A Word from the President, Fall 2008

A Word from the President, from “L’Image”, Fall 2008

What can we do?

As parents, our first reflex would be to run out and get consultations with DAN! doctors to cure our children.  The reality is that these physicians are few and far between and greatly marginalized. They are controversial because they are changing the way we practice medicine.  They have managed to open private medical clinics in the United States; in Ontario, environmental clinics’ practices are close to the DAN! principles, but we have nothing of the sort here in Quebec. The only medical clinic that takes care of our children here is Dr. Diane Munz’s.

We can start to act even without the help of a doctor. The goal is to reduce the number of aggression on the immune system to support it.  They have yet to find a treatment that will repair the immune system, but logic commands that we must set strategies in motion to keep it from going in overdrive.

But where to begin? Well, the old saying “you are what you eat” is as true as ever. What we feed our children can be as bad as poison for them. Researchers focused on rapidly increasing problems like cancer and auto-immune illnesses all come to the same conclusion: environmental factors and food.

Changing the way we eat

The DAN! researchers have demonstrated that autistic children have food allergies and/or intolerances.  The most common culprits are casein (dairy) and gluten (wheat and other cereals), hence the casein-free, gluten-free diet.

This diet’s implementation must be done before any other treatment is attempted.  When you take away the aggressors, there is improvement of intestinal inflammation and better endorphin regulation. The child suffers less, and becomes more alert and available to participate in his educational program.  Many book and documents are available to explain this diet and facilitate its implementation.  ATEDM also has an information package on the subject, and can direct you to the numerous websites on the diet.

We must however remain vigilant because out children may have other food intolerances.  You must observe your children and see if there is a link between certain foods and tantrums or weird behaviours. For example, hyperactivity after eating apples.  It could be a coincidence, but if it happens every time, it’s a clue.  Most common intolerances are soy, apple, oranges, and corn.  You must:

  • Eliminate refined sugar, a poison for the body
  • Eat organic
    • Pesticides are major aggressors.  Since we eat several times a day, they really harass the immune system.

We must go back t the basics: meat, vegetables, fruits, and:

  • Watch closely the water you drink. Because tap water may contain metals, you might want to use of the many available filtration systems.

When you want to change the way you eat or other daily habits, you must make plan and implement the changes step by step.  Trying to change everything at once overnight will lead you to discouragement, and ultimately, failure.

Help the intestinal flora

Conventional medicine des not recognise the devastating effect of Candida albicans (yeast) because the tests we use cannot detect its presence.  There is however a long list of symptoms associated with parasititis: reflux, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, identifiable food in the stool.

Parasites invading our body create their own habitat and may be difficult to detect in the stool.  These micro-organisms have cycles: they are influenced by the full moon and are at their strongest in the spring and the fall, when our body is weaker because of the frequent changes in temperature.  That’s when you must treat it.

Our ancestors were highly concerned by the negative effects of parasites.  On top of living at our expense, they increase the volume of toxins in our bloodstream, further attacking the immune system.

Several natural remedies against parasites and Candida albicans were handed down to us, but once again, you must observe your reactions, because what works for one person will not necessarily work for another one.

Please note: parasites or Candida albicans often come back because of weak immune systems.  You must therefore:

  • Eliminate mercury-based dental amalgams (gray in colour):
    every time we eat or brush our teeth, mercury leaks in our body.
  • Avoid heavy metal exposure:
    • Change household cleaners
    • Change your shampoo, soap, etc.

There are also website on heavy metals.

Vaccines

What is important to understand is that they are powerful aggressors.  It is illogical to inject 8 to 12 viruses at one time in a two-month old, without knowing the state of his immune system.  Furthermore, these viruses directly enter the bloodstream with other aggressors: conservatives, including thimerosal. It’s nonsense when they tell you it reinforces the immune system, because it sends it in overdrive.  If you are interested in viruses and bacteria, you quickly learn that their goal is to invade their host, and even mutate to be successful, which will bring about new diseases.

You must think twice and get informed before you vaccinate.  The power of pharmaceutical companies and money are two big players in vaccination campaigns.  A new vaccine watch group recently formed in Quebec: the Réseau Vigilance Vaccinations (www.rvv.ca). You will find information for your decision process on their website.

Detoxify

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments yield excellent results in autism. Available in Quebec, they help to raise the level of oxygen in intoxicated bodies. We have information and references on this subject at ATEDM. But without working on he diet and the environmental aggressors, the therapy is not as efficient.

Chelation

This medical process gets metals out of the body.  DAN! is presently experimenting with several chelating agents and protocols.  Chelating agents are medications given to children in various forms. Metal binds to the chelators, which are then excreted out of the body.  They do act like chemotherapy however, and good minerals also bind to the chelating agent, so the treatment requires medical supervision.  This treatment is not offered in Quebec, because our medical establishment is still preoccupied with the classification of behavior and refuses to believe our children are intoxicated. Ontario’s environmental clinics have their own chelation protocols.  Their waiting lists are long and some of their services are not covered by the public medical insurance program.  Once again, the body must be prepared with other interventions before chelation for it to be a success.

Each child is different and requires a personalised treatment program.  To help our children, knowledge remains the best weapon.  Read, inform yourself, share your discoveries with other parents.  Don’t panic: plan your interventions and implement them step by step.  Some parents raise money and go to the US.  It’s doable, but it requires good organizational skills and realistic goals.

In brief

  • Autism is not a diagnosis, but rather the symptom of a physical ailment.
  • People with autism are intoxicated with heavy metals.
  • One child, one treatment.  Each child is unique and so is his treatment.
  • First step: eliminate the aggressors.

Ideal Services

I have spoken at length about the medical aspect of autism, since it is this conference’s focus.  We should not however forget the educational and neurosensory aspect of autism, essential for the children.

The ideal approach when a child has developmental problems:

  • Assess the needs
  • Assess the medical causes and the possible treatments
  • Fill the needs through different educational programs
  • Evaluate the results obtained.

In Quebec, the millions of dollars invested in autism went to service offer structures.  They set up a whole service program that fills the needs of institutions, but not necessarily those of the clients.  Furthermore, no expertise development followed the development of services.  All remains theoretical and chaotic.

Vision of a new organisation

1. Expertise Centre (Quebec City) (Top):

  • In the field expertise development programs;
  • Implementation assistance for projects working towards the development of a variety of services;
  • Development of the medical aspect/association with DAN!;
  • Quality control.

2. In every area:

No elaborate structures.  The bigger the machine, the more difficult it is to steer.  Even in 2008, the biggest challenges are basic ones: assessing the needs, filling the needs, research for causes, quality control (for every client).

Parents’ role

We are our children’s voice, and it is up to us to do something.  But how can we act if we don’t ‘know’? Knowledge and information are your best allies to make the best decisions for your child.

Over the years, I have come to understand that the government needs the pressure of the people, not just a small lobbying group, to move. For the people to push for the changes we need, it must be informed, it must know that autism is only a symptom, that the children are intoxicated and that they can be cured.  You have an important part to play in the spreading of this information.

You should not remain isolated, but rather seek energy and power with those who believe that things can be changed.  Every action to advocate is important for your child and the cause.  The noisier we are, the more attention we get.  Go visit your MNA, write letters to the government, the media, and give precise information on autism to get our children out of this shroud of mystery that surrounds them.

The constant increase in the number of cases is a reality.  This increase actually adds to the disorganisation seen in the field.  The number of people affected increases, but there is no long term vision.  We are more centered on the paperwork than the client.

Our role as parents is taxing, but essential.  We are faced with rigid structures and great resistance, but each small action on behalf of your child and our environment adds to those of your neighbor.  These actions speak up for your will to cure your child.  The sum of all these actions will change things.

The road in front of us is filled with obstacles, but each small step brings us closer to the light and a cure for autism.

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