For those parents whose child has recently been diagnosed, this is what I would advise you to do;
1. Make an appointment with a DAN! doctor now –
What’s a DAN! doctor? DAN! stands for Defeat Autism Now!, this organization is made up of doctors and researchers who believes that Autism is primarily medical disorders with behavioral and cognitive impairments that are by-products of the physical illnesses our children suffer. They train doctors on biomedical protocols, testing and treatments and they educate parents on effective biomedical treatments. A DAN! doctor is a healthcare professional who has attended a DAN! conference clinician’s training.
There are no DAN! doctors in Malaysia, but there’s 5 in Singapore and 2 in Indonesia. Maya’s DAN! doctor is Dr Erwin Kay in Singapore. He practices on Tuesday, Thursday (8.30am-1pm and 7pm-9pm) and Saturdays (8.30-1pm). But the clinic is open on on other days as well so you can still call to make an appointment.
Dr Erwin Kay
KCS Medical Center
2. Get on the Gluten-Free / Casein-Free (GF/CF) diet now!
Gluten is wheat, barley, oats and rye. Casein is dairy, so no more cow’s milk or formula, cheese, butter, ghee or goats milk. Our children are not able to fully digest gluten & casein, it creates brain fog, has an opioid effect and causes gastrointestinal distress. We need to bring the toxic load down in our children and the fastest way to do so is by changing their diet. Our kids have multiple food sensitivities, apart from gluten & casein, you should also avoid yeast because a large number of Autism children has yeast overgrowth. Also try to avoid fish because fish contains mercury and our children usually has high levels of heavy metals including mercury, aluminium and lead. If possible, go organic. If it’s too much to do right now, at the very least please change to organic chicken.
Change your milk to Rice Milk. My favorite is Pacific Rice Milk, Vanilla flavor. It’s RM10.90 per liter at Bangsar Village Grocer. Replace breads, biscuits and pastas with gluten-free versions – Ogran have gluten-free bread mixes, cake mix and biscuits (you can buy this from Body Basics at Bangsar Shopping Center) Biologique has GFCF breakfast cereals.
3. You need to get a good Multi-Vitamin – Super Nu Thera by Kirkmans’ is a specially formulated multi-vitamin for children on the autism spectrum. Our kids need mega doses of vitamin Bs, especially B6, higher amounts of zinc, etc. This is THE recommended multi-vitamin. Kirkman’s do not accept orders from Malaysia due to customs restrictions however you can purchase it from this website http://autismangelsstories.blogspot.com/ It comes in 29oz bottles, it
can last you for 6 months. Most kids prefer liquid lemon lime flavor. Take 5ml daily.
4. Cod Liver Oil – Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil is the purest and certified
mercury free. You can buy them in Vita Kids shops in Singapore. Take 5ml daily
5. Probiotics – our kids really need this especially if they have gastrointestinal
problems. Always buy the refrigerated kind. Ask any pharmacy for refrigerated
probiotics, make sure it’s multi-species. The higher the CFUs the better. Minimum
of 6 Billion CFUs. Body Basics in BSC sells probiotics multi-species 6 billion CFUs
60 capsules (RM78). Quinpharm pharmacy in one of the Telawi streets has Prolecta
Multi Species 10 Billion CFUs 30 capsules (RM78)
6. Start your child on ABA therapy – ABA stands for Applied Behavioral Analysis. There are several trusted ABA providers in KL. Check out http://andiinitiative.blogspot.com/ and http://www.autismmalaysia.com/services.htm#
Even if you see the DAN! doctor, he will tell you to go on the GFCF diet, take Super
Nu Thera, mercury free cod liver oil, high doses of multi-species probiotics. These
are the baseline supplements and recommended dietary interven
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Please read up on these websites;
http://www.autism.com – this is the DAN! website, full of articles and reports on biomedical treatments. You can also download videos of conferences and more.
http://www.talkaboutcuringautism.com – fantastic advice & help from a parents’ perspective
http://www.generationrescue.org – this is Jenny McCarthy’s site, she recovered her son from autism in 2 years
http://www.recoveryvideos.com – you can download videos of parents talking about their journey into autism and how they recovered their children
There’s a lot of hope out there, so stay strong and good luck!