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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, cure for autism

Another family whose child was recovered from autism by NAET

NAET/Autism Success Story

My daughter “Shannon” isn’t the only one who recovered through NAET! (And Mike, we are hoping.) Another family with a four-year old whose only speech was echoing what he heard tells their story of recovery through NAET.

These case studies fall on the heels of news of a study where NAET led to significant, measurable improvements for most autistic children in the study after a year of treatment. “Clinically, 23 of the 30 children in the treatment group were able to return to regular school classes with their healthy, non-autistic peers after treatment while all of the children in the control group continued to require special education.”

NAET was developed in 1983 by Devi S. Nambudripad, MD, PhD, L.Ac., DC. The initials stand for Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique. It’s a non-invasive, drug-free, alternative therapy for allergy elimination that uses a combination of acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic methods, nutrition and kinesiology to identify specific allergens and desensitize patients to them. Dr. Nambudripad has trained over 10,000 licensed medical practitioners in the protocol. It improves a variety of ailments, including fibromyalgia.

Read more about the study here. The study was paid for by the NAET people, but don’t dismiss it for that reason! Did you know that ALL drug studies are funded by the drug makers? That’s the system we live with. The key is to have responsible researchers who carefully document what they are doing and publish in a peer-reviewed journal. That did happen here.

A study finds NAET improves autism dramatically

Cara, a reader, sent me a link to a study comparing two groups of 30 autistic kids, ages 2.5 to 10 years, all in special education classrooms. One group got NAET treatments for a year, and the other didn’t. Both groups continued whatever  therapies they had been doing before.

Twenty-six of the NAET kids completed the year of treatment. Twenty-three of those were able to return to regular school classes with their healthy, non-autistic peers after 1 year of treatment; meanwhile all of the 30 children in the untreated control group continued to need special education.  The treated kids’ autism test scores improved dramatically over the untreated kids’ scores.

The study was performed by researchers at the NAET Autism Treatment Center in Buena Park, CA. It was just published in the October/November 2011 issue of Integrative Medicine—A Clinician’s Journal.

“We found that NAET is an effective, safe and simple treatment for children with allergy-related autism,” said Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, head author. “In human terms, NAET can provide profound and dramatic benefits, giving children with autism and their families their lives back.”

So now I am wondering what allergy-related autism is. Allergy is caused by a malfunction of the immune system. Does NAET work for autism because it repairs the immune system? Is autism (in many cases or all cases?) therefore caused by a malfunction of the immune system? This would make sense with the vaccine-autism theory. Vaccines definitely mess with the immune system, and might in doing that cause autism in susceptible individuals.

Source: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120131/NAET-safe-and-effective-in-treating-children-with-allergy-related-autism.aspx

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.

Emerging from autism: what’s it like?

I interviewed my daughter “Shannon,” age 23, who after more than a year on NAET treatments has shed her autism. My question to her: “What’s it like?”

How do you feel different now from a year ago?

More socially aware. Looking back, I wonder why did I do that, it was the wrong thing to do. I tried to fit in the wrong way. I was really blunt, I’d tell people like it was.  I was trying to act like I thought the people were acting – it didn’t work. I had very limited understanding of why people do what they do. I didn’t know what they were feeling.

Now I would be tactful. Now I understand more or less why people are doing what they do. How do I know what they are feeling now? I use visual cues, and also what they tell me, the expression on their faces, the body language. For example if a person looks awfully tense, I wouldn’t say something blunt now, but I did that a year ago.

I have people who want to interact with me now. I want to have friends. I enjoy talking to people.  Previously there wasn’t much opportunity for friends. I didn’t know how to make friends.  I was afraid to pursue people. I was afraid of rejection. I didn’t know how people would react to me.

I’m less anxious now. Maybe it’s because I’ve been off Zoloft for a year now and have gotten used to it.

Do you feel autistic?

Now it’s barely there. I’m not fully at home with dealing with people. Maybe it’s a lack of experience. Most people have been interacting all their lives. I’m just learning this, like a child.

Was it a gradual change?

Yes. I didn’t notice it until you pointed it out and I looked back. Yes, autism is being locked inside yourself, but it’s being disconnected from yourself too. I think I’m still fairly disconnected from my emotions. I’m hoping that can get fixed soon.

To what do you attribute the change?

Spiritual growth and NAET. Also probably Dr. Conable (the chiropractor who selected supplements for us) and the supplements helped I suppose.

Are you hopeful for the future?

Definitely. A year ago I didn’t think I could get better. I hope I can continue to get better and get to know my own emotions.

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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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