Mission: Jonah

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.


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.

June 30, 2011, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Dear Family and Friends:

For those of you who don’t know him, this is my Jonah. At 5 years old, he stands at 43 inches, a whopping 40 pounds, with blazing blonde hair, giant blue eyes, and a mischievous giggle.  He is my heart, my soul, and my every breath, all wrapped up in another being that I can’t control. If only I controlled it, he wouldn’t be autistic.

Jonah’s autism diagnosis came when he was 3 years old. He was actually diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), but it is treated like autism. The diagnosis process, and early intervention began when he was 2 and a half, almost exactly 3 years ago. He is considered to be high-functioning, or mild to moderate. He is very smart, and I am proud to report that he is already learning to read, write, and use basic arithmetic. 

Jonah also has a very rare genetic disorder known as 18Q Deletion Syndrome. This essentially means that there is a deletion on the long leg of his 18th chromosome, which was diagnosed shortly after his birth. The symptoms and side effects associated with 18Q Deletion Syndrome can vary, depending on the size of the deletion. In Jonah’s case, the deletion is so miniscule, it does not appear to have impacted him physically. However, autism is often linked to children with 18Q Syndrome, which brings us to where we are now.

As a parent, I never could have imagined this. This is the stuff you don’t sign up for. This is the stuff that is typed in fine Sanskrit at the bottom of the celestial contract you sign with the universe upon delivering a child. Had I known what I suspect now, I would have done so many things differently. I would do anything to reverse my son’s autism. Please do not think that I do not accept him for who he is now, but if I can make anything just the tiniest bit better for him, I will do it. I can not go back and change the mistakes that I believe caused his autism, but I am moving forward to reverse the damage that has been done to him.

While the medical industry reports that they have found no evidence linking vaccinations to autism, they have yet to show us proof that vaccinations irrefutably do not cause autism. The truth is, no one knows for sure, therefore, we can not rule out any options. I was one of those people who adamantly denied a link between vaccinations and autism, until earlier this year when I read “Autism, Beyond Despair: Homeopathy Has the Answers” by Dr. Tinus Smits, MD and Tim Owens.  Dr. Smits developed a homeopathic therapy that he has administered to treat and reverse autism. CEASE Therapy (Complete Elimination of Autism Spectrum Expression) clears the body of toxins, primarily from vaccinations that may be causative factors to a child’s autism. Since autism is such a complex disorder, it is my understanding that what might work for one child, may not work for another to the same extent. Regardless, in the cases of autism that Dr. Smits worked with, he was able to achieve significant improvement in the child’s condition.

It should be noted, that I believe there are several causative factors in addition to vaccinations that could be linked to autism, and if we continue abusing our bodies by exposing ourselves and our children to toxins that are not natural to the human body, we will soon be at pandemic levels of diagnosis of developmental disability. These are things that are building generationally, which is why the severity of developmental disorders is increasing.  In the 80’s and 90’s, all the kids had ADD. Now in the new millennium, all the kids have autism. What’s next? When will we as a society demand answers? Will it be when the statistics are reversed and 1 in 90 children are being diagnosed “normal”? Unfortunately, for many people, it will be when their children are diagnosed, just as mine was.

I am not a scientist, or a doctor, but I have lived with this condition for the last three years, and I can tell you what I have witnessed first hand with Jonah. I am also capable of simple math, and if you add the simple facts together, there is no way to deny that something unnatural is occurring in our children. The first case of autism was reported in 1943, and it has grown unlike anything else we have ever seen over the last 68 years. In fact, I would like to challenge the medical industry to show us another condition that has had a stronger global impact. This isn’t just about autism, but rather an increasingly unnatural occurrence of developmental disorders that our children are at risk of.

And, here I stand, angry and on a mission to tackle what I believe has caused Jonah’s autism. It is the most painful thing a parent could imagine: to watch your child disappear right in front of you. To watch his words disappear, to watch his expression disappear, to watch his eyes disappear.  I am blessed that Jonah’s condition is not as severe as others. I am grateful that he is a very loving, optimistic, affectionate and happy child. While we have our challenging moments, Jonah is a very good boy. We have many positive things on our side as we embark on this mission.

I am in preparation mode to begin CEASE Therapy for Jonah this summer. It is my mission to share with any one who wants to listen (or read) as we go through this journey, in hopes that it may help other children trapped in this condition. I can only hope and pray for support from everyone I know, and everyone you know. Please share this blog, pass it along. We need all the support we can get.