Soaps, Lotions & More
We need to be careful what we put on our children. Normal toothpaste has toxins. Coconut oil is a healthier and safer toothpaste alternative and it kills bacteria naturally. It can also be used as a lotion. Goat soap is a great laundry detergent. You can also make your own sunscreen with beeswax. There are natural ways of making your own products without toxins. This is a site we like that has helpful Do-It-Yourself (DIY) recipes for making these products yourself at home.
Essential oils also play huge part in helping you child's life. Lavender can be used to soothe, calm and relax.
Toxins are unhealthy for our kiddos. Household cleaners that contain Clorox are highly toxic and have adverse health effects on our children.
You can also purchase Dr. Bronner's line of products for any kind of odorless soap.
Personal Care Products
Kids are vulnerable to additional exposures that come along with transitioning into the adolescent and teen years. Many popular personal care products including cosmetics, deodorants, fragrances, and hair and skin care products are formulated using potentially harmful ingredients, some of which are known carcinogens, neurotoxins and actually mimic the body's natural hormones.
Feminine Hygiene Products
These can contain dioxins, a by-product of the bleaching process used in the production of feminine hygiene products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dioxins from feminine pads and tampons can put girls and women at risk for “effects that could suppress the immune system, increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, reduce fertility and interfere with fetal and childhood development.” Mothers should educate their daughters about these dangers and buy organic feminine hygiene products.
Insecticidal Hair Products
Each year between six and 12 million kids get head lice, and it’s common for parents to turn to insecticidal shampoos and treatments to eradicate them. However, most pesticide-based, over-the-counter treatments are highly toxic and have been linked to neurological and other health problems.
Non-pesticide-based remedies are a safer alternative and include mayonnaise, olive oil, essential oils, and ready-to-use products such as Cetaphil lotion and LiceMD. And don’t forget the old-fashioned approach: plenty of hair conditioner and a nit comb, repeated every week or so until your child’s hair is free of lice.
Most cleaning products contain harsh toxic chemicals that are listed as carcinogenic and can impair neurodevelopment as well as cause irritation, allergies and asthma. These products also are a constant source of indoor air pollution. On average, indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
YOU CHANGE FIRST
It starts with you changing first. Who would have thought that I would change first? Well, for your kids, you will do anything. I was, by far, the worst eater in the world. Yes, I ate at McDonald's and I ate fast food. I had no conscience about food. I thought I ate healthy and I had no palate. Well, boy, was I wrong! It took my son to get sick for me to fix myself.
I was always tired, sleepy and moody. I had painful menstruation and I had to take six ibuprofen daily for a week. I had no idea what I was doing to my body. I never ate veggies or fruit. I loved potato chips and french fries.
But why was I always sick? Because my immune syatem was shot. I was sick almost every two months. I once got sick for almost two weeks straight and was exhausted in bed.
In 2011 I started reading about juicing. Katheryn Reed was writing about MSG and how she cured her daughter's autism. She made videos about juicing. I read the labels on everything I purchased. Katheryn Reed said, "If you don’t understand the label that means it's bad for you, and anything that says NATURAL FLAVORS means you are consuming MSG." I found her info interesting since I had heard diet worked but didn’t have anybody that could confirm that it worked. I repeatedly heard that changing the diet wasn't proven and doesn't work.
I'm a very drastic and extreme person. So the night I read up on MSG, it dawned on me that if I ate wrong how could I possibly help my son? I was the one that brought sweets to my kids and thought I was rewarding them. Well I was wrong.
I started juicing in 2011 and was maybe at one juice per day. As I started educating myself, I came across the “Just Juice” website that said the person that started the recipes cured herself from cancer, and that a detox was necessary. So in 2015 I did a juice cleanse. By that time, I was already fermenting my own foods and making my own milk keifers, kambucha and water keiffers. I did the "21 in 21 Just Juice" detox and I lost 30 pounds. I became a blended juice junkie. To this day I drink four juices a day. I make them daily and take them to work.
I also prepare my cucumber water with mint and ginger and consume at least one gallon each day. I changed my palate. Our family went organic and GMO-free in 2012. Since then I started choosing where we ate and mostly ate at home. I found research that confirmed it is better to make food at home than to buy pre-made food. To this day I have maintained my weight without even trying. I no longer have heavy periods or menstrual cramps since I made those changes. I have not had any Tylenol or ibuprofen in three years. I'm never tired and I feel well all the time. I have energy to ferment and make our food and I even started growing our garden. We even bought our own chickens and goats! I have my whole family on this healthier lifestyle now! This change would have never happened if it weren’t for Jovan. We changed, and those changes have made Jovan's transition smoother.
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I highly recommend this treatment as it helping our son Jovan sleep better and is healing his gut and brain inflammation. It completely relaxes him and it has benefited our entire family. You can also view the educational videos that show the many different ways this machine can be used.
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Dr. Suzanne Goh's clinic is great place for ABA, speech therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy and more. Dr. Goh has helped my son greatly and educated us about the mitochondria. She was referred to us by Dr. Shawn Centers who is another great osteopathic pediatrician.
Symptoms of Mitochondrial Dysfunction
Cells of the brain and muscle are among those that require a lot of energy, so they have a particularly high density of mitochondria to support their energy needs. When mitochondria aren’t working well, these are often the parts of the body to show signs of poor function.
When mitochondria are not functioning well, a wide variety of symptoms can emerge, including:
• Developmental delay or regression
• Language impairment
• Social impairment
• Intellectual disability
• Neuropsychiatric symptoms (ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression)
• Hearing impairment
• Small stature
• Gastrointestinal symptoms
• Endocrine disturbance
• Many others
Dr. Daniel Beilin & Thermography
Dr. Daniel Beilin is Jovan's amazing doctor. He educated us and collaborates with our protocol with our other doctors. His impressive thermography machine provides results that describe everything that is going on with your kiddo. It helped our Jovan greatly. I highly recommend Dr. Daniel Beilin help you with your kiddo.
European Thermography is a whole body screening designed for men, women and children. It is not an imaging device like a mammogram, MRI, ultra sound, or digital imaging thermography.
The test is:
• Gentle & painless
• Non-toxic & non-invasive
• Informative and holistic
• Even has insurance codes
European Thermography uses a temperature sensor to take temperature measurements at over 100 points on the body; gathering information about the functioning health of the nervous system and blood flow of your major organs, glands, lymph, sinuses, and teeth.
This is a very helpful video on how to make Bravo yogurt.
I have had the privilege of getting advice from the best doctor that specializes in detoxification, Dr. Heinz Reinwald. He is an amazing man and doctor. To all the mothers out there that don’t know how important detoxification is, please educate yourselves because this is the one of the most important steps that is helping Jovan continue to recover from his autism.
Dr. Reinwald has a series of supplements that help detoxify and cleanse the metals, toxins and more. I am not a doctor, but I have done my research and his supplements have proven worthy! It has helped my son's progress. It's sad, but nowadays doctors don’t know this. They don’t even try to educate themselves further to understand it. Our health care system is so horrible that we are constantly filled with prescriptions for this and that and instead of healing, we are suppressing our illnesses.
One thing I learned is how BAD acetaminophen is for the body. I will attach a link of articles that are found in regards to the harm acetaminophen does to the body. Did you know that fevers are the best detoxification? Our bodies create fevers to fight the bad bacteria in our gut that causes these ailments. Socrates even states that fevers are a miracle. Obviously, fevers need to be taken seriously and monitored by your trusted physician. Always use Ibuprofen instead of acetaminophen (if you must), but keeping fevers down naturally with your trusted physician is the best way. I have links to trusted physicians who are pediatricians that can help you with detoxification and natural remedies without harming and intoxicating your children.
Always research and don’t believe the first thing you are told! You are the only one that can help your child grow to be a healthy and happy human being. The body is a miracle and it is constantly regenerating! Please click here for a link to Dr. Reinwald's suggested supplements that you can show your trusted physician. Your physician can communicate with Dr. Reinwald's team for any assistance.
I also recommend blended juicing as huge way to detoxify. Green veggies are great source to help detox. Fermented veggies in your shakes are even better! Fermenting at home is super easy!
My question is, why don’t people know about the connection between bacteria and the gut? I include myself also. I had no clue what the gut was about. Why? Because I didn’t need to. I was consumed about earning money and fulfilling my material needs. But the second my son represented autism. I wanted to know everything I could to understand how I could help him.
I was consumed with why my son had autism. What was autism? How could I cure it for my son?
No doctor knew what it was and they all said it was a brain problem, which was frustrating to hear. Doctors nowadays have so much ego! I am willing to bet their ego would diminish if they found themselves in a position similar to mine and if their child was sick with something they didn’t understand.
Dr. Bradstreet was an amazing doctor who's son was diagnosed with autism. I regret that I didn't have the opportunity to meet Dr. Bradstreet. Well-known for being a good doctor with truly no ego, he tried to work with others to help his own son. I wish I had met him before he passed away. However, I was very fortunate to have met the amazing Dr. Marco Ruggiero, who worked closely with Dr. Bradstreet. I was amazed by the information and research that Dr. Bradstreet had, yet the doctors I initially sought help from did not tell me about Dr. Bradstreet's research because he was considered a "quack." I find it appalling that other doctors would put each other down when they haven’t even researched what these amazing doctors have accomplished for those in need of their research and experience.
I have always been told, "You are your son's biggest advocate!" I have never taken "no" for an answer and researched everything I can. All I can do is tell you never stop researching! Always verify your info and look it up for your own validation and verification. Don’t let others make up your mind for you! You can think for yourself.
Candida! What the heck is candida? I started looking this up, and found the info by Donna Gates very interesting. I started actually making water and coconut keifers when I heard about Donna Gates. I heard candida caused so many symptoms that were not just in autism, but in issues I had as well. It was crazy! Headaches, migraines, sugar cravings, and weight problems... the list goes on.
I bought Donna Gates's book and read very interesting info about the gut. Then I read about Dr. Marco Ruggiero and his explanation of the connection between bacteria in the gut and autism. Something internally clicked for me, and I knew right away this was the path for me and my family.
Like Dr. Heinz Reinwald says “it's in your shit!” LOL. It's truly exactly what it's about. We are eating processed foods, fast foods, fake dead food, and over-prescribed antibiotics! How can we not be sick, how can we not be overweight? It makes sense! Our gut is overrun by bad bacteria. Worst of all is that good bacteria is killed by bad bacteria that lives off the sugar we eat and crave, and it builds a downhill cycle from there. Dr. Marco Ruggiero and Dr. Stefania Pacini (his wife) made BRAVO, which is a strong probiotic that helps the good bacteria live in the gut, which helps fight the bad bacteria. What needs to be emphasized is that the good bacteria needs a healthy environment for a solid chance to thrive. If you are eating sugars and bad foods your good bacteria will never make it to the gut and reproduce. You can pave the way, but if you do it wrong it will not work, and you will not see any results. At the AutismOne conference, the amazing Dr. Jim Adams (who does “fecal transplants”) said, "You need to mow the lawn and replant the garden. If your gut had bad bacteria how can the good bacteria live if they are too little and weak since they are too low in amounts in your gut."
What is die-off effect?
When you have die-off after starting a diet you can have horrible migraines and feel horrible because the bad bugs are dying, which is a good sign and is temporary. If you are doing too much too fast it may not be a good sign because you may have dead bacteria in your gut that sets out a fume that sends out toxins and it can be painful. It's important to start slow and make sure you are detoxing correctly because it's a huge puzzle. Most of our kiddos have bad detoxification so they go through a lot of die-off. This can actually hurt your process so please make sure you have a trusted physician that can help you in the process so you can do things the right way.
Testing your microbiome is crucial. This will tell you all the bad bacteria you have and what good bugs you have. This is the way to start.
Parasties - yes we have worms! I even learned we have worms in our brains. Isn't that crazy? Dr. Marco Ruggiero explains this in his video which I will attach. You need good anti-fungals and you can get this from Dr. Reinwalds supplements so you can kill the parasites. This is part of the gut. Your gut is actually your second brain and the microbiome is your third brain. I will attach books on these topics and videos.
WE NEED TO HEAL THE GUT FOR EVERYTHING TO WORK, not just autism. Heal your entire family so you can heal your child.
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
Brotherly Love: Jovan adores his big brother.