Naturally Recovering Autism with Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas, Founder, CEO

Inspiring parents with natural solutions to create the most fulfilling, healthy and productive life possible for their children with autism. Empowering Parents with the Resources to Naturally Recover Autism from a mom who has done it.

Having once been told her son could not recover from his symptoms of autism Karen Thomas now shares what she has learned through over a decade of personal research and experience that has brought her own son to recovery. Her background as a Craniosacral Therapist allowed her the awareness that the brain could heal if given the right support. Learn how you can allow your child a clear path for a happier and more fulfilling life with improved communication, better sleep, improved social abilities, and overall improved health.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2021, depression is a common illness worldwide. Approximately 280 million people in the word have depression. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety, and 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression. The percentage of adults who experienced any symptoms of depression was highest among those aged 18–29 (21.0%), followed by those aged 45–64 (18.4%) and 65 and over (18.4%), and lastly, by those aged 30–44 (16.8%). Women are twice as likely than men to experience mild, moderate, or severe symptoms of depression. In teens, the percentage doubles between the ages of 14 and 17. Adolescents with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigma (affecting readiness to seek help), educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviors, physical ill-health and human rights violations. Globally, it is estimated that 1 in 7 (14%) 10-19 year-olds experience mental health conditions, yet these remain largely unrecognized and untreated. Actual depression is more than feeling sad. True depression is when the sadness is prolonged and effects everyday life. Feeling a strong sense of anxiousness, fearfulness, worry, poor concentration and excessive guilt are also signs of depression... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/139  

Dec 2

41 min 19 sec

Does diet really matter? Yes, the intake of gluten can directly affect the brain and the behavior of your child on the autism spectrum. Gastrointestinal surgeon, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, found the greatest results in treating children with autism came from a gluten free/casein free diet. When he treated the inflammatory bowel disease he found their behavior improved, sleep improved and there was an increase in communication... Gluten (wheat protein) and casein (dairy protein) release natural opiate-like substances into the bloodstream, which, if they get through the blood-brain barrier, can mimic the effects of morphine in the brain. The opiates in casein and gluten are called exorphins, specifically, gluteomorphins and caseomorphins... Behavioral issues such as hyperactivity and mood disorders are common in people with gluten sensitivity. Glyphosate Leaky Gut Damage to the DNA Some symptoms of gluten sensitivity Gluten-containing grains and starches Gluten-free grains Read Your Labels Supplements to Help Digest Gluten Testing for gluten sensitivity Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/138  

Nov 18

35 min 26 sec

We have reached over 50,000 downloads! Thank you for being a loyal listener and helping us reach this new milestone. We appreciate your support and will continue to help educate you on the important subjects on the autism journey...and hopefully make it a bit easier for you too. Please share our podcast with your friends who can benefit from it too. Thank you! Source Links: https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com Blog: https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/blog Podcasts: https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/podcast Attached is the CEO (Naturally Recovering Autism), Miss Karen Thomas special message for its audience!

Nov 18

55 sec

Decrease The Health and Behavioral Issues From Holiday Foods Many of the foods at grandma’s house may be healthy for most, but act as “triggers” for children on the autism spectrum. What can you do when your child wants to eat foods he should not eat? If you know that food will create strong behavioral and physical problems for him, of course it is best to avoid them altogether… but that is not always easy during the holidays. It is my wish to help you through these holidays. These days can be very trying for moms of children on the autism spectrum. We don’t want our children to feel isolated or shut out from the festivities, but when we know issues will arise from the food at the celebration, how do we measure the pros and cons?  What can we do? We can definitely ask Grandma to use only ingredients that are gluten-free, non-dairy, with no added food colorings or artificial ingredients. But this is real life. Will she do it? Does she know how? You can educate Grandma, letting her know that others at the table will probably feel better after the meal too. You can certainly give it a try. Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/137  

Nov 4

30 min 16 sec

he Covid pandemic has added a new element of stress to our lives. When it does end experts say the element of anxiousness that has developed for individuals is likely to continue much longer that the physical health impact. Don’t get waylaid helping your child because of your personal mental health. The pandemic hit and the shutdown caused anxiousness and depressive symptoms for us, but there is hope. You don’t have to let this affect you long term. You do have a say in how you live your life... Below I’ve listed 7 tips to help you and your child to gain improved physical and mental health, to help restore overall calming. Gut Health and Diet: Why is diet so important and what are the right foods? Bad foods feed Candida, and parasites. Gut health keeps our immune system strong but also builds necessary neurotransmitters that are made in the gut... Support Your Liver: A congested liver, toxins such as heavy metals, and mold affect hormones, including our stress hormone cortisol... Calming Supplements: Anxiousness comes from many things. External environmental triggers like toxins, but also from internal underlying pathogens and infections... Sensory Calming: Sensory overload is common in children with autism but it is also common in their parents too. The underlying pathogens and toxins take an effect on our central nervous system... Emotional Mindset Techniques: Emotion code work to release old subconscious patterns that keep us in the stress response and reacting to life’s occurrences rather than responding. Responding is a choice. Count backward from 5, (5,4,3,2,1) then take a deep breath and let it all the way out. Now notice how you feel... Exercise: Exercise releases serotonin in our brain so it can actually improve our mood. It’s also healthy for us to move, getting oxygen into our blood... Sleep: Sleep is crucial to our overall physical and mental health and it’s when our body’s heal. Sleep can be affected by many things too. The stress hormone cortisol can wake you up... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/136

Oct 21

20 min 46 sec

Let’s talk about school. Children on the autism spectrum can have a hard time sitting still, staying calm, and focusing. As with anything else, there are different needs for each child. How To Improve Attention Learning should have emotion involved. We are often driven to learning by a need of some kind. For parents there is no greater need than to help their child. Studying takes time and energy. For children with autism there is often a shorter attention span so we have to make the most of every minute. So how do we go about learning and retaining? Retaining is the key... The Pomodoro Technique The brain gets bored if a task is done too long. When this happens it stops retaining. The pomodoro technique is known to increase focus, retention, consistency and quality of time spent. Quality is essential to help retain and utilize the information... How Pomodoro Works? Decide on the task, and a time period to do it in, and explain it to your child. Start your timer on your phone or on a Time Timer or wherever. Make this the time for focusing on work for the next 25, or so,  minutes. Stop once the alarm goes off. Take a 5 minute break. Resume working for another 25 (or so) minutes and then take a break for another 5 minutes. After 3 or 4 cycles, take a 20-minute break... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/135

Oct 7

20 min 3 sec

Have you ever been told that your child cannot recover from autism? Yea, me too. Yet today, my son is no longer diagnosable with the symptoms of autism he once had. Sometimes instead of getting excited when they hear this, a parent will get defensive, as though someone is trying to change ‘who’ their child is. Autism is not a ‘who’. It’s a ‘what”. Do you ever wonder why some parents are able to recover their children from the symptoms of autism while others are struggling with constant illnesses and behaviors that don’t ever seem to improve? If you’re a parent of a child newly diagnosed with autism, but you aren’t finding the answers you need, or you’re  a parent of a child with autism who has been searching for years to find the right solutions to help your child but you are not getting the positive results you hoped for, stay with me because you’re going to discover why persistent parents like you and me can get  our children better faster, safer, and with the least amount of expense and why it’s critical that you get all of the right resources in place right now. My goal is simple:  to help you to more easily bring your child to the healthiest outcome possible, whether you’re new to the autism journey or you’ve been on it for years, this episode can help you. The more you can truly understand and narrow down what it is you need to do and how to do it, the greater opportunity you’ll have to experience your child living a better quality of life. First, you’ve got to believe that your child can get better, any amount of better. Now you may not have seen any of this in the past, so keep an open mind as we move forward. That’s all I ask, for your child’s sake.  The questions arise, “What causes the symptoms of autism?” “Is it autism or is there something underlying that is causing symptoms in a child that are mimicking those of autism?” This may seem like an odd thing to say but there is a lot of truth behind it. Autism can be a symptom, not a diagnosis. It can be a symptom of something underlying such as toxins, pathogens, infections, a compromised immune system, and inflammation in the brain. Many things cause the symptoms of autism. It’s not just one thing. This information may be completely contradictory to what “experts”, and non-experts, such as friends and relatives have told you before. Have you ever heard that …recovery isn’t possible? I like to say, “Tell that to my son.” Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/134

Sep 2

43 min 57 sec

Hypoglycemia is very hard on the adrenal glands. It is a challenge during the day, but also very hard on your system at night. During sleep, Candida feeds on your blood sugar. This stresses the body and the brain and your glucose levels are lowered significantly. Your brain relies on the right amount of glucose to function properly. Therefore, this stress during sleep overworks the adrenal glands due to this imbalance in blood sugar. When the adrenals become fatigued it also creates an imbalance in your thyroid gland. When cortisol release becomes deregulated by the adrenal glands, it can result in adrenal fatigue. The adrenals will often release too much Cortisol. A common symptom is waking in the night, usually around 3:00 a.m... Candida and Leaky Gut Candida can attach itself to the wall of the intestines, creating holes that allow undigested foods and other toxins to enter the bloodstream. This is known as “leaky gut.” It is essential to protect the gut and keep it healthy since it is the main source of our immune system, and it filters out toxins from the environment, including foods. Antibody producing cells line the intestines and secrete a substance called immunoglobulin A or IgA... Supplements That Help To Balance Blood Sugar  Be sure vitamin D3 levels are adequate. One of the leading researchers in vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick, has found that, “Children who receive vitamin D supplements from the age of one and on had an 80% decreased risk of developing Type I diabetes” (www.mercola.com)... How To Assist Stabilizing Blood Sugar with Diet Protein is a great choice because it is low on the glycemic index. When we eat protein, it takes a longer time for our body to break it down. The higher nutrient content combined with a low GI will also assist in satiation. Our body will be fed a source of food it can utilize and one that takes much longer to digest. This keeps us feeling full longer and does not have a negative impact on blood sugar... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/133

Aug 19

36 min 5 sec

  Molecular Hydrogen is a supplement that rapidly diffuses into the body’s cells, mitochondria,  and fluids to assist in improving energy, focus, and its antioxidant benefits for faster recovery from physical exertion. In this interview we begin with Quinton trace minerals and then at 26:20 we begin our discussion on molecular hydrogen. A unique and patent pending combination of all-natural minerals are the only active ingredients of Active H2. This distinguishes it from existing synthetic chemical formulas as well as the “unnatural” use of electrolysis to generate Active and Molecular Hydrogen. ActiveH2 is formulated with a proprietary blend of pure magnesium, malic acid, fumaric acid, and dextrose that act synergistically to generate Molecular Hydrogen and electron-rich potential. Hydrogen may regulate pathways via modifying lipid peroxidation cascades, protein phosphorylations, and gene expressions, resulting in anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, and potential anti-aging benefits.” Tyler Lebaron, “The Molecular Hydrogen Institute“ Please listen to this valuable interview with expert, Robert Slovak, on the benefits of molecular Hydrogen for children on the autism spectrum. Robert Slovak’s Biography: Robert Slovak is a degreed Mechanical and Astronautical engineer, best known as the co-founder, with his brother Jack, of Water Factory Systems in the early 1970’s. He is recognized as one of the key developers of Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology and its numerous applications. After the sale of his company to a multi-national leader in water technology in 1990, Robert went on to bring his knowledge and experience to Brazil and other underdeveloped nations. During this period Robert maintained his presence in the American water industry as a consultant and regular speaker at water technology conferences. Since 2006 Robert masterminded and promoted a new paradigm he refers to as “Water & Wellness” in which pure, contaminant-free water is combined with highly effective nutraceutical additives to support the health needs of a wide diversity of the population including prenatal, developing, aging, health-compromised and special-needs. Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/132

Aug 5

1 hr 29 min

Placing your connection with your child before curriculum is beneficial to both  homeschooling and non-homeschooling parents. Parents can get inspired about focusing on connecting with their children before setting up curriculum. Understanding your child’s needs and personal learning style can help both parent and child.  Is your child a visual learner, or are they more auditory, or kinesthetic? Learning doesn’t have to be boring or stressful if you choose what works best for everyone. It can actually be fun! Listen to this podcast episode to learn more ways to help understand your child’s needs and the different options in homeschooling with our special guest Jackie Wheeler Wiebe from Homeschool Think Tank. Through HomeSchool ThinkTank, Jackie strives to connect homeschool families with one another and the resources they need.  You can discover more by subscribing to her weekly podcast, The HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast and by visiting www.HomeSchoolThinkTank.com. Jackie is the author of THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live and Learn Your Way!  She wrote this book to help parents decide if homeschooling is the right choice for their family.  It’s available as an audiobook, ebook, and paperback. Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/131

Jul 14

49 min 28 sec

The symptoms of mercury toxicity mimic many of the symptoms of autism. Higher levels of mercury have been shown to create symptoms that last up to 30 years! It aggravates every other medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) admits that there are no safe levels of mercury exposure. Common exposure comes from vaccines, medications, coal emissions, dental amalgam fillings, and contaminated fish. Even in small amounts, mercury is dangerous. Toxicologists consider mercury to be one of the most poisonous elements in existence. Mercury destroys the brain, and is completely destructive to all aspects of the nervous system. It inhibits the brain’s ability to uptake and store the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine... How To Safely Remove Amalgam Dental Fillings A bio-dentist is trained in the safe removal of the amalgams. During removal, vapors released are inhaled and ingested into your system if not removed properly. The dangers that mercury presents are significant, especially to the neurological system. Mercury is also released into the fetus in utero, so the child may be born with mercury toxicity. This makes them more vulnerable to additional environmental toxic exposure... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/130

Jul 1

39 min 53 sec

If we begin to detoxify the system without first supporting the liver, the toxins will back up into the bloodstream. These toxins affect multiple systems of the body, including the brain, and we can become quite ill. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi use the undigested food and waste as food. The liver must be able to remove toxins, damaged cells, and other waste material from the body. Excess toxins congest the lymph glands, which remove cellular waste and keep the immune system healthy. The liver and lymphatic system must be able to feed nutrients to the cells and remove their debris... This toxic debris can become stagnant and cause a myriad of health issues.  Common initial symptoms of an improperly working lymphatic system are: middle and low back pain a swollen abdomen swollen hands, arms, feet, and ankles a puffy face Multiple chronic illnesses are associated with lymph congestion such as: irritable bowel syndrome brain disorders  memory loss asthma, bronchial, and lung problems... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/129

Jun 17

27 min 8 sec

Human waste in the water can contain anything from bacteria and toxins to parasites, especially in lakes where the water is stagnant. Rivers and the ocean are, at least, moving, but do check the water pollution levels prior to swimming anywhere. The general term for this, as used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, is Recreational Water Illness. Here’s what you need to know. Chlorine in swimming pools poses another issue altogether. In my podcast, Swimming Pool Health Challenges with Autism with renowned water expert, Robert Slovak, we discuss the health related dangers that lurk in chlorinated swimming pools... Common symptoms of histamine reactions are: Digestive symptoms itchy skin rashes and hives asthma, and other respiratory issues. hyperactivity rapid heart rate hives extreme mood changes poor sleep... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/128

Jun 2

27 min 29 sec

There is an actual genetic disorder contained by over 25% of the population that renders them helpless to dispel mold biotoxins from their body. You can have these genetics but not be ill if they have not been triggered by stress, or an illness, etc. If this gene has been triggered then when exposed to mold a cascade of inflammation is set off in the system, but the body is not able to get rid of the toxins created within them. This creates multi-system infections from mold illness... WHAT’S GOING ON? There is a gene, or protein, called transforming growth factor beta-1, or TGF beta-1, that is found throughout the body. It is one in a family of cytokines whose job it is to affect the growth and activity of cells. TGF beta-1 is important in fetal growth and development, the formation of blood vessels, muscle tissue and body fat development, recovering from wounds, the regulation of bone growth, and the functioning of the immune system... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/127

May 19

25 min 11 sec

It is crazy how many different parasites and pathogens can be in the gut. Parasites are a worldwide problem. It has spread into the western world. It is estimated that eighty percent of the American population have parasites, and most do not know it. Many children on the autism spectrum have parasitic problems. Most parasites live with us harmoniously, until the gut flora weakens to the point that they become a problem. How Do We Get Parasites? Common ways we get parasites are from inhaling them from the air we breathe, in the food we eat, drinking water, swimming in contaminated water, and through our skin. Lesions in the skin, especially on the feet, allow for easy entrance into the body. Animals carry different parasites that they may pass onto humans. Poor hygiene also plays a big role. What Problems Do Parasites Cause? The problems caused by parasites do not come so much from the bugs themselves but from the existing co-infections in the body. Parasites bring with them bacteria, viruses and fungi. Viruses in the nervous system often come from Staphylococcus and lungworm... Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/126

May 5

34 min 19 sec

Please listen to this podcast episode to learn how you can build more funds for your family’s security and life fund, your child’s programs, health care, education, supplements and therapies, and a future trust that your loved ones can live on even after you’re gone. I have wished for years that I had a way to help parents of children with autism to increase personal income and help with the additional costs involved in having a child with special needs…and I have found it. I have deeply researched this financial opportunity, and have successfully been using it in my own personal trial, to verify its effectiveness and validity. Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/125

Apr 28

47 min 47 sec

Knowing other parents of children with autism who “get it”, and having a streamlined program to help unlock her son’s true potential, is the inspiring story Shannon has to share with you in this week’s podcast. There can be a lot of overwhelm as a parent on the autism journey. As desperate parents searching for answers to help our children we can get caught up in the time-consuming, and expensive, “kitchen sink syndrome”. Hunting for solutions with no order or roadmap to follow leaves us in total confusion. We look for anything possible to improve our results and find the solutions to optimize the quality of life for our kids, at any age. We know they can aspire to so much more if we can only find the right answers, but how do you do that? Having a mentor on the autism journey who has lived it, done the research, had the personal experience and found the success you’re looking for to help your own child unlock their true potential is like having “the keys,” says Shannon.  Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/124 ______________________________________________________________________________ Please join Karen Thomas, For her FREE  Autism Recovery Masterclass. A 3-Hour Live Virtual Event on April 17th, 2021. Register Now or Click the Link Below for registration! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/masterclass-live/

Apr 14

48 min 5 sec

Every parent of a non verbal child with autism wonders if their child will ever talk. As their child gets older, one question becomes more concerning, “is it too late for my child to speak?” Meet Karen Franklin. A dedicated mom who knew to never give up and always keep trying to help improve her autistic son’s quality of life. At age 27, Karen’s son Darius was still non verbal. Then Karen found the Naturally Recovering Autism membership and began implementing the steps with Darius. Less than five months later he was talking. Better yet, Darius began reading stories with her and is now finishing them before mom. Karen says,  “it’s music to my ears”. Please listen to this heartwarming interview with another autism mom who has found success, even at age 27. It’s never too late! Are you Interested in knowing how Karen Franklin helped her son, and how it could help you and your child with autism? Click Here or Click the link below for more details! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/123 ______________________________________________________________________________ Please join Karen Thomas, For her FREE  Autism Recovery Masterclass. A 3-Hour Live Virtual Event on April 17th, 2021. Register Now or Click the Link Below for registration! https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/masterclass-live/

Apr 7

32 min 39 sec

Listen to this informative interview with epigenetics expert, Dr. Bruce Lipton. Epigenetics is the science of how genetics can be changed by our environment, whether it be from toxins, trauma, or our beliefs. This is called ‘epigenetics’. Only 1% of disease is caused by genetics. Ninety-nine percent is due to environmental factors. From1:13  on, Dr. Lipton discusses autism more specifically. Please listen to the full interview. Biography                Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, is a cellular biologist and former Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine. His pioneering research on cloned stem cells at Wisconsin presaged the revolutionary field of epigenetics, the new science of how environment and perception control genes. His later research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine revealed the nature of the biochemical pathways that bridge the mind-body duality. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/122

Mar 31

1 hr 29 min

Have you ever felt that you needed to “put up a wall” to protect yourself in a negative situation? Dr. Bradley Nelson refers to this as a “Heart Wall”. Once this ‘wall’ has been formed around your heart for protection it can build up and become stronger over time. With this protection comes a price. When our heart has been closed off as an emotional or psychological means of protection from negative feelings coming in, it is also closed off to allow incoming positive feelings such as love, and our ability to connect with others. The consequences can be quite harmful to an individual both physically and emotionally... The Heart-Brain Your heart generates 60 to 1000 times more power and electromagnetic energy than your brain, easily making it the most powerful organ in your body. When you were in the womb, your heart was formed first, before your brain. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, 40 million times a year, and if its connection to your brain were severed, it would keep right on beating... Children and Heart Walls Since 1995, Dr. Bradley Nelson, has lectured internationally on alleviating chronic and incurable diseases through energy work, and restoring balance to the 6 key elements of health in the body. In 2009, he channeled his life’s work into a simple yet powerful self-study course known as The Body Code system. During this time, Dr. Nelson shares that his personal observation has been that every child with autism has a heart wall! ...   Finding and Releasing the Heart-Wall Heart Walls can be “hidden” to protect against being found and released since the protective mechanism in the subconscious is so strong. Dr. Nelson says, “My experience is that about 80% of the general public will test positive for a Heart-Wall. Sometimes when we’re looking for a trapped emotion with the emotion code work the body may say that it doesn’t have any trapped emotions, when in reality it does. The Heart-Wall has the effect of making all trapped emotions a little harder to find.” Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/121

Mar 24

32 min 45 sec

Tapping acupressure points to assist emotional balancing, also sometimes referred to as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT, is based on a combination of Chinese medicine (acupressure or meridian points), and Western psychotherapy. Meridian points are connected to the body’s energy flow. They are like the body’s freeway network for energy. Sometimes this freeway has emotional traffic jams. When this energy flow is disrupted, physical and emotional issues arise. When stimulated, these acupressure points send signals to the stress centers of the brain. These signals bypass the thinking portion of the brain. The thinking portion of the brain is commonly only accessed during talk therapy. In this situation, the body’s emotional energy pathways are not shifted. This is the key component to why Tapping these acupressure points works. It is treating the causes, rather than just the symptoms... How To Use Tapping Points Tapping is simple and painless. Anyone can learn to do it. While tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points, you are to think of an emotional incident in your life that may be the trigger for current feelings and actions like anxiety, distraction, insomnia, relationships, financial pressure, pain, depression, and most disease. Measure this feeling now on a scale from one to ten, ten being the worst... Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/120

Mar 17

15 min 2 sec

The reticular activating system (RAS) is a group of neurons located just above where the spinal cord is attached to the brain, also called the brain stem. It acts as the gatekeeper of information between most sensory systems and the conscious mind. It maintains behavioral arousal, consciousness, and motivation. The RAS is like a magnet to your life through your thoughts. It receives input from the spinal cord, sensory pathways, thalamus, and cortex and sends messages out to the nervous system via the hypothalamus which in turn mediates our behavior. These behaviors are largely subconscious based on our personal belief system. Limiting beliefs We all carry limiting beliefs about ourselves and parts of our life. Once your limiting beliefs become your expectation your RAS will spend the rest of your life working to meet that expectation. You will only find more of what you expect to find, and your results will never exceed your expectations. That’s why it is crucial to inundate your belief system with a new and positive belief system that will grow to be the dominant beliefs as the old ones grow weak and less dominant... The Good News The good news is the person who reinforces the positives, despite the differences, will benefit from them.  Results within your life, including those with your child will be reinforced by your beliefs, which can also limit what you create from what you BELIEVE you can do. The RAS wants to prove it to be accurate so it puts more of it into your box.  Take Action What one or two things can you do every day to create your new desired life? ... Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/119

Mar 10

27 min 23 sec

Over ninety-nine percent of what we do everyday in our lives is created by our subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is developed by the time we are seven years old. We can see the patterns of what we’ve drawn into our lives by simply looking around us. It’s what we feel ‘familiar’ with and believe for ourselves in many aspects including relationships, money, health, and more. We Attract What We Think About (Desired or Undesired) Self talk is everything! We attract what we think about so choose your thoughts consciously. Worry and fear can become our focus and we draw more problems to us. Keep your focus on any positives. We attract whatever we think about, so be sure you are in control of your thoughts and they are not controlling you…and your life. One of our members in the Naturally Recovering Autism membership, noticed this working recently. She was so worried about the vocal tiks her daughter was experiencing that she didn’t realize the improvements that were going on... 5 Steps To Apply A Positive Mindset and Attract More of What You Want Into Your Life:  Get clear on what it is that you want and set a date that you would like it to happen by. At first what you choose may be something more general because you need time for the specifics, but they will come. Eventually use these specifics. It’s OK if your date gets pushed out but having a date gives your mind a focal point. Create a clear picture. An image for your subconscious mind with colored details. Creating these images in color is important because the brain embodies it more completely. Add the 5 senses in when you think of the image in your mind; see, smell, hear, taste and touch. Include feelings. Really FEEL the feelings created by having your desire. See it as if it has already happened the way you want it to be and the excitement and gratitude around that. Any positive feelings that come up for you.  Be consistent... Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/118

Mar 3

19 min 31 sec

Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, occurs when holes are created in the lining of the intestines. The lining can become damaged from food allergies, viral infections, inflammation, candida pathogenic overgrowth, hormone issues, non-steroidal drugs, and stress. Glyphosate is the harmful herbicide that is sprayed on our food crops, especially wheat, and it also destroys the gut lining. When leaky gut is present, undigested food particles enter the bloodstream and are seen as foreign agents for the immune system to attack. Once these inflammation markers are made the body now has an ‘acquired’ allergy to that food. Please listen to my podcast episode #89, Autism and Leaky Gut Syndrome. How Collagen Can Help? Collagen makes up a third of the protein in our bodies and forms our connective tissues. It also supports joint health, skin, ligaments and tendons, blood vessels, organs, bones, and muscles. There are at least 28 different types of collagen protein and they all consist of chains of amino acid sequences. Glycine, the most abundant amino acid in collagen, is found in 30 percent of collagen fibers. It is known for its ability to repair the tight junctions of the intestinal lining.  What Causes Collagen Deficiency? Collagen deficiency can happen when there is nutrient malabsorption.  This is very common in children with autism because they often have leaky gut. This further weakens the overall health of the gut lining, causes muscle loss, joint pain, bone loss, issues with teeth, and more inflammation. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/117

Feb 24

19 min

the health benefits, but I’d like to go over them again and in more detail and with more of a focus on the benefits for autism if you have testimonials from people etc. Parents of children with autism will be listening as well as practitioners so I’d like to be as informative as possible. We’ll have an organic conversation but some ideas are:  why people aren’t allergic to it, be sure to mention how it should be started slowly and why (ie die off and use like medicine), your suggestions for usage and quantities per day.  Your website says ‘cures diarrhea’ so we can talk about the gut microbiome. I’m doing a series this month on my podcast on that subject. discuss your production process, plus how your quality is so high. flash pasteurization It doesn’t say ‘organic’ but I’m assuming you don’t  use chemicals but we should cover that. I’d also like to answer questions for people wanting to get it shipped to various parts of the world. Not sure where you ship. I know you have a powdered product now. We can share your story as well-how you got into it.   Camel Culture was founded by Ryan and Lauren Fee in 2015 -originally named The Camel Milk Co.   One day, Ryan was talking with a group of East African elders living in the USA, when he asked, “What do you miss most about East Africa that you don’t have here?” Their answer was a resounding “Caano Geel” (Camel Milk)!

Feb 17

31 min 58 sec

Studies prove there is a direct connection between the gut microbiome and the brain. Many symptoms of autism can be caused by an ill gut and a leaky gut that can also allow toxins to leak into the brain.  Environmental toxins such heavy metals and glyphosate, contained in the weed killer, Round-Up, contribute to this. The gut must also be healthy to produce enough neurotransmitters to allow the brain to function properly and support mood stability, appetite, sleep, and the ability to focus and concentrate. Specific organisms in the microbiome contribute to autism spectrum disorders and the behaviors associated with them. Probiotics with spore forming bacteria have been shown in studies to reduce and even remove these symptoms. In this podcast episode we discuss this in depth with world-renowned microbiome specialist and researcher, Kiran Krishnan. Listen and learn the many causes of an ill gut and what you can do to help improve it for your child and your entire family! Why Spores? The product, Just Thrive, contains four of the most important strains for autistic children. These strains are known as endospores. spores read the microbial environment and kill off the pathogenic bacteria while producing compounds to improve the growth of the right bacteria. These are the good ones that promote a healthy gut. They are able to survive and withstand the heat and acid levels of the stomach. They improve the condition in the gut, so “the garden can grow.” This cultivates the right environment for the body to return to its natural state. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/115

Feb 10

1 hr 10 min

Parents are constantly asking me, Karen, what does this symptom mean? If my child’s got this going on, what does that mean? What does that mean? And it’s usually connected to something biological going on. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve talked about how the gut controls the brain, how much the gut microbiome and the biology of the gut has to do with how other things in the body are functioning, especially the brain. So I just wanted to go over some of the symptoms you might be noticing in your child with autism and why they might be happening to give you a greater idea of what the background is on that symptom... A lot of those things. Gluten and casein can cause a lot of inflammation in the gut. We can even pass down candida in utero. We can give it to our children or they’re born with it. Then they’re weaker and more susceptible. Then we start feeding them solid foods. After they’ve been weaned off of breast milk or hopefully breastfed instead of bottle, but whatever you’ve been giving them, then we start usually adding in a process carbohydrate of some kind. And this ends up feeding this candida so the problem gets even worse. Then if you get a vaccination and I’m going to link to this really good study, I found on how vaccinations can impact the gut and the microbiome... Please share it with anybody, you know, who would be interested. Thank you again so much for being here and being a proactive parent, and getting the resources you need. I look forward to seeing you next week with that next episode where I will be doing that expert interview. Until then take care and have a great week. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/114  

Feb 3

24 min 35 sec

During the covid-19 pandemic many schools have been closed for safety reasons. Often parents feel that their child being taught in a Zoom meeting is not enough of an education but also don’t want their child to be exposed to any unsafe environments. Additionally, schools may require that a child undergo certain requirements that their parent does not agree with. It may a teaching style or system, or a school mandated vaccination that a parent feels is unsafe for their child. For many reasons, a parent may find it necessary to look for alternative educational options. Home schooling pods offer a better solution for many parents, especially those who choose to home school but have to work a few days of the week. Parents can trade off on days to teach and assist another parent on the days they have to go to an outside workplace.... How To Find Or Create A Home School Pod Facebook has a growing number of groups. Go to Facebook and in the search bar type the name of your town, along with the keywords, “home school pod”, or ‘micro school”. If you live in a very small town and nothing appears, then type in the name of the nearest larger town near you. It may require a drive for some depending on where you live but you could also become the facilitator of developing a pod in your own town along with others interested. It’s not hard to create your own. Check out all of your options and go with the one that works best for you. The San Francisco-based Facebook group Pandemic Pods and Microschools, for instance, now has more than 9,500 members... Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/113

Jan 27

12 min 32 sec

How does stem cell therapy work? Stem cell therapy has been utilized by parents of children with autism for its ability to modulate the immune response by slowing or stopping pathological immune responses, and having the ability to be antigen specific. It also assists with the defect in T cell numbers associated with autism. The lymphatic system are organs of the immune system with circulatory vessels and lymph nodes that transport bacteria fighting white blood cells to sites of infection in the body. Bone marrow of certain bones such as the pelvic bone, produce specialized cells that circulate throughout the immune system. There are two major types of lymphocytes, B cells that attach to foreign substances to mark them as targets for destruction by other cells, and T cells that can attack and destroy cells. T cells have the additional advantage of coordinating overall immune response. Is stem cell therapy safe? Stem cell therapy transports the bone marrow from healthy individuals to those in need of immune regulation. This can be safe, if done correctly. This is important to note that not all stem cell therapy is done properly or ethically, and the bone marrow of unhealthy individuals has been used in many countries without proper regulation. There are unethical clinics doing this and charging extreme amounts of money to unknowing patients. It is essential to be aware of foreign doctors from stem cell clinics holding numerous free seminars to recruit patients for their centers all over the United States. Is that legal? What precautions should parents take to not get roped in by dubious claims? In my radio show #69, with Dr. Joy Kong, specialist in stem cell therapy, we  discuss these issues and how to know where you can go to find quality stem cell therapy from reputable and knowledgeable doctors. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/112

Jan 20

46 min 39 sec

FACT: One in 36 children are being diagnosed with autism today Did you know that parents worldwide are bringing their kids to optimum levels of recovery? We are helping our children go from screaming tantrums, unable to speak, distracted, experiencing learning and social challenges to being calm, talking, being able to concentrate, learning in-classrooms, and developing meaningful friendships. They really can be happy and healthy. Please listen to these inspiring stories from the moms themselves who made success happen for their own children on the autism recovery journey by following the steps outlined in the Naturally Recovering Autism Membership. Meet Shannon. All she wanted was to hear her son say, “mom,” and one day he did. Listen now. Meet Karen. Her son is 27 years old and was non-verbal, but within 2 months in the Naturally Recovering Autism Membership program, her son is reading books with her! Listen now. I f you’ve ever felt like your child is capable of more, then listen to Sakina’s story.  Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/111

Jan 12

11 min 45 sec

Hi there and welcome to naturally recovering autism. I am your host, Karen Thomas. And I want to thank you so much for being here today and being a proactive parent and getting the resources that you need to help your child reach their optimum level of recovery. And we know that the definition of recovery is to regain health and every child’s level of recovery is different for my own son. He was, I was once told to drug him and try behavioral therapies, and there was nothing else we could do for him. But I fortunately have a background in craniosacral therapy where I’ve studied the brain now for 30 years. And I knew the brain can and does heal. It has now been 15 years this month, since my son was diagnosed with autism and it took me a decade of that time to figure it out. But my own research proved that autism can be recovered from my son is no longer diagnosable. I’ll share these grateful things with you on this coming in Saturday, if you’re listening to this live, I am teaching the first autism recovery master class of 2021. We are going to start this year out, right? It is a free three hour live event, and we will do that Q and A, because I know you have questions and I know how important it is to get your support and get your questions answered and how hard that can be on this journey. I have lived it. I know exactly how it is and I want to help you. So this, uh, this Saturday, January 9th, if you’re listening to this live, please, register now at, NaturallyRecoveringAutism.com/masterclass. And, uh, please share it with anybody, you know, who would be interested in learning how they can improve the quality of life for their child, because autism is a lot to do with biological. So that’s what I do in my natural recovering autism membership (hint: in case you’re interested, the doors will open to registration during the masterclass). So that parents have the actual guided help that they need because I know again, how hard this can be and how overwhelming. So my goal is to share this with everyone possible and to get this out there. Even my own daughter had stomach and digestive issues, and she would become kind of wild sometimes and couldn’t calm herself down. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/110

Jan 6

25 min 39 sec

Children with autism have immune system disorders. Similar to autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, or inflammatory bowel disease there is abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). As a response to a trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that attack its own body’s tissues, instead of fighting the infection. Taking such immune boosting herbal formulas such as echinacea can boost the immune system for those in need of it, but for many with autoimmune issues this herb can over stimulate the immune system causing further immune deficiency reducing the natural ability to fight foreign invaders in the body and creating further vulnerability to infections. Immune Modulation and the Gut Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. All too often parents unknowingly create further immune system issues in children with autism. It is important to work with the causes which can naturally be immune regulating. Pharmaceutical drugs are often given for these issues but a much more effective way of balancing the causes come from diet, detoxification, reducing inflammation, and improving the health of the GI system. The Good News Epigenetics is the science of genes being altered by environmental factors. It is noted in one study, Genetic and epigenetic influences on the loss of tolerance in autoimmunity, that “Both genetic predisposition and epigenetic modifications are implicated in the loss of tolerance and autoimmunity”. What To Do Supporting the liver during detoxification with toxin binders helps to remove toxic waste that can back up if the liver is not strong enough to excrete them on its own. Children with autism are often born with a congested liver. Healing the gut is also crucial to modulating the immune system and for optimum results in autism recovery. The gut controls up to eighty per cent of the immune system. A weak GI tract will cause a lack of nutrient absorption and a weak and dysregulated immune system. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/109

Dec 2020

23 min 19 sec

There are two different phases in liver detoxification. They are known and referred to as Phase I and Phase II. Stopping short at phase I, will not allow the backed up toxins to get flushed out properly and children with autism have a very congested liver. Phase I burns toxins with oxygen and enzymes. Phase I breaks down the raw materials. After this takes place the extremely toxic compound benzene is formed. In order to detoxify benzene, and complete the full detoxification process, the Phase II enzymes are needed. Phase II can become disrupted if there is a poor diet, especially one containing too many bad fats such as corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, canola or soybean oils, a deficiency in the body’s master antioxidant glutathione, toxins such as medications and pesticides, and heavy metals which are particularly damaging to liver enzymes. High fructose corn syrup and sugars create an imbalance in blood sugar which can also be harmful to the liver. It is important to keep your blood sugar under control. Sulfation Proteins contain sulfites which turn to sulfates in the body. We need sulfates to assist detoxification, reduce inflammation, and help make stomach acid and digestive enzymes. A lack of ability to properly digest proteins causes the body to become low in sulfates. This combined with a weakened liver make it difficult for the body to properly digest and eliminate many chemicals, including those in foods. Genetically modified foods are known to effect sulfur metabolism. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/108

Dec 2020

26 min 7 sec

The liver is our organ of detoxification. Children with autism have congested livers and are often even born with them that way. Their detoxification pathways also do not work well and the body becomes burdened by excess toxins the liver cannot process out fast enough on its own. When this happens, such as during the candida diet, and further detoxification, the liver will need additional support to excrete the release of toxins. It is more than likely that your child’s liver is congested. It is the first organ to support in the recovery process. The liver has many diverse functions. It is our main organ of detoxification, it builds and supplies nutrients, enzymes, and hormones to cells, and directly affects growth and functioning of all cells in the body. If the liver cannot supply these nutrients to the cells, the cells cannot perform the activities necessary to keep your body healthy. If the liver is congested, it cannot effectively remove toxins from the body. The liver, among its many duties, also produces hormones, amino acids, and protein. The body can become deprived of these important compounds if the is liver congested. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They also build neurotransmitters needed by the brain for its proper functioning. What Exacerbates Liver Congestion Imbalanced gut flora, environmental toxins, and poor diet all contribute to liver congestion from the formation of gallstones. High acid foods and beverages begin to thicken the blood. This includes excessive intake of protein rich foods including animal fats. Gallstones block the blood flow through the liver, the bile duct, and the gallbladder. Without proper functioning of the liver’s processes disease will form. Nutrient Deficiency and Symptoms A poor working liver and gallbladder will lead to nutrient deficiencies. When the supply of bile, pancreatic lipase (fat enzymes), and pancreatic fat are too low, due to a congested liver and gallbladder, the body cannot absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, or the all-important essential fatty acids. These vitamins cannot be properly digested or absorbed from food or supplements. The digestive tract does not have the enzymes it needs and the nutrients necessary for proper digestion are not absorbed from food. The fat soluble vitamins and good fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are crucial for a number of organ functions including brain protection, healthy vision, viral and bacterial combat, and protection of the intestinal lining. we discuss fat digestion and solutions in podcast episode #106. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/107

Dec 2020

30 min 22 sec

Many people have come to fear anything with fat in it. The diet industry says to avoid all fats. This is false information and can be dangerous to your health. We need fats in our diet. Cells are made of fat, and the brain is 60 percent fats so make sure you are eating enough of the right kinds to feed them. The key is to eat the good fats and avoid the bad ones. BAD FATS: Trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats We are all at risk from too many bad fats in our diet, but for children on the autism spectrum they are especially dangerous. One of the worst aspects of bad fats is their high content of omega 6 fatty acids. When the ratio of omega 6 fat is higher than omega 3 essential fatty acids the omega 6’s push out the omega 3’s and further deplete them in the body. Without enough omega 3’s behavior, mood, and focus are just a few of the concerning issues. GOOD FATS Between 1910 and 1970 Americans went from eating 83 percent animal fats down to 62 percent. During this same time period the consumption of sugars and processed foods increased 60 percent. The consumption of butter went from eighteen pounds per person per year to four pounds. We have been falsely taught that fats, all fats, are bad for us. Unfortunately, this caused vegetable oils and refined oils to increase by 400 percent. Margarine is linked to building bad cholesterol and heart disease, NOT butter. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/106

Dec 2020

30 min 5 sec

Have you been looking for a healthy treat to offer your child that also goes along with all of the necessary dietary guidelines for optimum results in autism recovery? Our kids shouldn’t feel left out, especially during the holidays. How about a healthy Keto cookie made with only natural ingredients, no gluten, dairy or sugar. Studies show keto diets to reduce seizures by 50% too. This Keto cookie is made with all of this in mind so nothing will feed the bad bacteria in the gut like candida, or create anymore inflammation, or negatively affect blood sugar. Plus, it’s actually healthy. Some of the flavors have over 5 grams of protein in them. There are over  a dozen to choose from. Are you wondering how they’re sweetened in a healthy way? They’re made with monk fruit. Monk fruit and stevia are the only two natural sweeteners that don’t effect the blood sugar, or feed the bad bacteria like candida. To be clear, none of the artificial sweeteners are good either. The have neurotoxins that destroy brain cells. Never use them. Get your free guide to the top 7 foods to eliminate from the diet and learn why they should be eliminated too, so you’re not unknowingly giving your child anything harmful. Bonus Discount Code For You and Your Friends Naturally Recovering Autism is proud to be able to offer you a discount code to use on all of your future orders. Use code “NRA20” and you will receive a 20% off discount on these exceptionally delicious and healthy cookies. Yes, you can share this discount code with friends and family too! Everyone loves them anytime, and they’re great for the holidays! They make good gifts too. (Note, that due to their freshness they are only able to be delivered within the U.S.) Refrigerate upon receiving them. Purchase these cookies at, https://www.naturallyketo-licious.com/. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/105

Dec 2020

25 min 19 sec

The symptoms of mercury toxicity mimic many of the symptoms of autism. Higher levels of mercury have been shown to create symptoms that last up to 30 years! It aggravates every other medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) admits that there are no safe levels of mercury exposure. Common exposure comes from vaccines, medications, coal emissions, dental amalgam fillings, and contaminated fish. Even in small amounts, mercury is dangerous.         The extent of mercury damage to the brain and heart depends on age, sex, and genetic factors. Infants, children, and the elderly are the most at risk. Males are also higher risk due to testosterone increasing mercury’s neurotoxicity. For more than 80 years, medical doctors have observed symptoms for those exposed to even very low levels of mercury. Symptoms of mercury toxicity are: • Excessive irritability/anger • Timid behavior • Depression • Weakness etc SOME OF THE BIOLOGICAL AFFECTS OF MERCURY • Can cause lifelong immune deficiency. • Causes a loss of glutathione • Resists removal of the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans • Inactivates contacted molecules of glutathione two-fold. • Reduces antioxidant levels    Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/104

Nov 2020

35 min 28 sec

Aluminum and Autism We get toxic metals from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, vaccinations, and much more. They are also in cookware and in the health care products most people use daily such as deodorants, fragrances, lotions, make-up, and so much more. It is important to protect ourselves daily from environmental toxins. There are many things we can do such as eliminating the contaminated products we use. We can also take  a natural detoxifier daily that is proven to remove these harmful agents from our bodies. One of the best ways to do this is with Pure Body Extra Strength clinoptilolite zeolite. Detoxify Heavy Metals with The Most Effective Zeolite on the Market Backed by Science The company Touchstone, has a proprietary process it uses to bring their natural clinoptilolite zeolite called Pure Body Extra Strength, down to a nanosized particle. This allows detoxification to happen at an intracellular level. This is important because it must be able to pull the metals out of the tissues and the cells where they reside. This includes. the cells of the brain. Knowing that aluminum is present in drinking water is extremely concerning. However, studies showing natural zeolite to remove aluminum from water. Here is one example, Aluminum removal from tap water using natural zeolite. Animal Studies (using a variety of zeolites) – shows natural clinoptilolite effectively detoxes heavy metals and aluminum in rats: Novel, oxygenated clinoptilolite material efficiently removes aluminium from aluminium chloride-intoxicated rats in vivo. Read the study here. rofessor Christopher Exley PhD FRSB is a biologist whom has been researching ‘aluminum and life’ for over thirty-six years. During this time, primarily at Keele University in the United Kingdom, he has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has earned the nickname from his peers of, “Mr Aluminum”. Christopher Exley is an English chemist known for his research on the health effects of aluminum exposure. He is Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry and group leader of the Bioinorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Keele University. Professor Exley is part of the world’s leading group researching the efficacy and safety of aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines, and he himself is known as the world’s leading researcher on aluminum. He is the author of the book, Imagine You Are An Aluminum Atom: Discussions With Mr. Aluminum. Find Dr. Exley’s website here. Read Dr. Exley’s Medical Blog here. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/103

Nov 2020

59 min 3 sec

In this podcast I interview environmental toxin expert, Dr. Stewart Lonky. Educating yourself on environmental toxins is important for everyone’s health, but it is paramount for parents of children with autism. People with autism have weak detoxification pathways so they tend to get backed up with a toxic overload even easier than the average person does. What does this mean to you? Many health and behavioral issues such as anger, anxiety, lack of ability to focus, and digestive disturbance, are common in children with autism. Heavy metals absorption can be a major contributor to these issues and they can prevent anyone, including your child, from getting well. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium are dangerous toxins that can be absorbed by your body. They destroy the neurological system, cause autoimmune illnesses, and are carcinogenic. How To Safely Detoxify Heavy Metals Additionally, one mineral in particular, clinoptilolite, a zeolite, has unique properties known for detoxifying toxins and heavy metals including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum. Zeolite is a natural chelating mineral. This means that it binds to toxins like a magnet, pulling them from your system, and helping your body excrete them safely. But you need to be careful! Not all zeolites are effective at detoxification. In fact, most are completely ineffective. When mined, zeolite has already been in the ground awhile, soaking up lead, arsenic, and other environmental toxins and heavy metals like a sponge. If ingested in its raw form, freshly mined zeolite would be too big and too dirty to work properly. In order to remove toxins from inside of the cells it must be small enough to do so.  This is why I recommend only one specific liquid zeolite. The Clinoptilolite, Pure Body Extra Strength, has gone through a proprietary process to cleanse it of impurities and reduce the particle to a nano-size that is small enough to get into cells. You can read the studies here. Normally, this remarkable detoxifier sells for $79.95, but my readers can get their first bottle right now for just $5. They’ll even ship it for free. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/102

Nov 2020

46 min 2 sec

The B vitamins, which are water-soluble, are crucial for a variety of reasons. Nerves cannot function normally without them. B vitamin deficiency along with heavy metal toxicity is among the leading causes of irritability, anger, and violent episodes. It is also commonly a problem among those with anxiety and seizures. The B vitamins protect the brain from excitotoxicity, and a deficiency in B vitamins causes low taurine levels, reducing the body’s ability to detoxify. B vitamins are essential or crucial to survival, but our bodies cannot make them, so they must be provided by dietary means. The B vitamins also increase cellular energy. VITAMIN B 1 (Thiamine) Thiamine is another name for vitamin B1. Thiamine is involved in energy production, normal nerve functioning, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. VITAMIN B 2 (Riboflavin) Riboflavin is another name for vitamin B2. Riboflavin 5- phosphate is the active form of vitamin B2. Riboflavin is important in normal nerve functioning, building ATP (commonly low with mitochondria dysfunction), increases energy metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, and assists in the production of glutathione. It is important for the health of the eyes, mucus membranes, skin, and fetal growth and development. Riboflavin is involved in converting vitamin B6 and folic acid into their active forms. It is naturally found in eggs, meat, and broccoli. VITAMIN B3 (Niacinamide)..... VITAMIN B5 (Pantothenic acid)..... VITAMIN B6 (Pyridoxine).... FOLIC ACID OR FOLATE.... VITAMIN METHYL B12.... Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/101    

Nov 2020

31 min 26 sec

Helibactor pylori, or H. Pylori, are bacteria that are found in the stomach and duodenum (upper GI). We all carry these microbes in our GI tract. These otherwise harmless microbes become problematic when our gut flora becomes imbalanced and the cells of the stomach are damaged. Candida overgrowth is a direct cause of H. pylori problems. Liver congestion is another culprit. When bile and toxins are frequently pushed back into the stomach, the cells become injured and weak and are then more susceptible to damage from pathogenic microbes such as H. pylori, which in this case can even cause ulcers. H. pylori is also spread through saliva. Remember this when sharing food or kissing your child on the lips, especially if his gut is weak and he has Candida. By the age of six months, many babies already carry H. pylori. H. pylori are strong, acid-resistant bacteria. Its resistance is so strong that it can survive stomach acid. This makes the stomach produce more acid, which damages the stomach lining. Their corkscrew shape also bores holes in the stomach lining. These factors cause non-stress induced ulcers. Symptoms are often the same as those who experience stomach ulcers. The most common symptom is stomach pain, but other symptoms may include chronic migraine headaches, fatigue, lack of nutritional absorption, nausea, vomiting, weight gain due to the rise in cortisol, depression, anxiety, bad breath, sinus problems, joint pain, headaches, and lack of mental clarity. As you can see, these symptoms are many of the same that come from Candida albicans. ....... Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/100

Oct 2020

21 min 50 sec

In this podcast episode #99, We discuss acid reflux, (GER), and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where acid from the stomach comes up into the esophagus. Either way, the acid causes a burning sensation in the chest and throat and can cause damage to the mucosal lining if not worked with properly. WHAT CAUSES ACIDITY The most common cause of an acidic body is poor diet. Poor diet leads to poor digestion, which only makes the system even more acidic. Emotional stress also plays a role. Another common instigator of acid reflux is Candida albicans. The overgrowth of Candida or yeast in the gut will release toxins. This toxic waste effects digestion and the ability of the gut to produce hydrochloric acid. Disease, Candida, and tumors all thrive in an acidic environment. The only time we are vulnerable to germs is when our body is acidic. An acidic body also overloads the immune system and can cause problems ranging from headaches and allergies to adrenal and liver trouble. Supplementation To Assist GERD Assisting digestion with enzymes and supplementing with hydrochloric acid (HCL), especially with protein based meals, is often helpful to reduce GERD. Take them just prior to eating. For intermittent relief of burning symptoms, chewing on one Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic can help. By opening up the softgel the probiotic is able to work to balance the acidity in the upper GI tract. Supporting the liver and gallbladder is crucial too. Click Here or Click the link below for more details https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/99

Oct 2020

24 min 32 sec

Many steps but you must first elim the most harmful and inflammatory ones from the diet. Please get my free download of the top 7 foods to avoid and begin removing them slowly from your child’s diet. Show #98 Working remotely,   It’s important to work with the root causes then once the toxins and inflammation are out of the way some of the acquired allergies can be eliminated. The allergies may be to much more than food. They can be to various bacteria or infections int he body or to environmental exposure to agents often not previously considered.  Trapped Emotions that Prevent Optimum Recovery from Autism Underlying emotional components can be at the root cause for many individuals and they must be cleared so the path to health is open. Please learn more about Clearing Trapped Emotions with the Emotion Code from my interview with Dr. Bradley Nelson on this work. And the results  Gut healing-allergy elim after Yes, there is much involved in gut healing and if we don’t heal up the lining of the gut that is allowing undigested foods into the bloodstream so the immune system reacts to them then it keeps happening. The gut lining has many reasons why it may have holes like I mentioned, candida, glyphosate, mold biotoxins, Lyme. If we don’t get to the core of the issues then it keeps happening. Supplements are required along with the right diet for a long enough period of time, and getting the coinfections cleared. We also must support the organs of detoxification and their pathways during this process. It all takes time. Once all of this is done, or greatly reduced, the allergy elimination can work on eliminating the allergies that were acquired during the time when the gut was ill. Make sense? I hope this helps. Hi! Some people aren’t interested in energy healing because they don’t understand it. That’s ok. The one thing is that what I do actually heals the gut. So you don’t need to heal the gut before you do the NAET because that’s exactly what I do. Part of why there is inflammation in the gut is because kids on the spectrum have so many food intolerances that everything they eat is causing them inflammation. Cara Di Cicco-Sandre is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in the areas of early childhood language development and dysphagia in the stroke population. Di Cicco-Sandre received her B.S. from New York University and her M.A. from St. John’s University in Speech-Language Pathology. She has completed the coursework for her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Click Here or Click the Link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/98

Oct 2020

32 min 8 sec

The health of the colon, or the large intestine, is critical to overall health. Daily bowel movements must release toxic material or it can be reabsorbed into the walls of the large intestine. Constipation allows for toxic re-absorption due to the extended amount of time the waste stays in the bowels. Proper amounts of water are needed to allow for the removal of waste including pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics in animal feed, and carcinogenic agents in the air we breathe. Dehydration and lack of proper fiber can cause constipation. The bowels effect behavior through toxic reabsorption, but they are also very sensitive to the neurotransmitters in the digestive tract. These brain signaling chemicals include adrenaline, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Fiber is essential when feces are moving well to keep digestion on track, but contrary to popular belief, if the bowel is constipated and lodged with waste, taking fiber often makes it worse. Fiber acts to further bind what is not moving. If you are constipated, aloe leaf is an excellent choice for getting things moving. More options are listed below. Be sure to avoid binding foods such as gluten, cheese and red meat. The large intestine also absorbs minerals necessary for our health. An improperly working colon causes nutrient deficiencies. Enemas are helpful to release fecal matter from the lower portion of the large intestine. Coffee enemas will stimulate the nerves in the liver and assist its detoxification processes. Colonic irrigation or colonics are an essential part of health. They gently remove old debris from the entire colon and its walls by cleansing it with distilled or purified water. Colonics can be done as early as age six, although many children may not agree to this. If they do, be sure to see an Advanced Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. To find and I-ACT certified professional go to, www.i-act.org, or call (210) 366-2888. The acronym H.O.P.E. is sometimes used to help remember what to do to assist the health of the colon. H.O.P.E stands for: High fiber Omega-3 oils Probiotics Enzymes Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/97

Oct 2020

36 min 57 sec

When you’re detoxifying, and your child suddenly goes into extreme anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, fearfulness, clinginess, panic attacks, skin rashes that itch severely or even burn or blister in sunlight then this post will give you the common reasons why and some things you can do about it. They can also be why you might be getting derailed in the autism recovery process. The very first stage in autism recovery begins with gut healing. The first step in stage one begins with diet changes. You must remove the bad foods that contribute to inflammation, and injured gut lining, and feed the pathogenic bacteria overgrowth in your child’s gut such as candida. When you do this the bad bacteria will begin to die off and detoxification begins. You must support this process with binders to help sop up the toxins. You can get your free guide to the top 7 foods to eliminate and learn more about why they are so harmful to eat.  What most parents don’t know when detoxifying their child with autism Troubleshooting during detoxification is critical. This is something that took me years to find when I was on my son’s recovery journey. Had I known about it I would have saved myself a lot of time, financial expense, and reduced the stress and even panic that both my son and I lived in for so long. Not knowing what to do is the worst. You know, that helpless feeling of knowing something needs to be done but you don’t know what that something is. The doctor says they can see you in a week or a month but you need answers now. This can be extremely stressful.  PANS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) First and most commonly it is a sign of what is referred to as PANS. This acronym stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. You can read the full details on it and listen to my interview with specialist, Dr. Madeleine Cunningham here, but in a nutshell, the symptoms are caused by the immune system attacking the brain. As you can imagine, the symptoms are severe.  Some symptoms of Kryptopyrroles Porphyrins (KPU) Rapid triggered extreme anxiety from the removal of sugars and carbs heightened skin sensitivity, especially to sunlight cannot tolerate fasting or intermittent fasting panic attacks bowel issues of either constipation or diarrhea hallucinations chronic pain cannot tolerate low carbohydrate or low sugar diet/candida diet (until heem pathways are balanced) very low zinc levels. A common copper to zinc ratio imbalance. sleep disruption abdominal pain back pain Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/96

Sep 2020

17 min 34 sec

Have you ever wondered if your child could actually get better? I mean that their symptoms of autism could improve? Does your child have a particular symptom that you feel limits them from having a completely fulfilled quality of life? If so, which one is it? Is it a lack of clear speech, inability to focus and learn in a classroom, unstable sleep, anxiety and tantrums with overall unstable moods?  In this post I will share with you how others have successfully overcome some of these debilitating symptoms for their children. I will also be teaching a free 3 hour live virtual event this Saturday, September 26th, for parents of children with autism who wish to know how it’s done. Please be sure to register now at, NaturallyRecoveringAutism.com/masterclass. After over 30 years as a Craniosacral Therapist studying the brain and holistic health, and almost 15 years now of research specifically on the needs of those with autism, I share this knowledge with you as a mentor who has lived through it myself. I know what your journey is like and my goal is to make your journey easier, more direct, with less stress because you have more confidence in knowing what to do for your child’s health to bring them to a productive, independent life, filled with great health and happiness. What would you do if you had an actual roadmap in the autism recovery process? What would you be able to stop doing? Hunting and pecking through the internet constantly in search of answers, no longer jump from practitioner to practitioner or therapist to therapist “hoping” for some results but not really knowing what you need to do? Maybe you’re getting some results, but plateauing and not knowing where to go next.  Well you’ve come to the right place. After going through all of that myself on my own journey to bring my son to recovery from his symptoms of autism I began helping other parents. You know, mentoring them. I had lived it so I knew what it was like, and I have spent the years doing the research.  I was asked by parents, actually begged, to create a program that just gave the steps in an order they could easily follow. We as parents of children with autism are often overwhelmed and we don’t have the time or the bandwidth to search constantly on our own, but we need answers NOW. So where do you go? So I created my step-by-step Naturally Recovering Autism membership. I chose the word “recovery” because the dictionary definition of “recovery” is to regain health”. This is what I am all about, optimum health, naturally achieved. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/95

Sep 2020

27 min 36 sec

Diana was once very skeptical when she heard it was possible to reverse her son’s diagnosis of autism. More importantly, she wanted her son to be able to talk to her, to sleep, focus in a classroom, to have the ability to be calm, and make friends. Today he has all that and more. At age 2, Diana’s son was diagnosed with severe speech delay. At age 5, he had only two-word sentences, couldn’t sleep well, was not socializing, had very picky eating habits (only ate one type of food), screamed and threw tantrums all day long, was anxious and aggressive, and cried a lot. He was in special ed classes and not able to focus. He was not happy, to say the least. At age 4, Diana took her son in for assessment and he was diagnosed with autism. At that point she was told it would be a year before she could get her son into an appointment with her doctor. Diana read Karen’s story of her own success bringing her son to recovery from his symptoms of autism, and read the many testimonials from other parents that Karen had helped to get vast improvements with their children. Diana learned of Karen’s mentoring membership program that supported parents in over 40 countries. DianaCf herself, that she is a skeptic by nature and needs to research everything. “I am a public health researcher by profession, with a very analytical eye. Your program is all inclusive and the information is quite easy to understand even by anyone who does not have any health background.” In Diana’s own words: I was very devastated when my 4 year old son was diagnosed with “autism symptoms”. After the diagnosis and in desperation, I spoke to myself and said: “for sure, this is it… autism like symptoms with my son! Nonetheless, I know he will recover from this and lead a normal life”. That’s not denial as some may think. It is called “FAITH”. As a mother, I knew that I needed to be strong in order to help my son as I trust God. I was very positive and ready to walk through the healing journey of my son. As I desperately researched for information and programs online in order to help my son, I landed on Karen Thomas’ autism mom mentor program. I contacted Karen immediately and asked her a “million” questions about the program. It looked too good to be true and kind of a hoax! I was very hesitant to join the program. As I chatted with Karen (through emails), I researched on the information (supplements, foods, healing gut process etc.) provided by Karen in order to authenticate the facts. I did lots of reading on my own to understand autism and its healing processes that Karen talked about. There was no pressure from Karen at all – she just narrated the journey of her son’s healing from autism. I took more than a month researching on autism recovery processes and trying to comprehend Karen’s program. Without any doubts, I joined the autism mom mentor program and religiously followed the recommendations of the program step by step, following everything religiously in the program.” Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/94

Sep 2020

41 min 2 sec

Mineral deficiency is prevalent in children with autism. Actually, it’s prevalent in most people today because our the soil our food is grown in is so depleted. A deficiency in trace minerals is the core of so many issues that can be continuing to keep your child at bay from really getting well. Impaired children need this more because they don’t utilize trace minerals well. Even what we think is healthy organic food has been grown in mineral deficient soil. That means your food is not giving you adequate amounts of the necessary minerals and nutrition needed for optimum health. Scientist, Rene Quinton, recognized the biological and energetic properties of one, very specific phytoplankton bloom naturally occurring in only one place in the ocean. He extracted these trace minerals from a a protected part of the Bay of Bascay off the coast of Spain and France. This particular area has a plankton bloom with both phytoplankton and Zooplankton. Sunlight then converts this bloom into the exact combination of minerals, amino acids, nucleic acids and more. What this means is that the 78 minerals contained within this sea water were in specific ratios that are very similar to that within the human plasma. This bloom then communicates with our cells for proper function. The human body does not make these trace minerals, yet must have them for transmitting nerve impulses, muscle contraction, blood sugar regulation, nail, hair, skin and bone health, electrolyte balance, hydration and energy production. Scientists tell us there are 16 minerals that are necessary for survival, but we need 78 to thrive. Quinton contains all 78. They are a natural seawater source, so they taste like salt water, and they come in small vials. You can the Isotonic Quinton minerals once a day, or a couple a day, if you like. Robert Slovak’s Biography:    Robert Slovak is a degreed Mechanical and Astronautical engineer, best known as the co-founder, with his brother Jack, of Water Factory Systems in the early 1970’s. He is recognized as one of the key developers of Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology and its numerous applications. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. http://NaturallyRecoveringAutism.com/minerals  

Sep 2020

20 min 8 sec

Autism is called a spectrum disorder because no two people with autism have the same exact symptoms. It’s a long spectrum with one end being those who are higher  functioning and the other end being those who are very low functioning. The meaning behind the word “functioning” depends on their ability to navigate through life. Some symptoms simply make life more challenging. For example, a very high functioning individual was once referred to as having “Aspergers Syndrome”. This term was first described in 1944 by Austrian physician Hans Asperger.  In 2013,  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), removed the term Aspergers, and placed this diagnosis under an umbrella of autism spectrum disorders, lesser defining it. How do health issues contribute to the symptoms of autism? A study in The Journal of Neuroscience, Gut Microbes and the Brain: Paradigm Shift in Neuroscience, found that, “alterations in the gut microbiome may play a pathophysiological role in human brain diseases, including autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain”. The gut directly affects the ability of the brain to function. Bacteria in the gut communicate with the brain, and the neurotransmitters, brain messengers, are made in the gut. The gut also makes up 80% of the immune system. Conclusion: the gut controls the brain and the immune system. What You Can Do Many parents ask for my help. I like to begin with the first step in healing the gut, diet. Yes, autism recovery is much more than diet alone and it’s why many parents fall short of optimum results thinking that is all there is. Here we begin with diet then move forward from there. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/91

Sep 2020

46 min 23 sec

How can heme pathway dysregulation cause issues in Autism? Porphyria is a build up of toxins in the blood due to a heem pathway dysregulation. Porphyria are iron-containing heme which permits hemoglobin oxygen transportation in the blood. It is triggered by many things including fasting, genetics, nutrient imbalance, rapid detoxification, candida, Lyme, viruses, mold, heavy metals, glyphosate and other toxic insult. The technical name is Kryptopyrroles porphyrins, also referred to as Kryptopyrroluria (KPU). This also triggers mast cell activation. Mast cells are types of white blood cells that help to regulate the immune system. Mast cells can determine how our bodies react to environmental triggers like sugar, pesticides, perfume, pollution, and other causes of inflammation. Detoxifying for people with KPU must be done VERY slowly. Even the candida cleansing diet that removes sugars and processed carbohydrates can trigger a KPU response. The toxin release may also trigger an autoimmune response of PANS/PANDAS, since a Staphylococcus infection contributes to a build up of porphyrins. There is an accumulation of porphyrins and pyrrole pigments by Staphylococcus. Some symptoms of kryptopyrroles porphyrins (KPU) Rapid triggered extreme anxiety from the removal of sugars and carbs heightened skin sensitivity, especially to sunlight, cannot tolerate fasting or intermittent fasting, panic attacks, bowel issues of either constipation or diarrhea, hallucinations, chronic pain, cannot tolerate low carbohydrate or low sugar diet/candida diet (until heem pathways are balanced), very low zinc levels. A common copper to zinc ratio imbalance. sleep disruption abdominal pain back pain Dr. Beth O’Hara’s biography Beth O’Hara is a Functional Naturopath, specializing in complex chronic immune conditions related to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance. She is the founder and owner of Mast Cell 360, a Functional Naturopathy Practice designed to look at all factors surrounding health conditions – genetic, epigenetic biochemical, physiological, environmental, and emotional. Her subspecialties are Mold Toxicity and Genetic Analysis in the area of Mast Cell Activation and Histamine Intolerance. Click Here or Click the link below for more details. https://naturallyrecoveringautism.com/90

Sep 2020

51 min 25 sec