Autism and Gut Health
My name is Karen Thomas and I am excited to have been asked by Dr. Pamela Nathan
to be a regular guest on her blog at www.goodgutsolution.com. There is so much that I have to share with you.
I, myself, found crohns.net, before they rebranded to Good Gut Solution, while I was searching for help when my own son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, in 2006.
I have successfully used the educational information and products here for ten years now. Pamela’s website was so helpful to me during this time that I even wrote about it in my book, Naturally Healing Autism: The Complete Step-By-Step Resource Handbook for Parents.
Curiously, Pamela and I are very alike. Our separate journeys began when our own sons had health problems that no one seemed to have any truly helpful answers for.
Pamela’s son had asthma, and my son was diagnosed with autism. Doctors always offer drugs that compromise the system in some way while only masking symptoms, but not healing the causes.
Luckily for us, moms don’t give up. We kept searching for solutions to help our boys regain their health, naturally…and guess what? We did it! I am happy to be able to share my knowledge and resources to help you regain and maintain the proper health that you and your family are looking for.
How My Journey with Autism Began
My husband and I began taking our son, Jacob, to therapists when he was five years old. He wouldn’t listen to us no matter what we did. It was exhausting. Various therapists all told us we just needed to be firmer with discipline, basically telling us that we weren’t doing a good enough job as parents. When he was ten years old we sought out yet another therapist who finally told us that he thought Jacob had Asperger’s Syndrome. This was in 2006.
In 2006, there was not a lot of information about autism or Asperger’s Syndrome so I really had to do some searching on my own to educate myself. We soon found a therapist who was a specialist in the field of autism. Had we thought this was what Jacob had going on we would have sought out a specialist in the beginning. It is always a good idea to visit an autism specialist, so it can be ruled in or out accurately.
Parents need to know what’s really going on so they can learn what to do to help their child with his personal needs correctly. After some testing we soon had our diagnosis. Yes, Jacob was on the autism spectrum. Our therapist told us she believed it to be Asperger’s Syndrome.
My son’s symptoms
My son’s symptoms included anxiety, social awkwardness, trouble sleeping, headaches, stomach aches so bad he would scream out in pain at 2:00 a.m., agitated depression, (which meant that when he was depressed he would act out in anger), and the specialist told us it was the worst case of oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) that she had ever seen.
After the official diagnosis there is an emotional roller coaster. First came the feeling of surprise, then relief, then grief, (relief and grief jump back and forth for a while), then determination to do whatever I needed to do to help him get better. Children are our greatest teachers.
After the diagnosis we received no help. The specialist gave me the number of a social behavioral therapist and told me to try that. I know now that a child cannot do what is asked of him if his brain is filled with toxins. The social behavioral therapist told me I should medicate him and that I would be helping him if I did, and hurting him if I didn’t. I refused.
My background in holistic health led me to believe my son could get better if I found what his body needed to do so. I began researching and spending thousands of dollars on trial and error until I finally figured it out.
As Jacob’s symptoms of autism began to disappear other parents noticed. Mothers I knew would stop me in the grocery store and ask me questions about issues their own children had. As I answered them they would scramble for an old piece of paper to write down what I had to tell them.
I soon realized that I had to write a book to share all of my valuable information with other parents who were looking for ways to heal their children from their own symptoms of autism. It took me six years to write my book that is now available to you.
Today, Jacob is 19, away at college, his ODD is gone, he is calm, happy, has no stomach aches or headaches, and he is enjoyable to be around. I look forward to showing you what I did to relieve him of his symptoms of autism, and what you can do for your child too.
The First Step to Healing Autism
People ask if autism can actually be healed. The truth is that autism is a biological illness, not a mental illness, therefore, it can be healed.
As a mother of a child who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and recovered from it, I can tell you that autism can be healed. I did it with my own son without the use of any drugs. Many more have done the same.
Nutrition and natural modalities give the body what it needs to heal without any dangerous side effects.
Read more stories about children with autism getting better from themselves and their parents.
There are three stages necessary for your child to get better. These three stages are:
Stage one: Healing the gut
Stage two: Heavy metal detoxification
Stage three: Brain support and repair.
It is important to start at the beginning. First understand the importance of healing the gut. Yes, his gut is what is allowing many harmful toxins to enter into the bloodstream that go to his brain. When the brain is filled with toxins it cannot function properly. The gut is also known as the second brain.
Common symptoms of a toxic brain are anger, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, stomach aches, headaches, and much more. The gut also makes up 80% of the immune system, so its health is vital to our health. Learn more about the symptoms of autism and take a look at what Dr. Pam recommends.
Support the Liver
Begin by supporting his liver. The liver is the organ of detoxification. It is commonly congested in children on the autism spectrum. If the liver is not working properly it cannot remove toxic debris fast enough and these toxins end up backing up into the organs of the body including the brain.
An easy way to support the liver is with a product containing milk thistle. I have had great success with the product Liver Life by Bioray.
Liver Life is a gentle liquid formula with milk thistle and other quality ingredients. By helping to remove toxins from the liver and by strengthening it the other needed methods of detoxification will go much more smoothly.
If the liver cannot remove toxins fast enough and backs up with a toxic overload flu-like symptoms, fatigue and headaches can occur. Do not start with the general recommended dosage of Liver Life. It is too strong initially for our sensitive kids.
When my daughter was five years old she could only tolerate a couple of drops per day in the beginning. We slowly worked our way up to a higher dosage just a few drops more every week or two. Today she can take 40 or more drops, (which is their recommendation on the bottle).
Muscle Test for Dosages
The dosage your child begins with will be much less in the beginning, but often can increase over time. A great way to learn what the correct dosage would be is through muscle testing. It is a simple test of energetic compatibility between a substance and yourself.
For a quick lesson in muscle testing and muscle testing for dosages watch Karen Thomas’ videos on Youtube. Karen also has her own website and blog available to you at www.naturallyhealingautism.com. You can also follow Karen on Facebook, and Twitter. Listen to Karen’s radio/podcast at www.autismone.org.
Karen Thomas is also a professional speaker and available for events on autism.