GcMAF - Incredible Life Changing Stories
These letters were posted on DrBrqadstreet.org
Dr. Bradstreet was an innovator in Autism and was one of the first to introduce GcMAF to those with autism. He was a very disciplined man who worked passionately to help those with autism, because he had two children with autism himself. Dr Bradstreet is no longer with us. He and many of his colleagues who were helping children with autism all suddenly suicided themselves.
We felt it would be a shame to not share these letters with our readers. These have been retrieved from the "Wayback Machine." These letters, for the most part, date back to 2012. I tell you this because the advances in autism have continued and not stagnated with Dr. Bradstreet's death.
Hopefully, you will hear the excitement of these parents and understand that GcMAF might hold some hope for your child or loved one.
Ann Millan (Robin's Mom)
41 year old woman regains control of her life
As Robin’s mom, my fine-tuning of her autism is very different from most people, I assume. Robin was on GcMAF for six months. Her Nagalase enzyme scores went from 3.60 to 1.60 (the lower the better - less than 0.92 is normal). She is forty-one years old, lives in her own condo, drives her own car, has two jobs, and a boyfriend. Robin is diagnosed with classic autism, intellectual, language, and visual disabilities! We have been a patient of Dr. Bradstreet’s for over ten years, and Robin’s success is because of his interventions.
At first glance on the GcMAF, I actually think I saw more anxiety. Admittedly, this increased anxiety could be from extending her hours, as a cashier, at Publix (16 to 38 hours a week). My personal goals with the GcMAF were for Robin to gain control of her obsession with food, manage her money, and be able to add the increased working hours to her routine. (I don’t expect much!)
Months went by, talking with Dr. Bradstreet monthly, and all of us hanging in there, for Robin. I decided to stop the GcMAF for a couple of months, but knowing we still needed to get her score below 1.0. Today 2 ½ months later I can report the exciting things that have happened for Robin.
The compulsive obsession with food is gone! Gone! Previously, Robin could only have food in her condo for one day at a time. All of her groceries came to my house, and I’d give her one day’s supply at a time. This even included condiments. She’d eat the whole jar in one sitting so I’d provide two Tablespoons at a time; i.e. mayonnaise, salad dressing ketchup, mustard, salsa, whatever. Because of this, Robin could not have any money in her purse. Her grocery shopping would be $50 a day of candy bars, sodas, ice cream, etc. I knew she could not control herself. Believe me, I’ve used every behavior option available. These behaviors, money, and food, were limiting Robin’s independent living and I felt very defeated. I believed this was an autistic behavior I could not help her win.
My first awareness of GcMAF success was when Robin stopped by after work for food. I gave her a fruit drink and put GF pretzels on the table for us to share. We visited. As time went by, I realized she was not grabbing for the pretzels, as usual. Her behavior was appropriate. I was shocked. Today she is saying, “I think I’ll take the rest of this home for lunch” when eating. These instances are now happening daily. It is obvious to me that something incredible has happened and it is a very big change!
Anxiety, however, was still very high. We have been arguing a lot lately over trivia and I’ve seen more frustration and anger in normal everyday things. We’ve changed and adjusted some of her language therapy thinking that was the problem . . . and that certainly contributed; however, I have come to realize ‘I am the problem.’ Robin needs more control. The last couple of weeks, I’ve ‘taken a breath’ and stepped back. We have intelligently discussed added responsibility and assertiveness, with success, and she is taking the lead. She takes food home for several days at a time. I do not monitor what she takes. The same with her money. In addition, she is cheerful, seems more relaxed, and handling stress better in her life. An example of stress is a $1,500 bill for car repair she has to pay.
Thanks, Dr. B. She’s going to make it after all. We’re ready to drop those extra points.
Probably your longest and oldest patient,
Ann Millan (May 18, 2012)
3 weeks of GcMAF and my son is riding his bike
Dear Dr. Bradstreet,
What has happened to my child? Could it be that it was only a few months ago that my little boy preferred sitting alone at the computer or lining up toy cars and planets in his room? It seems like it’s been a lifetime. Now, I look at my happy, interactive, responsive, 6-year-old child with amazement.
“J” began using GcMAF since 27 weeks ago and we noticed changes for the better almost out of the starting gate. Only 3 weeks in, my son asked to ride his bike. My husband and I looked at each other with dread. Unfortunately, in the recent past it took all three of us to make that bike go. My husband and I would use our hands to push his feet on the pedals while one of us attempted to steer. It was a backbreaking ordeal. Our son just couldn’t coordinate the mechanics of it. But, not this time…he jumped on that bike and rode all over the neighborhood. We couldn’t believe our eyes. Could it be the GcMAF? We just weren’t sure.
The IEP meeting was scheduled. We were just 4 weeks into the new school year and 4 weeks into using GcMAF. The teacher presented me with written work from the beginning of the year, then placed Jayden’s most recent work alongside it. Surely, it was from two different children. The earlier writing was erratic, with one letter written over top of the other, it was disproportionate, and trailed sloppily down the edge of the page. His recent work was neat, orderly, and consistently sized. It was even on the line. The teacher started gushing about his performance. He was starting to read and was learning full curriculum kindergarten academics. He was specifically excelling in math. Everyone around the conference table verbally gave each other a high-five for their achievement. “Now hold on,” I interrupted, “the success must primarily be attributed to the biomedical approach and the diet that we’ve implemented.” I gave them a brief explanation and we left the meeting feeling excited for what the future might hold.
It was not a steady climb up the staircase, however. We experienced some regression following dental surgery but quickly got back on track (by resuming GcMAF).
Previously, I had a difficult time getting my son to respond when I called out his name. He would run out into the street without looking if I didn’t stop him. He was able to parrot back canned answers to rehearsed questions. Now, here we are, 6 months later, and my son’s cognition has exploded. He laughs at jokes and is able to tell his own. He has started to ask and answer questions cognitively. He initiates and organizes the family during playtime activities. Recently, while in the pool, he touched his Dad’s hair and said, “Nice haircut, Dad.” At breakfast, after drinking his juice he asked, “Was that mango juice? I wanted pear juice.” The morning after I went to see a show he awoke and said, “Good morning Mommy. How was the show?” Just 2 months ago, a van from a local karate school brought children to the playground that we were at. My son was excited to play and ran over to a boy and gave him a two-handed chest shove. I apologized and quickly led him away before he got a karate chop. Just last week, we went back to that same playground. I watched nervously as “J” ran over to a group of three boys. I heard him say, “Come on guys, let’s play. Chase me!” And, you know what…they did! My boy led this group of “normal” boys all over that playground. One of the boys asked him what was his name. He told him, “My name is J***.” As I glanced around at the other parents scattered about the playground I wondered if I was the only one there who saw a miracle that day.
My son did experience some symptoms while using GcMAF. There was occasional regressive stimming, a rare fever up to 102, a few shooting head pains with sensitivity to light that lasted for only a few seconds, and he was often tired. But, those symptoms were easily lost in the shadows of the exceptional gains that we were experiencing.
The best part about GcMAF is that Jayden now frequently and spontaneously speaks those words, that for years, I’d longed to hear, “I love you, Mommy.” And, if that’s not a good enough reason to stick your kid with a needle 27 times, I don’t know what is.
Dr. Bradstreet, there are no words adequate enough to express my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for everything that you’ve done for “J”. Thank you for including us in your personal journey of discovery and healing. God bless you and your family.
Dr. Bradstreet’s #1 Fan
GcMAF... 6 Weeks Later
No More Aggression After 6 Weeks
A mother’s report of rapid reduction in aggression and self-injurious behaviors in her 8-year child with autism following GcMAF
I just wanted to update you on D’s progress with GcMAF. We just took our 10th shot.
It has been nothing short of amazing the transformation he has made.
Our biggest gain by far has been a total elimination of aggression and SIB (self-injurious behaviors). Over the last 6.5 years, we have tried almost everything to help D. We have done Yasko (4 years), IVIG, GFCF, SCD, 20-25 hours a week of ABA, ABA-based school program, UCLA partial hospitalization program, LDN, Homeopathy, Risperdal, Zyprexa and much much more. Some things helped, but all in all just not that much.
My biggest fear was that one day I would no longer be able to control D, and that time was fast approaching. At over 75lbs and almost 5 feet tall sometimes it would take 2 or 3 people to control D when he went into a rage. Even when he was in a good mood, and no demands we put upon him he would attack people. Daily he would bite, scratch and head-butt. This often resulted in school staff being sent home with injuries or sent to see a doctor.
By our 4th week on GcMAF we have seen a 75% reduction in aggression and now at our 10th week, we have not seen any aggression in over a month. (This means aggression stopped on week 6) I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing GcMAF to the autism community it has changed my son’s life.
D still has many challenges, he’s nonverbal, has OCD, and is not fully toilet trained. We still have a lot of work to do. But every week is better than the last and we are hopeful for D’s future.
Rosemary (Feb 2013)
Once Upon a Time my first Born son Was Autistic
GcMAF freed him from his internal prison
He stopped developing properly around the age of 1 and lost the few words and skills he previously had, though I don’t believe he was up to par even then. From there he slipped away from us into his own world and it was as if he couldn’t even see or hear us. He didn’t know he had a name, that we had names, or that we were even there. He didn’t babble, he didn’t play with toys, he didn’t even look up at people when they entered the room. When we had kids over to play he would hide in a corner and cry. He was chronically ill with one sickness after another, always tired, sleeping 14 hours at night and if we woke him up from his nap before 3 hours he would scream hysterically sometimes for 2 hours. The first doctor told me he was just a boy and boys develop slower, the second doc said we were just bad parents, and the third finally gave us a diagnosis at 27 months – 8 months after I had begun to worry.
We tried everything; B12 shots, ABA 20 hrs. a week, speech, OT, vitamin D, probiotics, and an extremely strict diet of no gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, fish, dyes, preservatives or anything artificial. These things did help a lot but even so it was an extremely difficult uphill battle of working months to gain a skill and if one person wasn’t consistent on the implantation of a goal he would regress immediately. There was a whole year that he woke up screaming every night for hours. Nothing I did helped and he couldn’t tell me what was wrong so I would resort to laying beside him and crying myself. He would wake up his baby brother who then also began screaming. It was a long year of screaming even from me! I once responded to one of his fits by having an all-out screaming meltdown of my own, face down on the floor pounding the ground like a 2-year-old. I was depressed, exhausted, and contemplated many times just ending it all…I have to be real because other parents need to know they are not alone in this. Besides the screaming he was always horribly constipated to the point of needing medical intervention, he had raging eczema head to toe, was allergic to literally everything; I knew my son was sick. I often told my husband, “someday 50 years from now the doctors will finally figure out that autism is a problem with the immune system but by then it will be too late for him.” I thought he would live with us his whole life and just continue to be a tired, sick, crying, itchy boy, who couldn’t get words out or look at us. Then my friend told me she found a doctor named Bradstreet who did believe it was immune-related and was treating it! I had hope!
We started GCMAF and began seeing real progress after the level 7 dose. He seemed more energetic, cried less, and speech and eye contact were improving. Each week began to be amazingly better than the last and it felt like we were seeing actual recovery. Then after about a month he ended up in the hospital with a raging sinus infection of strep that led to an abscess behind his eye. This is a very rare complication but as I said, he had the immune system of a flea. He needed emergency surgery to save his eye but continued to battle the infection and a fever of 104 for 11 days until they resorted to surgery again, this time fully removing his right ethmoid sinus. During his hospital stay and for 3 weeks after while he was still on antibiotics we couldn’t do GCMAF. His regression was significant. His speech went way back to about 9 months before we started GCMAF, he could only get a few words out at a time with great difficulty and even I couldn’t tell what he meant. He actually said to me finally, “mommy. help me,” and I said, “with what baby?” He struggled to get out the following, “with the…words…not come….out… good.” I cried because I knew he felt trapped in his own body unable to do what he was trying to. When I told him the shots were going to help him be able to speak he was eager to get them and reminded me every week on Wednesdays.
When we started back up again and finally got the progress going he developed a rash which I now know was molluscum but at the time thought it could be related to GCMAF. We changed his dose from level 12 once a week to level 5 twice a week and then we lost him. He went off into “autism-land” as I call it. Didn’t hear us, couldn’t focus, couldn’t even accomplish a single step direction, and wandered around aimlessly. This dosage was working for other kids but not for him. We went back to level 12’s once a week and after 6 weeks of that, he was in everyone’s mind effectively cured.
His speech and OT discharged him, and after 2 weeks of being in a typical kindergarten class with no aid, the school coordinator told me he didn’t even need any special accommodations. We increased his school day to be full day now from 8:30-3:30 and even though he isn’t even 5 yet, there are zero problems. Zero. No fits, no meltdowns, no non-compliance. His teacher told me he listens in class, follows the schedule with no extra prompting, plays with kids on the playground, holds his pencil properly (big one!), and even sits with friends asking them where they live and what they ate for a snack. After school he is able to tell me what he did, describe details about movies or books they read, sing me songs he learned, and he still has the energy to play and doesn’t meltdown when we get home. He never previously had the skills of recalling events or asking/answering questions properly until this. He currently has no therapy and we see no autism in him whatsoever. He says what he wants when he wants fluently, uses slang terms, and laughs at jokes! He has even developed a little bratty back-sass attitude which my husband and I correct but then turn to each other and cry happy tears because it’s SO normal!! He was actually able to tell me that he likes the shots because his sleep is better, he has more energy, and he can speak better. He also hasn’t gotten sick once since the hospital stays back in March. His bowels are no longer dependent on laxatives daily as they were for 2 years. It’s like a dark cloud has been lifted and my son has been freed from his internal prison. We have the son we never had but knew was in there somewhere dying to get out. I have no doubt he will live a normal life and accomplish anything he wants to from now on. I don’t know if he will need GCMAF permanently or not but even if he does I don’t care.
I will never let him go back into that cave.
I firmly believe God answered my prayers and healed my son and he used Dr. Bradstreet and GCMAF to do it.
Our son is healed and so is our family.
Forever indebted and grateful beyond measure,
Note from Dr. Bradstreet...
"As a parent (and I am one with 2 boys, my own son and my step-son are both on the autism spectrum) these stories are powerful and touching. But as a scientist, I am driven to understand the mechanisms behind these types of anecdotes. The story relates a child rapidly changing state from significant and non-verbal autism, to observed to be normal by parents, teachers, and therapists over a mere few weeks. Autism has been felt to be a developmental and irreversible brain disorder. Clearly, that is not always the case, as many stories of recovery are being published in the lay literature.
"So how can this happen? Mechanistically, I think this must represent the presence of an interfering inhibitor to normal neurological functioning. Whatever this substance or effect is, it acts very much like local anesthesia blocking signals in specific parts of the brain. In at least the example described above, that effect is then rapidly dissipated and the brain essentially wakes up. This story is common and doctors at the conference in Dubai presented their own versions describing very similar events in their practices as well. But not all children respond to GcMAF and that speaks to various subtypes of the disorder, some of which are readily recovered while others seem much more entrenched in whatever autism represents at the brain level."
What a HUGE difference 8 injections made!
(Dr. Bradstreet)... I spoke to Aidan’s mother a few days ago and his story was remarkable. More and more parents are telling me the same thing. In this case, Aidan’s mother has done an excellent job of detailing his response to immunotherapy using the macrophage regulator – GcMAF. This simple molecule has been established in the medical literature as a treatment for HIV and cancer and appears to have potential in ASD as well. So here is his journey.
Background/Synopsis: Aidan was first diagnosed with Severe Autism at 24 months of age. He was put on a strict dietary and supplement regiment immediately in conjunction with ABA Therapy, with marginal results—small, incremental improvements in his progress towards neuro-typical behavior. Aidan was first seen by Dr. Bradstreet in August 2012, at 3 ¾ years old. He was given GcMAF injections, once a week for 8 weeks (thus far) in addition to his already established supplementation. (Dr’s Note: GcMAF is administered by the family at home as a simple injection much like an insulin shot).
Since seeing Dr. Bradstreet and introducing GcMAF 8 Weeks Ago:
Verbal–Since the latest changes prior to initiating GcMAF, Aidan’s spontaneous verbal expression has almost tripled in only 8 weeks. From an average of 40 coherent verbal exchanges daily that were mostly prompted just prior to GcMAF (in conjunction with the aforementioned diet/supplements), Aidan now speaks approx 100 coherent verbal exchanges daily of which 80% are spontaneous.
Verbal communication cont'—there is an increase in our son’s deliberate formation of words and sentences, with a more clear expression of wants and needs.
Eye-Contact—has improved significantly–from moderate (50%) eye contact prior to GcMAF to deliberate and consistent eye contact (90%) with his parents, sibling, neurotypical peers, and therapists. Aidan displays his displeasure of being ignored by family members, when we become preoccupied by distractions, by placing his hands on our cheeks to maneuver our faces to gaze into his eyes than making his request or comment. Even if it is simply “hi mommy”, he expects our undivided attention and eye contact is his new and appropriate way of ensuring that (versus undesirable behaviors that previously dominated our lives).
Social Interaction—within the past several weeks Aidan has sought out social interaction beyond his normal routine. Prior to GcMAF, Aidan would occasionally seek interaction, often preferring to be in his own world and playing independently 90% of the time. Now he consistently seeks interaction with all family members, has a stronger and genuine need for interaction with his sister, and seeks real interaction with peers. Aidan will seek out a family member to play with him 60-70% of the time.
School—he was not found amongst his special needs peers on the playground this week. Having wandered off to a segregated area where the neurotypical children play, he was found by the teachers “blending in with the crowd” and playing appropriately with the “normal” children. The teachers even indicated they had a difficult time locating Aidan because his behavior resembled a neurotypical child; therefore he did not stand out.
Temper-tantrums—there has been a significant decrease in temper-tantrums since 8 weeks ago. Former frequency and amplitude of aggressive outbursts has dropped to those expected of a neuro-typical 3-4-year-old boy.
Heightened awareness—conceptual expression and interpolation—while Aidan demonstrated a degree of ability to interpolate and problem solve with abstract concepts, he is demonstrating and expressing stronger abstract comprehension to date since starting GcMAF 8 weeks ago. One example: when pulling into the garage with his mother during the workday, he noticed his father’s car was already parked in the garage at the house. He became excited and communicated to his mother that daddy was home and that he wanted to see daddy.
Conclusion: We are elated with the improvements Aidan has made since beginning this treatment and feel that this intervention has had more influence on his progress than all other interventions cumulatively. We anticipate continued progression toward neurotypical function as we eagerly move forward in Aidan’s GcMAF treatments.
Could Not Take Our Son into Public
10 shots later... movies, restaurants & shopping is no problem
My little boy was 3 years old, I realized that he has a problem with socializing, tantrums.
He also has problems like constantly jumping, throwing up the food.
His speech didn’t make sense, he cannot pay attention, No eye-to-eye contact, he cannot have a conversation (only one-way talk), cannot play with other kids, he did not know the proper language, he repeated the same words every day.
His grasping power was excellent. He could put his learning into action.
He was scared to sit on swings, we could not take him out a lot because he has behavioral issues, he do not understand personal space, he grabs toys from his friends, he steps on his friends, He gets over excited when he sees lots of kids at a time and he starts annoying them as he does not know how to play.
I and my husband were totally confused!!!
He turned 4 in December 2011. All the issues I mentioned above still persist. We moved from NJ to Georgia, our best friend referred Dr.Jeff Bradstreet. Our journey started. He was diagnosed with high functioning with ADHD. With Bradstreet consult we have been pursuing biomedical treatments for 4+ months now, including GFCF diet, Vitamin D3, Prevagen, Nystatin, Culturelle Probiotics, Krill oil supplementation, and mild chelation with DMSA suppositories every 3 X week. His nagalase count was 1.01.
I wanted to write about the progress is making followed by treatment advice including GCMAF injections and the per vegan capsule. Until now we did 10 GCMAF injections.
At first visit, Bradstreet mentioned that he will be recovered by the time he turns 5.
He will turn 5 this December. He is on the way to recovery within 4 months.
Dr.Jeff Bradstreet is giving my son back to this world. I can almost see it already within 4 months. It seems to be the medicine I have been praying for.
Dr started treatment with dairy and gluten-free food based on his allergy test results. This mitigated his hyperactivity or exhibited autistic behavior. I started to buy organic produce and stopped feeding anything made with artificial food coloring. This made a significant difference in his behavior. After GcMaf and calcium, EDTA his progress catch up the speed.
Here are some improvements with GcMaf and calcium EDTA…
He can actually be quite for some time if he is been told, He is using the proper language ( he is speaking in our Indian language also)
he learned how to play with toys and he is interested in new play like:
Legos, Puzzles, writing his name, coloring, doing an art project, playing Ipad games, etc..
Now we can go to the movies, eat in restaurants, go to the shopping mall, now the span time is at least 3 hours, after that he gets tired.
He don’t like his GFCF diet…. but still, he eats sometimes he says to me ” mommy this food is not good can you plz make something else for me”. It breaks my heart.
He reminds me that he has to take tablets. He wants to be with the kids and play with them, He wants to try new foods now, in the beginning, he was a picky eater.
He takes his GcMaf injections, with no tantrums. When we go to the doctor’s office to take IV
He says” it’s just a pinch that’s ok mommy…”.
Now he knows how to play, but still, he needs lots of improvement with socializing, expressive language, personal space etc.
Now his world is different he wants to go for a car ride, play music, dance with his friends,
He loves to sing a song, he likes to go to Chuck E Cheese’s
I will keep posting further his improvements.
Once again Thank you to my friend ‘R’ . I have to Thank Dr.Bradstreet and God. I will continue to have strong faith towards Saty’s progress in the coming months. I look forward to seeing my son as a normal child. Now I have trust in God and Dr.Bradstreet that they will heal my boy.
Thank you to Dr.Bradstreet from very bottom of my heart.
Mom (Aug 2012)