Karen Davila resorts to stem-cell therapy for son’s autism

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Broadcast journalist says the results are dramatic By Cheche V. Moral Philippine Daily Inquirer

DAVILA and her firstborn David at age 10

You can point a mother to the ends of the earth and it wont weaken her resolve to find that cure for her ailing child.

Broadcast journalist Karen Davilas firstborn, David, was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS) in the Autism Spectrum, a severe form of autism. The development pediatrician said there was no cure for Davids condition.

David didnt have the classic signs of autism, but clearly he wasnt developing like other children his age, says Davila. At the age of 3, he wasnt speaking spontaneously, although he could read. He had tantrums, couldnt express his needs, whether he was hungry or sad, and didnt reach out to other children his age.

Like most kids in the autism spectrum, the boy had attention difficulties. He was spaced out most of the time, and was rigid. It was so heartbreaking to see my eldest this way, she adds.

Davila refused to accept that there was no answer to her sons condition. I researched endlessly and devoted myself to making sure my son got the best possible treatment, she says. She quickly put her son on a casein- and gluten-free diet and biomedical treatment, under the care of Defeat Autism Now (DAN)-licensed doctors.

Davila explains that kids like David lack an enzyme in the body to digest casein, a protein found in cows milk, and gluten, a protein found in wheat, oats, barley and rye. When they take [casein and gluten], it feels like opium in the body, so kids feel high, theyre so hyper, get wild and are spaced out.

David, now 11, has also undergone anti-fungal treatments, and has been taking supplements and B12 injections to help his attention issues. He has also benefited from the help of occupational and speech therapists. Now in Grade 5, David is in his grade level in Multiple Intelligence School, in a smaller class ratio, according to his mother.

Early last year, Davila was offered an opportunity to try the fresh cell therapy being offered by a clinic in Germany called Villa Medica. The stem cells are harvested from lamb fetus and injected into the patient. By then, the journalist-mom had read up on the supposed benefits of stem cell on children with special needs.

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Karen Davila resorts to stem-cell therapy for son’s autism

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