MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Mieko Hester-Perez's The Unconventional Foundation for Autism :: One Mom's Fight to Save Her Child Gains National Exposure
(HUNTINGTIN BEACH - September 24, 2012) - She has been featured on the major networks. Her name is Mieko Hester-Perez and she is the Founder & Executive Director of The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (www.uf4a.org). In short, her child was given a short time to live - so they thought. This pro-active mom proved that to be wrong. Now, she wants to empower others - especially those in urban communities across America. How can you not love that?
With more than 1 in 110 children being affected by autism, it has become the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States. Currently, there is no medical detection or cure for autism; however, there are pharmaceutical and therapeutic treatments that have proven to be effective in improving the condition. Among the safest and most remarkable treatments, but highly controversial, is the use of medical cannabis. One courageous California mother is now sharing with the world her autistic son’s triumphant and life-saving journey.
Mieko Hester Perez was faced with watching her son die or trying an untraditional form of medication. Her son, Joey, then on 13 medications at the age of 10 and weighing 46 pounds, was in a battle for his life. Joey, who was diagnosed with autism at 16 months, was extremely aggressive and battled with very challenging behaviors. A legal researcher, Perez had found a number of medical journal articles showing the benefits of medical marijuana for her son and discussed this option with her doctor. Mieko said their doctor had given the recommendation to preserve her son’s life with this controversial treatment. Joey’s doctor provided a recommendation for medical marijuana and a medical marijuana doctor provided the actual license. Praying for a miracle, Mieko gave her son, who is under doctor’s supervision, marijuana in a brownie the size of a quarter about every three days. Joey, now 12, has gained more than 40 pounds and his behavior is much better. He is down to two medications and one brownie a week. Mieko believes marijuana not only saved his life but gave her family life.
Mieko has been Featured on Good Morning America, Fox Morning News, The Doctors TV Show, CBS Early, NBC, The Discovery Channel, recently on Australia’s 1# morning news show, and numerous publications. Mieko was acknowledged on 20/20 ABC for inspiring families of this treatment and her follow up interview with Diane Sawyer on World News will air summer 2011.
The Unconventional Foundation for Autism is a non-profit resource organization for parents comprised initially of Mieko, Co-founder Ted Cromwell, Esq. of The Cromwell Law Firm in Newport Beach California, and the Foundation’s legal counsel Jeremy Joseph Esq. of Jeremy Michael Joseph & Associates in Los Angeles, California. The foundation is geared towards helping parents make informed decisions about their child’s treatment options and supporting the individuals dealing with the Disabilities Education Act. Mieko Perez states she’s not worried about how autism got here; she’s more concerned with the quality of life for our children.
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June 2012, Mieko Hester-Perez receives Certifcate of Special Congressional Recognition form Laura Richardson 37th District, Member of Congress for her support that has helped to provide transformative services to thousands of area residents for her participation support with the Califonria Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center.
June 2012, Mieko Hester receives the Evelyn DuPont Award from The California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center at the 49th annual awards event, for her community service and dedication with children on the autism spectrum.
February 2012, Mieko Hester-Perez was placed on a list of 132 leading cannabis activists in the U.S and Canada. The list names 85 men and 47 woman, with seven top celebs and five politicians on this exclusive list.
In 2009, Mieko decided to go public with her son's success with medical cannabis and was invited on FOX Morning News, The Doctors Show, NBC syndicates, CBS, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, and Inspiring parents on ABC’s 20/20 special cannabis & autism segment . Recently her story aired internationally on Australia’s number one morning show and in the United Kingdom. Mieko has become a source of inspiration for other mothers and families lending her voice for unconventional and holistic treatments within the autism spectrum.
A decade ago, I was an ambitious college student, and mother-to-be, working in law firms & attorney services companies. In the past years, having a sincere passion for the business of Law, I've mastered a vast spectrum of critical legal support procedures, and I've comfortably established many strong professional relationships along the way. In 2003, I became chief executive of California Corporate & Attorney Services, Inc., a corporate & legal research firm, serving clients worldwide. Throughout this period, I've been on a very inspirational, educational & loving journey with my 10 year old son Joey. Joey was diagnosed with "Autism" at the age of 16 months.
At the age of 9 years, Joey experienced an intensification within his inability to focus. Further, Joey weighed 46 lbs & had begun to deteriorate at a rapid pace due to his unwillingness to intake food & his an apparent inability to properly digest food. His medical prognosis at that time was high probability of death within 6 months. I was devastated. Initially, all I could do was hold on to him tightly, and pray for a breakthrough.
According to Joey's doctor, our best hope was the continued trials of new combinations and dosage variations of what had eventually mounted to an astounding 13 different prescription medications; commonly used in treating the various symptoms of Autism's spectrum of disorders. Ultimately, the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana saved my son's life.
Although Medical Marijuana is not known to be a cure for Autism, It has been proven to facilitate "Life" for my son; and has ushered him into his most progressive developmental period ever. Today, at age 13, Joey is flourishing with new communicative expressions, he's gained over 40 lbs, he's happier, healthier, better behaved & is more productive than ever before. Deep within my soul, I feel so blessed to have Joey as my son. Joey's condition has provided us with an opportunity to be a part of a noble cause far greater than ourselves.