My son is proof that it is possible to take back our children from the grasp that autism has on them. For those skeptics out there that only believe autism is a psychiatric condition, well, read on. My son was not born with autism. He regressed around age 2 or 3. I’m not certain exactly when because it was a slow process of regression and delayed development. Autism gently nudged me over the course of a year. I came to grips with it by the time my son turned 4.
That’s also when I discovered the Autism Research Institute and information on the biomedical treatment of autism. It made complete sense to me. After several lab tests, we discovered that my son’s key biochemical pathways were dysfunctional and he was not detoxifying. These toxins caused dysbiosis, oxidative stress, and inflammation in his digestive tract.
What researchers have found, is that in most kids with autism, it is a disorder that affects the brain, immune system and gut. We have the same neurotransmitters in our digestive tract (gut) as in our brain. They communicate with each other. Also, approximately 60 – 70% of our immune system lies within our “gut”. Therefore, if your digestive system is suffering from inflammation, oxidative stress and dysbiosis, your brain and immune system are also affected. My son’s autistic behaviors were resulting from his overall biochemistry that was out of whack. Once we treated his body, his brain started to function more neuro-typical. And he was able to catch up developmentally with behavior therapy.
Based on my own experience, research studies, and other parent testimonials, I believe that recovery from autism is possible. Today, my son is more neurotypical, than autistic. If you met my son at age 4, and then again three years later, you’d be a believer too. He’s not fully recovered, but if I had to put it into a percentage, I’d say he’s 85% there. And we’re not done yet with therapies that can still help him.
Behavior therapies like ABA, DTT, Floortime, and more, can bring your child out of their world and back into your life. Add biomedical treatments into the mix and your child will be more receptive to the therapies and catch up developmentally much quicker than without them.
Notice the word I’m using is RECOVERY. Not cure. Autism is not something that can be cured with a single protocol by medical doctors. It is a multifaceted, biochemical train wreck that manifests itself through behaviors caused by the brain reacting to the body’s illness. Jenny McCarthy has said she compares it to being hit by a bus. You can get medical care and heal the body. You aren’t cured of a bus accident, you recover. Same goes for autism. You can get your child back. It’s going to take a lot of effort, time, perseverance and in most cases, money. Hopefully, one day, money won’t be an issue and parents will be able to obtain therapies and biomedical treatments for their child without mortgaging their life. It’s on the horizon. I’ve seen some signs of it.
Autism is treatable. Never give up hope. One day, the skeptics will be believers, and they too will know that recovery from autism is possible. 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism. I long to see that statistic change to 1 in 110 children recover from their autism diagnosis. Anything is possible!
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