As you may recall if you have been reading along here, last year was really hard for Ashley, and therefor for all of us. Autism gradually reared it's big bad ugly head over a period of months, until it was all we could do to make it through the day. Then my friend Tom at Nourishing Meals helped me find the cause—a supplement that contained wheat, which I had been giving to Ashley. Ugh.
I got rid of it, and almost immediately the fits vanished, and Ashley began to come back to us. However, she continued to be extremely constipated. We tried everything you can imagine, but nothing did any good. That's when we learned that you can be doing everything right with diet and supplements, but if you don't have adequate serotonin it won't matter.
So we started giving Ashley 5HTP. That helped right away. And the longer she takes it, the more regular she becomes. Who knew? Well, I'm sure some of you knew, and now we all do :-)
She's doing better than ever. Her speech has been much more detailed, and she's using vocabulary I didn't even know she had. Last week she said, "That's a shame," when she heard some sad news. My mouth fell open as you can imagine.
And after seeing her big sister get her hair cut two weeks ago she said that she wanted to go get her hair cut too. Check it out:
First real haircut EVER. This is a huge accomplishment. She LOVED it. And like her horseback riding, she was so proud.
Since I've been mentioning some of this on Facebook, lots of you have asked exactly what we're doing that's working so well. In addition to the 5HTP (and of course her diet!), Ashley is also taking tons of enzymes and probiotics. Tons. Then she's just taking all the things that she's always taken like essential fatty acids, B complex, zinc, D, glutathione support, cal/mag citrate, selenium, IntraMin and IntraKid.
Most recently Ashley's DAN doctor did THIS stool test, and I had to celebrate the day we got the results. Her pH was good, her friendly bacteria was good, and she didn't have any yeast or inflammation—it was a BIG deal for us :-)
UPDATE: A lot of you are asking about brands. Here are some that we use: We use Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Complete and HLC MindLinx (best to rotate probiotics once in a while), NOW Foods Krill oil (I open them for her and she takes it on a spoon), Klaire Vital-Zymes and Thorne 5HTP