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(My Mother)

My Mother Opal Fairchild had been suffering with Alzheimer's disease for over ten years in the spring of 1993. She had also developed Parkinson's disease a few years earlier and had deteriorated much. Mom had terrible effects from the Parkinson's and was wasting away, losing so much weight because she no longer ate anything by mouth but was totally fed through a feeding tube.

As I was sitting there looking at my precious mother suffering so much my heart just broke. I knelt beside her bed and had a long talk with God. One of the things I ask of Him was to please, help my mother. We soon went back on the road and resumed our touring schedule. The first place we went was Denver, Colorado. While visiting with some friends they began to share with us about something called Glutathione that is made in the cells of our body. When those levels are too low our immune system is impaired. That visit with our friends was the beginning of a whole new journey for me and my family.

The importance of Glutathione to our health cannot be overstated. As we began to address this deficiency in my mother and ourselves the changes in us were amazing.


My Mother

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COLE'S STORY (Barb & Roy's Grandson)
As told by his parents Matt & Linelle Meadows
On October 18, 1999 we were standing in a small emergency room wondering why our son was slowly slipping from us. This did not make any sense! Cole is a strong, healthy seven month old. No signs or symptoms indicating death, just the common flu!  Within one hour our dreams had derailed. We were suddenly kissing our son good-bye.

Doctors could not understand why Cole's body became depleted of vital energy he needed to live. Five days later we received our answer. A simple genetic blood test was done that indicated Cole was missing an enzyme; one that is needed to break down stored fat when you're not able to eat normally, (such as when your child gets the flu, vomiting, ear infections, and general illnesses).

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As most parents do, we gave Cole pedialyte for the evening to keep him hydrated. That was not enough for our son to survive. Just 10 hours after Cole indicated an upset stomach, he was dead!

If we'd only known (from a simple blood test at birth), a dextrose IV would have been given until his appetite resumed to normal. This deficiency is so very treatable if detected early in life! These children with MCAD are very healthy with no signs of weakness until it is too late. Please, do not say this is rare and can never happen to you! In most states, this is more common than PKU. Amazingly, MCAD has been traced to misdiagnosis of SIDS due to children slipping into a coma without parents being aware of what is really happening.

WHAT IS MCAD? MCAD (Medium Chain Acyl-Coa dehydrogenase) deficiency is a genetic metabolic disorder in which your body is unable to break down fat when it runs out of its main source of energy, a sugar called glucose.

ARE THERE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR? NO! Children with MCAD are often completely well until they have an illness that causes them not to eat, (such as the flu, ear infections, or colds). Extended fasting should not be allowed to occur.

*OTHER FINDINGS* New studies have shown MCAD may be the cause of 1 out of 100 infant deaths misdiagnosed as SIDS or Reye's Syndrome. Children with MCAD, upon having an episode can stop breathing, have seizures, or their heart will stop, and many die in their sleep.

DIAGNOSIS OF MCAD is very easy! Just a heel prick at birth can detect MCAD (along with 29 other metabolic diseases)! Unfortunately, because this test equipment is so new, not every lab can do this testing. NOT TO WORRY, until the testing is mandatory in your state, you can order a newborn screening kit to take to your doctor for only $25.00 from Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX. What a small price to pay for your child's life!

Contact: http://www.BaylorHealth.com/newbornscreening or call 1-800-4BAYLOR

You can also learn more from the following website:

This is a Metabolic Screening. The test is called Expanded Newborn Screening and here is a website with more information: http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu

TREATMENT FOR MCAD: Once diagnosed, it is so very easy to treat. If fasting is unavoidable, MCAD children need IV dextrose immediately until feeding is normal again. Because of this, they may be in the emergency room a bit more than an average child. Also, it is wise to have an MCAD child on a higher carbohydrate diet with lower fat. Some (genetic) specialist recommend a supplement called L-Carnitine which helps them keep from getting low blood sugar when they have infections or don't eat. The L-Carnitine is a wonderful safety net to have until you can get the child to the hospital.

COLE MEADOWS FOUNDATION has been established to provide hospitals with Newborn Screening Kits and information. Contact us here.


Roy was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago. There's nothing like hearing that you have cancer to get your attention. Several people talked to us about the importance of healthy eating when you have cancer or other diseases. This brought about a big change in our lives.

It's not easy to make major life style changes but I really believe our lives depend on it. So the blessing in all of this is that it caused us to be more aware of things we can do to be healthy. We feel so much better and continue to learn and make better choices in every area of our lives. Roy and I encourage you to learn the importance of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest and exercise. I know that seems like the same old song and dance but the amazing thing about truth is that it never changes.

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