Huge Setback

Warning: this blog contains graphic medical photos….

Gabe was doing pretty good.  The liviaone probiotic spray was really helping to clear up his skin.  He was still very much still going through TSW (topical steroid withdrawal) but still able to get out and enjoy life in a limited capacity. 20170630_133401

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This is his feet, looking AMAZING compared to how they had looked just a week or so prior.

 

Then last Monday he started not feeling well.  Very tired, very irritable.  By Tuesday he was getting a bumpy rash and was feverish.  We assumed it was a staph infection.  When it didn’t respond to our treatment at home, my husband took him in to the emergency room.  We got a quick staph diagnosis and antibiotics and went home. 20170704_194659

He was way too sick to go anywhere for fireworks on Tuesday.

Sometime mid Wednesday we realized that he wasn’t responding to the antibiotics.  The rash of little red bumps had spread all over his body.

My Mom came over and suggested it might by measles, which I quickly dismissed.  Later I realized I knew very little about measles so I do some quick googling.  I realized that Gabe’s rash looked very similar to the typical measles rash.

20170705_114604He also had the other symptoms of headache, sore throat and tongue, fever, etc…

We brought him in to urgent care Wednesday night. The took swabs and samples and said we would know by Friday if it were measles or not.

By Friday, Gabe was still in rough shape.  The measles plus his underlying TSW made for a hellish week for everyone.  Gabe’s skin was literally peeling off.  A thick layer of dead skin would come right off to reveal still-too raw red skin underneath.  You can see this on his feet…

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This obviously involved a lot of pain for him- on top of the other symptoms of measles and his TSW flaring.

Yesterday I brought him in to see a pediatricion to get him something stronger for his pain.  Ibuprofen wasn’t cutting it.  When I got to the clinic the ladies at the front desk all made knowing eye with contact with each other and backed away from the desk.  Great, Gabe is the “measles kid” and everyone at the clinic has been talking about it.  He had a mask on and they were well over 15 feet away but the reacted as though I had just rolled up with a zombie-leper in that little child sized wheelchair.

We got Gabe some tramadol and vitamin A.  But at this point we still don’t have answers.  None of the four doctors who have seen him this week have ever seen measles before.  The state health department has taken over his samples and testing so that is delaying getting our answers until Monday or even Tuesday.

How did Gabe get the measles?  We don’t know for sure yet (we don’t even know 100% if it IS measles…) but just a few days prior to all this I had read about documented cases of people getting sick after coming in contact with someone who had recently been vaccinated with a live virus.  Gabe had been around a young child who just got her MMR shot in the days leading up to his illness.  It’s very possible that the child was shedding the measles virus and Gabe was susceptible due to his weakened state.

The Doctor told me that they will be able to tell if his strain of measles is wild or cultivated.  Basically if he got it through vaccine-shedding or by a random encounter with measles. 20170708_082751How has he been handling this?  Not well.  It was a huge setback, not just physically but psychologically.  For a little boy who’s been through so much.  This was just too much.  Several times, when the pain was really bad, he talked about just wanting to die so he didn’t have to be suffering anymore.

As a parent there just isn’t much worse.

We are holding to our faith and the power of prayer.  We tell Gabe continuously that he is going to get better.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  That God loves him and is going to cause all this suffering to work for his good.

He’s still very much in the thick of it so if you could take a moment and pray for his complete healing, that would mean so much to us.

Thank you.

Autism and Detoxing

I’ll be totally honest, this has been the first summer break I haven’t dreaded. Why? Because my oldest child, Michael, is on the autism spectrum with a side of A.D.D. It’s difficult to understand the strain and chaos that can entail if you don’t have a child on the spectrum.

That’s why I’ve always felt like I needed the break I get when he’s going to school everyday. Michael, like many other ASD kids, does best with structure and routine. Summer break just unravels all of that and leads to…well, stress that was enough to make me dread it months out.

I honestly haven’t this year, at all. Michael has made major progress. He’s been taking silica everyday and I think it has really helped.

See, I’ve done a ton of research (yes, I’m a proud google-mamma) and I believe all his neurological symptoms are a result of the synergistic toxicity described in this pub med study… https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170075/ and others.

I had Michael very young and I did everything wrong. He got all his vaccines, and always with Tylenol.  It’s kind of a miracle he didn’t end up in worse shape.

But anyways the cumulative toxin overload essentially poisoned his brain and the resulting autistic symptoms were merely the result of cumulative vaccine injury.  He developed primarily sensory and behavioral issues.  Unlike other kids, we thankfully haven’t had to deal with food allergies, asthma, or gut problems resulting from his vaccine-injury.

Sierra….where’s your proof? I never had a dramatic event following a vaccine.  Michael never had a seizure or lethargy (that I can remember). He just went from being a sweet, bubbly, laid-back baby to a completely out of control toddler with major sensory issues. 192254_10150438180300074_8167383_o

I’ve no doubt in my mind that Michael was born perfect. The vaccines set him up for years of heartache and struggle….not to mention putting an enormous stress burden on myself and my husband in dealing with the fall-out.  His autism is nothing more than the degree of vaccine injury that was inflicted onto him as an infant.

For years I had heard about detoxing to reverse autism but I always assumed it was ridiculously complicated and out of reach for an average parent like me.  I just didn’t have a ton of hope that Michael could get better.  We dealt with the same behaviors and tantrums for years.  But then I saw this article http://realfarmacy.com/mineral-waters-remove-aluminum-from-brain/ …Detoxing and improving neurological health in ASD kids could be as simple as drinking a bottle of Fiji water every day.

I talked with Michael about it.  Smart kid that he is, he read the article and really wanted to give it a go.

There’s a big push in the autism community that we need to celebrate our kids autism and act like everything is a-ok.  Michael doesn’t think everything has been great.  Not when he didn’t have any friends at elementary school for two years.  Not when he struggles to control strong emotions he can’t always understand.  Not when he started to realize he was different.

He was extremely gung-ho to start, to the point that he begged me to get him a big supply of Fiji water.  It was touching and also kind of sad that he wanted so badly to gain healing from his autism.  We started right away and also bought him solgar’s oceanic silica (because everyone kept drinking his water!).

That was about three months ago and Michael has made major progress.  The tantrums have been less.  He seems more relaxed and happy.  He is just easier to be around.  Hence me not dreading summer vacation. 19055433_10158911764265074_4485162110289028260_o  I don’t think autism is something to be celebrated.  It has been like a cloud hanging over Michael, obscuring who he really is.  We owe it to our kids to help them to truly heal, so they can become that person they were meant to be.

What causes autism?  It seems glaringly clear to me.  It’s the synergistic toxicity (and the sheer volume) of the shots kids receive.  As the vaccine schedule has doubled and then tripled; autism rates have exploded.  It’s the toxins we spray so we can have pretty, bug-free lawns.  It’s the franken-food we eat.  It’s low vitamin D levels.  It’s the mthfr gene expression which makes it harder for some kids to detox the harmful adjuvants in the vaccines.

When 1 in 3 kids have a chronic health condition- we need to wake up.  In spite of (or because of!) our current vaccine schedule; kids are sicker than ever.  Somethings got to give when the projected autism rate is 50% of American children by 2025. http://www.inquisitr.com/1735694/autism-will-afflict-half-of-the-american -children-by-2025-and-glyphosate-is-to-blame-mit-doctor-says/

Autism, Allergies, and Eczema…Oh My!

untitledI do randomly blog on health issues, because it is very important to me.  I’ve blogged before on my boys’ health issues.  My oldest son, Michael, is diagnosed with Aspergers and A.D.D.  My younger son, Gabriel, has severe eczema and anxiety.

I read this article http://www.larabriden.com/the-inflammation-from-a1-milk-is-mind-boggling/  this morning.

Dr. Lara Briden has an awesome, informative blog.

I firmly believe that modern medicine is more about covering up symptoms than addressing the source of the problem.

I have resisted giving up milk and dairy to this point.  Hello, we are Midwestern.  We LOVE us some cheese, ice cream, and milk.  I didn’t think we had problems with milk.  But maybe I was wrong… Dr. Lara makes a very convincing argument.

It ‘clicked’ in my mind because I know as a baby I started suffering from severe ear infections at around the time when cow milk was probably introduced.  Through childhood I also had asthma, allergies, and then anxiety, depression, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, stomach aches, acne….the list goes on.

I know for sure I can not have gluten, soy lecithin, or carrageenan.  Do I need to add cow’s milk and dairy to the list?

I know everyone in the 70’s was fine eating white bread and margarine and veggies from a can.  Autism and food allergies were unheard of.  But could the damage have been cumulative?  Check out this infamous cat study.  http://www.spiritofhealthkc.com/portfolio/food-the-pottenger-cat-study/  He took the cats from their natural ‘whole foods’ diet and put them on processed, canned food.  The affect on the health was seen getting more severe with each generation.  Obviously, we are not cats.  But I think the massive switch from traditional foods to heavily processed foods in our culture, over the last 100 years or so, is having equally disastrous consequences.  Coupled with environmental toxins and aggressive vaccinations- our kids are paying a high cost.

I am going to try cutting out dairy for our family.  I’m going to look at goat milk options, which appears to be much more tolerable.  What can it hurt?  I would do anything to see my baby healed from eczema.

It is super overwhelming because my kids are so dang picky.  I’m just going to charge ahead and do it.  I have already seen huge improvements from eating mostly healthy, unprocessed foods.  I know diet is huge and can positively affect virtually any health issue- even mental health.

I know it is overwhelming (especially with a family) to overhaul your diet.  Easy swaps that make a huge difference-

-replace vegetables oils (yes, even canola) with olive oil, coconut oil, or butter.

-cook more food from scratch.

-try not to eat from a can (BPA).

-use sea salt in place of table salt.

-go organic and grass fed when possible.

-take vitamin D.

Thoughts on Autism

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This is Michael.  This picture is just quintessentially him.  He staged a lego guy ‘battle’ on his lego watch.  Michael is very bright, funny, outgoing and a natural leader.  He made it into a quest program at school that is only for the brightest of the bright.  Michael loves anything techie-especially video games.  Even as a baby he was drawn to anything with a screen.  He is also a big reader, especially of anything Minecraft, Star Wars, or Percy Jackson.  He probably reads a book a day, no joke.

Michael is also diagnosed with Aspergers and A.D.D.

Things have been going really well though lately.  I decided to take him off of his stimulant A.D.D. medication recently.  He was getting tummy aches and nausea every day.  Plus the medicine was horrifically expensive with our crappy insurance (which used to be great but has steadily gotten worse since the President ‘fixed’ health insurance).

Michael has needed his meds to get through the school day.  There were many times pre-meds were I had to pick him up from school because he was so out of control.  One time multiple staff members had to physically put him in a hold until I could get there.  In first grade they brought in a team to evaluate Michael.  We had thought he had a combination of A.D.D., O.C.D., and O.D.D.  Turns out his primary thing was his aspergers.  It made so much sense when we read about the diagnosis.  It fit him to a ‘T’.

20150310_135558_resizedSo Michael has been on a stimulant to help him stay calm and focused at school.  I’ve tried natural options in the past to no avail.  So I was worried when I tried my current protocol.  But Michael does seem to be doing well at home and is reasonably calm (he is a 10 year old boy!) and I spoke to his teacher yesterday and she said he is doing really well at school- the litmus test.

So, every morning I have been giving him Now’s brand magnesium, glycine and fish oil.  It seems to work for him.  We have always gone through ‘good’ and ‘rough’ patches with Michael so we have yet to see if this will last.

On a side note I am going to come out and say it- I do believe vaccines are contributing to the exploding rates of autism.  I’ve done a lot of my own research.  There are many reasons but I don’t think it is natural or wise to inject infants with a combo of activated viruses, egg proteins, heavy metals, etc.  I have no doubts the ever growing rate of autism, food allergies, and behavioral problems are directly related to the ever growing vaccine requirements.

I do wonder if things would have been different for Michael if he had never been vaccinated.  I look back now and, as they say, hind site is 20/20.  Michael went from being a calm, relaxed, happy baby to having these extreme behavioral problems by age 2.  I pray for healing for him and all the children affected by autism.

I know it is very controversial to link autism to vaccines but we need to find out what is behind autism.  I will stand up and say that I believe vaccines are at the very least a contributing factor that cannot be overlooked.  And we need to do something fast or we are going to end up with a generation of children that have been maimed by a profit-driven healthcare industry.