We ran a link to over the weekend to The Cleveland Plain dealer article (HERE) about Sky Walker, the young man who is alleged (there has been no trial due to his autism) to have beaten his mother, Kent State University professor Trudy Stuernagel, to death. Professor Steurnagel had written a letter to her family, in case of her death at the hand of her son. Our contributor Teresa Conrick allowed us to run her comment on the story as a post.
By Teresa Conrick
This could be Megan. I keep thinking that over and over. Too many similarities- I have videos of her playing with her dad and me- peek a boo, laughing, smiling, hugging, and then the gradual disappearance and then big regression.
She was this new child - no sleep, sickly, crying all the time, and it got worse and worse. I used to have all the holidays, then I was home, alone with Megan as she was too out of control, biting, hitting, having daily enuresis and.....worse throughout the house, and so sad. Out of nowhere she would run at me with her little elbow extended, as a weapon to hurt me. She was like a woman in labor, lashing out as the pain would ebb and flow, as the inflammation would ravish her body.
Goodbye marriage,assorted friends, and confused family members. I was on survival mode as I would drive Megan around at assorted times of the day and night so she would stop banging her head or biting. She would become so aggressive as her eyes would dilate, she would run around like she was on fire and I was afraid of what she would do. I didn't know it was pain...but did find Ibuprofen to become imperative to stop these episodes.... the unknown inflammation. There was no medical help as Megan had "autism" and I was told there was no treatments besides behavioral. We did intense behavioral (ABA) and that had no impact on these episodes of aggression.
The car rides would be a way to protect her but more so to get her away from her younger sister who would be terrified in the beginning..then sadly as the years went by, not blink an eye to the madness.
Her school would call me to say they had to hold her down as she was aggressive to herself or others. Many times I would have to leave my job and go get her as they could not stop her behaviors.
My siblings looked at me like I was nuts and vocally challenged my choice to keep Megan at home. They did not understand her huge food issues and how she could not eat many foods as they exacerbated her symptoms, her pain. Abandonment by many became common.
I never thought Megan would kill me but there were many times I thought she would harm herself or worse and I would be blamed. Here is an aggressive, unhappy child and now she has broken bones from a fall or marks on her wrists from biting and I look to be the perpetrator as who would not want to stop her horrible behavior? But, I knew Megan was sick and so very sick as her behaviors showed. I just didn't know how to get her feeling better and functioning better. Enter biomed and ridding her of chronic bacterial and fungal infections, changing her diet, helping her immune system, and decreasing inflammation in both her gut and brain.
I am absolutely in tears at this whole nightmare for Sky and the tragic loss of his mother. If only he could be helped medically, to show that his behavior,,his "possession" (and there were times any innocent bystander would have looked at my daughter and thought this 8 year old child was infiltrated by some unknown force-as she had power throwing furniture down the stairs as her eyes changed and she made nonverbal sounds that hinted of harm) that pain and inflammation could cause this but it did. Add in hormones and this helps explain the big increase we see in seizures and aggression with so many teens.
Megan is happy these days at age 16, laughing with her sister, dancing, using a communication devise, and just won "Student of the Quarter" in Special recreation for leadership, independence and for her beautiful personality that was masked by pain and torment for so many years. The key is vigilance with food issues, reducing inflammation, supplements/probiotics to keep away dysbiotic and pathogenic bacteria as well as the constant battle against yeast-candida. Sedatives, antidepressants, stimulants nor anxiety meds will do that.
Dr. Max Wiznitzer,and all like him who avoid the truth about autism's roots in the immune system and inflammatory pain, will go down in history as psychiatric pill-pushers who let these children suffer.
The equally disturbing issue here is that these children have these damaged immune, mitochondria, gastrointestinal, neurological systems because of injury to them from the environment, and for many, vaccines were that "port of entry" as Kanner said about autism in the DSM.
Sorry about the length here but I have been both cursed and blessed to tell this story as Megan and I are surviving and figuring out how not to be dead. And I am grateful beyond words.
Teresa Conrick has two beautiful daughters. When she is not teaching, she is researching the biomedical implications of autism, both past and present.