School Snapshot: My Autistic Son, Homeschooling, and DISH

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I would like to start the month of April with a little story. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share an experience I had with my autistic son during one of his school lessons with me, and how DISH was involved. He was about ten years old at the time. 

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Our Backstory

This will be a very brief backstory, but context is needed to understand what happened. I grew up with my brother being on different forms of medication for his ADHD or whatever diagnosis it was. It was not a good situation. Whether it was his diagnosis or his medication, I do not know. I was not in the loop of knowledge there. It was up to my mom and dad to decide what to do for him. But with that ingrained in my mind, I wanted to try natural means to help my child. He made great improvements with his autism through diet modifications, supplements, the Listen Program, and more. All baby steps, but at least steps in the correct direction.

Another thing that was going on at this time was my very poor health. My doctor had given me a life expectancy of twelve to eighteen months despite following a healthy lifestyle. Because of that and other circumstances, I started trying even more things to understand why my body wasn’t working the way it was supposed to. One of those things was holding several different jars of homeopathic remedies throughout the day, experimenting with them to find the magic combination to help me get better. I know it sounds crazy, but I eventually figured out why this did work. Years later, I realized I was making a manual DISH. This manual DISH significantly impacted my ability to make progress in my health journey. I am now over fourteen years past the expiration date I was given. Since I was focused on trying to fix myself. I wasn’t expecting it to impact my children as well.

School Snapshot: My Autistic Son, Homeschooling, and DISH Picture of a child working on a puzzle

What Happened during a Lesson

Now, some of you may be in favor of or against homeschooling. I understand. Everyone is entitled to an opinion based on the information they possess. For us, we chose to homeschool our children. For this son, I needed to do many frequent three-to-five-minute lessons with at least a ten-minute break in between. Every time I turned around, I was trying to instruct him on some small piece of the lesson until he made it through. If we made it ten minutes into a lesson before needing a break, we were doing good. Difficult or easy to do? I don’t know; it’s just what needed to be done, so we did it. He wasn’t the only child being homeschooled. He could see his siblings at work as well. He wanted to do it, but it was so difficult for him to stay focused.

Well, this particular day, I sat the jars on the dining room table that I had been holding. I felt fine as long as they were next to me, so I kept them next to me constantly. I sat them on the table next to me and out of the way so I could point at his paper as we talked about it. We started as usual. He then pointed at my jars and said, “I need those.” I was surprised he said that but pushed them over to him. He hugged these canning jars with his left hand, holding them between his body and the piece of paper on the table. We proceeded with the lesson, and he ended up completing the entire 20-minute assignment in one sitting. He had never done that before. I don’t know if I was more surprised by his request or the results. So, for a little while there, I would ask him if he wanted to grab any jars before we would start. He usually did. It usually worked.

School Snapshot: My Autistic Son, Homeschooling, and DISH Picture of a child working on a puzzle

Why I Think it Happened

At this point, if this is the first thing you have read from me, you are probably lost and wondering what on earth I am talking about. Allow me to elaborate. I think these jars, though homeopathic at this time, eventually transitioned to supplements. I believe we were aiding his body in sorting—separating the Bad Guys from each other or from the Good Guys—nutrients we need. By doing this, we were lightening the load of his natural detoxification process. We were making it to where he was not overburdened with his load of toxins or whatever caused his health problems in the first place. I think we may have even been taking him out of the fight-or-flight mode. I’m not sure. I am sure it made a difference, though.

I think whatever remedy he was holding—keeping in his energy field, his body was NOT needing to work on. Picture London Bridge’s falling-down game. Holding different remedies made the load light enough for him to work on other pathogens that were affecting him, whatever they may be. The remedies were the children holding their hands in the air. Doing this allowed the body to process all the children walking under those arms. For whatever reason, the same remedies that didn’t work when he took them orally did work when he was doing this. Since then, he and I have greatly improved. It is still a slow process because it is a manual process.

I believe this system we manually create for ourselves is a system that is automatic for healthy/normal individuals. Not fair, but that’s okay, at least we are in the game now.

DISH is a concept and term I came up with. It has two jobs. 1. Shield the body 2. Sort what the Body Encounters When DISH is doing its job, I am winning against my health challenges. When it is NOT doing its job, I am losing. It's that simple. (But it's not that easy. But then again, autoimmune diseases aren't easy either.)

Nutrition and My Autistic Son

Just like there were varying opinions about homeschooling, there are invariably opinions about diet making an impact on autism. I find it frustrating how many contradictions there are in this. What I figured is if it works do it. If it doesn’t, try something else.

I do know taking egg out of his diet stopped the violent tantrums that he couldn’t remember he had later in the day. I know cutting out dairy helped him to have sustained eye contact for more than five seconds. I also know these were temporary necessities. He no longer needs to avoid either one of these.

In the book, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartizinel, MD, it has an entire chapter dedicated to supplements and nutritional deficiencies common for those on the autism spectrum.

With that being said, I think a faulty DISH is a contributor to this problem. When I had a faulty DISH, my body was rejecting the nutrients I needed. Do autistic people have a faulty DISH is why their nutrition levels are out of sorts and prone to bowel issues and food sensitivities? Could making a DISH with these supplements make a difference? For my son, yes. Can they make a big enough difference? I don’t know yet. I’m just sharing another piece of the puzzle that seems to help.

School Snapshot: My Autistic Son, Homeschooling, and DISH Picture of a child working on a puzzle


I think when he grabbed those jars he was showing me what he needed. He knew what he needed on a subconscious level. He articulated it the way he knew how. Our bodies know what we need too. Is the reason for this need because of a faulty DISH? Do we need to fix our DISH? I do know I needed to work on figuring out a way to know and understand why this need was there and make it easier on the body until it is able to sort on its own again.

For a quick understanding of DISH check out this blog post What is D.I.S.H.? or this one How Does It Work: Simple Explanation of DISH

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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