I am happy to report that we seem to have gotten a handle on this issue. During puberty a lot can change with hormones and this is often when an adrenal or thyroid problems shows up or gets worse. In our case it got a lot worse. Treating his thyroid with prescription desiccated thyroid and raising his adrenal support really helped a lot.
Something I’ve noted over the years is that you can’t really make a dent in reducing adrenal symptoms if there is a low thyroid condition that isn’t treated. Thankfully we found a practitioner willing to work with us in doing that.
Puberty Setbacks…it’s real tho
So what is this “frequent dose chelation” thing you keep reading about? Well….essentially it’s what it sounds like….frequent……giving doses…..of chelator.
We do this to maintain a steady blood level of chelator for a specific period of time so that we lower the body burden of mercury. This way when you do stop the chelators, there isn’t much left to be redistributed or pushed back into the brain. We don’t want it going back into the brain!
Following this slow and low method has proven to avoid regressions or any permanent problems that have been reported with high dose, infrequent dose or IV chelation methods. It’s the timing that’s really the important factor.
The protocol is fully outline in “Fight Autism and Win: Biomedical Therapies That Actually Work!” book which also includes the rest of what you need to do the help heal the damage to the body that mercury causes.
Since I fully remember the financial strains of having a sick child, this protocol is also available for free in many locations including my Yahoo forum or Facebook Group.
There is also a great primer for Andy Cutler chelation.
Our Autism Organized website also includes some symptom trouble shooting lists, tips and tricks for the protocol.
The gains we had with starting treatment for hypothyroidism have slowly waned. Since he is only on a 1/4 grain, which is very low….I talked to my son’s doctor about increasing the dose. She agreed to raise to 1/2 grain. This is also still conservative.
One of the indicators I had to imply he needed an increase was that he wasn’t sleeping well at night again. This was a problem that went away when we started the 1/4 grain. He couldn’t fall asleep and if he somehow made it asleep by midnight, he was up at 3am for several hours. He is a rather tricky fellow to figure out since he doesn’t have a lot of the normal symptoms you see in hypothyroidism. Rather what he has is a lot of adrenal stress from the low thyroid and not so great labs.
We go back for our follow-up this week so we can see his newest labs on 1/2 grain and also check the progress of the LDN therapy and antivirals. (fingers crossed those antibodies are gone and that CBC normalized)
What is nice to see is that he doesn’t need all that theanine for anxiety now. He reports he isn’t having anxiety now that he’s on thyroid medicine. I’ve seen this with my other child and many others. Sometimes the drain of low thyroid hormones on the adrenal glands is tremendous. I do also suspect methylfolate or P5P as contributors to a re-appearance in anxiety so we have discontinued that temporarily to see.
Wish us luck at our appointment! Fingers crossed we can stop antivirals….maybe