One Mom’s 17 Year Journey to Find the Right Treatment

One Mom’s 17 Year Journey to Find the Right Treatment

Marla and her husband have been searching for nearly two decades to find the right treatment plan for their autistic son. After many years of countless therapies that didn’t work, a spontaneous friendship turns out to be a key player in the dramatic transformation of her son.

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Dr. Ned Hallowell:

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Marla Roque-Wylie:

It really is beautiful to see finally, after a 17 year journey with my son, to finally hit something that has made such a transformation in our lives for all of us that we can all just breathe out now and be like “Finally, finally,” and it’s beautiful because he can express now himself where he didn’t have that ability to express themselves. Now, he’s nonstop.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Hello. This is Dr. Ned Hallowell for Distraction. We have a wonderfully interesting guest today, a woman from California. She’s clearly a wealth of energy, intelligence, ideas, and creativity, so I will welcome to the show Marla Roque-Wylie. Did I pronounce that properly?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

You did. One of the first.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Wow. Let me let you lead the way and tell me the journey with your first child.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

My son was born in 2003 and I had him at the Portland Hospital in London, and when he was born, as a mother, I just had an intuition, I knew something wasn’t right. It led to this journey five months after that, they were saying there were something wrong, they couldn’t quite pinpoint it, and I said, “Oh, you know what? I don’t like being in a foreign country. I want to go back to my roots, go back to California and work with the doctors in California and just an infrastructure that I know well because the NHS is quite tricky and hard to decipher and navigate,”” so I went back home.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

How could you tell right away that something was up?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

It was like having baby Yoda. Children are supposed to cry, children are posed to be difficult in the first 12 months, right? This child didn’t cry, this child didn’t have the normal traits and features that you would have of what would be considered a typical child. He wasn’t hitting the markers, he wasn’t cooing and awing, he wasn’t walking or sitting up, all those things, they weren’t there.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

How old was he when you came back to the States?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

When I came back to the States, he was already two and a half years old by the time we got here.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You went to California.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Meanwhile, you had retired from a very successful career.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Correct. I had retired, I had had a wonderful career in the fashion entertainment industry, singing-songwriting, and in the fashion industry and then in the restaurant industry, and so definitely busy, never slept, enjoyed my life.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You were married to a man who… What was his business?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I was married to a man who was racing motorcycles, quit that and became a contractor and started doing custom cabinets and building homes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Is he still doing that?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yes, he is.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

I’ll bet both of you have ADHD. Anyone who rides motorcycles and becomes an entrepreneur, that’s a very special relationship you have.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We complement each other on that.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Marla, you know that you’re singing my song. This is what ADHD is all about, the positive and the negative. So here you are with a two and a half year old little boy, and what happens?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Immediately, a friend of ours suggested that we see our local, what they call the regional center, and so they come into your home and then they do a series of tests that they run on the child, and then that’s when they sat me down and said “Listen, we believe that your child has autism, has ADD, perhaps ADHD, we’re not sure yet,” but they put us immediately on a 40 hour a week therapy where he was getting speech therapy, they were working with him every day to help him with his gross motor skills, his fine motor skills, and just helping him to learn to speak.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

This is starting at age two and a half.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Correct.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Where did you find this help?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I found this help from a gentleman whose brother actually has down syndrome and was familiar with the system in California, and he was the one who pointed us in that direction, because had he not, I would have never known what to do or where to go.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Sounds like he steered you in a good direction.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Absolutely. I’m a true believer of people come in at the right time and I’m so grateful for that because that human connection, to be able to just have someone say “I have a brother who has down syndrome and he’s the poster child for kids with down syndrome. This kid has come so far. You should try what my mother did.” Of course I wasn’t going to say no to that option.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Of course. So take us along. What happened?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We went through many years. I have to say Irvine has a phenomenal program where they have early intervention and my son was placed in the program and they worked with him starting from the age of three and there was a schooling that he went to, but as I soon discovered as he was moving up in his age, autism isn’t the same across the board meaning that you can’t treat every child the same because everybody’s spectrum disorder differs in some way, shape or form, and so what happened instead of us seeing progress in our child, we saw him regressing to the worst of his class, meaning whoever was the lowest of his class, he would then distribute traits of that child, and that’s when concern went into our minds for my husband and I saying “Are we really doing the best thing for him?”

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Teachers would always say “We can’t work with this child. He’s not there, he’s not focused. We can’t even get him to just have eye contact,” and they recommended the typical drugs, like Ritalin to calm him down or Adderall, and that’s when we really saw our son start going off the deep end. And when I say deep end, he would always complain about voices in his head or a buzz while he was taking these form of medication.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

How old was he then?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

At this point, he was in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So he was like 10, 11, 12?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Correct, yes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s when you tried him on stimulant medication?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

It just caused a lot of side effects.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Major side effects. We didn’t even recognize who our son was anymore.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Why did you keep him on the meds for that long?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We kept him on the meds for that long because as parents, you’re not well informed, you don’t know. You don’t get a manual. No one hands you a manual and say “This is how you live with a child who has ADD or autism” or whatever label they’ve put on your child. As parents, you go into this survivor mode. “How am I going to save my child and how do I give him the best future possible?” So you trust the individuals around you and the individuals around us were promoting and pushing from teachers to doctors that this was the key secret to saving our child, to getting our child on the right track, so we didn’t think to think otherwise.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You were told that these medications which were causing terrible side effects, rendering your child into someone you didn’t even recognize, the experts were still telling you to keep giving the medication?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Mm-hmm (affirmative). So what had happened is at one point, my husband who as a child was on Ritalin, he said, “I stopped taking them because I had the same feelings that our son is having. I just pretended when I go to the office every day, I was taking them, but I wasn’t,” and he goes, “And I did so much better, but nobody knew,” and so that’s when we made the decision that even though time has advanced and we thought, “Oh, maybe the medication’s better now, today, I don’t know if they added something extra to it,” we decided that’s it, we’re done. We’re closing the whole system down, and that’s when we decided that we had to try something else, something more holistic.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So this was five years ago.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

If I can put that into perspective for listeners, Marla got terrible medical advice. As someone who’s been treating ADHD for 40 years and using medication, when the meds work, they’re wonderful. They’re a godsend. They operate like eyeglasses. They help you focus, they help you gain control over impulses, they’re wonderfully symptomatic treatment. They don’t get at the underlying cause, but like eyeglasses, they do provide really good symptomatic treatment. But when they don’t work, they either do nothing or they cause, which happened to Marla’s son, various side effects, and the obvious thing to do when that happens is to stop the medication. So the doctors should have said to Marla and her husband, of course, stop these meds. They’re producing terrible side effects. Instead, they told her to push on which is crazy. I mean it just flies in the face of common sense, but she’s quite right. People tend to trust the doctors and do what they’re told to do, it was just obviously bad advice, and that’s what gives medication a bad name.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So if you’re listening and say “Well, I’ll never go near medication,” don’t take that, that’s not the lesson here. The lesson here is to see a doctor who knows what he or she is doing and get the benefit of medication if you can but absolutely do not take it if it causes any side effects other than appetite suppression without unwanted weight loss, which usually usually does happen. I’m really sorry you had three years of seeing your son turned into someone that he’s not. How did you get the courage to just say “We’re done with this” even though doctors were telling you to continue to give the meds?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Because my husband and I sat down and we said to ourselves, we’ve exhausted our finances in trying to do everything. We were out there, we tried everything, brainwave activity, any new thing that would come up for autism, we say “Okay, we got to give that a try. Let’s save our money and we’re going to put our son here. We’re going to do this,” and it got to a point where our bank account was dwindling and we were frustrated and our child was frustrated, and of course I had my second child and that was a handful at the same time. You’re dealing with one child who has “A condition” as they call it, and then you have another child who you don’t want them on the same path and you’re almost living in fear but you want something new for them.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We could see that our daughter was hitting all her markers, it wasn’t the same as her brother, and so when she came to that age as she got older, she was a huge pivotal change for us in that she was working with her brother without even knowing it. Does that make sense? Because she would talk to him and there was what I think was the missing denominator is that human contact, that someone that’s on the same level.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yes, absolutely. I call it the other vitamin C, vitamin “Connect,” and it’s the most powerful medication we’ve got. We really need each other and physical contact and face to face contact is really important. So you had that thrown in, and then what did you do? You’re off meds and you’ve got your daughter and your son together. What’s his name by the way, his first name?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

His name is Andrew.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So you’ve got Andrew and your daughter is…

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Aprilia.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Aprilia?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

What a beautiful name. Does it mean something?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

As I said before, my husband raced motorcycles. Aprilia is actually a manufacturer in Italy of Italian race bikes, but it’s also a flower.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

It’s a beautiful name. She can wear that badge with honor. Not many girls get named after motorcycles.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

No, they do not.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So what did you do? Here you are, you and your husband. You look for other kinds of treatments. What did you find?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We spent the thousands and thousands of dollars to do the brain therapy and where my son was sitting in front of a screen and I would drive two hours to the location and drive two hours home, and after a year and a half of doing that, we saw a little bit of a transformation, but it wasn’t that big.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You said brain therapy. It sounds like it was a neurofeedback?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Correct. They would put like this device, he would put these headphones and it would make these sounds and then they work on this computer, and sometimes I would be sitting there watching my child and I’m like, he almost looks like he’s in the zone or he’s not all there, and then he would come home and there would be zero interaction. No eye contact and it would just be like “Okay, someone just now took our son away from us.”

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yet another treatment that was counter-productive.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Correct.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Oh boy. So now, what is he, about 15?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Now what he’s done at this point, we said “Okay, we’re going to stop.” We’re not going to do any meds, nothing, and what we’re going to do is he had adversity to certain types of food, the textures and whatnot, and we made it creative because I love cooking and that was my passion, I decided to make food and the nutrients that was going into his body something that could aid him, and so I would just make creative, fun, healthy food that in the first, he was opposed to it, and then something clicked and he was like “I want more of that. I want more avocado. I want more of whatever it is you’re making for me,” and so I was getting him to eat textures like broccoli and artichoke, things that he would never eat. It was like I was getting tired of the chicken tenders and the hotdog. I was like, “No, we need to move on,” and once we hit that, we started to see a change and I said, “Wow, this is different.”

Marla Roque-Wylie:

With his sister and the age, they’re six years apart, they started interacting with each other and another huge, I think it’s part of what you were saying, your vitamin C, we got a dog.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Oh yes, you have no idea. That is at the top of my list.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We got a yellow lab.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Good for you, bless you. It’s not for no reason that God spelled backwards is dog. I’m telling you, the connection to the dog-

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I’ve never heard that. That’s amazing.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Yes, it’s so true. These dogs are God’s messengers. I’m so glad you did that. So you got a yellow lab.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

We got a yellow lab and I mean it’s the most hysterical thing because I mix my son and the dog’s name up all the time. So I’ll call my son by the dog’s name and I’ll call the dog by my son’s name and the reason being is because we got the runt of the pack and we think that our yellow lab is the child himself because they have similar traits. The dog’s name is Noriyuki, we call him Nori for short.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You got Nori and Andrew.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s so wonderful. How old is Nori now?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Nori is now coming, he just turned six years old.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You’ve had him for how long?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Six years. We got him when he was four months old.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You got him when he was a puppy. Wonderful.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

we got the dog, and I never wanted a dog. I was like completely against it And my daughter was “We need a dog.”

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Marla, how could you be against a dog? You just envisioned poops everywhere, right?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

No, it’s not poops everywhere. I think I may have a bit of OCD and so for me, a dog that sheds, that means me vacuuming like every two hours, and to the point where my kids are they’re afraid of a vacuum because I vacuum five to six times a day. It’s a white furry dog.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

“Here comes mom with the vacuum again.”

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Exactly. They’re like, “Not the vacuum.”

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

“Not that please.” That’s so funny, but you allowed, you gave in, you got this wonderful angel of God called the dog. Andrew must have just loved him.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Andrew loved him, my daughter loved him, my husband, and funny enough, the dog has been the biggest transition for myself to the point where I mean now, it’s like my husband and my dog fight with one another who’s going to get to sleep with me. The dog or the husband.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s so adorable. That’s one of my absolute number one recommendations. Before I’ll prescribe an antidepressant for a patient, I say you should get a dog first.

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Dr. Ned Hallowell:

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Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So now you’ve got the team and you’re using nutrition, the dog, your daughter, connection, vitamin connect. Is that when you found out about supplements?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yes. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Doctor Carol Locke when I was at my church doing a woman’s night and there was this beautiful woman there and me, being the bubbly person I am, said “Hi. You know anyone? No? You’re going to sit with me tonight,” and we embarked on this amazing friendship and I would go out of my way to include her in any kind of activities that I was doing, and she is the most humble, quiet, gracious woman I’ve ever met. Never spoke about the fact that she had a company that makes supplements or makes anything to be quite frank. She never spoke of herself and there were ladies, we formed a group of women and there were ladies in our group who, unfortunately, we all started having some health issues of some kind, and so I guess the doctor in her couldn’t help but be quiet, and then she spoke up and said, “Well,” one night we were dropping her off after a meeting and she goes, “Why don’t. you ladies take these home, these supplements, and give them a go and try them out?”

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Myself and another friend took the supplement home and started taking them and we started to see that this OmegaBrite supplement that she was providing us was a big transition for us in the way we were feeling, and we were having one of the ladies that was taking it, she was having problems with her knees, I was having issues with arthritis and it was helping so I was like “Wow, this is good,” and then one day I was talking to her about my son saying that I’m struggling with my son. He’s in his junior year, he’s failing his classes, he’s taking chemistry and I really need him to pass his classes but he couldn’t focus. I said, “You wouldn’t happen to know anything like or what I can do? Actually, you’re a doctor, you may have some insight.” So she asked me to have my son start taking the full broad spectrum which is the CBD and to put him on OmegaBrite. It’s kind of like a fish oil, right?

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

I know it well. In fact, Marla, OmegaBrite is a sponsor of this podcast and Carol Locke and I have been friends for about 20 years. She’s a brilliant doctor, graduated from Harvard Medical School, but as you said, very modest, but her product is the best I think Omega-3 product out there. It’s very quality controlled and for those of you listening who don’t know, Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, that means your body can’t synthesize them, and since your brain has a lot of fat in it, all the sheets that wrap around your nerve cells like the insulation on electrical wires are made of myelin and that contains a lot of essential fatty acids, so unless you eat salmon and mackerel all day long, most of us don’t get enough of it, and so these essential fatty acids are really important for brain function.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Correct. So we put my son on it, and let me tell you, as God is my witness, my husband and I said to each other, “If only we had met this woman years ago, what would have been the trajectory of our child?” Because it is a day and night transformation. We had a child who was not looking to pass any of his classes this year. He just finished and closed the school year off last Friday, and once he started taking the supplements and taking the OmegaBrite products, for the first time, the joy in that child, like he was expressing himself, he has taken up writing and has written several books now that he’s put together in his room.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

He went from having all like F in four of his six classes to finishing the year with two A’s, two B’s, and two CS, and just in three months, he got his grades up, was passing, was present, and that’s with emergency distance learning as well, so that’s a big transition for anybody who’s on the spectrum and kids going from being in a classroom to sitting in front of a computer at home, kids on the spectrum don’t like change, but he took it in great strides. Now, when you see pictures of him, before, you would have to tell him where to look, and we used to have this comment, “Look at the black hole, the black hole.” Now he knows.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Now he knows where to look and it’s night and day, and it’s amazing because I’ve had people saying “What medication did you put him on or what did you do?” The teachers are asking and I said, “I did nothing but have him take OmegaBrite and I had him take a full broad spectrum of just one pill in the morning and then one in the evening of the CBD, the full broad spectrum, and that has changed my son’s life. Literally changed it where now this child is out there, he’s not living with insecurity, he doesn’t have the fears, all these traits, these negative traits that he has has now dissipated and he has this incredible, just like a new found love for life.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

That’s just so wonderful.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Isn’t that beautiful?

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Did you do one of them first? Did you start with the official, with the Omega-3 first?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I did the CBD first and I-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

You did the CBD first, really?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I did CBD first because I was at this point-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

I’m sorry to interrupt, but when was that?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

This was now three months ago.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

So you just started?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Oh my God, so this has been a very rapid transition.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Oh my gosh, that’s why we’re so blown away.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Because I was going to say the CBD product is new, they didn’t have it until recently. So you started with the CBD three months ago.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Yeah, three months ago. So basically when COVID started, just before COVID, I just started my son on it.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Then when did you add in the Omega-3 supplement?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I received them in the mail and as soon as I got them, I started him, like I started slow, like I put one a day and then I said, “Oh, maybe I should up it to two,” and then now he will say, “Oh, I feel like I only need one” or “Oh, I know too,” whereas before, he wasn’t even a part of what… He wouldn’t explain or he wouldn’t tell me, “Oh, I need this.” Now, he’s at this point where he’ll tell me if he needs another one at the end of night or he’s like “I’m good. I’m good for today.” It’s because he’s in tune now with himself.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

I’m just saying, what we’re talking about are two different products. One is OmegaBrite CBD, the cannabinoid product, and the other is the fish oil product, the Omega-3 supplement, and just between you and me, I take four of the CBD pills, capsules every day, and four of the Omega-3 fish oil capsules every day. My wife and I have been taking them, the fish oil for many years, and the CBD just came out, so I started taking that as well, but this is just wonderful that it worked that quickly to bring that much of a change.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I mean that quickly, I didn’t expect to see. I’ll be honest, I was skeptical, because my husband and I have been through so much. I was skeptical and I thought I’ll do something nice, I’ll go ahead and order it and we’ll try this out, but I wasn’t having big expectations for it to work. Now that I’ve seen how big of a transformation it’s been in my son, I just contacted Doctor Carol to see if it’s something that could possibly be for my daughter because if-

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

It’s for all of us. I mean it work, Marla, but everybody should take it, really. It’s the most powerful anti-inflammatory there is and inflammation is what drives most diseases, from obesity to hypertension, to heart disease, to dementia, and it’s good for all of us, so you don’t have to have some condition to benefit from fish oil or the CBD either. I recommend them to everybody.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Absolutely. I loved what my husband did. He took it and broke it down to me and said all these years that we paid, anywhere between $250 to 350 bucks for a 30 minute session, whether it would be for ABA therapy or whether it be for occupational therapy, you name it, right? How many hundreds and thousands of dollars went down the drain, and when you look at the price point for the product and when you see what we are seeing, the transformation in our son, one can only say you would be a fool not to take it, right? Because if you have that great of a result in such a short time, I mean we’re talking three months here and you can see that much of a difference in a child, for our child, for myself included because I started to take the product, I have seen a massive change in myself as well, and to the point where our friends are recognizing that, and so now I’m promoting and saying this is what it is.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I’m not taking the blue pill, the happy pill, these pharmaceutical things that are on the market and they’re saying “Yeah, just take this one.” I’m not having my afternoon martinis or drinking myself. I’m taking my Omega-3 supplement. I’m taking my CBD pill that I’ve ordered, and it’s making a world of a difference for our family, and then you put that with the dog being here and just the communication, it really is beautiful to see finally, after a 17 year journey with my son, to finally hit something that has made such a transformation in our lives for all of us, that we can all just breathe out now and be like “Finally, finally,” and it’s beautiful because he can express now himself where he didn’t have that ability to express himself, now he’s nonstop. Now it’s like, “Wait, where’s the pill so we can make him be quiet a little bit so we can get some rest?”

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Just to give some balance to what you’re saying, it won’t do this for everyone. You’re not claiming nor would Carol claim it’s a wonder drug for autism or ADHD, but I think we can say with absolute confidence that it’s good for everyone, and how much it will help you, you have to try it and see, but it’s certainly worth trying it and seeing because sometimes you do get dramatic results like you got. Most of the time, because I prescribed it to all my patients, you get some degree of improvement, and not only in mental functioning but in your joints, your stamina, your energy, all of that, so that’s why they sponsor this podcast because I’ve had such a great experience with it not only with my own self and wife but my patients as well.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Your story does stand out. That is remarkable and really wonderful, but it’s not unique. That kind of thing does happen, absolutely does happen. I’m thrilled. So your treatment plan was connection with your daughter and with the wonderful dog and healthy food and getting off the wrong treatments and getting on to the wonderful OmegaBrite CBD and the Omega-3 supplements.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

I think the last part of that is, and it’s an element that I think a lot of people throw out, but I think it’s the element of love. When parents, when we’re trying to do the best for our kids, we’re stressed out of our minds and the love component goes out the window and we don’t think to add that bit and sprinkle it on top of everything else we’re doing because we’re so at the end of our rope, right?

Marla Roque-Wylie:

When things start to go right and all those things are put into place, the last component on top of like him taking the supplements was we didn’t have any more stress from having to work harder because we need to spend so much more to pay for all the therapies, we didn’t have any more therapies to pay for, so for us, there was “Okay, you know what? We can breathe a little bit,” and when you have that opportunity to breathe and to be able to just hug your child, to laugh with them, to not be so always trying to look where’s the negativity here, where’s something wrong, I think that changes the whole aspect of what’s going on.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

When you have all of those things, when you have community and the communication going, then you find the right supplements for you, you’re eating healthy, then he feels confident, he has the strength, he’s doing exercise for the first time where his joints and everything is moving in the right way that they’re supposed to, it changes how everything goes and I’m really looking forward to continuing with our supplements and seeing where this takes not just our son but our whole family.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Absolutely. I would disagree on one point. Love wasn’t the final ingredient, it was the first ingredient. Love is the most powerful tool that we’ve got and we doctors don’t prescribe it nearly enough and recommend it, and whether it’s in the form of getting a dog or just trying all the things you tried, that was love in action. You and your husband were trying anything. People say to me, “How can you believe in God?” I say to them, “Well, you believe in love, don’t you?” Nobody says no to that, and I said, “God is love, and if you believe in love, you believe in God. Where you find love, you’ll find God, where there’s no love, there’s no God,” and that’s my way around the skeptics. I firmly believe that God is love and your story is evidence of that. The power of the devotion you and your husband felt.

Marla Roque-Wylie:

Absolutely. 100%. I mean this is God’s story. The fact that I met Doctor Carol in a church, didn’t know she wasn’t even a doctor, and I always call it a divine intervention. It was meant to be, and just not having that fear of saying “Oh, I can’t turn to her,” but actually, because of my respect for her and my love for my child, I was brave enough and had the courage to say, “Is there something that you could help me with this?” I’ll never look back. Now, all opportunities are ahead of us and we’re really, as a family, excited for our son and excited to see what his senior year will be like in high school.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

Absolutely. This has been wonderful. Thank you so much. That’s all the time we have for today. Thank you, Marla, for taking the time to join me and share your son’s experience with us.

Marla Roque-Wylie: Thank you.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. The podcast is recorded and mixed by the wonderful Pat Keogh and our producer is the equally, if not more wonderful, Sarah Guertin. I’m Dr. Ned Hallowell, and thank you so much for listening.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:

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