Category Archives: Yasko

A cheap version of Yasko’s protocol

I got a comment from Lloyd recently:

Bravo, I follow a real cheap version of Yasko’s protocol ,”invented” by Fred Davis and Richard von Kennenberg on I had CFS/fibromyagia f0r over thirty ears. Supposedly  cfs/fm is on adult onset version of autism. I love the theory. Cured a huge chunck of most if not all of my symptoms. May I suggest looking at, resistant starch + soil based probiotics. This proved as valuable as methylation upstart for me.  Peace.

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!

Why does autism seem to coincide with mitochondrial problems?

cropped-PW_leaf1.jpgThere’s a lot of discussion among researchers these days about why so many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have mitochondrial issues.

What are mitochondria? They are energy-producing organs inside each cell of our body. They take inputs from the blood stream and from previous mitochondrial processes and create outputs that keep the body going in a number of ways. Most importantly, the Yasko protocol that has so helped my Asperger’s son addresses malfunctions in these mitochondrial processes using a variety of supplements.

Anyway, Dr. Amy Yasko, the researcher whose protocol many autistics have benefited from, has authored a paper with an MD, Nancy Mullan, looking at why these mitochondrial processes are disrupted in so many people with ASD, those with genetic markers for this, and those without.

In brief, what could be causing the autism epidemic? Take a look.

A simpler Yasko protocol: eat veggies?

The Yasko protocol for treating people with autism isn’t easy to do. What if there were a way to simply eat the right foods and do the same job?

With the Yasko protocol, you have to get a whole long list of supplements, many of them obscure, and then you have to somehow figure out which ones are helpful.  The whole point is to provide support for processes that go on in the mitochondria, or energy factories, in every cell of the body. Something has caused those processes to go awry, probably exposure to too many toxins, more than the individual’s body can get rid of naturally. (We live in a sea of toxins. If you think the government is protecting us from chemicals, you are wrong.)

There’s an MD who’s successfully treating not autism but multiple sclerosis in herself by eating the right foods. So, how is that relevant? Here’s how: through her diet she is supporting the mitochondrial processes, same thing Yasko’s protocol does.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but alongside the autism epidemic there seems to be a marked increase in a variety of other conditions: allergies, athsma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, ALS, and so on. It’s very evident to someone who has lived 60 years, as I have. The world used to be different. What if supporting the mitochondrial processes though food or supplements worked to help people fight all these diseases of the immune system and neurological system?

So, what does that have to do with you, my readers? Well, if you are wishing the Yasko protocol was easier and cheaper to implement, you could try the diet of Terry Wahls, MD.  Through simply eating a prescribed set of mostly organic vegetables, she has delivered herself from crippling multiple sclerosis. Now she can walk, run, and ride a bicycle. Before, she couldn’t even sit up in her wheelchair. She’s eating at least three cups of certain organic fruits and vegetables at each meal, plus selected protein sources. Grains are minimized or eliminated. It’s a variation of the “paleo diet,” eaten by healthy hunter gatherers.

Former CDC head explains autism-vaccine link

In this 2008 video, the head of the CDC admits that people with genetic mitochondrial dysfunction can become autistic after vaccination. But she then dances around the subject, and we wonder whether we heard her right.

Funny thing, this mitochondrial dysfunction isn’t as rare as she wishes it were. The Yasko protocol uses genetic testing to identify people with genetic mitochondrial dysfunction, for one thing, and suggests supplements that provide missing inputs for the mitochondrial processes that aren’t working right. (Mitochondria are little energy factories in each cell.) A recent study concludes that autism spectrum disorders and mitochondrial dysfunction are linked.

(Guess what, this head of the CDC, Julie Gerberding, has left that job and is now president of vaccines at Merck.)

Take a look:

Another observer says Shannon isn’t autistic

“Shannon,” my 24-year-old daughter, was unable to tell what others were thinking, because of her Asperger’s. The world was a confusing and unpredictable place to her. It’s the reason I homeschooled her from grades 8-12.

But now, after some vitamin therapy under the Yasko protocol and more than a year of NAET treatments, she CAN tell what others are thinking.  She’s a responsive and caring individual. In my book, that means she’s not autistic any more.

My first cousin had the opportunity to get to know Shannon this fall, when Shannon went traveling. She hadn’t known Shannon previously. Here’s what my cousin said:

“I have to tell you I had such a good time getting to know ‘Shannon’ when she was out here …  What a treasure she is!  I was wondering about her autism; she really has emerged from it hasn’t she!  How wonderful!  Have you ever heard of that happening?”

Personally I haven’t heard of recoveries like this for others her age, although there probably are some. There are many reported recoveries from more severe autism for kids who are much younger, like under the age of 5 or 10. All these recoveries come from the alternative medical treatment world.

Comments used by my cousin’s and Shannon’s permission.

Yasko autism protocol support group in St. Louis

Today I attended a support group meeting in St. Louis for parents of autistics who are using the Yasko protocol on their kids. The group is run by an occupational therapist with an interest in advising families.

The Yasko support group draws several women from western parts of Illinois, as well as others from the St. Louis area. Most of those who came take their kids to see an DAN! doctor and allergist in the Kansas City area, but they also are using supplements and advice from the Yasko protocol.  Those who had been using the Yasko/DAN! protocol for a while were reporting positive results.

We had an interesting discussion, that’s for sure!  I hope there are other groups like this around the country that help parents navigate the protocol.

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.”