It’s been a month since Andy left us…..

My blog has been quiet for just over a month in honor of Andy Cutler.  Partly because I wanted to dedicate that entire month to him by leaving my post honoring him front and center but also because I’m just still reeling from this loss.

During the month of August we have been struggling with sleep issues that stem back a good year with my son. He gets to sleep, albeit late but then he was waking up every night around 2am and not getting back to sleep until nearly 4am. This was reeking havoc on our entire day because he was just too tired during the day to get much done.

I was too tired from being up late with him trying to get him to sleep too so my troubleshooting was clouded. After talking with a friend she suggested I get aggressive with adrenal support. So I doubled his current dose and he did begin to sleep at night. We had a few wakings after that but it’s settled down mostly. We also added in flower essences for good measure because by this time he was anxious about getting to and staying asleep.

I’m now regrouping myself so we can get back to rounds and whatever else we need to do. We’ve finished his antiviral protocol and his low dose naltrexone treatment. No more thyroid antibodies for now. We see the doc with fresh labs in October so it seems like we have made some progress on that front.

We are working in bits on his sensory and I’ll post about that shortly and let you now where we are now. It’s been hard this past month because I’ve just not felt like I could write anything at all, let alone a post. I guess that’s part of grieving but I know Andy would want us to pick up the pieces and carry on.

So carry on we will!

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Yeast, Endocrine Issues

Common Issues that we had:

The three most common issues that need to be managed on the road to recovery are yeast, adrenal function and thyroid function.  Learning to do this is fairly easy and is detailed in the book. Once you get the hang of managing them, life becomes so much more pleasant for all involved!   It improves behavior, development and over all functioning.

Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Yeast was one of our biggest problems. It caused constipation, irritability and tantrums and it made him so mouthy and defiant. I remember my son eating slices of bread in the kitchen when no one was looking. I don’t think I’d ever seen a child eat so much bread. I didn’t know then that this was because he had yeast but we learned. To this day the one symptom that tells me my son has yeast is he asks me to buy donuts! We never buy donuts or have them in the house.

Thankfully those days are long behind us and we rarely battle yeast anymore.  After 50 rounds of chelation I found his daily yeast so much easier to manage. He needed less antifungals but he still needed them daily. By the time we reached 75 rounds, we saw the yeast disappear completely for a few months. Since that time the yeast comes and goes but is easy to treat and doesn’t stay long. For a while, when his yeast would go away we would see bacterial issues instead. We treated those with goldenseal and Culturelle as needed.  But these issues have never been as bad as they were before chelation. Yeast can be managed easily and the key is chelation, which eventually cures the yeast problem.

Symptoms of Yeast:

  • irritability
  • tantrums
  • craving starchy foods or limiting to only starch foods
  • itch rashes under the arms of on the groin/buttocks
  • white coating on tongue
  • itchy ears/nose
  • sinus congestion
  • vaginal yeast infections/diaper rash
  • constipation
  • gas, bloating

There are many more symptoms listed in Fight Autism and Win as well as treatment suggestions.  The key here is that yeast can be managed easily so you can chelate. Eventually with enough chelation it goes away entirely.

Adrenals were never something I really thought about until 4 months into chelation. We began noticing that old symptoms of irritability and tantrums returned. My son was not able to get to sleep at night either. I remember another parent pointing out adrenals. I began looking at what Andy has to say about adrenals in children. Both of my children displayed symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • explosive behavior
  • anger
  • craving salt
  • sleep disturbances, inability to fall asleep at night

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The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys.

The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adrenal function is really the gateway to stress control in the body. Without it, we crash.  It’s a commonly overlooked condition that can be really devastating on your daily functioning. It can go years without detection while you gradually decline in health and function. But with some simple supplements you can heal and support your adrenals.

B5, B6, vitamin C and adrenal cortex glandular are all helpful in supporting adrenal function. This in turn supports thyroid function, reduces inflammation in the body, and a host of other functions.

Within a few days on Adrenal cortex, my son was back to his sweet self. Within a few weeks, he was sleeping well at night again.

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Thyroid function is another commonly overlooked condition in children as well as adults. Far too often we see  symptoms of low thyroid function in children on the spectrum or children with mercury.  These children may not grow well, may be tired, have brittle hair, low body temperatures, mood swings or depression, The surgeon must be careful not to damage or r...and suffer frequent respiratory infections.  Both of my children have needed thyroid treatment on some level along our journey.  My son would get fatigued and wouldn’t want to get up in the morning.  He would fall asleep mid day and his body temperatures got low.  His condition responded well to ThyroGold and Adrenal Cortex. Both of these are over the counter supplements. My neurotypical child did require prescription Armour Thyroid medication to treat her thyroid because her symptoms, lab work indicated a more intensive approach.  The improvement in both of their overall functioning was tremendous! As we continued  chelation their requirements for glandular support have reduced.

I suggest parents visit Stop the Thyroid Madness to learn more about adrenal/thyroid function, testing and treatment.

You can learn more about managing these issues in the book and by joining Fight Autism and Win Yahoo Group.