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Considering NAET for autism treatment?

naetA parent contacted me with questions, asking more information about our NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Treatment) experience in autism treatment.  I should say that my daughter has made amazing progress in her ability to relate to others and understand what they may be feeling or thinking. My son, too, is making great strides. She is now 26; he is 21.

1. “My child doesn’t have allergies. I read that NAET helps allergy-related autism. Would it be a waste for me?”

My kids didn’t appear to be allergic to anything much to start with. My daughter did have a problem with cats. So, for them this was not an allergy treatment. It was a treatment that normalized the way their bodies respond to environmental challenges.

NAET defines allergies differently from the rest of the world; it’s sensitivity to substances that you probably didn’t know were bothering you.  So “allergy-related autism” in NAET parlance
must mean most autism cases. Don’t ask me what non-allergy-related autism would be. Caused by an injury perhaps?

Personally I am a somewhat allergic individual. My kids not as much. They can stand cats, for instance, and have no food allergies. Yet NAET helped them a whole lot. It took a while, and it took effort– NAET involves avoiding things for 25 hours, and so it’s not for the faint of heart. It also took money, in our case $55 per week for most of a year at least. (Actually they both continued for more than two years, but benefits were apparent after one year.)  Insurance did not cover it for us, probably not for you either.

There’s also the study showing most autistic kids benefited in some way from a year of NAET,
I expect you have run across that?

I evaluated the situation and concluded that NAET couldn’t hurt them, and it might help. I am SO GLAD I did. Of course it cost money, and that took some of our savings (a cashed-in life insurance policy). In your case perhaps you have savings or a doting grandparent who is willing to donate some money. Is there something you can give up? We don’t have cable TV and have dumb phones. Etc. Etc.  Bottom line, if you don’t do it, you may regret it, and there’ s  no going back to that developmental point.

2. “Your kids are doing it for over two years… they are allergic to that many things? Is Naet done infinitely?”

I can give you my theories on what is happening, but the NAET people don’t necessarily agree with me.  They don’t have a way to explain it that makes sense either. NAET is not done indefinitely.

I think NAET is manipulating our bodies’ bioelectric field in such a way as to make our bodies respond differently to toxins and other things in the environment that we may encounter.  This is the long term effect. I think autism is caused by a buildup of toxins from the environment in the body, which the individual is not able to get rid of (as the result of a genetic predisposition probably). So the autism is improved because the body gradually learns to let go of its stored toxins. My opinion only.

The short term treatment looks like the practitioner is “treating” you for something you’re not allergic to, like tap water, or something you commonly eat with no problem, like red meat.  The treatment is designed to allow your body to accept the substance.  It really doesn’t seem to make sense, since my kids were never allergic to tap water or red meat or about 99.9 percent of the things they were treated for. I conclude that the word “allergy” in NAET means something different than what it means to most of us.

No doubt in NAET treatment you will go for a while wondering if there will be any changes. For my daughter it took one year to see any benefit (and then it was a whopper). For my son it was a bit longer.  But for the kids in the study, marked and measurable improvements were found after one year. So you have to hang in there and be patient.

Parent of autistic child reports progress with NAET

naetA blogger who calls herself “Muckraking Maven” has taken the plunge and started NAET treatments for her autistic son. Her husband thought she was crazy. But she evaluated the study showing that NAET has helped autistics, talked to parents of autistics who had been helped by NAET, and embarked.

Of course you know I also embarked on NAET for my two Aspies. My 25-year-old daughter “Shannon” has recovered from her Asperger’s, and is making her way into normal life. My 20-year-old son “Mike” is doing well in many, many ways. These changes occurred after at least a year of NAET treatments.

Muckraking Maven also has some great news to report. Check out her post, complete with videos.

http://muckrakingmaven.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/have-you-heard-of-naet-for-allergies-autism-chronic-illnesses-this-is-worth-reading/

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.

Environmental contaminants are to blame for autism

I have been convinced for a while now that a variety of environmental contaminants are to blame for the autism epidemic. (Think it’s questionable whether there’s an epidemic? Read here.)

For years, the research money chased the hypothesis that autism is genetic, and looked for the genes. Well, in some cases, it is genetic. But there’s no such thing as an epidemic that’s genetic. Think about it. It’s a contradiction in terms. If you go back a generation or two, you still have the same genes, but not the epidemic, because the way we define the word epidemic: it’s an event that’s catastrophic.

Now research money is flowing toward some limited environmental hypotheses, and there are starting to be some results. I believe that the autistic individual’s system cannot process toxins very normally, causing a buildup of toxins that eventually causes big problems. Detox is a big part of treatment, or should be.

Now, if you’re me, you’re trying to protect your kids from toxins. The FDA and the EPA certainly aren’t; they’ve been bought by the big companies and associations with big bucks. How else to explain that it’s perfectly fine and legal for your dentist to fill your kid’s mouth with mercury?

One big way is to provide your family with carbon-filtered drinking water. The EPA provides limits on many toxins in our water supply, but some amounts of toxins are allowed. And that’s just the toxins the EPA has decided to regulate. There are many, many more that it ignores. We are actually living in a toxic soup. The government should be protecting us but isn’t.

I decided to get a home water filter three or four years ago, and did some research on the best ones. I found Multipure, a company in Nevada that makes its filters here in the U.S. to exacting quality standards and gives them a warranty for life. We’ve been enjoying our Multipure filtered water. I wanted to let you know about it in case you were interested in checking this out too. http://www.safe-water-4-u.com/

Source on mercury fillings: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/10/americans-unaware-that-silver-fillings-are-50-percent-mercury.aspx

Such an amazing conversation …

I had an amazing conversation with my daughter “Shannon” today. She’s the one who lost eye contact with us at age four and eventually got an ADD diagnosis that solidified into an Asperger’s diagnosis at age 11. She’s now 25.

Autism is like living in a house of mirrors: all you can see is yourself. That makes it extremely difficult to reach out to other people in any meaningful way. You can’t imagine what others are thinking, what they are like.

We were talking about her best friend, someone she has found recently.  Shannon hasn’t had a close friend, ever, though in the past year or so she’s been able to relate to people in a whole new way. She hadn’t found someone dwelling in the same groove, so to speak. But now she has.

Shannon and the friend have been enjoying each others’ company for hours at a time, doing stuff like enjoying the City Museum (a unique attraction we have here in St. Louis), eating lunch, and whatnot.

Me: “Does she know you used to have Asperger’s?”

Shannon: (smiles) “Yes.”

I’m savoring it. “Used to have Asperger’s.” How’s that for cool??

For anyone just joining this blog, Shannon has experienced recovery from  her autism in the past couple of years through N.A.E.T., a treatment for the immune system based on acupuncture theory. In case you didn’t know, autism isn’t something one normally recovers from.

Shannon’s about to take the big step and move away from home to another town six hours away.  The sky’s the limit for her now! I am so thankful.

NAET, autism and allergy: update

Are you wondering what’s happening at the Wheelers’ with NAET?  “Shannon,” our 24-year-old daughter with Asperger’s, continues to blossom after a year on NAET treatments and some Yasko vitamin therapy. I get so many comments from people who have known her and are delighted that she is now interacting with them. It really is a miracle. She is continuing NAET treatments but less intensively.

“Mike,” our 19-year-old son with Asperger’s, has been doing NAET treatments for a year. We’re cautiously reserving judgment on results at this time.

And, there’s me! I just started NAET too, because I have been getting more and more allergic to things, and that’s driving me nuts. I had a choice: spend money on allergy shots, which aren’t guaranteed to help, or try NAET for about the same amount of money. I decided to try NAET.

I am supposing that the genetics that made my children susceptible to autism are also part of my body. Makes sense–my brother is autistic, so I must be the genetic carrier. Being female, and having grown up in an era with fewer environmental insults, I am not autistic. But I am very allergic. Perhaps our genetics involve faulty removal of toxins from the body, which are building up as I grow older and make me more and more allergic?  For example, I have been limited in the lotions I can use on my face for 20 years. I had found one with just three ingredients that seemed to work well, and used it for 20 years. But a few months ago I found it was giving me a rash. Grr. So now I’m down to one ingredient, coconut oil.

I started NAET with the new year, after taking some money out of an investment to invest in my health. It’s too new for me to provide you with any feedback, other than to remark that avoiding certain substances for 25 hours after a treatment is in fact a pain!

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?

Daughter with Asperger’s now described as “affable”

Someone asked me after church about the change he had seen in “Shannon,” my Aspie daughter, age 23. “She used to walk around with her head down all the time. But I sat down with her at the church meal last week, and she was a like a different person. She was warm and affable.”

Pretty cool, huh?

He wanted to know if a medication had made the difference. No, I explained, it was a year’s worth of NAET treatments that made the difference, as far as we can tell.

Starting “Mike” on NAET treatment for autism

With such stunning success for daughter “Shannon” on NAET, of course we need to start “Mike” on it too. He’s come around to the idea, and his first appointment is Friday. He is 18, a senior in high school.

Mike has come unbelievably far since he started taking the Yasko protocol supplements, the ones chosen for him by a chiropractor using muscle testing. It’s been three years. He went from making F’s to making A’s in a very short period of time. “It’s like I woke up or something,” he says.

That whole dark time, lasting from second grade through half of ninth grade, was like a bad dream.  One of the biggest issues for him was self-control. He was filled with lots of anger and vitriol. That gradually went away with the Yasko supplements. He has continued to improve in steadiness, and has been able to drop some of the supplements, which surprised me.

While he has self control now and is organized and a good student, he’s not “normal” in the way he relates to others.  The social reciprocity is missing. I am hopeful that NAET might provide this for him, as it did for his sister with Asperger’s.

The treatments are not cheap, and being “experimental” they are not covered by insurance. I figure we’ll do it for at least a year. We’ll have to forego something I suppose. But what is the cost of not doing them?

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