A gain to celebrate…

Last night while I’m working on my computer helping those out there in the online autism realm, my son comes into the living room. He says “Mom I have something to tell you”.  I look up and think he’s going to ask me for another snack even though it’s well past bedtime, so I ask. “What?”  He says “I’m not sure which vitamin you’re giving me but my eyes are working better”. I ask him to clarify what he means by that. “You can ‘see’ better?”.

He says “No, I see the same as before but when I read I can focus on it now and I get those imaginary pictures like you said. Before I couldn’t focus long enough to read for a few seconds and no pictures. Now it’s working!”

I tell him how happy I am for him! It’s been a long-standing problem that’s really kept him from reading much. He was so excited to be able to read the chapter books he checked out of the library.

He asks me “Which vitamin you’re giving me made this happen and can I double the dose?”  My response, “well let me see which one it is first and the we will talk about that”.

Here it is midnight, I’m exhausted and finishing up posts on Facebook holding back my tears of joy. Finally, something so incidental most people take it for granted…having the focus to read….has happened.

We were not able to get him on DHA because of the nausea it causes, so I spent some time wracking my brain on what else I could give him that also came in a chewable for focus/memory and improved brain function. The key being chewable…I already had a bottle of phosphatidylcholine but when I squeezed the gel out of them, it has a horrible taste. I couldn’t hide it in peanut butter..I tried.

I found Citicholine chewables…that’s what he’s been on that’s different from the regular supplements he normally takes. We are only half way through the first bottle and I’d say it was worth the $28 a bottle to see how happy he was that he can read more easily now.

It’s a small gain perhaps but I’ll take any improvements at this stage of the game.

 

How we beat colds

Well we’ve fallen behind the past few weeks with chelation due to illness. My child caught a pretty bad sinus cold that took a week to go away. He somehow caught it despite being on all those antivirals, LDN, and immune support he was already on. I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been if he were not on all of that. At first I thought perhaps it was just viruses coming out from the treatment but guess who else caught it?

Yep, that’s right, me but I was able to kick it out in 3 days with high dose vitamin C, Echinacea tincture, elderberry syrup and gargling with apple cider vinegar diluted in water. Dad got it too so definitely some thing my son brought home.

I also make this wicked and I mean wicked decongestant from raw honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger and cayenne pepper. It is not for the faint of heart but it will help you clear out congestion fairly quickly with no side effects.  One teaspoon and in a few minutes your nose is running!

In addition I cut a clove of garlic into pieces and swallow them whole at the first sign of a cold. Since my child won’t take outright swallow garlic pieces…I use band-aids to put one piece on the bottom of each foot and then we put his socks on. I also make a point to  cook with as much raw fresh garlic as I can or add it to his food.

We also drink tea since it’s very soothing to sore throats. I have found over the years that Throat Coat never fails me. I alternate that with a cup of hot water with a piece of fresh peeled ginger in it.

We also did use homeopathy also. In the early stages an individual remedy based entirely on that person’s symptoms called a “constitutional”. Six days later we needed Sinusalia for the sinus congestion that was just not draining for my son.  A home homeopathic remedy book for families is often helpful to have on hand for this purpose.

The main struggle was sleep for him. He found it hard to stay asleep with a headache and cough. He would cough himself awake off an on all night. So needless to say we didn’t get a lot done that week at all.

I ran a steam vaporizer in his room. We do that all winter anyway since he’s prone to being bothered by waking up “dry” as he calls it. I learned a few years when he had a cold and had a lingering cough for weeks after, that a moist vaporizer was the trick. Dry indoor winter air makes you prone to colds and once we started adding humidity in his room he catches far fewer colds. This is actually his first cold this year. Hot baths or showers are also helpful to alleviate congestion.

I use Olba’s Cough Syrup whenever he is bothered by coughing or a sore throat. I love this product because it actually tastes good, helps and it is drug free. They also make aromatherapy, therapeutic bath gel, lozenges etc., that all help with congestion.

What I find the hardest challenge for parents trying to switch from the mainstream modality of giving Tylenol and Robitussin is not trusting that nature works.  Drugs suppress the symptoms but this isn’t letting the body attack the viral infection and heal it and often suppress comes out as another illness or symptoms later on. We prefer to help the body do what it’s designed to do.  Which is mount an attack! Congestion is how your body gets the infection out of your airways. Coughing is how the body keeps the congestion moving so you don’t get pneumonia or bronchitis. Fever is how the body kills viruses and bacteria. They cannot live in a host that isn’t 98.6 degrees so your body turns up the heat!

While having a cold is certainly miserable for all involved….patience is our virtue as the body is working on it. We can help the body along.

So now you know how we attack illness in our home. I hope it gives everyone inspiration for ways you can manage and help the body during illness.

Viruses? Still?

We went for our follow-up visit with our holistic doc. We first saw her in the fall of 2016 and after some supplementation it was time to repeat some blood work and see where to go next.

I was fairly surprised at the blood results really. Some of his deficiencies are improving which is great. Vitamin D is up to 60, so we can cut the dose back to 5,000 IU per day. Iron still needs some work but it’s a lot better.

Of course his DHEA and pregnenolone are still low since he isn’t taking those, but they have gone up from the previous test. His morning cortisol is also excellent thanks to adrenal cortex glandular.

We have reduced his insulin and glucose but they need to come down further. So we will keep going with the chromium with meals and protein in his diet.

We need to add in sea salt to his water.

The real kicker here was his labs from November showed low neutrophils and high lymphocytes. The doctor thought maybe he was getting over a virus which I thought was odd because he hadn’t been sick. Well his new labs show even lower neutrophils* and higher lymphocytes and he hasn’t been sick. Couple that in with thyroid antibodies and the doctor suspects there is an underlying viral problem causing autoimmunity.

When I saw his new labs I had a flashback because I knew I had seen this before. I went over his old labs and sure enough in 2010 things were normal but in 2011, we saw neutropenia and high lymphocytes. (absolute neuts went from 3.9-1.5 which is why we stopped using DMSA)

After those abnormal 2011 labs I did an antiviral protocol for him. Which is why I’m surprised to see a viral problem.

It seems that might not matter because you can get a virus at any time and if you’re immune system isn’t strong enough to clear it….well, it’s going to stick around for a while. It is also possible he was exposed to a different virus recently. In either case, he’s had this lab profile longer than is normal for a passing cold or virus. It also lines up with the slightly elevated TSH I’ve been seeing the past few years.

So my new marching orders are to add:

I’m also considering Lysine for suspected Epstein Barr since it’s most associated with causing thyroid antibodies.

I am further considering niacinamide which is great for autoimmunity. I may end up  repeating our previous antiviral protocol with olive leaf and Virastop. (now called Enzyme Defense). I’m not sure.

The doctor has recommend Low Dose Naltrexone at 1mg at bedtime for 3 months. Then she wants to re-test him.  LDN makes has a great track record with correcting autoimmunity. (I might be next then…hmm?)

The key here is going to getting more supplements into him.


*low absolute neutrophils is covered in Fight Autism and Win Second Edition. The incidence of neutropenia on blood work is contradictory for the use of DMSA for chelation.