The medical community generally does not believe there can be a cure of recovery from autism spectrum disorders. Most developmental pediatricians or pediatric neurologists will give you an autism diagnosis like they give you a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome. Sorry, there’s nothing you can do, here are state service agencies who can help, good luck with that. It can be very depressing.

There is a movement, however, of medical doctors, many of whom have a child diagnosed on the spectrum, who discovered that there are many other physical issues going on with ASD children. These doctors have come to offer hope, because they DO see improvement, progress, and even recovery from some of the worst autism deficits. The Defeat Autism Now! movement believes that autism is treatable, and recovery is possible.

There are only 3 DAN! approved practitioners in Utah, so my choices here are limited. We see Dr. Joseph Humpherys, NMD, PhD.

An option would be to see an out-of-state doctor, but our budget is so tight that I am making do with the choices close to home. If I felt the need justified the cost and effort, I would go see either Dr. Kenneth Bock, MD at the Rhinebeck Health Center in Rhinebeck, New York or Dr. Bryan Jepson, MD at the Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas.

We’ve tried the yeast protocol, various nutritional supplements, and are currently doing chelation.

Hamhock’s urine work showed that he is not methylating certain heavy metals out of his body. He has high levels of lead, arsenic, and antimony in his body. The lead could be from the water in our old house with lead pipes, maybe also from lead paint on toys from China; arsenic could be from rice that was grown in former cotton fields that were treated with arsenic pesticides; and antimony is a chemical used to make mattresses flame retardant.

In 2007, Hamhock took the following nutritional vitamins/supplements every day:

  • 1 tsp cod liver oil (CLO)
  • 1 tsp Omega 3’s (EFA)
  • 1 Tbsp vitamin C
  • 1 probiotic pill
  • 2 Children’s multi-vitamin, ChildEssence
  • 2 Children’s multi-vitamin, Thorne Citramin II

Surprisingly, at age 4 1/2, he learned to swallow pills one day when I showed him how to do it, at Dr. Humphery’s suggestion. I thought there was no way, as his mult-vitamins are frakking horse pills. When I first showed him, he said “I do it tomorrow.” But 5 minutes later he comes over, grabs the pills, opens the fridge and swallows them by drinking directly from our distilled water. My eyes went BOING! out of my head; I couldn’t believe it. Sometimes he’ll put 2 or 3 pills in his mouth and swallow at once. Other times he’ll swallow a pill with no water. Crazy.

The cod liver oil and EFA have been a trial. I tried chocolate milk, chocolate syrup, milkshakes, juice shakes, and even a bowl of ketchup (which he loved, and would lick clean) until we discovered his allergy to tomatoes and therefore cut out all ketchup from his diet.

Dr. Humphery’s suggested freezing it in a popsicle. But the only non-apple, cranberry, or grape juice I found (besides orange which Hamhock wouldn’t take) was Minute Maid strawberry lemonade. I’m not thrilled about it because it’s not organic, and has high fructose corn syrup, but he LOVES the popsicles and will even drink the juice straight with the CLO and EFA blended in.

Whew. My months of trial and stress are over. He drinks his CLO/EFA, and swallows his vitamins. WAHOO!


2 Responses to “Biomedical-DAN!”

  1. Megan Furness said

    Oh WOW! I googled RDI and Utah and your website came up. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to hear of another parent going through some of the same things we are. My son is 26 months and was diagnosed with ASD 5 months ago. Please email me sometime, if you ever get a minute :), we are doing some similar things and it would be great to talk to you.,

    Thanks for the awesome blog!


    • gooagoo said

      Hi Megan! I’ll send you an email. It IS so great to connect with other parents. Way to go getting your son diagnosed so early!

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