LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Three years ago, a Lufkin couple noticed their two-year-old son was acting a bit peculiar. At church, Kim Housley said her son, James, would wave his arms around, even throwing temper tantrums at the grocery store.
Kim says James behavior was so bad, he even tried running away. That is until they recognized James was autistic.
"We couldn't control him. It was always to where we could tell him, even if he didn't talk a lot, he did say some words. You know, he talked to us some," Housley said.
Housley says she noticed her son was slipping away at age two when he would get angry at the littlest commands.
"He was just getting really mad, just really mad and would scream—just some things that I had never seen before in any of the other kids," Housley said.
Frightened, and alone—Kim and her husband, Jim, decided to seek help through books. But it wasn't until James began to lose weight that they started to worry.
"He was just a body of bones," Housley said. "I looked at him and his arms had lost tone, and his legs had lost tone and his belly was protruded like the children you see in the pictures from third world countries."
But God gave them a sign, and that's when they began seeing a doctor in Montgomery. They then started James on Gluten free, Casein free diet—a diet that excludes wheat, barley, rye and dairy products.
"Within a week, about a week and a half, we saw it diminishing—his behavioral symptoms—we could control him again and he would mind us again," Housley said.
Kim says dealing and learning about autism are two different things and once she began to read, that's when she learned that autistic kids can't digest proteins like regular kids can.
She says those proteins we would normally get from foods with gluten will add opiates to their receptors in their brain.
"It's almost as if they're on a morphine trip. It sounds crazy, but it's true, and that's what happens," Housley said.
But the diet isn't the only thing that has helped. Essential oils have also been a major contributor to James regaining normalcy, Kim says, adding the oils help clear cell membranes of toxic chemicals that can help heal emotional trauma autistic kids might be dealing with.
Kim says she wants moms and dads to know that there is hope.
"It takes persistence and endurance, but it's well worth it. We've got our child now that can talk to us, and can mind us, and can grow and play with all kinds of things. So, it's a blessing," Housley said.
A blessing that will hopefully help James throughout the rest of his life.
Kim says she is available for families to talk to if they are struggling with an Autistic child. Kim also blogs about her experience on www.learnandtell.blogspot.com.
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