Posted by Grandma Peg
on August 03, 2000 at 19:42:37:
The first part of any solution to problems like Joseph's is a family that refuses to accept the child's condition and continues looking for help, despite repeated disappointments.
The next part, also essential, is a community of professionals who support and direct that process because they too truly care about change. A few such doctors are in practice. A few others are pursuing exciting research. What makes them different from the average, garden-variety MD? I'd like to suggest it's the attitude expressed in the following (somewhat condensed) letter, which is copied with the author's permission.
"Eighteen years ago I was asked to set up a nutritional regime for a residential school for children with autism, and as I walked into the main office I met Kyle. He completely took my breath away. Kyle, like so many children with autistic features, was a powerful force to be reckoned with--so perfect, so close yet a thin glass wall stood between us. I could see past that glass wall and I could feel exactly what Kyle was trying to tell me. And I knew then that nothing would ever stop me from trying to reach through.
"As I set up the dietary interventions and nutritional supplementation for the children I was amazed at the difference in the combined effect of appropriate interventions. The director of the school said that she could not achieve the same results without the nutritional component and I have always felt that the correct 'prompts' whether they are craniosacral, patterning, or vibrational medicine (sound therapy, color therapy, etc.) were crucial as well. Something quite wonderful happened with all the children but we had no total resolution of autism. It perplexed me, it haunted me.
"I began working with children with traumatic brain injury, complex seizure disorders, pervasive developmental delay, and pre-term infants. I really needed to examine biochemical disturbances more intensely--and I entered a realm that really has [been] a most beautiful time in my life.
"Today my work has evolved into a business with 18 employees. It is a little scary because the business of saving children and adults--a consulting business--is not exactly a way to survive financially. However, my husband, Edward, did not have much choice. My work with children is my life and it evolved into his as well. Now 72 my husband is full of energy and fascinated with physics and cell membranes and fatty acids--our adventure together."
-- Patricia Kane, PhD