Do you have a child who is a fussy eater? Are you worried about his or her health and growth or is this behaviour just plain driving you crazy?
I recently met a 7-year-old boy named Andrew who was brought in to see me for this particular concern: "He does not like mixed food, for example soup with pieces in it. He doesn't like raw veggies. He does not even like noodles, which kid does not like noodles?"
"He won't eat rice, potatoes he only likes as hash browns. But he loves milk and cheese. Only problem is he gets all stuffed up if he's allowed dairy and will snore loudly." Andrew also was very fond of fruit and especially sweets.
I noticed that he was grinding his teeth, his upper front teeth were almost ground down to the bottom. The mother reported that he was restless in his sleep, tossing and turning and perspiring a lot all over his body. He has mildly dark circles under his eyes.
Tuberculinum and Teeth Grinding
He has a long history of being congested, even from birth. "When he gets a cold he produces an amazing amount of colourful mucus", the mother reported. She described Andrew as a happy boy who can be expressive emotionally, especially with sadness. He is gentle with animals and feels sympathetic towards people in danger.
Because of the restless sleep, teeth grinding, chronic congestion and high mucus productions during colds as well as his craving yet aggravation from milk and dairy I gave him one dose of Tuberculinum 200 CH, the homeopathic remedy made from tuberculosis.
Additionally, freshly informed from my recent trip to Toronto for the CEASE Therapy training I also gave him a daily dose of Saccharum officinalis 6D, a homeopathic preparation of white sugar. As it turns out, white sugar often makes a wonderful homeopathic remedy for finicky eaters and can also be helpful for all kinds of digestive disturbances.
Sugar as a Homeopathic Remedy
When white sugar first came into use in the mid 1800s it was considered a drug. As it became more popular, especially with the upper classes, homeopaths observed its negative effects on health and began to use it for issues like malabsorption, digestive issues, blood sugar problems and nervousness.
Dr. Tinus Smits took it a step further and started to use it to treat children with autism, who often are finicky eaters and frequently suffer from digestive issues.
Then I recently started to use it in my practice with most gratifying results, the children often just start eating more and become less fussy and if they have digestive problems they also often improve.
Saccharum as a Remedy for Picky Eaters
Andrew's mother reported that after one week on the remedy he started eating everything. In fact, he also grew noticably, one inch in the last month. Plus his mood was better. Then a few days before our follow-up appointment they ran out of the remedy.
"Now he just wants sugar again and all the moodiness is back."
The tuberculinum helped with the perspiration at night, which is a sign of a weak immune system. His breathing is not as audible at night and with a more recent cold he did not produce as much mucus.
But the real winner was the little remedy made from white sugar. Over time his eating normalized and he also had quite a growth spurt.
Other Causes for Fussy Eating
Sometimes children with food aversions or difficulty eating have been adversely affected by vaccines which may affect the nervous system and change the way the sensory system interprets stimuli or their motor function, making it more difficult to chew and swallow.
A case in which this happened is Carly, a little girl with autism. She was unwilling or unable to chew her food, only ate things she could swallow whole and refused most foods. It was a real struggle to feed her. She totally recovered with a few remedies made from some of the vaccines she had. You can read about her story here.
A recent research study also linked vaccines to anorexia among other things. You can more about it here.
Zinc deficiency can also be a factor in fussy eating. Zinc affects the way our tastebuds work, low levels of zinc apparently change the way food tastes for the worse. I have often used zinc and other nutrients to help children who were picky eaters.
If your child has eating issues there may be underlying reasons for this, I'm happy to help sort this out and make your life much easier!
Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, 2017
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in developmental and behavioural disorders, vaccine injuries, homeopathy and CEASE Therapy.