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Tonight was one of those nights….

…one of those night where you just feel like throwing an electrical appliance in the water with you, know what I mean?

Instead of reaching for the toaster, I grabbed my IonCleanse by AMD! That thing saved lives tonight!! 😉

Gavin has never been one to react to the full moon. I see all my Autism Mom friends cursing the moon and I know I am lucky. So, maybe it was a coincidence or maybe it was the giant-super-blood-harvest-eclipse-moon from hell –but he was bouncing off the walls –literally. Scripting like mad… running and jumping thru the house like a wild man. The sound of his sneakers hitting the floor + the scripting was pushing me over the edge.

See, I am having a “bad sensory day” too. I’ve said it 1,000 times, the autism doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I’ve been struggling to get a damn grip on reality and my life and forced myself back on a ketogenic diet. I always feel great on keto. Mental clarity. Weight loss. Focus…. but also… rapid detox. The first week back on is HELL.

And it hit me tonight, I could almost feel my body swing into full dietary ketosis. Right when Gavin went nuts… I went nuts. I was crawling out of my own skin.
“Gavin, shhhhhhhhh!”
“OMG GAVIN, stop running!”
“GAVIN, take your damn shoes off if you can’t stop running… that sound!!!”

Well, we usually wait until 11 p.m. ish to do our footbaths –we’re night owls, but I knew one way to get those damn shoes off!
“Footbath time!!”

Ahhhhhh, quiet.
I took this time to try to get some Photoshop work done and nothing was going right, and I was getting more agitated.
Finally gave up, closed the lap top and paced the floors until my turn.

[I think I saw tiny little worms in his water tonight. At least they are identical to photos I have seen of what others are calling worms –me being me, I need a microscope and lab tests to prove it. But his water was bubbly and frothy and maybe wormy and just really gross tonight.]

My turn! I sat down, feet in the water, headphones in my ears blasting some Rolling Stones and Ahhhhhh.
A wonderful, peaceful 45 minutes.

When it was all said and done he and I went back to our agitated states, but definitely a lesser degree and more manageable. I did ponder just keeping our feet in the tub the whole night, though. 🙂

I got hit with my keto headache an hour later, and could already feel my knuckles swelling in my hands… ahead of schedule. Normally I get an RA flare around day 4-5. I swallowed a handful of charcoal, gave Gavin some, too. Made some tea and went to bed to read. Expecting to feel horrible and to fall asleep quickly.

The more I read the more my brain went into over drive. I found myself reading with one hand, writing something in my head, and researching something on my laptop with the other hand –and it was all clear and making sense.

When you spend so much time in a brain fog, these moments of clarity are shocking. They are precious and rare. I think that is where *hope* lives. You know I hate that word… but there is this little window where you get a glimpse of what life is supposed to be like. What it was like before you got so toxic and unhealthy.

The thing is, never during the first week of going back on keto do I have moments of clarity. It’s more of a hit-by-a-truck-while-hungover feeling.

I think my time in the IonClease by AMD foot bath really helped tonight. To say the least. I might not be able to get out of bed tomorrow, lol, but if nothing else, I will crawl my way to that machine!

I am working on a blog about the foot baths –this is really helping Gavin. Would you believe me if I told you that his ATEC dropped from 100 to 66 in two months? The kid who never dipped below 100 in his life. The blog is loooong. It might end up being a 2 or 3 parter. I just feel like you need to know exactly where he’s come from to understand how huge it is that this is working for him. Watch for it this week.

In the meantime you can check them out here –be sure to check the research page under the “Resources” tab.

I don’t hate my son, YOU do.

Why do you hate your son?
I get asked that a lot, I’m guessing they are all from the ND crowd.

Don’t know what ND is? They are the people who think that autism is nothing but a bit of Neurological Diversity. And that is all I am going to say about that.

Apparently, not settling into a life where you allow your “autistic” child to suffer, means that you hate your child. If you want to “cure” autism, you hate your child. If you want your child to be healthy, you hate them.

It’s broken records with these people… I tell them often that if my son had the ability to express himself like these NDs did, I wouldn’t be here. But he can’t. His “autism” is not their autism. I’d like to see them spend a couple days with him to help expand their definition of “autism”. They shove “spectrum” down our throats, yet they don’t want to acknowledge the kids at the dark, scary end of the spectrum.

YOU, ND crowd… YOU hate my son. YOU ignore his pain. YOU want the world to believe that the only autism is YOUR autism, and fuck those kids who self injure, who are 20 and still in diapers, who have to wear helmets because they bash their own heads in.  YOU choose to ignore their pain.

 

Dear Mr. President…

Everyone of you who signed the petition against mandatory vaccines from the White House petition site already know where I am going with this. We got an email update about the petition today telling us how wonderful vaccine are. (*vomit*).
It was a video from the same clown who did the morally void video with Elmo telling kids why they should get vaccines, undermining parents authority, yadda yadda yadda….

You know the one… This one. One’s a mindless puppet being controlled by a hand shoved up its ass, the other a loveable children’s character…

.IFWT_-SurgeonGeneral

Well, when that fuckwad showed up in my inbox this morning it was easily ignored.

But as I scrolled to the delete button something caught my eye…

“And as the President himself said earlier this year, “There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”

I’m sorry? There aren’t reasons to not?
I can give you $3 Billion dollars worth of reasons. NVICP.
I can give you 1 in 68 reasons.

Let me introduce you to the reasons not to.

It’s name is vaccine injury. And it’s real.
Their names are Gavin and L. My kids.

Gavin because he was vaccine injured.
L. because I refused to vaccinate him and he, though he has worse MTHFR mutations than his brother, and ALL the other risk factors that his brother didn’t have, remains “autism” free.

And you can GFYS along with all the other campaign promises that you pissed on re: Autism. GMOs.

Mr President, congrats on being just as much of a scum licking douche bag as the last guy. At least GWB didn’t pretend that he was good people. We got a douchebag in office and had to live with it. But you Sir, pretended to care. And so I hoist a hardy “Fuck You” your way (I saluted when I said though, out of respect of the office, if not the man.)

Oh and… P.S. Let me introduce you to the CDC Whistle Blower, William Thompson. He has a few reasons “not to” –call him up.

I’m a Compound, Hetero MTHFR! Now what?

Edit 23 May 17: Yeah I still haven’t edited this. And I need to. But Dr. Ben Lynch wrote this blog post recently and addressed my misconceptions about some mutations, clinical significance, and what it means to be +/+, +/-, and -/-  It’s a must read! Also at this point, the quick version of the update, I still recommend Genetic Genie because it’s free (make a donation) and a “quick start guide” of sorts. I still love Promethease because it’s fun… but don’t believe everything you read, you could really go down the rabbit hole, but as far as a truly informative interpretation —Stratagene is the way to go. FULL DISCLOSURE, I have not tried it yet. It’s on my to-do list for very soon, but I’ve talked to others who have used it and yes… It is the way to go. You can watch Dr Lynch’s YouTube videos about it –just search out his channel. So many good videos.

Edit 30 Mar 16: This needs to be updated. I will try to do that soon. 23andme is now $200
I am pretty sure that the test Ancestry does gives you the same raw data for $90 to $100 depending if it’s on sale, but let me look into it and I will update this post ASAP.

…it’s not what you think. Well, unless you are an autism parent, then I’m speaking your language.

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98% of those with autism have the “Compound Hetero” MTHFR mutation, and I’ve said 13,845 times that if I got the same number of vaccines as a baby that kids get today… I would be autistic. No doubt in my mind. The autism doesn’t fall far from the tree in this house.

MTHFR = Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.
Say that three times fast.

So what is it? I’ll get to that in a minute…
Writing this blog is a nightmare. I’ve been promising it for months. But where to start, what to say… how to write something short and sweet and palatable… *sigh*

Let me start by saying that I hope you realize “Know it all” is a joke. I don’t. I have a tiny grasp on this whole MTHFR and 23andme thing and I am going to share what I’ve learned, and where I get my info and what I read. I’m going to answer the questions that I answer several times a week when asked. Now, it will all be in one place so that all I have to do is share a link!  If I share some wrong info, speak up and I’ll edit it. And it goes without saying (yet here we are…), learn from your peers, but always double check, read and learn for yourself. So if I tell you something is true, read it for yourself and see if you agree with me, or disagree.  /disclaimer.

There are more and more websites and blog posts coming out about what MTHFR is, so I am not really going to get into that too much.  I am going to tell you what to do with your results after you get them back from 23andme.com, but there are a few things I do want to tell you in addition… so bear with me.

Know your MTHFR status before playing the supplement guessing game.
Back in the day –and even still now, we played pioneer! Bernie Rimland was onto to it when he realized that some kids got better on things like DMG and B6. Dr. Neubrander was studying MB12 shots as some kids were getting better with those, some kids were losing their diagnosis. Those first DAN docs realized that there was some metabolic disorder here at play in autism. The evidence was in the messed up labs we saw, and the improvements with diet and supplements.

However, not every kid was getting better. Some, like my son, were labeled “non-responders”; Gavin actually got worse on most supplements. I spent a bazillion dollars on $400/hr doctors and their supplements and shots. Had I known my son’s MTHFR mutations back then, it would have been money saved. Those MB12 shots did him no good, and maybe a little bit of harm. His mutations mean that he can only take Hydroxy B12.

Four years ago, before I knew about MTHFR, my neuro noticed my B12 was really low and signed me up for shots. The B12 shots most people get are the cheapest form, cyanocobalamin –this is also the worst form for us MTHFR’s. We have to use our much needed hydroxy B12 to break it down and deal with the cyanide molecule –I read that somewhere. It’s useless for us and can make things worse. I posted this to Facebook one day:

Yep. My mutations mean that I need hydroxy B12 or adenosine B12.
Yep. My mutations mean that I need hydroxy B12 or adenosine B12. And Yep. That should be lying in bed, not laying…

Here was another FB status I posted back then: “thinks the doctor is accidentally giving her sedatives instead of b12 shots… I can’t function… I slept in, took a 3 hour nap and now I am ready for bed!”

I was doing post-bacc work in Anthropology and Geology back then and had to drop out because I could not get out of bed and go to class. MTHFR derailed my life. It’s that serious. I’m suddenly sad thinking about it. I no longer have student aid to finish and owe my college over 2 large so they hold my transcripts. MTHFR!

When you learn what mutations you have, you can start to learn what supplements to avoid. I learned that Gavin is an over-methylator. It was the village that gave me that heads up. I figured out, through trial and error, that it was the melatonin that was making him go all hulk in school the following day. The village (Facebook) said to me, “Sounds like he over-methylates!” … WHAT?

Any supplement that increases methyl groups, needs to be used sparingly or avoided for my son. –quick note: niacin sucks up methyl groups… so if MY kid is in a rage from over methylating… I can give HIM a niacin.

Playing pioneer is a science and an art. Go with your gut. For too long I ignored my gut. I could see that supplements agitated him, but people would say to me, “That means it’s working and he needs it!! Plow through!” …No. Know your MTHFR status, it really helps to end the guessing game.

2. How to find your mutations. 23andme.
Yes, you can probably convince your health insurance to test for the common MTHFR genes SNPs. BUT…. it’s one tiny slice of the big picture.  You need to know what is going on in the cycles leading up to the methylation cycle and the ones that follow.
You really need to drop the $99 on the 23andme DNA test.  Each additional test is $79, and with shipping it averages $100 a test.

But Jane! 23andme got in trouble with the FDA for giving out health reports and they don’t do that anymore! Yes!! You are correct, but there are third party websites that you can run your raw data thru to get all the juicy info! 23andme gives you great ancestry info (I love finding new cousins!) AND it gives you a raw data file of your DNA to upload to those third party sites. If you order through this link, I get a $10 amazon gift card for referring you. Free Amazon money keeps me in supplements and Kidz Bop albums. Thanks in advance!

What to do with that raw data.

1. Genetic Genie.
It’s free, but they do ask for a donation. Give them some money.
This is a bit of a *lite* report, but a great place to start. You download your raw genetic data from 23andme after it’s made available to you, and then upload it to this site. Genetic Genie will spit you out a basic report to let you know your MTHFR, CBS, COMT, VDR and a few other basics. Along with some general info on what the mutations may mean. There is also a detox pathway report, and I admit… I haven’t even begun to learn what all that means, yet.

SIDE BAR: Just because you have a mutation, doesn’t mean it’s causing you a problem… but it could and it might be. I will link to some places later where you can read and learn more. You should have lab work done to help you determine *if* you have a problem caused by these gene mutations. Sometimes mutations cancel each other out in a weird way, so you need to follow up with labs. For example… for all our mutations… my kids folate levels are fine. Who knows why. Seriously… who knows why?? You’d think their folate would be low, we don’t supplement!

2. Promethease.
$5 per report. This one is close to the old 23andme health reports. You kinda have to search for things and know what you are looking for. So… it’s a good one to do to satisfy your curiosity. They look at all your tested genes and tell you what they *may* mean. For example… my youngest is likely to die before 10 a.m. and I am a night time croaker. lol. Whatever… I learned there that I am less likely to have a-fib and that I am a likely sprinter with fast twitch muscles, and have blue eyes… Here’s the thing… I am a long distance runner, never could sprint, and I have brown eyes. So… genes are not your destiny and this is NEW. Really… think about how NEW this science is! We have a lot to learn.

I learned that my youngest shouldn’t have Motrin, he’s slow to metabolize it and it could cause GI trouble.

You can run this one for $5 and then you can look up your MTHFR et al. genes and have fun reading over everything else it tells you.

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Some things listed under my “bad”? CAD! Autism! Male pattern baldness!! O.o (the rumors are NOT TRUE!)

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AUTISM??? You mean we can test for that? *eye roll*
Yep, for $99. If you have these MTHFR (from here on out when I say MTHFR, assume I mean the WHOLE big picture… MTHFR, CBS, COMT, NOS, VDR, BHMT, MTR, GAD, MAO, etc.) mutations you need to skip the vaccines!

I was looking over my “bad” list and found this… why is this bad? “This genotype may provide resistance to depression when subjected to repeated defeat” ??
*sings* I get knocked down… but I get up again… you’re never gonna keep me down… (it’s in your head now, isn’t it? You’re welcome!)

3. MTHFR Support, Sterling’s App
$30 each. Pricey, yeah, especially when you’re looking at your whole family… but this is a GOOD one. They just added a bunch of new SNPs, too. I bought the new version of the report recently and they’ve added a ton, plus it comes with free updates from here on out. Worth it, as this is an evolving science.

This one will give you hours and hours… and hours… and hours of future research. It’s a 42 page PDF file full of info.
Here is a glimpse… look at my GAD (glutamate) mutations… is it any wonder that MSG sends me into a twitchy seizure wonderland for a couple days after eating it? By the way, you can Google that stuff for more info… for example: GAD1 C10180T that can take you to more info. The old Sterling’s App had direct links in it… not sure why those are missing in the new one. I will email and ask them.
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Red = homozygous mutations.
Yellow = heterozygous mutations.
Green = no mutation, nothing to see here, please return to your homes….

4. Livewello App
I have no opinion on this, because I’ve not tried it. I really ought to.
If you have used it, write up your thoughts and I will add them here.
I believe it’s $20 per person and it looks promising.

5. Dr. Amy’s Methylation Pathway Analysis (MPA)
Free. But…
Yes, you should do it, there is a lot of good info there and pretty picture of cellular metabolism cycles! Who doesn’t enjoy that shiz? But if you are new to this, it’s going to be wicked confusing. You will want to read Yasko’s books first. And get to know Dr. Ben’s stuff first, too (links to come). Also, here is what I noticed… it doesn’t cross-check with contraindicated stuff… so… it might recommend one supplement that it *thinks* you need based on one mutation, but then you know it’s something you should avoid because of a another mutation.
Also, Dr Amy has a ton of great supplements in her store for you to try. If you are like me… poor and doing this on your own… you will CRY. Out of curiosities sake, I filled my shopping cart one day with JUST the supplements ONE of my sons would need to get started with her “groundwork” recommended supplements… and I quit when the the total hit $1,000.
–So… yeah.

Those are the ones I am familiar with. If you know of more, share in the comments.

Let’s recap.
1. Order your 23andme tests. Your kids have these mutations, I’d bet on it… and so do you. Moms. Dads. We need to live forever. We NEED to know. Sometimes I ponder all those friends and family members we’ve known to have dropped dead of a heart attack in their 30s or 40s or 50s and we all sat around saying, “WHY?? He/She was so young!” I wonder…
Funny, I did a quick Google and came across this… no mention of MTHFR, but that is exactly what’s going on here. Homocysteine levels, B vitamins, folate… MTHFR, baby!

2. Run the raw data thru an app to find out your MTHFR status.

3. Get educated.

Onto Part 2. The above, Part 1… that is for you people with the idea in your head already that you need to do the test, or maybe you already have and don’t know what to do with your results. Maybe, however, some of you have no MTHFR’ing idea what I am talking about.

Part 2. What is MTHFR/Where to go to learn more.
I am not going to reinvent the wheel, and I am NO authority here.
So let me retrace my steps for you with lots of links, OK?
Quick summary (aka How I explained it to my 10 year old): The methylation cycle produces methyl groups that are needed for many processes in the body. They are wicked important. Take my word for it 😉 All kinds of cool shiz is going on in there, like the break down of B vitamins and stuff. Got it?? If it’s broken… you’re broken. Your cells are not getting the nutrients that they need to work right and it’s all downhill from there.

Dr. Amy’s version leaves out words like “stuff” and “shiz”.

I came across this blog recently. She’s good… why am I even writing this part… just go read hers 🙂 Be sure to watch the videos she links to in her post.

So first I stumbled across Dr. Ben Lynch

I heard of MTHFR and “over-methylating” a couple years before I took the plunge. It just seemed like *ONE MORE THING* to give me a headache, to overwhelm me. But one day I clicked on a recording of an interview done by Dr. Ben Lynch that was an overview on MTHFR and the light bulb went off. I had already heard the rumblings that it’s likely in kids with autism (Specifically the compound hetero combo of 1298 and 677) –but in that interview he stated it was even more common in Southern Italians. Well… I have this lovely “Dysfunctional Family Tree” (that’s what I call it). It’s the Southern Italian side of my family… and it’s FULL of conditions associated with MTHFR mutations. Each generation a little worse (as toxin exposure increased).
I started to read Dr. Lynch’s website, putting the pieces together in my over-worked brain and knew, KNEW, that we had these mutations before I even saw the test results –and I was right.

Devour his website. His videos. All of it. Eat it… Drink it… sleep and breath every drop.  Here is his “Read This First” page.

You know, I found out that Gavin has spina bifida occulta. He has Chiari, scoliosis… These are neural tube issues. These are signs of MTHFR. The more you read –those light bulbs will start exploding over your head!

Ben has a little booklet too, a brief summary. He’s working on a bigger book. I can’t wait!!!
MTHFR Basics. It’s 99 cents, or free with Kindle Unlimited, or free in the Prime lending library.

NOTE: In that first interview I listened to, while MTHFR mutations were more common in Southern Italians, they had less symptoms… Diet? Diet! I say again, genes are not your destiny. Clean living, diet and detox can fix a lot of these MTHFRin’ problems!

Amy Yasko
God I love her… her brain. When she talks it’s this avalanche of amazing and I have to watch and re-watch and pause and take notes.  I am certain she dreams about cellular metabolism every time she catches some sleep. If she sleeps…
Her wait list was so long that she stopped taking on patients and just puts all the info on her websites for free in an effort to help as many kids as she can. Rock star.

NOTE: There are a couple mutations that Dr. Amy’s DNA test checks for that 23andme does NOT test for (SOUX and one of the BHMTs off the top of my head), but her test is $500. Yeah. So if you have the $500, go for it. Someday I *might* do that test for Gavin as I try to untangle the mess that is his genome.

She has a book, too. If you are new to this, it’s a good read. I didn’t learn much new, so if you are a pro… I guess you can skip it, but for $9, whatever.  Feel Good Nutrigenomics. The more detailed stuff is on her website. But, I highly recommend this book for noobs!

Here is one of her links, it links you to all her pages:
HolisticHealth.com

But her original book and workbook… it’s on the Dr Amy site.
Direct link to the PDF of the book here: Autism: Pathways to Recovery
Web version here.
Click that resource tab, click that “approach” tab. So much good information there. Videos, presentations, online discussion group…

Watch these videos.
Her video about the lithium connection is what got me to have my son’s levels tested and there was nothing there, they ran the test twice to make sure. Kid was seriously low on lithium and lithium is pretty damn important. Also, one of the new things I learned from her new book, was that you need to have lithium levels up before supplementing with B12. So I pulled back on his B12 until his I run labs again to check his lithium levels.

It’s all pretty damn confusing. It really is… At times I slam the books shut and walk away.
I wish I could hold your hand and walk you through it, but I’m still learning as I go. I could sit here and list the things I remember, but my memory is foggy and I don’t want to give you bad info. You really need to start doing the reading for yourself and let your own light bulbs go off. Read/Watch/Listen a little bit everyday… or a lot.

I dream of a day when someone creates an app where we upload our data and it spits out every last supplement with a diet tailored perfectly for each of us. Maybe 5 years from now… But for now… be a pioneer!

Search out groups on Facebook, there are several. I can’t really recommend because while I am member of a few, I don’t follow them too closely; I can’t tell you the best ones. Ask your friends.
Once you know your specific mutations you can even search for groups specific to that. My youngest has a homozygous mutation on 677, I found a group for that! (This means he only methylates at 30%) I guess you can start here though, this group has over 11K members.
Follow Dr Ben and Yasko on Facebook, too.

Some youtube videos:



I feel like this is more than enough today. In the future I will post smaller blogs about specific issue.

In closing…

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Autism and Noni Juice. An anti-inflammatory and so much more.

We’re back on the juice –the noni juice. Specifically Morinda’s Tahitian Noni juice.
Noni is a great antioxidant, and it’s packed with iridoids that help your body tackle free radicals, A.G.E.s and it’s a great anti-inflammatory. And Morinda’s juice is the best.

Let me tell you our personal testimonies.
I first started hitting the juice many years ago when my chiropractor recommended it to me. At that point in time I was a mess –I was  popping Motrin on a daily basis for one pain or another. I started drinking the juice, one ounce a day, and my autistic son was drinking it too; it’s what I mixed all his supplement in because, at the time, he couldn’t swallow pills. It was an acquired taste because noni fruit is bitter. Morinda does a great job of mixing it with other fruits to make it yummy (and raise the iridoid content at the same time). At this point, I love the taste of it. My more picky, youngest son will drink it straight too, and he hates everything 😉

I had originally typed out the long version of our stories, but it was too long, I can go into great detail for anyone who wants to hear it, but for today:

1.  I injured my ankle, badly. It was a horrible ligament tear. I was hobbling around with an air cast and crutches and swallowing handfuls of Motrin. Then I started the juice and within a couple days my ankle was better. I didn’t even attribute it to the juice at the time. Until I stopped drinking it for a 4 day road trip because I didn’t want to be bothered with a cooler. By day 4 I was regretting that choice when my ankle swelled back up. I was going insane with pain. I drank some juice when I got home and by the next day my ankle was fine again. Noni is anti-inflammatory. It’s an adaptogen, actually… the bioactives in noni help your body to function at its best, thus allowing your body to fix itself. Iridoids are the compounds in plants that help plants heal from injury and disease –and they work the same in humans.

2. Sorry for the TMI, but those of you living with menstrual pain will appreciate the information. The pain I had was life altering –I’d miss school, work, and fantasize about shooting myself in the stomach because I was sure that would somehow make it hurt less 😉 I would take amounts of Motrin that will blow your mind. I had 800 mg pills. I would pop 3 at a time, 4 times or more a day. Yes, that is 10,000 mg of Motrin. After starting to drink Tahitian Noni Juice, that pain was gone.

And I realized that day, that since I started taking Noni, I hadn’t taken a single Motrin. And that continues as long as I stay on the juice.

I tried other brands, one of the problems with other brands –most use a powdered concentrate base. Morinda’s is from fresh puree from Tahiti. It’s better for you. It tastes better, too! And the effects I got from other brands didn’t match it.

3. I naturally lowered my bad cholesterol and fixed my ratio. My doctor was trying to push statins because my cholesterol was 240 and my ratio was bad. I asked her to give me two months on the juice and then we’d test again. I didn’t even wait the two months. I went for blood work at the end of week 6 and my number was down to 200 and my ratio was perfect.

4. My autistic son also saw benefits from the juice. When he’s drinking it, he seems calmer, happier. His skin is clearer. And there are times when he is more verbal in a useful way, like putting together novel phrases!! He has me make Noni popsicles with the juice, he loves it that much. When our latest shipment came I had to repeat over and over that we only drink 2 ounces a day, otherwise, he’d down a bottle in one gulp. You can safely drink as much as you want, but I am budgeting here! We saw benefits on ONE OUNCE a day –looking forward to seeing if there are more benefits with two ounces.

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The Original Morinda Tahitian Noni Juice

Now, we are partial to good ol’ classic Tahitian Noni Juice –but they’ve since added Max and Extra. I have not tried Max yet, that is my next order –I’m sure we’ll love it because we love cherry and cranberry. I have tried Extra before, it too has Olive leaf extract and it’s not my favorite taste –nor was it Gavin’s, but I know Olive Leaf has amazing benefits, so we mixed it with grape juice. Extra and Max are worth taking, because they are packed with even more iridoids than original. Max has double, in fact (there is olive leaf in Max, too).

I recommend just starting with Max. It has the highest Iridoid content. I get the original to keep Gavin happy because he loves it. I will let you know how it goes when I switch him to Max. Max does cost a little more, but 1 ounce of Max has the same benefits as 2 ozs of Original.

I had to stop many of the supplements I give my autistic child. He is an over methylator and most make him worse.  More agitated, more aggressive, more OCD.. The noni never did.
We were not buying Noni for a while because money is always wicked tight and I am trying to save to get Gavin Neurofeedback and a million other reasons why, right?  Well after not having it for a really long time, Gavin ASKED for it. “Original Noni Juice, Please!” Hell yeah, kiddo!

The other thing that put me back on the juice was remembering an article I read years ago from a doctor who treated kids like mine and said that if antioxidants were not made a part of the daily routine, these kids just continue to decline as they get older. That kids who never were really intellectually impaired while younger, started presenting as if they were by their late 20s and early 30s. Noni packs an incredible antioxidant punch. –Just google inflammation and autism and you’ll be reading for days.

Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatories are incredibly important in kids with autism. Recently, a friend’s autistic child asked for a motrin because it helped his brain. We know these kids have inflammation and oxidative stress, and it’s my personal opinion and experience that noni is one of the BEST, most NATURAL ways to address this. In the past we did 1 ounce a day. Which equals about $1 a day per person. Now we are doing 2 ounces a day, at this point because I feel our issues warrant a little bump 🙂

I know this is getting long, and I have so much more to tell you, but if you are getting bored, jump down to the video at the end where some of the benefits of noni are discussed and check out my page and the TruAge page for a video about A.G.E.s and then you can enter to win a free trip. *I* am the one who gets your contact info if you do, you’ll only be contacted by me and I am not pushy. If you are interested in hearing a little more, keep reading, contact me and we can talk.

Morinda is so much more than juice. They’ve got amazing scientist studying the noni fruit and iridoids and AGEs, there are supplements, a Core TruAge regimen*, skin and hair care too –with new products always in development. I was surprised and impressed when I saw the new website and back office and all they have to offer. I’ve dropped out of some companies because they make changes that negatively impact their sales force and product offering, but what I am seeing at Morinda is all change for the good.

They’ve started a TruAge line that looks at reducing AGEs in your body –Advanced Gylcation End-Products. They even have a scanner that can measure these in your body in under 20 seconds in a noninvasive way. The scanner has been proven to be as effective as a skin biopsy in testing your “AGEs” number. The Noni Max drink was shown to lower the AGEs number by 24% in 4 weeks when people drank just two ounces of juice a day with NO OTHER lifestyle changes. Clinically tested and proven, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

We as autism moms, we need to live forever. We also, always need more money. I’d love for you all to start trying the juice and see what it does for you. Imagine no more headaches, no more cramps, no more swelling, no more Motrin. That is what it does for me. As for money –you all know my struggles, and I NEVER want to go off the Noni again… so I am building my empire!! Er.. team 😉 If you’re interested in making some money, or at least making enough to cover your own noni juice habit, let me know. MLM isn’t a dirty word. Try a product and if you love what it does for you –tell your friends. It’s that easy.

*The TruAge core products contain various ingredients that might be against the special diets of “autism” families. So read the ingredients before buying something like the Sugar Stop or the Rapid Fuel or skin products –but the juice is fine. Just read the ingredients on all the products or ask me for more info.

Part 1 of 3 Dr. Neil Solomon on the reasons to drink Noni (click through and watch all three.)

Dr Neil again talking about a noni study and cancer