I am part of this wonderful parent group, where we exchange ideas, strategies, concerns about our autistic children. Someone just sent me this article and I wanted to share with you all.
1. Toxin Overload
An overload of toxins that the immune system is not able to get rid of disrupts normal brain function. This eventually initiates an autoimmune response where the immune system attacks the brain and nerve cells as it tries the best it can to get rid of the toxins.
2. Energy Deficient Brain Cells
The mitochondria are the energy producing section of your cells. When they are damaged by the toxic overload in the brain cells and are not able to produce energy to fuel the cell, the cell dies. An autistic child has many dead or poorly functioning brain cells because of poor protein digestion and because of the toxic overload.
Fortunately, the brain can be fed, and these poorly functioning cells can be detoxified so their mitochondria are healed. And they have the capacity to take over functions the dead cells were to have done.
3. Worn Out Immune System
Autistic children suffer from immune system deregulation, which is the autoimmune response mentioned previously. It means that their immune systems do not respond normally. What happens is the overload of viruses or bacteria wears out the side of the immune system that is supposed to kill these pathogens. It becomes weak and worn out and can’t get rid of them. So the inflammatory side of the immune system tries to take over. Unfortunately, this side is not supposed to kill pathogens, and does a poor job of it. This causes chronic inflammation which destroys or injures the infected myelin sheath.
Immune system deregulation is also very apparent in the gastrointestinal health of children with autism. Most suffer from symptoms ranging from diarrhea, gas, and bloating to intestinal lesions and inflammation of their gastrointestinal system. (This was mainly caused by the Candida yeast overgrowth.)
4. Damaged Myelin Sheath and Exposed Nerves
The myelin sheath is an insulator which protects our nerves from electrical impulses while simultaneously causing those impulses to travel faster. When the myelin sheath surrounding and protecting the nerves becomes damaged by the viruses introduced into the body by vaccinations, or by the Lyme disease bacteria if a child has been exposed to that, two things happen…
1) The nerves are damaged by the viruses and bacteria, and
2) further damage is inflicted on the myelin sheath by the autoimmune response that develops as the immune system unsuccessfully tries to attack the bacteria or viruses.
So what is the consequence of nerve damage and a damaged myelin sheath?
On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain level in a severely autistic child is a 9. The spinning, the head beating, the repetitive motion, is all an unconscious attempt by the child to overload their sensory system so much that it shuts down and dulls the pain.
It is a sad reality, not seen by all, autism is all too preventable if toxic exposure is reduced. Look at the low level of autism among Amish children who do not get vaccinated and who have less toxic exposure including cell phone exposure which some health professionals feel may now be driving the development of autism spectrum disorders. Doctors, autism workers, and parents who say there is nothing to be done, that autism spectrum disorders are genetic or caused by God, or whatever people say to cope with autism, are doing their child a grave disservice. Something can-and must-be done to reverse or at least greatly improve autism spectrum disorders – to stop the pain.