By Lisa Poole
Michael developed severe diarrhea at about 10 months of age, after a HepB vaccine in 1994. We removed dairy, which relieved the diarrhea, but over the next two years he lost what little language he had and regressed slowly into autism. When we were told he had autism, we removed gluten from his diet and began researching treatment alternatives.
Using the DAN! Protocol, we had various tests done and added many supplements to his diet. Over the years, when a new treatment came up on the internet lists, such as secretin, we pursued it for him. In 2000, we did HBOT. In 2002 we did chelation. That year he had his first grand-mal seizure. We put him on medication for that. We did an MRI. In 2004 we began working with a well-known classical homeopath and stayed with her for 1.5 years. Nothing brought improvements and in the case of chelation, it worsened his condition.
His behavior, which had been mild in the beginning, grew worse. He was wetting all over the house. He was getting aggressive. He did not sleep well. In 2003 we tried MB12 shots. He reacted terribly to them and continued to worsen.
In 2004, we put him on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This lead to a cascade of problems beginning with painful reflux after seven months on the diet and leading to severe gut dysbiosis. We didn't know until later it was reflux and our DAN! doctor assumed his self-injurious behavior (SIB) was just that, a behavior. His SIB meltdowns became daily. He would scream and bite his arm to bleeding, then he began coughing and gagging himself until he would vomit.
About two months into the reflux behavior, he developed OCD. People could not get anywhere near him because he would lick his hands and poke them in the eye. In fact, he would chase someone down to try and complete the cycle of licking and poking. Our DAN! doctor offered little help.
In May 2005, I had my first consult with Lindyl Lanham, a DAN! certified practitioner, of the Homeopathy Center of Houston. Michael’s first response to remedies was significant relief from the reflux. This was enough to make a believer out of me, but the road ahead was not smooth. The next 1.5 years were a proverbial roller coaster with more “downs” than “ups”.
In early 2006, Michael became aggressive, destructive and violent. He was eating soap, crayons and many other inedibles. He was flushing any and everything he could find down the toilet, obsessed with flooding the bathroom and playing in the water. He began defecating around the house, eating the stools and smearing them into the carpet and furniture. Family and friends suggested we look into out-of-home placement. It took tremendous faith to continue the sequential homeopathy, but watching him react to the monthly packet treatments convinced me that these were more than just sugar pills.
In the spring of 2006, we began treating him for parasites. Diarrhea became a serious, all-day-long problem, leading to prolapse, a condition in which the rectum protrudes from the body during bowel movements. Yet in the midst of these dire physical issues, Michael was beginning to emerge from his heretofore impenetrable shell of autism.
Almost as soon as school started in the fall of 2006, we began seeing amazing cognitive changes in him. He was suddenly interested in learning, communicating and writing. He started eagerly learning to swim after eight years of being deathly afraid of water. He was sleeping well, calm, happy and no longer aggressive. Pica behaviors were decreasing.
At the time of this writing, August 2007, though we have occasional flare-ups of what I now call parasite behaviors, Michael is a new person. His bowel movements have improved. The following problems are gone: Reflux and associated behaviors, fecal smearing/eating, destructiveness, prolapse, self-injurious behaviors, and meltdowns.
The following negative behaviors are significantly improved and on their way out: OCD, yeasty/hyper stuff, wetting, and stimming (e.g. hand flapping). He is blossoming socially at school, attempting words, and sprinting through his IEP objectives. He now communicates with a voice-output device. At one time, he was considered a non-responder. Thanks to Sequential Integrative Homeopathy today, at age 14, he is most definitely a responder with a bright future ahead of him.
Lisa Poole lives in the Pacific NorthWest with her husband and three children.