Bio-Film the Slime Monster Exists
We learned Daniel had Autism just before his first 3rd birthday in 2008. Looking back all the signs were there from the beginning. Along with typical behavioral signs, there were many medical symptoms as well. Colic, Chronic ear infections, Athletes Foot, Insomnia, and the most associative were irregular bowel movements. Daniel maybe had one solid poop during the first three years of his life.
He had B.M.S 2-3 times a day and not just a little here and there I'm talking large, Stinky poop that varied from mashed potatoes to soft - serve ice cream. Many children with autism battle with constipation but Daniels was quite the opposite. I knew this couldn't be normal, and when I questioned his pediatrician it was dismissed as being merely underdeveloped G.I. Tract and it will work itself out.
One of the new instincts we mothers acquire when we have children is that of a mother bear. The need to protect our children at all cost. So when I heard about the work the DAN Organization was doing with children living with autism, I thought if this has worked even for just one kid Ill try it, and I will not let this Condition Take my son from me.
So along with environmental Pollutant/Heavy metal overload, and numerous food allergies, His labs also showed he had Leaky Gut syndrome. In short Leaky Gut is the termed used when your G.I. Tract allows substances that it shouldn't pass from the intestines into the blood stream. How does leaky gut happen? Well, there are a lot of factors, and one of them is called Candida troublesome yeast that lives in your G.I. Tract. Daniel had 4Xs the amount of yeast a normal person should have.
So my question, of course, was He's three years old, how can this happen? As I mentioned before Daniel had several ear infections his first year, and of course, The conventional band-aid of antibiotic was issued. Antibiotics disrupt the natural balance of good bacteria that live in your G.I Tract. The good bacteria keep the bad yeast in check, and when wiped out by antibiotics the yeast is free to flourish.
So by eliminating food allergies, Greening our house, Switching to a yeast control diet called SCD, Adding supplements and Anti-Fungal medication we started down the road to recovery. His behavior improved immediately upon just diet change, and his bowl improved some but not totally. He was having smaller and less frequent B.M.S but diarrhea persisted, Eventually, he started going 2-3 day without any B.M.S at all. For almost a year we threw Anti-Fungals at him along with the SCD.
We hit a plateau, Now what? That's when I found out that the Slime Monster really does exist, Just not on the same scale as seen on TV! See the yeast in Daniels G.I. Tract had built up a protective layer of film over itself shielding it from Anti-Fungals. In order to get the Anti-Fungals to the yeast we have to Break-Up the Bio-Film Barrier protecting it. The treatment to eliminate Bio-Film lasts about a month and consists of a strict regimen of Anti-Fungals and supplements. My Doctor warned me that it can be tough on kids and we would see some changes during it that might not be so pleasant. I wanted to do it anyways I felt like this could possibly be the only chance we had to fix his poor little gut.
The first week on the treatment we didn't see any change in behavior, But he immediately started having solid bowel movements. My doctor warned that when the film starts breaking up it would release toxins into the body, and although we gave him something to for the toxins to bind to it still affected him, Because on the second week his behavior set in. He became Fatigued, Very Irritable, Increased Tantrums, Loss of appetite and of course we saw some regression. There was a point when I asked myself, What am I doing to this poor kid? and wanted to bag the whole thing. Not only did his behavior stink, So did his poop.
The saying, "Something crawled up there and died", Took on a whole new meaning. I cannot begin to describe the smell we had so endure, But it was worth it because by the third week he began to back to normal. His behavior normalized and his cognitive actually improved! He had solid bowel movements every day, and best of all he started talking more than he had ever done. By the fourth week, the smell wasn't so bad and he acted like a new kid. On a scale of 1-10 I give the Bio-Film treatment a 10!
Today Daniel is still doing well his bowel seems to be still functioning normally. Now and then we have occasional setbacks usually do to something he ate. It seems with autism there are always some battle we have to fight, But as parents, that is our job.
Thank-You, Dr. Smith for all your help.