Julia Berle shares how Young Coconut Kefir and dietary changes were the key to curing her son, Baxter, of autism.
Over 5 years ago, 5 different experts told Julia Berle that her young son, Baxter, was autistic.
That he would never talk or potty train. That he may even be institutionalized when he got older.
At first devastated and angry, Julia did not want someone else looking into the "crystal ball of capabilities" and telling her about Baxter's future. A mom of three kids, Julia admits that early life with Baxter was not easy.
He had the classic symptoms of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) including tantrums, isolation, sleep issues, touch sensitivity, and severe gastrointestional problems.
"I was just a person he screamed at," she says.
Julia describes feeling alone and ashamed. Even with her background as a special education teacher, she did not know what do, or even what caused her son's condition.
In fact, up until 12 months of age, Baxter was developing normally; he was even starting to speak. Then between 12 and 18 months, Baxter began to show symptoms that Julia later realized meant autism.
"At the time, you just rationalize it away," but Julia is convinced that Baxter's gut health and vaccinations played a role in the autism.
"Right after his first set of shots, he was hospitalized for a kidney infection, and they gave him heavy doses of antibiotics. I think the antibiotics killed the bacteria in his gut."
After that, Baxter just "slipped away," Julia says. "He had more words at one year than at three." Of all the symptoms, Baxter's gastro-intestinal issues were the worst.
"One day, we counted that he had diarrhea 33 times!"
Julia started looking for solutions, and turned to diet as a way to help her son.
She knew that she was allergic to milk and feels like all of her children, including Eliza (now 3) and Peter (now 6), have true milk allergies.
So she thought the gluten free casein free (GFCF) diet would be a good alternative treatment for Baxter, who was 2.5 years old at the time.
The first 2 weeks were tough. Baxter went through withdrawal, screaming for foods like bagels and pizza that he was used to eating.
Then, as if by magic, he stopped!
Julia marveled at the changes. "Literally 2 weeks after we eliminated gluten and casein, he started speaking and making eye contact." She was so encouraged by the changes in her son that she continued to search out dietary treatments for autism.
Around that time, Julia's neighbor was making Young Coconut Kefir for her own autistic son. She had a batch that needed refrigeration, and Julia was happy to provide some space.
Julia took advantage of what was in her fridge and began to serve Baxter Young Coconut Kefir.
The results were amazing!
Baxter's gut inflammation markers returned to normal levels and his functioning improved so much that no one would ever know that experts once believed he was autistic. Baxter is now 8 years old and doing school work on the 4th grade level. He has probiotics every day.
Although autism is a distant memory, he still drinks the tasty probiotic drink, Young Coconut Kefir, that got him there, asking, "Mom, can I have the cream?"
Baxter benefited from numerous therapies, ranging from the traditional to the alternative, but Julia attributes this amazing turnaround to Body Ecology and Young Coconut Kefir.
She jokes that you can often find her in the backyard, chopping up coconuts with a machete!
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As miraculous as Baxter's recovery seems, Julia considers her daughter "the poster child for Young Coconut Kefir."
Eliza contracted Rotavirus, a severe viral infection that can cause diarrhea, severe dehydration and hospitalization, when she was barely 2 years old. Little Eliza was vomiting blood, having seizures and dropped so much weight that even her doctors could not figure out how to help her recover.
Julia had never given the Young Coconut Kefir to Eliza, figuring, "You give it to your sickest kid, and at that time it was Baxter." But Julia acknowledges, "Your whole world shifts when your child is sick," and she desperately wanted Eliza to improve.
Thinking back to advice that "you can never have too many probiotics," she began to feed her little girl as much Young Coconut Kefir as she could handle.
Eliza responded to the fermented drink and recovered so quickly that even her pediatrician requested the Young Coconut Kefir recipe!
The Berle family believes in probiotics, and all of the children get plenty of beneficial bacteria in their diets, usually in the form of Young Coconut Kefir.
Julia sometimes mixes the Young Coconut Kefir with pear juice for sweetness, but otherwise uses it like water.
She also maintains a gluten free casein free home, something that is becoming easier to do and less "out there" now that grocery stores carry gluten free alternatives. Since the Body Ecology program is gluten and casein free (GFCF), along with being anti-fungal and anti-viral, it is an effective way to heal autism and end cravings for processed foods.
Even for children. Baxter does not even want tempting slices of pizza, because he knows it makes him sick.
The Berles believe in Body Ecology, and know that Young Coconut Kefir healed Baxter and Eliza!
"I won the autism lottery," Julia marvels, and has vowed to help others in her situation.
Now that her son is completely recovered, Julia advises some 250 parents of children with autism through her work with TACA (Talk About Curing Autism Now) and is a founding member of Generation Rescue, an organization that supports parents who seek new treatments for children with autism.
"I'm still involved because people need support and alternatives."
Julia has a huge amount of gratitude for Donna and the Body Ecology system for healing and internally thanks her every day for "this non-invasive, brilliant, and lovely way to help our children."
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