Parents Cure Autism – As Useless Docs Fail Kids

Child Health Safety
June 23, 2009

This headline in today’s UK Daily Mail explains it all with just one quote:-

I helped my son beat autism by making him give up Weetabix
By Sally Beck – 23rd June 2009

“It frightened me, because I thought if people were asking me, then there really wasn’t any help out there.”  Polley Tommey, The Autism File & The Autism Trust


A few weeks ago, a one-woman campaign culminated in Polly Tommey meeting the Prime Minister to improve support for the families of children with autism.

She was fighting for the sake of thousands of other parents around the country, having become an unofficial ‘Good Samaritan’ for the desperate parents of autistic children.

Here, Polly, 42, the mother of an autistic child, tells her extraordinary story.

Polly Tommey with her autistic son Billy
Polly Tommey with her autistic son Billy

Any normal child would have been taken to A&E at some point and given a battery of tests, but with autistic children doctors say it’s just part of their autism.

Billy stopped eating most things, and eventually all that was left in his diet was cow’s milk and Weetabix. He was so skinny his hair started falling out, and he had sores all over his lips and up his arms.

Then, one day, a leaflet dropped through my door explaining how a wheat and dairy-free diet could help autistic children. Jon was sceptical, but I thought it was worth a try.

I replaced cow’s milk with rice milk and began baking gluten-free biscuits, which I gave him instead of Weetabix. Billy starved himself for a few days then began eating the biscuits  –  and, amazingly, his gut problems started to get better.

That really woke Jon up, because he thought if Billy could improve just by making a change to his diet, what else could be done? He found an organisation called Allergy Induced Autism, and through them we met other people who were doing things to help autistic children.

Jon flew to the States for a Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) conference and learned how biomedical intervention could help. He threw himself into finding help for Billy and re-trained as a clinical nutritionist.

At the time, Jon was David Liddiment’s personal trainer. David was head of LWT (London Weekend Television) then, and during a run one day, Jon told him that we were going to try treating Billy with the hormone secretin, which stimulates the pancreas.

Billy still suffered terrible constipation, and we thought it would help regulate his gut. It worked and Billy’s behaviour improved.

That was ten years ago and as Billy was the first British child to try secretin, David suggested that Trevor McDonald follow his progress on the Trevor McDonald Tonight show.

We set up a website for anyone who wanted to know more about secretin. It got 150,000 hits, the computer crashed and LWT couldn’t cope with all the inquiries.

We’d thought that by doing the programme, we’d find other people who knew of other treatments that could help Billy. Instead, we were inundated with people asking us for help.

It frightened me, because I thought if people were asking me, then there really wasn’t any help out there.


I helped my son beat autism by making him give up Weetabix
By Sally Beck – 23rd June 2009

CHS Ed’s Comment:

And who says Wakefield was wrong about autistic kids having gut problems?  Only most of the doctors who are also the ones failing the kids and failing to do what doctors are meant to – help heal.  Today one too many are too busy selling drugs for drug companies to worry about that and then there are the few of them who publish fake data in medical journals to sell more drugs like the harmful psychiatric drugs now being given to autistic children instead of simple cures – like the ones described below.  It’s the century of “Do-It-Yourself” medicine –  because doctors are not doing it for you – what a waste of space.  And are you going to trust them over vaccines for your kids too when most have  very little knowledge of the subject and just soak up what they are fed?


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.