 years on the protocol with the chiropractor, Mike didn’t need any more the ones that “mop up” or otherwise neutralize ammonia. In fact, his ammonia metabolism was perfectly normal!!! This really floored me.  Something has changed in a big way.  I can speculate as to what, but I don’t actually know.

He’s on 10 supplements now, down from 15 the chiropractor first identified. Nearly all the dropped ones have to do with the ammonia system.

In case you are wondering why I am talking about supplements, here is the theory behind the Yasko protocol. The body has a lot of little chemical factories, in the mitochondria of each cell. These factories have inputs and outputs, and the individual processes are run by enzymes. If the enzymes are genetically messed up, creating too much or not enough of an input, that skews the system. You can’t change the enzyme imbalance. But you can supply the missing input with supplements in order to make the little factory work at full tilt like it is supposed to.  And you can supply something to “mop up” too much output, in our case ammonia. For us that was yucca and quercetin, given at each meal. Don’t ask me how these work, I don’t know! But they did.

At first I could see the effect if Mike forgot to take his pills. His behavior was atrocious.  The excess ammonia was apparently driving him nuts.  Gradually that changed though; if he forgot his pills, it wasn’t so bad. Now it doesn’t seem to matter much at all if he forgets for a particular meal.

He seems more and more normal in so many ways. Could it be that my “Curing Autism Blog” is aptly named?  I am daring to hope.

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NAET for Shannon: status report

Shannon has been doing the NAET treatments for a  year now, somewhat off and on. A reader is asking how they are going.

NAET, which stands for N-somebody Allergy Elimination Treatment, involves acupressure treatment to calm the body’s allergic response for various allergens, starting with foods and, in the autism treatment, moving to vaccines and hormones, etc.  Why would this work with autism?  Because autism somehow goes with a malfunctioning immune system, which is what allergy is. Treat the allergy, and the autism gets better. Very mysterious.

Shannon is also taking some supplements, such as fish oil and phosphatidyl serine, folacal, and so on. She started these long before the NAET.

Shannon hasn’t had the emotional swings and anger that Mike has had, I think because she is female and estrogen protects her from the worst of the effects of our genetic mutations.  But she has always been very distant emotionally from everybody, including me, her mother.

That is changing, I am happy to say!  Shannon is getting much more relational.  She wants to spend time with me now going on outings, something she NEVER wanted before. She was formerly content to just do her beadwork or her computer games  in her spare time and forget everybody else.

An odd bit of information from the treatment: it was the DPT vaccine that troubled her far more than the MMR vaccine. The MMR took a couple of treatments to “clear” or neutralize in her immune system. The DPT took about 10 treatments.  So this may be the vaccine that researchers should investigate more thoroughly in regards to autism.

An invitation for an Aspie

rowboatParents of kids with Asperger’s know their kids get very few, if any, invitations to come over. My Aspies are no exception to this rule.

Mike, age 17, has gotten an invitation to go with his brothers to their friend’s vacation house 10 hours’ drive away.  They will stay for a week. I still can’t get over it. The friend specifically invited him along with his “neurotypical” brothers.

We explained to Mike that he can’t be his normal inflexible self. He has to go and hang out with the guys in the rowboat or on the bicycles, hardly his preferred activities.  Does he really want to go?

I think he realizes how special this is. He wants to go.

What a long way he has come in just 2 1/2 years!

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Taking stock on Yasko protocol: how far we’ve come!

I was filing some papers yesterday and came across some comments from “Mike’s” teachers in the middle of ninth grade. That was a bit more than two years ago.  At the time, he was on supplements from the Yasko protocol, but we had not figured out which ones were helping and which were hindering. His diagnosis was Asperger’s.

His grades were dismal: two F’s, two D’s, two C’s.  His biology teacher wrote, “(Mike) is often distracted and often disrupts class.”

His English teacher: “He told me today that when he hears Sesame Street songs he feels so bad that he cannot control his reaction (he grabbed his head and started rocking back and forth because a girl in his group was singing a Sesame Street song under her breath).”

The same teacher, different day: “Today, (Mike) would not work for over half of the hour. He said he had something on his mind. He was antagonizing a student who sits near him by making grunting noises and tapping on his desk.”

As you know, the story is different now. Mike is making straight As. He’s not totally recovered from Asperger’s, mind you, but he has come a LONG way. It’s been a bit over two years since a chiropractor used “muscle testing” to weed out the supplements that weren’t helping.

“Mike” mentioned meeting another teen a few days ago who wanted to talk on and on about videogames. “I know I used to be like that,” he told me. “So I was patient with him.”

News media accepting illogic on autism and vaccines again

There was an article in the Los Angeles Times March 13 (and widely distributed by the Associated Press) in which yet another reporter reported an unbalanced story–failing to report the “other side of the question” –perpetuating the autism-vaccine logical fallacy yet again.

Thomas H. Maugh reported that the government vaccine court has declared that thimerosal, a mercury additive largely discontinued from vaccines, does not cause autism.  This is not surprising and is in fact a logical conclusion. The reason is that while thimerosal is not an ingredient in most vaccines since 2001, autism rates continue to climb.

Maugh’s fallacy is faulty generalizing.  He takes the thimerosal assertion and combines it with another: that the measles vaccine in the MMR shot does not cause autism, at least in most cases. I’ll grant that to be apparently true as well–research supports it.

Therefore, says Maugh, parents should accept that vaccines do not cause autism. There is the fallacy, generalizing from insufficient evidence.  Vaccines could be causing autism by any number of other ways.

Meanwhile, it’s obvious that autism rates have gone up at the same rate and time that the number of childhood vaccines has gone up. There could well be a correlation. The medical establishment should look into it, disregarding their vested interest in the vaccine system.

Research has NOT INVESTIGATED these further possibilities. Here are the ones that come to mind:

1. The immature immune system (first day of life and following) cannot deal with the vaccines, at least in some cases.

2. Taking multiple vaccines at the same time may overwhelm the young immune system.

3. A vaccine ingredient, currently unidentified, is toxic to some children.

These have NOT been tested. Mr. Maugh and colleagues, quit swallowing the line of the vaccine proponents and get on the ball!! You are not doing a service to your country. Please investigate and report the other side.

As I have said before, a simple study could settle this question: comparing autism rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.  Are the medical people AFRAID to do it?