First published in 'Naturopathic Doctor News and Review', September 2013.
In April of 2013 I received a call from Janice, the mother of one of my little autistic patients: "Owen's eye contact has gone from one second to several minutes at times! I’m actually almost a bit uncomfortable with the intensity of his gaze now." Not only that, but he learned to use the word ‘no’ and was trying to say other words, all major improvements after only eight weeks of treatment with CEASE Therapy, a new integrated treatment method for autism based on homeopathy.
Owen, an adorable three-and-a-half-year-old boy, was born healthy and strong but started to show changes in his health after intensive IV and oral antibiotic therapy at only nine weeks old. Signs of regression were noted by about 16 months, preceded by intensive dental treatments with conscious sedation and more antibiotics. He began toe-walking, started banging his head on the floor when angry and lost the eight to ten words he already had one by one until he couldn’t even say ‘uh-oh’ anymore. A sadly familiar story for many parents of children diagnosed with autism.
The dramatic Increase of Autism
US health authorities announced in March of 2013 that autism is even more common than previously thought, with 1 in 88 children and 1 in 55 boys now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder compared to 1 in 1000 only 20 years ago. Autism rates are increasing by 17% a year and nobody seems to know why.
According to the statistics only ten percent of individuals diagnosed with autism are ever expected to work and the average lifetime cost of a person with autism to society is estimated at around $3.5 million. North America is facing an increasingly serious epidemic of autism with no cure in sight.
Conventional and Biomedical Treatments for Autism
Conventional treatments for autism include behavioural therapy which is definitely helpful but expensive, time-consuming and not curative.
In naturopathic circles biomedical therapies, especially the DAN protocol, have become popular and are clearly helping many children, but these protocols can also be costly and difficult to follow and are therefor out of reach for many parents.
A number of medications are also being tried with Owen with temporary success, including antifungals and antivirals like Fluconazole, Nystatin and Valacyclovir which helped temporarily.
Diet Changes and ABA Therapy
Owen had already been on a gluten, casein and soy-free diet from 24 months old which helped him to sleep through the night and reduced hyperactive behaviour. He had been given numerous supplements as well as courses
The family had recently switched to the GAPS diet which somewhat improved his sleep, eye contact and behaviour.
He has also had intensive ABA therapy for the past five months. "The eye contact is something we've been targeting with ABA since November of 2012 for 12 hours a week", the mother reported. "He was expected to look for at least "1-Mississippi" each time we called his name.
Sudden Improvement in Eye Contact
His success rate with this was about 30% until about the beginning of April when it suddenly jumped to 80%, for several seconds at a time, where it has remained. Recently he has been turning almost every time we call and on several occasions has sustained eye contact for over a minute."
This dramatic change was noted after only two weeks on Polyantibioticum, a homeopathic remedy made from several antibiotics. He has steadily improved since then, in fact, as of the latest update in May, he now makes eye contact 100% of the time and he has also started to play with toys for the first time over the past week.
I first learned about Polyantibioticum by reading 'Autism - Beyond Despair', Dr. Tinus Smit's book on his system of CEASE Therapy. Dr. Smits was a Dutch homeopath and medical doctor who practiced homeopathy for over 30 years and treated more than 300 autistic children. He passed away in 2011. CEASE stands for 'Complete Elimination of Autism Spectrum Expression'.
At first I thought that was an overly bold title, but after two years of experience with this method I am convinced that it is by far the best option to treat children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Not only does it offer effective treatment for these conditions, it helps to identify the causative factors, a radical discovery.
Dr. Smits observed that children who developed physical problems after vaccinations or antibiotics often improved mentally and emotionally if they were treated with isotherapy, homeopathic remedies made from the offending substances. Over time he applied this discovery to children with many different problems, including autism.
Responses to the correct remedies are dramatically obvious, often creating an aggravation followed by improvement. Dr. Smits found that about 70% of autistic children had been affected by vaccines, the rest by medications, plastic softeners and other toxins. He felt that these stressors were cumulative and could also include vaccinations, medications, illnessess and traumas the parents had before conception.
Flashback to July 26, 2011. The phone rang at 8 am. I picked up the receiver and was greeted by bloodcurdling screams. Suddenly I was wide awake. "Hi, it's Sue, Adam's mother. We gave him his first dose of Pediacel 30CH yesterday and he woke up at 6 am screaming like this. He is unconsolable. What should we do?"
"I'm sorry, Sue, I'm afraid he'll have to scream it out."
I had just read Dr. Smits's book, and having practiced mostly classical homeopathy for 20 years, I figured I should just go right ahead and try it on the next innocent victim, yes, little Adam, 22-months old.
Oh, the perils of ignorance.
I had read that children can have dramatic detox reactions from the remedies but I didn't really learn how to manage these properly until I took my CEASE certification training in June of 2012.
Words to the wise: Take the training! I lost several cases due to improper case management, which is not the way to grow a new, important therapy.
Fortunately, Adam's mother was already familiar with homeopathy as well as very forgiving. He screamed for a total of five hours straight but a week later I received an update via email:
"In the last week, we have noticed that he has been more active mentally. He is using hand signals. We had taught hand signals before but he wasn't using them at all until just this past week. He is starting to make more sounds, like "beh" and he hasn't done that for the last several months. He is screeching less."
Adam's family had delayed vaccinating him until he was over a year old, but then the doctor decided to catch up and gave him everything all at once.
After that he stopped babbling and became withdrawn. He was never diagnosed as autistic, but rather as suffering from a language disorder, and qualified for speech therapy.
Adam recovered beautifully within about six months between CEASE Therapy to clear any vaccine damage and speech therapy.
By December his speech therapist discharged him and the family was told that he was probably just a late talker. I think he was on the brink of autism and CEASE Therapy saved the day.
Benefits of CEASE Therapy
CEASE Therapy not only helps children with autism, but virtually all children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental or behavioural disorders.
I have used it successfully for children with PDD-NOS, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorders, language disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety and aggression.
All of these conditions are on the rise with as many as one in five children diagnosed now.
From the beginning of my career I have had a strong interest in pediatrics and particularly developmental and behavioural disorders. Classical homeopathy helped many of my little charges, but not all.
With CEASE Therapy my toolbox quadrupled, at least. There is logic and order to the system, it is effective, affordable and addresses the root causes of these disorders.
In addition, parents who feel their child has been harmed by vaccines or medications feel validated and are offered hope.
Is Cure Possible?
Dr. Smits thought that most children with autism could be completely cured and that the main factor limiting this was a lack of knowledge of the causative agents.
Most children with autism have complex histories and it takes time to identify and clear all the layers.
Although initial changes can often be seen within days of starting CEASE it may require years of ongoing care for complete recovery as the following case illustrates.
Head-Butting Doors, Hitting and Biting
James is a cheerful, 7-year-old boy who has been under my care since December of 2011. Similarly to Owen and Adam, he developed normally until about age two, when language and behavioural issues were first noted.
He started headbutting doors, hit and bit himself and others and became obsessed with vents and exit signs on buildings.
He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 4. Presenting concerns included non-compliance issues at school, lack of social interaction with peers, hyperactivity, aggression and language delays, as well as eczema.
James was born in a foreign country and received the Hep-B vaccine when he was only three days old and the TB vaccine (BCG) at 13 days old.
The family moved to Canada when James was one and he was given some extra vaccines to catch up to the schedule.
I started him on an MMR clearing with minor improvements, followed by a Pentacel clearing. His interventionist commented that he seemed much calmer.
During the next visit the father reported that James was suddenly telling big, wild stories, lies even. We looked at each other for a moment and then the penny dropped:
He was developing his imagination! He had never told stories like that before. He even started to write short stories rather than just one or two sentences.
All along his eczema would flare up slightly with each remedy but became severe when we started the BCG clearing last June.
At that point the family disappeared for about six months. I contacted them in January to check in on James and learned that his eczema had much improved after some cortisone cream.
But the behaviour issues had relapsed and he was more difficult to manage again.
The cortisone cream had set him back. We restarted the BCG clearing, more gradually this time, and he is continuing to improve.
This case illustrates the importance of patient education, as well as the need to keep in touch. James may need another two years of ongoing support with CEASE.
CEASE Therapy not only uses isotherapy but also classical homeopathy to treat miasmatic and constitutional layers, as well as certain supplements such as fish oil, zinc and ascorbyl palmitate, a fat-soluble form of vitamin C, to support the detoxification and healing process.
Another superbly helpful tool Dr. Smits discovered was the use of Saccharum officinalis, homeopathic cane sugar, for the treatment of the many digestive problems as well as picky eating most autistic children suffer from.
Carson, a four-year-old autistic boy who has been under my care since last June, is a great example. He was diagnosed as autistic at 21/2 years old.
His mother reported that he regressed following his MMR shot at 16 months.
"I will never forget being out on our country road, calling him and witnessing him totally not responding to his name, he always would before. I gasped for air, he was - different. It was heartbreaking."
Presenting concerns included toe-walking 95% of the time, stimming, being spaced out and staring. He had his own language, was unable to dress himself, not toilet trained and had major digestive issues with undigested food and foul-smelling diarrhea 50% of the time.
Carson's medical history was complex with exposure to too many medications, interventions, vaccines and toxins to list here. I started him on a clearing remedy twice a week as well as Saccharum 6D 2 pellets once a day.
The mother wrote: "I keep a journal of my son's day to day progress and overall health. Since taking Saccharum I have noted the following changes: He now has solid stools, more frequent and more normal bowel movements (helps both constipation and diarrhea), less odour and better colour of stools, and fewer adverse reactions to food."
"Saccharum has continually and consistently worked for my son."
To all my dear colleagues: Please run, don't walk, to buy a copy of Dr. Smit's book. Read it, be inspired, take the training and help all those thousands of families affected by this crippling, life-long disorder.
Dr. Smit's son, Yannick Smits, is continuing his work through an international organization to train and certify CEASE therapists around the world.
utism is affecting the whole world as more than one million doses of vaccines are adminstered daily around the globe and as the use of allopathic medications and environmental pollutants is ever increasing.
Here is a link to the website http://www.cease-therapy.com/.
Homeopathy, through CEASE Therapy, not only has the potential to help these children, but more importantly, to identify the causative factors of these conditions and ultimately to create a safer world for all of us.
References: Autism, Beyond Despair - CEASE Therapy, by Dr. Tinus Smits, 2010. Emryss Publishers. www.tinussmits.com.
Anger and Hostility can Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Everyone knows that too much cholesterol and high blood pressure can kill you. Well, here's something you probably didn't know: loneliness, anger, and hostility can kill you too. Especially if you're a man.
A recent study investigating the association between anger and hostility and coronary heart disease was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The study found that anger and hostility were associated with increased cardiovascular problems in healthy people. People who already had heart disease and were experiencing anger and hostility had increasingly poor prognoses.
And here's the kicker: the harmful effects of anger and hostility were greater in men than women.
Can Happyness Save Your Life?
If loneliness, anger, and hostility can kill you... can happiness save your life? A
imilar study conducted by the same team examined the association between positive psychological well-being, and physical health and mortality.
The researchers found that positive psychological well-being, including such factors as optimism, humour, and joy, were significantly associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality in healthy population studies, and with reduced death rates in patients with renal failure and HIV/AIDS.
Optimism, humour, and joy SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the incidence of people dying of cardiovascular problems -- like heart attacks.
Love and Survival
All this is old news to Dr. Dean Ornish, MD, well known as the doctor who has researched and publicized natural ways to prevent and reverse heart disease for the past 30 years.
The author of several best-selling books, including "Love and Survival," Dr. Ornish is now Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California and also leads the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California.
Dr. Ornish maintains that our good health -- and our bad health -- depends upon the amount of love and intimacy in our lives. In fact, he believes that our very survival depends upon the healing power of love, intimacy, and relationships.
We need the healing power of love and intimacy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We need it as individuals and as communities. We may even require it as a species.
Love, Intimacy and Heart Health
It's a wonderful revelation to learn that love, intimacy, optimism, humour, and joy really CAN improve not only our lives, but our heart health and longevity too.
Unfortunately, these loving antidotes to anger and hostility may not appeal to those who need it most until they are literally on their death beds.
Not to mention that doctors don't usually hand out prescriptions for love and intimacy. (Not unless you happen to date one, that is!)
It's time for men of our generation to stop and think about our angry fathers who died of heart attacks... our hostile grandfathers who battled heart disease... and all the men we know who shunned love and intimacy in favour of an unhealthy, unhappy existence.
After all, a more positive, more loving outlook on life will not only make you healthier it's guaranteed to make you a whole lot happier, too.
So pass me that steak, darling, and kiss me.
I was lying on the examination table, naked from the waist up.
“I can’t feel anything”, he shrugged.
“Push up a bit higher. Now, push down towards the chest wall,” I instructed my doctor as he was fishing around in my left arm pit.
“Oh there, yes, hmm. Well, I’m not worried about it.”
How many times had I heard those words over the past three years from Dr. F, beginning with a greenish-brown discharge from my left nipple in November of 2007.
“I’m not worried about it, it’s probably fibrocystic breast disease”. No attempt to express any of the discharge, no mention of sending it for a pathology test, no mention of a mammogram.
I was 45 years old. Even then, this lack of concern struck me as odd, but I figured, he is an MD, he knows. In retrospect, he was supposed to follow up on this in three months, didn’t happen either although I saw him every three months for a refill on a prescription.
I had regular breast exams with him once a year, he’d mumble about lumpy breasts and their increased risk of cancer, but that was it.
Enlarged Axillary Lymph Node
But now he could not find a lymph node in my arm pit the size of half a plum. Once he had finally located it he was still trying to dismiss me: “Oh, it’s probably nothing, but if you like I can send you for a mammogram.”
A month later I had a mammogram and was kept right there for an immediate ultrasound and a needle biopsy, surrounded by a team of very concerned looking doctors and nurses.
Two days later Dr. F’s office called me in. “You know, it’s a good thing we did that mammogram, because they found something.”
Yeah, let me guess, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Hopefully with your head in it.
Asked why he did not send me for testing two years ago he apologized and told me that he may have been biased because I was a naturopathic doctor. Then he offered to find me another doctor, or to make sure I’d get a great disability in case I wanted to stay with him.
Maybe his license should be in the pot, too.
So six weeks later I underwent a bilateral mastectomy, a lymph node dissection of the left axilla and a sentinel lymph node biopsy of the right one, plus immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders. The cancer had grown far too big to only remove a lump and the other breast also looked suspicious.
I was 48 years old and the single mother of a 12-year-old child whose father was not involved in our lives or paid support. My entire family lived in Germany and I lost all my financial assets in the economic slide two years before. My new boyfriend had just dumped me because I had cancer. My old boyfriend, who had promised to take care of me, my daughter and the dog after the surgery, bailed out a week before the big event.
Nonetheless, starting two days before the surgery I felt an indescribable happiness, as if something wonderful was about to happen. A feeling as if I was about to get married, or was graduating from naturopathic college again, one of the happiest days of my life.
As I was packing my bag for the hospital the evening before the surgery, singing and whistling, my daughter asked: “Mom, you seem so happy but you’re going to have surgery tomorrow, are you okay?”
I told her that I was just fine and felt amazing. I knew that a lot of people were praying for me and sending energy and I thought that this was maybe why I felt so good. Little did I know that I was about to experience an almost miraculous event.
Homeopathy for Post-Surgical Pain
But once I was in my room and allowed to take my homeopathic remedies I felt much better.
I therefore discussed using homeopathic remedies immediately after the surgery in the recovery room with my surgeons, who were both fine with it. I also asked my anaesthesiologist to give me positive healing affirmations during the surgery and he was happy to do so. The surgical team was wonderful and so were the nurses. I felt deeply cared for.
I also took along a CD player with a lovely relaxation and guided imagery CD by Dr. Teresa Clarke, MD, entitled “Remembered Wellness”.
When I woke up in the recovery room I was given my homeopathic concoction of Arnica and Hypericum. It helped dramatically but I had to take it every 8-10 minutes. There was definitely pain which would decrease within 2-3 minutes of taking the remedy and then return after about five minutes.
I would not have been able to manage without it. But I never needed any morphine at all and only a few Tylenol Extra Strength later in the day, much to the surprise of the nurses.
Anaethesia and the Mind
Once on the surgical station I asked for the CD player. This was when the magic happened. My normal mental thought process seemed to have been deconstructed by the anaesthetic and I felt as if I had been meditating deeply for hours.
I realized that my thoughts were keeping me from deeper levels of insight and consciousness and that, in fact, my whole sense of self was just a kind of thought construct.
I had previously tasted this kind of experience during deep meditation as well as during regression therapy. Essentially the anaesthesia seemed to simply inhibit the usual mind chatter, a veil was parted and I received many revelations.
These included incredibly profound insights into the nature of the mind, my condition, life in general, my future, my family, as well as the doctors, nurses and other patients around me.
Strangely I also felt an incredibly strong desire to smoke a cigarette. I was not a smoker at the time but had occasionally smoked a little in my life. I thought the anaesthesia had done something to my brain to create this craving and just ignored it.
There was a patient in the next bed, separated only by a curtain, who was in a great deal of pain after eye surgery. She kept asking the nurses to give her more medication. I felt quite concerned about her.
In the meantime I had also picked up all kinds of information about the nurses and doctors who were caring for me. One nurse had strained relationships with her children, I could pick up her situation as if I was watching a movie in my mind.
I also had deep insights into my surgeon’s character and life and ‘saw’ that he would become famous for his practice and especially his teachings of new and improved surgical techniques.
I saw that he had a very high level of consciousness and was truly a man of greatness. I saw thousands of other doctors as well as medical students being influenced by him in the future. I felt very touched by this revelation and later shared it with him.
Furthermore I was given profound insights into my life.
The Perfection of Life
I experienced a deep realization that everything that had happened in my life so far had to happen exactly as it did; that it was absolute perfection on a greater scale. And I had had a few really rough experiences in my life, a hundred times worse than this brush with cancer.
Still, those experiences, including the fact that my doctor had missed the problem for years were also part of the whole perfection. It simply had to happen that way. It is hard to explain now, but at the time it was very obvious. It was as if my whole life was laid out as a wonderful large picture or tapestry with everything in the right place.
Oddly enough I could also sense the guilt that Dr. F felt about missing my cancer, but I knew that this was also part of the plan.
I could also see my future and knew that I was not going to die any time soon, in fact, it seemed as if I was about to have a second and quite different life altogether.
The Future Looks Good
I was revealed that I would work much more with children, and with energy and love. I saw that my daughter was also involved in this work. We were there together, surrounded by many children, giving and receiving much love.
I was also shown that I would get married, or what felt like a marriage or life-long relationship with a special man. I have never been married. At the time these insights were so clear and obvious that I did not ask for any details, such as how and when these events were going to happen. It did not matter at that time.
For hours I happily surfed a blissful state of knowingness and clairvoyance, as well as a profound understanding that life was really all about love. It was love that was the true reality, love that was giving us life, love that could heal.
It even felt as if my breasts had to be removed in order for this love to be freed inside me.
No Pain with Love
Feeling love, I had almost no pain, or at least, the pain did not have me. As soon as other thoughts, any thoughts, tried to come in, there was pain. I realized that my own thinking was the cause of a restriction of the flow of love and universal energy.
I saw and felt that all life was interconnected and divinely orchestrated, for everyone and at all times, going back and forward into infinity. Only that there was no real time and space in that dimension, everything was always there somehow.
Of course, this is something well described in all religious and mystical traditions, yet, to have such a profound experience of it myself was quite a different story.
The surgery may have helped my cancer, but much more importantly it provided the opportunity for a profound experience of the deeper levels of reality and consciousness and I am very grateful for that.
Make no mistake, I did not change because of the cancer, this was already part of my destiny, to unfold in this precise order, not as a cause and effect, linear equation but much more as a unified experience.
Anaesthesia as a Gateway to Higher States of Consciousness
I wanted to share my experience to show others that there can be a different way to experience surgery, especially for serious conditions like cancer.
I think that anaesthesia has the potential to temporarily change our level of consciousness by reducing thought chatter and that this state can be used to help us heal on a deep level and to show us our true nature of divinity, love and connectedness.
Needless to say, I was on cloud nine for weeks after the surgery! No worries about the cancer at all, everything was going to be fine, no better than fine, amazing.
And anyway, for that experience I’d have gladly given both arms and legs and all it had cost me was my breasts, a small price to pay.
Six Years Later
Today, January 1, 2017, more than six years have passed since that experience.
You may wonder how it all unfolded. After the surgery I tried to figure out the details here in ‘real life’. What was going to happen with the cancer, how was I going to change my work, have this relationship and this very different, second life?
My cancer prognosis from a conventional point of view was a bit dire. The tumour was huge, 9.5 cm in diameter and I had six positive lymph nodes in my left axilla. Stage III cancer.
I even had two or three different types of cancer, one very aggressive and her2 positive. My oncologist, a lovely man, told me that if I did nothing else I’d have a 20% chance of still being alive in ten years. If I did 28 sessions of radiation plus nine months of chemo, that chance would rise to 50%.
In the end I opted for nine radiation sessions and no chemo at all and I also started to take large doses of Vitamin D and special homeopathic remedies to support my system.
Six months after the surgery I read Dr. Smit’s book ‘Autism – Beyond Despair’ and it felt as if he was speaking directly to me. I immediately began using his method and started to work almost exclusively with children.
I have since taken more training to specialize in this area and am now helping to teach other doctors as well as the general public about autism and the links to vaccines and other toxins.
This has been quite a radical shift in my life as I was rather unaware of the vaccine connection before.
Then two years ago my daughter and I were introduced to the teachings of Bruno Groening, a German healer and mystic who died in 1959.
He is helping tens of thousands of people around the world through spiritual healing and energy. I have since incorporated this work into my life and practice as well, delving more deeply into energy healing.
My daughter has taken a very strong interest in his work also and we sometimes even help people together now.
And what about my love life, you might ask. Well, three years ago I met someone very special who certainly helped me to develop a totally different view of relationships and what is possible in that area.
My old paradigm of what a relationship should look and feel like was completely smashed and reconstructed and is dramatically different now than before, in many ways much more free and liberated as well as deeper and more mystical. It was not always a smooth ride mind you, more of a roller-coaster!
It ultimately ended, but now I am in a much more peaceful and supporive relationship into which I am incorporating what I have learned in the previous one. It was as if the door to something even better was openened and I could no be happier.
The Power of Love to Heal
I really have a very different life now than before the surgery, both professionally and personally and the visions seem to be coming true, albeit more slowly than I might have expected. But hey, I still have another fourty years to go after all.
I am not afraid of the cancer. Somehow it will be taken care of. I was handed a new lease on life and am still very grateful to my wonderful surgeon, Dr. Biberdorf, who had tears of concern in his eyes when I was going to refuse the surgery initially.
From that moment of love from my doctor, everything changed. I made the decision to have the surgery, or rather the decision was made by all that is and my life went down a totally new track.
Writing this now I’m still amazed at everything that happened and excited about the future.
Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, 2017
Over the years I have treated dozens of children with enuresis successfully with homeopathy and occasionally through diet changes.
Bed-Wetting and Food Sensitivities
Many years ago I saw a 9-year-old boy with chronic bedwetting. He came to the office accompanied with both parents. Throughout the visit he sat alone in front of my examination table, did not interact at all and did not play with any toys. He looked exhausted and had large shiners under his eyes. The parents reported that he loved milk and drank several glasses a day.
My first recommendation was to take him off all milk and cow's dairy. When the family returned for a follow-up two weeks later he was a different boy, playing, talking, energetic and he had not wet the bed since the parents had taken him off the milk! Needless to say we were all quite surprised and thrilled with this dramatic change.
Many doctors think that some children just have small bladders or take longer to develop bladder control. This is only partially true in my experience. If a five-year old still wets the bed there is an underlying reason which can usually be addressed with naturopathy and homeopathy.
Homeopathic Treatment of Bed-Wetting
One of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for bedwetting is Tuberculinum, a remedy made from tubercular discharge. This does not sound appetizing I know, but for some reason children with a family history of TB are much more prone to bedwetting as well as an assortment of other health and behavioural concerns.
In homeopathic circles we consider Tuberculinum to be a bed-wetters best friend. About 50% of cases may be cured just with this remedy. It is also interesting to note that milk allergies are common in children requiring this remedy. Occasionally a child regresses to bed-wetting after ancute illness such as the flu, in which case this remedy can also help dramatically.
Deep Sleepers and Bed-Wetting
It is common for parents of such children to tell me that the child sleeps very deeply and is difficult to arouse at night to take to the washroom. This is a good clue towards this remedy. Children who need this remedy are also often restless at night and grind their teeth.
The other 50% of children may benefit from a number of other remedies, including Medorrhinum, a remedy made from gonorrhea. As gonorrhea affects the genitourinary tract this always made sense to me.
So do not let your child or yourself suffer needlessly, a look at possible food sensitivities and a little homeopathic remedy may be all it takes to have dry nights and much less laundry.
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Victoria, BC
This trans-generational effect manifested in the form of disease predispositions, which he called 'miasms'. Effects in the same generation were called ‘acquired miasms’ and effects that were present in future generations were called an ‘inherited miasm’.
The idea of miasms has remained one of the most controversial propositions of Hahnemann, however, a new branch in genetics is throwing light on a possible mechanism to explain this theory.
Epigenetics is a new branch of genetics which deals with the effect of environmental and other factors on our genetic expression. Not all genes are expressed at all times, a fact which has long fascinated geneticists.
Although each of our cells carries the same genetic information, only certain section of our DNA are active in each cell. Epigenes are markers located around the DNA that control which gene sequences are expressed. These epigenes can be affected by environmental factors, theoretically helping an organism or a species to adapt more easily to environmental pressures.
The Environment can affect Gene Expression
In other words, it is possible that what we are exposed to in our lifetime can affect our genetic expression. This is already well-known in areas such as cancer research, where certain cancer-controlling genes may be activated by specific toxins.
But not only that, once the epigenetic switch is flipped and the genetic expression is changed it can be passed on in this altered state for many generations, up to 40 in current animal research. The science of epigentics is therefore showing strong parallels to Hahnemann's theory of the miasms.
It is estimated that for each of our genes there are about 50,000 epigenes present; science is just beginning to scratch the surface.
The most wonderful thing about epigenetics as well as miasms though, is that since we are dealing with genetic expression rather than actual DNA changes, these expressions are potentially open to being changed back if needed.
Homeopathic Preparations made from Diseases
Hahnemann discovered that homeopathic preparations made from diseases such as scabies, syphilis and others were able to help sick children of parents who had suffered from those and other infections.
To this day, homeopaths around the world pay close attention to family history in order to more precisely determine optimum treatment in each case. A strong family history of cancer or tuberculosis for example may point to a remedy made from those diseases, which may help the patient.
Allergies, Behavioural Disorders and Tuberculosis
Of course we cannot know the exact family history in each case, but amazingly, there are often clues present as to what kinds of conditions may have existed. Through careful observation and recording for over 200 years it has been found for example that children with allergies and certain behavioural disorders who were born with unusual amounts of dark hair that may even grow down the back most likely have a family history of tuberculosis and may respond beautifully to a homeopathic remedy made from this disease.
Insomnia, Over-Responsibility, Sensitivity and Cancer
Children who are unusually responsible for their age, often artistic, sensitive and suffering from insomnia and sometimes born with moles or cafe-au-lait spots probably have a family history of cancer and may benefit greatly from carcinosin, a homeopathic remedy made from cancerous tissue.
These children can also be more prone to developing adverse vaccine-reactions. Their systems are simply more sensitive in many ways.
Epigenetics, Mental Health and Homeopathy
Not only physical problems may be caused by infections in previous generations, mental and emotional issues can also be caused. A family history of syphilis may be linked to obsessive compulsive disorders, deep phobic states and even violence in the offspring. All of this is well documented in the homeopathic literature and I have certainly seen many cases like this over the years. A lifetime of anxiety may be relieved by a few doses of homeopathic syphilis, a disease which can totally destroy the nervous system.
Although the idea of using disease preparations may at first not seem appealing, on closer inspection it makes sense and may open the doors to many new therapeutic interventions in the future, especially for children. As the children are treated and their genetic expression normalized, the new, more balanced expression will also help to prevent disease in future generations. A most wonderful concept indeed.
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in developmental and behavioural disorders. She is also interested in all other aspects of health and disease and the human condition in general.
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Pediatrics
209-1061 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 5A1