Life Changes

For many of you guys who have followed my blog for years, you know that we have really gone (literally) to hell and back with Eli and all of his medical issues. He has spent 3 years of his life in-patient (at 5-6 month stays each) trying to get medications right, and sometimes his doctors would be states away from us, which was very trying. I had kept a blog specific to Eli for a while...especially when he was in the hospital in TX and we were living in D.C.; that was a pretty crappy time in our medical journey - you can view that blog here, but I digress. (BTW, if you do go look at Eli's medical blog, be sure to go to the archive and start from the beginning...it can be confusing if you don't).

We are now in Texas, and while I love Dallas, it honestly sucks when it comes to finding a good doctor for Eli who accepts Tricare.  Dallas is NOT great for having good doctors that accept it, because it pays about the same rate as Medicaid.  I can't blame the doctors for not wanting to accept it, but it sucks to NEED a doctor for your child, when there are no decent ones to be found. To be clear, I'm talking about specialists...not just a general practice doc. 

A few months ago, Norman and I just had it up to here with a doctor in Plano called Dr. Mech. What a moron that guy is.  His office staff is incompetent, they kept billing us wrong for more than two plus years, they could never get his meds straight, and frankly they didn't care how he was doing because they knew they were like one of three doctors in that field who took insurance.  They knew we had no other options, so they didn't even try to be half decent.  So finally we decided to just bite the bullet and find our own doctor, even if it meant paying out of pocket...which we are now doing.  Enter a new doctor who actually wants to help her patients get healthy!  Imagine that!  So part of that process was a referral to a doctor who did a hair analysis test on Eli. This Tissue Mineral Analysis test shows all of the toxins, deficiencies, and mineral levels that Eli has going on in his system.  When I walked in the door to my appointment, I was given some life altering information about Eli. My sweet, annoying, loud, impatient, weird, loving, outgoing child who received the diagnosis of PDD-NOS (autism), ADHD, ODD, and Sensory Integration Disorder at the age of four does not actually have any of those things.    For NINE years we have been told, we have believed, and we have been medicating Eli to help with the symptoms of disorders that he never had.  Today we received irrefutable scientific evidence that showed us what is really  happening with Eli internally to make us, and the doctors believe for so long that he was autistic.  

Eli has severe metal poisoning that is so toxic, the symptoms of the poisoning mimics the symptoms of autism.

The biggest toxin in his body is copper.  To read more about copper toxicity, please click here.  I think it's extremely important to point out a couple of things about copper poisoning, however.  The following information I am copying from the article I linked to above.  I am not taking credit for this info...I just think it's important enough to put here in case you don't visit the link.  

"Copper is a very stimulating mineral to the nerves and nervous system. Copper increases the production of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine while also implicated in a decrease of histamine. These effects on neurotransmitter levels can give rise to many psychological imbalances such as mood swings, depression, mental agitation, feeling over-stimulated, restlessness, anxiety, insomnia and a racing mind with too many thoughts are all hallmarks of elevated Copper toxicity.

Elevated Copper in the body acts like caffeine or even amphetamines. It constantly keeps the conversion of dopamine into norepinephrine going so that you have a constant adrenaline rush to help you be on the go, but you also are unable to settle down or turn off your mind.

Copper toxicity symptoms

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Hair loss
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Male infertility
  • Prostatitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine Headaches
  • PMS
  • Chronic infections
  • Insomnia
  • Racing thoughts
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Sciatica
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar (Manic Depression)"

 I will not go further in depth on this, as it can get overwhelming and confusing...I am still trying to process all the information I was given.  I will tell you that the toxicity levels affect adrenal function, thyroid function, cell permeability, oxidation rates and burnout levels.  Children who have high levels of metal toxicity have severe burnout and exhaustion due to cellular distress.  These kiddos are extremely tired and have no energy.  You've heard stories about the basketball player who plays a great game then drops dead on the court...or the football star with no medical problems suddenly dropping dead on the field right?  That is exactly what this severe burnout and exhaustion is and does.  And for the moment, Eli's doctor has told me in no uncertain terms that until we get his body rid of the toxins, he is to stay pretty low key.  

Also, we found that Eli has a high amount of aluminum in his system.  

"Aluminum is a heavy metal with known neurotoxic effects on human and animal nervous systems. It can be found in the following childhood vaccines – DTaP, Pediarix (DTaP-Hepatitis B-Polio combination), Pentacel (DTaP-HIB-Polio combination), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae B (HIB), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Pneumococcal vaccines.
In 1996, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a position paper on Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children which stated in the first paragraph, “Aluminum is now being implicated as interfering with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and in other tissues.
Boyd Haley, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky completed lab experiments showing the damaging effects on nerve cells when he exposed them to aluminum, especially in the presence of other vaccine ingredients like mercury, formaldehyde, and the antibiotic neomycin."  
The above three paragraphs were taken from this article.  There was so much more information given to me in the report I got back from Eli's test, but there was simply too much to type. 
So what do we do with this information now that we have it?  We flood his system with supplements that will flush the toxins and heavy metals out of his body.  We give him mineral compounds that are created to undo the damage the MMR vaccine caused, we flush out the poison that make his cells unpermeable, and we give him nutrients that will heal his adrenal fatigue and help take the pressure off of his thyroid.  
The goal is to flush his system of toxins, break down the buildup of harmful metals, and slowly wean him off of the medications we have had him on for years and years.  This process will probably take up to a year, and it will be an uncomfortable one for Eli.  Ridding the body of copper is uncomfortable and can cause extreme itchiness...like poison ivy.  His moods will be all over the place, and like a lot of things, it will probably get a lot worse before it gets better.  But we have some answers...we are armed with important information, the right supplements, and hope that there is a brighter future for Eli. 
To everyone who has been along for the ride from the beginning, we all love you dearly and appreciate your thoughts and prayers immensely.  God has brought the right doctors into our lives at the perfect time, and we are so, so thankful.  We welcome prayers for Eli and for our family as we start this uncomfortable process, because I am sure it will be extremely hard at times.  
I am always available to talk with anyone who may have questions about our journey or if you have questions about your own children.  If you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, autism, BPD, or bipolar disorder and you have serious doubts, don't ignore those feelings.  Seek help and utilize medical professionals when necessary...we did, and I don't regret doing so.  My only regret is that I didn't follow my gut when it came to some advice we were given that I didn't agree with.  I should have asked more questions...I should have stood my ground when I felt I was being bullied into making a medical decision by doctors that I didn't want to make.  But at the same time, there were times we had to seek out medical interventions for the sake of saving our child, and I refuse to let myself feel badly about that.  We can't DO better until we KNOW better.  Educate yourselves.  Understand what you are putting in your child's body.  Know the risks and be willing to accept the consequences.  
Have a blessed week! XOXO

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