Help requested from the liberty community for our son's autism treatment programSubmitted by jaded41 on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:07
My wife and I are trying to raise some money to do an outreach program that pertains to the therapy technique we implement in our home for our 4yr old son with autism. I don't want to pimp out the liberty community but I do look at you guys as my extended family and I won't leave any stone unturned when it comes to providing the resources he needs. Hes been doing very well and has gone from being voiceless to quite the talker. We've found great success in the Son-rise program that we've implemented over the last year and want to take it to the next level during his early years when it can have the most impact.
The program is based in a home-school type methodology and we plan to merge it with actual homeschooling next year. But with my wife staying home to lead the program and the extra costs that having an autistic child comes with, it's making it difficult to come up with the large sum of money that the outreach program requires at one time. Don't feel bad if you can't donate anything but I would ask if you would share the fundraiser link anywhere you feel comfortable doing so. Any tips on interesting ways to raise money would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this post.
I'm going to add one of my replies to a comment below just to give more info in case the comment gets lost in the thread.
We "believe" it to be environmental and genetic.
We've done a lot of research and thought about this over the 3 yrs since we first thought something was wrong. He'll be 5yrs old at the end of this month. We first thought he may have had a hearing problem but we didn't give it too much attention because he was our first child and we didn't have much to compare him with.
I had it explained to me by someone in the field that I can't recall now but it stuck with me. If we look at the human body's ability to process toxins the same as we look at other abilities like athletic ability or the ability to eat nothing but fatty foods yet never get fat then we can perhaps understand autism a bit better. I do "believe" that it is quite possible that my son has the genetics that dictate a weaker immune system than what is found in a typical child. He was also born with only one kidney and he was prescribed a pretty harsh and prolonged regimen of antibiotics that he was on for essentially the first 6 months of his life because the doctor feared an infection could risk his only existing kidney. So we didn't do any research and took the doctor's protocol as gospel and fed him the antibiotics daily. We "believe" this destroyed his gut flora and essentially allowed for any ingested toxins to essentially have no resistance to getting into his bloodstream and elevating his overall toxicity.
Then he got his MMR vaccine at about 18 months. He had been doing pretty well and responding to his name. But several days after the MMR vaccine, he did appear different. Groggy and not really present to the others in the room. We had concerns about the vaccine schedule and did Dr. Sears alternate schedule which spaced them out more but we did still elect to do the MMR even though we had read some negative things about it. My wife was about to take our son to Brazil (where she is originally from) for an extended stay and she had concerns about him contracting something there because they are a 3rd world country. So we gave him the MMR and she actually noticed the change in him on the trip. She didn't think a ton of it at the time because Brazil was a really new place and environment for him and maybe he was just not transitioning well.
So when she returned we then had thoughts about possible hearing problems and had him tested. They said they were having trouble conducting the test but certain events in the test seem to make them think there wasn't a hearing issue. They pointed us to have him assessed for things like autism and here we are today.
I won't say that the MMR is specifically responsible but we do "believe" that it's inherent toxicity is probably what put his overall toxic state over the edge. That person I mentioned earlier used the metaphor of a trashcan. The trashcan represents the child's ability to process toxins and all children are born with different sized trashcans. The bigger cans can process more toxins and are not impacted so visibly by things like the toxicity in vaccines, food preservatives and dyes, cleaning chemicals, etc. The ones born with smaller trashcans get those cans overfilled very quickly and the ensuing attack on the brain by these things along with heavy metals and virus's are just too much to deal with and cause the damage we "believe" we have witnessed in our son. I liken this metaphor to two people of the same size, where one can drink a lot of alcohol with little impact while the other looks visibly drunk after a single cocktail. They just have the genetic ability to process the toxicity of alcohol better.
So even if we hadn't vaccinated him it could have been him coming into contact with something else that set off the chain reaction that is what we now call autism but it's hard to say. He definitely has stomach and digestive issues as well as a crazy number of allergies that he reacts to very easily. He is healing but it is a long process. The treatment we are funding is more to combat the social relational deficiencies he has but we do work with him on a bio-medical level as well. We are no longer concerned with what caused it because we now know he can recover and is recovering.
It's also important to note that we don't "believe" he has autism. We "believe" that there are people with true autism and they are born that way. But we "believe" the medical community has lazily grouped a bunch of people that share some traits and symptoms with truly autistic people but the reality of the huge growth in autism rates seems to correspond much more to the increased toxicity of the world and our way of life pertaining to food production, medical treatments, etc. We "believe" a more accurate name for what our son has is something like environmental over-toxicity syndrome. Or something of that nature. Lumping people affected by this into autism just allows the medical community to continue to disregard the negatives associated with many of their treatment norms.
BTW, you notice I always quote the word "believe" when I use it. I do so because there is nothing more I can do but take in information and do a gut check on it. There is very little that I have the ability to actually prove. I encourage others to do the same and be happy with whatever conclusions they come to even though they may be different from mine.