a little less suck-age

I had an appointment with our DAN last week regarding Holden. We went over his OAT, bloodwork, and French test. The OAT showed very high markers for yeast (surprise, surprise). His French test showed elevated levels of Mercury and Lead (again, surprise, surprise). His bloodwork showed low zinc, normal liver function, and something else very interesting to me...he's NOT protected against Polio. Hello vaccines!! He was vaccinated against Polio, but apparently it did no good.

Seeing the test results, I just don't understand how people can dismiss the biomedical treatment for autism. How much more scientific evidence do you need that our kids systems are off? More so than typical children? Doesn't that mean anything to the medical community?? I don't get it.

Anyway, off my soap box. Our next plan of action is to start Zinc (1 cap per day, 20 mg), Therabiotic Complete (probiotic), and Nizoral. He's been on the Nizoral for 1 week now and there's definitely a difference. He's happier, doesn't seem to be "hurting", and his eye contact and socialization has increased. We started Zinc just yesterday, so nothing to report yet on that...as well as the new probiotic. I'll do the challenge test in the next few days. Then, 2 weeks later, we're to do an EDTA + DMSA challenge test. Our next appointment is February 23rd, where we'll discuss the challenge results and determine which chelation agent to use and how it will be administered. I'm hoping for at least twice monthly IV's, at least. The other 2 weeks, we will use suppositories.

Honestly though, it all depends on the costs of each. We want the most effective, obviously, but we have to choose the most effective that we're able to afford. I'm VERY anxious to start chelating on a regular basis though. He will be 4 in April and I have such high hopes for him by his 5th birthday. I've heard chelation takes anywhere from 12-18 months to be most effective.

On another note, Zoe and Jackson are doing great. Zoe amazes me everyday with all she's learning and the words that come out of her mouth! Good and bad. Jackson is 17 and a half months and seems to be developing completely normal thus far. He's pointing to pictures, labeling, very social, great eye contact, talking, talking, and more talking. I'm hopeful that he will be spared any developmental delays. In the meantime, we will continue to NOT vaccinate him.

More later!

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