My Notes From The Autism Education Lecture The Hippocrates Health Institute
This is Part 2 of this Lecture for Part 1 go here
Donna a Mom speaking about her son Stosh
My story begins with a similar journey of being a mom of a little guy with Autism named Stosh when he was five years old he was diagnosed with Autism by a psychiatric team. He had very little speech and what he did have not one person could understand him I always had to interpret for him, he drooled at the age of five, he had stemming, no social ability, he would not look us in the eye, he would not let us hug him, he had sensory integration disorder, it was a devastating journey for a mom. It’s very difficult to be a parent of an otherwise normal child much less be a mom or father of a child that has a developmental disability, here we were with this label on our hands. What winded up happening for us in the beginning of our journey and I wasn’t yet pregnant with this guy I was into nothing natural I was opposed to everything natural. It was all just hokey nonsense to me, I thought it was people just stealing your joy. I would have friends come over with these gluten free sandwiches with avocado in the middle and I thought this was crazy their just taking your money their just stealing your joy. I didn’t understand back then that what I was housing when I did end up getting pregnant was a very uncomfortable situation for a baby, for a fetus growing inside me, I now know it doesn’t start when their children.
What we ended up doing, finding out was that Stosh had very bad stomach pains he had lots of ear infections we had him on a lot of antibiotics because we trusted the system, this is what were supposed to do this is what were taught. We had him on six rounds of antibiotics before he was two years old he had a lot of stomach pains afterwards and nothing was ever done about that. We took him to four different doctors asking please test him please do something and they just asked me if he had bowel movements everyday. He did but they were very small and as an uneducated mom I though that was ok that was normal I didn’t think to ask some more specific questions about those bowel movements. We ended up because of my sister in law putting him on a gluten free diet because it helped with her son and his stomach pain. Before that we became vegetarian and then we became vegan because we were just starting to get it. We went gluten free, which carbs was something Stosh craved which a lot of these kids with Autism do they crave any type of pasta or carbs, this was a difficult journey for us but we went and went all in. It wasn’t two weeks, this is right before he got diagnosed, it wasn’t two weeks before he started saying words, before he started saying words he had never said before, before he started looking at us again, before he started letting us hug him again. What I know now that I didn’t know then is that’s just the beginning, that these types of foods that we eliminate from these kids.
The beginning journey was gluten, dairy is something we got really strict with then it turned into all the education talks with there is a gluten free diet, a casein free diet, a yeast free diet, a corn free diet and on, we eventually wound up going on a GAPS diet because we were desperate and we just wanted to try anything. What I know now is that taking all of these things away from these kids of course your going to help them because your removing a lot of the crap that’s in our society today that were feeding our children. What it’s not doing is adding in a lot of the nutrition that you are going to find in a place like Hippocrates, the reason we discovered that is my other little guy wound up getting sick. This is how we found Hippocrates and we were told that we had to get our kids as far away from the North American diet as possible and we ended up going on the Hippocrates diet. I’m talking sprouts and wheatgrass, green juice, algae, these are the types of things we need to offer these kids because it offers back the nutrition that we have been taking away with all these elimination diets. It was then that I realized that not only had we recovered so many of the symptoms that I had seen years before with eliminating everything, once we had him on this type of lifestyle that’s when the doctors could no longer find any symptoms of Autism whatsoever in my son.
We call these kids the canary in the coalmine, this is where they would use canaries in the coalmines to detect carbon monoxide and be an early warning to the miners because they were very sensitive it so when the canary stopped singing or died they knew there was a leak and to get out. I find that with the statistics of these kids with Autism that they are the canaries in the coalmine, they are our warning signal. It’s not just about Autism it’s about all these diseases that are going faster and faster and the rates are just skyrocketing, these are our canaries and we have to get out, get out now and change what were doing.
I am now a health coach and I talk a lot to my clients about early intervention because it does start before your pregnant but if you didn’t get that like me it’s not about feeling guilty it’s about moving forward, it’s about learning we can’t go backwards we need to learn and go forward. Before the age of six is the next best time they are exponentially growing at this time so we need to get them before this age. If we don’t get them before this age it does not mean there is no hope I have seen many kids that are teenagers, that are in their twenties that if we could just get them a better night sleep, if we could just help them with behavior, if we could just get them lesser temper tantrums wouldn’t that be worth it to help the mom or dad get through their day. We talk about giving and taking away they both have to happen at the same time it’s all of it, we talked about some biomedical things tonight and it’s all of it. It’s not just about one thing or one child because you’ll find something will work amazingly for one child and not the other, why, because were not just one person were all biochemically different what works for one may not work for another.
What we discovered along the path is essential oils and why I want to talk about this is sometimes people don’t listen to me because it’s a hard sell and what we discovered is how powerful the essential oils are for these kids. It opens up the minds of the parents and they say why doesn’t the doctor know about this, in fact many doctors do know about this. If you know these kids with Autism especially with the glutathione and the lack of processing that is in their body you know that there’s an inability for them to detox very well. What we have found is that if you don’t choose the right essential oil then you could just be adding more toxins to your kid, it’s not just about pure it’s also about potency. This is one of the most important topics when I talk about essential oils that their not all created equally.
Let’s talk about frankincense, it is one of the most powerful oils, in a diffuser is where I use it and we used this on my son for his speech memory. Frankincense goes hand in hand with memory and what we did with my son is we put one drop on the back of his neck because there is a suboccipital triangle and blood vessels that go right into the limbic system that helps with memory. We put that one drop on the back of his neck for two weeks and he ending up saying th’s for the first time at the age of nine. This is a powerful approach to helping as complimentary to a therapy that you are already doing. I also had another little girl she was six years old, her mother would always have to get her up for school she couldn’t dress herself well, she had very little speech and her mom started using the frankincense on the back of the neck and nothing really happened. We wondered why but then she started using it in the diffuser and when we did this something changed she ended up getting up for the first time in less than two weeks, she got up by herself before her mother and this had never happened before, dressed herself properly for the first time and was ready for school before her mom even got up.
Be careful of where you find your frankincense if you find a cheap frankincense please know you are not getting quality, I have even found oil that had turpentine in their frankincense be careful where you get your oils you don’t find them at a wall mart or even some of the health food stores.
This is a blend I use entema with a company called doTERRA, I have researched and these are the one’s I use for my kids. There is one called balance and another called serenity that I use for any mind over management issues these are the two base foundation oils. Where I use balance is just one drop on the bottom of the foot because what we know about essential oils is less is more in a culture where more is more we have to be careful. She put up a before and after picture of cell blood analyses with the before the cells were clustered together the after was taken thirty seconds after applying balance and they were back to free flowing. Any of you who are adults especially us as parents that have stress this is the one to use, this is such an amazing oil for stress relief and helps with grounding. Serenity is also calming and sometimes I add just one drop over the heart I dilute it with some coconut oil, we use fractionated coconut oil which means it’s a fraction of the whole so it’s always in a liquid state.
Vetiver is one we use for clarity of thought with many kids even those with ADHD, also for sleep. These kids have a problem with their minds they can’t stop them from racing at night this is the one and again I put it right on the bottom of the foot and I use InTune for focus. Wild Orange this is one of the favorites, if you have an Autistic child this is the one that they tend to gravitate towards it has a beautiful aroma and it’s also good for calming and it helps with glutathione processing, it doesn’t contain glutathione it’s helps with the bodies own processing. With these kids most of them have digestive issues and so Digestzen is the one that I use for that but were talking about probiotics, all these kids need probiotics and enzymes. If you don’t understand the power of an enzyme go out there and find one of the worst tubs of pudding you can find and you put some enzymes in there and see what happens it turns into a soupy texture we need our enzymes because we have lost our ability to use these enzymes.
Brian Clement PhD, LN speaking
Think about what we have learned from these mother’s who have been on the front lines reversing these diseases which we are told to be irreversible diseases, you have just seen mother’s with real life case stories. The one thing that weaves these woman together and other courageous people is the commitment and love they have for their children and that’s the key to all of this.
Dr. Hyla Cass speaking
As a psychiatrist I certainly have been seeing Autism along the way I am trained in child psychiatry as well as adult, I really have to hand it to the parents it’s the absolutely amazingly committed mom’s who really make the difference with their kids I’m just in awe of what your able to do. That’s the future of medicine, the future of medicine is not going to come from conventional medicine I am a medical doctor board certified with all the credentials nonetheless it’s going to be grass roots. Unfortunately the conventional medical world is still driven by the pharmaceutical industry and while drugs do provide some help at times their not very useful in long term chronic illness as we heard tonight. Many of these children the only treatment their given is medication and what does medication do it has side effects, these kids are very poor detoxer’s. Why do some kids get vaccines and their ok and some of them get Autism, it’s because their poor detoxers and it’s genetic, usually there’s a genetic predisposition. There’s genetics and there is epigenetics we are born with our genetics but there is absolutely something we can do about it, genetics is not our fate it’s just a tendency. Pregnancy as the mom’s said tonight, when your preparing for pregnancy you have to clean up now, very seriously. You have to have a clean diet otherwise your storing a whole lot of toxins that are going to go into that fetus and this is what’s increasing the Autism it’s a terrible diet, it’s the toxins in the air and water, besides the genetic predisposition. What we need to do is healthy eating and detoxifying because that’s what is going to be preventive for Autism. When we get to the treatment of Autism why are these treatments working, because we are using the epigenetics were cleaning out the toxins, the heavy metals with chelation were cleaning the gut. The gut is it the gut is control central, the brain is certainly controlling a whole lot but the gut with the load of four or five pounds of healthy bacteria that live in our gut if those probiotics aren’t there and not able to do their job for the immune system for the protection of our cells, our biochemistry. Everything that comes into the mouth goes through the gut and if that gut is not populated properly with the right probiotics, the good bacteria were in trouble. That’s why when these kids are given round after round of antibiotics, look what were doing were killing the immune system the bacteria are there to make everything work properly. There is such a big gut brain connection, we now know that certain probiotics are helping to reverse psychiatric illness.
The point I want to make here is keep your gut clean detoxify heavy metals especially if your susceptible to them. In my patients I see heavy loads of mercury, cadmium, lead and because I’m in California I also see uranium because we actually have uranium in the water and people unfortunately drink the tap water. Do not drink tap water have your water very very well filtered please. What I am talking about is not just for Autism cleaning the gut, cleaning out the heavy metals, supporting your G.I. system with probiotics, doing good pre-natal care, this goes for everything including cancer. Autistic kids are the canaries in the coalmine but we are all susceptible to all of these, I’m very happy that we have these mom’s, these organizations, these medical organizations for physicians that are treating alternatively. I was just at this wonderful conference for Med Maps they have a list of alternative doctors, I learned a tremendous amount about what progress is being made by functional medicine doctors that are not just treating the symptoms but they are treating what’s really going on under the hood, looking and testing, treating at a microscopic level and getting tremendous results. Know that there’s hope and know that you can take charge of your health, I applaud all the mother’s and people who are doing this. If you know someone who has a child with Autism bring this up that it’s not hopeless, we really can turn things around you just have to know where to go and what to do.
Dr. Cass web page
Dr. Janet Reneke speaking
I want to share a few things that come to my mind because my background is in behavioral medicine and in the seventies I was trained in Autism at a level of where we were at the time and that is we were using paired learning to get a desired behavior called shaping. Where you get a certain behavior and then you give a reward and then when that behavior gets closer to what you want you give another reward, in the seventies guess what our rewards were, M&M’s I’m not kidding. It was interesting that when we got into the eighties and I was doing my doctoral work that one of the most successful outcomes in Autism was with a guy in France that had started this work. He wasn’t really professionally trained or educated and yet had become so successful in his treatment of Autism that he came into the doctoral program that I was in. I was fortunate to be in classes with him and really get an opportunity first hand to hear what he did. This was the eighties before comprehensive, integrative, functional health care medicine we were still looking at Autism as a developmental disorder. We were looking at the wide range in behaviors and we were looking at the brain and neurophysiology that we didn’t quite understand there were many complex theories, not a lot of agreement, so we were treating the behavioral symptoms. What this guy did in France that was getting the best results treating the symptoms he would take his kids one by one and would spend hours upon hours in a closed isolated room. Instead of trying to get the kid to interact with him or make eye contact or have some sort of behavioral interaction that most people were having challenges getting he would go to where the kid was and whatever the child behavior was, whatever the kid did he did pacing his behavior. What he did was create a field a connected field as he paced with this child, the child began to notice that he was there in the room with him so instead of him trying to get the child into his world he went to the child’s world.
Skipping to more recently I have to say we’ve come a long way baby because of people and organizations like Hippocrates teaching us an integrative, comprehensive approach to this. It’s interesting that we have a lot of controversy right now and it’s a hot topic this whole notion of vaccines and immunizations, however, it’s interesting because I find that we don’t necessarily need to join the controversy to solve the problem. I think that by joining forces and beginning to come together and do what we know works and creates results, then we start to show those results, show the outcome, we become the research design. What their doing currently in behavioral medicine you have heard Dr. Cass and the other speakers the functional medicine integrative approaches, nutrition, detox, supplements, all of this which is so important. From a behavioral medicine standpoint what you heard which is very important that these mothers and doctors never gave up, I was taught when I was being trained that this was a disorder for a lifetime. To begin to get through that hurdle because you guys knew it, no matter what I had been taught I believe it’s possible for them to get better you held that and didn’t give up on it. From looking at what you have shared here today what you did was you attached and that’s one of the big issues in Autism because there’s a different way attachment occurs. When it doesn’t occur in the normal fashion through the early eye gaze (contact), when it doesn’t occur that way sometimes parents don’t get that natural reward that comes with the return of early eye gaze. Interestingly enough the eye gaze is critical to language development down the line, it’s critical to complex functioning, executive functioning, the eye gaze. In the visually impaired population it’s fascinating that their eye gaze is also a little off from the norm so it takes a creative way to actually get the eye gaze. They have to sometimes put the baby down in the crib on it’s back and look down a certain way because they found the visually impaired babies and young children that by looking off to a side can see better and so they take that preference and it can appear that their not available for the eye gaze. If we look at this and ask how do we apply this to Autism in a behavioral stance what it means to me is the eye gaze is always available it just may mean how do we get there. One of the people who is big in this work suggested that with the eye gaze that she found in the treatment protocol that she designed, was to create index cards and to put on the words ‘look at my eye’. When she paired that to the eye gaze the young child actually found the stimulus of the words appealing and could connect to those but couldn’t connect with just the eye gaze. Then the child wanted more of the words and then that became one of those motivational factors like the M&M’s we used in the seventies.
What many have said more recently is it becomes important to look instead of just jumping in too quickly as a treating clinician to look at this kid and what are their preferences, what are their motivations, what brings them alive in their world, what are their behaviors, what makes them laugh and bring those out. Sometimes the dad’s because their working walk into the door and the rest of the kids may run to greet him and they get a gratification of I’m glad your home but with the kids with Autism they don’t have the same response, there’s a sense of indifference like the child doesn’t care. What has been found to work is for the dad to call ahead that he will be home in twenty minutes and the mom quiets the house to turn off the electric stimuli, the TV, the computers, the noise to quiet. Then to each day have the child go to open the door and the dad to have some sort of congruent response that’s predictable. It doesn’t happen overnight but pretty soon what they found is that they could find a ritual and repeat it and to continue to teach the mom’s and the dad’s not to give up, not to detach when their not getting the response back which as a parent I understand. As we know the child does deeply care so continuing ways to get the attachment response because no matter what else were doing in the health care plan the attachment connection seems to be paramount in terms of giving a coherence to the bioenergy field. There is a professor at Stanford, Tiller who now with Autism is doing remote energy healing. We are now looking at that we are more than just a brain and a body that were actually a field of information, that were electric, were dynamic and beginning to understand this the electromagnetic aspect of this. How do we create a coherency within in our environment that is not adding to what is already in our environment some of these heavy metals, a very incoherent experience quieting the electromagnetics. Perhaps checking the oxytocin levels, the hormones, their now doing that and their finding that nasal sprays with the oxytocin their actually getting some of these behaviors of attachment and bonding quicker and being able to monitor those. How exciting that were now getting together to share all this as compared to when I was training there was such a daunting misunderstanding so I’m thrilled we can bring this subject matter to the world. I hope that providing a unified effort that we can more forward and let them catch up, why because they’ll have to because at some point they’ll stop buying this stuff, It’s like the pharmaceutical companies now getting into vitamins because there’s a market that’s what is going to happen. I think we still have a little time to go but I think the best way and the most profound way that we could go is to bond together and move forward with what we know that works. Without even having to know sometimes what caused the problem because we can find solutions even though we may not know the exact complexity of what the issue is. Keep adding a little more of what works when you get an I love you, you want to add more of what is working.
Brian Clement PhD, LN speaking
If we stand together and stand for the truth and we are unwavering in our commitment for progress the world is going to change. We are not in a bad time of human history we are in the best time of human history, let’s together move into the future and create the future ourselves.
This lecture was held at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach Florida which has been helping people heal from everything for 35 years.
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