Anyone who has done any kind of biomedical treatment or is in the process may have heard of detox.
The dictionary definition of detox is “a period of time which one rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.”
There are important things to know before you start doing anything. My list would be as follows:
- Detox – heavy metals, yeast, parasites are common
- Mineral support and supplementation
- Immune support
If your child is on the spectrum, you may have heard of “detoxing the pathways.” This as I have discovered is a very important component to healing the body by ridding it of unwanted or harmful substances. Some of these toxins could include heavy metals, parasites, yeast or other things.
Our son has heavy metals in his body as well as an on-going yeast issue.
When we initially did some blood work, our son was tested for lead; however this did not show up in his blood. It wasn’t until we did a urine challenge test that we discovered that his lead levels were extremely high. As I have learned, lead (or other metals) usually only show up in your blood if you have had a recent exposure. In our case, the metals were in his tissues and bones and had probably been there for a long time.
Our son has also had issues with yeast on and off. This is extremely common for children with autism. Some of the outward signs of a child having yeast can be giddiness or drunken-like behaviors. We had our son tested for yeast by doing a “live-cell” test. This is done periodically by his functional medicine doctor just to see what his levels are and if they are getting better. Over the past year and a half we have done many of these tests.
Treatments for high yeast levels can vary from person-to-person. With the direction of our doctor, we put on son on an anti-fungal drug to see if that would help his body get rid of the yeast. This is trial and error so the first drug did not work. But the second one that we tried totally got rid of it. For a time…this as I have learned is something that has to be managed constantly, but at least we had found something that worked for him.
When you are trying to rid the body of toxins, this is just one of the things that you need to look at. If you are new to the biomedical journey before you do any detoxification, you first need to have a good diet in place. If you don’t do this, then there is no point in trying to detox because you will just be going around in circles.
We have discovered that with our son, yeast always seems to be a big issue, so (with the guidance of our doctor) he is on a protocol where he takes a prescription medication one week per month (for the yeast) and then he does three different herbal medicines the other three weeks of the month.
The drug taken for the yeast does have some side effects so you don’t want to be on in continuously, as it can be taxing on the liver, but taking it one week a month allows the child to have a break for the other three weeks with natural supplements. Periodically blood work needs to be done just to make sure that the liver is supported.
This is where we are currently at for treating the yeast.
Another thing we have done is to try to remove heavy metals from his body. There are many different ways that you can do this and this is a very personal decision and approach that you must do research on to be able to know what is best for your child. We have chosen a method that seems to be working for our child right now.
You always have to make sure that you do everything systematically and with each new addition you go slow and monitor the progress for any changes, both good and bad.
We have discovered in our journey that an amazing detox tool is the foot bath. We use the IonCleanse by AMD and in my opinion this is the best brand on the market. We did a lot of research before purchasing this as it is quite expensive. The great thing about this company is that they have a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can actually try it and if you are not satisfied they will refund all of your money.
A foot bath is just what it sounds like. Your child sits in a chair and puts their feet in a bath for a specified amount of time. There are recommend instructions when you are beginning for time and the age of the child. It is better with anything new to start slow and work your way up. Currently our son does 45 minutes for three days in a row and then takes one day off. If he is sick, we skip it. But this we have found to be such an important detox tool. I would never give this up because it has been a game changer for us. We have seen increased calmness, focus and clarity just to name a few things. We take the foot bath with us wherever we go.
When dealing with biomedical treatments, there are many tools. It is always a combination of things that will help detoxify your child’s body. You need to get the “bad stuff” out. This takes time so be patient and treatments are individualized for each child. What works for your child may not work for someone else’s child. Also, the processes may need to be adjusted or changed over time.
Just knowing that these tools are out there should give parents hope that their child can feel better and function better.
Stay tuned for more to come….