Okay, I’m ready to take the leap and write this post. I have been putting it off because I have been doing some field testing and didn’t want to jump the gun. So here goes…
Doug is 44 years old, and displays textbook Asperger’s syndrome. He has sensory overload, food intolerances, terrible people skills, a love for animals, and awful meltdowns.
Sadie is 4 years old. She likes routine, and gets very quiet and hides when strange people are around. She has fits for seemingly small reasons, like falling behind on a walk or getting bumped in the hall. She refuses to talk and stares when she is frustrated, and sometimes growls, barks, or flaps her arms.
I have finished the book Enzymes for Autism, and was very eager to buy some enzymes and get started. However, in my hopes to give Sadie a chewable enzyme, the potency ended up nowhere near strong enough. The results were definitely unsatisfactory.
I upgraded to a swallowable enzyme which contained a broad spectrum of enzymes at a much higher dosage. There need to be a variety of enzymes, because each enzyme digests different kinds of food. I was able to find vegetarian capsules, which need to be taken 20-30 min. before every meal.
Doug quickly got into a routine and is currently taking two before every meal. He also keeps a bottle in his truck, so that he can take some before he even comes in the house in the morning. Then he can go directly to the kitchen, get some breakfast, and feel much better. (Mornings used to be a tremendous struggle. We tried to just stay out of the way for about 30 min. to give him a chance to eat. Otherwise, the landscape was not pretty.
Sadie was a bit trickier to figure out. She tried to swallow the pills, but it dissolved in her mouth, and after a few tries, she refused. So I tried emptying the capsule into a spoonful of jam, and giving to her before meals. But this became very inconvenient, and sometimes got skipped. The enzymes really only work well if they are taken with all food. Undigested food slipping by is contributing to the problems in the brain. (See the book for great explanations!)
Then I rechecked the book and found a great idea. I made up very simple chocolate “frosting” and emptied 24 capsules into it. Then I spread the frosting into a circle on a plate and put it in the freezer. With a butter knife, I cut it into 24 wedges and scrape one of for her at every meal. Presto! She takes them beautifully. Who wouldn’t, when they get their dessert before the meal?
Amazing! I am truly thankful to YHVH for showing us a better way to live. Life is not perfect, but He didn’t promise that, now did He?
Sadie is talking in full sentences and telling me things that I can understand. She is working on a math workbook and doing very well. She can color in the lines and draw with precision. She isn’t writing letters yet, but I’m optimistic. She is getting along better with her siblings. There have only been a couple incidents of screaming, and they were very shortlived. Tonight, I prayed before her (wrong order) and she got a bit upset, but I was able to settle her down in a couple minutes and she was fine. I have even seen some new facial expressions and her whole demeaner seems more natural, rather than copying other people. Actually, sometimes I think I was crazy to think anything was wrong with her, when I see how she is now.
With Doug, we waited for the shoe to fall, but it didn’t. Something would go wrong, and we all would hold our breath, and nothing happened! He has been able to come home from work in a pleasant mood. We had my parents over and everything was great fun. He interacts with the kids more. He helped me clean out the fridge! He has just been so much more easy going.
He still yells sometimes, but it is more appropriate to the situation. He still gets frustrated, but the obstacles are overcome easier. He feels the meltdown welling up, but often he is able to swallow it. Life is not perfectly smooth, and he still has bad times, but everything is toned down. It’s easier to deal with.
I think perhaps he is still struggling some because he is so much older, and more damage has been done. More habits have been ingrained. I also think he doesn’t always remember to take the capsules 20-30 min. before a meal. They may not be having a full effect like they should. It may just take a bit longer for his digestive system to get back on track.
If you are dealing with ASD in your family, please, please give enzymes a try! Elimination diets do help tremendously because the problem begins in the digestive system. But enzymes can catch what we might miss! I feed my family kosher and as healthy as I am able, but I have not removed any foods, aside from working on preservatives.
From my observation, their brain does seem to process the world a bit differently than mine. But with the enzymes, they are able to handle what life dishes out without breaking down. They can interact with people and actually enjoy it lol! Well, at least most of the time, which I’m thrilled with!