Parents of autistic children start to phone my office usually in March and continue until after Labor Day with the same question: “My child’s symptoms are worse. What is happening?” Well the answer is simple. Insecticides and pesticides are being sprayed everywhere.
Neighbors are spraying fertilizers and herbicides on their lawns, farmers are spraying insecticides on their crops, and the highways are being sprayed with weed killers. Just driving down the road with the windows down will expose your child. When I visit my doctor friend’s clinic in Arizona, we see 25 or more children a day in the clinic with seizures, etc. due to the pesticides and insecticides being sprayed there. Once the child is treated with homeopathic remedies for the insecticides, etc. their symptoms lessen. The problem is that the next day they go somewhere else that has been sprayed and it starts all over again. In spring and summer each child is given homeopathic remedies for the pesticides and insecticides to help alleviate the symptoms.
One mother called from a family vacation to say that the vacation was being ruined by her child’s behavior and she was not sure what was wrong. I informed the mother that the beach where she was vacationing sprayed insecticides by plane at night for mosquitoes, as well as by trucks misting the air. I sent her a remedy overnight and the vacation was saved.
Another culprit that many parents are not aware of appears during the Christmas holidays. Behavioral symptoms may worsen during the Christmas holidays if children are exposed to live Christmas trees. Christmas trees are treated with insecticides and many are sprayed with an agent to make them appear greener. If you have a live tree in your home, then your child has constant exposure to the insecticides that have been sprayed on the tree.
An additional culprit in summer that many parents do not think about is swimming pools. We usually recommend that autistic children not swim in heavily chlorinated pools. Most pools are treated with harsh chemicals. Studies show that 60% to 80% of anything that touches the skin is absorbed, so just imagine the exposure to these chemicals a child receives who swims every day or even several times a week. We give the children a specific homeopathic remedy for the chemicals in pools to help with the exposure and it seems to really help. Have a great spring and summer and stay safe!
I get many calls from parents of autistic children and from individuals with dairy allergies who ask if the camel milk will be O.K. for them. My answer is: if you are allergic to the lactase, or sugar, in the milk you should be fine, but if you are allergic to the casein, or protein, in the milk, then there may be a chance you will develop an allergy to the camel milk.
Many adults and children do very well on the camel milk even if they have a casein allergy, but some do not. The casein in camel milk is not the same as the casein found in goat, cow, donkey or buffalo milk. It is totally different. Time and time again I have seen patients with allergies to casein become allergic to the camel milk. Sometimes it is caused by heavy metal residue, etc. and once this problem is alleviated the allergy often disappears. We usually start individuals with known casein allergies on enzymes with DPPIV for a period of time before we introduce the milk, and this often helps. In my office each child is tested, but if a child is not available to be tested, then I suggest starting at a very low dose for a prolonged period of time before increasing the dosage. This sometimes helps acclimate the body to the milk.
Usually we start with a specific dosage and increase it on a specific schedule with other clients, but individuals with casein allergies are different. Also every individual is different and the camel milk dosage is based on several things: the person’s age, weight, specific illness and the supplements and medications that the individual is taking. Do not be fooled by people blogging that the dosage is the same for everyone. It is not true. The last word of advice is that as the toxic overload of heavy metals, chemicals, viruses, pesticides, etc. is lowered by detoxing, then the individual may be able to handle the milk. It has happened in many cases.
If it isn’t bad enough that we are being exposed to pesticides and insecticides from our food and from our neighbors’ lawns, we are now being poisoned when we shop for clothes for our children and for groceries, as well as when we dine out. Imagine my shock when I recently went into a Gap outlet to purchase a new pair of jeans and the smell of insecticides almost knocked me over. I felt sick the smell was so strong. I asked for the manager and was informed by her that “yes” the Gap sprays their clothes with insecticides. She acted as if it were no problem. I told her that her store was opening itself up for lawsuits for selling clothes treated with pesticides and insecticides to unsuspecting parents of autistic children and people with immune system disorders. She just looked at me, shrugged and walked off. How is that for customer relations?!!
But the Gap isn’t the only place you and your loved ones are being exposed to insecticides. At my local grocery store chain I am misted with insecticides every time I go through the door. The smell is all over the store. And here is the real joke: The organic food section is right near the door!!!! How is that for getting organic produce that you can trust! When I questioned an employee he informed me that he also had a concern about the water that was used to mist the organic produce on a regular basis, because the water was not filtered and was municipal water with chemicals. This is not good either.
Recently I went to a beautiful new restaurant that I had read about in the local paper. The minute I sat down I smelled insecticides. I asked the hostess where the smell was coming from and she pointed to a box over the door and stated that every time the door opens, the box releases a fine mist of insecticides to kill flies and gnats. I would rather deal with a fly or gnat than cancer or seizures in my autistic child. Needless to say I chose to eat somewhere else.
For years I have recommended diabetics and autistic children adhere to a gluten-free/casein-free diet. Initially I saw improvement in autistic children, but after a period of time the symptoms seemed to worsen sporadically and quite a few diabetics saw their glucose levels actually increase on this diet. I began to investigate and spent hours reading research papers and found that there are often more carbohydrates in gluten-free products and more added sweeteners for taste than in products containing gluten. I then worked with medical doctors to check glucose levels on patients after consuming gluten-free products and found in case after case sudden spikes in blood sugar levels that were in fact higher than levels after consuming products with gluten.
It was then recommended that the autistic patients and diabetics both eat a diet with no gluten as well as no gluten-free products. The results were very impressive. The children were calmer and more focused and both the autistic children and diabetics saw a drop in blood sugar levels. I see parents of autistic children depending on the processed gluten-free products too much with the gluten-free cereals, cookies, crackers, bread and cake, etc. daily. It’s too much!!!! I suggest trying a no gluten diet with no gluten-free products for a few weeks and see the results! It is really easier than you think. Try to use gluten-free products in moderation in the future and stick to plenty of organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and fatty acids for the best results.
I am often asked if I know of a safe unscented camel milk cream or lotion. Of course, there are several good creams on the market, but for a simple homemade cream or lotion just try the following recipe:
1/2 cup vegetable oil: (grapeseed or avocado work well or you may try emu oil if there is no allergy because this will act as a carrying agent to go deeper under the skin.)
2 Tablespoons emulsifier (beeswax) Note: regular beeswax is yellow
but you may obtain a pharmaceutical beeswax from your pharmacy which is white and makes a more eye appealing cream.
Camel Milk: amount as needed for consistency
Optional: scented essential oils if you want a scented cream (I use
Slowly melt in a double boiler the beeswax and vegetable oil together; use a whisk to stir until well blended and melted. Then remove from heat and slowly add camel milk while continuing to whisk to create desired consistency. You may then add essential oils if desired or leave this step off if you want an unscented cream. I like to refrigerate my cream and use as needed. Note: a small amount of moisture may accumulate over time, just pour off the excess and use cream as needed.