Power of Exile

The Power of Exile -
 Autism, A journey to recovery


Introduction: Sara’s Diet
and the IDEA


  1. Sara
  2. Sandra
  3. The Journey begins
  4. Sara joins our Family
  5. Journal Notes
  6. Impressions
  7. Influential People
  8. Center Stage
  9. I believe in Miracles
  10. Miracles in Abundance
  11. A Second Rainbow
  12. Widening Horizons
  1. World travel on a Wing and a Prayer
  2. Asperger Syndrome (Sam’s story)
  3. Autism: a Causal Theory and Treatment Option
  4. A Change in the Weather
  1. Second Timothy
  2. Turning Blue
  3. Food Intolerance in autism
  4. Sara’s Diet
    1. Introduction to the restricted diet
    2. Essential nutrients from foods
    3. Practical help with implementing a diet program
  5. What is Lutein?
  6. Autism, Pigments and the Immune System
  7. South Africa, World Community Autism Program
  8. Eating disorder in autism
  9. Autism, Origin – A Plausible Theory
  10. Autism, putting it all together

From: Second Timothy
What then is recovery or declassification? I have been told that some experts say that if a child recovers from autism then they were misdiagnosed. Certainly this indicates very little expectation for the potential of people with autism. If an orphaned child remains in the devastating conditions to which he or she were abandoned there is little hope of this person reaching their potential. By denying what is known about autism and not taking measures to unite the treatment approaches which are available now we are keeping the individuals with autism isolated from an environment of potential recovery.
  We must move forward and look at those people who have recovered and comprehensively identify what brought about the miracle. Thus far diet, auditory integration therapy, fish-liver oil supplementation, IVIG therapy and secretin therapy, behavior modification and supplementing with some nutrients and micronutrients have resulted in documented cases of recovery, accompanied by sheer determination, will-power, faith and love. This is the only logical place to look for the much needed guidance for working with this population, as well as with the expectation and anticipation that improvement or recovery is possible.

Autism and GOD (generation of diversity)
Autism and GOD (Generation of Diversity), the evolution of the immune system;  immunity of the human ‘herd’ leads us to a modern day dilemma. It is the strength of the adaptability of the organism which results in it’s capacity for survival. We are at the threshold of great changes taking place in our human development. Some of these changes are a direct result of man’s creative ingenuity and the fight for survival. At the scientific level this has included vaccination. The development of the vaccine and the further development of more vaccines have contributed to evolutionary changes which can be seen in the human population and will likely be seen in the future generations in ways which we cannot yet begin to comprehend.
  The evolutionary changes of modern man are seen first and are most evident in the ethnoculturally diverse populations. The areas of our chemical design are most vulnerable when two different types of people come together and this vulnerability can be additionally impacted by a dramatic change in location for which either or neither individual is biologically prepared resulting in offspring who exhibit the wide range of variation some of which is seen in modern day disease etiology. Areas of our chemical design which are most vulnerable are not exclusive to ethnoculturally diverse populations; in isolated populations where there is little change in genetic and environmental input the weakness of the population can be seen also as diseases which are prevalent in that culture. Add to this scenario the innovations of modern science which include the development of vaccines, genetic engineering of our food, the use of food additives and chemicals, crop spraying and artificial fertilizers, seasonal foods now used for year round consumption, electricity, motor transport, industry, television, computers, cell phones and then look at the available information which indicates how we, as humans, are reacting to these changes.
  The molecular biologists, using some of the most advanced tools of modern man, are finding some of the patterns and changes which are taking place in our human population. Some of the most recently studied areas are the ‘hypervariable regions’ in our DNA and in particular the Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) histocompatibility antigens governed by genes of the HLA complex and the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) – a region on the short arm of chromosome 6 with regions A, B, C and D - the region of our DNA which interacts with our immune system. Immunogenetic (IoGc) research is telling us that how we develop in the womb is not governed solely by our DNA and the environmental insults (impact) that the fetus is susceptible to, but is also due to the response of our own developing immune system. The immune system develops to protect the host and the impact of the immune system during fetal development includes changes which alter our genetic make-up. Some of the terms used to describe these processes are so far called transduction and frameshifting.
  How modern day man is reacting to the environment, including everything from the womb experience to the bustling life in the city, impacts our chemical design. When we are reproducing, the chemistry of our bodies further impacts the new lives we create; even our emotional state contributes to chemical information which influences the developing fetus. At the basic level of this scenario lies the fact that, although we are different as organisms from plants and other animals, we do share much common genetic material. Genetic research is engineering ways to look at the human genome more closely as well as the genomes of more simple plants and animals. This research has led to the available techniques being used today to determine things such as paternity and is also beginning to look at the ways in which we are being altered as a result of drug use, vaccination, agricultural practice and food distribution. Food distribution is becoming more important for research because most human populations no longer have to go to the food source, nor do most of us participate in the growth and manufacture of food sources. Additionally, organizations such as the World Health Organization make decisions that affect us globally based on what they collectively think is good for the world population, but often do not account for individual practices within that population, or variables such as food intolerance within human populations or the metabolic, genetic and environmental differences that make for differences in food and nutrition needs.
  Research is showing us that in addition to the ethnically diverse populations such as those found in the UK and the USA the ethnically stable populations react to the same modern day influences in ways that can be measured as a response which is specific or unique for that population. What molecular biology is finding is that the impact of modern life is resulting in and exacerbating the diseases of modern man: gout, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, immune deficiency, psychological illness, and diseases relating to reproduction and aging.  What we want to know is how does this impact us individually, at the family level and at the community level. We need to understand these things because individually we might choose to take measures which could positively impact the outcome for ourselves and our families and communities.

After extensive research with more still to come it has been determined by a major autism review (Medical Research Council 2001) that the genetic involvement in autism is very variable and affects 5 to 10% of the autism population. Of this 5 to 10% approximately 2% have co-occurring Down syndrome, nearly 1% have Fragile X Syndrome and the additional 2 to 7% of the autism population present with a chromosomal or genetic defect which are markers for conditions such as tuberous sclerosis (TSC), phenylketonuria (PKU), Turner syndrome, Blindness, Deafness and hypopigmentary as well as hyperpigmentary diseases, disorders and conditions. Whereas these diseases, disorders and conditions may not appear at first glance to have much in common, a closer look reveals that the type of disease and presentation in the autism population reveals a pigment factor which supports the immunological information which has been gathered for this population. Sex chromosome disorders which co-occur with autism include Fragile X and Turner syndrome, while pigmentary or pterin disorders include PKU, TSC, Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP),  blindness, deafness, Hypomelanosis of Ito and vitiligo. Autism is most easily understood as an immune system adaptation to the genetics of the individual and a response to the environment. Changes have occurred rapidly as a result of the introduction of the vaccine in the form of a live attenuated virus placed inside a lipid filled chloroplast at the turn of the twentieth century.  At the turn of the 19th century when Jenner’s smallpox vaccine was being used widely, the first descriptions of Down syndrome followed the vaccine trail as has been described by Gerhard Buchwald.

As we move towards understanding the significance of this ‘syndrome’ and look at the complete picture it is evident that autism is sometimes a very severe condition, indeed especially for those who experience a vaccine reaction for whatever reason, whether it is a reaction to thimerisol and/or mercury, given when the child was suffering from an undetermined illness or when the child was experiencing a food related immune response or allergic reaction triggered by the environment, or whether some other factor was involved such as genetic predisposition, immaturity of the immune system, or an immune system that reacts atypically to the incoming pathogen(s). The vaccine reaction can be mild to severe and signs and symptoms can include acute symptoms - fever, diarrhea, bronchitis, pneumonia, excessive somnolence, frequent or inconsolable crying, penetrating and heart rending shrieking, fainting or shock, slowness of recall and confusion, generalized convulsions, encephalitis, meningitis, swollen limbs around the point of inoculation, whooping cough type cough, and ultimately cessation of breathing and potentially death; and chronic symptoms – recurrent colds, persistent amber or green phlegm, inflamed eyes, loss of eye contact, squinting, middle ear inflammation, chronic bronchitis, expectoration, coughing, asthma, eczema, allergies, inflamed joints, tiredness and lack of vigor, excessive thirst, diabetes, diarrhea, constipation, headache, disturbed sleep with periods of waking and crying, epilepsy, rigidity of the back, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, lack of concentration, loss of memory, growth disturbance, lack of coordination, disturbed development, behavioral problems such as fidgeting, aggressiveness, irritation, moodiness, emotional imbalance, confusion, loss of will power, mental torpidity. There is also no clear demarcation between acute and chronic complaints as the acute conditions are often the beginning of chronic suffering. These signs and symptoms are strikingly similar to those identified for nerve agent poisoning: acute symptoms - miosis (eye pupil constriction, resulting in dimmed vision), frontal headache and eye pain, runny nose, anorexia (loss of appetite), nausea, excessive sweating, tightness in the chest, heartburn, abdominal cramps, vomiting, profuse sweating,  dyspnea (shortness of breath), tenesmus (painful, ineffective straining to urinate or defecate) drooling and tearing, excessive urinary frequency, involuntary urination or defecation, excessive bronchial secretion, fatigue, mild generalized weakness, twitching, jerking, and staggering, cramps, pallor (paleness), tension, anxiety, jitteriness, restlessness emotional lability, giddiness, insomnia, headache, drowsiness, slowness of recall and confusion, ataxia (lack of muscle control), slurred speech, coma, areflexia (loss of reflexes), Cheyne-Stokes respiration (alternating periods of rapid breathing and not breathing), generalized convulsions and finally, cessation of breathing, death.
  ‘Post Vaccine Syndrome’ as a result of a vaccine reaction might increase the individuals likelihood of developing a disease, disorder or condition to which he or she had a predisposition but without the additional insult to the immune system might not have developed. Long-term, the vaccine injured child may develop a host of diseases, disorders or conditions which have been linked to vaccine reaction. These include: encephalitis (fatal in one-third of the cases), meningitis, cerebral palsy (CP) - approximately 4% of ASD’s have also CP, paralysis, Guillain-Barré syndrome (acute idiopathic polyneuritis), ADHD, allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, aplastic anemia, autism, demyelination, Coeliac disease, Crohn's disease, dermatomyositis, epilepsy, deafness, Henoch-Schoenlein purpura, otitis media, polio, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and thrombocytopenia purpura.