I am the mother of a nine year old little boy who has autism. We started the gluten/casein/soy free diet when he was 3 1/2 and went to our first Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor appointment around the same time. This was the beginning of his healing. And we are still on our journey. But we’ve come a long way…
You see, I grew up in the 1970’s in an area of West Virginia unfortunately nicknamed “Chemical Valley.” And that’s kind of what the world was like for most American families at that time – a sea of chemicals. And sadly, it still is. Mine was a world of Cocoa Pebbles, Fruit Loops, and Kool-Aid. Fried bologna sandwiches and grape soda. And in my opinion, your house wasn’t really clean until it smelled like a head-spinning combination of Dow Scrubbing Bubbles and Lysol.
But since we started on this path with our son, we have had our eyes opened to the invisible chemicals in our food and daily lives. Now we eat clean food – organic, real food. I cook from scratch and even make my own cleaning products, the way my grandmothers did. This has become my obsession. And in learning to help my son get better, I have learned a healthier way for our whole family to live and have discovered a passion to advocate for all of our kids.
I’m glad that our paths have crossed and am excited to go on this journey with you!