Sunday, August 27, 2006
Autistic Boy Makes Breakthrough With Chelation
My son, Sam, began riding a bicycle Friday night. For most kids, this is no big deal. For Sam, it is something I never expected to see.Sam never rode a tricycle, would never even sit on one. I was shocked, happily so, when I went to check on why he was being so quiet and saw him peddling the bike with training wheels around the cellar. I just watched for a few minutes as he rode around in circles with a big smile on his face. Then he started letting out some loud happy shrieks when he spotted me standing there. It was the same type of noise and smile he used to make as an infant when my wife or I would go into his room to take him out of his crib in the morning. The eye contact was also the same as I remembered it. That part of him that had been lost for so long had finally returned.Sam has/had severe autism. He's one of those kids who has to be watched every minute of the day. None of the doctors he has seen gave him any chance of learning anything. He never did learn anything until we started chelation. He didn't make eye contact from the time he was a baby until he was 8 years old. The eye contact had been fleeting for awhile at age 8 and slowly improved. Now it is approaching normal.A month or so ago, Sam was playing catch with his sister. This was a spontaneous thing and it was a joy to see. He never had played with his sister at all. I'm not sure he had ever even looked at her. She's half his size and scared of him so she doesn't go near him much. I had provoked him many times to lure him into playing catch with stuffed animals but I could never teach him to catch and throw a ball. This was incredible progress to see a child making athletic moves to catch a ball out of the air instead of letting it bounce of his chest as though he never saw it. I was told by one doctor that Sam was a vegetable and the only thing I could do for him was to find him a good institution. He told me there was no hope. Thanks to Andy Cutler and his advice on chelation, Sam now has plenty of hope. He's doing normal things and smiling a lot. He even says a few words now. Vegetables don't ride bikes.