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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!

The FDA: corrupt? What can we do about it?

I am worried that the FDA is corrupt, bought by the very people it is supposed to be policing, the drug companies. Here’s my evidence: a study just published by the British Medical Journal (a peer-reviewed journal) tracking the number of drug studies funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health against the number of studies whose results are actually reported.

The study found that less than half of studies funded by the NIH are reported publicly within 2 1/2 years of completion. And after four years, one-third remained unpublished. We can guess why: the drug manufacturers didn’t like the data.

Now, there are plenty of drug studies that are funded by the drug manufacturers, and who knows how many of those results are being suppressed as well if they aren’t “pretty.”

The BMJ study looked at Avandia, a diabetes drug manufactured by Glaxo-Smith-Kline, found to be too dangerous in 2007. The study found that 35 of the 42 studies on the drug were never published. The FDA approved the drug nevertheless.

Now, why am I talking about this topic on my Curing Autism Blog? Because I suspect a link between too many vaccines, too soon, and autism in certain individuals with a genetic predisposition. Contrary to what vaccine proponents say, vaccine safety has never been proven. Studies seem to show that mercury in vaccines doesn’t cause autism, and that the measles virus in the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism. But the too-many, too-soon hypothesis has no proof either way. And there could be other things about vaccines that cause autism. We just don’t know whether they are safe. And with plenty of anecdotal evidence, we have reason to suspect they are not.

Why are our children getting too many vaccines, including some for relatively mild diseases? Is the FDA permitting this because it has been bought by the drug companies, which stand to rake in the profits on any new vaccine? Vaccines are profitable because the law protects the manufacturers from lawsuits if the vaccine hurts people. We, the people, take the risk. But the drug companies get the money.

Another issue that greatly concerns me is the FDA’s initiative to take control of food supplements. It’s totally incompetent at controlling drugs, so I can expect the supplements that I and two of my children depend on will either become unavailable or will skyrocket in cost. There is just no reason for it, other than to bow to the interests of the drug companies, which would surely like to see supplements go away.

If this concerns you and you wonder what it will take to rein in the FDA, go to the Alliance for Natural Health website and write a letter to the President and your Congress people asking them to take action to reformulate the FDA. If enough of us do this, things can change.

Source: British Medical Journal article http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.d8158

Summary of the BMJ article and Alliance for Natural Health call to action: http://www.anh-usa.org/big-pharma-suppresses-data/

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?

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.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rselph/

Contact your senator if you want freedom to purchase supplements

Well-meaning senators are seriously considering a bill that is intended to curb abuses of supplements by athletes, but would drastically curtail my rights and yours to purchase supplements as we have been doing, for autism treatment regimens and more.

This is Senate Bill S. 3002. It restricts access to safe dietary supplements that have long been available in the U.S., putting us in line with other countries like the European Union and Canada which restrict access to supplements without prescriptions.  (Canadians are crossing the border to buy vitamin products. )

For more information and an online form for contacting your senators, you can go to
http://www.anh-usa.org/main-menu/campaigns/defeat-mccains-anti-supplement-bill/

I just contacted my senators through this site, adding a personal plea at the top of the boilerplate. Here was my personal plea:

Please oppose Senator McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA).  This would make it much more difficult for me to administer supplements for autism treatment and prevention to myself and my son. Our health is far better under a supplement regime, overseen by a knowledgeable chiropractor. This is a situation where conventional medicine has no answers. The right supplements are the key, and so is my freedom to choose and purchase them.

Here’s the link again:

http://www.anh-usa.org/main-menu/campaigns/defeat-mccains-anti-supplement-bill/

Case manager’s son is recovered autistic

Mike’s case manager for the state organization that might give us funding if it ever had any came by yesterday.  I hadn’t seen her for a year. She told me I look much less frazzled than a year ago. I don’t feel frazzled at all, actually.

She told me again about her son, now 11, who was apparently vaccine-injured. He became instantly autistic at the age of 2 or 3 after taking the MMR shot.  Now after some interventions he is very normal, playing softball, pitching at 65 mph.  Pretty good for an eleven-year-old.  I can’t imagine that for Mike.

But I suppose Mike’s got it in the genes more than most of these kids do–since I have a brother who is autistic, born in 1957, who obviously wasn’t injured by vaccines in the 1990s.

The case manager was very interested in all the supplements Mike is taking, and wrote them all down. She was amazed that he cooperates in taking them. But actually I think he knows how important they are. He’s been taking a ton of pills since we started this odyssey a year and a half ago. You may remember that we went for half a year with no results, until an applied kinesiologist chiropractor helped us weed through the supplements and get rid of many, adding a few.

I do wonder what it will be like when he is an adult.  Buying and keeping track of these supplements is very expensive and somewhat time consuming.  I hope he recovers to the point that he is able to do it himself.