We have great news to share about the stool testing results we just completed at the six-month mark.
If you have been following our journey, then you know that in February of this year, we had a stool test done at the recommendation of a friend who went through the same process with her little boy seven years ago. She had been visiting us one afternoon and noticed Jaxon scratching his backside. She pointed to him and said, “He has yeast belly.”
My friend was right. The stool test revealed Jaxon had a significant yeast belly, CDiff, and three other bacteria. That started us down a new road with new foods, supplements, and patience.
Six months passed, and we were due for a follow-up stool test. The collection wasn’t easy because Jaxon is still not potty trained. You must catch urine separately; of course, when a child is still wearing a diaper, it’s not easy. However, we managed to get the sample after seven tries.
On September 19, 2022, we went to the integrative pediatrician for the results. What did the test show? I was anxious but excited at the same time. I know how much money and effort our family and friends have put into cleaning this little guy’s gut, so I was praying we had made significant progress.
And we did!
In the last six months, significant gains have been made in killing the yeast beast. Pictures of the results are shown below.
Jaxon went from having “many” yeast in his belly to “rare.” While he didn’t get a “non-detected,” rare is still incredible.
We went from having CDiff to no CDiff detected. Hooray!
Jaxon went from an IgA of 29 to 104. His immune system is in much better shape. Jaxon now has some reserves when he gets sick. Before starting the new regimen, his immune system resided in a gut of disrepair.
Jaxon has gone from barely speaking words when we started this journey to saying his numbers and letters six months after the first stool test. His vocabulary has increased, and while still unclear, we can understand many words. This is big for our house.
Jaxon still struggles with eating brightly colored foods, which is all fruits and vegetables. Bananas are the only fruit he willingly eats, but it’s one of the highest in sugar, so we don’t give him bananas. We tried a banana 30 days after the allotted time on the new diet, and he was wild and crazy.
His food regimen continues to be low in carbs, gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free to kill the yeast. We still have to make all his food, but he is doing good.
We have to continue the food and supplement plan until the numbers improve.
Next up is testing his urine to see what can be improved there. Yesterday morning I obtained the urine sample, so in a few weeks, we should have a baseline of where he is, and then we will take a second urine sample to get a better idea of what we need to add to his supplements, if any. The urine sample will tell us where his Gaba, Serotonin, and Dopamine levels are, which have much to do with anxiety and stress. This could be another game changer as we get a significant look into what is happening inside his little body that may be causing some of the behaviors we see. The doctor is pretty sure his Gaba is depleted.
While this hasn’t been an easy journey, we are seeing Jaxon make significant progress I don’t think we would have seen this year or next. With his developmental delays and autism, speech and behavior would have continued to be challenging, in my opinion.
We are thankful for our integrative pediatrician who loves children and makes a difference in their lives. She seeks no glory for herself, just results for her patients.
I believe Jaxon will continue to improve. Only the Lord knows where this will go, but we are thrilled with our progress.
After our experience and our friend’s little boy going through the same thing, we are convinced there is a gut-brain connection.
Jaxon’s gut was in a state of disrepair, and he couldn’t tell us, and we didn’t know. Months of self-injury behavior, tantrums, and constant hunger have shown us something was happening inside his little body. We were feeding the yeast beast all day, every day, and didn’t know. Now we know and can continue to help him each day. The self-injury behavior, tantrums, and constant trek to the pantry and fridge have slowed down. We see changes in his behavior, patterns, and speech.
While Jaxon’s autism may not be cured, we are doing everything we can to give him the best chance at living a normal life.
I just wanted to share the news in case someone else can be helped. Stool testing made a vast difference in our little guy, and maybe other children will have similar experiences.
Sadly, the gut-brain connection is not talked about much in the autism community from everything I have seen so far. I hope more parents, grandparents, and caretakers become aware of these tests so their little ones can get help. There’s no guarantee every family will experience the same outcome, but it’s worth a shot.
Thanks for your support and prayers. We appreciate them more than you know.
In the next blog, I will go into greater detail and compare February’s and September’s results. I think it’s important for others to see what I am referring to because if a child can be helped, or a mom hears her child say, “I love you,” for the first time, the effort to share the information with you has been well spent.
If you are reading this and know a nonverbal child, share the information with their parents/grandparents/caretakers. If our friend hadn’t shared her experience with her son, our situation today would be very different.
Romans 16:27, “to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”