Diagnosed with Autism and other Mood Disorders. Every parent needs to read this.
Beyond the Rage
My life story is a pretty typical one. I grew up in a family of 4 children with a dog, cat and a horse. My grandparents lived next door for most of my life. After graduating from grade 12, we moved across Canada. At age 22 I married my best friend and we just celebrated our 21st Anniversary.
Mark and I were married for 12 years before we decided to start a family. Our child Tyce, was the most beautiful, funny, smart child we could have hope for. We were thrilled, that is until he turned 2 ½. Then our life went off the rails and we literally had no idea what to do about it.
Our child had mysterious behaviour. He would scream in pain when we turned on the vacuum or blender. He would scream in terror if he was left alone in a room, and he would scream in torment if his daily routine was suddenly changed. When the fear left, anger arrived. He would find ways to torture me. He would stare intently into my eyes to make sure I was hurting while he scratched, bit, kicked or ripped my hair out. His rages were often and legendary.
Being intensely involved parents, we read books. We tried different discipline techniques. We tried being super strict, or super supportive. What we found was that Tyce’s problems could not be disciplined out of him. Before bed he would reluctantly say his prayers and recount all of his sins, feeling deeply cut for his behaviours. Tyce was an honest child. He was dealing with things that we could not help him with, things that we struggled to understand ourselves.
Initially Tyce was diagnosed with Austim; later having a clarified diagnosis of Oppositional Defiance Disorder and ADHD combined. Here is what we have come to understand about what was going on in his brain: Rather than being non-functioning; his brain was hyper functioning. He absorbed everything around him in minute detail, without having any way to shut it off. Imagine yourself sitting in a chair, with a dozen people around you. Some are whispering, others are shouting as if they were across the room from you. You feel the air from the vent moving the hairs on your arms. You feel the tags on your clothing like they are cutting into your skin. You see every detail of every person, and you cannot shut any of it out – you have to process every single piece of information that your hyperactive senses are feeding you. And then just when you start to get a handle on the situation, something changes and you have to start all over again.
Try this yourself; the next time you are having a conversation with someone in a crowded room, actively unblock all of the conversations around you, and see how well you can respond to the conversation you are currently having.
Once we understood this, we were able to better understand Tyce’s inflexibility, his resistance, his rages. Repeatedly we went to our doctor to ask for help. Tyce was too young to be taken seriously, and we, well, we were first time parents.
Meanwhile we were prisoners in our own home – confined by the public spectacle that was our son. By the time he was 3, he had been through poison control 5 times because he could not control his impulses. We had already asked the police to help find our son, thus having to install locks on the inside of all doors for his safety. Clearly, we needed options.
Eventually our doctor did give us the best help that she was able to, and we were the proud parents of a 3 ½ year old who was now on psychotropic medication. We deliberately chose to give our son pills that affected the way his brain worked, while it was still developing. Why? Because it was the best way we knew how to help him and us. And it did help some things, but made other things worse.
After some time our neighbour introduced us to a novel idea. Perhaps Tyce could be helped with nutrition alone. Nutrition that can be absorbed by the body and fed directly to the brain. In our research with Tyce, we were already aware of the gut/brain connection – that the health of our gut has a direct bearing on our mental health. At the time , we were facing the decision of having to add a second medication to Tyce’s regimen. We decided to give nutrition a try. It was a natural micronutrient formulation that seemed like it couldn’t harm anything, and we could try it while Tyce as still on his meds; with supervision.
January 2013 was the month we first tried this. My husband agreed to try it along with our son so he could feel what Tyce was feeling. My husband also had ADHD and anxiety, and was on 5 different medications at the time. Within a week, I remember Mark saying to me that he never felt so stable with his emotions. Within the month we were able to start slowly cutting back on Tyce’s medication, with the supervision of a professional. March 6, 2013 was the first day our son Tyce was psychotropic medication free, and solely on micronutrients, and within 6 months, Mark was med free as well. It turns out that when your brain is getting the fuel that it needs to do its job properly, it will perform better on ALL levels with no side effects.
So how exactly is this different from all the vitamins and minerals we have been surrounded with in the drug stores? Here is the basic run down:
The first thing our bodies need is the proper ratios and balances of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. The next thing is for our bodies to be able to absorb it all. Particle sizes are important, and this is where the micronization comes in; getting the particle sizes smaller than a strand of hair. Thirdly, and importantly, is chelation. Chelating is the process of binding protein molecules to the formulation. This is how the micronutrients are able to find their way to the brain, where the natural uptake will be over 90%. This is very impressive as most vitamins from drug stores have an uptake, or absorbability, of only 15%. That is why many doctors correctly label the supplement industry as giving you very expensive urine.
The chelation is almost unheard of in the supplement world because of time and cost, however because our bodies readily absorb protein, when we ingest a micronutrient your body will pull the protein through the blood brain barrier where it delivers the Trojan horse – the actual fuel your brain needs.
Having seen this work first hand, I can tell you that the effects are real and just keep getting better, every month, every year. We can see a measurable amount of improvement in brain health in our son, as well as ourselves. However, it is not just our family that has had success. This particular product has had empirical testing from independent researchers, from Harvard to Ohio State. There have even been successful double blind placebo studies. There was even a study in Canada with the victims of the flood and how they were helped to recover from the effects of PTSD using this formulation.
There was a study that was of particular interest to my husband, as he has suffered from 6 concussions. This study showed damaged brains being repaired and out performing undamaged brains with the use of this micronutrient formulation. Our son is all boy, riding dirt bikes, BMXing, jumping out of trees. I feel better knowing that we are protecting his brain as best we can.
I’m sure that there are some readingthis today who suffer from low energy, migraines, brain fog or other issues that you really do not want to talk about. I’m sure that many of you would like to do whatever you can to keep your brain protected and healthy as you advance in years. I’m certain that some of you would be interested in a way to, not artificially manipulate, but to naturally fuel your brain.
Our son is 8 years old now. This little boy who in preschool hid from other children, and was confused by proper social behaviors, was in the school play this year. He is in the grade he is supposed to be in, getting typical grades. This child who was terrified of crowds has read Bible chapters 11 different times in front of a congregation of 100 people. He has a life that I feared he would never have, and so today I stand before you as a mother compelled to let the world know about how micronutrients can change lives.
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