Mission: Jonah


The Most Amazing Kid On the Planet!
July 29, 2011, 5:33 am
Filed under: Autism Therapy, Homeopathy
At Suzie’s Farm, San Diego, CA

Jonah has been communicating more and more every day. He isn’t having full on conversations like I am desperate to experience, but he is gaining more expression. Earlier tonight, he told said “2 Cars” when I asked him how his day was. This response was HUGE, since they went to go see Cars 2 in his ESS program today. Later, when I placed a banana yogurt out for him at dinner, he looked it at with dismay and said “banillya yogur.” I tried to tell him that vanilla yogurt was all gone because I wanted to get rid of this last banana yogurt from the old pack. Of course, he knew there was a new pack in the refrigerator, and opened the refrigerator saying “banillya yogur.” I had to give in because it was so cute, and he wiggled his little butt and smiled. He does this little dance when he is really happy. It’s one of those things that I am going to miss as he gets older.


I am not sure what to attribute this burst of expression to. All I can say is that he has been steadily improving with an increase in his nutrition over the last few months. He eats better and better everyday, and is willing to try new things, including vegetables. My sister brought up a good point the other night, questioning if kids stopped liking vegetables because they taste like chemicals.  


While Jonah is doing well, I am a ball of anxiety. I could hardly sleep last night. Too many exciting things happening right now, I guess. Yesterday, I bought a new car, and picked up our first remedy from our homeopathic practitioner. It feels like things are going so good for us at right now, I question whether or not I should mess with it. “It” being Jonah’s autism, of course.


I am very scared of the prospect of Jonah changing. He really is the cutest, sweetest, funniest, and loving little guy. He delights in the smallest details. His face lights up and he has the most contagious giggle. This kid is, hands-down, the most fun to tickle! I think I have mentioned before how innocent he is, and that is the one thing I treasure about him the most. I can’t even describe how amazing he is, and I question if I should leave well enough alone.


When our homeopathic practitioner came to meet us, she asked me about my intuition as a mother and why I think CEASE Therapy will work for Jonah. I didn’t know how to answer the question, much like I don’t know how to describe this therapy to people, or the faith that I feel when I think about how it will change Jonah’s life. I can tell you that CEASE Therapy isn’t exactly what I had thought it was, but I am going to try my hardest to describe it in a manner that is not misleading. I had previously thought the therapy works because it detoxifies the patient of toxins from the vaccine, but that is not correct. It works by reversing the damage the vaccine has done to the body. The contaminant in question, is administered as a specially prepared dilution that has been formed into a pellet. The pellets are than dissolved in the mouth or water, and administered 2 times a week. The doses increase over the course of 6 weeks, and depending on the reaction or the contaminant, it may need to be administered again through another series.


One thing to look forward to throughout the therapy… side effects. Here is what we are up against: regressive behavior and exteriorizations (which I am very fearful of since Jonah had such severe eczema). Jonah may also experience symptoms of illness, as if he just received the vaccine.  For those of you who don’t know, exteriorizations are hot spots that form on the skin, showing a physical sign that the remedy is working. They start at the top of the body and as the damage is cleared, they move lower on the body. Of course the movement of the exteriorization occurs over several weeks. The one thing that I must have faith in at all times, is that his condition will get worse before it gets better. The negative reactions to the therapy are a sign of the body clearing the damage, and the damage has to leave the body before true repair and healing can begin.


We will be starting Jonah’s therapy with a clearing of the Hep A vaccine. The two biggest physical indicators of Jonah’s regression just after 2 years was his loss of appetite, and his eczema. It just so happens that skin itchiness and rash, as well as loss of appetite are listed as side effects of the Hep A vaccine. His initial reaction indicated that he was very sensitive to this vaccine and his body was not able to fully process it without it causing damage to his body first. 


We begin the Hep A clearing on Monday, which will last for 6 weeks. This therapy will be a long journey, but if it works, I will have the most amazing kid on the planet, and it will all be worth it. If it doesn’t work, I still have the most amazing kid on the planet. 


I would like to give a giant and sincere “Thank You” to those of you who are in our lives supporting us, and those of you reading and supporting us on this mission to save Jonah. 


Godspeed, my Jonah!



CEASE Update
July 27, 2011, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

We met with our practitioner yesterday. I am anxiously waiting to hear back from her today. I’ll be working on the next blog article and doing some more research. It seems homeopathy is a little magical, but it works. Let’s hope it works for Jonah. 


I will fill you in on more details as soon as I can.



Composition
July 26, 2011, 7:28 am
Filed under: Autism Therapy, CEASE Therapy, Homeopathy, Natural Health, Vaccines

We meet with our CEASE Therapy practitioner in the morning (7/26)! I am a ball of excitement and anxiety. I’m not sure if I will even be able to sleep. I feel like I should be hurrying up to wait. And, it may be a long wait…


I do want to inform everyone reading our blog of how CEASE Therapy works, but I think it is first important to discuss the reasons for such a drastic therapy in the first place. I would like to start with my personal journey of coming to this point over the last year, and why I am so convinced that Jonah’s Autism is from Post Vaccination Syndrome. 

I think I have already stated that I adamantly disbelieved that vaccines were the cause of autism until earlier this year. I am also guilty of not being much of an advocate in the autism community until recently. I did not want to dissociate any of Jonah’s behaviors, and I’ve been reluctant to settle on the idea that this will be my son’s life. 

Shortly after Thanksgiving last year, 2010, I began an 8 week dietary transition and became a vegan. I thought it would be something I would try out for a few months, and dive right back into a plate of carnitas. I was motivated by the ambition of living a more sustainable lifetstyle. I knew that I could not preach about the importance of sustainability without making life choices that set an example. After the first couple months passed, I realized that I personally felt better than ever, and that Jonah seemed to be feeling better than ever. He was once the pickiest eater, and now he tries almost everything I put in front of him. Jonah still eats meat, but I removed almost all processed foods from his diet, and I prepare his favorites organically. He has shown tremendous improvements in his behavior, speech, and demeanor over the last 6 months. As I began to witness these benefits to my new lifestyle, I began researching more about nutrition, and learning the importance of living as naturally as possible. 

We are a natural species, made of this earth, and for the past few generations, we have been filling our bodies with things that do not occur in nature. These things become the ingredients that determine our composition. They become our blood, our bones, our organs, our skin. These foreign entities cause adverse physical health side effects that we are very aware of such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, allergies, obesity, etc… We come into contact with these chemicals through our environment; pollutants from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the surfaces we touch, the medicine we ingest. These chemicals remain in the body, and transfer to our offspring, so our children have now inherited these toxic chemicals, on top of chemicals that they will come in contact with throughout their life time. See http://www.ewg.org/minoritycordblood/BPA-cordbloodpollution

Remember, these chemicals do not clear from the body naturally or completely, because our bodies can not identify them properly or understand them, so they build up. Now think of how delicate the brain is, how delicate brain function is, the process of neurons firing off, controlling your thoughts, your movements, your complete being. Now throw a bunch of boulders into that and guess what kind of mess you end up with. Is it any wonder that the CDC is reporting 1 in 7 children are being diagnosed with a developmental disability? 

It should be stated that not every child who receives vaccinations will develop a developmental disability such as autism. But parents need to be conscious consumers when deciding when and what to vaccinate our children. That’s right! I said consumer, because vaccines are a commodity. They are sold to us, we pay for them, and most of us do not know what they are for or why our children need them. 

Vaccines are not the only causative factor associated with a potential risk for autism. One of the most shocking things I’ve learned about was the toxicity levels of microwaving water in a baby bottle to mix with the baby formula. I have also heard of a recent study (which I have not had a chance to look up yet) that suggests an increase in autism if the mother was on anti-depressants. One of the patients that Dr. Smits discusses in his book was exposed to Flonase during gestation, which turned out to be a causative factor for his autism. The mother’s mental well being can also be a causative factor, as it leaves an impression on the child.  


I have found more answers in my research of homeopathy and natural medicine than I have from Western medicine. One of the convincing cases for me was documented by Dr. Smitsy. I had a moment identifying with the story of another little boy that had me crying for hours, where Dr. Smits is able to outline the child’s medical history, associate the child’s illnesses conjunctively with the child’s vaccinations, up to the point of his autism diagnosis. Just before this child was diagnosed, he stopped eating (the body’s last line of defense for detoxification is fasting, which is why we loose our appetites when we are ill) and broke out in severe eczema (skin conditions such as these are a sign of severe internal toxicity). In addition to other similarities, my son also stopped eating, and broke out in severe eczema all over his entire body just after the age of 2. He ate everything as a baby, and it broke my heart to see him go through that. The eczema was so severe, it blistered, pimpled, and itched all over his entire body. His skin was so sensitive, if he scratched it, it would rip open. I kept calling the doctor, and calling the doctor, and appointment after appointment after appointment, the only explanation I received was that eczema was common, and toddlers are picky eaters.  He went from being age appropriate at his 2 year evaluations, to high risk for autism at 2.5 years, to PDD-NOS at 3 years. He slipped away right in front of me, and I didn’t even see it. 

When I look back at his medical history, Jonah did not suffer from as many of the associative infections and illnesses that are attributed to vaccinations, but I have been able to establish a pattern that led up to his 2-year vaccine series, which was ultimately too much for his little body to handle. After the 2-year vaccine, that’s when it all fell apart.

The thing about the controversy of vaccines is, it isn’t just the mercury. There are many more chemicals going into these things than methyl-mercury. The following website provides a Vaccine Ingredients Calculator, which exposes all kinds of interesting ingredients; http://www.vaccine-tlc.org/. Not to mention, one of the reasons I was reassured to give my son vaccinations is because I found a pediatrician that used the newer batches of vaccines which lacked the methyl-mercury. 

The CEASE Therapy will begin by detoxifying Jonah’s body of the contaminants from vaccinations that may have caused Jonah’s autism. If I am right in my beliefs and instincts, his progress with the therapy will prove it, which is why it is so important for me to document our experience and share it. I can not wait to share more info from our meeting and provide a clear explanation of how it works. 

Until then…



I’m Looking For Feedback
July 20, 2011, 7:17 am
Filed under: Autism Therapy, Vaccines
I’m looking for feedback here. I’m not sure how many people this blog is reaching or will reach, but I’m hoping to learn something from an opposing or challenging view point. Right now I feel pretty defeated by a corrupt system. Please read and share with people you know. 

We have our intake interview with the CEASE Therapist next Tuesday, and will likely begin treatment the following week. My emotions are swelling in circles with anticipation. I’m nervous, excited, scared, happy, anxious, scared. Did I mention I was scared. 

Jonah has been amazing the last couple of weeks. He is very happy, as if he knows that we are about to do something to try and help him. I’ve talked to him about the therapy, but how much he understands is unclear. I will say that he is talking up a storm, and enjoying every moment of every day. He has been very interactive and affectionate with me. 

We had his hearing examined yesterday. This was a follow up to some concerns we had when he was tested as an infant. To make a long story short, the hearing in his right ear is relatively normal while hearing in the left ear has been slightly compromised. One of the symptoms associated with 18Q Syndrome is very small ear canals, which is disrupting the travel of sound to Jonah’s ear drum.  It appears he has been getting by with relatively normal hearing, but we will follow up and consider hearing aids as an option. Perhaps it will help to clear his pronunciation, which would be terribly exciting!

I had a brief encounter in the waiting room for the hearing test yesterday with the mother of a 22 month old boy. She was talking about ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), which I am familiar with since Jonah has been working with ABA therapists for 3 years. Of course I interrupted her for a moment to try and have a conversation with her about it.  She didn’t seem too interested in talking to me once she realized that the therapy had failed to cure Jonah’s autism. I understand this since it was my early hopes in Jonah’s diagnosis process that he would just “grow out of it”  and that the ABA therapy would help him to do that. 
Her off-putting behavior didn’t deter me from attempting to continue a conversation with her a few moments later, as I am compelled to share the information on CEASE Therapy with other parents of children with autism and let them decide. Perhaps, if anything, they will question what they have been told by the medical industry just as I have.  I asked her a few casual questions associated with autism, and then asked “Was your son vaccinated?” She was hesitant to respond, “Yes, but I think the medical industry has disproved that vaccinations are causing autism.” 
I would like to clarify with anyone who questions the association of vaccinations with autism just why a parent like me is outraged by this medical statement. My response to her was “They haven’t disproved anything. You should look into it.” Six months ago, I would have given someone the same response. Six months ago, I was mislead to believe the same thing. But then, I looked into it. 

You should look into it! Here is a link to a summarized report published in 2010 that disproves the link between autism and vaccines: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20837594 . If you interpret it differently, perhaps you can show me where that damning evidence is. The study summarizes that they questioned parents from a control group of 256 ASD children and 752 normal children.  At no point does the study produce evidence that vaccines did not cause the autism in the 256 ASD children. At no point does the study provide alternative causative factors for the 256 ASD children. 
These studies are very cleverly worded to be convincing. They are intended not to be read by the general public and not to be understood by the general public. These reports are published with a headline that reads “Yet Another Report Disproves the Link Between Vaccines and Autism,” but what the reports are really showing is an unfounded link between vaccines and autism because they don’t want you to find one. 

We need to be listening to the testimony of the parents that are watching their children regress.  We need to look for a common thread. The CDC and the medical industry won’t fund this study because they don’t want people to find the common thread. 

Anyone who reads this should research “The Simpsonwood Transcripts.” 
The business of vaccines is a $20 billion a year industry. What would you do for $20 billion? Perhaps we should ask Bill Gates? And, then ask him to produce his children’s immunization records.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUJMR3BUm2s&feature=related




Mr. Jones
July 13, 2011, 3:53 am
Filed under: Autism Therapy, Homeopathy, PDD-NOS
Ocean Beach, California 5/2011

Jonah has been very verbal the last 5 days, which has been extremely exciting. He is demonstrating a level of expression that I have never been able to experience with him, at least not for a consistent length of time. In the past, his strength of language would vary day by day, one day being strong, the next 10 days extremely garbled and only speaking with prompting, and another strong day, back to difficult again, and so on, and so on. In the last 5 days, he has been singing more songs, and demonstrating age appropriate pretend play. The majority of his speech is clearer, and the words and phrases he is confident with are coming out of his mouth crystal clear. This morning, when I was dropping him off at his summer camp, he held up his pug puppy beanie baby to the water fountain in front of the school and said “Puppy, Look at the waterfall.” I couldn’t believe it!



It is sometimes scary to think about how different Jonah might be if he weren’t autistic. It’s hard to describe how unique and amazing his personality is (as said by every mother). He has a very special innocence that has been preserved. I believe that when the autism took over around the age of 2, his mental/psychological development was stunted, leaving him with an immature mode of expression. He is now maturing and expressing himself similarly to a 3-4 year old.  His pronunciation is difficult to understand, but inappropriate behaviors and tantrums have diminished almost completely. He has always been very cuddly and affectionate, and is always giggling over something.

Jonah has made tremendous advancements over the last year, most significantly in the last 6 months which has been one of the major motivators for seeking out a homeopathic therapy for him. I drastically changed our diets at the end of last year, and noticed a significant improvement in his development and overall demeanor in a very short period of time. It was at this point that I came to the realization that something unnatural had occurred in my child’s body, and if I could recognize such a dramatic change in him just by improving his nutritional intake, then restoring a natural balance in him might further relieve some of his autistic expressions.  

With Jonah, there are times when the autistic expressions are very prominent, and times when he seems like a completely normal little boy. This is why he received the PDD-NOS diagnosis versus the ASD diagnosis. It has been a puzzle in our family, because there are times when he does not fit into any of the categories associated with ASD. During the first year after his diagnosis, I was hoping that this would be something he would just grow out of. It was so difficult to tell when he was at such a young age what could be deemed as a significant developmental delay. I second guessed the diagnosis for awhile, and researched various disorders, hoping one might have the answers we were looking for. 


We have not started the CEASE Therapy yet, but I’m hoping to begin next month (August). I want to make sure that I am starting the therapy when it will be right for Jonah, so that it does not disrupt too much of his routine. In some ways perhaps it is better that I am taking the time to thoroughly investigate and prepare his medical history and my medical history, so we have as much information as possible when we start the therapy. I was talking to a friend today about it, and I had the same hope and realization that I confidently feel every time I talk about it: That within the next few years, Jonah will be a completely different child.





How did we get here?
July 11, 2011, 8:51 pm
Filed under: Autism Therapy, CEASE Therapy, Vaccines
While this blog is about a mission to recover my son from Autism, it is also a blog that seeks overall change and reform for the sake of the human condition.  To begin this mission of realization, one must first embrace that everything is connected. 
I am a huge advocate for SUSTAINABILITY. SUSTAINABILITY is a word I speak of or think about at least 20 times a day; or rather, I speak of and think about how UNSUSTAINABLE the human condition has become at least 20 times a day. Our economy is UNSUSTAINABLE, our environment is UNSUSTAINABLE, our agricultural system is UNSUSTAINABLE, our, food is UNSUSTAINABLE, our education system is UNSUSTAINABLE, our health care is UNSUSTAINABLE, which makes human kind UNSUSTAINABLE. 
The biggest issues I hope to help inform you readers on are health, food, agriculture, and education. These are the things that have directly affected me as a mother. I ask myself these questions daily: “How can I get this message across? How can I make a difference? How can I prevent this from happening to other children? How can I prevent this from happening to other families?”
You must realize that Jonah’s autism does not only have an impact on him. Jonah doesn’t know how to be anything else. Myself, on the other hand, now that is a different story. My experience as a parent has been nothing like anything I imagined. The same could be said for everyone who knows and loves my son, as his condition does often present some challenges. While I accept my son and his condition, it is hard for me not to feel guilt and not to feel remorse. I was guilty of lacking in education. I did not know what has been happening in agriculture. I did not know what has been happening to our food. I did not know what has been happening in our health care system. I sometimes feel like I was robbed of my child, but I have no one to blame but myself for not educating myself further. 
I believe that Jonah’s autism is directly associated with intoxication from vaccinations.  I believe that he was more inclined to the development of his autism based on his genetic disorder. There is a possibility that he may have developed autism had I denied vaccinations (which I seriously contemplated prior to his birth) based on other environmental contaminants. At the time of his birth, I was informed by the pediatrician that there has been no medical evidence to support that vaccinations are causing autism, and any speculation associated with that theory suggested that mercury in the vaccines would be the responsible chemical. This was in 2005, and Dr. Andrew Wakefield who suggested that the mercury in the MMR vaccine was responsible for autism has since been discredited and banned from practicing medicine.  
So, Jonah received his vaccines, as I was instructed was the best thing I could do for him. At day 2, Jonah received his first vaccine, prior to coming home from the hospital. This vaccine was a Hepatitis B injection. The following are the precautions for the vaccine, that are not openly disclosed prior to administering the injection, as found at http://www.medicinenet.com/hepatitis_b_vaccine-injection/page3.htm :
PRECAUTIONS: Before getting hepatitis B vaccine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to yeast; or other vaccines; or if you have any other allergies. Some vials and prefilled syringes may use latex rubber stoppers or plungers. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems (such as hemophilia, low platelets, anticoagulant treatment), current illness with fever. If you are a hemodialysis patient, you may not respond as well to the vaccine and will need to have hepatitis B antibody levels checked yearly. If antibodies drop too low over time, you may be given another dose of vaccine (often called a booster shot).If you have decreased immune function from other medications (see also Drug Interactions) or other illness (such as HIV, leukemia, lymphoma, other cancer), your body may not make enough antibodies to protect you from hepatitis B infection. Antibody levels may be checked after the vaccine series. The elderly may not make as many antibodies to the vaccine. Talk to your doctor for more details. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Does this sound like something you would willingly put in to your child’s blood stream? How are we supposed to know at the ripe old age of 48 hours if the child is allergic to latex, or if they have a medical history of bleeding, or if they are allergic to yeast and other vaccines? I would especially like to highlight for you the text that reads “During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.”  So… It may be unsafe to the fetus during gestation and unsafe if passed through breast milk, but okay to administer directly into the body of a newborn baby? 
There are, in fact, 11 vaccines administered to the average child in the first 24 months of life. I will be all to happy to inform you of the precautions for each vaccine in preparation to start CEASE Therapy. In order to understand CEASE Therapy and how it is working for children with autism, you must understand what we are up against. It is my mission to recover Jonah from his autism. It is my mission to help other families recover their children from autism, and to prevent this diagnosis for other children. I hope you are reading.