Written by Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH
A Therapeutic Preschool - An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed with developmental and behavioural disorders all around the world. Statistics are showing that special ed as well as special health needs such as life-threatening allergies and diabetes have tripled or quadrupled in many countries, including the US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. This is putting great strain on the education systems.
Unfortunately nobody in a place of authority is really asking why we are seeing such a surge in chronic and developmental disorders in children. Many parents and a few researchers as well as clinicians have long suspected that these problems are related to increasing toxic environmental factors. The most likely culprits are vaccine-injuries, secondary culprits include medication injuries as well as some other environmental toxin, but since the topic of vaccines is a holy cow that can't be touched, nothing is really being done to prevent, identify or treat such injuries.
But What If?
But what if there was a way to identify these problems as vaccine or other toxic injuries and create safe healing places for children to recover, leaving their parents free to work and giving them a break from managing the child's biomedical and other therapeutic interventions as well as providing an optimal environment for brain development and regeneration? Would you be interested? Moreover, could this be helpful to society?
An Accidental Discovery
About six years ago I came across the work of Dr. Tinus Smits, a Dutch medical doctor and homeopath. He noticed that children who had adverse reactions to vaccines and, for example, developed eczema or asthma as a result, could often be effectively treated with homeopathic remedies made from the vaccines in question. Then parents started to report, to their great delight, that these children also often greatly improved emotionally, socially and intellectually from this treatment.
Before long, Dr. Smits was treating children with all kinds of conditions, especially developmental and behavioural problems, with homeopathic version of vaccines and various medications. To his astonishment, many children improved dramatically, even those with autism. Children who were aggressive became calm, those with bowel disorders started to have normal digestion, children who had regressed into autism made eye contact and started to communicate.
Like Cures Like
Homeopathy is based on the 'Law of Similars', which means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat similar symptoms in someone who already has them. Homeopathic remedies are also prepared by a special process of dilution and agitation with is called potentization. Therefor it makes sense that a substance which negatively impacted a child, could be used in homeopathic form to help them. It also stands to reason that this can be a useful method to identify the causes of a condition.
Interestingly, there is a body of research using homeopathic remedy made from toxins to help people exposed to them, including research on using homeopathic preparations of arsenic to treat arsenic poisoned mice as well as people in India who were poisoned by arsenic-contaminated drinking water [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] as well as cadmium poisoning in mice .
Nutrition, Exercise and Nature
Tinus Smits was also very interested in nutrition and supplementation with certain vitamins and minerals, all of which helped his little patients. Of course we already know a lot about the importance of good nutrition for normal child development as well as the benefits of a natural environment, exercise, sunshine and even dirt.
But how many perschool children get to spend hours a day in nature, exercise for at least one hour a day (I think it should be closer to 3-4 hours) and have a top-notch diet when reality is that most parents need to work outside of the home and many families live in cities and commute with cars?
Approved Autism Therapies
At this time only a few therapeutic intervention are officially recognized as effective, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and behaviour intervention therapy. Here in Canada, parents of children with an autism diagnosis who are six years old and under can access $22,000 per year in government funding for these therapies.
There is no doubt in my mind that these are helpful strategies, after all, the brain is a sensory organ and an injured brain can be assisted to recover with stimulation. But why ignore the biological aspects of brain health and the deeper causes of autism?
Are the $22,000 a year per child really best spent only on 'approved' therapies rather than on addressing the root causes of these conditions? How is behavioural therapy going to help the child's body eliminate toxins from chemicals he or she was exposed to? How is it going to heal a child's gut? Address eating disorders caused by abnormal neural pathways affected by vaccines?
Addressing the Biological Causes of Autism
Detoxification however, could be done for less than $2000 a year and be much more effective. Autism is a biological problem, not a psychological one and should be treated as such and as early as possible. Some of the children under my care are recovering while waiting to even be assessed for autism, not with ABA but with homeopathy and nutrition for very little expense.
But the majority of parents are waiting for months or years to access funding for ABA, losing precious time for their child's brain to recover when this could be done inexpensively and quickly if only there was more awareness of the right methods as well as proper funding. It could save billions for governments as the $22,000 a year for ABA are a mere drop in the bucket for most children and won't recover them completely, whereas integrated natural medical care could.
Give parents $2000 for the first year and perhaps $1000 for the next 2 years and an immediate referral to a naturopathic physician who practices homeopathy and CEASE therapy and we could see things change in a matter of years. It is unfair that only parents who are highly educated and have the financial means are able to properly recover their children, children who were hurt by government recommendations if not mandates of vaccines and government licensed medications, pesticides and other toxins.
It is an injustice to the children to prevent them from being fully able to engage with life and society on all levels.
It is an injustice to parents to have to care for their children potentially life-long with enormous expenses and time constraints, no matter how much they may love their child.
It is an injustice to all members of society to expect tax payers to fund the bill not only for relatively ineffective and expensive approved treatment of these children but also for their ultimate special needs education and possible lifetime care potentially costing millions of dollars, not to mention the loss of productivity and contribution by those affected.
So here we have maybe $3000 - $4000 in total, compared to several millions of dollars of cost to society over the lifetime of an individual with autism. Which one would you pick?
Detecting Developmental and Other Chronic Conditions
Personnel in daycare centres and preschool are often the first to notice if something is amiss with a child and are in a perfect position to alert parents that something may be amiss with their youngster. They are highly trained and experienced with young children.
They are also the ones who already do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to child development, providing a safe, stimulating environment, supervised exercise and careful attention to nutrition. At the end of the day they are also often the first ones to engage with the child in a therapeutic way.
As most preschools already offer a very good environment to promote health and development maybe some could be adapted to provide integrated services for autism recovery, such as speech therapy and ABA, specialized diets (organic, paleo, gluten and dairy free etc), and more more intense physical therapies.
They could also administer supplements and homeopathic remedies during school - with the parents instructions and consent of course - after the child is assessed by a naturopathic doctor or similar integrated health care professional. In fact, in an ideal world a naturopathic doctor would be part of the team, designing and supervising the health aspects of the care facility.
Such a facility would also be a way to prove that autism is in fact largely caused by vaccines, antibiotics, other medications and toxins as the children would be treated with homeopathic remedies made from suspected substances. When a child receives such a remedy the reactions are pretty quickly observed.
All of this would be carefully recorded via video and files to demonstrate the effects of the program. This way not only could parents observe their child at a distance during the day, but the information could also be made available to interested parties in other locations around the world in order to create similar centres.
Back to Nature
Ideally, such a therapeutic preschool would be located in a natural setting, preferably on a large property with trees, mud, sand, water and animals. Research has shown that children who are exposed to animals at a young age, including dogs, have a reduced risk of autism. Exposure to friendly microbes from the soil, plants and animals stimulates normal immune system development. Anecdotally, it has been reported that children with autism place on farms improved. Already there are many therapeutic riding organizations that provide help to children with autism quite successfully.
If You Build it They Will Come
I would love to create such a therapeutic daycare to help children recover and to create a model which could be replicated around the world and could become a game-changer for the treatment of autism and related conditions.
Not only would it help to treat these precious children but the research accumulating as a result would help to increase awareness of the causes of these conditions and help to prevent autism in future generation.
I invite anyone interested in such a project to contact me, I am looking for input, ideas, staff, investors. Let's buy a small farm acreage and create such a centre. It could change many lives in the present and future and help to create a safer world for all of us.
Written by Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH
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Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in developmental and behavioural disorders, vaccine injuries, homeopathy and CEASE Therapy.
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Pediatrics
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