July 21, 2011

I'm at the Health Food Store... now what?
Recently a fellow mom blogger wrote about a trip to her local HFS when she had $80 in her
pocket, but no idea where to begin.           
 {Thanks Neurotypical Mom!}

Just 2 1/2 years ago, I felt the same way and remember how intimidating the neatly stacked
bottles of supplements can be.  With so many options, each promising miraculous cures, how can
you know what's worth spending your hard earned money on?  

This is the story of one that's good to start with and generally doesn't disappoint.

In the Beginning

Before my kitchen turned into a pharmacy, and actually before we even lived in this house,
Caroline was taking a multivitamin, probiotics, fish oil and that was it.  We hadn't yet considered
dietary interventions and were still trying to fix her extremely picky eating.  

One day, during an especially traumatic meltdown, my Mom seized the opportune moment to tell
me that she read about "
something called DMG..." and that it could help with both speech and
behaviors associated with sensory processing disorders, autism & ADHD.

Although skeptical and exhausted from juggling the demands of Caroline's therapies, her LONG
list of special needs and the decisions that come with building a house, that night ... between
picking out bathtubs and sinks ...  I researched the 'thing' called DMG and learned:

"Many parents have reported that within a few days of starting DMG with their autistic child, the
child’s behavior improved noticeably, better eye contact was seen, frustration tolerance
increased, the child’s speech improved, or more interest in speaking was observed."
decided it couldn't hurt and was a heck of a lot easier than the gluten free diet I had heard about
in passing and wondered how anyone could possibly handle.

I was desperately longing for all of those things!  Although it seemed too good to be true, I
ordered
behavior balance from vitacost and at $16, it was both the cheapest and best purchase I
made that night.

Our Observations

After just one day, I too, noticed more tolerance, better language, easier transitions, and
increased awareness of the world around her which included better eye contact and more
engagement with people.  We could finally enter stores at the mall without her screaming.  It was
the start of a whole new life for us!

It wasn't a stand-alone miracle cure of course, but it was a big step in the right direction.  And I've
come to learn that after you take enough steps, one day you notice you're closer to the end of
the path than the beginning -- and in fact, you can no longer see where you started from. On that
day, you rejoice and realize you can do it!

Whether it's an empty lot you need to fill or a child with special needs you need to recover,  
intimidation over the first step is unavoidable.  But if you get started, focus on one step at a time
and persevere, you will succeed and one day you'll be advising a friend how to spend her $80 at
the HFS.

So to anyone beginning their biomedical  journey -- there's a "
getting started" page at this site
and if you're looking for initial supplements and "balanced behavior," I highly recommend DMG.

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Features of Behavior Balance-DMG™ (Liquid or Capsules):

•Supports behavior and socialization skills
•Supports coping with stress
•Supports mental clarity
•Supports immune system functioning

Ingredients:

•Dimethylglycine (DMG) is a precursor to many amino acids and neurotransmitters that
support brain and nerve function. It is a powerful antioxidant and energizer whose effects
are attributed to it's conversion to glycine.

•Betaine (trimethylglycine) supports circulation and the normalization of amino acid
metabolism. Betaine is a precursor to DMG.

•Vitamin B6 supports all aspects of nerve health.

•Folic acid supports the metabolism of the amino acids used by the brain.

•Vitamin B12 promotes healthy sleep patterns, and supports production of the
neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which assists in memory and learning.

•Magnesium promotes restful sleep, balances calcium intake, and encourages normal stress
response.

•Zinc encourages normal appetite, balances copper levels and promotes healthy immunity.
click the liquid or capsules
above to be taken the
corresponding page at
vitacost
DMG and Autism
click link to learn more
The beginning of the journey - 2009