Strange name for a page on biomedical treatments, but yes, a large majority of kids on the spectrum need assistance in detoxifying harmful substances from their body. Substances like PBCs (plastics), antimony (from clothing/bedding), heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium) or toxins from their diet like phenols, preservatives, pesticides, etc. You can only imagine what can happen neurologically when a child has these toxins circulating in their tissues/organs. Lead is know to cause learning disabilities and along with mercury, aluminum, cadmium are neurotoxins. A neurotoxin is a substance which inhibits the functions of neurons which are found throughout the brain and nervous system.
My son with autism tested with increased levels of PCBs, antimony, arsenic, aluminum, lead, and mercury in his body. What we learned, with additional diagnostic testing, was that his own detoxification pathway was jammed. He was unable to detoxify completely on his own, due to his methylation pathway deficiency. Add to that his trouble with processing phenols (PST deficiency), and low glutathione levels, he wasn’t excreting the toxins his body was taking in.
The first step we took to help him was a transdermal glutathione lotion. We also started him on TMG with folinic acid and methyl-B12 shots. These supplements helped his methylation pathway along with the nightly epsom salt baths for his PST deficiency. After getting good supplements of vitamins and minerals in him, we started him on IV chelation treatments to detox him of the heavy metals he was holding onto. Ca-EDTA with glutathione and vitamin C were added to his IV. He had some anxiety at first, but soon became use to the bi-weekly procedure. I think he started to feel physically better and once he realized the IV didn’t hurt (thanks to EMLA cream), he was very cooperative and sweet during the procedure. We saw immediate improvements and gains in his language, cognition, eye contact and social interactions. IV chelation therapy was one of the biggest WOWS we got along with the methly-B12 shots in our biomedical journey.
We ran labs on his body burden of heavy metals before, during and after this protocol. He was excreting lead, cadmium, nickle and aluminum for a while, then some mercury started to show up on the labs. Ca-EDTA primarily targets lead in the body. Once the lead is depleted, other heavy metals will come out. During this process we gave him additional minerals that would have been depleted after the treatments. We also supported his liver with a herbal supplement called Liverlife. It’s great in helping the phase 1 & 2 liver detox pathways and supports good liver function.
Since our son’s labs indicated a moderate level of mercury, a year after IV chelation therapy we started the supplement OSR (Oxidative Stress Relief) by Dr. Boyd Haley. This supplement is a powerful antioxidant that acts somewhat like a chelator even though it’s not approved by the FDA as one. It binds with mercury and exits the body via the bowels. Our son has trouble with sulfur based foods and supplements, so we took it really slow with this one. First we boosted his levels of molybdenum by giving him 200 mcg/day. Then we started at 25 mg/day of OSR for about a month, then slowly increased it over 4 months to 100 mg/day. He struggled at times with the burden it might have put on his PST pathway, but we kept up the nightly Epsom salt baths. He stayed on OSR for a total of six months. We noticed an improvement in his social, language and eye contact. He is more cognizant and present.
Our next objective for our son would be to help support his detoxification with HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy). That is the only area of biomedical that we haven’t tried that I believe will benefit him tremendously. Obviously, we are saving money for this procedure since it is expensive and not covered by medical insurance.