Every parent hopes they will have healthy, happy children. Unfortunately today, 1 in 50 children has autism and the number is growing. But an autism diagnosis doesn’t have to mean “GAME OVER!”
Two mothers who had with sons with autism beat the odds. One grew up to be an aerospace engineer. The other is an honor student at Northern Illinois University, majoring in computer science.
LILA’S STORY IN HER OWN WORDS
Lila White, of Elgin Illinois, bore a healthy boy at birth. As he entered his early developmental years, a medical mistake turned her and her son’s life into a living hell.
My son was mistakenly given an MMR when he was 8 months old. I was the one who caught the error when the nurse tried to calm him with the wrong name. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have walked out of the pediatrician’s office.
The MMR package insert specifically states that no other vaccines are to be administered at the same time as the MMR. This directive was ignored and my son was also given his correct shots of DPT and HIB. That’s seven vaccines at the same time. A huge assault on an 8 mo. old’s immune system. To make matters worse, he was given the usual dose of Tylenol immediately afterwards. Tylenol depletes the body’s Glutathione which is its major detox system.
My son was later diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s. He was on four psychiatric medications in grade school.
Looking for alternative treatments, Lila attended the AutismOne conference in Chicago. Using the information gained at the AutismOne conference, her son began a difficult and successful regimen that included various biomedical treatments, vitamin and mineral supplements, and hyperbaric treatments (this treatment may not work or be recommended in many cases).
I bartered a deal with Dr. Georgia Davis of Springfield for my son to receive 40 hyperbaric treatment. I worked for three months for free. When the treatments were completed, Dr. Davis hired me full time.
Using biomedical treatments that I learned of through AutismOne, my son has lost his diagnosis and is no longer on any psychiatric medications. As we withdrew the medications, we substituted various natural supplements that supported the same body systems.
Today my son is a junior at Northern Illinois University majoring in Computer Science. He maintains a 4.0 GPA. I couldn’t be prouder.
MARCIA’S STORY IN HER OWN WORDS AND FROM HER BOOK “I KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE” www.iknowyourinthere.com
Marcia Hinds, of Los Angeles, California, knew there was something not right with her son.
Ryan was different from other children his age. We knew something wasn’t right, even before the psychiatrist predicted Ryan would probably end up in an institution. My son was diagnosed with autism at age four. That day changed everything. The doctor gave him and us a life sentence.
We were told there was no recovery from autism. There was no cure. There was no hope.
The diagnosis ripped away every dream my husband and I had for our child and our family. Ryan was stranded on Autism Island and our family was trapped right there with him.
When Ryan was little, we never dared to dream the things he has accomplished were possible. To hope for any future with this disconnected and distraught child was just too painful. Ryan spent every day, all day, plugging his portable radio into every outlet in the house and screamed when anything in his environment changed. There were too many mornings I didn’t want to get out of bed to face another day filled with autism.
Ryan’s doctor treated the infections and viruses that he believed were the cause of my son’s autism symptoms. But medical intervention wasn’t enough. We also needed to catch him up on all he missed when he was too ill to learn.
This was a marathon.
My fear for Ryan’s future continued past the awkward school years and into the beginning of college. Ryan made his first real friends in college. Eventually he did everything the autism experts said he could never do. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, NASA awarded Ryan a scholarship for his post-graduate studies as well as a paid summer internship. He earned his M.S. in Engineering Management and Leadership in 2012.
It was not Ryan’s academic accomplishments that gave us our happiest moments. It was the everyday things that were not extraordinary in the least, except to parents of an autistic child. Ryan was your typical college student. He joined a fraternity, drank an occasional beer, went on dates, stayed out too late with friends and sometimes slept through his eight o’clock classes. We couldn’t have been more proud!
Today, my son is a systems engineer with a major aerospace corporation. He has his own apartment just steps from the beach He goes out with friends, walks dogs at a local animal shelter, and surfs all the time. Recently, he went to Bali on a surfing vacation with a friend. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, because what I wanted most for him has actually happened.
There is hope. Autism is not a developmental or psychiatric disorder. It is medical, treatable, and surmountable. If a doctor tells you there is nothing you can do, don’t believe it! Never give up until you find the answers for your child.
AutismOne: The Cutting-Edge Autism Conference® is delighted to join forces with Focus for Health, the leader of integrity in protecting children’s health from the harmful effects of environmental and other neurotoxins, to become the AutismOne/Focus Autism 2015 Conference.
The AutismOne/Focus for Health 2015 Conference will be held May 20-24, 2015, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL.
In the true spirit of community building, the AutismOne/Focus for Health 2015 Conference will bring a diversity of speakers from the larger international health arena who are publishing important research and fighting the good fight to keep you and your family healthy. Speakers include authors Dr. John Gray, Peter Greenlaw and Dr. Marco Ruggiero.
Spencer Maus, of SpencerConnect Communications, is donating his time and efforts to the AutismOne for Health 2015 Conference.