Okay, this is the first in a series of many articles on biomedical interventions. We credit a great deal of our success with Raymond’s increased functioning to our biomedical work. I had this grand idea that I would type up outlines and have some sort of cohesive master plan, but that is just not happening. Instead, I’m going to do most of this from memory.

The first thing we tried, and this was way before autism, was Transfer Factor. It is a 4Life product, and 4Life is a multilevel marketing company. Honestly, if I didn’t love the product so much I would never put up with the rah rah from the company as that sort of thing annoys me. At any rate, transfer factor is immune intelligence contained in a certain type of white blood cell. This immune intelligence is harvested from eggs and cow colostrum, so this is NOT a vegan product!  However, it works well for us, as when Raymond takes it he stays healthy and if he goes off of it he gets sick.

I found it interesting that in Dr. Bock’s book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics, that he only found TF effective in about half of his patients.  I use it myself and it helps keep my allergies in check.  We use it in a liquid form as 4Life makes an antioxidant juice drink called Rio Vida which is much tastier than swallowing capsules.  It ain’t cheap, but its totally worth it for us.

The second thing we tried that really gave us a good burst of language was a probiotic.  For those who don’t know, probiotics are supplements of good bacteria that will help your intestine digest food and function more effectively.  You can get plant based, animal based or human based probiotics.  If you use plant or animal based probiotics you will need to swap them out every 2-3 months.  However, if you use an HMF, or Human Micro Flora, probiotic there is no need to switch them up.

Our first major experience with probiotics came a couple years back when Raymond became ill with a major rotavirus.  He was so sick he ended up in the hospital on an IV.  Naturally they slammed him with antibiotics, so our pediatrician had us take his probiotic intake from 1/4 tsp a day to a full tsp a day so we could reseed his gut with good bacteria.  (Antibiotics kill off gut bacteria FYI)  As soon as we did that we noticed increases in eye contact and language.  That’s when we knew he needed it.

The third thing we do religiously is cod liver oil.  We do 2 tsp per day, 1 tsp in the morning and one in the evening.  It really helps Raymond think and focus.  I notice on the days we miss it we have behavior issues and more temper tantrums.  Not that those are absent when he takes it, but it is better when he has it.

That’s all I’m going to do for now, as wordpress and firefox are fighting and I need to figure out why!