Supplements

This month I have documented Jake’s journey with biomedical treatment. As I said last time, this is a three-part process and one component to the program is adding supplements to his daily routine. These are the supplements that Jake is currently on …

Supplements Jake is Currently Taking

Powder vitamin B from compounding pharmacy (B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, FA). Powder Coenzyme Q10 from compounding pharmacy. Glutagenics by Metagenics – main ingredient glutamine, an amino acid. Garden & Orchard Blend Juice Plus. Springboard FloraBoost Probiotic for Kids. L’il Critters Gummy Vites Complete.

1. Probiotic – FloraBoost is an excellent probiotic that Jake cannot live without. Last week I was out of it for four days and was going to wait until my follow-up appointment this week to pick up more. After just a couple of days without it, the eczema on his foot started to come back in the predictable places. I called my husband and told him to go pick up some on his lunch break asap! There are many probiotics out there, but quality really is essential. A good probiotic will have at least 5 billion units with 4-5 strains.

2. Glutagenics – According to the label, “Glutagenics features three key ingredients – glutamine, deglycyrrhizinized licorice (DGL), and aloe – that are designed to support the integrity and healthy function of the gastrointestinal lining.” According to Prescription for Natural Healing,”because glutamine can readily pass the blood-brain barrier, it is known as brain fuel. In the brain, glutamine is converted into glutamic acid – which is essential for cerebral function. It also increases the amount of GABA, which is needed to sustain proper brain function and mental activity.”

3. B vitamins – This is a prescription from the compounding pharmacy that is specially mixed to meet Jake’s nutritional needs. B vitamins are beneficial for the health of nerves, brain function, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, and for maintaining healthy muscle tone in the GI tract.

4. Coenzyme Q10 – Another prescription from the compounding pharmacy. CoQ10 as it is commonly called, is an antioxidant that is necessary for the proper function of many organs and chemical reactions in the body.

5. Multi-Vitamin – From September through mid-November, I gave Jake Flintstones gummy vitamins. This was a problem. These vitamins have gluten in them and also gelatin. Jake cannot have either one. (Some gelatin is made from crushed pork bones and he is allergic to pork.) I was recommended L’il Critters from the GFCF Facebook group that I am a member of. Jake loves them and they are a great allergy-friendly product.

6. Juice Plus – Jake started taking Juice Plus in May of 2011 when he was 2.8 years old. I initially put him on it because he had been so sick with ear infections, fevers, colds, and asthma. I am proud (and a little surprised) to report that this coming up May will be two years since he has had a problem with any of these things. He got a stomach bug last January, but that is it! Zero doctor visits.

7. Epsom salt baths – According to Dr. Martha Herbert in the book The Autism Revolution, “Epsom salts, which are absorbed through the skin during a bath, are made of magnesium and sulfate, two substances very important to cell and detoxification biology. Many parents swear by them for helping their child calm down and sleep better, and for helping erase the dark circles under a youngster’s eyes.” I couldn’t wait to try it and while we have not been able to do it on a consistent basis because of his skin problems, our doctor has recommended that Jake take two of these baths per week. His skin is now beautifully perfect and I’m excited to add it to our routine.

When I first put all of these supplements on my countertop back in September, I remember thinking, ‘Wow! That’s a lot!’ Now, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. The first week or two was the most challenging. Books that I had read prior to starting this process said that at first kids put up a fight, but then they end up loving their vitamins. That first week when I had him pinned down in the living room, with my eight-year-old watching in amazement, I had my doubts. Now, however, he too, loves his vitamins and will not let me forget about them.

The glutamine and probiotic goes into his applesauce each morning at breakfast. I mix the B and CoQ10 into about two tablespoons of apple juice when he is done with breakfast; taking them with a big meal has decreased the crazed energy surge he was having. (I was giving him these at 10:00 a.m. with a snack and he’d be running around, energized and unfocused for about an hour). I give him the multi-vitamins and Juice Plus at lunch and dinner.

I have tried Nature’s Plus Animal Parade Kid Zinc Lozenges made with echinacea, olive leaf, and slippery elm, which he loved, but I stopped for allergy reasons. We have also tried vitamin E, but the pure form that we were using had almond oil in it and he is allergic to almonds. We had to stop taking it because of wheezing, runny nose, and red eyes. Jake has not been able to take omega-3 fish oil because of his fish allergy, but I’m about to start giving him “Fish-Free Omega Plant-Based Oils” omega 3,6,9 supplement by Nature’s Secret.

Sources:

  • “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” – Fourth Edition, by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC.
  • “The Autism Revolution,” by Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Health Publications, 2012.

Disclaimer: All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Supplement statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. This supplement program was designed to meet my child’s specific nutritional deficiencies. Always consult with a doctor before beginning any diet or supplement program.