Every day when I crack capsules of supplements, like eggs to mix into R's food, I cannot help but wonder if any of it makes any difference at all
While R continues to make progress its really not the kind of meteoric progress that I hear other parents talk about.( you sometimes hear parents whose kids will start talking within a month of starting DAN – this has not been our experience at all )
A little history on our biomedical intervention.
We have been doing some DAN since when R was 3.5 years
We did a very strict GF CF as soon as R was diagnosed at 2.5 years but showed no dramatic improvement.
DH ( especially ) and I are not the types to jump onto any bandwagon and while evaluation support options for R we have been VERY careful to look at the basic principle of- first do no harm.
Just to rule thing out in March of 2008 we did the French Porphyrin test
And found to our astonishment that R had extremely high mercury toxicity. Where all this mercury came from is a mystery as most vaccines are thimerosol free since 2002 and we do not eat fish at all .
One of the theories is really that mercury is everywhere, just some children have an inability to excrete it and they get developmental disorders
Anyway we went down the route of DAN- we went to really great MD who is a pediatrician with an autistic child - and found that R had
- Several food intolerances including strong intolerance to wheat
- And Mercury
Our DAN intervention comprises
Mostly Gluten Free
Nystatin for Yeast
And a number of supplements that help the body get more efficient at excreting mercury – MB 12, Enzymes and Probiotics,, Mercury free fish oil , TMG and Taurine
But NO Chelation – nothing drastic like that . Just the word Chelation makes me sweat bullets.
Well we just retested for mercury
Its fallen and its almost normal range . I don't know if the mercury caused his regression or not
But I am glad its gone