The “Awakening” that Occurs in Autism with The Nemechek Protocol


Hi there, I’m Dr. Nemechek, the guy who
invented The Nemechek Protocol™ for autonomic recovery, as well as for autism,
developmental disorders, and learning disorders in children. I want to talk a
little bit about what I refer to as the “awakening” in kids. Now, the “awakening” is a
phenomenon that parents will observe, after they start the protocol, in a child
with autism, okay. This does not tend to occur when you have, excuse me, a child
with just a developmental disorder, or a simple learning disorder like ADD or
ADHD, and what the awakening is, in general, is a seemingly “worsening” of some
symptoms. Now the difference between, as you know, kind of
my inflammatory spectrum, the difference between just ADD, which is cumulative
brain injury, or – and then also somebody with some developmental delay and ADD – them and autism, is that autism has the addition of that chemical being made by the bacteria, called propionic acid. And in animals, and then
what you see clinically with patients, the propionic acid tends to be kind of
like a sedative on the kids, as well as maybe even a slightly hallucinogenic,
kind of psychotropic, kind of chemical compound. And so, you may have a kid with
some just mild developmental issues, maybe a little focus issues, like they’re
gonna end up having ADD. And then something worsens your gut bacteria –
and that could be an antibiotic, anesthesia, vaccine, a probiotic, we see a whole bunch
of different things that can do that – it’ll worsen it, and now the bacteria
makes this propionic acid. And, your children, two things kind of happen; they
become just like sleepy, zoned out, kind of like they’re on too much drug from
the psychiatrist, they aren’t even now looking at you, they’re kind of walking
around, they’re isolating themselves in their room. And then you see these weird
kind of behaviors, okay, they’ll be staring at the ceiling fans for a couple
hours, or the light, playing with the light switch, or just looking at
their fingers, and so forth, and so that’s the kind of core effect between autism
and the other groups. And this chemical seems to have this sedating
effect on the children. Now as they go along, they’re getting some injuries, okay,
just routine injuries. Kids hitting their heads and falling down, or they’re
emotional traumas, or other inflammatory things like illnesses, or fractures, or
surgeries, seizures, all these things are kind of injuring the brain, and they
build up more, and more, neurological damage, through that cumulative brain
injury process I discuss. And then – now, so here’s where the awakening comes in –
we fix the gut bacteria, that propionic acid level drops, okay (which is only
in the autism), the propionic acid level drops, and the kids kind of snap out of
it, in a way. So in one respect, they’re suddenly like staring right at you, okay.
It’s like they’ve been taken off some drugs and now they’re like, you know, more
clear-headed, they’re looking at you, they’re more, they have more intent to
their purpose. You know, they want to grab you by the hand and try to tell you what
they want, you know, they may not be able to speak but they’re trying to point to
things, or they’re much more interactive with people and are much more direct. But
the other thing that happens when they come out of this, is things seem,
(doesn’t always happen) but things can kind of worsen – they can become more anxious, you
get more stimming, you know whatever the behaviors are, or they can’t
sleep as well, they may *bite*, a little more tendency for self-harm. You know, some
kids might get a kind of aggressive. Some kids are more apt to be a flight risk;
they just take off at the park running. And so, what, what is causing this, alright? You know, most of my work is done in adults, and when they have autonomic
dysfunction, from cumulative brain injury, many, many, of them are anxious. Very
anxious. And part of this – it’s kind of a confusing picture in autonomics – so part
of this is due, we believe, to a release of noradrenaline. It’s a fight-or-flight
hormone and that the body’s trying to boost blood pressure with that, that that
may contribute to some of this, so you have this FIGHT, or-flight, panicky kind
of hormone being released. Another part of it is a inability, well, so you’ll see
that in the adults, okay, so it’s not uncommon, people have pain, anxious and whatever and they can’t sleep, and once you fix their brains they
get better, so now in the kids, what are we seeing? I think part of it is similar
in the children, that they have a release of noradrenaline. Part of it can be the
awareness of their situation, can cause them to release noradrenaline – just the
distress that they’re having from that. And then a third part, is their inability
to modulate your emotions normally, and that’s done also by the
autonomic nervous system. So you have the sympathetic/parasympathetics okay?
And the, it’s a balance, so sympathetics classically kind of your,
fight-or-flight kind of thing, you know, emotions, and the parasympathetics are
your calming, resting, kind of health inducing, part of the brain. So what
happens here is (under normal circumstances) say you’re in traffic, okay,
you leave your house, there’s not much traffic in the, in your residential area, and your parasympathetics are modulating the
intensity of your reactions to the challenges you face while you’re driving
this car, alright? You’re driving along everything’s okay, and maybe then
suddenly a ball rolls out in the street, and your parasympathetic will change, they actually WEAKEN, and that allows your sympathetics to become “Oh my gosh!” You know you hit the brakes, you worry about killing somebody, you have that little
surge moment, but this is (that reaction), is actually being controlled by your
autonomic nervous system because it’s working correctly, alright. Now, and then
after the ball rolls, you get past, and the kids get the ball, and everything’s
okay, you’re back in the car, you’re driving again, the parasympathetics
kick back in gear, they calm you down, and now you’re driving along
feeling fine, okay. That’s how we go through our whole
days as adults. All the interactions with people, all the things that happen, our
ability to modulate, to interact with people, to negotiate stressful situations,
all of that’s being controlled by the autonomic nervous system, okay. In
children that gets broken, and they have the inability to modulate those emotions.
So again, in their mind, they’re – even though they may just be driving in a
little residential area, it’s calm, there’s nothing going on – they’re
constantly, you know they can’t regulate, they’re hitting the brakes, they’re fearful
something’s going to happen. Or it could be even the opposite – there’s you know,
children running in the street, people on bicycles you might hit with a car, and
everything, and your brain can’t even engage any caution behavior, okay. Now for,
in the emotional world, we will refer to this as – when this is broken – as
internalization, or externalization, of emotions. So internalization of emotions
is when you have an EXCESSIVE parasympathetic response, and your, your
emotionality is kind of turned inward, as the name implies. This is kind
of, you isolate, kids will isolate themselves in their room, they’re anxious,
they harm themselves, they bite, they headbang, they’re depressed, okay. That kind of
stuff is internalization and is a function of an imbalance of your
autonomics, typically a excessive, general excessive state, or excessive reactivity
of the parasympathetics. Externalization of your emotionality is a WEAK
parasympathetic response. And so here you have more aggression, more anger, more, you
have stealing, you’ve got you know, flight risk, those kinds of things. So, what we’re seeing with this “awakening” in kids is
this combination of effects. They kind of, the sedative effects of propionic acid goes away, the kids are, you know, lightheaded because their autonomics are broken – that’s making them anxious. They’re aware of their circumstances –
that can make them more anxious. They have trouble modulating their
emotionality, like we can as adults, through this kind of day-to-day stuff, so
you’re having these exaggerated kind of responses, okay. Now the good news is,
around the 4-6 week mark, parents often will report that they see it’s getting better. It starts calming down. And what you’re
seeing when that’s happening, is that the brain is actually starting to repair
itself, okay. Cause actually what The Nemechek Protocol™ does – it doesn’t really
repair the brain – it repairs the repair mechanism so that the brain can fix itself, okay? So, you fix the gut bacteria, propionic
acid goes away, you know, the kids kind of snap out of it because the sedative effect is gone, you’re seeing these kind of exaggerated
behaviors that are all kind of happening in the children, and then they start to
decline and get better, okay. That is the repair phase. And so…now, if you don’t see
that improvement in about two months, okay, this is where –
if you’ve read my blog – like, get rid of all the supplements. We want to…I’ll
typically kind of bump up the fish oil and olive oil doses, and, and then
typically, things start to recover, alright. Some parents have this
belief that the inulin does this, and that they go up really low. So, no you get
the same “awakening” if you use Rifaximin, the antibiotic, as you do with the
inulin. It’s just that if you start Inulin and they’re kind of “AHH!!”, you know,
having this intense “awakening,” and you cut the inulin dose down, you don’t get
as much…control of the bacterial overgrowth and your propionic acid levels go up, and that’s a sedative, and it calms them down. So more inulin=less propionic acid=more awake. Cut back the inulin=more
propionic acid=more sedative effect. So that’s really what’s happening here.
Now that’s not a bad strategy, to start low and work your way up, because
you’re trying to get the brain to recover, but that’s, just so you know, it’s
not the inulin doing it, because we see this EXACT phenomenon in kids that are,
that use the Rifaximin, alright. So, I hope you found this a little useful, and
insightful about the “awakening.” And, unfortunately, it’s a process, if kids
have this, that we seem to have to be able to get through. We’re trying to work
on some new techniques to help, kind of, speed that up, or to maybe make that less
distressful for the child, as well as the family. Anyhow, I hope you find this
useful, this is Dr. Patrick Nemechek of Nemechek Autonomic Medicine from Buckeye, Arizona. Have a great day!

29 thoughts on “The “Awakening” that Occurs in Autism with The Nemechek Protocol

  1. My son (5.5) has been on the protocol for 3.5 months and this video describes exactly what happened to him when he started. The first few weeks were very challenging as he was experiencing awakening and it all started calming down around week 7-8. We've been increasing inulin slowly and he is almost at 1tsp per day. The progress on the higher dose of inulin is very visible. The protocol has triggered a lot of sensory issues (some of which he had never head – e.g. fabric sensitivity). But they come and go so I believe it is a part of the healing process. Thanks a lot for this great video.

  2. Have the book, getting my 27 year old severely autistic son going on this…hoping for the best. Have tried SO MANY things…over the last 25 years…

  3. My autistic son regressed horribly after dental surgery at age 15. He had IV Versed anesthetic … And I also believe he woke during the procedure and possibly got a 'push' of Versed to put him back under quickly, which can cause brain damage…will Nemechek protocol help? I am hoping!

  4. My 4 year old had the awakening in 2 months. Unfortunately regressing due to anaesthetic Medes for his EOE. I have been reading about it. Just started him on a 1/4 instead of 1/8 of a teaspoon n hope he can recover again. I am in Brisbane Australia 🇦🇺 n it's tricky cause if I don't vaccinate, then I have to home school.

  5. My brother has autism but I don't know how to give him this oil's and inulin. Could someone explain me please and what's the awakening? They feel more anxious?

  6. Hey everyone. We have been doing the Nemechek protocol with my daughter now almost 4 weeks. We noticed a difference in her almost immediately. We were having small meaningful conversations, she was making great eye contact, listening, focusing, etc. She had no more aggression issues at school and had 2, almost 3 solid weeks of big 😊 on her folder and “outstanding” behavior. Now, this week, week 4, it seems as though a flip switched and she’s having trouble focusing, having a meltdown today (which is pretty rare! Only 3 times or so now in her almost 6 years) and she is starting to stim and script again with words which had pretty much stopped! I knew this stage was coming, but what I really want to know is how long it typically lasts? I really want her to get back to how she was the last 3 weeks! 😩 someone please give me good news. I’m praying hard!

  7. Hey, I have a question I started with protocol nemechek 3 weeks ago and brother seems kinda sleepy sometimes he is very anxious and it seems very relax but excessive. Is it normal right?

  8. You mentioned the root causes of ADD and autism. Would you say Asperger's is included with autism (personally, I've always seen them as separate, and almost opposite – one highly verbal, and the other can include non-verbal symptoms)?

  9. hi there
    my daughter is not much responding.
    i am giving her 1-2 fish caps+15ml olive oil+ inulin 1/8 at bed time in Camel milk.
    we are not giving her any milk except Camel.
    please advice

  10. Hi guys can we use B-complex and calcium and magnesium citrate wile we are on protocol? I recently start protocol for my 8 years old son I want to know if we can use other vitamin too

  11. Daughter 2.5 yrs has autism and really don’t want to get the 3yr vaccinations because of the injury it causes. Also have a newborn and afraid of getting his 8 week vaccines too for the same reason. Just don’t want them to get Polio or anything either. What a horrible choice… 😢

  12. What kind of milk powder can i give to my 3 years old son? he has level 2 degree of autism (non verbal). We are starting with the protocol.

  13. I apologize if this has been asked. How do I know for sure if my son is going through the awakening? We've noticed some improvements, with increased stimming (stemming?). Also do we go up to the recommended 1/2 tsp dose of inulin or do we have to find the "sweet spot" as some parents describe it? I'm getting conflicting answers and I've read the book so I'm overwhelmed! Thank you!

  14. I have a 15 yr old son with severe autism, cognitive delays and he is deaf. I just found out about this and I cannot wait to order the book to see if this would work for us. Just having this information has given me light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for caring enough to share this

  15. We are on day 16 with my granddaughter, and she just entered the awakening period. It so nice to watch these videos with the book, because I just sit and nod, and know it's working. Sure it's not easy to have the jumpy anxious heightened, but that is the goal to repair the repair mechanism. I have a blog that I update daily for myself to chart behavior, and everything feels right. She is only 6, non verbal, autistic diagnosis at age 2.5. However she is in her 4th year of school. Uses her IPAD Touch Chat program in first grade, has a touch chat vocabulary of about 500 or more words. I have had her on these doses since day one, and don't see me scaling back or forward. I will look forward to that 4-6 week mark to see the repairing begin. However, I know it's not exact. The fact is, I know it is right. 1 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (California Olive Ranch with COOC Seal)
    1/2 Tsp of Now Brand Inulin. 1 pill of Now Brand DHA-500 Fish Oil.

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