Naturally Recovering Autism with Karen Thomas
Home Schooling Pods As A Safe and Happy Alternative [Episode 113]

Home Schooling Pods As A Safe and Happy Alternative [Episode 113]

January 27, 2021

During the covid-19 pandemic many schools have been closed for safety reasons. Often parents feel that their child being taught in a Zoom meeting is not enough of an education but also don’t want their child to be exposed to any unsafe environments. Additionally, schools may require that a child undergo certain requirements that their parent does not agree with. It may a teaching style or system, or a school mandated vaccination that a parent feels is unsafe for their child. For many reasons, a parent may find it necessary to look for alternative educational options.

Home schooling pods offer a better solution for many parents, especially those who choose to home school but have to work a few days of the week. Parents can trade off on days to teach and assist another parent on the days they have to go to an outside workplace....

How To Find Or Create A Home School Pod

Facebook has a growing number of groups. Go to Facebook and in the search bar type the name of your town, along with the keywords, “home school pod”, or ‘micro school”. If you live in a very small town and nothing appears, then type in the name of the nearest larger town near you. It may require a drive for some depending on where you live but you could also become the facilitator of developing a pod in your own town along with others interested. It’s not hard to create your own. Check out all of your options and go with the one that works best for you. The San Francisco-based Facebook group Pandemic Pods and Microschools, for instance, now has more than 9,500 members...

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Stem Cell Therapy For Autism-A Mom’s Story [Episodes 112]

Stem Cell Therapy For Autism-A Mom’s Story [Episodes 112]

January 20, 2021

How does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cell therapy has been utilized by parents of children with autism for its ability to modulate the immune response by slowing or stopping pathological immune responses, and having the ability to be antigen specific. It also assists with the defect in T cell numbers associated with autism.

The lymphatic system are organs of the immune system with circulatory vessels and lymph nodes that transport bacteria fighting white blood cells to sites of infection in the body. Bone marrow of certain bones such as the pelvic bone, produce specialized cells that circulate throughout the immune system.

There are two major types of lymphocytes, B cells that attach to foreign substances to mark them as targets for destruction by other cells, and T cells that can attack and destroy cells. T cells have the additional advantage of coordinating overall immune response.

Is stem cell therapy safe?

Stem cell therapy transports the bone marrow from healthy individuals to those in need of immune regulation. This can be safe, if done correctly. This is important to note that not all stem cell therapy is done properly or ethically, and the bone marrow of unhealthy individuals has been used in many countries without proper regulation. There are unethical clinics doing this and charging extreme amounts of money to unknowing patients.

It is essential to be aware of foreign doctors from stem cell clinics holding numerous free seminars to recruit patients for their centers all over the United States. Is that legal? What precautions should parents take to not get roped in by dubious claims?

In my radio show #69, with Dr. Joy Kong, specialist in stem cell therapy, we  discuss these issues and how to know where you can go to find quality stem cell therapy from reputable and knowledgeable doctors.

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Moms Sharing Autism Recovery Success Stories From the Naturally Recovering Autism Membership [Episode 111]

Moms Sharing Autism Recovery Success Stories From the Naturally Recovering Autism Membership [Episode 111]

January 12, 2021

FACT: One in 36 children are being diagnosed with autism today

Did you know that parents worldwide are bringing their kids to optimum levels of recovery?

We are helping our children go from screaming tantrums, unable to speak, distracted, experiencing learning and social challenges to being calm, talking, being able to concentrate, learning in-classrooms, and developing meaningful friendships.

They really can be happy and healthy.

Please listen to these inspiring stories from the moms themselves who made success happen for their own children on the autism recovery journey by following the steps outlined in the Naturally Recovering Autism Membership.

Meet Shannon. All she wanted was to hear her son say, “mom,” and one day he did. Listen now.

Meet Karen. Her son is 27 years old and was non-verbal, but within 2 months in the Naturally Recovering Autism Membership program, her son is reading books with her! Listen now.

I f you’ve ever felt like your child is capable of more, then listen to Sakina’s story. 

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What Does Autism Recovery Really Mean? [Episode 110]

What Does Autism Recovery Really Mean? [Episode 110]

January 6, 2021

Hi there and welcome to naturally recovering autism. I am your host, Karen Thomas. And I want to thank you so much for being here today and being a proactive parent and getting the resources that you need to help your child reach their optimum level of recovery. And we know that the definition of recovery is to regain health and every child’s level of recovery is different for my own son. He was, I was once told to drug him and try behavioral therapies, and there was nothing else we could do for him. But I fortunately have a background in craniosacral therapy where I’ve studied the brain now for 30 years. And I knew the brain can and does heal. It has now been 15 years this month, since my son was diagnosed with autism and it took me a decade of that time to figure it out. But my own research proved that autism can be recovered from my son is no longer diagnosable.

I’ll share these grateful things with you on this coming in Saturday, if you’re listening to this live, I am teaching the first autism recovery master class of 2021. We are going to start this year out, right? It is a free three hour live event, and we will do that Q and A, because I know you have questions and I know how important it is to get your support and get your questions answered and how hard that can be on this journey. I have lived it. I know exactly how it is and I want to help you. So this, uh, this Saturday, January 9th, if you’re listening to this live, please, register now at, And, uh, please share it with anybody, you know, who would be interested in learning how they can improve the quality of life for their child, because autism is a lot to do with biological.

So that’s what I do in my natural recovering autism membership (hint: in case you’re interested, the doors will open to registration during the masterclass). So that parents have the actual guided help that they need because I know again, how hard this can be and how overwhelming. So my goal is to share this with everyone possible and to get this out there. Even my own daughter had stomach and digestive issues, and she would become kind of wild sometimes and couldn’t calm herself down.

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Why It Can Be Dangerous To Boost the Immune System With Autism [Episode 109]

Why It Can Be Dangerous To Boost the Immune System With Autism [Episode 109]

December 30, 2020

Children with autism have immune system disorders. Similar to autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, or inflammatory bowel disease there is abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases).

As a response to a trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that attack its own body’s tissues, instead of fighting the infection. Taking such immune boosting herbal formulas such as echinacea can boost the immune system for those in need of it, but for many with autoimmune issues this herb can over stimulate the immune system causing further immune deficiency reducing the natural ability to fight foreign invaders in the body and creating further vulnerability to infections.

Immune Modulation and the Gut

Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. All too often parents unknowingly create further immune system issues in children with autism. It is important to work with the causes which can naturally be immune regulating. Pharmaceutical drugs are often given for these issues but a much more effective way of balancing the causes come from diet, detoxification, reducing inflammation, and improving the health of the GI system.

The Good News

Epigenetics is the science of genes being altered by environmental factors. It is noted in one study, Genetic and epigenetic influences on the loss of tolerance in autoimmunity, that “Both genetic predisposition and epigenetic modifications are implicated in the loss of tolerance and autoimmunity”.

What To Do

Supporting the liver during detoxification with toxin binders helps to remove toxic waste that can back up if the liver is not strong enough to excrete them on its own. Children with autism are often born with a congested liver. Healing the gut is also crucial to modulating the immune system and for optimum results in autism recovery. The gut controls up to eighty per cent of the immune system. A weak GI tract will cause a lack of nutrient absorption and a weak and dysregulated immune system.

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Why Both Phase I and Phase II of Liver Detoxification Are Necessary [Episode 108]

Why Both Phase I and Phase II of Liver Detoxification Are Necessary [Episode 108]

December 23, 2020

There are two different phases in liver detoxification. They are known and referred to as Phase I and Phase II. Stopping short at phase I, will not allow the backed up toxins to get flushed out properly and children with autism have a very congested liver.

Phase I burns toxins with oxygen and enzymes. Phase I breaks down the raw materials. After this takes place the extremely toxic compound benzene is formed. In order to detoxify benzene, and complete the full detoxification process, the Phase II enzymes are needed. Phase II can become disrupted if there is a poor diet, especially one containing too many bad fats such as corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, canola or soybean oils, a deficiency in the body’s master antioxidant glutathione, toxins such as medications and pesticides, and heavy metals which are particularly damaging to liver enzymes. High fructose corn syrup and sugars create an imbalance in blood sugar which can also be harmful to the liver. It is important to keep your blood sugar under control.


Proteins contain sulfites which turn to sulfates in the body. We need sulfates to assist detoxification, reduce inflammation, and help make stomach acid and digestive enzymes. A lack of ability to properly digest proteins causes the body to become low in sulfates. This combined with a weakened liver make it difficult for the body to properly digest and eliminate many chemicals, including those in foods. Genetically modified foods are known to effect sulfur metabolism.

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Liver Support During Detoxification For Children With Autism [Episode 107]

Liver Support During Detoxification For Children With Autism [Episode 107]

December 16, 2020

The liver is our organ of detoxification. Children with autism have congested livers and are often even born with them that way. Their detoxification pathways also do not work well and the body becomes burdened by excess toxins the liver cannot process out fast enough on its own. When this happens, such as during the candida diet, and further detoxification, the liver will need additional support to excrete the release of toxins.

It is more than likely that your child’s liver is congested. It is the first organ to support in the recovery process. The liver has many diverse functions. It is our main organ of detoxification, it builds and supplies nutrients, enzymes, and hormones to cells, and directly affects growth and functioning of all cells in the body. If the liver cannot supply these nutrients to the cells, the cells cannot perform the activities necessary to keep your body healthy. If the liver is congested, it cannot effectively remove toxins from the body. The liver, among its many duties, also produces hormones, amino acids, and protein. The body can become deprived of these important compounds if the is liver congested. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They also build neurotransmitters needed by the brain for its proper functioning.

What Exacerbates Liver Congestion

Imbalanced gut flora, environmental toxins, and poor diet all contribute to liver congestion from the formation of gallstones. High acid foods and beverages begin to thicken the blood. This includes excessive intake of protein rich foods including animal fats. Gallstones block the blood flow through the liver, the bile duct, and the gallbladder. Without proper functioning of the liver’s processes disease will form.

Nutrient Deficiency and Symptoms

A poor working liver and gallbladder will lead to nutrient deficiencies. When the supply of bile, pancreatic lipase (fat enzymes), and pancreatic fat are too low, due to a congested liver and gallbladder, the body cannot absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, or the all-important essential fatty acids. These vitamins cannot be properly digested or absorbed from food or supplements. The digestive tract does not have the enzymes it needs and the nutrients necessary for proper digestion are not absorbed from food. The fat soluble vitamins and good fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are crucial for a number of organ functions including brain protection, healthy vision, viral and bacterial combat, and protection of the intestinal lining. we discuss fat digestion and solutions in podcast episode #106.

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Good Fats vs Bad Fats For Brain Health in Autism [Episode 106]

Good Fats vs Bad Fats For Brain Health in Autism [Episode 106]

December 9, 2020

Many people have come to fear anything with fat in it. The diet industry says to avoid all fats. This is false information and can be dangerous to your health. We need fats in our diet. Cells are made of fat, and the brain is 60 percent fats so make sure you are eating enough of the right kinds to feed them. The key is to eat the good fats and avoid the bad ones.

BAD FATS: Trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats

We are all at risk from too many bad fats in our diet, but for children on the autism spectrum they are especially dangerous. One of the worst aspects of bad fats is their high content of omega 6 fatty acids. When the ratio of omega 6 fat is higher than omega 3 essential fatty acids the omega 6’s push out the omega 3’s and further deplete them in the body. Without enough omega 3’s behavior, mood, and focus are just a few of the concerning issues.


Between 1910 and 1970 Americans went from eating 83 percent animal fats down to 62 percent. During this same time period the consumption of sugars and processed foods increased 60 percent. The consumption of butter went from eighteen pounds per person per year to four pounds. We have been falsely taught that fats, all fats, are bad for us. Unfortunately, this caused vegetable oils and refined oils to increase by 400 percent. Margarine is linked to building bad cholesterol and heart disease, NOT butter.

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Naturally Keto-licious Cookies For Healthy Holiday Or Anytime Treats

Naturally Keto-licious Cookies For Healthy Holiday Or Anytime Treats

December 2, 2020

Have you been looking for a healthy treat to offer your child that also goes along with all of the necessary dietary guidelines for optimum results in autism recovery? Our kids shouldn’t feel left out, especially during the holidays. How about a healthy Keto cookie made with only natural ingredients, no gluten, dairy or sugar. Studies show keto diets to reduce seizures by 50% too.

This Keto cookie is made with all of this in mind so nothing will feed the bad bacteria in the gut like candida, or create anymore inflammation, or negatively affect blood sugar. Plus, it’s actually healthy. Some of the flavors have over 5 grams of protein in them. There are over  a dozen to choose from.

Are you wondering how they’re sweetened in a healthy way? They’re made with monk fruit. Monk fruit and stevia are the only two natural sweeteners that don’t effect the blood sugar, or feed the bad bacteria like candida. To be clear, none of the artificial sweeteners are good either. The have neurotoxins that destroy brain cells. Never use them. Get your free guide to the top 7 foods to eliminate from the diet and learn why they should be eliminated too, so you’re not unknowingly giving your child anything harmful.

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Mercury Toxicity

Mercury Toxicity

November 23, 2020

The symptoms of mercury toxicity mimic many of the symptoms of autism. Higher levels of mercury have been shown to create symptoms that last up to 30 years! It aggravates every other medical condition.

The World Health Organization (WHO) admits that there are no safe levels of mercury exposure. Common exposure comes from vaccines, medications, coal emissions, dental amalgam fillings, and contaminated fish. Even in small amounts, mercury is dangerous.        

The extent of mercury damage to the brain and heart depends on age, sex, and genetic factors. Infants, children, and the elderly are the most at risk. Males are also higher risk due to testosterone increasing mercury’s neurotoxicity.

For more than 80 years, medical doctors have observed symptoms for those exposed to even very low levels of mercury.

Symptoms of mercury toxicity are:

• Excessive irritability/anger

• Timid behavior

• Depression

• Weakness etc


• Can cause lifelong immune deficiency.

• Causes a loss of glutathione

• Resists removal of the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans

• Inactivates contacted molecules of glutathione two-fold.

• Reduces antioxidant levels 


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