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This week, I have been fortunate to attend an Autism Summit with many of the most widely respected Autism educators. With 1 in 55 kids now being diagnosed with Autism, it’s a condition that is screaming for our attention!

As some of you know, I wrote a book a few years ago, titled ‘Eco-Intelligent Remedies for Autism that Think Outsider the Box.’ It has been gratifying, while listening to the speakers that are part of the summit, to know that much of what I write about in my book is what the experts are talking about.

While I don’t consider myself any kind of Autism authority, my own life-long health challenges (as well as the challenges my son inherited from me) have led me to explore the connection between environmental toxins and illnesses of all kinds, including the symptoms that people on the Autism spectrum often experience, such as: allergies, inflamed gut, brain fog and inflammation, sensory processing issues, ADHD, OCD, tics, fatigue, anxiety, anger, depression, autoimmune symptoms, and hormonal imbalances, to name just a few things.

Autism Awareness Is Growing

In recent years, our culture has made great strides in building autism awareness. One thing many experts now agree on is that, Autism is not simply a mystery condition in which children exhibit signs of being non-verbal or minimally verbal. It’s a condition in which children are adversely affected as a whole, by environmental toxins that their bodies and brains are ill equipped to handle, such as vaccines, heavy metals, GMO’s in the food supply, and toxic chemicals which are sprayed onto our food crops.

Glyphosate Weed Killer (Found in Our Food Supply) Hurts Moms and Babies

Glyphosate is one example of a weed killer that is heavily sprayed on food crops such as wheat, corn, soy, and sugar cane, shortly before they’re harvested. And, new data presented last week at a children’s health conference show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, is detected in pregnant women and could lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, including shorter gestation times and lower birth weights. According to an article featured on the Beyond Pesticides website, researchers tested and tracked 69 expectant mothers and found that the presence of glyphosate levels in their bodily fluids correlated with unfavorable birth outcomes. The research is still in preliminary stages and is a project of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), which is studying the reproductive and children’s health impacts of rising herbicide use in the Midwest.

When My Mom Was Pregnant with Me, I Was Likely Exposed to Chemicals

When I was dealing with health challenges while growing up, and I embarked upon a self healing journey under my mom’s guidance, she confided in me that she worked with toxic chemicals at her job a short time before she became pregnant with both me and my brother. We talked about the idea that her exposure to toxic chemicals may have been transferred to us, and may have contributed to some of the symptoms we experienced. .

The Faces of Chemical Toxicity

As a young child, my brother exhibited symptoms of OCD, which is now considered part of the Autism spectrum. In recent years, he developed Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition that many experts relate to environmental toxin exposure. As for myself, I’ve had a long and painful history of body-wide inflammation, hormonal issues, energy deficiency, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and neurological symptoms, ---all related to my exposure to toxins, and my body’s apparent inability to effectively detoxify them.

Why Can’t I Detoxify Chemicals?

According to medical doctors, I’m missing the MTHR gene, which assists with cellular detoxification, as well as other important bodily functions. (See Below) I also deal with mitrochondrial dysfunction, which relates to how energy is produced within my body’s cells. Did I mention that, a few years ago, while trying to find answers for a serious neurological issue, I tested positive for 3 viruses, including measles, shingles (without the rash)), and Epstein Barr? I discovered while doing research and speaking with specialists, that these viruses are often passed down through the generations, and they become activated when our bodies are burdened by extreme stress, hormonal changes, and chemical exposures. (There's so much to learn!)

About the MTHFR Gene Defect

MTHFR is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to folic acid to make it usable by the body. The MTHFR gene produces this enzyme that is necessary for properly using vitamin B9. This enzyme is also important for converting homocysteine into methionine, which the body needs for proper metabolism, muscle growth, and heart health. This enzyme is needed for glutathione (sulphur) creation, which is needed for cellular detoxification. Without this gene, people are prone to develop inflammation, hormone metabolism problems, heart disease, cancer, Autism, and Alzheimer’s, to name just a few unwanted conditions.

And now for the shocker: At least 40 percent of the population is said to have the MTHR gene defect!

I’m Grateful for New Clues, about The Cause of My Health Challenges!

In the last decade, I am so grateful to be unearthing more and more clues about my body’ s inherent weaknesses, because for so many years, I was in the dark about what was causing my physical suffering. Though I was never diagnosed with Autism as a child, it’s crystal clear to me now, that I had many of the symptoms that are now being related to Autism spectrum conditions. And, unfortunately, I passed on some of my own weaknesses to my child.

In my book, ‘Eco-Intelligent Remedies for Autism That Think Outside the Box’, I share dozens of non-toxic remedies with you that address the needs of the whole person who is affected by Autism, as well as those who care for them and educate them.

What My Book Invites You To Learn About:

  • The spiritual “wake up call” and “gift to humanity” that Autism offers to be.

  • How environmental factors tip the scales towards an outcome of autism.

  • What Autistic kids/ people are (highly perceptive and energetically sensitive!) and what they are not!

  • What the dolphin brain and the Autistic brain have in common!

  • How, despite the toxins we take in from the environment, you can use very specific and beneficial foods and supplements that will help get them out.

  • The vitamin supplement you should avoid if you have the MTHR gene defect

  • Which sea vegetables help to remove heavy metals from the brain and gut.

  • The relationship between heavy metals and parasites, along with parasite cleansing remedies.

  • Why to avoid processed foods, and eat organic. How to introduce healthy foods to kids, and why to experiment with food elimination diets.

  • How to calm kids with herbs, essential oils, EFT, guided imagery, cleansing baths, nature therapy, art therapy, sound and light therapy, and animal therapy, to name just a few things!

  • How to improve cognition within a short time period using new brain balancing technologies and bio-energetic therapies.

  • Spiritual insights about why your family may be experiencing the Autism challenge.

  • Autism Ed. Resources (Books and videos, etc.)

  • Autism Practitioner Certification Trainings.

  • Healing practitioners you’ll want to connect with!

  • And much more!

If what I’ve listed here intrigues you, I wholeheartedly encourage you to check out my book, purchase it, and share its availability with your neighbors and friends. In my view, each and every single remedy offered in the book, is worth the price of the whole book package!

As I’ve said many times before in my work as an eco-mentor, there is not a person or living thing on the planet today that is not affected by environmental illness. And even if you don’t think you have Autism (a form of environmental illness, in my book!) there is much to learn about those who do. And, we are on this path together. So, please, stay hungry, and keep nourishing your innate eco-intelligence!

Candia Lea Cole

Founder, Eco-Learning Legacies

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