Today I went to a homeopathic doctor for my son for our introductory meeting. This part of our new journey began after reading a book I just by chance to review called Healing Without Hurting. I found this place after searching for a naturalistic/holistic doctor and it turns out that this doctor consults with Dr. Amy Yasko, a well-recognized expert in molecular biology in the field of DNA/RNA based diagnostics and therapeutics who has been working in the field for over 18 years.
So, I went over the paperwork with the doctor, talked about his history, and we discussed how things would go. This doctor uses an integrative health approach, including nutrition, genetics, neurological pathways, etc., and all that starts with lab work that goes to Dr. Yasko herself. The doctor will discuss the results and the paperwork that I left with Dr. Yasko (I left the whole big binder of information on my son there for her to parse through and figure out what’s relevant) and come up with an individualized approach for my son.
In the meantime, she also discussed my issues with me. I had some testing done at my other doctor’s office and told her about my having Hashimoto’s disease and the MTHFR gene T/T type. If you know anything about how this works with autism and the links between autoimmune diseases and autism, it’s no shock that I have these issues. My son probably also has the MTHFR gene, which means a lot of things, not the least of which is that he does not process minerals in his body well and will need supplements to help with that (I now know that the folic acid I took during my pregnancy meant nothing to my body, as it likely processed nearly none of it). Also, people with the MTHFR gene are more likely to have psychiatric problems , cardiovascular issues, and problems with the renal system. It’s genetic, so it’s good information to have for all of us. We’ll see what other possible gene mutations exist, but we won’t get the testing done until January 19th (first day we’re off school again) and the results until mid-February.
Until then, she did some muscle-testing to test for possible food allergies. What came up for me? Well, not wheat or dairy, but corn. So, we’re going to isolate corn from our diets for a couple weeks to see how we all do. Do you have any idea how difficult finding food without corn in it is? Go ahead, look in your food pantry. Try to find food without corn syrup or corn starch. If it’s not a whole food like a grape or a blueberry, you might find it difficult. Forget about most cereals, cereal bars, chili, or even bread. Yes, bread has corn syrup in it. You need to look out for restaurants and what type of oil they use (some might use corn oil). The hunt for corn-free food? Insane. My husband shakes his head at me. He refuses to follow our diet, proclaiming he doesn’t need it, so I suspect corn-filled food will find its way into the house. I will need to stay diligent and hope the kids don’t get into the contaminated food or I won’t know if it worked.
But, we’ll try this for a bit and see how it goes. I mean, it can’t hurt us to go without corn syrup anyway. It’s not like it’s healthy. Then, in a month and a half, we’ll get our results and we’ll see where to go from there. I’m also reading Dr. Yasko’s book Pathways to Recovery, which you can download for free from her website. I’ve linked it for you. I want to make sure I’m clear on this issue: I realize the language says “recovery,” but recovery simply means feeling better. It does not mean “cure.” Improving someone’s diet based on what we know about what they’re sensitive to or what supplements one might need due to a genetic mutation can help a person feel better and thus, behave better. That’s my hope for my son. I’m on this new journey of hope and discovery, overturning new rocks, because I feel it’s useful. I’m going down the path with him, though, hoping that I can feel better too. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt happy and healthy and full of life. If this journey we take together can do that for us, I’m all for it.