But then there’s the umbilical cord clamping theory. There’s nothing quite like trying to keep a straight face after being told that your child has autism because their umbilical cord was clamped too soon. I tried to look open and receptive to the idea, but I think my face gave my skepticism away. Perhaps it was the fact that one of my eyebrows over reacted and almost hit my hairline.
There are thousands of theories on the cause and cure of Autism. And I plan to research every single one of them. I promise, I will find the answer.
I’m beginning to realize though, that the “answer” may not be the good vs. evil ninety-minute movie with a hero and the happy ending I was hoping for. It’s more like a short film festival with an entertaining idea behind every curtain and no shortage no new and brilliant concepts, all of which have merit, and people who believe in them.
So far I’ve researched heavy metals, air quality, genetics, vaccines, pollution, anti-biotic, pro biotic, gaps diets, chelating therapy, testosterone theories, opiate theories, refrigerator mother syndrome, bacteria, vaccines, paracetamol, lack of vitamin D, too much lead, mineral deficiency and yes, I did look into the umbilical cord clamping theory. I drew the line at fecal transplants. I’m just not going there.
Here are the pieces.
Piece of Armour #1 – Heavy metals
Children with autism have abnormally high levels of heavy metals in their systems. Their bodies are not working properly to remove heavy metals and the effect on their health is disastrous. (Heavy metal toxicity and chelating)
Piece of Armour #2 – Minerals
Children with Autism have low levels of Zinc and Magnesium. Zinc and magnesium are needed to help remove heavy metals from your body. These minerals are no longer found in high enough levels in the food we eat. Reasons for this are most likely poor soil condition and over farming. Incorrect balance of minerals in the blood has a snowballing health effect. (Metallothionein dysfunction)
Piece of Armour #3 – Wheat and Dairy
Children with autism should not be eating wheat or dairy. I have read too many articles, scientific papers and testimonials from parents to deny that wheat and dairy hold a large clue to managing autism symptoms. Wheat has been so highly genetically modified that it is now very high in gluten and lectin. Lectin is poisonous to insects, and damages human cells. (Lectin cell damage)
Piece of Amour #4 – The Gut
All kinds of nasty’s love to grow here, especially for kids with autism. With names like names like Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Citrobacter, Acinetobacter, Serratia and Enterobacter I wouldn’t want them growing in my gut either! Reducing the bad bacteria and introducing some good ones, seems to help. (Gut Bacteria Imbalance)
Piece of Armour #5 – Genetics
Autism definitely has a genetic element. Almost every family I have met has “that” uncle or family member that was either diagnosed or suspected of being on the autism spectrum. But symptoms have amplified over the years and so too has the diagnosis rate. So although genetics is a factor, it can’t be the only cause, and our genes are changing! (Epigenetics)
Piece of Armour #6 – The Environment
We are breathing in, eating and washing ourselves in more and more chemicals and pesticides every day. A healthy body will eliminate these chemicals. Children with autism cannot eliminate them so they build up. And they can be born with already high levels, as toxicity is passed down from parents. (Umbilical Cord Toxicity)
Piece of Armour #7 – Fish Oils
Your brain needs Omega 3 fatty acids to function properly. Most children with autism have low levels of Omega 3 and consume way too much Omega 6.
More Omega 3 = more Dopamine in the brain = more happiness and less meltdowns.
(Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) Brain Function)
Piece of Armour #8 – Parents
With everything we already have to deal with do we really have the time to put all of these pieces together? Most parents I meet are exhausted, stressed and isolated. They’re also not getting the information they need from their doctors and pediatricians in the fifteen-minute appointments they’re allocated. And with all of the theories out there, which one is right?
So now that I have identified and collected these shinny pieces of armour, what do I next?
Well, I’ve taken step 1, which is ironically piece #7 and I’m getting help. I’ve found someone who’s willing to listen, talk and help me solder the pieces together to create my knight. My answer. And I’m happy, because thankfully, well, so far at least, there’s been no mention of fecal matter. Unfortunately I can’t guarantee that won’t change!
I will keep you updated; hopefully all of my foraging and soldering will produce a tangible result, so I can share my knight with you.