Autism is considered a spectrum disorder because symptoms and severity vary from individual to individual. Autistic children express differently from each other.
Autism is characterized by failure of the child to develop communicative language or form proper social communication. But they show motor and other skills far beyond that of a mentally retarded child.
Some of them are obsessively pre occupied with inanimate objects such as lights, running water or spinning objects. Some of them gradually develop extreme talents such as in mathematics and these are retained mostly throughout the life.
When the doctors told us our son would be severely disabled for life, we set out to find a cure or treatment.
When the psychologist examining our 18-month-old son told me that she thought Billy had autism, my heart began to flutter. I didn't know what the word meant, but I knew it was bad. Wasn't autism some type of mental illness -- perhaps juvenile schizophrenia? I vaguely remembered hearing that this disorder was caused by emotional trauma during childhood. In an instant, every illusion of peace in my world seemed to vanish.
Our pediatrician had referred us to the psychologist in August 1995 because Billy didn't seem to understand anything we said. He'd developed perfectly normally until he was 15 months old, but then he stopped saying the words he'd learned -- cow, cat, and dance -- and started disappearing into himself. We figured his chronic ear infections were responsible for his silence, but within three months, he was in his own world.
Suddenly, our happy little boy didn’t seem to recognize us.
Billy wouldn't make eye contact or even try to communicate by pointing or gesturing. His behavior became strange: He'd drag his head across the floor, walk on his toes (very common in autistic children), make odd gurgling sounds, and spend long periods of time repeating an action, such as opening and closing doors or filling and emptying a cup of sand in the sandbox. He often screamed inconsolably, refusing to be held or comforted. And he developed chronic diarrhea.
As I later learned, autism -- or autistic spectrum disorder, as doctors now call it -- is not a mental illness. It is a developmental disability thought to be caused by an anomaly in the brain. The National Institutes of Health estimates that as many as 1 in 500 children are affected. But according to several recent studies, the incidence is rapidly rising: In Florida, for example, the number of autistic children has increased nearly 600 percent in the last ten years. Nevertheless, even though it is more common than Down syndrome, autism remains one of the least understood developmental disorders.
We were told that Billy would almost definitely grow up to be severely impaired. He would never be able to make friends, have a meaningful conversation, learn in a regular classroom without special help, or live independently. We could only hope that with behavioral therapy, we might be able to teach him some of the l skills he'd never grasp on his own.
I had always thought that the worst thing that could happen to anyone was to lose a child. Now it was happening to me but in a terrible condemning way. Instead of condolences, I got glances, inappropriate reassurances, and the sense that my friends didn't want to return my calls.
After Billy’s initial diagnosis, I spent hours on the computer, searching
for some way to help him.
I ran across Dr. Alva Irish’s website: http://www.Askahomeopath.net
I hired her immediately and here is what happened:
Dr. Alva Irish said We come what homeopathy has to offer to Billy so that we can help him lead a better life. One of the facts is that in homeopathy we have these symptoms covered by different remedies and can use the symptoms shown by the behavior of the child for the selection of the medicine.
Besides the regular symptoms of autism, the symptoms that actually led Dr. Alva Irish to prescribe Carcinocin were the history of an early eruption of teeth and hairiness. A leading characteristic of Carcinocin is the desire for milk. There are many symptoms – a sweaty head, when sleeping, and physical heat in general; difficulty in falling asleep; the desire for things salty and for chocolate-like energetic foods. Than there are internal restlessness and fidgetiness and love for dancing. Passion, sexuality and a very strong family history of cancer in the family are also noticed. The remedy was Billy’s similimum! The treatment has worked. Billy has suffered no aggravation in the two years he has been on and off this remedy. The dosage chosen for him was similarly fitting. The LM dose was the perfect match. Positive results were obvious within the first month. Babbling turned into more formative words, echolalia disappeared, hyperactive behavior became rare and he started obeying simple commands. His self-stimulatory behavior, too, was nearly gone. A big day came when Billy started interacting with children and started playing with them. He is now five and is attending a normal school.
The Supplements and instructions for Billy besides the Homeopathic remedy were as follows:
NO milk or milk products, corn or wheat products in his diet ever. This is lifetime elimination.
Billy was immediately taken off of these products.
He was given Gluten free meals.
Zinc for the echolalia. 50mg per day one tablet.
Vitamin C 1,000 mgs in the am and 1,000 mgs in the pm BUFFERED only, this is also a lifetime supplement.
Juicing with a Champion juicer. Give one glass of freshly made juice 3 times a day for the rest of his life.
Some more information:
After Billy got his MMR his behavior changed. Recently, a small study was published by British researcher Andrew Wakefield, M.D., linking the measles portion of the vaccine to damage in the small intestine -- which might help explain the mechanism by which the hallucinogenic peptides from milk and milk products and wheat and corn products leak into the bloodstream causing the Autistic behavior.