Before Biomedical treatments 3 months after biomedical treatments
Sasha was born a healthy baby boy late fall of 2002. He was full term with no complications and met childhood milestones earlier than most children. He sat up at 4 months old, crawled at 5 months old, furniture walked at 6 months old, took his first real steps at 7 months old and was running in shoes by 8 months old. He was babbling, saying several words (ie: mama, dada, baby, ball) and had great social skills, he loved playing with other children, smiled all the time, and was as happy as any other typical baby. He had all of his childhood vaccines on schedule.
When Sasha turned 9 months old it was time for another round of vaccines. The next few days were a struggle for everyone. Sasha ran high fevers, would not eat, and cried constantly. The doctor advised us that this was normal. He slowly began to regress by losing his ability to close his mouth (low muscle tone), he no longer had any eye contact, he stopped babbling and saying the few words that he knew how to say, and he would no longer eat any of the foods he had loved so much. Over the next couple of months he developed a very severe gag reflex and became a very very picky eater only wanting milk to drink and bread or hard crackers to eat. He was no longer interested in his toys and began spinning things non stop, wheels, balls, bottles, himself. He squeeled loudly constantly and flapped his hands in front of his face throughout the day. He still had very very little eye contact at this point and did not respond to our voices. He loved to line things up by color, size, and shape, his OCD became severe over the next few years. His bowel movements turned from normal to alarming and continued until age 4 1/2.
Assuming that my son was deaf I took him to many specialist and had several heading test performed including the abr hearing test. Each test proved that his hearing was perfect. We were then referred to contact early intervention for an evaluation. By age 15 months old Sasha was receiving occupational and speech therapies in our home and at our local Children's Hospital. At this point he was still receiving vaccines as we were constantly told that they were safe and he was just "delayed". After Sasha had his 15 month old vaccine visit he began having bowel movements that was black, watery, and contained undigested food in them.
At 20 months old Sasha had went through 3 different evaluations by 3 different specialist who all diagnosed him as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Being that he regressed at 9 months old and diagnosed at 20 months old I felt that was not "typical" for this to happen. Every specialist had stated that typically children regress at 18 months old.
Many many pediatrician visits later I gave up on trying to seek help and took action into my own hands. I started researching on the internet and eventually came across the Generation Rescue website where I found information on a local pharmacy that was half an hour away from our home, Wellness Pharmacy.
I contacted Wellness Pharmacy and began speaking with a pharmacist there, Angie Chatwood, who directed me to several resources such as books, other parents, and a doctor who she had known personally that treated autistic children biomedically. I read the books, I started my son on the gluten free casein free diet, he was on tons of supplements, I spoke to the parents, but I had not yet contacted the doctor. After taking away milk and wheat from Sasha's diet he began to look us in the eyes some and did not self stim as much. One specific thing that we went through while being on the diet and starting probiotics is that Sasha's stool became more normal. After starting the probiotics he did go through a detox period where he was releasing thousands of candida tropicalis yeast balls in his stool every day. For 11 days I took his stool samples to his pediatrician and requested that he test for yeast. His response was "you can't see yeast, this is a parasite." Every test came back negative for parasites. Nearing the end of Sasha's detox I again took his stool samples to his pediatritian and explained that I had now been there for 12 days asking for a simple yeast test which he refused to send off for because he "felt" it was a parasite in which all the test had come back negative for parasites. I was ready to report him if he didn't send this sample off to test for yeast. The lab tests came back positive for a severe case of Candida Tropicalis. Over those two weeks I had dug out the yeast balls that were rather large, I would compare them to an advil liquid gel cap.
If something as simple as a probiotic can make a child detox thousands of clusters of yeast what else could be in his little body.... I contacted Dr. David Adams who was at the time in Cleveland, TN and began a series of visits, tests, trials and errors until over the next few years we had figured out what helped and what did not help my son. Sasha's lab tests show that he had a very high toxic levels of mercury, lead, nickel, aluminum, and several other toxic metals in his body. We began chelation on Sasha and although there was a small regression period while the metals were coming out he came back more aware, social, and had amazing eye contact.
The next thing I was interested in was Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). I had heard of a study being conducted in Atlanta, GA with mild hyperbaric chambers and autistic children. The cost was so low I could not pass up the opportunity. I had just had open heart surgery 2 1/2 months before deciding to go but my gut kept telling me it would be good for him. I packed up Sasha and his brother and stayed two weeks in Georgia doing mild HBOT twice a day every day. During Sasha's very first "dive" (a dive is considered a treatment) he said several words. Sasha was 3 1/2 years old now and he was finally saying mama again. We were in the hbot chamber and he came up to me, put his hand on my chest and said "mama". I could not believe my ears. Over the next two weeks he had said several words and continuted to say them over and over. He picked up a Tigger stuffed animal toy and pretend played with it. I had never seen him do that before. His awareness was so incredible!!
Needless to say I found every opportunity to do any type of HBOT with my son that I could afford. We spent several months in North Carolina doing hard chamber hyperbaric and he gained so much progress from it. Our most success has been with the Monochamber HBOT that we did locally.
At age 4 Sasha started a program out of the University of Alabama called the CAIP (Community Autism Intervention Program) where he was able to get one on one assistance and direction as well as group interaction with other children. They helped his learn to control his behaviors and prepared him for a successful year of mainstreaming kindergarten with no special ed services other than speech therapy weekly. Sasha is soon to be 7 and will start 1st grade in a mainstream public school, again with no special ed services other than speech therapy.
Sasha looks and functions as well as any other typical child that you would see. My goal was not to "recover" Sasha from autism itself, but to help him recover from his inabilities and beat the odds. When they told us that he would never be "normal" and would be in an isolated classroom until he became an adult and would possibly be institutionalized, I was not going to let that happen. Sasha has beaten the odds. He will live a successful happy life and although he still has OCD behaviors so do many other typical people in this world. He will learn to control them and live a happy life.
Other than Autism, Sasha has been diagnosed with many other disorders in which we believe were brought on by his vaccines supressing his immune system. Hypogamma Globulin Anemia, Seizure Disorder, Ulcerative Colitis, Allergic Gastrointestional Colitis, 16 food allergies, and asthma.
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