My name is Sarah. I am your typical New Yorker; worked through high school and college, consistently kept good grades, had great friends and family support. I was lucky. The next step as I started my career as a Career Counselor was to get married and start a family. I had a beautiful wedding and exactly 1 year later, I was pregnant with a baby boy. I had heard so much on the news about how autism was on the rise primarily in boys and I started to get a sinking feeling in my stomach. I promptly went to Cornell’s genetics lab for testing and my husband and I tested negative to any gene mutations.
My son Aaron was born 1 month early on October 15th 2009. From day 1 I always had an instinct that something was not right with him. He screamed for hours on end, constantly vomiting, etc…I would go to the pediatrician every week with tears in my eyes from sleep deprivation. I remember the words exactly, “Get a grip sweetheart, this is how boys are”. I learned to live with the screaming, buying every gadget on the market, home remedies, chamomile tea, the list went on and on. My family was consistently upset, trying to ” solve the problem”. There was constant chaos in my house. Aaron did not watch TV, play with toys and had poor eye contact. The pediatricians insisted he was fine.
One day when Aaron was 18 months old, I was watching Dr. Oz. There was a pediatrician speaking about the gut brain connection and its relation to autism. I felt like he was describing Aaron. I immediately made an appointment and my world changed. As soon as Dr. Gabriel saw Aaron, he said he had a milk allergy and to switch him to almond/coconut milk. He had red patches around his eyes and I cleared my house of all dairy and for the first time, Aaron slept through the night. No more vomiting, screaming and sleepless nights.
The next step was to get Aaron evaluated, We did heavy metal testing, gut bacteria testing, a Speech exam, Occupational Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis. He was given therapy everyday by NY State. Aaron was put on a heavy chelation regimen to clear his body of all toxins and help to get his brain work properly and to decrease inflammation. Of course this all came at a high price since Medical Insurance does not cover alternative treatments in autism. I did not know if this would work But I had to try something for my son and for myself.
After years of Vitamin B 12 shots, activated charcoal ( before it became a trend), magnesium, folate, and many other interventions, Aaron started to change. I changed too. I had to be his advocate. Otherwise no one was going to help me. I had to push for answers and guidance in a complicated system.
Today, Aaron is in 5th grade, has an average IQ, social, independent and the most behaved lovely young man. I want to help all the other struggling parents out there that do not where to turn and may have questions or concerns. I am not a doctor but learned to navigate the free resources in NYS’s Department of Education program, Medicaid, IEP rights as a parent and advocate centers for children with Autism. Aaron is now a big brother to my daughter Bella ( which does not have autism ). I continue to be a Healthy New Yorker, mind, body and soul.
List of Supplements
- Lifetrients, Speak + D, Pure Oil Natural Lemon
- Magnesium CitraMate
- Arctic Cod Liver Oil
- Charcoal (Activated)
- Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Infant Probiotics Powder