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Preventing Autism: An Emerging Hypothesis

Jb_handley_photo By J.B. Handley

My second child’s autism diagnosis put the plans my wife and I had for at least three kids on potentially permanent hold. Three years later, we are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, and we feel well-armed with the wisdom of other parents and many doctors to prevent her from the same fate her brother experienced.

What? We’re planning to prevent her from developing autism? The notion of being able to prevent autism is a highly controversial idea, and one sure to make many sentences in this entry blogger-fodder. So be it.

It’s probably worth taking a quick step back. The Generation Rescue  website spells out pretty accurately how we feel about the cause of autism:

We believe these neurological disorders ("NDs") are environmental illnesses caused by an overload of heavy metals, live viruses, and bacteria. Proper treatment of our children, known as "biomedical intervention", is leading to recovery for thousands.

The cause of this epidemic of NDs is extremely controversial. We believe the primary causes include the tripling of vaccines given to children in the last 15 years (mercury, aluminum and live viruses); maternal toxic load and prenatal vaccines; heavy metals like mercury in our air, water, and food; and the overuse of antibiotics.

As we began to think about child number three, and armed with this general point of view above, my wife and I began to network with other parents who were in similar situations. Specifically, parents with an autistic child who had decided to have an additional child after becoming biomedical experts.

Through all of these conversations and time spent with many great doctors, we began to develop a plan to prepare for life before and after birth that we believed would reduce the chances for another autistic child. The complete list of ideas, from which we chose the right plan for us, included:

Early Preparation for Mom (prior to conception):

- Switching to a gluten/casein free diet
- Eating organic foods and avoiding all artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
- Limiting sugar
- Focusing on gut health through a combination of anti-fungal treatment, beneficial bacteria re-population, and digestive enzymes
- Detoxifying the body through a combination of chelation and natural detoxification techniques like FIR sauna, NDF Plus, Zeolites, etc.
- Adding a pre-natal vitamin and B-12

During pregnancy:

- Maintaining all dietary approaches listed above
- Avoiding all vaccines
- Avoiding any environmental risks like lead paint, home construction, cleaners and solvents, chemicals, etc.
- Avoiding antibiotics except in life-or-death situations
- Avoiding x-rays and sonograms, unless high-risk birth issues exist
- Continuing supplementation of pre-natal vitamins, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and B-12
- Proper supplementation of mom’s methylation cycle based on genetics

After birth:

- Maintaining all dietary approaches and supplements listed above while breastfeeding
- Holding off on introducing solid-foods until at least 6 months
- Avoiding antibiotics for breastfeeding mom and baby except in life-or-death situations
- Avoiding any environmental risks like lead paint, home construction, cleaners and solvents, chemicals, etc.
- Supplementing baby with infant-safe probiotics
- Avoiding all vaccines for at least the first 2 years of life, and then taking extraordinary caution
- At the right time (typically 6 months or older), adding proper methylation cycle support
- At the right time, proper supplementation of Omega3-6-9
- Providing natural detoxification through things like Epsom salt baths

On the one hand, it’s been “painful” to watch my daughter develop through seven months now without the eczema, ear infections, severe bowel problems, or sleepless nights her older brother experienced as his body slowly stopped functioning properly. “Painful” because I feel like so much of his suffering was preventable. On the other hand, we are grateful every day for the wisdom our son has given us about how to reduce the risks of autism for his new sister.

Are we out of the woods yet? Not remotely, we worry about autism for our daughter every day. Part of me was too superstitious to put these words on paper, but I hope other parents considering another child may benefit from the insight we feel helped us.

One final word on vaccines. Some have wondered whether or not we would consider vaccinating our daughter. Not anytime soon. Aside from the fact that the vaccine schedule has not been proven to be safe and that testing for it is grossly inadequate, we also feel that for whatever reason we produce children who react poorly to vaccines, based on the experience with both of our boys. As free citizens, we are exercising our rights to decide which medical procedures are safe for our children, and vaccines do not meet our standards. Might we change our minds as she gets older? Maybe, particularly for diseases like Rubella that can cause real problems for girls.

Is autism preventable? We believe it is. A radical concept several years ago, we feel it’s a topic that deserves a lot more airtime today. Even mainstream scientists are now acknowledging the role “the environment” is playing in autism. What if you could modify that “environment” to reduce the risks?

J.B. Handley is c-founder of Generation Rescue.

Comments

Nina

What a great info to go to. Ihave one daughter with Autism. Pregnancy with her was just eating whatever I wanted. I ate dunken donuts and ate out all the time Didn't care about diet cokes and etc. And ofcourse I was very yeasty that my husband and I stopped having intercourse (he bled so much) from the yeast. So when it came time to deliver, she was very yeasty that her tongue was white. She then became autistic. My second pregnancy was different. I didn't remove amalgams but I ate all organic food (at all times). Excercised regularly and treated myself. When she was born, I spaced out her vaccines. She is now a fast developing adorable little girl. I am planning to do the same for (the third child) as well. I am also praying for the baby. Hope this helps.

MinorityView

For David Anderson,
Keep breastfeeding. Don't be in a rush to add solids. Try single real foods. For example sweet potatoes or yams. Get a food mill. Organically grown only.

If everything you try causes problems you need to talk to a doctor with experience with digestive issues. You can also hunt around for another breastfeeding mom who might be willing to pump and supply an extra bottle or two of breastmilk each day.

Cereals are much more likely to cause digestive issues than vegetables. My daughter had digestive problems, in her case rashes on her abdomen. A doctor suggested that I eliminate all solid foods and just breastfeed for two weeks. She was almost a year old at the time and did fine on just milk. Then I reintroduced foods one at a time. It turned out, in her case, that she wasn't allergic, she just needed to clear out her digestive system and give it a rest. She still has trouble if she isn't careful with her general health and diet and she is over 40!

Good luck! I hope you find your way.

Laura

Wow. this is awesome. For a while I was wanting to compile information like this (though it seems that my work is more in the direction of helping who has already been effected).

I wanted to comment because I wondered about the first comment---I wondered if that child might be more able to handle trial and error of solid foods without damage if weaned later. It made me wonder if age of weaning might be a factor.

I also agree with the person who talked about removing amalgam.

David Anderson

I am desperately seeking help from parents who may have seen what we are seeing. I have a 6month old son who has an autistic brother, 4. In brief, solid foods are causing him to lose preverbal skills: we fed him rice cereal, he stopped razzing and babbling. we removed it, the skills reemerged 3 days later. We tested our hypothesis again with video tape. 12 hours after feeding his newly regained and further developed skills regressed. We fed him for three days (all organic, all everything you said above). This time it took four days for his skills to return, weaker than before, taking him two weeks to get them fully back. We believe something to be metabolically skewed in our sons, along the lines of PKU, and that autism is in fact preventable for our youngest, but only if we can find the foods (without the damage of trial and error) that he can tolerate. Right now, we are only sure of breastmilk. We are in a race against my wife's breast and his growing size to get him the nutrients he needs to thrive without poisoning him. We are lost.

David Anderson

I am desperately seeking help from parents who may have seen what we are seeing. I have a 6month old son who has an autistic brother, 4. In brief, solid foods are causing him to lose preverbal skills: we fed him rice cereal, he stopped razzing and babbling. we removed it, the skills reemerged 3 days later. We tested our hypothesis again with video tape. 12 hours after feeding his newly regained and further developed skills regressed. We fed him for three days (all organic, all everything you said above). This time it took four days for his skills to return, weaker than before, taking him two weeks to get them fully back. We believe something to be metabolically skewed in our sons, along the lines of PKU, and that autism is in fact preventable for our youngest, but only if we can find the foods (without the damage of trial and error) that he can tolerate. Right now, we are only sure of breastmilk. We are in a race against my wife's breast and his growing size to get him the nutrients he needs to thrive without poisoning him. We are lost.

Denise

I heartily agree with the comment about removing amalgams and chelating before pregnancy! We thought we were safe with our youngest child; no vaccines, CFGFCFSF, the whole biomed bit.... but we didn't count on the mercury he was getting from my teeth! He has been dx'd with autism, but has been easier to detox than his vax'd sibs....
Denise

Allison

JB, this post is truely a gift to any parent considering having a child even if they do not already have a child on the spectrum. I have many parents ask me what they can do in order to stave off the possibility of having a child with autism. There should be a new protocal for prenatal care across the board considering the rise in so many medical issues children now are at risk for.

I too had a 3rd child after my son's regression into autism. She was a surprise and I probably would have done a lot more had I been prepared but I did many of the things you mention once I found out, I was a little green to biomed at that time but I did what I knew. I would like to add that when introducing foods or in the case of the need for antibiotics every child must be watched for any reactions. We decided to wait 6 months before starting any vaccinations and then did get 3, one at a time. She clearly developed swallowing issues and food intolerances at this time. So I realized my children are not able to handle vaccinations. But it has to be an informed choice of each parent catered to each individual child. She is quite an independant thinker a joy really, and although we found many food intolerances and possibly recently noticed some small quick memory issues, she is an amazing addition to the family.

You will help many new parents with this information! Thank you.

johnfryer

Hi
1 You must avoid GMO food where possible.
2 You must avoid medications where possible.
BUT
3 Putting mercury in vaccines for 75 years!
That has to be bad, bad, bad.
John Fryer MSc BSc Chemist

Kevin Barry

Hi JB,

I'd like to add one more suggestion to list of things to consider prior to conception: consider professionally removing Mom's amalgam dental fillings.

In 2001/02, we planned for our 3rd child with clear ideas about how to avoid regressive autism. He is perfectly healthy, and will be 5 in January.

Kevin

Editor

Hi, Rena. We suggest you check out our links and go to the TACA site, Generation Rescue and others, as you have time. We have links to helpful books too.

Kim Stagliano, editor

Rena Williamson

Hi my name is Rena and i have four daughters and they are all healthy at least that i am aware of. I have a eight month old babt named Sophia and she has had two trips to the doctors where she has received a shot in each leg and, both time she has had a terrible reaction where her legs swell and she cries non stop and develops diareha for about a four day period i just keep getting a bad feeling in my stomach and like somthing is wrong and i have decided to hold off on the rest of her shots. Im just wondering if there is anything i should be watching out for and if there is anything i can do to help prevent her from developing any form of autism.
.

tb

I am a mother of 6month old twin girls and the rise of autism is definately making me alittle bit more concern. Autism cases are rising drasticly and something need to be done. In my opinion i think it maybe the trippling of the vaccines. I also realize that boys are more affected by this crazy disease. I think the doctor should space the vaccines out,like every month instead of giving all three at one visit.

Gene Stubbs, M.D.

Dear JB:

About 5 years ago, I wrote a grant to try to prevent autism in the newborn sibling of autistic children by using probiotics in the pregnant mother and then in the infant. Because of obstacles, that research was not started. However, I now have the opportunity to implement it. I wonder if you would be so kind as to keep me aprised of your daughter's progress. Also, if you know of other parents who have followed a similar protocol as you, would you consider sending me their information with their permission. I can be reached through the above email address.
Sincerely,
Gene Stubbs, M.D.

Bob Moffitt

I am the proud grandfather of eight year old Bobby, who "regressed" and was diagnosed autistic just prior to his third birthday. I am also the proud grandfather of Bobby's "baby sister", five year old Kristin, who begins mainstream kindergarten this week. There is absolutely no-one more protective or loving of Bobby than his sister Kristin, who has been an absolute blessing to our family, and, yes, Kristin's vaccinations are being carefully monitored and administrated by a DAN practicioner. Little things like avoiding a "booster" shot because her "titers" clearly indicate the "booster" shot would be unnecessary.

Unfortunately, it should not be left to "parents" to avoid all vaccines for at least the first 2 years of life, avoid unnecessary "booster" shots, avoid administering anti-biotics unless critical, or exercise great caution when considering administering multiple vaccines in a single visit.

These are "common sense" precautions that every doctor in this country should be practicing.

Deborah

J.B.
All though my husband and I made a conscious decision while I was pregnant with my now (as of today)10 year old son who has mercury toxicity, that he would be the last in this branch of the family tree; I also feel that if another child were to come along at this late stage of our lives (I'll be 46 in three weeks)I KNOW that the information we have gathered over these past 7 years since his diagnosis, we too would be much better prepared to handle the situation.

Our son has taught us so many things about what this really is and how to prevent it that the same mistakes would never be repeated in our history.

Another benefit of dealing with all this is for the benefit of my future grandchildren. My daughter now 13 may someday give us the high honor of having HEALTHY & HAPPY grand babies. She knows everything that we have gone thru these past years and she has already made conscious decisions of what and how things will be done with her children.

Other benefits have come to light as a result of our beautiful son (JR is his nickname; short for junior)and our experience of just living day-to-day with him. Alas, these are experiences for another post though.

DEB

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