My daughter Vienna was vaccine injured, with distinct regressions and behavioral changes at 9 months and then again at 18 months of age. She suffered sensory processing disorder and high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, once called Asperger Syndrome. Fortunately, our story has a happy ending because she recovered from autism. Not all children do, there are different types of vaccine-induced brain damage (see Encephalitis), but some forms can see great progress and some eventually do recover.
Vienna was 3 years old when we saw what seemed to be a spontaneous recovery over a 6-week period. She began hitting milestones like pretend play, attaching to her stuffed animals, and talking back to Dora on the TV. Her eczema and food intolerances disappeared, and she began to look me in the eye again. Empathy and consideration began to slowly develop. The sensory processing disorder became more manageable, and meltdowns subsided (for the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown, click here). Our daughter was coming back to us. I recently did the ATEC Autism test twice, one in hindsight of her at age 3 and again at age 7. It’s a 0- 60 scale, normal kids would score a zero. She scored a 42 at age 3, and at age 7 (now) she scored an 8 for lingering sensory issues and social anxiety. That’s recovered to me and I’m happy with her progress.
Here’s what we did:
- Organic. At the age of 2 we switched Vienna to an organic diet, got her an organic mattress and began using homemade household cleaners instead of chemicals.
- Quality daily vitamins – we switched her from vitamins that had cheap forms of B12 and folic acid to those with quality methylcobalamin B12 and folate.
- Milk thistle, which supports the liver
- Probiotics for the gut, in turn helping the immune system
- Chelation (heavy metal removal). We used chlorella and spirulina, as well as fresh cilantro in our cooking.
- Cod Liver Oil, filtered, because the adrenals use up extra DHA when the body has heavy metals, it uses more during detoxification, and Omega 3s decrease inflammation
Here’s what I’d do differently now that I know more:
- I would’ve taken it slower. When Vienna’s meltdowns got worse (in the two months prior to recovery), I probably should’ve slowed down the chelators and added more essential detox vitamins/ minerals A, B12, C, E and Zinc. And we should’ve stopped detoxing during any periods of stress (like Christmas time!).
- I would’ve added a supplement for Adrenal support, as detoxing can take a toll on the adrenal glands.
Vienna is now seven years old and has almost no trace of Autism Spectrum Disorder – she wouldn’t meet criteria for diagnosis at this time. However, like those still on the spectrum, she has Sensory Processing Disorder, which is primarily maintained through supplements and coping strategies. Not every child responds to supplements, but in our case, these supplements are required to keep her happy and healthy. Low Zinc or Magnesium is common in children who are vaccine injured and/or autistic, and low minerals can contribute to sensory issues. Especially picky eating. As an added bonus, since adding zinc she gets sick far less frequently and fights it off more quickly. Vienna also continues to have adrenal issues – high cortisol can cause fight-or-flight response (commonly seen in ASD kiddos and those with PTSD). High cortisol means her body is eating up the DHA/ Omega 3s, so extra Omega 3’s are necessary in this case. If she goes 72 hours without omega 3’s we notice aggression, a marked decrease in her ability to control her behavior when frustrated, and disappointment will leave her in a bad mood for hours. When she’s on her omegas and cortisol-lowering herbs, she is a well-behaved kid with a pretty impressive ability to control her frustration and bounce back from it in minutes (considering her age of course – all kids get angry and lose their cool sometimes). At the age of seven, she is a well-mannered and considerate kid that is an adrenaline junkie. 🙂 She makes friends easily, reads 3 or 4 chapter books every night before bed, and loves animals. In most situations, Vienna is indistinguishable from the other kids on the playground. Vienna still has some SPD “quirks” and takes some extra time to prepare for changes, but it is all manageable now and I am extremely grateful for her recovery. I share her story, and this website, in hopes that others can benefit from what I’ve learned. Your feedback is always appreciated.
For more in-depth information, see the full article: Detoxing From Vaccines