One of the questions we get asked quite frequently is about how to control yeast, so we thought we would write a post to give you our latest thoughts on the topic.
Yeast, in our opinion, is one of the hardest health problems associated with autism to beat. We can’t say that our children are 100% yeast free. However, with a recent discovery of a new product we feel like we’ve made some significant progress on killing off our children’s yeast. Prior to using this product we felt like we did nothing more than manage their yeast… we just kept it status quo (i.e., it didn’t get worse but it didn’t get any better either).
We know a lot of the DAN! doctors prescribe Diflucan or Nystatin. Leah tried Diflucan for a couple of months when Brody was first diagnosed with autism and she really didn’t see any gains. She stopped giving it to him after a few months because she wasn’t comfortable with the potential side effects and long-term implications.
Molly never went this route because she read that once you take children off the antifungal drugs, the yeast comes back with a vengeance (i.e., it mutates and comes back even stronger and more resistant to treatment) and then it is almost impossible to eradicate. Also, she read that it is not healthy to leave your children on these antifungals for long periods of time. Doing so can weaken children’s livers and other organs.
Molly tried many of the natural antifungals on the list but to be honest, they did nothing more than keep Annie’s yeast in check (i.e., they didn’t kill off any of her yeast, but her yeast didn’t get worse either).
We lived with years of frustration, fighting a losing battle against yeast. We figured our children would have to suffer through the side effects of chronic yeast for the rest of their lives. But then, Molly discovered a new product that worked wonders for Annie. But Leah needed convincing before she was willing to open her wallet. She wanted Annie to be the “guinea pig.”
Molly has now been using this product for Annie for over a year and Leah has used it with Brody for a few months. The product is called Yeast Management.
When Molly started using it for Annie, she saw an incredible burst in language and social skills. In addition, she saw a big improvement in her bowel issues. When Leah started the product with Brody, she too saw a burst in language and noticed that his tongue was no longer white (i.e., covered with yeast).
Our kids did not experience die off from using the product. But we believe this is because they had eaten a “clean diet” for over four years before introducing the Yeast Management.
If you start it, we strongly recommend going really slow to minimize die off. Start with a ¼ teaspoon, once a day, mixed with a bit of water (Molly squirts it in Annie’s mouth with a syringe and Brody just drinks it for himself). Take Yeast Management at least one hour before or one hour after food/supplements as it can interfere with nutrient absorption.
If you are seeing good things, then continue to increase the dose by a 1/4 teaspoon every week and work your way up to 1 tablespoon. We are not doctors. We are just telling you about what we did. Please don’t take this as medical advice.
By the way, if you order the Yeast Management, you will see on the label that it contains sugar and vinegar. Don’t be concerned. First of all, it has a very small amount of sugar/vinegar. Second, the sugar/vinegar is what baits the yeast. The yeast eat the product and then “blow up” (excuse the “mom lingo”) from the inside out. That’s why the product works so well.
Product info: Yeast Management 1.800.405.2827 or email Trsproducts@embarqmail.com. The company doesn’t have a website because they sell wholesale to doctors and their doctors don’t want them to have a presence on the web. They don’t usually sell direct to the consumer but because they are sympathetic to the autism cause, they will sell direct to anyone who mentions they have a child with autism (at a discounted price). With discount, the price is $39.95 a jar and $8.95 shipping (in the U.S.).