By Valerie D. Lockhart
SUN EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Walter Winesberry is thankful every time he hears his 11-year-old son, Dakhari, utters the word, “Dad”.
While others may view this simple gesture as typical, for the Winesberrys it’s a sign of hope for the future in a world that was once silenced by autism.
In the beginning, the Winesberrys experienced every parent’s worst fear. Something strange was happening to their 2-year-old son, but they couldn’t figure it out.
Their son gradually stopped speaking and withdrew from any type of affection. He became a picky eater and went into hiding to avoid any type of physical contact.
Like most sensible parents, the Winesberrys took their son to speech therapists, to neurologists, and had his hearing tested to see what was wrong.
At 3 ½, they received a diagnosis that left them confused. But, it was the doctor’s advice for treatment that really surprised them.
“The doctor told us, ‘Yes, your son has autism, but don’t do anything but put him in school. That’s the only recourse you have. Find him an early intervention (program). Put him in a preschool or something like that, and maybe he’ll outgrow it,’” recalled Carmensita Winesberry. “We were told directly, do not try any of those diets and don’t try any type of natural intervention or hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Don’t do any of that, because it won’t work. You’ll just be wasting your money. Not only was I given this diagnosis, I was also not given very much to go by as a way to combat what I was faced with.”
Ignoring the doctor’s advice, the Winesberrys immediately took to the internet to research autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental illness that appears in a child’s first three years of life. Signs of autism include lack of social interaction and eye contact, lessened verbal and non-verbal communication skills, repetitive behavior, unusual eating habits and walking on toes. The severity of autism traits varies among individuals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the United States has ASD, a 30 percent increase from 1 in 88 two years ago.
While medical experts recommend early classroom exposure to boost socialization skills among autistic children, the Winesberrys looked for more.
“Because I have a degree in biology, I was able to look at some of the scientific studies that were being done that relates to the biological deficiencies children with autism have,” said Walter Winesberry. “They have certain med-biological conditions, where their bodies aren’t functioning the way a child without autism does. We were noticing that there were a number of pathogens involved, because our child would get ear infections and stuff like that. A number of parents online were experiencing the same thing and gastestinal issues as well. I noticed that children with autism have specific things they are deficient in. I took a look at which plants had the best history in addressing these deficiencies and developed a drink.”
Over eight years of research has resulted in the Winesberrys developing the Divine Child drink and Dakhari’s Protocol, which has practically eliminated all signs of autism.
“It took 8 years to come up with this. It’s not something that came overnight. We’re constantly adding two or three things every month. We developed a protocol that is food and plant-based that has ways to detox the body. That’s what we believe has helped Dakahri to lose that category of labeling him autistic in the education system,” explained Walter Winesberry. “It is mostly plant based, but there are some supplements – probiotic. We eliminated some sugars and simple carbohydrates. The other half is to help detox our child by using clays and oils, things like castor oils and magnetic habitualite clay, to help pull toxins out of the body.”
The Divine Child drink is made up of 150 plants and vegetables from across the world. Two to three teaspoons are given daily, which has resulted in improved communication and socialization skills and overall health.
But, Dakhari isn’t the only one benefiting from the drink – the whole family and others are taking it as well.
“We drink green tea daily with fresh ginger. We try to use natural sweeteners and have lemon in it. That’s our morning meal,” said Carmensita Winesberry. “There are other probiotics that you can take into you, like yogurt. It is safe, because it’s something that not only the child can take and everybody in our household does what he does. It’s promoting good health and putting the body back into balance, opposed to just healing autism. How we handled it was that his body was out of balance, and we’re trying to bring his body back into balance by using things that people have been using for hundreds of years”.
Even Dakhari notices the progress he has made with the drink, which increased his communication and socialization skills.
“I was having problems talking to people. I didn’t talk to my family. I would say mean things to my Dad,” explains Dakhari, 11 who now refers to his father as Dad instead of by his first name and shows affection toward him and others. “I can talk to people much clearer now, when I couldn’t do it before. I couldn’t jump rope before, but I can now. “
And, other families say their children are doing things now that they could not do before thanks to the drink.
For the McConicos the drink has renewed hope for the future for their five year old son, who was diagnosed with autism at 2 ½ years old.
“When we received the diagnosis, I started to see the future differently. We want our sons to be everything that we’re not. It bothered me that he would have to learn differently,” said Kenyatta McConico. “I’m more of a wholelistic person. I dread medication and special treatment. The doctors gave us no hope.”
But, hopefulness came after giving their child two teaspoons of the drink daily and following the protocol over the last five months.
“When we first got into the protocol, we’ve actually learned a better way of potty training. He goes on his own. He has better eye contact. He responds when we call his name,” says Misty McConico. “We’re working on him now doing small duties around the house. He’s talking a lot more. He was first mimicking the television show. He’s now putting those sentences together and speaking with us. He now initiates play with his sister. He allowed us to come into his world, and he’s come into our world.”
Also entering into the world with freeness to speak was Jamela Stevens’4-year-old daughter, who broke her silence, after being on Dakhari’s Protocol for only three months.
“Her speech was delayed. I wasn’t surprised by their (doctor’s) diagnosis, because I had a feeling they were going to be telling me this,” said Stevens, who is a license therapist. “Since taking the drink, her language has increased. Her attention span has gotten better. Kids have toxins in their system, not just kids with autism. Keep those toxins at bay. The majority of children I see have some form of difficulty concentrating. Everyone can benefit from some aspect of the protocol, whether its probiotic and green drink.”
Dakhari’s Protocol and the Divine Child Drink has helped other families experience similar results.
And, for medical experts who say there is nothing that the parents of a child with autism can do to help them, Dakhari courageously says, “No! That’s not true.”
“I disagree with doctors,” he asserts. “I didn’t believe them, when they (medical professionals) came into my school to speak to us about autism during Autism Awareness Month and said there’s nothing you can do. It is possible, because it’s healing me. Buy my dad’s medicine.”
For additional information on Dakhari’s Protocol or the Divine Child drink, visit www.maximizeautisticpotential.com or call 313 528-9240.