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Recovery From Today’s Medical Autism is Possible!

Today’s guest blog is from Maria O’Neil. Let’s listen respectfully as she discusses her personal beliefs on autism, treatment, and options available to our families. If you have any questions, I encourage you to use the comment form down below. Thank you. (KLH)

166731138What I have to say right now is you have CHOICES in regards to treating today’s autism…what I want to express is my own personal raw sentiments on how I believe today’s autism has a huge medical component and we as mothers can treat it.

I worked in healthcare before autism entered my life, ten plus years…I don’t base my treatments for my son on the opinion of an actor, or the APA, etc. No, I went with my gut. My son was not born with autism- he regressed horribly after his vaccinations at 15 months old. There, I said it, that controversial statement…”after his vaccinations.”  After diagnosis my husband and I were heartbroken, scared, and pretty much in this fog. It took one really horrible afternoon where I was screaming,  “Please JUST talk to me, please!” because my son was just sitting at the kitchen table flapping his hands and staring into space. My husband literally picked me up off the floor and said “We can continue to feel sorry for ourselves and depressed or get our son real help.  Do you know anyone in from your past work in the medical field?” And the light bulb went off … I remembered Dr. Kenneth Bock who worked across the bridge when I worked in Kingston, NY. He had a book “Healing The New Childhood Epidemics” and had successfully helped parents over the years. The Naval Hospital Physician wasn’t really on board with my suggestions of B12 supplementation and diet change, so until we could get off Okinawa to San Diego we took matters in our own hands. We changed his diet and added fish oils. I am grateful for the support of my friends from afar from New York, my husband and his Marines, the people I did Crossfit with, and the local nationals I was friends with in Okinawa Japan who taught me the benefits of local nutritious food and green tea.

The last two years were about getting my son back under one of the most premier pediatricians in this country. If you’re out there reading this doctor, I want to say “thank you.”  Thank you for treating me with respect, honesty, and validating me with the full comprehensive blood work, etc. you ran on my son after you saw him in your office flapping his hands, posturing from horrific gut pain, and being completely non-verbal.  After we got my son’s comprehensive results I discovered my son had gut damage, mitochondrial issues, high viral load, low white cell count, was deficient in vitamin D3 and all basic minerals.

Now I had answers and an action plan to treat him.  A far cry from the previous physician who, when my son at 18 months, sat across from him and stated, “Mrs. O’Neil, accept your new normal. Your son was born this way. “  I didn’t accept that as an answer.

Of course we had those who didn’t believe in what we were doing, my mother in law judged me and called me crazy, I had friends who worked in the special education field who were telling me to just accept he was born this way, get him more therapy, don’t be one of those “Crazy Moms.” I just didn’t listen, it was my son that mattered at the end of the day. Once I met with his new doctor I just knew I was doing the right thing.  At that point we were 5 months into diet change (Gluten/casein free, etc.) and my sons digestion, temperament and frequency of hand flapping changed. We jumped in full throttle then. Methyl b12 was added to the mix and my son turned to me and said, “I love you mom” not long after. I did not put my son in traditional therapies for one year during treatment to see what was working, as we targeted each ailment we found on blood work, etc. he came back to me more and more.

This journey has been an emotionally hard, but worthy one. I faced a good bit of adversity in the beginning… I felt very vindicated this year as I sat across from the IEP team and my son was released from services. I even received an apology from one therapist who doubted my methods at my son’s initial evaluation two years ago. I am not rich or famous. I am just a Sgt’s wife who really researched and went against the mainstream in regards to treatment. It has given me a new perspective on life in general.  My husband has been my rock through this even while deployed and I was handling all of it along with taking care of a brand new baby. As I sat and watched my son on the playground yesterday I thought ” Not one person here knows what we have been through the past two years” and after I set up a play date with another mother for next week I vowed to myself to help as many mothers I could by sharing our story.

Now presently my son lost his diagnosis after two years of biomedical treatment.  Does this work for every child?  Not necessarily. Is it worth trying? Absolutely!  I didn’t write this today to start a debate or make it seem like I am judging anyone’s recent choices in how they are treating their child’s autism.  I am doing this so as parents you realize there is more than one way to treat this disorder and why not try?  I am a firm believer of heal the body and the brain will follow and work cohesively with the traditional therapies that are most often times given as the only path for treatment. I just want you to think- start in small steps and know that mothers like myself are here for you every step of the way.  Like my husband said to me in the beginning of this journey in true Marine fashion, “We will get our son back because there is no ‘can’t’ in this family.”

Where to find information about biomedical treatments and other info:

http://www.tacanow.org/tag/newly-diagnosed/

http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0345494512

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004Y6MW4I/ref=redir_mdp_mobile

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fadventuresinautism.com%2Ffiles%2FVaccineAutismStudies.doc&h=HAQGN1fc-

(A compilation of 84 research papers linking vaccines and autism).

http://www.klinghardtacademy.com

http://nourishinghope.com

http://www.epidemicanswers.org

http://www.canarykidsmovie.com

(Maria is a contributor to the Canary Kids Movie).

60 comments on “Recovery From Today’s Medical Autism is Possible!

  1. thejourneyofathousandsticks
    February 18, 2014

    My son (ASD) has shown huge improvements thanks to biomed protocols.

    • Sumita
      February 20, 2014

      .Thanks for sharing your story.What kind of dietary changes you do and how long do you follow that to actually see the results. You mentioned about the blood work, what is it exactly called and can you help me with some resources on this?

      • gemmanerys
        February 20, 2014

        Just click on the links that Maria gives in the above blog post and start reading. It’s like unraveling a sweater by pulling on one thread. It’s long and sometimes tedious, but you’ll know when you’ve found something that connects.

  2. Annabelle
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing! My son will be starting on biomedical treatment in April. God Bless you, Maria!

  3. Brooke Rash
    February 18, 2014

    Great article , Maria!! I’m so glad we connected. I can join you in your “crazy mom” status! 😉 for those of you doubting her , my son also healed from autism with similar treatment, mainly dietary changes.

    • Elissa
      February 20, 2014

      Agree here. We got full bloodwork and my son’s IgG antibodies for gluten and casein were above normal. I knew, at 7 months, I had to jump in and just do it. He is GFCF and we supplement as well. Extra omega 3, vitamin c, and zinc. At age 2.5, he is being discharged from services and is developmentally normal. I still notice a slight disconnect with eye contact but he is making great strides everyday.

  4. Lindsay
    February 18, 2014

    I LOVE YOU MARIA!! Though I may not have kids (yet!) you have already helped me! You have helped me as a human being, as a woman, as an athlete. You and Connor have SHOWN that there is no “can’t” in this world. There is only TRY and DO. Hearing him speak and watching him grow has truly been something AMAZING and has brought happy tears to MY face. You give hope, Maria, where people had lost it completely. Knowing that there are people out there like you gives me hope for the future. For future generations that my kids will live in. And for that, I thank you.

  5. Anna
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you Maria. Everything is so multifaceted. We have to look at every angle possible. Diet has to be one of them! It is so good of you to share.

  6. Sheila Kennedy
    February 18, 2014

    As an alternative practitioner in Australia I have followed Maria and Connors’s story with interest, and rejoiced in Conner’s diagnosis being reversed.To all those parents out there who’s child has been boxed, labelled and basically put into the too hard basket, please take note of Maria’s knowledge determination and hours and hours of research as she and her husband fought for their son. You are to be congratulated, and Connor is one very lucky little boy to have parents who didnt give up.

  7. Tammy Rougier
    February 18, 2014

    I dont have childern, but after seeing the recovery of your son i tell everyone I know about what you have done. And I’m not going to lie at first I thought you e à crazy mom, but now i think what you and your husband has done with your son is à creditable thing, and a inspiration to anyone given this hurdled in life.

  8. Amy
    February 18, 2014

    Love you, Maria. Excellent write up. Connor is amazing. Your whole family is.

  9. rashana
    February 18, 2014

    Connor is such a blessing!! Maria, you are an amazing woman and I’m happy to call you a friend! You have opened my eyes to so much, helping me change my ways in what I give my kids. xoxo

  10. Teresa
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your story and being so helpful to others. I will pass this on to all the people I know that are looking for more than information and help than currently offered.

    • alison birch
      February 23, 2014

      You have to be very careful of other people around your autistic children

  11. Amanda Cox
    February 18, 2014

    I’ve seen the transformation in you and him and it’s amazing! Your journey will
    Has not been in vain for your story will help many open the door to a new way of thinking.

  12. Britnie
    February 18, 2014

    Keep sharing your story, Maria! You are getting through to some people 😉 Thank you for always being there to answer any questions or concerns I’ve had!

  13. Lisa Ackerman
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing TACA info!

    Congrats on recovery!! We agree! It does exist. Autism is treatable. The future is bright!

    More stories can be found on TACA https://www.tacanow.org/family-stories/

  14. Kristin
    February 18, 2014

    Amazing article Maria! I’m so happy that you are sharing this information with others, so they know about ALL of the available options out there! I’m also very happy to call you my friend! Thanks so much for all the advice you’ve already given me! My plan is to join you in helping others recover their children just as soon as Jack and I cross that finish line! You and Connor are an inspiration to me!

  15. Angie
    February 18, 2014

    I loved reading this article. You are an amazing woman Maria, and I am happy to have had the chance for our paths to cross. Connor is such an amazing kid and he is so lucky to have you as his mom.

  16. Whitney
    February 18, 2014

    Thanks you Maria for sharing Connor with us! It has been such a blessing to see him recover. I look forward to seeing more families take your approach and get their children back! Love you!!

  17. wholefoodforlife
    February 18, 2014

    Beautifully written Maria! Your son’s story is an inspiration to us all. We too are seeing tremendous gains from my son’s biomedical journey. I hope he too will lose his diagnosis this year, although we never stop the healing. The team at Canarykidsmovie.com are forever indebted to you for your bravery and courage in telling your story and sharing your beautiful family with us forever. Xoxo

  18. joann
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you Maria!!! Maria has helped me so much with my son Ezra we are on the road to recovery and getting our son back!!! We would be so lost without her help and support!!

  19. Sabha Abour
    February 18, 2014

    Maria, LOVE YOU!!! Your dedication to making SURE your child recovers and is FUNCTIONING TO THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL IS AMAZING!!! What’s even more amazing than that is YOUR DEDICATION AND PERSEVERANCE TO HELP OTHERS AS WELL! Keep sharing your story girl!! Much LOVE XOXO!

  20. ylewis
    February 18, 2014

    Our son has made leaps and bounds in recovery as well by addressing the underlying medical issues he has with biomedical interventions. Recovery is real. Thank you, Maria, for sharing your story!

  21. angeleenalee
    February 18, 2014

    We didn’t deal with Autism, but we did deal with severe immune issues, food allergies, unexplained staggering, failure to thrive, reflux, massive gut inflammation, borderline anemia, and anxiety from infancy. I appreciated every story like this I read then and feel uplifted by each one I read now. We can finally exhale now that our whole family is healthy, but I still find inspiration for the rest of my life when families focus on bringing true healing to their children! Thank you for sharing so openly!

  22. oohlookachicken
    February 18, 2014

    Speak up Maria!! So proud of you for sharing your story, even prouder to know you swam upstream against convention wisdom and saved your son.

    A few years ago at an autism Biomed conference someone told this story.:

    Many years ago there were two warring factions that lived on either side of a treacherous mountain. One night, one faction crept through the dark and snatched the beloved child of one off the tribe leaders. The next morning all the bravest warriors assembled and gathered their supplies, sent their sharpest scouts to track the abductors. The weather conditions were harsh, the winds fierce, the path treacherous. Within a few hours the fog rolled in so heavily they had to stop to make camp.

    The next morning, when the light was gray and the fog was still thick, the sentry heard muffled footsteps coming down from the top of the mountain. He roused his companions and moments later a figure emerged from the fog. It was a woman, carrying a small child strapped to her back. She nodded to the men, who were stunned with disbelief, and kept heading downhill. It was the child’s mother, and the missing child was now strapped to his mothers back, asleep and safe.

    “How did you do that?” The warriors demanded. “Tell us at once. We had our best warriors, our keenest scouts searching for the child. How is it possible that you, a mere woman, unarmed, were able to recover him when we could not?”

    “It’s not your child,” she replied and she continued on her way.

    NEVER underestimate a determined mama!! Way to go Maria!

  23. Kristen Gibson
    February 18, 2014

    Way to go Maria! Love listening to you. xox

  24. Dani at Birdhouse
    February 18, 2014

    I’ve been working with Dr Bock for a few years now and love him! While I believe my daughter was born this way and I’m not trying to “recover” anything, I do know that a biomed approach has done wonders to help her reach her greatest potential.

  25. Jillian
    February 18, 2014

    So many children are being affected by autism, food allergies, ADHD, and the list goes on. When it’s your child and mainstream medicine wants to medicate the symptoms without concern for cause or recovery, we as mothers have no choice but to investigate all methods. Biomedical treatment with diet changes and supplements is no doubt working! Thank you Maria for speaking out about this! No mother should have to endure having a sick child. Thank goodness there are options for treatment. Keep educating us!!

  26. Christina
    February 18, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your story with so many! There is no such thing as false hope, only hope! Your journey is an inspiration to everyone who knows what happened to their children!!

  27. Babyfoodsteps
    February 18, 2014

    Wooo hooo Momma! Way to go! Way to trust your gut and way to heal your son’s!!
    So blessed to have met you on this journey and look forward to many more success stories from all the moms you help!

    Continue telling your story… it ALONE is healing through HOPE!

  28. RaisingZak (@RAISINGZAK)
    February 18, 2014

    Wonderful article and we could not agree more. My son has shown amazing results and has overcome his autism thanks to diet and the biomed approach. Thank you for continuing to get the word out. So many parents are skeptics and I just try to point to my son Zak and how far he is come. Keep fighting the good fight and thank you!

  29. Carrie
    February 18, 2014

    Love this! We have also helped our son through alternative and biomedical approaches. We have a way to go for his gut health and other health related concerns but he was also released from his IEP.

  30. Tracy Olson Sirna
    February 18, 2014

    This is huge….we have to have faith and we need to be educated! We have seen a huge improvement with my son. We did therapies, vitamins, minerals, liquid chlorophyll and supplements, almond milk vs dairy, focus on proteins, coconut oil. We aren’t stopping and Maria has been a driving force to keeping us motivated and informed!

  31. Vanessa
    February 18, 2014

    My daughter also regressed after her 15 month vaccines. Our story is nearly identical to Maria’s. We used a combination of diet, therapies and biomedical treatments to recover our daughter. She is now in the gifted and talented program at our school. She’s eight and a half years old and you would never know that she was diagnosed with autism when she was two.

  32. Chris
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing – TRUTH!

  33. Lisa Scott
    February 19, 2014

    I feel so blessed that we met on FB. Your son’s story along with your determination is a huge inspiration to our family and has given us hope in getting our son back. Our biomedical journey starts next month and I no longer have any fears. You taught me that autism is can be treated and needs be treated from within. I cannot wait to help my son feel better again, smile more again, be himself again. Go, warrior momma! I am a big fan and support you in getting the word out that it’s possible to beat this damn autism! Thank you for sharing your story and for giving me so much of your time and advice:-)

  34. Shannon Fillion
    February 19, 2014

    Thank you for sharing.. I believe my son is on the road to recovery after a year of Biomedical

  35. Kelly
    February 19, 2014

    Autism is Medical….and it should be treated as such. My daughter is recovering as well because we have treated her underlying medical issues that I had to BEG mainstream doctors to test her for—but once they found them, they were shocked. Thank you for sharing your story.

  36. Rika
    February 19, 2014

    Great read! So inspiring! I wish this biomedical movement for treating Autism would spread like wildfire! Are ya ll planning on having more children? If so how will you prepare your body this time round?
    Rikambrake@gmail.com

  37. Michael
    February 19, 2014

    Thank you for that blog… can you please let me know where I can do all the tests you did at the begin before starting the Bio treatment ???

    • Joanne
      February 19, 2014

      Can you find a DAN Dr in your area? If your child is Autistic.

      • Michael
        February 19, 2014

        so it has to be a DAN dr. ? I assume they don’t take insurance right ?

  38. Joanne
    February 19, 2014

    IT WORKS! My son is becoming more “traditional” every day. He is a different person from a year ago. It’s hard, time consuming, and at times a lil expensive but SO worth it and I have the results to back it up.

  39. Maria ONeil
    February 19, 2014

    This is Maria who wrote this piece, my first answer is to Rika … Yes I have since had another son since Connor, he is now 17 months old. During pregnancy I was sure to eat an organic diet, no gluten or dairy . I also took ZERO medications during pregnancy ie: Tylenol etc and was not vaccinated as well during this pregnancy. I urge anyone with one child on the spectrum who may have another child etc to research vaccines thoroughly and also visit http://www.mthfr.net and type pregnancy in the search engine, Dr. Ben Lynch’s info is invaluable .

    My second answer is to Michael, have you ever visited the Talk about curing autism website? Are you Military?

    I have stayed a silent observer since my blog was posted, I just wanted to say that seeing all of your comments further pushes to advocate in this realm. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and absorb the information. In doing that my sons prior suffering was not in vain.

    • Michael
      February 19, 2014

      Hi Maria,
      no I am not Military .. and I am not familiar with the about curing autism website…

  40. Maria ONeil
    February 19, 2014

    Ok if you go to the bottom of my post there is a link for TACA! If you click on there, there is a wealth of information! Also go to my friends site on Facebook, Biomed Heals she puts a good amount of great information along with Generation Rescue you can apply for a grant if your child has never received biomedical treatment…

  41. Dawn L
    February 19, 2014

    Thank you for sharing the conversation with everyone. Excellent and well done.

  42. SCR
    February 20, 2014

    Thanks for telling your story. Exposing a infant to environmental toxins causes developmental delays. Common sense should tell you that and there are studies out there that prove it. As a medical professional myself, I see the same issues we have with our kids in the adult population. If only the mainstream medical profession would be open to biomedical interventions instead of throwing more chemicals on the problem, our nation would be much healthier. Nine years ago a developmental pediatrician told me to give my five year old son Ritalin, so he could focus and learn. He also told me there were no double blinded placebo controlled studies on diets and supplements. I ignored his advice.

  43. SG
    February 20, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your story. My son, 3 1/2 years now is moving off the Autism Spectrum because of biomedical treatments as well. It has been an amazing journey. I wish that more parents would depart the mainstream thinking and give alternative diet, methyl B-12 injections, detoxification and other biomedical treatments a try.

  44. Ashlee
    February 21, 2014

    Maria,

    Thank you for sharing our story! I too have a near identical story to yours… (my son’s floortime therapist actually sent post this to me because she said “this sounds exactly like you!”)…. Only our regression happened after my son’s vaccinations at a very young 4.5 months old. We went through the same kind of devastation, fear and hopelessness. I was called crazy by many, even family… But I kept the main thing (my sons recovery) the main thing. By the time he was 10 months old and i had researched like crazy, we began a GFCF formula, organic foods, and biomedical intervention with one of the best pediatricians in the country as well! We were failing to thrive, thyroid problems, immune dysfunction, mito, GI issues and deficient in vitamins and minerals across the board. Fast forward to today… My son is not quite 3.5 and he has lost his diagnosis and services too… We are looking at typical preschools… Going on play dates… I almost cannot believe we really did it, but we did! I remember the dark days :(… Now I have one of the most intelligent and verbal kiddos around 🙂

    BIOMEDICAL RECOVERY IS REAL. Please, if you are on the fence, seek out a MAPS physician and get your child some real help! So little to lose, so much to gain!!! Great links to TACA, thinking moms revolution, canary party, klinghardt academy, etc. So happy for you Maria!

  45. alaina
    February 26, 2014

    Your children are so blessed to have you as a mother!

  46. Lana
    April 8, 2014

    I would love to know what vaccines your son received before his regression. Thanks so much for sharing your story! It takes courage these days!

  47. Maria ONeil
    April 20, 2014

    Lana I just saw your comment , my apologies… It was a perfect storm if you will rhogham in pregnancy , also flu shot and whooping cough started the storm.. Then he received all vaccinations on time and multiple flu shots after birth. What sent him into the abyss was varicella, pneumococcal , MMR and flu shot within a one month frame, after that he was non verbal , severe gut dysbiosis and aggression and hand flapping.

  48. Karen
    July 25, 2014

    Thank you Maria for giving me the courage and support and “tough talk” I need to continue this fight. I know that we will make it, but it’s so nice to have someone like you in our corner.

  49. Maria ONeil
    September 21, 2014

    Karen just saw your comment – you are so very welcome .. ” Only forward from here”

  50. Dianne McLean
    November 6, 2014

    Maria! I want you to speak to my members next week. You can do it via teleseminar, no traveling expense and you can wear your workout pants 😉 Please contact me ASAP – I just stumbled on this today and my members need to hear it!! use the contact form at hecoa.com or if you can see the email in the moderators area that’s great too.

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  52. Jenna Jones
    February 7, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think this is important! Way to fight for your son mamma!

  53. Karen M Sussman
    August 27, 2015

    I found your blog on the traceamounts.com website right after watching their trace amounts movie online (United Nations is seeing it this week! 🙂 ) I read you used methyl B-12- immeditaely ordered the ORAL lozenge/chewable version right away (10,000 mcgs) and w/ in 2 weeks my son was immensely better cognitively and otherwise. You used to be able to talk about him in front of him and he would not be paying attention – no more! He’s 10 ½- it’s not been even four years since the first time he answered a question I posed him (outside maybe of the topic of food.)

    Here’s a short blog of our journey since June 2015- just 2 months and I’m the most optimistic I’ve been about my son losing his diagnosis ever! THANK YOU soo MUCH Maria!! If you hadn’t posted we’d still be stuck. http://realitycheckbyarealgenius.blogspot.com

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