One more easy post as I try to rework writing into my new schedule …
Besides diet, we’ve made a few other changes in the kitchen, all in an attempt to help Logan “mainstream” as much as possible. When the results of Logan’s genetic screening came back, we learned that he does, in fact, have a few mutations that prevent his body from detoxifying adequately. So all the chemicals he ingests–like everyone does today–from wearing new clothes (which are sprayed with bug and fire chemicals before they reach the store), playing on the carpet, entering a just-cleaned bathroom, and even brushing his teeth, stick around, clogging his systems. So to help in a small way reduce the amount of chemicals he takes in, we installed a reverse osmosis water filter under the sink to remove fluoride and other chemicals from our water.
Jason even drilled a series of small holes through our bottom cabinets so he could run a tube from the filtration system under the sink to the refrigerator spout so we can have cold filtered water, too.
As we’re trying to reduce the chemical load in Logan’s body, we’ve also started a bit more aggressively trying to help his body detoxify. We tried this with zeolite and didn’t see any results; it’s possible we didn’t have Logan consume enough of it to make a difference, but he didn’t really like the powdered substance in his drinks, even though it was flavorless. So now we’re trying the Methyl B12 shots.
Any parent of a child with autism has heard of these. I was so resistant to them–for the first few years, in fact, ever since the diagnosis, the idea of the shots has lurked around in the back of my mind, and every time we discussed treatments with anyone, I had a running commentary in my head: Please don’t suggest the shots. Please don’t suggest the shots.
And no one did, until recently, when we consulted with a new MAPS doctor. Jason was willing to give them a try, so reluctantly, I agreed.
So now we give Logan a shot on his bottom every third day. Amazingly, he doesn’t mind it at all. The shot delivers a high dose of methyl B12, which is meant to help produce glutathione and reduce oxidative stress in his body (i.e., help move the toxins out of his system).
Will it work? He’s been taking them for about a month now, and we definitely see an increase in activity and energy levels–to the point of extra stimming, which had largely gone away. His preschool teacher has noted that he seems more talkative–a positive and a negative, as he now interrupts story time a good deal more.
These are side affects we anticipated–most children starting B12 report similar effects. The hope is that with B12 bringing more awareness and more executive function to Logan’s brain, as he wants to engage more, he can also learn better. One physician who pioneered this treatment compares it to suddenly removing ear plugs–you can’t immediately understand language, but now you have the ability to be aware of it and learn it.
We’ll see if this proves to be the case with Logan.
We tried a GAPS-legal recipe for chocolate mud cake last weekend (along with a bazillion other things), and though it didn’t look it at first, it tasted heavenly. The cake part was soft, and the frosting was creamy–I loved it, but Logan declared it was “too sweet.” It did have maybe a bit too much honey, but as a rare treat to take to birthday parties, it might be a lifesaver (I also like how the recipe makes a full 13×9 cake–so many of the GAPS and BED things we try end up only making 2 or 4 servings). Thanks Danielle for forwarding me the recipe from Kehoe’s Kitchen.