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We’re so excited to meet more of you and share everything we know about healing from the toxic overload of autism and embracing the BLISSFUL beings beneath the autism mask. We recovered our child, Dougie through nutrition, energy healing, sensory learning, detoxification, homeschool/unschool and all natural, non-invasive HOME MADE healing. And, we did it all on the tightest budget imaginable (that is.. no budget at all).
We’ve designed this groundbreaking class to share our views and methods behind the true messages of autism and how we can both accept and honor our children’s differences and help them become their healthiest, truest selves.
We want to put the power to heal yourself and your family back into your hands where it belongs. You can learn about your body, your intuition and your specific nutritional and emotional/energetic needs. And, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY!
autism Undone Intro Class
Come discover the root causes and natural solutions to autism. Find out how nutrition (built specifically for your needs), energy healing, sensory learning and other natural remedies helped undo our son’s autism and illness. And, how your children can THRIVE. The Bliss is in the JOURNEY, and life gets sweeter each day.
Coming to Hartford, CT July 10
The Growing Green Coopertunity
203 New Britain Ave. Hartford, CT 06106
Healing autism means healing the root causes of all illness on Mama Earth, and we will show you how earth provides us with every natural solution to healing that we need. We will dig deep into energy, intention, food, detoxification, vaccinations and more.
Each class is uniquely tailored to the students in it. So, please come get your questions answered, and learn something new with us!
Get the Goods on:
- Vaccination and natural immunization
- Immune Building
- Supplements and Super Foods
- Body Ecology Diet
- Raw Foods
- Beginning Lifestyle change on a budget
- Tricks for getting picky eaters to try new things
- Starting slowly and taking baby steps for lasting results
- Using energy, intuition and intention to guide your way
- Gut/Brain Connection
- Candida/Yeast infections
- Fermented Foods and Probiotics
- Colon Health
- Sensory Learning
Get your personal questions answered (if we don’t have an answer we will find it).
Prepay through PayPal to secure your seat by June 28, 2011
Guess what? we can raise healthy kids! In fact, we can raise vibrant kids — autism just may prove to be what we need to become healthier and more radiant than ever!
If you love someone with autism and want to make their lives brighter, you will LOVE this class. See you there!
Contact Gina@BlissedLife.com with questions or comments
Cleansing our cells from the build-up of various environmental toxins was a huge part of our recovery. In fact, we’re still doing it. When my son was first labeled with autism, he tested positive for many heavy metals, toxins, viruses as well as nutrient deficiencies. But lacked the core strength to detoxify.
Learning to be patient with our bodies’ natural cleansing abilities and building strength so that we could detoxify without risk of re-absorbing those toxins is one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn.
As a mom who discovers that her child is loaded with mercury, cadmium, aluminum, antimony, lead (and more), but deficient in the nutrients he needs to develop his brain, detoxify poisons, and live and grow — I wanted to simply kill the “beast” right away. But, my intuition set me on a slower path.
Our bodies go through natural phases of cleansing and re-building. We need the rebuilding phase to strengthen our detoxification systems.
It’s spring now (finally) for most of us. And, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine — spring is the season for cleansing. Your liver has more functions than we can count, and plays a major role in your ability to cleanse yourself of toxins. Your liver must filter every single food, chemical, and even emotion that passes through you.
I thought I’d share this interview that my husband Doug did for Body Ecology last year. In it, he talks about the delicate balance we needed to create in order to detoxify our son. If you need help or have questions about detoxifying your child on the spectrum, don’t hesitate to ask. We are here. And, now may be the perfect time for you to start,
Q: It’s liver cleansing season. Doug, can you tell us how important detoxification was to your family during Dougie’s recovery and if you have changed his diet or added detoxification techniques during this time of year to help him cleanse more?
A: Well, it was clear to me very early on that my son, Dougie was filled with poisons. Many parents have different stories. But our son’s health gradually declined as a result of countless ear infections, throat infections, colds, fevers — you name it. At this point, of course, he was also regressing developmentally, but I didn’t link the two right away. At first, we went the traditionally accepted route and sought medical doctors and medicines to tackle his infections. But, Dougie kept getting sicker. Once he had the croup he kept getting it over and over again. It seemed that he never healed from one infection when another one popped up.
There was a part of me that always understood that there was this deeply rooted source of sickness inside of Dougie, and that maybe if we could conquer that we could get our little boy back. I wasn’t too familiar with the terms of detoxification yet.
At a certain point, the medicine just became too much. My wife, Gina and Dougie were both sick for at least six months without relief from coughs, fatigue digestive pain, and pneumonia. Gina’s health and the fact that she could express her feelings helped us gauge what was going on with Dougie a little easier. Once, we sat in the E.R. for Gina because we were certain that she had mono. They tested her. She had it. But, the doctor just told her to go home and rest. We were like, “What? Don’t you have a medicine for this?” And the ER doctor looked my wife in the eyes and said, “Honey you have been on way too many medications. They are not going to work for you anymore.” We were actually angry with him. We were just taught that there was a pill to solve any ailment. Gina couldn’t rest. She had to care for a sick baby all of the time. And they both kept getting sicker.
Soon after, we visited a new pediatrician for Dougie with the hopes of finding an answer to his chronic illness. We left with cough medicine, electrolyte enhancer, and another prescription for antibiotics. But we also left with a sense of hopelessness.
As Dougie screamed on the pediatrician’s table that day, with his eyes and nose full of mucous and his cough brutal, the doctor spent no more than ten minutes with him before just writing out a prescription and stating that we should give him a flu shot that same day.
And you know what? We would’ve done it. We always trusted doctors up until this point. But, Gina remembered her mom telling her that children should never be vaccinated when sick. We wondered if maybe the vaccine could cure his illness. We had no idea what vaccines really did. We just chose to listen to my mother-in-law’s advice for once. At the time we declined the flu shot, we had no idea of our rights to even do so. Gina just said that we would bring Dougie back for the vaccine when his infections were cleared. Thankfully we never did.
So, when my wife was boiling up the garlic tea to help Dougie push out his sickness, I completely understood that we needed to get rid of the infections that were causing him pain. I understood that the medications were somehow suppressing his natural ability to heal. After all, I could get sick with a cold and get well in two days. But, we chose the best doctors for Dougie, with the feeling that giving our son lots of medicines when he was ill, was giving him so much more than our parents could give us. He was vaccinated 24 times by the age of 18 months. We really thought we were doing the best for him.
We got letters in the mail from the mayor of our city reminding us when to vaccinate. We posted it on our fridge. We were new parents and we were proud to be able to provide such outstanding care for Dougie.
I wanted him to be healthy. My wife and I would do anything in our power to help relieve his pain.
We began detoxing him right away. Even before we found Body Ecology. Even before we completely took him off the prescription medicines, over-the- counter fever reducers and French fries, Gina was giving him Epsom salt baths and trying to get him to drink garlic and ginger tea, which were things she learned about through her research.
Still, we were both afraid of what might happen to Dougie if we removed the antibiotics. We knew that pneumonia could be deadly. Gina and her mom would hold Dougie down to make sure he got his correct dosage. Gina would be on the phone with the doctor’s office asking for advice for how to get the medicine into him. I remember her asking the nurse one day, “When can I stop giving him these medicines, they make him so unhappy?” Our doctors and nurses felt for us. But they did not have answers that helped us. Poor Dougie got to a point where he didn¹t trust us at all. He would seal his mouth shut so tight that if we wanted to feed him anything, he resisted.
I grew impatient with my wife when her attempts at natural healing didn’t seem to work. But, looking back I have to admit that although we were getting him to drink homemade detox teas, we kept him on medications from the doctor for quite some time and we didn’t really change his diet.
I mention all of these details because it took this much time and this much accumulation of toxicity — infections, medications, vaccinations and the negative stress to create the toxic build up inside Dougie. It took so much time for me to fully grasp his toxic load. Over time, we found out that he has tremendously high levels of cadmium, antimony, mercury and other heavy metals.
We saw his health improve quickly after we began the Body Ecology Diet with Dougie.
I understand now that he couldn¹t properly detoxify because he was still being poisoned. Even my stress over trying to get the medications into him and worrying about his health added to his toxic load. Our family home energy was thick with stress.
Little by little we began to recover his physical health by adding fermented foods like coconut kefir and cultured green salsa. We also gradually got rid of gluten, casein, sugar, and processed foods. I listened to Donna Gates’ Detoxification series recently, and learned that the body cannot detoxify if it has no energy. Dougie was completely depleted of energy when we first began Body Ecology.
But in very little time, he began coming back to us. Once the coughs and infections were under control, boy did we see detox! I mean he released so much junk in his stool. As a parent, it was very sad to see that all of these things were stored inside my baby’s body.
But, we had to go slowly. His body was still very fragile. Often times I would come home from work and Dougie would be frantic and tantrumming. We didn’t have all the answers as to why he was acting in such extreme behaviors. We doubted the diet at times.
However, Gina was determined that this diet would work, and until she had a
really great grasp on how to do it effectively for Dougie , we did not practice any other forms of detox for him. Of course, we always felt like we could be doing more, but in the end, I think slow and steady progress is what got us this far.
After about a year of Doing Body Ecology, Gina got up the courage to do home enemas on herself and Dougie to help further detox. I was against this at first. It sounded really strange. But, when Dougie began asking for enemas, I knew they were doing something great for him.
In fact, although Dougie was non-verbal for a long time, when he was receiving an enema, he would often speak full and complete sentences. This was a sign to us that the build-up of toxins had something to do with his lack in verbal language. Gina added home enemas, skin brushing castor oil packs, sound and movement therapy, massage, Reiki and raw foods to our detox plan back in April of 2007 and Dougie’s development soared.
We’ve never gone back. These detox tools remain a part of our life. We rotate them in and out. We are at a point where we don¹t do enemas unless Dougie asks for them. Because, we know he will ask if he needs them. I think it’s important also to understand that although most of us are detoxing daily, our kids with toxic overload seem to be very fragile. They cannot handle very deep cleanses. So you always have to be building them up, energizing them, nourishing them, and making digestion easy so that they don¹t have extra stuff to release.
During the season of liver detox, Gina likes to add in a special fermented beet juice and cultured beet cracker made with turmeric and artichoke among other things. Dougie loves these and they definitely help him cleanse.In fact, because of my wife, my son has learned more about his body than most adults I know. He will tell us when something is good for his tummy or his brain.
We continue to see him detoxify from the many poisons that were built up inside of him. But, the process is much easier now that we have a real handle on how detoxification works naturally in the body.
Doug recently left his job and moved his family across the country in order to spend more valuable time with his son, Dougie. His wife, Gina runs a one-year autism recovery program for families who want to use Body Ecology, raw foods, energetic and sensory healing to overcome the toxicities related to the autism diagnosis.
I’d love to help you create Bliss and Balance in your life through healthy eating and more! Contact me for your personalized session!
This piece was written in 2009.. We’ve had MUCH more progress and made some more changes that I will continue to share. My book goes into greater detail, but I really thought that these steps would be of great value to you. Enjoy!
It is important to note that I studied my son’s deficiencies, intolerances and symptoms both by researching and by paying very close attention to his body. All of our treatments for the first 2.5 years have been either coming from whole food or herbal sources or through energy healing done at home by me. We have never hired a professional for these services (in the first 2.5 years). In the case of mineral deficiencies I have always (because of cost) made my own supplements by simply using foods and fermenting them… or buying whole food high quality supplements. I have listed helpful supplements at the end of this.
The first 9 months: In this time Dougie went from very sick (ear infection, pneumonia, sore throat, cough, and diarrhea) to very healthy. He gained back eye contact, focus and began identifying objects and people by name. This is also the time when we recognized his ability to retain information in memory. He began repeating everything he heard and even reciting it months later. He was still having major tantrums quite often, but was decreasing stimming (hand flapping, toe walking, staring into space, licking everything, brushing his face against the floor, spinning wheels, spinning himself etc, spreading feces all over himself and the walls.. these were not totally gone but were slowly drifting).
1. Began with 1 tablespoon young coconut kefir and slowly increased to 1 cup per day within a week
2. Made him lots of soups and blended foods that were easy to digest
3. Got him to eat cultured veggies by dipping blue corn chips into them or using stevia to sweeten them
4. Added digestive enzymes (Enzymedica Brand before meals)
5. Began following strict Body Ecology after 1.5 months of transition (this meant no fruit at all, no acidic veggies or mushrooms etc )
6. Made cultured foods about 40-60% of his diet (dips, juices, veggies, kefir etc)
7. Added in another probiotic (fivelac): saw more improvement in focus
8. Added cod liver oil: saw more improvement in focus
9. Added vitamin C
10. Added spirulina (saw amazing results… it was like his brain really kicked in and he began learning new things each day).
Month 10: Gone Raw: We were not progressing fast enough. I was feeling that Dougie was still sluggish and sad a lot of the time. He barely had any speech except repeating and labeling. So, we decided to go more raw…. My new motto became… Green it, Blend it, Ferment it
1. Began Donna Gates’ antiviral protocol which included no fats, no grains, no fruit at all for 10 days
2. Added enemas, castor oil packs, Epsom salt baths and skin brushing to our routine. : Dougie released lots of toxins through enema and began talking so much more after each enema… sometimes this speech miracle would only last a short while (10 minutes)
3. Increased morning green drink to 1 quart and added more greens to it (Vitamineral green etc)
4. Implemented energy healing (massage, reflexology, eft, reiki – saw amazing results like better sleep, happiness, calmness, less stimming, and again more speech. No colds, infections at all. He was also becoming interested in other people… but not yet really wanting to socialize
5. Added liver support (milk thistle, artichoke etc)
6. Cultured beet juice for liver cleansing and he released lots of toxins (parasites)
7. Added peter Gillian’s Natural Calm cal/mag supplement
The next year: Here we went almost 100% raw and vegan – no animal products at all. We used highly absorbable super foods and supplements. I began making elixirs of herbs and roots, fermenting more foods, and creating a rotated food schedule that allowed him more than what Body Ecology offered. On such a high probiotic-rich raw diet his body could now handle sweet fruits on occasion, beans, potatoes… we still had (have) an issue with protein digestion. He flourished here and began telling us what he wanted; taking interest in playing with other kids, spoke clearer every day, cognitive speech was really improving. He was very healed by end of year 2
1. Began each day with 1 quart green smoothie
2. Consumed 1 qt of yck per day
3. Baby spa ( skin brush, Epsom salt bath, castor oil pack and enema, then EFT before bed on the infrared mat.. with classical music) amazing results
4. Lots more time in nature (camping, hiking swimming) resulted in him being much more grounded… tantrums were finally dissipating
5. Mini juice feast… we began juicing (in rotation with smoothies)
6. Added hemp, chia, bee pollen , blue green algae, Vitamineral green and earth,
7. Began tummy massages to help stimulate digestion of protein
8. Added peaceful planet supreme meal protein powder
9. Created sensory learning at home… home school with other children and alone (helped very much socially and with him being grounded in himself
Beyond year 2: We continued on a high raw probiotic diet but I stopped worrying about diet…it was no longer my main focus. I studied reiki, shamanism, energy healing and began very intricate meditation on my own which helped bring us even further out of the darkness of autism. The movement and spiritual practices have helped him use his body in a more coordinated way. Combining this with sensory learning and practical chores like doing dishes and cooking food have helped him become a lot more balanced all over. – even in his thinking and expression). This is where I have realized that energy healing is a HUGE key to recovery. He has only been sick for 5 days in the past 2 and half years and we treat it all naturally. His autism truly unravels each day
1. Continued on diet with baby spa treatments ( he continues to improve each day)
2. Implemented structured yoga/exercise routine
3. Grounding exercises ( Gabriel Roth’s 5 rhythms, chakra balancing etc)
4. Exercises to jog brain development (criss -crossing legs, skipping, dancing)
5. Added e3 Live “Brain On” and saw amazing results
6. Added in marine phytoplankton and he literally lost a tic that he had
What’s Next: Now, his gut is healed to a point where we can really focus on his brain. We continue our diet but are much more flexible in what he can eat. He has had spouted wheat and raw dairy with no bad reaction. He has had sugar with no bad reaction. During winter months he eats more cooked food and has had egg and salmon as needed. Our energy healing practice increases daily. He now knows how to wash dishes, put on his own clothes, and turn on lights in bathroom – problem solving skills increase.
Here is a list of new supplements we will add for brain swelling, and cognitive development as well as immune support:
1. Zango brand mangosteen juice ( fermented)
2. Acai and goji juice fermented and fermented treats with these
3. Multivitamin (looking for highest quality)
4. Fish oil ( looking for highest quality)
5. Vitamin D
7. VSL 3 probiotic
8. Body Ecology brand ocean plant extract
List of some helpful healing herbs, supplements and super foods that we have used
- Young coconut kefir
- Cultured vegetables
- Cultured homemade juice and herb blends
- Blue green algae (spirulina, chlorella)
- E3 Live brain on (frozen)
- Marine phytoplankton (Ultimate super foods brand)
- Cod liver oil (green pastures brand)
- Peter Gillian’s brand magnesium calm (with calcium)
- Hemp protein
- Chia seeds
- Bee pollen
- Vitamineral Green
- Vitamineral Green earth
- Vitamineral Green Vitamin C
- Vitamineral Green Liver rescue
- Delenolate (olive leaf extract blend for antibacterial, fungal viral)
- Peaceful planet supreme meal protein
- Oil of oregano
- Lipolic acid
- Burdock root
- Holy basil
- Milk thistle