B12 Injections and Recovery

Let’s talk butt vites!!!!!
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Yes, that’s right, I said butt vites!!!
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Let me explain! When we were healing this little cutie, pictured above almost one year after we began her healing journey, one of the interventions we tried was B12 injections.
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At the age of 18 months we began administering B12 injections into her tushy every 3 days. The healing was mind-blowing. Within days of her first injection she began speaking in complete sentences and her amazing attention span returned.
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We continued with the B12 injections for over a year, and it helped so much with her attention span, communication, and her mood!!!!! We lovingly referred to them as butt vitamins, which then became shortened to butt vites.
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The Importance of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is required for cell formation, energy metabolism, immune function, nerve function, proper digestion, protein synthesis, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Methyl B12, or methylcobalamin, is a methyl donor.  Methylation is a vital biochemical reaction in the body that supports the cardiovascular, hormone, immune, and detoxification systems, DNA/RNA structure and function, and other key metabolic systems.  For autism, it is recommended that methyl-B12 be administered through an injection in order to be most effective.  If the effect is positive, it should be noticed within a few days. According to the Autism Research Institute’s parent survey, parents reported improvement with methyl-B12 63% of the time. For those not ready for injections, or those not working with a medical practitioner, sublingual methyl-B12 can be used, although results may not be as pronounced as with injections

Food Sources of Vitamin B12 include eggs, milk, cheese, milk products, meat, fish, shellfish and poultry.

How Methyl-B12 Helps Those with Autism

Metylcobalamin, or methyl-B12 can have an extraordinary impact upon the methylation process, and can help with the detoxification of heavy metals.  Many children with ASD have high levels of heavy metals, particularly mercury in their bodies.  The presence of mercury in the body, blocks the body’s own formation of methy-B12, and this often prohibits the body from solving the heavy metal problem by itself. When methyl B-12 is administered, the processes of methylation and reduced glutathione formation can occur, and heavy metals can be eliminated.  In addition to improving detoxification, other benefits of enhanced methylation include, improved cell membrane function, improved neurotransmitter and hormone metabolism, and improved neuronal healing. Administering methyl B-12 to those with ASD is not recommended due to a deficiency of B12, but to bypass metabolic blocks, and to jump-start metabolic processes and neuronal healing.

Common Improvements Seen with Methyl-B12 Injections

Improved executive function, speech and language, and appropriate emotion and socialization skills. Methyl-B12 seems to unlock the areas of the brain that are required to verbalize and communicate effectively. It is not uncommon to see improvements in expressive, receptive, and conversational language as well as the ability to make longer sentences that include pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc. Methyl-B12 is known to increase eye contact, focus, attention, awareness, comprehension, and the ability to understand abstract ideas and concepts. The children become more tolerant of change, transition much more easily, and become more flexible. They are able to communicate their wants and needs more effectively. Methyl-B12 improves their ability to stay on task and the ability to follow more complex commands. It helps with imaginative play, imitation skills, and engagement with others. Often, children become more in touch with their feelings and the feelings of others. Interests are widened, the children become more inquisitive and they try new things. They become more self-confident, opinionated, and their need to be independent is heightened. The children learn more easily, their memory improves, and things that parents did not even know their children knew are now expressed to their parent’s surprise. The children become much more affectionate, cuddly, and loving, and they have many more good days at home and school. In addition, methyl-B12 is known to improve the immune system, decrease allergic responses, and it often helps appetite, aids in increasing weight, and frequently helps gross and fine motor skills.

Important Information 

It is crucial that no other changes are made to one’s treatment program during the first 6 weeks of methyl-B12 injections.  Nothing should be added or removed/reduced so that parents are able to evaluate the progress of their child based on the B-12 injections, without any other factors being responsible for these changes.  When B12 injections are administered this way, 94% of parents documented improvements in their children’s mood, behavior, speech, cognition, interaction, etc.

How to find a MAPS, DAN, or Functional medicine doctor experienced in Biomedical treatment of autism in your area.

Visit the following websites for lists, contact information, and resources:

  • generation rescue.org
  • tacanow.org
  • autism.com
  • nationalautismassociation.org
  • members.bioindividualnutrition.com – practitioner directory
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Sweet baby girl at the beginning of her journey with B12 injections!

Don’t Toss Your Greens!!!!

Did you know that beet greens are higher in nutritional value than beetroots??

Beet greens are higher in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.  They are an excellent source of folic acid (hello pregnant mamas), and a very good source of fiber, manganese, and potassium.  

Both beet greens and roots are a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B6.  

Beetroots have long been used for medicinal purposes, aiding in liver detoxification.  Beet roots contain betacyanin (the pigment that gives them their color), which is a powerful cancer-fighting agent.  Beet fiber aids in bowel function and helps balance cholesterol levels.  

Beets have been shown to increase antioxidant levels, specifically levels of glutathione peroxidase and glutathione-S-transferase, and increase the number of white blood cells responsible for detecting and eliminating abnormal cells.  

I invented this recipe one winter when I was craving beets!  As is not always the case, I loved it, and so did all of my children!

Read below for more benefits of enjoying this recipe with your family!

It contains:

Garlic:  An excellent source of vitamin B6, manganese, selenium, and vitamin C.  Garlic is also a good source of phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron, and copper.  Garlic provides protection against atherosclerosis and heart disease. Studies have shown that garlic decreases total serum cholesterol levels while increasing serum HDL-cholesterol levels which is a protective factor against heart disease. Garlic has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Garlic has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and has also been shown to provide protection against some cancers.

Greens: Greens are among the most highly nutritious vegetables.  They are an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins C and B6, and manganese.  Greens are also a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, iron, calcium, and vitamins B1, B2, and E. Greens have anticancer properties, and are high in chlorophyll and carotenes, especially beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.  Greens have almost 3 times as much calcium as phosphorous, which is beneficial since a high phosphorous consumption reduces the utilization and promotes the excretion of calcium.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar reduces rise in blood sugar after meals. It’s excellent for those at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Organic extra virgin olive oil: An excellent source of oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid.  It is also a good source of vitamin E, as well as oleuroprein, a phenolic compound which has been reported to have anti-cancer properties, and flavonoids.  Olive oil reduces the risk of chronic and degenerative conditions such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, asthma, and arthritis, as it helps in lowering systemic inflammation.

At last, the recipe!

Beets with Onion, Garlic, Beet Greens, and Apple Cider Vinegar

This is a delicious and very nutritious vegetable dish, which can be prepared ahead of time and eaten as a cold salad or reheated by sautéing for a few minutes over low-medium heat.

Makes about 6 – ½ cup servings

Source: Amy Stanford Nutrition

 Ingredients

  • 3 red beets with greens attached (roasted, skinned, and chopped into ½ inch cubes)
  • 2 cups chopped beet greens (can substitute collard greens, kale, rainbow chard, etc.)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar or to taste
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Remove the greens from beets. Wash the beets and cut off both ends.  Wrap in parchment paper and then wrap in aluminum foil.

  3.  Place in 400 degree oven for 1 hour and allow to cool or store in refrigerator until ready to make the recipe (can be stored in refrigerator for one or two days before completing the recipe).
  4. Once cool, remove skin and chop into ½ inch cubes
  5. Wash and chop beet greensIMG_9486
  6.  Mince garlic cloves
  7. Warm 2 tbsp. olive oil on medium heat in a sauté pan Sauté garlic for 2-3 minutes
  8. Add beet greens and sauté for 2-3 minutes moreIMG_9488
  9. Add chopped beets and sauté for 5 minutes
  10. Add apple cider vinegar and salt to taste

Enjoy!!!!

Healing Mom

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned these last 10 years, it’s that as a mother we pass on our healthy or unhealthy gut flora, our immune strength or weakness, our toxic burden, and our faulty DNA and genetic expression, onto our precious babies.  Whether babies are born with no gut flora, or according to developing research may begin developing gut flora by swallowing amniotic fluid in the womb, and possibly through the placenta, the mother’s flora in her entire digestive tract, and the nutrients she has available in her body and through the foods she eats, create the babies gut flora and therefore their immune health.  By passing through the birth canal, being exposed to the world, and through breastmilk, babies gut flora is created.  If a mother has a strong, healthy, microbiome, and a strong, healthy immune system, as well as a plethora of available vitamins and nutrients their baby will inherit the same.  If a baby has a family history of allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, Celiac’s disease, mood disorders, ADD, ADHD, or a multitude of any other family issues, their immune system is automatically more sensitive than another baby with no family history of these issues.  Couple that with a mother with an unhealthy gut microbiome, and a weakened immune system, and you have a very sensitive baby. 

These sensitive children act in our world as somewhat of a canary in a coal mine. Up until 1986, canaries were brought by miners into the coal mines to act as a warning system for miners to evacuate.  Canaries are more sensitive to the colorless, odorless carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases than humans. If the canaries became ill or died, that would give miners a warning to evacuate.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-real-canary-coal-mine-180961570/#CAIeHGetTBY36k3M.99

Similarly, these babies with sensitive immune systems are more sensitive to the toxic burden impressed upon them from the earliest days of their development.  They react strongly to these environmental attacks they are exposed to through the air, food, water, vaccines, antibiotics, cleaning products, home products, skincare products, the list goes on and on.  Through these environmental attacks these babies toxic load quickly becomes too much for their body to bare, and they develop a plethora of early issues including allergies, asthma, eczema, developmental delays, seizures, autism, speech delays, and even childhood cancer. 

These babies and children are here to open our eyes to what we are doing to our planet and to ourselves.  We must take heed, and begin to detoxify our lives and our world and give every baby their best chance at their best life.

I learned this early on in my research, and because I knew I wanted a third child, I knew I had to heal my gut, strengthen my immune system, rid my body of candida overgrowth and heavy metal toxicity, fill my body with good bacteria, and completely overhaul my family’s life.  We started with our diet, throwing out almost everything in our refrigerator and pantry and replacing it with gluten, dairy, soy, preservative, artificial color and flavor free foods.  We switched everything to organic, pastured and grass fed where available.  We threw away our non-stick pots and pans and replaced them with stainless steel.  We threw away our Tupperware and replaced it with glass containers.  We had a water filtration system installed, we purchased organic mattresses, sheets, pillows, towels, anything and everything we could switch.  We threw out our toxic cleaning supplies and replaced them with vinegar and baking soda (we have since graduated to Thieves cleaner and baking soda a much better smelling and better option).  We threw out candles and replaced them with salt lamps, and have now added diffusers to every room as well.  We threw out all of our hair, body, and skincare products and replaced them with non-toxic options.  We threw out sunscreen, make-up, everything we could think of and replaced it with non-toxic options.  We looked into infrared saunas and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  We turned over every stone.  

I had my amalgam filling removed and did a mercury detox (find a holistic dentist or a dentist who follows the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique to have this done).  I followed an anti-candida diet for 3 months to rid my body of candida overgrowth.  I began taking probiotics, digestive enzymes, and countless supplements.  I worked hard to detoxify and strengthen my body in preparation for my final pregnancy. I knew that by preparing my body I would be able to give my third child the strongest gut, immune system, and the best chance at his best life possible (I knew he would be a boy – mother’s intuition)!

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17 weeks pregnant with my third baby.  This is the day we found out we were having a boy!!!

Our daughter came to send us a strong message.  We listened, and by doing so completely healed our entire family. We are the healthiest we have ever been, we have tools, knowledge, and resources we wouldn’t have known existed, and we continue to learn each day. 

My warrior baby with her baby brother!
His guardian angel who came to teach us how to give him his best chance at his best life!

My Why

Sharing a bit of my journey thus far.

her rebirth was stunning, she lifted herself up from the depths of despair, grasped her dreams, embedded them in her heart, and walked forward into a future that only her will and vision could control   — young pueblo – revival

As a child, I was the one with the sensitive immune system.  I had a vaccine reaction back when we only received a few vaccines.  I had childhood asthma, allergies, frequent strep throat and stomach flu, while my sisters were healthy.  I reacted to foods, especially dairy, but instead of making the connection, I often would become sick after eating. 

 

As I grew older, my health problems continued.  I developed severe allergies after college, which came along with chronic sinus infections and endless rounds of antibiotics.  In my late twenties, I developed severe IBS, which was so embarrassing, the truth of it has never been told.  I suffered from acne, infertility, eczema, headaches, sleep issues, the list goes on and on.  After my first baby was born, my IBS got so severe that my doctor thought I had colon cancer.  After receiving a barium enema, and while waiting for my appointment for a sigmoidoscopy, a friend called who had been suffering from the same infertility issues I had suffered from.  She asked if my infertility doctor had ever mentioned soy in my diet causing my infertility problems.  She said that her doctor mentioned that the excess of soy added to so many foods was causing some infertility issues in women.  She told me to look up soy intolerance/sensitivity online.  I immediately went to my computer and my mouth hung open in shock.  The list was a perfect description of me.  I went off of soy, and my symptoms immediately went away.  

Then, my second baby was born.  She received an Apgar score of 10, which my doctor said almost never happens.  She was the epitome of health.  She developed normally, beginning speaking at 9 months old.  She was very outgoing and would talk to strangers at the grocery store.  At 12 months old, I took her in for her well-baby check.  The doctor left the room and we were waiting for the nurse to come in with her MMR/Varicella vaccines.  The nurse took forever to come in.  My daughter became fussy and I just wanted to leave.  My intuition was telling me to run out of that office.  My brain was telling me that would be rude, and that I needed to stay.  She received her vaccines, and immediately became extremely sick.  Fever, lethargy, fussy, uncomfortable, cough, runny nose, you name it.  She was the sickest any of my children have ever been.  She lost all of her speech, and her attention span.  She was fussy and clingy.  She would put her tiny hands on her hips, lean forward, and try to push the words out that she wanted to say.  Something was blocking her ability to communicate those words she had inside.  I knew what was happening.  I started researching, reading, and planning what needed to be done.  When I took her back to the pediatrician and told him what had happened, he said “By the age of 2 she will most likely be full blown autistic.”  That was all.  No support, advice, referrals, paperwork to report her vaccine injury to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.  

At the same time, my husband was going through a severe health issue of his own.  He was disabled, depressed, and was up against the realization that he would never work at his dream job again.  I couldn’t go to him for help and support.  I was riddled with guilt for not running out of that doctor’s office when my intuition was screaming at me to get out of there.  After 4 months of research, guilt, and tears, I threw out almost everything in our pantry and refrigerator and started over.  

 

 

I started my 16-month-old daughter on the “autism diet”.  We began a gluten, dairy, and soy free diet, and within 3 days she began speaking the words she hadn’t spoken in 4 months.  We made an appointment with a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctor, at which point we learned some tips and tricks to be sure her diet was as free from gluten, casein, and soy as possible.  We also started B12 injections.  Within days of the first B12 injection, my daughter began speaking in complete sentences and her attention span returned.  We continued with many supplements, I continued reading and researching, and I attended a Defeat Autism Now conference.  It was at this conference where I met my mentor Julie Matthews.  I learned so much about whole food, nutrient dense nutrition.  About how to cook, what to buy, where to shop, the list goes on and on.  Over the next year, I completely healed my daughter from autism.  

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I became passionate about nutrition, detoxifying our home, and helping others to do the same.  At first it was just a hobby.  I was an elementary school teacher who helped her friends and family heal their children and themselves from all kinds of health issues.  I became a TACA mentor helping endless numbers of moms learn to navigate the world of healing their children.  Then an opportunity arose from Julie Matthews herself to take part in a certification program for doctors and nutritionists that she was offering to moms who had healed their children from autism.  She knew we were in the trenches working with other moms and parents, and wanted to provide us with the education to help in more significant ways.  I jumped at the opportunity.  I received a certification in BioIndividual Nutrition and BioIndividual Nutrition for children.  At that point, I knew there was no turning back.  My dream of becoming a Certified Nutrition Consultant would become a reality.  I began attending Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition, the alma mater of my mentor Julie Matthews.  I am so proud to now be a Certified Nutrition Consultant.  I am passionate about helping all people to feel their best, and live their best lives.  I love helping children, moms, parents, and families to heal together.

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