Food is Medicine: Healing vaccine injury.
If you’ve read my previous article on how I became anti-vaccine, you’ll know that my son was injured by vaccines (he is homozygous MTHFR C677T) and that this was what really motivated me to start researching the issue. This also led me to educate myself on nutrition, natural ways to support detoxification, and true physical healing.
As a result of our research and implementing several changes to our lifestyle and diet, our son experienced a major improvement in the quality of his life. I’d like to share with you the steps we took as a family to turn the tide and help my son begin to come back from the damage, and truly flourish.
Here are some of the developmental and other health concerns we had about my son, between the ages of 18 months to 4.5 years of age:
- Difficulty grabbing his attention.
- Sensitive to sounds and textures.
- Disinterested in other children.
- Often very focused on a task and “in his own world”.
- Lack of ability to relate to others or respond with appropriate emotion.
- Hitting head on objects or people.
- Gross motor delay (difficulty getting himself dressed, for example).
- Speech and language delays (could not comprehend how to answer a yes or no question or string together more than two syllables until after two years of age, for example).
- Extreme picky eating (only wanted carbs).
- Robotic monotone voice / speech pattern.
- Stimming (self-stimulatory behavior).
- Hand flapping.
- Repetitive behaviors, activities, and interests.
- Tics, Myoclonus.
- Near constant stomach pain which affected his physical activity and mood.
- Loose stools, pale in color.
- Painful stools.
- Panic attacks and anxiety.
All in all, he exhibited nearly all the signs and symptoms of autism, on a moderate level.
What are the symptoms of autism?
At age 9, my son may experience a relatively mild concern regarding his health that arises once in a while that we continue to address through diet and nutrition. When he was 5.5 years old he developed tonsillitis that caused sleep apnea, which we cured with vitamin C, zinc, and fresh organic carrot & orange juice.
Although his health will probably always be a bit of a balancing act due to the impact of the vaccines he received, he has come a long way.
Every developmental health concern has been fully resolved over time via potent nutrition plus a few supplements that we had him take here and there. Today, he is an interactive, happy, neurotypical functioning kid who has no noticeable delays in movement, cognition, or speech. He is free of stomach pain, free of tics, and is incredibly bright and creative. Most people would never guess that the above health issues were his reality for most of his life or that he was on the spectrum when he was younger. (People have told me this.)
———— What We Did Not Do. ————
After a lot of research and testing, when my son was 4 years, 3 months of age, we made drastic changes to his diet. While many people recommend the “GAPS” diet for gut healing and recovery from neurological damage ( http://www.gapsdiet.com/gaps-introduction-diet.html ), we went a different route. Why? Read a bit on it if you haven’t before. In my opinion, the protocol would be darn near impossible for us to actually implement.
One, the protocol is very rigid and daunting – it requires a great deal of daily preparation (mental and physical) which is taxing on parents who are already feeling short on time, energy, and patience. Two, there’s absolutely no way I would ever be able to get my sensitive/sensory, picky eater to eat the following GAPS protocol foods: fermented vegetables and dairy, fermented fish, sauerkraut juice, raw egg yolk, lots of meat, raw lettuce and onion, and spoonfuls of goose or duck fat. Three, my son tested intolerant to dairy and eggs (dairy is recommended and eggs are a staple of the GAPS protocol). And four, from my personal research on optimal/ideal diets and nutrition, a plant-based diet made a lot more sense to me, for many reasons.
We did not do paleo, autoimmune paleo (although I tried this myself), WAPF, keto, etc.
Although these diets can subdue symptoms, they do not do so through proper excretion of toxicity and waste. They can actually prevent excretion and dial down function of the immune system, among other negative long term effects.
We did NOT take risks with his health by experimenting with supplements.* We did NOT use TRS.*
We did not do homeopathy.
We did not do ACC (chelation).
We did not do the Nemcheck protocol.
————— What We Did. —————
1. We went organic.
As much as possible, we chose organic. If that wasn’t an option, we chose non-gmo items. Glyphosate (Roundup herbicide used on conventional produce) is linked to autism and has recently been implicated in the development of cancer.
2. We cleaned up our drinking water.
We purchased a water filtration system that removes contaminants, but does not remove necessary minerals, such as magnesium. If we were not home, we would purchase only bottled spring water to drink, or a silica-rich, magnesium-rich, bottled mineral water such as Fiji.
3. We cut completely:
Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, processed sugar, food additives (including carrageenan and xanthan gum), and food dyes. Any processed item that had an ingredient on its label that wasn’t an identifiable food item, we did and do not purchase. Gluten and dairy are known to trigger the immune system to attack the brain in a significant portion of the population. They are also very inflammatory. Many parents have found improvements in their spectrum kids when removing these. We tested my son and he had an intolerance to gluten, dairy, soy, and egg. Vaccine injured kids may have issues with egg due to some vaccines being manufactured using egg.
4. We restricted almost entirely:
Meat and grains. Over the course of a couple of years, we gradually cut out all meat except for wild caught salmon and sardines (small servings, 3-4x per month, for the beneficial omega fatty acids and B12). We do not allow canola and avoid other vegetable oils as much as possible (we use avocado oil when oil is desired). Rice or oats are the only two grains we allowed (no corn), and we used them sparingly.
5. What he eats:
A high-fruit, 98% plant-based diet. In more detail, he eats a lot of fresh fruit (60-70% of his diet – bananas, strawberries, grapes, nectarines, mango, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, oranges, apples…), cooked/raw veggies (mostly potatoes, broccoli & carrots), fruit and veggie smoothies and juices (spinach, beets, dulse, coconut milk, pumpkin seeds, and hemp hearts added to various fruit smoothies, and kale/leafy greens, celery, cucumber, and carrot included in juices), salsa, avocado, almond butter, nuts and seeds, beans, lentils, rice/rice noodles and pasta sauce, oats, quinoa, teff, and wild caught salmon or sardines (1-2x per month because he genuinely likes these). To make life easier, we also sometimes get very clean-ingredient organic vegan gluten free soups, Amy’s Sonoma veggie (vegan) burger patties, almond flour or cassava crackers and chips (eaten sparingly), and use pure maple syrup or raw honey as natural, unprocessed sweeteners. Over time, the percentage of fruit has dropped a bit due to his improvement in health. We are currently focusing more on building strength rather than detoxification.
- Epsom salt baths.
- Bentonite clay baths.
- Vitamin C.
- Probiotics (especially L. reuteri & L. rhamnosus).
- Chewable digestive enzymes.
As a side note. Any supplement you take can alter the internal environment of the body and we did not want to use man-made / unnatural supplements to manipulate his system, when doing so is ultimately a guessing game.
We chose the most gentle, natural path to healing, and when we did include vitamin C, probiotics, Restore, and enzymes, it was truly to support the dietary changes, here and there, when it seemed he was needing it, not long term, not for more than about a month at a time. We did not depend on the supplements. If he seemed to be struggling at any time, we re-evaluated our nutritional approach and changed his diet (or drinking water) as needed, for example, in order to supply more magnesium. (We did not resort to giving a magnesium supplement because we did not want to depend on it.)
We focused on using what God / nature created for the human body to consume for healing.
——— Why did I go this route? ———
I spent countless hours researching diets and trying them myself. It made sense to me that the body would heal with the right fuel and that it would do the work it needed to for any ailment you might have, but that it takes time and diligence. The body knows what to do and I felt I should let it do so without attempting to manipulate an outcome with supplements or medicines. And honestly I’m not into experimenting with my own health or my child’s health. This is why I did not use supplements regularly or depend heavily on them.
I looked at the science on nutrition & diets and I listened to what people had to say about their experiences. I listened to my intuition, and yes, I prayed for guidance. I was inspired by many leaders in the world of natural health and healing when it came to the decisions I made on choosing a particular diet and path to healing.
Ultimately, those that had the most influence on my decision-making were Chris Wark of ChrisBeatCancer.com, Dr. Morse (author of The Detox Miracle Sourcebook), Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org, Charlotte Gerson & Gerson Therapy, and Blue Zones author Dan Buettner. And of course, so many personal testimonies of people healing and reversing their chronic illnesses. I highly recommend following or learning more about these people and their research.
Dr. Morse’s Detox Miracle Sourcebook:
Everything you need to know about food:
Nutritionfacts.org “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death”: https://youtu.be/30gEiweaAVQ
Blue Zones author interviewed by Chris:
Dan McDonald: https://www.regenerateyourlife.org
Fully Raw Kristina: https://www.fullyraw.com
Tanny Raw: https://tannyraw.com
The Raw Boy: https://youtu.be/lOL9mRVqY4A
Raw Vegan 70 year old:
There are so many, it would take me forever to post all the ones I remember. These are just some of the people who have inspired me over the years. There are many reasons why I chose this over other diets… keto, paleo, WAPF, etc. Many, many reasons. However it’s just too much to get into!
I should say, being almost fully plant based, our kids don’t have a problem getting enough protein, or calcium, etc. (you can get a more than sufficient amount of these from plants) and I am very aware of making sure we aren’t missing any important vitamins and minerals in our diet.
I hope this benefits you to maybe explore and consider these changes for yourself or your family if you haven’t done so already. This is what has helped my son – and myself with my own health issues – immensely. It has helped us so much, that my husband has started being more diligent with his own diet as well. It wasn’t easy to make all of these changes, but I would do it again and again for the sake of my son living a full life and regaining his health.
Edited to add (May 2021): We significantly dropped the percentage of fruit over the past couple of years quite a bit (to 40% or so) and have allowed corn (tortilla chips), some soy or processed sugar once in a long while. He will eat dairy free cheese and bread here and there as well as a treat.
Over the past 6 months he has shown some mild signs of symptoms returning (mainly a stutter here and there). He is now 9 years old and going through a growth spurt, which I anticipated would put additional energetic demand on his body and should have started the process of eating healthier ahead of time! We are now in the process of transitioning back to high fruit and are so far very happy with the progress made in such short time.