Lack of Focus and Strong Interest in Violence
I first met Jake, a dark-haired 8-year-old boy on May 1, 2012. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and an auditory processing disorder about a year ago and was currently attending a special school for children with developmental and behavioural concerns. The main concerns were his lack of focus and his interest in violence.
"I love to watch violent movies, I love all the blood, guns and kives." We were off to a running start after only five mintues. "I really liked this movie about a guy who was chased by the police because he was killing everyone, and doing incredibly illegal things such as blocking off the doors to a hospital so lives would be lost."
Scorpions and Killer Plants
He dreamt about a giant scorpion trying to kill him, "but I jumped backwards and killed it by landing on it! The scorpion was the size of my room and lots of blood came out of it."
Jake also liked killer plants, including pitcher plants and venus fly traps. He said: "The venus fly trap will suck nutrients out of me and sun dew will make my mouth stick together, then I won't be able to talk. The pitcher plant will make my stomach puff up like a balloon and then pop! and I'll die."
He imagined himself being underwater and killing everything, including little kids. He interspersed this story with a wicked laugh, then told me "I'm stunned with boredness" and added more wicked laughs. Then he said: "Hell is a place where you die and burn for infinity."
Dislike of Tomatos and Brains
He is afraid of spiders and clowns. He likes all foods except "tomatoes and brains". He loves white bread, potatoes (10), pickles (9), and pasta.
Falling asleep can be difficult, he can lie there and ruminate about things for hours.
During the office visit he created an incredibly detailed drawing with many symbols and a script that looked like Japanese or Chinese even though he had no background in either language or ethnicity. I found it very creative and interesting.
Lack of Social Awareness
"Jake does not fit in, he lacks social awareness and gets in trouble a lot", the mother told me in private."He says he feels lonely, like an outsider. He will act goofy and inappropriate when put into a new environment with new people."
She described Jake as easily frustrated and being unable to follow verbal directions if they are given quickly. He may only hear part of what is said. He may also answer a question but then not remember answering it at all. He sometimes seems very spacy.
It is also difficult for him to tell a story in the sequence of events. He sais: "No one can understand what I'm saying, " and feels sad and angry about this.
"He likes to figure out what people's buttons are and will push them. The best way to deal with Jake is by not reacting and staying calm. When he knows he cannot make you react he drops it," the mother told me.
A Difficult Pregnancy
The parents were going through a difficult time in their marriage and the mother was not very happy at first about the pregnancy. Then it was discovered that Mom had placenta previa and started bleeding at 21 weeks.
She was hospitalized repeatedly for bleeding over the next four months and given two steroid shots to help mature the baby's lungs. She told me that she felt very lonely during the last two months of her pregnancy as she was staying with relatives to help care for her other child or was in the hospital and her husband only occasionally came to visit even though he only live three minutes away.
The labour was intense: "I broke all of the blood vessels in my face and eyes pushing for two hours." There were complications after the delivery and the baby was separated from the mother.
Chickenpox Vaccine Reaction, Antibiotics
Jake was a happy baby but had a bad reaction to his chickenpox vaccine at age one. His feet swelled up about two weeks after the shot.
He had bronchiolitis at age two and was given Ventolin in hospital, followed by several bouts of croup and pneumonia for which he received antibiotics.
At age four he had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. The tonsillectomy was traumatic for him, the hospital would not let the parents visit right after he woke from the procedure. He recognized nobody and became inconsolable.
Obsessive-Compulsive Tendencies and Anger after Separation
Around age two the mother noticed that Jake was a little obsessive-compulsive. He wanted to always be first to go through the door after coming home from daycare.
If not, he had to be taken back to the daycare and start all over again. He received speech therapy for a language delay.
His parents separated when he was three and the mother reported that Jake took it hard: "Up until that age he was organized, happy and polite. After the separation and alternating homes he started throwing watermelon at the walls."
Bad Reaction to Flu Shot
Then at age five Jake had the HN1 flu shot and the a severe reaction with a fever of 106 F and convulsions. In grade one would not sit still in circle time, but lie down and rock back and forth a lot.
In grade two he was inattentive, easily frustrated, easily angered, would ruminate about slights, took forever to fall asleep and lick his lips a lot with anxiety. He received a psychoeducational assessment and was placed into a special school for children with developmental and behavioural concerns in grade three.
Suspected Vaccine Injury
Because of the early history of obsessive-complusive tendencies and the language delay, the auditory processing problems as well as the bad reaction to the varicella/chickenpox vaccine at age one, I suspected a vaccine injury and decided to start treatment with a varicella vaccine clearing.
I gave Varivax 30CH twice a week for one week, followed by the same in a 200CH potency for another week, then IM and 10M in the same manner.
I essentially used Dr. Tinus Smit's method of CEASE Therapy for Jake, a wonderful system developed from his 30 years of experience in treating vaccine injuries.
In addition to the homeopathic remedies Jake received ascorbyl palmitate, 500 mg/day, vitamin C, 1500 mg/d, zinc, 15 mg/d and fishoil, the usual supplements recommended and used with CEASE Therapy.
Happier and Calmer
At a follow-up on July 7/12 the mother reported that Jake seemed to a lot happier and calmer. In fact, he had received two compliments in school and after school care on being so calm recently.
After the Varivax 1M he had an aggravation with increased lack of focus and a runny nose as well as some diarrhea. He also slept in which is rare. On the 10 M he slept in again.
"His ability to listen to instructions had improved as has his tendeny to revenge." Interestingly she had not mentioned the revenge before.
"And he is not swearing as much. He was often cursing and swearing at school and had been assigned a 'safe spot' for saying in appropriate things there."
I had given the mother Dr. Smit's book, 'Autism - Beyond Despair' and she had recognized many of Jake's symptoms in Anacardium, a remedy Dr. Smits uses in his system of 'Inspiring Homeopathy', a fascianting topic in it's own right, but too much to describe here.
To be continued... just moving the website
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Pediatrics
209-1061 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 5A1