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.

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Autism Organized

Having a child with autism often makes life busier than it might have been otherwise. We have to manage things that most parents don’t. Like supplements, dietary modifications, therapy and also somehow get household chores done too. It isn’t easy but most of us learn to juggle this rather well after some practice.

But what if there were some tools out there to make this process easier? Well certainly that would be fantastic.

My co-author Tressie came up with this excellent idea to start collecting and creating such a resource to make our biomed parents lives easier. And thus was born the Autism Organized website.  We get so many questions from parents about managing all the aspects of biomedical therapy and their every day lives. And finally, there are some tools to help.

From our recovery organizer, household chore list, menu planning, dietary information right on over to fun activities you can do with your kids…its truly an awesome collection of resources.

Just click the image to visit the site:

 

The next rounds 11 through 25

Looking back at my journal, round eleven seems like a hundred years ago. My son was approaching his fourth birthday and in only 10 rounds he’d begun wearing clothing and pooping in the toilet. His mood was better and we were relishing in the improvements he was showing. My son had begun early intervention preschool so it was a trying time for us on top of managing all this new biomed stuff. Remember back then I was a new parent too. I was just learning about adrenals, yeast, chelation and so on.

We were confronting yeast head on and dealing with irritability, defiant behavior, hyperactivity and lack of focus that came off an on in relation to rounds and yeast.  We encountered frequent illness, sleep problems, and yeast rashes.

But we were getting a handle on yeast and I was learning what worked for him and that was going a long way towards making life better.  Sometimes we could even take my son out places.

My son could finally buckle his own seat belt, and was showing improvements in drawing basic shapes and using scissors. For the first time and probably the only time my son dipped his french fries into sauce.

Normally when he got his hair cut he would freak out about the pieces of hair falling down on him, but  by round 16, he liked it. He laughed and enjoyed the pieces falling on his skin. He said it was “cool and he looked like dad, all hairy”.

We did continue to see ups and down with chelation like silliness, hyperactivity or lack off focus which we determined was yeast. Yeast was hell for us. And it would continue to be until after fifty rounds of chelation where as it became a more manageable hell. Some rounds he would bang on everything and bounce off of everyone.  But my son began singing a lot and using the toilet most of the time.  Which was great, we were getting tired of buying pull ups and dealing with the scorn of well-meaning comments about “when were we going to toilet train him?” As if I had not been trying for over two years without success.

Colds were a huge problem initially for us. It seemed like my son always had a runny nose by day three of the round. Sometimes we also saw a slight elevation in his temperature, even without the runny nose. (100 degrees F or lower) Over the years I’ve learned that this happens to very few children, but ours ran a slight temperature his first few rounds.

I was giving him a lot of vitamin C, Echinacea and zinc to help his immune system. But around round twelve he got a cold that went longer than normal and by three weeks I knew we were now dealing with a sinus infection that was a cold.  I started him on olive leaf extract which helps treat bacteria and viruses.  I also gave virastop, vitamin C, Echinacea and zinc to help fend off the germ. An odd thing happened a day or so into this. My son got this rash of tiny red dots around his mouth, and he was irritable, mean irritable.  What I learned was viral die off. And unsolicited consequence of treating the sinus bacterial with olive leaf.  Once his sinus infection was better we stopped using the olive leaf and his behavior went back to himself. We would not attempt antivirals in any length/protocol until some years later. I used it occasionally for bacterial infections up to 10 days at a time in low doses.

He also got strep throat from school and was given Omicef from the doctor. This was his first ever round of antibiotics and luckily they were not penicillin based because later on he got a skin infection and had an allergic reaction to the amoxicillin. This also made a yeast problem where as the first medication take a few months earlier did not. And that’s how we ended up tinkering with nystatin. The nystatin worked initially maybe for about a week, then it just didn’t.  So we went back to grapefruit seed. It didn’t take long to get his gut back in order with probiotics. My son is rare to have only had antibiotics twice in his life and the second time was for four days only. I switched to natural antibiotics to treat the skin infection after I saw the penicillin wreck his gut.  And we have since stuck with that.

It was near or slightly after round sixteen that I had to confer with Andy Cutler about the change in my son’s behavior. He became this irritable, defiant, tantruming  mess post rounds. So after discussing this on a forum with Andy,  we began adrenal support for him. That was amazing for us. It brought back the calmer, happier child we had gotten from chelation.

The gains we got were things like taking medicine without screaming like he was dying, putting his feet in the grass or sand, allowing his hair to be trimmed, improved fine motor control, wearing clothes, toilet training, better articulation and expression with words, tasting new foods, enjoying music/dancing/singing, printing his first word, willingly taking his fish oil now. He also began inventing words when on rounds like “hornbees”  (hornets) and “mudslappers” (mudflaps). He was playing with language and sounds and expanding his vocabulary rather quickly.  It was like I had this dull out of it child that was awake now. He was vibrant and creative and smiling. It was amazing as we got to know this little person that was hiding under a film of yeast and toxic metals.

This was August 2007, and 25 rounds later.