I mentioned in an earlier post that we have started using Quicksilver’s Intestinal Metal Detox (IMD) to chelate mercury and other toxic metals. We are currently on week 5 of this protocol and have seen excellent results. Skyler works with about five different therapists throughout the week during the school year, and we’ve received glowing reports from each one. Conversation has increased, and Skyler has been much more spontaneously loving (telling us he loves us!). While he’s still a very stubborn little 4-year-old, we have experienced a significant decrease in “meltdowns” when he doesn’t get his way. All in all, life has been good!
I spoke with another mother online that was administering IMD and seeing positive results as well. However, she then found online where Dr. Andrew Cutler believed IMD does not work to chelate mercury. For those that are unfamiliar with Dr. Cutler, he is a chemist that developed a strict chelation protocol, which truly seems to benefit a significant number of children. He has a large, often fanatical following, and I do believe he is very intelligent. Many parents follow his protocol, which includes getting up every 3-4 hours (even during the night) to administer the chelation meds. One day I may decide to go this route myself, but I am just too happy with IMD now to switch. IMD was also developed by a chemist (Dr. Chris Shade), and I also believe he is a very intelligent man. What frustrates me is that a parent, such as the one previously mentioned, could witness amazing results with her own eyes and then still stop administering the product because of Dr. Cutler’s opinion. Despite how much I admire Dr. Cutler and all of his work in helping autistic children, he could tell me that IMD was Myrtle Beach sand, and I would still administer it to Skyler because of the amazing changes I’ve seen! Something in it works, and I am happy to continue it, no matter what anyone says to the contrary.
So here we are happily making progress over several weeks when BAM! Skyler develops a high fever. I immediately stop IMD when Skyler is sick because his body is under too much stress to focus on chelation. It turned out that he had contracted Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease from daycare. The week spent fighting this disease set us back on numerous fronts. First, Skyler was not getting the IMD, which had been supporting his amazing improvements. Secondly, when his body started fighting the virus, it was unable to continue fighting the ongoing battle with yeast, which then grew quickly out of control. Yeasty behaviors came back full force – silly, crazy, out of control, hyper, impulsive, tantrummy, grumpy behaviors. Fun, right? I hated to give Skyler Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) to fight the yeast when he was sick, so we tried to wait for recovery before addressing the yeast problem.
Unfortunately, when I sent Skyler back to school after this illness, all recent progress was promptly forgotten, and we began to receive bad reports from daycare. This is very frustrating for a parent struggling to get her child’s health back under control. Yes, my child has autism. Occasionally something will happen, such as this illness, that will set us back a few steps on our biomedical journey. And yes, during that time, Skyler will likely regress and be difficult. I urge people everywhere to please be patient and understanding. Skyler is not purposely being mean and out-of-control – his little 37 pound body just can’t handle multiple assaults from illness, yeast, and mercury. It’s heartbreaking for me when people seem to forget all of his good moments and act as if he is a spiteful brat. Skyler has a good heart and is happy most of the time. It hurts me when people don’t see that.
While we were waiting to see the doctor last week, a rather snotty woman was sitting beside me, complaining over another child’s loud tantrum. It almost brought me to tears, because who knows what that mother and child go through everyday? He may or may not have been autistic, but regardless, people need to be more understanding, tolerant, and loving in these situations. I assure you, if you do not have a child at home with autism, you can’t imagine how horribly embarrassing and depressing these moments can be. As I dragged my tantrummy son out of last night’s t-ball game, I swear I wanted to hide under the nearest rock. Please don’t be the person that callously adds to this kind of emotional stress with thoughtless comments or actions. Trust me, it’s bad enough without you.
To end on a positive note, I think the GSE has gotten the yeast mostly under control, and last night we restarted IMD chelation. Today Skyler has once again done amazing things, and has had a great positive attitude. He has used the potty several times (by his request), and has even pooped in the potty, which has been a huge area of conflict since he absolutely refuses to do this most days. He nicely requested a cheese sandwich for lunch, and has been very loving and conversational. So once again, the IMD has stepped up it’s game and brought amazing results. I urge parents not to write off IMD because of Dr. Cutler’s comments, because in our case, it’s been nothing short of miraculous. I just hope Skyler can stay healthy for a while so that we can continue seeing progress.
I strongly believe that chelation will be the key to unlocking the door to recovery for Skyler, and I am so ready to swing that door open wide and scream, “Here he is, world! He’s conquered your worst, so get ready for him! He’s truly amazing!”