Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's Christmas in August!!

Ok it's *like* Christmas any way.  I finally got Wyatt's new enzymes and started it today at lunch!

I did a ton of research (like normal) and settled on TriEnza from Houston Enzymes.  I chose this one, because the company is highly recommended, the enzymes are excellent quality, and TriEnza covers everything you can think of. 

"TriEnza is the long-awaited enzyme product that combines the best of AFP-Peptizyde, Zyme Prime, and No-Fenol into one product!

Two (2) capsules or four (4) chewable tablets of TriEnza contain:
all the protease enzymes for protein digestion from AFP-Peptizyde
all the enzymes (except cellulase) from Zyme Prime
1/2 the enzymes from No-Fenol (xylanase) for certain fruits and vegetables high in phenols
now available in chewable tablet version with natural grape flavor

In addition, no fillers are added to the capsule version. *1 mg of MCT oil is added per capsule as an excipient to prevent the enzyme powder from becoming air-born if capsule is opened. The oil also insures correct encapsulation weights during manufacturing. MCT oil is derived from coconut oil. Cellulase enzyme was not added to this product so you don't have to worry about using TriEnza with time-released medications."

"TriEnza is free of gluten, casein, soy, rice, MSG, salicylates, sugars, yeast, animal derivatives, and artificial colors. No filler."


If you are new to enzymes, here is some info..

"What are enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins made by cells in our bodies. They are specialized proteins that do work, such as synthesizing chemicals and compounds, rearranging molecules, adding elements to compounds, and breaking down compounds. There are many types of enzymes, and each type does a specific function. For an enzyme to work, it must have access to its substrate, the material upon which an enzyme exerts an action. If no substrate is available to the enzyme, the enzyme performs no function. For example, an enzyme called catalase is present in our blood. Catalase converts hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen, which is why peroxide bubbles when it is placed on a wound. Since peroxide is not usually in our blood, catalase circulates within the blood, doing nothing until peroxide is introduced into the system. A substrate works as an "on-off" switch for its particular enzyme. Catalase will only be activated in the presence of peroxide and nothing else.

How do enzymes work?

Enzymes work as catalysts of biochemical reactions. A catalyst increases or accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction. The thousands of chemical reactions that occur in our body every second could not happen without enzymes to speed up these reactions. For example, a protein can be broken down into amino acids in the lab without the use of an enzyme, but to do so requires extreme temperatures, high pressure, and very strong acids; conditions not compatible with life. Even with these conditions, it requires hours to complete the reaction in the lab. With enzymes, in this case a mixture of proteases, the reaction can be completed within minutes in water at normal temperatures.

Another unique aspect of enzymes is that they are not changed during the reaction, that is, they facilitate the reaction without being destroyed or changed in the process. Because of this, one enzyme molecule could theoretically change an infinite amount of substrate if given an infinite amount of time. Increasing the amount of enzyme decreases the time required for completing the reaction. For example, one molecule of catalase could convert a whole bottle of peroxide to water and oxygen given enough time. If you double the number of catalase molecules, you decrease the time for converting the bottle of peroxide by half.

This is related to enzyme dosing in the following manner: Higher doses of enzyme will result in the reaction reaching the "finish point" faster. Since a meal resides in the stomach from 90 to 180 minutes, the enzymes have that amount of time to do the majority of their work before the food enters the small intestine, where peptides may be absorbed (no peptide absorption occurs in the stomach). Larger meals will require more enzyme to accomplish the task of food breakdown in a given amount of time. This is the applicable message concerning enzyme dosing; getting the proteins broken down in a specified period of time.

The nice thing about enzymes is that if the particular molecule they work on is not present, the enzyme does nothing. If you take the enzyme lactase, and lactose is not present, the lactase has no job and does nothing, except get passed on in the GI tract as food protein."


They have webinars here:

Good stuff!  I am beyond excited to see how this helps Wyatt!

Autism sucks.

Life is crazy currently and I am spending all my free time online reading everything I can about Autism and everything that goes with it.  Here I go with the updates..

We have finally gone forward with the dreaded diet!  It is dreaded for a reason.  It gets easier AND harder as you go.  I know!  Crazy!  Currently Wyatt (and the rest of us when we are with him) is gluten(wheat, barley, rye), dairy, lactose, casein, soy, dye, artificial (and most of the time natural) flavor, preservative and basically junk free.  What does he eat, right?  He mostly eats fresh meat, fruits, and veggies that we season ourselves and try to make them taste decent.  He can also have potatoes, rice, and corn in moderation.  We may be removing corn too, but that is for another day.

We saw incredible improvement in the 1st week of this diet and the first 3 weeks were amazing!  His behavior was so much better and his speech exploded!  He had better eye contact and almost no *in another world* moments.  Slowly this started to decline bringing us to now and he is much worse then he was before we started the diet.  The one thing that has stuck around is his speech.  Long sentences, less gibberish, more words, bigger words, and he puts sentences together correctly most of the time.

From what I have learned, I believe this new horrible behavior is a yeast problem.  The saying, "Gonna get worse before it gets better." really applies here.  I am now looking into a good yeast protocol to fight this issue.  So far, he is taking a good multi vitamin/mineral, soy free cod liver oil, vitamin d, melatonin, Epsom salt baths, and a good probiotic.  I am starting digestive enzymes as soon as they come in the mail.  Looking at Biotin and GSE to fight the yeast.

We have had his hearing and eye sight checked and all looks good.  I stumbled across a DAN! doctor who is actually in our town and we have an appt. with him in a few days for a free consultation.  I really hope we can afford to see him as he is trained in the way I believe we need to *treat* Wyatt's symptoms.

Wyatt will be starting his 2nd (technically his 1st full year) of PreK in the second week of September.  We decided to send him back to the special needs class at the ESD.  Benefits are smaller class size, more teachers, teachers who are trained to help these kids, teachers who are supportive of our diet choices, and built in therapy for all his needs.  Wyatt is thrilled to go back and to ride the bus again!
I think this is the best decision whether we decide to do public school or home school for K-12.  That is also a whole other post.

In general, the last month has been hell.  Wyatt's behavior has been..indescribable.  He has not been the boy I know he really is under all this crappy crappy Autism.  On top of that, Addison is turning 3 and she adores her older brother SO much that she aspires every day to be E.X.A.C.T.L.Y. like him.

Lord help me...they have spent more time separated and in their rooms in the last month then outside playing like kids should be.  Breaks my heart, but it's the only way I have saved my sanity..