Monday, October 24, 2011

Bad to Good

The Santa Ana winds kicked up for a couple of weeks, bringing on migraine headaches, and downed spirits. It’s amazing, the sickness that comes from the dessert blowing all the polluted summer smog back at the cities in the form of hot winds. I feel like I am just getting back on my feet. I was so run-down for a couple of weeks, I didn’t even feel like grocery shopping and cooking (my favorite things to do). Jonah and I suffered since we were eating more items from the pantry, which means more processed crap in our diet than we are accustomed to. If anything, I have further solidified my beliefs on the importance of good nutrition to help control Jonah’s behaviors. 
Bad to Good
Jonah has started a 2nd round clearing for the Hep A vaccine. This clearing will last 4 weeks, and I have to say that the 2nd time around has not been such a charm. Regressive behaviors have become more pronounced, and even some new mild self-stimulation behaviors are peeking through the lining a bit. I can attribute some of these behaviors to food, since we were lacking freshness in our diet while I was under the weather. He’s been very defiant the last couple of weeks, and demonstrating high attention seeking behaviors. I have not witnessed these behaviors at this level in some time. On the positive side of this, he’s much smarter now, and much more capable of communicating, which is perhaps why it is so much more difficult coping with these behaviors than I remember. Once he has his mind set on something... well, he’s almost as stubborn as I am.
Of course, when he is demonstrating these regressive behaviors, I feel horrible because I have no idea what might happen at school or at the after-school program. Jonah has incredible teachers, and he absolutely adores them. We are lucky that Jonah has had such dedicated people to work with him and teach him. They are really extraordinary people who demonstrate a sincere want and desire to work with children growing up with autism. He was on fall break for the last 2 weeks, during which time, he attended extended school services while I was at work. Changes in schedule and routine can still be difficult for Jonah to deal with, and we did see a couple of incidents where Jonah demonstrated aggressive behaviors towards the staff at ESS. On a positive side to this, he is starting to acknowledge remorse for his actions without prompting. When I picked him up last Friday, he had behaved badly, and was in time-out when I walked through the door. When he saw me, he looked at me with a down face while the supervisor was informing me of the incident. I heard him say “Sorry, Mommy. No Mario. No Disneyland.” Of course, when he is being non-compliant, the first things I threaten to take away are Super Mario Brothers and Disneyland.
These are signs that, in spite of the regressive behaviors, there are underlying advancements being made. The damage caused by in-toxicity, in part to the Hep A vaccine for now, is being cleared out of his body. It’s just like when you get sick from a common cold or the flu. In order to properly recover from the virus, your symptoms get worse before you get better, right? When a cold or flu first infects your body, you don’t sense it immediately. It’s then followed by a little twinge at the back of your throat, then the achy neck, then chills and fever, then the body aches, and so on... These are symptoms caused by your immune system ‘fighting off the enemies’ -- per say. It’s interesting that I am witnessing homeopathy unfold layers of Jonah’s autistic expressions in the same manner. Things must get worse before they get better. 
It’s amazing to me that conventional medicine doesn’t seem to understand this natural process of healing. Instead, they will have you believe that you can suppress your coughs, and control your fevers, which ultimately prolongs the length of your illness by suppressing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In the meantime, you feel like you are better because you’re chugging down cough syrup to swallow your anti-biotics, and figure “I’m not contagious because I’m not coughing.” And you go to work, and you do the grocery shopping, and you mail your DVDs back to Netflix, sharing the joy that is your cold with the rest of the unsuspecting public who will do the exact same thing because that is what your doctor tells you to do. These are the doctors that get to take their families on a free trip to Disneyland, all expenses paid by healthcare facilities and pharmaceutical reps. Conflicts of interests?
I guess these issues are at the core of human nature. The capacity and ability to acknowledge and change comes at the precipice of an event. Meaning, things must get worse before they get better. THINGS MUST GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER! I believe the tipping point is upon us, since we are very near to seeing the worst of it.
For example, Gerson Therapy is a natural, and very highly effective way to treat cancer, but the powers that be in conventional ‘American’ medicine won’t admit it. They won’t even test it as plausible, and it has been around for decades. During these decades, cancer rates have climbed and any doctor that stumbles upon evidence of natural therapy working is discredited. According to the Cancer Prevention Society, “1 in 3 people will get cancer during our lifetimes.”  And now, at the beginning of a precipice that could impact 50% of our population by 2020, people are seeking out natural cancer therapy because they have the good instinct to recognize that whatever medicine we are being fed is not working. This could be very bad news for the various cancer organizations that raise millions of dollars to pay pharmaceutical companies to come up with new drugs that you will have to buy at astronomical prices, driving up stock prices, in hopes to save your life. If everyone finds out that you have a better chance of curing your cancer with coffee enemas and a plant based diet, who will feed the poor pharmaceutical reps and oncologists?
Cancer is just another thing the Food and Drug Adminstration, American Medical Association, and Center for Disease Control will not be honest with Americans about. They will not conduct a double-blind study of conventional cancer therapy versus natural therapy, because there is no profit to be made from it. Just as they will not conduct a double-blind study of autism occurring in children who have been vaccinated versus autism occurring in children who have not been vaccinated. There is no profit to be made from it. These organizations and medical professionals that are supposed to protect the health of the people in this country do more to damage us for the sake of money. 
When it comes to vaccines, they hide behind the statement “For the Greater Good.” For those of us that have children with autism caused by vaccinations, how do you feel about the sacrifice your child has made for the greater good? I was participating in a conversation at one of my favorite stores for local produce over the weekend, and we were on the subject of vaccines causing autism. The owner of the store asked a couple if they would vaccinate their children. The man replied, “Well my dad is a doctor, and he said the risks associated with not being vaccinated are more dangerous.” At this point, I glanced over and said, “Well, I think I would rather not have autism for the rest of my life.” Especially, if we could help it.