Mrs. W visited us with her daughter M aged 2 in February 2005. M was non-verbal and did not respond to her own name. Eye contact was minimal and she was quite indifferent to the environment. Her mother said she rarely smiled, does not imitate and has temper tantrums. She was constipated and had sleeping issues. Mrs. W feared her child was an autistic child.
Applying the biomedical medical approach to autism as part of the Defeat Autism Now! protocol, laboratory tests were conducted on M. The laboratory tests showed:
- mercury toxicity
- yeast infection
- folic acid deficiency
- sensitivity to eggs and dairy foods
- low homocysteine
- deficiencies in sulphur and trace lithium, and
- a potential leaky gut condition
M’s mother agreed to put her autistic child on a biomedical programme consisting of:
- the Gluten Free Casein Free diet (GFCF diet)
- natural unprocessed foods free from chemical additives
- anti-fungal medication
- nutritional supplements
- B12 injections
- heavy metal detoxification
M also attended one-to-one speech therapy.
One month later
During the follow-up visit a month latter, Mrs. W was clearly depressed. She felt very sorry for her young autistic child having to do injections and take all these supplements like a sick old lady. Also she could not bear to see her daughter craving for bread and milk. However, she felt that M was better and seemed to enjoy learning.
We impressed upon her that M was not just an autistic child, she also had biological issues. Many kids have done this Defeat Autism Now! programme and are getting better. We agreed with Mrs. W that if M was not better in a few months, we would stop the programme.
By the next visit after another month later Mrs. W was all smiles. M’s vocabulary has increased by several word and could use two words at a time. Her awareness and understanding had increased and was she more sociable. She was moving her bowels daily and sleeping well. Since the bowel movements were good, we began mercury detoxification proper.
Another two months later, Mrs. W reported that M was mixing well with friends in the play group! A bout of chest infection caused some regression but a month after the infection, M was carrying out two-way conversations with her parents and the clinic staff!
On a recent trip back home in Indonesia, Mrs. W discovered that M could also converse in Indonesian! M is now talking three languages – English, Mandarin and Indonesian. She could even ‘hold a grudge’ against her grandfather after he chided her over a misbehavior – she refused to allow him to watch her dance to some CD music few days later.
At 3, no longer autistic
At age 3 and one year after beginning biomedical treatment and speech therapy, M will be enrolled into a normal kindergarten. Mrs. W does not intend to declare M’s past autism to the school. Perhaps M was not autistic child to begin? Consider her ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist) score at the start of the programme in February 2005:
- 24 for Speech / Language / Communication
- 22 for Sociability
- 20 for Sensory / Cognition / Awareness
- 7 for Health / Physical / Behavior.
M’s total ATEC score was 73, which would put her at the 60th to 69th percentile. Such a score would classify M as having moderate / borderline severe autism.
On 22 March 2006, M’s ATEC score was:
- 0 for Speech / Language / Communication
- 1 for Sociability
- 1 for Sensory / Cognition / Awareness
- 2 for Health / Physical / Behavior.
This makes for a grand total of score of 4! Many normal children at her age only manage to score about 7 to 10 points. M is one recovered autistic child whom we are all proud of.