Naturally Recovering Autism with Karen Thomas
What Causes the Symptoms of Autism? [Episode 134]

What Causes the Symptoms of Autism? [Episode 134]

September 2, 2021

Have you ever been told that your child cannot recover from autism? Yea, me too. Yet today, my son is no longer diagnosable with the symptoms of autism he once had.

Sometimes instead of getting excited when they hear this, a parent will get defensive, as though someone is trying to change ‘who’ their child is. Autism is not a ‘who’. It’s a ‘what”.

Do you ever wonder why some parents are able to recover their children from the symptoms of autism while others are struggling with constant illnesses and behaviors that don’t ever seem to improve?

If you’re a parent of a child newly diagnosed with autism, but you aren’t finding the answers you need, or you’re  a parent of a child with autism who has been searching for years to find the right solutions to help your child but you are not getting the positive results you hoped for, stay with me because you’re going to discover why persistent parents like you and me can get  our children better faster, safer, and with the least amount of expense and why it’s critical that you get all of the right resources in place right now.

My goal is simple:  to help you to more easily bring your child to the healthiest outcome possible, whether you’re new to the autism journey or you’ve been on it for years, this episode can help you.

The more you can truly understand and narrow down what it is you need to do and how to do it, the greater opportunity you’ll have to experience your child living a better quality of life.

First, you’ve got to believe that your child can get better, any amount of better. Now you may not have seen any of this in the past, so keep an open mind as we move forward. That’s all I ask, for your child’s sake. 

The questions arise, “What causes the symptoms of autism?”

“Is it autism or is there something underlying that is causing symptoms in a child that are mimicking those of autism?”

This may seem like an odd thing to say but there is a lot of truth behind it. Autism can be a symptom, not a diagnosis. It can be a symptom of something underlying such as toxins, pathogens, infections, a compromised immune system, and inflammation in the brain. Many things cause the symptoms of autism. It’s not just one thing.

This information may be completely contradictory to what “experts”, and non-experts, such as friends and relatives have told you before. Have you ever heard that …recovery isn’t possible? I like to say, “Tell that to my son.”

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How To Improve Sleep Tied To Candida Induced Hypoglycemia [Episode 133]

How To Improve Sleep Tied To Candida Induced Hypoglycemia [Episode 133]

August 19, 2021

Hypoglycemia is very hard on the adrenal glands. It is a challenge during the day, but also very hard on your system at night. During sleep, Candida feeds on your blood sugar. This stresses the body and the brain and your glucose levels are lowered significantly. Your brain relies on the right amount of glucose to function properly. Therefore, this stress during sleep overworks the adrenal glands due to this imbalance in blood sugar. When the adrenals become fatigued it also creates an imbalance in your thyroid gland.

When cortisol release becomes deregulated by the adrenal glands, it can result in adrenal fatigue. The adrenals will often release too much Cortisol. A common symptom is waking in the night, usually around 3:00 a.m...

Candida and Leaky Gut

Candida can attach itself to the wall of the intestines, creating holes that allow undigested foods and other toxins to enter the bloodstream. This is known as “leaky gut.”

It is essential to protect the gut and keep it healthy since it is the main source of our immune system, and it filters out toxins from the environment, including foods. Antibody producing cells line the intestines and secrete a substance called immunoglobulin A or IgA...

Supplements That Help To Balance Blood Sugar 

Be sure vitamin D3 levels are adequate. One of the leading researchers in vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick, has found that, “Children who receive vitamin D supplements from the age of one and on had an 80% decreased risk of developing Type I diabetes” (

How To Assist Stabilizing Blood Sugar with Diet

Protein is a great choice because it is low on the glycemic index. When we eat protein, it takes a longer time for our body to break it down. The higher nutrient content combined with a low GI will also assist in satiation. Our body will be fed a source of food it can utilize and one that takes much longer to digest. This keeps us feeling full longer and does not have a negative impact on blood sugar...

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Molecular Hydrogen For Regulating Oxidative Stress in Children on the Autism Spectrum [Episode 132]

Molecular Hydrogen For Regulating Oxidative Stress in Children on the Autism Spectrum [Episode 132]

August 5, 2021


Molecular Hydrogen is a supplement that rapidly diffuses into the body’s cells, mitochondria,  and fluids to assist in improving energy, focus, and its antioxidant benefits for faster recovery from physical exertion.

In this interview we begin with Quinton trace minerals and then at 26:20 we begin our discussion on molecular hydrogen.

A unique and patent pending combination of all-natural minerals are the only active ingredients of Active H2. This distinguishes it from existing synthetic chemical formulas as well as the “unnatural” use of electrolysis to generate Active and Molecular Hydrogen.

ActiveH2 is formulated with a proprietary blend of pure magnesium, malic acid, fumaric acid, and dextrose that act synergistically to generate Molecular Hydrogen and electron-rich potential.

Hydrogen may regulate pathways via modifying lipid peroxidation cascades, protein phosphorylations, and gene expressions, resulting in anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, and potential anti-aging benefits.” Tyler Lebaron, “The Molecular Hydrogen Institute

Please listen to this valuable interview with expert, Robert Slovak, on the benefits of molecular Hydrogen for children on the autism spectrum.

Robert Slovak’s Biography: Robert Slovak is a degreed Mechanical and Astronautical engineer, best known as the co-founder, with his brother Jack, of Water Factory Systems in the early 1970’s. He is recognized as one of the key developers of Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology and its numerous applications. After the sale of his company to a multi-national leader in water technology in 1990, Robert went on to bring his knowledge and experience to Brazil and other underdeveloped nations. During this period Robert maintained his presence in the American water industry as a consultant and regular speaker at water technology conferences. Since 2006 Robert masterminded and promoted a new paradigm he refers to as “Water & Wellness” in which pure, contaminant-free water is combined with highly effective nutraceutical additives to support the health needs of a wide diversity of the population including prenatal, developing, aging, health-compromised and special-needs.

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Homeschool Options With Connection Before Curriculum [Episode 131]

Homeschool Options With Connection Before Curriculum [Episode 131]

July 14, 2021

Placing your connection with your child before curriculum is beneficial to both  homeschooling and non-homeschooling parents.

Parents can get inspired about focusing on connecting with their children before setting up curriculum. Understanding your child’s needs and personal learning style can help both parent and child. 

Is your child a visual learner, or are they more auditory, or kinesthetic? Learning doesn’t have to be boring or stressful if you choose what works best for everyone. It can actually be fun!

Listen to this podcast episode to learn more ways to help understand your child’s needs and the different options in homeschooling with our special guest Jackie Wheeler Wiebe from Homeschool Think Tank.

Through HomeSchool ThinkTank, Jackie strives to connect homeschool families with one another and the resources they need.  You can discover more by subscribing to her weekly podcast, The HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast and by visiting

Jackie is the author of THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live and Learn Your Way!  She wrote this book to help parents decide if homeschooling is the right choice for their family.  It’s available as an audiobook, ebook, and paperback.

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The Dangers of Mercury Amalgam Fillings [Episode 130]

The Dangers of Mercury Amalgam Fillings [Episode 130]

July 1, 2021

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.

Toxicologists consider mercury to be one of the most poisonous elements in existence. Mercury destroys the brain, and is completely destructive to all aspects of the nervous system. It inhibits the brain’s ability to uptake and store the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine...

How To Safely Remove Amalgam Dental Fillings

A bio-dentist is trained in the safe removal of the amalgams. During removal, vapors released are inhaled and ingested into your system if not removed properly.

The dangers that mercury presents are significant, especially to the neurological system. Mercury is also released into the fetus in utero, so the child may be born with mercury toxicity. This makes them more vulnerable to additional environmental toxic exposure...

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Lymphatic Congestion and Health Related Issues Including Breast Cancer [Episode 129]

Lymphatic Congestion and Health Related Issues Including Breast Cancer [Episode 129]

June 17, 2021

If we begin to detoxify the system without first supporting the liver, the toxins will back up into the bloodstream. These toxins affect multiple systems of the body, including the brain, and we can become quite ill. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi use the undigested food and waste as food. The liver must be able to remove toxins, damaged cells, and other waste material from the body. Excess toxins congest the lymph glands, which remove cellular waste and keep the immune system healthy. The liver and lymphatic system must be able to feed nutrients to the cells and remove their debris...

This toxic debris can become stagnant and cause a myriad of health issues. 

Common initial symptoms of an improperly working lymphatic system are:

  • middle and low back pain
  • a swollen abdomen
  • swollen hands, arms, feet, and ankles
  • a puffy face

Multiple chronic illnesses are associated with lymph congestion such as:

  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • brain disorders 
  • memory loss
  • asthma, bronchial, and lung problems...

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The Health Dangers and Histamine Triggers Of Chlorine [Episode 128]

The Health Dangers and Histamine Triggers Of Chlorine [Episode 128]

June 2, 2021

Human waste in the water can contain anything from bacteria and toxins to parasites, especially in lakes where the water is stagnant. Rivers and the ocean are, at least, moving, but do check the water pollution levels prior to swimming anywhere.

The general term for this, as used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, is Recreational Water Illness. Here’s what you need to know.

Chlorine in swimming pools poses another issue altogether. In my podcast, Swimming Pool Health Challenges with Autism with renowned water expert, Robert Slovak, we discuss the health related dangers that lurk in chlorinated swimming pools...

Common symptoms of histamine reactions are:

  • Digestive symptoms
  • itchy skin
  • rashes and hives
  • asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • hyperactivity
  • rapid heart rate
  • hives
  • extreme mood changes
  • poor sleep...

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Health and Behavioral Symptoms of Mold Illness [Episode 127]

Health and Behavioral Symptoms of Mold Illness [Episode 127]

May 19, 2021

There is an actual genetic disorder contained by over 25% of the population that renders them helpless to dispel mold biotoxins from their body. You can have these genetics but not be ill if they have not been triggered by stress, or an illness, etc. If this gene has been triggered then when exposed to mold a cascade of inflammation is set off in the system, but the body is not able to get rid of the toxins created within them. This creates multi-system infections from mold illness...


There is a gene, or protein, called transforming growth factor beta-1, or TGF beta-1, that is found throughout the body. It is one in a family of cytokines whose job it is to affect the growth and activity of cells. TGF beta-1 is important in fetal growth and development, the formation of blood vessels, muscle tissue and body fat development, recovering from wounds, the regulation of bone growth, and the functioning of the immune system...

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Autism and Parasitic Infections [Episode 126]

Autism and Parasitic Infections [Episode 126]

May 5, 2021

It is crazy how many different parasites and pathogens can be in the gut. Parasites are a worldwide problem. It has spread into the western world. It is estimated that eighty percent of the American population have parasites, and most do not know it.

Many children on the autism spectrum have parasitic problems. Most parasites live with us harmoniously, until the gut flora weakens to the point that they become a problem.

How Do We Get Parasites?

Common ways we get parasites are from inhaling them from the air we breathe, in the food we eat, drinking water, swimming in contaminated water, and through our skin. Lesions in the skin, especially on the feet, allow for easy entrance into the body. Animals carry different parasites that they may pass onto humans. Poor hygiene also plays a big role.

What Problems Do Parasites Cause?

The problems caused by parasites do not come so much from the bugs themselves but from the existing co-infections in the body. Parasites bring with them bacteria, viruses and fungi. Viruses in the nervous system often come from Staphylococcus and lungworm...

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How To Have Enough Funds To Care For Your Child With Autism [Episode 125]

How To Have Enough Funds To Care For Your Child With Autism [Episode 125]

April 28, 2021

Please listen to this podcast episode to learn how you can build more funds for your family’s security and life fund, your child’s programs, health care, education, supplements and therapies, and a future trust that your loved ones can live on even after you’re gone.

I have wished for years that I had a way to help parents of children with autism to increase personal income and help with the additional costs involved in having a child with special needs…and I have found it.

I have deeply researched this financial opportunity, and have successfully been using it in my own personal trial, to verify its effectiveness and validity.

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