Autism One and Nicholas Glenski: Recovering From Autism And Telling The World
By Teresa Conrick
In 2012 at Autism One, I met Nicholas Glenski, a young man who said he hoped to "go the distance" and one day, cure himself of autism. He was so enthusiastic and inspired by so many speakers last year that now one year later, he, himself was a speaker at Autism One -- and he did a beautiful job!
I have to confess, when Nicholas called me one evening during the winter months and told me that he was giving a talk on autism and his road to recovery, I was nervous for him as I thought how could he talk about so many issues regarding treatments? Well, being the tenacious teen that he is, Nicholas simply decided to pick up the phone and call researchers, reach out to moms on FB who were treating their own children, and seek out help by reading all he could.
His dad, Richard, told me that this journey first started three years ago in St. Louis when he took Nicholas to an autism conference and they heard Temple Grandin speak. That set off a spark in Nicholas and then a profound desire to learn more, especially when he met a biochemist there who talked about biomedical treatments for autism. One of Temple's books was bought that night, and Nicholas was later reading it voraciously when he accidentally left it in his dad's car between visits. His dad saw it and decided to read it as well. He too felt more inspired, and when he heard that Temple herself was coming to St. Louis for a presentation, Richard surprised Nicholas by taking him there. Nicholas has since told me that Jenny's McCarthy's focus on her son's journey to recovery has made Nicholas a huge fan and also an avid believer in biomedical treatments for autism. Nicholas then began researching for himself because as he stated:
"I was trapped in my body. I could not get out."
Nicholas told the audience that he was born in 1995, premature at 25 weeks and weighing a mere 1 pound, 11 ounces, yet he was given the same vaccines and scheduled timing as full term infants. He also had many rounds of antibiotics due to chronic ear infections. He regressed about age two into autism, exhibiting symptoms that he stressed now can be seen related to his gut.
In these past three years, Nicholas has made some wonderful gains. He left Missouri last summer and now lives in California with his dad. There, he has had more opportunities for seeking out medical treatments and also started in mainstream classes for the first time. School has been a wonderful experience and Nicholas told his audience that he will be in Geometry and Chemistry next year. With a big smile, he was proud to tell that he is on the cheerleading squad!
Nicholas described his symptoms when he was younger, with a focus on gut issues, especially constipation, as well as many sensory issues, OCD, wandering and communication issues (sustaining a conversation). He listed his favorite topics of research and also treatments, such as allergies, diets, individualized supplements, plant enzymes, parasites, and soil based probiotics. He also stressed the importance of organic foods due to the dangers of pesticides and genetically modified foods.
At the end of his talk, there was a standing ovation for Nicholas as we saw the enthusiasm, the joy, and the hope of continual progress or as Nicolas put it:
" I am a strong, smart, young man looking for answers to cure autism and other diseases"
God bless you Nicholas!
He will comfort you in your time of mourning. I am sure your father was very proud of you.
Many of your autism symptoms were similar to one of my son's. We were able to get him to a place where he graduated with honors with a college degree in Computer Science and now works for a fortune 100 company and is totally independent. All things are possible with God.!
Posted by: Emmaphiladelphia | January 02, 2023 at 11:56 AM
In our prayers Nicholas your loss .
Pharma For Prison
Posted by: Angus Files | January 01, 2023 at 10:49 AM
My dad, Richard had a two year battle with small cell carcinoma that started stage two in his bladder and it went all the way up to stage four into his liver, tumors into his hips into his bone marrow in his hips. You’ve had seven bladder, scraping surgeries, lots and lots of treatment. He was getting stronger enough in Barcelona Spain to do chemo. He never made it to chemo. He declined rapidly, lost consciousness from morphine became delusional, and then he passed on in the way he wanted to hold in my step mom‘s hand me and Carmen are grieving the most of the loss of my father. He is now in heaven in no pain. He is at peace and he is happy, but he also leaves all of us behind to be in a better place I’m going to be taking a moment of silence at Autism One to honor my father to all of us join in prayer
Posted by: Nicholas Glenski | December 31, 2022 at 06:30 AM
I will try to attend Autism One to hopefully present again in 2023 or 2024 like I said my family is grieving the loss of my father when he lost his battle of cancer I am also soon to be getting married in the future and moving to Los Angeles, California to be closer to my son and my fiancé, Colton But I’ll make sure me and Colton NickJr try to attend Autism One sometime in the future to present my new presentation, that I revamped.
Posted by: Nicholas Glenski | December 31, 2022 at 06:13 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas at AO this year. He is an amazing person. He exudes confidence and maturity while being very much a teenager. He asked me if my son was "like him" and I told him, "not yet." I didn't catch his presentation Sunday morning because it ran concurrently with Dr. Krigsman's chronic GI symptoms topic--tough competition. I hope to see Nicolas and his father at future conferences.
Posted by: Cynthia | June 03, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Could Nicholas attend an IACC meeting to tell them his story? Yes I would love to do a Presentation there... You can Contact me by my Email to set up locatations and Prices for Traveling and Times of Date My scedule is mostly free beside Varsity Cheer Leading and High School...
Posted by: Nicholas Glenski | May 31, 2013 at 09:44 AM
I love you Nick. You are an inspiration to many parents dude! Thanks Age of Autism for sharing his story and Teresa, you rock momma!
Posted by: Jane Casey | May 31, 2013 at 12:32 AM
@Jonathan Rose: you are right but they need to be presented with the facts
and yes, telling Nicholas' story in front of a congressional panel would be even better.
Posted by: Cassandra | May 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM
What an inspiration!!! AWESOME. We have a recovering 4 1/2 year old and have been thrilled with his progress too!
I don't mean to switch subjects, but can anyone shed some light on this year's autism numbers? It seems I heard it was 1 in 50, 1 in 31 boys and then nothing. No uproar or freak outs. Nada. Then suddenly I'm hearing the numbers again and even seeing new billboards around showing 1 in 88. Even Katie Couric is having a special this Thursday, May 30th on Autism in which she states the number is 1 in 88.
Has the CDC seriously covered this up quickly and quietly? They released the numbers in the first place...I'm confused.
Posted by: antoinette | May 28, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Congratulations Nicholas,health maintenance and knowledge is the best way to survive and succeed today.You have an excellent list of nutrients you had mentioned,you may want to include extra anti-oxidants in your diet like fresh
Rooibos,Rosehip and Chamomile teas,lots of fresh colorful vegetables.Spices like Cinnamon support the pancreas and has high ORAC value.Stay away from preserved,processed foods as much as possible.Only choose natural and organic cosmetics.
Reduce your toxic load as much as possible.I wish you all the very best for the future Nicholas.
Posted by: oneVoice | May 28, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I heard the last half of his talk and was really impressed. Thank you Nicholas for sharing your important story.
Posted by: Maurine Meleck | May 28, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Stagmom, I'm interested in more info on "why the stemming" as well. My 17-year-old recently had some major regression, and the need for stimming has returned, after an absence of several years. (No, he did not receive any more vaccines.)
Posted by: Taximom | May 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
It's a truly frightening world out there when a determined and amazing young man like Nicholas can seek out truth and change his life while doctors remain clueless.
Three cheers for Nicholas!
Anne Dachel, Media
Posted by: Anne Dachel | May 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Thank you for this recap, Teresa. I missed Nicholas' presentation as I was already headed to the airport when it started. Nicholas is an enthusiastic young man who will no doubt accomplish many of goals.
Posted by: Cat Jameson | May 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Nicholas is AWESOME! I met him at last years A1 too, and I am so happy to see his progress! WAY-TO-GO!!!!! He WILL go the distance, I have NO DOUBT about that!
Posted by: Sylvia | May 28, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Stagmom .....please tell me more about "why the stimming" ?
Posted by: Farmer Geddon | May 28, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Cassandra: Nicholas could speak before the IACC, but would they listen? The House Oversight Committee might be a much more receptive audience. Why not a panel of recovered teens testifying at their next autism hearings? Think of the impact that would make. The parents of Nicholas and other recovered kids might want to contact the offices of Congressmen Issa and Posey and suggest that.
Posted by: Jonathan Rose | May 28, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Nicholas was charming. What a thrill for his parents to watch him bloom. And as a mom of daughters, I was really interested in Alexis Wineman - and her telling the audience about stimming and why she needed it and how her day could be ruined without it. Thanks to Jenny McCarthy for inviting her on stage at her key note.
Posted by: Stagmom | May 28, 2013 at 08:57 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas at last year's AO, and caught some of his presentation this year. He is an impressive young man. Thanks for telling his story.
Posted by: Wade Rankin | May 28, 2013 at 08:25 AM
Could Nicholas attend an IACC meeting to tell them his story?
Posted by: Cassandra | May 28, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Good Job Nicholas ! I am so pleased to hear your wonderful story and hope you come back to speak again and share your progress. Keep telling your story as it is incredibly important and so many of us really want to hear all about it. Good wishes to you for your studies.
Posted by: Letthembegot | May 28, 2013 at 08:16 AM
This story is total nonsense . Autism is genetic and as such recovery is not possible ...... NOT ...correction
Autism is a vaccine poisoning and the recovery stories are a great embarrassment to the so called authorities .
Well done Nicholas . It would be great if you join the fight with all us parents .Good luck with the cheerleaders.
Posted by: Farmer Geddon | May 28, 2013 at 06:33 AM