ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE – Case 1 – Nicholas’s Second Follow Up

Hello everyone,

For those of you who have been following along with Nicholas’s homeopathy journey through Pierre Fontaine’s Case Study, here are the first two posts. The third post about his second follow up is below.

My initial appointment with Pierre Fontaine
My First Follow Up with Pierre Fontaine

Here are the details on my second follow up with Pierre.

One Heart,
One Mind

Pierre Fontaine, CCH

The Case for Healing Autism

FOLLOW-UP II
01 June 2010

How is his eye contact, now?

It is a seven. It is phenomenal. He looks at my eyes and waits for a response.
I never saw this before but I noticed it only in the last week or so. I gave him
some supplements again but not at the doses we were at before.

SUPPLEMENT
Enhance curcumin has been 1800 mg to 600, I never thought I’d be able to
get rid.

Multivitamin I used to have to give 8 a day

Adrenal cortex helps with anxiety
B6
Methionine
Fish oil
Oregano oil for the strep and PANDAS. I call it the “Little bastard
syndrome.” It is not an every day thing and it is worse when I don’t give
probiotics. Strep makes him want to control everything.

I give the homeopathic remedy every four days when I see him backslide
which means that out of nowhere his mood changes, basically “Little bastard
syndrome” or when he starts doing things such as talking to himself, staring
in space or when he has a bad day in school. It seems to pick him up each
time.

Euphrasia helped greatly with the allergies because when I cleaned up the
trampoline outside for the first time this year, it was covered with pollen but
he didn’t suffer from any allergies, normally he would have been covered in
a rash.

His spontaneous interaction is a six now. He usually has a purpose. He came
home last week and told us about his school trip to a farm. Normally, getting
things out of him is like pulling teeth. I didn’t even have to ask about it. He
gave lots of details. This was the first time he spoke like this. It was really
impressive. Now he tells me not to say bad words. Bits of conversation are
coming through every once in a while. Last night he told me he wanted to
get together with Richie then he said “Don’t email his mom, call her!”

I would rate his spontaneous speech at a 7. The cloudiness is there when he
tries to retrieve his words, they are there but they are not coming out. His
conversational speech is expanding. He has also asked to go to a particular
restaurant.

Tell me about “The empty soul”

I don’t think it is an empty soul at all anymore, in that respect he seems like a
normal kid. The therapists said they want to cut me for next year. Disconnect
between the eyes and the brain is also better, the fog seems to have gone
away.

How about Gastro-intestinal?

He tends towards constipation but he is having regular bowel movement.

Comment: As we can see the improvement is consistent and increasing.
His health is also increasingly better. His allergies are clearly better, his
constipation that needed so much intervention is gone.

REMEDY
GRANITUM (Lap – gr – m) 30 C

ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE – Case 1 – Nicholas’s First Follow Up

Hello everyone,

I recently posted about my initial consultation with Pierre Fontaine as it is Case 1 in his new book, One Heart, One Mind: The Case for Healing Autism. For those who missed it, you can access that post here.

Here are the details on my first follow up with Pierre.

One Heart,
One Mind

Pierre Fontaine, CCH

The Case for Healing Autism

GRANITUM (lap-gr-m) 30 C
FOLLOW-UP I
22 April 2010

He has been off most of his supplements for three weeks. Before we started
with homeopathy the longest he could go without them was four days.

I also gave Euphrasia you recommended for his seasonal allergies, it worked
perfectly for his eyes. Allium cepa did not help. Euphrasia seemed to help
him cognitively as well. Granitum didn’t have any influence on the allergies.

He has been more defiant lately. That is relatively new but seems like a
positive as he was so passive before.

How would you rate him on a scale from 0 to 10 now?

EC: 4 but without supplements. This is the longest he has been without
supplements.

SI: 5 it has been very good. He tells us what he wants, if he wants to show us
something, he is more interactive.

SS: 6 the cloudiness is still there but not affecting him nearly as much as
before. He does understand well or better now.

Actually now that I think about it he has not played with water nearly as
much.

As far as taking things personally, nothing has triggered that feeling.

One big aspect you spoke about during the first consult was of “empty
soul” or “as if not alive.” What can you say about that now?

I don’t see that at all. I have not seen that in quite some time. The empty
looks or his no ability to care, disconnection between the eyes and the brain,
I don’t see a disconnection there anymore.

How often do you dose the remedy?

I dose about once a week. The remedy helps him to poop too and he is better
after it, too.

Comment: This was fast. I gave two remedies for the allergies. Ideally I
prefer when the constitutional remedy (Granitum) helps everything but
in this case it did not. When it does help, it makes everything so much
easier but it was easy enough to find a remedy for the allergies.

REMEDY
GRANITUM (Lap – gr – m) 30 C
Keep giving Euphrasia 30 C for the allergies.

ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE – Case 1 – Nicholas’s Initial Appointment

Hello everyone,

I’ve spoken alot about Nicholas’s recovery on this blog – and have shared the details of our consultations with Pierre with some of you as well. For those of you new to this battle, I want you to know that recovery is possible. My experience is my story and what didn’t work for me might work for you – but I hope, that whatever will work for your child finds you like homeopathy found me. Biomed beat me down. The endless researching wore me out. Getting up every 4 hours every weekend to do Cutler’s protocol also wore me out as well – and it never seemed like there was an end in sight with that. Those parents helping others with his protocol just kept moving the goal posts towards recovery. First it was 100 rounds, then it was 200 rounds and so on and so forth. And even as we were approaching 100 rounds, Nicholas was nowhere near recovered. Improved, yes. Anywhere near recovered, no way, not even close. We were broke from the supplement bills. The doctor’s bills were ridiculous and the appointments with the big name doctors didn’t provide me with much information that I didn’t already know. We came to a cross-road just six years ago this week. I had some money from our income tax return and it was either Pierre or it was Amy Yasko’s testing. You can obviously tell which decision I made – and it was the best decision I ever have made in my life.

So with that, here is Nicholas’s case. I can almost remember this conversation like it was yesterday. It had to be the most bizarre conversation I had in my life. It got in the car wondering what I had done – did I just waste the chance to help my son?

And then, it happened, Pierre told me what his remedy was. And of course, I pulled up the Materia Medica and I read it. And I didn’t know whether to cry or to be mortified from what he had seen in me that night.

Still wondering if I was doing the right thing, still wondering if I was crazy, I gave Nicholas his remedy for the first time… Here are the details from the initial consultation I had with Pierre. I will post the follow up details as well, so check back in the following days for those.

One Heart,
One Mind

Pierre Fontaine, CCH

The Case for Healing Autism

Case 1
03 March 2010

Diagnosis:
PDD – NOS. The pediatrician told us it is mild autism but I don’t think it is
mild at all.
He also has PANDAS.

He was OK until 12 months old but we could not get him to babble “bye”.
At 15 months, he seemed hard to reach. At 18 months, after a vaccination,
he went from babbling to not speaking anymore and opening refrigerator
door over and over again. He seemed to have a foggy head and his
understanding was totally gone.

His main stumbling block is his speech, which somehow seems to be worse
when the weather is cloudy.

When I started fish oil he started babbling. Then after I gave him vitamin E
and B12 we got a little more from him, he was a little more with us. We also
did seventy chelation courses.

On a scale from one to ten, how is he?
Eye Contact (EC): 1 without supplements, 4 – 3 (as if he can’t say
something and look at someone at the same time)
Spontaneous Interaction (SI): 2 without supplements
Spontaneous Speech (SS): 1 without supplements “barely any word”- 5
with but there is a lot of cloudiness.

Here is the list of supplements we give him. I saw improvement with
Glutamine within hours.
Lee Silsby ASD Pure Vitamin/Mineral formula – 6 Capsules per day
MB-12 Injections
BioTech Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) – 5000 IU
Swanson Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols – 800 IU
Klaire’s Micellized vitamin A – 5 drops per day
Swanson’s Triple Magnesium Complex – 1 cap per day
AMLA – 3-4 caps per day
Swanson Vitamin C – 3-4 caps per day
Swanson Biotin – 5mg caps
Omega Fish Oil / Cod Liver Oil / Essential Oils & Fatty Acids
Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3-6-9 – 3 gelcaps
Probiotics & Prebiotics
Culturelle – 2 capsules per day
Klaire Detox Probiotic – 2 capsules per day
Bioray Cytoflora – 5 dropperfuls twice per day
Amino Acids
none given at this time
Anti-fungals & Anti-bacterials, Anti-Virals, yeast-fighting, etc.
Enhansa from Lee Silsby – 1800mg per day — give No-Fenol with Enhansa
if child has phenol issues (red cheeks/ears)
Enzymes
Houston Nutraceuticals No Phenol – given with Enhansa only now
Houston Nutraceuticals Tri-Enza – with meals
For the liver
Liver life (2 dropperfuls per day)
For constipation
Oxypowder – (to keep his bowels moving) – only as needed (this stuff is
fantastic!)
Other
4Life Transfer Factor Tri-Factor Formula – 200mg – 2 capsules 3x per day
Georges Always Active 100% Aloe Vera – about 2-4 ounces per day
113
Integrative Therapeudics Inc UBQH Patented Stabilized Reduced Ubiquinol
– 100mg 1 cap per day

We have done a lot of HBOT

What can you tell me about your pregnancy?
Autism was always on my mind but one big thing happened that caused me
a lot of stress… my brother told me I was worthless to him. It was such a
horrible conversation, after that there was constant screaming with him. I
gave him one month to apologize. He did not.

Besides this, I was thrilled. We were trying for quite some time. We could
not have been happier. The pregnancy was pretty easy. I actually lost weight
and failed the glucose test during the pregnancy but I controlled it with diet.
I ended up being induced and got an epidural and Pitocin. After the
injection, everything sounded metallic. I sounded like a robot but it resolved
a little while later. Fourteen hours later I had a C-section because he would
not come out. At birth he was given a vitamin K shot.

We started him with soy formula after three months and also Zantac because
he had stomach issues. We tried all kinds of formulas. He went back and
forth between diarrhea and constipation but mainly constipation. Beside his
stomach issues, he never got sick.
When he turned one, we started to notice it was really difficult to take him
outside the home. We realized he was neither pointing nor saying anything.

At this point, I began to read everything I could on the internet and we
started biomed. He got a little better but even the therapist we hired did not
know how to reach him. He clenched his jaw making himself all stiff, tense
and he would shake. This shaking thing was so weird.
After the Dtap vaccine, he cried and shrieked for 24 hours straight. It did not
matter who held him or what we offered him. After that, he wanted to be in
his bouncy thing all the time and he would cry when we laid him flat on his
back.

At one point I pulled all the casein out of his diet but it didn’t make any
difference. Only milk made him worse. Cutting gluten out did not make a
difference either. He loved vegetables, I could have given him 10 pounds of
broccoli and he would have eaten it.

He could not have cared less to be by himself in his room. TV was the only
thing he paid 100 % attention to.

He had no fear whatsoever. He still does not have the typical fear other kids
have.

How is he without supplements?
Without them he is like a dull version of himself; he just goes through the
motions. We need to change his supplements when he plays with water a lot.
He loves to play in water, filling cups. Everything always seems to be
around running water. He even took blocks to make a waterfall.

Without the supplements he gets upset very quickly, and seems to takes
things personally and does not understand well. I can’t take him to the store
because he is all over the place.

Describe “dull version” please.

He does not have any joy, happiness, motivation or any desire to go
anywhere. He just looks empty, without a soul, defiant and everything has to
be his way. He does not care about you. Nobody exists. He neither
acknowledges anyone nor wants to be around anyone. There is zero
participation, no answer or response. He is an empty shell without any
ability of absorption. He does not care about anything and can be extremely
focused on only one thing.

Tell me more about “not caring” about anything.

He does not have any sense of what is going on around him. If someone gets
hurt he walks away. He has no concept or comprehension, almost like a
blank sheet of paper. The only thing that matters is what he is stuck on at
that moment.

A blank sheet of paper?

He is like a newborn, there is no experience, just waiting to fill the paper,
with a soulless stare. There is nothing living behind that. It is difficult to
explain, it is as if he were blind; he does not have any ability to see or may

be he has seen too much. He can’t hear either but I know he can see and
hear. There is a disconnect between the eyes, ears and his brain almost to the
point of non-existence, almost as if he is not alive. No one else is around. He
can only see one small detail and nothing else.

Almost as if not alive?

He does not even look at anything. He is like a picture looking at a
picture. At times, he is so completely focused you would think he could get
sucked in by it, much like being mesmerized so that his brain starts to create
different images. I think it is like an oxygen mask for him. It is a way of
bringing life to himself just to be able to breathe.

Oxygen mask, able to breathe?

Yes, focusing removes the clouds and the sky gets completely blue. There
are kids running through a grassy field happy and playing, trees and fresh
air. It is a surreal type of place, an almost perfect place on earth. There is a
dog and a house in the distance, no adults. It is like “the little house on the
prairie.” It is almost a state of complete happiness and family-like feeling.
There is no care in the world, no worries. Perfection. Healthy, sunny,
friends, security and camaraderie.

Perfection…

All is very carefree with caring, kindness, and generosity. There is a white
house and there is no sense of any kind of fear. No jealousy and memories.

There is a red and white cat. No cars but big trees. There is a sense of fresh
air and breathing and running with the pack, enjoying the fresh air. There is
no work, nothing needs to be done, totally carefree, just run through the
hills, without a care in the world, just have fun and breathe the fresh air. It is
very freeing.

Like being brought back to life, almost like a rescue and being saved.
Breathing keeps hitting me. Just run, run, run and release the stress. It feels
alive. The muscles are hurting, they are being pushed to the limit and I am
gasping for air because I am breathing too fast. You don’t know what you
are running to, just continual running to clear the head. The muscles are
burning. It is paralyzing in a way.

Paralyzing…

Not in control of the running. It can’t be stopped. It is the same as being in
labor, which was forced. There is also constant worry. It is a feeling of being
drugged and numb but without being numb either. Nothing stops the pain. It
is as if the muscles are used to run a marathon. There is no power to stand.
No core power, just breathing.

No power…

Yes, no ability to walk or get up. There is no way to try to have energy
because there is no strength. It feels totally powerless. The legs are spent,
they feel very rubbery, I can’t get out of bed. Something is holding you
down. You’re a vegetable, tied down and can’t move. What is going to
happen to you is not in your hands. It is as if there is nobody and only the
mind is left but it is cut off from the body, it is not attached. You can’t feel
the legs. They are no longer attached to your body. You cannot move. The
body is like a heavy stone; it has no life.

Heavy stone?

A boulder, it is gray, it can’t be rolled. It is gigantic, as if it came out of the
side of a mountain. It is hard, rough and rigid. Lifeless. Solid. Shatterproof.
Almost protective. There is no feeling and you are unable to move.
Disabling. Impenetrable. It is hard. Can’t chip away at it. It is solid weight
that is frozen in place. Massive, and needs Atlas strength to lift the stone.
Monumental.

It just exists as a non-living object. Power is in its weight and size. No one
can move or penetrate it.

There are a lot of single words in your examples, please continue.

Negative, uncaring, unforgiving, obstacle, spiteful, blockage, angry,
deceptive, aggravated, harsh, unkind, unreadable, deceit, assumption,
fighter, etc.(20 minutes of single words.)

Comments:
In many ways this case reads much like most cases of autism. The deep
disconnect with his surroundings and the hyper focus on only one object
are forever present features of autism. The hyper focus is there mainly
because it alleviates pain. The extreme discontent, because it triggers
discomfort, when he is taken away from the source of hyper focus is also
present in most cases. One can understand the beautiful state it triggers
from what his mom says. “It is the little house on the prairie.” What kid
would not want that 24/7? The problem here is several-folds.

First, it is “little house” like because it relates to the opening image
feeling of being totally carefree but the show is not about carefree; the
kids go to school and there are always difficult times.

Second, he can trigger this state within himself with hyper focus. It is a
drug like state. This is the Opioid excess theory behind the gluten-free,
casein free diet (GFCF) diet, that gluten and Casein trigger drugs-like
states. By staying away from these foods the symptoms of autism are
alleviated. Indeed in some cases the opioid state is triggered just like
focusing on a spinning wheel does. In this case, this type of state is not
permanent.

The key to me, indeed, what was particularly unusual in this case was
the coldness/hardness that permeates through the whole beginning right
with the conversation with the brother. I mentioned in the Chapter
Three, that during pregnancy everything that happens is a reflection of
the state coming in through the mother. The problem with the brother
is an outward expression no one is aware of at the time. The list of single
words reflects that state: “harsh,” “obstacle,” “cold,” “unforgiving”
nature. That was singularly uncommon. Let’s be sure, we understand
this. The situation with the brother was singularly important because it
made a strong imprint. It is the resonance of the situation with the
vulnerability that was developing that is important. The same situation
in a different person could not have made any impression at all. This is
singularity.

During the case, Mom plugged into something in a very unprejudiced
way. She deeply wanted a solution. In fact she didn’t want a solution,
she needed a solution and that is why she was speaking in a totally
unprejudiced way. She poured her heart out. Had she had any ego left
she would have sugarcoated this but there was no option. That is one of
the reasons this case did so well. A fantastic mom!

The remedy I recommended was Granite.
REMEDY
GRANITUM (lap-gr-m) 30 C

ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE – Case Studies

Thank you all for the feedback regarding Pierre’s book. I know many of you are anxious to get to the case studies, so I am going to start posting these in addition to the chapters of his book. Here is Pierre’s intro about his case studies:

One Heart,
One Mind

Pierre Fontaine, CCH

The Case for Healing Autism

The following are my case notes. By sharing these cases I have three wishes:

1. I hope these files can serve as an eye opener for people who don’t have a
direct experience with autism. The cliché has people thinking of autism as a
lack of social skills and speech accompanied at times with savant qualities as
in the movie “Rainman” but autism is often an extremely physically painful
disease. I want this to clearly come through.

2. We cannot overlook the pain parents endure. The emotional pain and the
challenges for them are extreme. Among the mountain of problems they
face, they suffer an eighty percent divorce rate. I think there ought to be a
national campaign to organize a buddy support program for parents.

3. Relief or reversal can definitely happen.

I touch upon the reasons the remedies are chosen but I don’t go into a deeply
detailed professional analysis. I don’t think it is useful to speak about Stage
Fifteen of the Carbon series in the Table of Elements or the Fagales plant
order and the casuarinacea family within that order of plants. That is
homeopathic parlance that is not relevant here. If anyone, after reading this
book, wishes to spend four years studying homeopathy that is fantastic, but
it is not the goal of this book. Rather, these cases are meant to be
inspirational for parents.

Though I edited these cases a few are still long and detailed with a lot of
follow-ups. The attempt was two-fold:

1: Retain the feel of the cases, and,

2: Give a realistic view of the process of reversing autism. As you will see, it
is not a straight line from here to there, though optimistic ,the road is rather
full of ups and downs.

The consultations were taken through the parents to give voice to the child.
This was done either through the pregnancy as “the first witness” or through
the mother or father withholding their ego to access into the child to bring
his whole experience to life and arrive at a good homeopathic remedy in the
manner described in Chapter 4 “Surrogacy”. I consider this a gift, an
incredible and very beautiful opportunity that never ceases to awe me in the
perfection of the Universe. I don’t think we have a better option and to a
large extent there is little more we can do but to continue refining the
process. It is literally, “One Heart, One Mind.”

Before this idea fell in my lap, I thought the Universe could not be so flawed
as to leave a disease without access. When I found this breach through the
process I call surrogacy or “One Heart, One mind”, the logic was so obvious
I felt almost silly as well as taken aback by its simplicity. Once I found out
that “One Mind” is at least as old as the Upanishads and had been explored
thoroughly by brilliant physicists, I felt chagrined for not figuring it out
sooner.

The method of suspending the ego is not an easy one because of the myriads
of intruding thoughts that prevent the process from occurring. Most of these
cases show the openness and the spontaneity of the parents in following this
method. It is very common for parents to have all kinds of intruding
thoughts such as “what I want to say may be wrong and it is going to lead
Pierre in the wrong direction” or “this does not make any kind of sense” or
“It is so silly, I’d better not say that.” These thoughts prevent spontaneity.
Most of the cases presented here show the parents suspending their thoughts
and dancing with the questions in whichever way the case itself ought to go,
rather than controlling its development.

The first case is a very insightful presentation of the child and a textbook
presentation of the remedy I gave. The third case is very straightforward and
fabulously honest about how the mother perceives her child through her
experience of him. During case taking, she becomes totally imbued with
him, she breathes him through every single cell of his body, and in return is
able to relate to me what her sense of him is within her own body. These
cases speak with a heightened level of honesty, which is absolutely crucial.
This mom does not sugar coat what she experiences from her child, which
can be harsh but that is exactly what is needed. We tap the experience of the
disease, not who or what the child is. Case Sixteen gives the case in a
methodical, perfect analysis of the child demonstrating that we can access
depth from other leads as well.

In essence, by suspending their preconceived ideas, what all of these cases
have in common is that the parents didn’t fear sounding stupid, illogical or
bluntly honest. These qualities are key to unlock the whole. By doing so, we
can recreate the state during pregnancy or the state of being the child is at
this present moment due to disease, which leads to the remedy. Recreating
the state during pregnancy or the state of the child within the parent can be
done so accurately that I have had parents excuse themselves to go vomit in
the bathroom or know with one hundred percent certainty the inner
experience of their child. This is the practicality of “One Mind, One Heart”
which purpose is to allow healing to occur. So, how do we get there?

Practically, the in-depth consultation breaks down into five conversational
stages. Here is an example adapted from one of my neuro-typical cases.

    Level one: I understand you suffer from headaches.

“I have a really bad headache which on a scale from one to ten is a nine.
This happens every time I go into the sunlight quickly, particularly in the
morning.”

This is simple, rational and perfectly typical, the purpose is to be factual and
understood. It is a perfect way to start but the depth of the information is
limited. We don’t learn anything about the nature of the pain at all nor do
we know how it affects the person. We also don’t know anything about the
pain scale as it is not put in perspective. We also don’t know exactly where
the pain is or if the headache is accompanied by nausea, eye pain or muscle
weakness or any other physical, emotional and mental symptoms. This is
what I broadly call a “left-brain” answer.

Continuing the conversation for more precise information the description
eventually expands into a creative “as if” or “like” type of answer.

    Level two: Can you describe the pain?

“It is a pounding pain; it feels as if there are a thousand little hammers in my
head knocking on my skull.”

This is exactly the kind of answer we can expect. One can imagine the pain a
little more, and it is a little more vivid. It “feels” more real but it is not true
because no one has a thousand little hammers in the head. It is an
imagination, a feeling, or thought. It is very real for sure but it is not true.
There is nothing wrong with this answer at all. It can be used to find a
remedy but we can do deeper and depth brings accuracy. I broadly call
“right-brain.”

    Level three: Can you tell a little more?

“It is a pounding headache because when I come out of the building the light
hits the retina of my eye and suddenly the blood vessels have to close which
creates pressure and that is why I have the headaches.

This is justifying right-brain answer with left-brain rationale. The brain
wants to keep the conversation under control and prevent, at all costs,
sounding silly. There is little else to us that is more crucial than sounding
rational and knowledgeable to an interlocutor; it makes us feel like we
belong. The feeling of belonging goes back to our mammal roots, as an
innate desire to be connected within a herd. This feeling is further
heightened in a relationship when one is expected to solve a problem.
Sounding silly or off-putting is avoided in favor of wanting to be in the
relationship.

    Level four: (After many questions asked to explore the various complains,
    most commonly in the second hour.)

Describe pounding without using the word “pounding”, please.
“Hum, describe why there is pounding?”

Here the purpose of changing the question out loud is for the mind to stay in
control, remain comfortable within the confines of logic. At this point a little
frustration can settle in, since the mind has said all it could say. It is tapped
out, but we can get past it.

Most of all conversations we have fit within these four patterns.
From a homeopathic point of view all are perfectly fine as all remedies have,
within their realms through provings and clinical pictures, information that
fits all of these expressions. What I am looking for is actually is to go one
step further. This is when true information comes through literally without
thought. At that level the answers are neither left nor right brain. It is the
fifth way of speaking.

Continuing within the context of headache of this case, when the person
says, “pounding” the conversation can go in different directions as follows.

When she said “pounding” she actually punctuated that with a spontaneous
slashing hand gesture. The spontaneity of the slashing hand (as if someone
were slashing through jungle vegetation) gesture did not fit the word
“pounding.” The mind-body connection was singing two different tunes.

The speech is controlled by the mind but the body language was
subconscious and spontaneous. The latter contains far more valuable
information than the one controlled by the mind. Spontaneity offers depth
that is often not probed hence the difficulty of feeling comfortable within
that mental space.

I ask to drop the word “pounding.” There is no need to repeat it because it is
a common word used to describe headaches to begin with and, far more
importantly, it does not fit the unconscious gesture. By dropping the word
we essentially get rid of the brain connection. The idea is to trigger
spontaneous thoughtless speech to get rid of the gap between what is said
and the spontaneous hand gesture. Probing other symptoms, in her case
menstrual pain or any other discomfort we are looking to see if the slashing
gesture comes back. If it does, it will probably also come back when
speaking about a dream, a fear or anything else. Of course, it may also be
that this hand gesture does not repeat which is perfectly fine; it was simply a
dead lead, no big deal. Most commonly, there are several leads at play at the
same time; it is easy to eliminate the dead ends.

Now, the real beauty is when the slashing comes back through the different
physical symptoms as well as in the dreams and the fear. As the gap, only
obvious to me, narrows by probing for increasingly spontaneous speech she
described the pain as “hard” and “bending” pain. Logically pain is rarely
spoken of as “bending” while at face value this is seemingly quite logical
within the context of flowing speech, we are moving toward non-logic. The
speech is becoming a spontaneous voice.

Here is the narrative of how this translated in the consultation room:
“I remember this bending pain (she makes a curved slashing motion). The
first time I experienced this pain was when I had my first backache. I was
seventeen. It began after I was punished for doing something wrong. I don’t
even remember what it was that I did but right after that I had the pain.”
The connection is now made. Ever so smoothly and going further I begin to
involve her senses.
Does this pain have a smell?
“It has a very clean smell.”

The point is to try to get as many of the senses as possible involved in the
thoughtlessness of it all. The very experience of it through the senses
bypasses or keeps the brain uninvolved.

Does the pain have a color?
“It is bright, very smooth green that smells really clean.”

Nothing logical between “smooth green” and “hard.” That is good, “smooth”
relates to the sense of touch. This is not a guess or a thought as in the
beginning. It is all very spontaneous. If I were to ask this kind of question
too prematurely I would get this “hum, I don’t know (thinking), I am
thinking… (thinking) “Red, may be?” (Imagination)” that is not a connected
answer. To arrive there is the art of practicing homeopathy rather than just
asking questions willy nilly just to collect information.

What was the physical experience in the back when this happened?”
“That of being slashed with a bamboo” (slashing gesture).

By keeping the conversation seemingly rational so that she does not feel
totally weirded out and by using her ability to dance with the questions we
arrived at a perfect description of the remedy.

Bamboo is used in some countries for caning people when they have done
something wrong (according to the authorities). It is also “bending” and
“hard.” It is even used in Asia to build scaffoldings. It fits the color “green”
(vision sense) and the sense of touch with “smooth.” This lady never went to
such a country; all that happened was that she tapped into Universal
consciousness of the time. Of course, the other side of Bambusa exists as
well. Calm, serene, bending in the wind but her experience was of the harsh
side.

I recommended the remedy Bambusa, which helped her greatly with all of
her complaints.

Some homeopaths would like you to think they can intuit this kind of
information and call their brand of homeopathy “intuitive homeopathy.”
Don’t leave yourself or your child in the hands of an intuitive while you are
the closest one.
It has to come from the interested party, with zero degree of
separation or in the case of a child on the spectrum, one degree of
separation. We all know our own remedy; we just need to remove the
obstacles between “it” and “us” for healing to occur. It is the delusion that
we are separate from the Whole.

Most of the following cases develop along this very same process of
disconnecting from the mind. I hope you enjoy these cases and the beauty
that is brought forward by this process.

Some cases include the answers to the questionnaire we provide prior to the
consultation. Do notice the discrepancy between what people write and what
the reality of the case actually is.

All the remedy names are in Latin as it is what we traditionally use around
the globe. Whether I speak with a homeopath in Kenya, Pakistan or France
we all know what Lycopodium is and its characteristics. I keep with this
labeling, as this is the best way to research the remedies in the Materia
Medica.

All names have been changed to protect privacy.

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Chapter 4
Surrogacy

Going through the mother’s state during pregnancy as a mirror of the child’s
inner state elicited more in depth information. But in order to overcome the
challenges of the ASD child and to widen our options, I began to toy around
with a different approach. Surrogacy is a concept I have come to
characterize as “going into, through and beyond” the child by an empathic
other. My goal was to create the possibility, with proper guidance, for the
mother and/or father, biological or not, to gain access into the child for the
purpose of finding a deeply resonating homeopathic remedy for the child.

To take the case of the ASD child, the speech and language barrier need to
be circumvented in order to access the unspoken state. We have seen that
observing and documenting the child’s behaviors is not enough because it
cannot yield individual experience. At first sight, behavior can’t be
understood beyond stereotypical, but these same behaviors can create
doorways or more explicitly, access into the child when working with a
surrogate to get to the core or deepest level. Going with a surrogate for the
child, most often the mom, is often the only option in these cases. The goal
is to bring out the experience to perfectly reflect the state of the child.

At the time, I strongly felt a universal principle at play so my premise
became that theoretically anyone can give the case. It shouldn’t matter who
it is; anyone can reach into the state of disorder of the child. At the level of
what I call “universal mind” we are all connected in the quantum field.
“Like everything else in the universe we are connected to a sea of
information in a dimension beyond physical space and time. We don’t need
to be touching or even be in close proximity to any physical elements in the
quantum field to affect or be affected by them. Most of the time we are not
aware of it because it is not the focus of our attention. The physical body is
made of organized patterns of energy and information, which is unified with
everything else in the quantum field.” (Joe Dispenza) Homeopathy works
within this connection at the quantum level through resonance.

This principle applies to everyone but the further away from the child the
surrogate is, the more potentially difficult the process. The idea of the
separate self is ego and ego is only an artificial barrier. Parents are the best
surrogate candidates because these artificial barriers are lowered. The
dropping of artificial barriers often creates the feeling of a deep connection,
unconditional love and empathy. Ideally, when our child feels pain we could
experience it. This empathic love is the conductor through which the child’s
experience can be accessed. Love acts as the conductor when parents vibrate
in similar harmony with their children.

This idea of the universal consciousness has been around for ages. As much
as I thought I was spanning uncharted territory of what I called “one mind”
and the indivisible divided (or vice versa), the reality is that from ancient
Indian texts via Jung to physics and quantum physics, it is all a fact. We are
indivisible; we are ‘one mind’ and the barriers we perceive are artificial
constructs of our minds but in the sphere of case taking it is a new concept, a
natural next step that gives one more opening to find an effective remedy.

Alice Walker said, “Anything we love can be saved.” The perception of
oneself has to dissolve to reach another. Love removes artificial barriers and
parenthood is the natural experience of this love without barriers.
Love is the conductor that helps reach the core. Love helps create the
connection. Love is lack of prejudice and preconceived ideas. Love is
emotional understanding of another’s experience, which can create the
“sensing” of someone else’s experience.

Case taking using surrogacy is the art of lifting these artificial barriers
between humans to access healing. To be successful, the gate of the ego
must be gently pushed aside. The artificial barriers of what we think of
ourselves as individual ought to be willingly set aside for a little while to
access the child’s state; it is a re-connection almost to the greater whole.

To do this, the individual ego of the surrogate is gently put on the back
burner; the surrogate is informed, “The only person who exists in the world
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at this moment is your child.” Mom does not exist, Dad does not exist: no
one exists but the child. Complete focus is key. The best results circumvent
the surrogate’s individual identity of the conscious mind. Understanding the
pain of “other” occurs here.

My journey into surrogacy happened spontaneously while interviewing
another particularly eloquent mother about her pregnancy. She began to
become sidetracked and was speaking about her child’s difficult behaviors.
At the time, I normally would gently redirect the mother back to the
experience of her pregnancy. This time around, I let her continue and
realized she was presenting me with what I now call “doorways” or the paths
of least resistance into child. In essence, I realized she was having a deeply
empathic experience to the behavior she was describing. In my mind I saw
this as a doorway that needed the right question to open and behind it would
be an experience not of her own but of her child. Though she was simply
describing the outward symptom of her child “tapping on everything with
his thumb,” she was on the very edge of literally going into the child. This
was the moment I sensed what I previously described as “strongly feeling a
universal principle.” Here it was! These behaviors or habits known as stims,
short for stimulation, are meaningful; there is substance behind them if we
can access them thought the surrogate.

At that moment it became clear there was no need to cut the flow and
redirect her back to the pregnancy, but instead to listen and wait for these
doorways to spontaneously present themselves and ask the right question.
This was really marvelous. Deeply insightful and meaningful answers could
be had; much more penetrating questions could be asked.

That day, I came to realize that by walking through these “child-specific
doorways,” we go into the child. This access to information often takes us
beyond the conscious mind. Each doorway can reach the canvas; most
incredibly, all doorways lead to the same spot on canvas. Every disease
begins from this one individual spot, this seed on the canvas of health and
disease. This enables us access to the child’s experience or sensation that
causes or contributes to symptoms and behaviors. This is autism speaking
through the surrogate.

The obvious risk of eliciting the experience through this method is that of
the information tainted by the surrogate, but that problem resolves itself
once “into the child.” The surrogate’s individual mind is a little bit in
suspension, no longer used and the parent, unbeknownst to her, becomes the
child. The process is only a dance between questions and answers with the
purpose of circumventing the rationale of ego. When in this state of oneness
with a focus on being the child, the child comes through. It is meditative in
the sense that the mind connects with the greater whole. Universal oneness
then simply is.

Some people are so deeply anchored into themselves they have an
impossible time letting go of that artificial barrier that seemingly separates
us all. In such a case I can use the pregnancy or other homeopathically
relevant way of finding information.

Parents don’t have to believe in this. Belief has never been part of
homeopathy. Parents must simply be willing to open themselves up to the
process for a couple of hours. The only goal is to find an accurate remedy
for the child. Withholding the ego is not an easy task. The art of surrogate
case taking lies in the ability to dance with the parent between left brain and
right brain realms.

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Chapter 3
Taking the Case

“Taking the case” is the phrase used to describe the process of finding a
homeopathic remedy capable of reverberating with the totality of
dysfunction. It is often referred to as the constitutional remedy or
simillimum. The case taking process involves collecting all the facts about
the case using various tools such as interview, observation, perception, and a
thorough history. During the case taking consultation the homeopath must
come to an understanding of the Vital Disorder as described by individual
feelings, functions, and sensations, rather than only physical symptoms. A
term for this is “malady” or “mal-a-dit,” which translates from French into
“bad-has-said.” Illness has its own language; symptoms speak to us, the art
of the homeopath is to be able to listen and understand what it tells us. To
elicit and understand what the singular expression of the mal-a-dit is and to
find the corresponding remedy is what a homeopath is constantly focused
upon to achieve.

Normally, it is the afflicted person who gives an account of his condition
and physical symptoms according to what he perceives through his senses.
This is a departure from the allopathic, material approach, which depends on
technology and testing of tissues to find the physical evidence of the disease
in order to treat.

Case taking seeks to understand the disorder as it is verbally expressed and
experienced by the person on the physical, emotional and mental planes. The
goal is to bring the details out to life by facilitating the person to describe his
internal experience in such fine detail so as to, at times, even directly
indicate the correct remedy. This is the way in which the illness, or the
disordered state as we prefer to call it, is identified and matched to a similar
remedy state.

Over the years, case-taking methodology evolved from a linear method to a
more artful yet more accurate and effective consultation. Basic case taking is
a process of attentive listening and precise questioning so as to understand
the physical symptoms of the Vital Disorder, discernable only through the
manifestations of the disorder in feelings and functions as described by
words, gestures and through the senses. Questions follow the Golden Thread
from the chief complaint to deeper levels of individual unique experience.
Let’s take a couple of examples such as constipation and fear of dogs. At a
superficial level, the possibilities of individual experience are limited “I
don’t poop” or “I don’t like dogs.” At the deepest level of Physical,
Emotional and Mental (PEM), information becomes very individualized. For
example, the fear of dogs may have little to do with dogs themselves but
rather might be a fear of extreme physical pain in one individual. In another
individual, the ‘dog’ might be a memory of a verbally abusive uncle. In both
cases the fear of dog leads in very different directions, one goes towards
physical pain, the other towards an emotional matter, while both engender
dramatically different perceptions at their deepest level. With constipation,
the symptoms differences can be as wide as the Grand Canyon. As often
found in ASD children, the stool can be as hard as a rock with dark pellets
that tear the anus; or it can be that the child can go to the potty, even say “it
is coming,” wiggle on the potty and within a minute completely lose the
desire of going because of a complete constriction of the sphincter muscle to
allow the stool to pass. This condition might finally require an enema after a
week though the stool itself is routinely witnessed to be soft. Again, both
examples lead to very different ends and if not investigated properly lead to
the wrong remedy.

Everything the person does or says is important and everything is worthy of
attention in the process of taking the case history: attention but not
interpretation. Case taking becomes distorted when the homeopath goes into
interpretation of common words or expressions or asks leading questions
which can only be extrapolated out of his or her own experience. Avoiding
this type of prejudice and judgment is critical to effective case taking.
For the most part, the evolution of case taking represents an ever-deepening
understanding of how to match states of disorder to remedies. This is called
“like cures like”; from a linear to a more fractal pattern with each symptom
of a chronic, multifaceted disorder acting as a hologram for the entire
disorder. The principles of totality, minimum dose, individualization, and
‘like cures like’ in order to heal suffering through the correct homeopathic
remedy are steadfast, just as the sun is part of the day. Once all the
information is gathered, we mainly pay attention to what is “strange, rare
and peculiar” (SRP). For example, one does not pay attention to painful
joints in arthritis because it is common in arthritis. If the joint pain is worse
after diarrhea (yes, I have seen it) then that becomes a SRP. (Incidentally,
the remedy in this particular case might well be Kali bichromatum.) Or, the
joint pain may drive the sufferer out of bed every night and lead him to
restlessly pace around with a desire to take a hot shower to relieve painful
joints. The pain here is combined with a mental symptom: restlessness and
the desire for hot shower. The remedy in this case might be Rhus
toxicodendron. The possibilities of different symptoms are nearly endless.
That said, this is a rather linear way of taking a case but today we also like to
pay attention to spontaneous gestures and unleashed irrational, unrelated adlibs.
For example, if someone is speaking of a stabbing pain and at the same
time the spontaneous hand gesture illustrating the pain is that of a twisting
motion then it is very unlikely that stabbing pain is accurate and ought not
be taken. Only when the speech matches the hand gesture is the information
accurate and valuable to take into consideration in choosing a remedy. So in
consideration of ASD, the challenge is to find a way to take a case of a child
whose speech is inhibited.

In my own practice, I refined case taking methodology, perfecting what I
call ‘surrogate’ case taking. Surrogacy is a concept I define as going ‘into,
through, and beyond’ the child via an empathic other, most often a parent,
with the goal of finding an accurate remedy. This method evolved in
response to the challenges of taking the case for the ASD population. The
multi-symptomatic nature of the physical presentation, the cognitive
deficiencies at the mental level resulting in poor to non-existent speech and
language skills, and the emotional issues make face-to-face evaluation
difficult, if not impossible.

The challenge is how do we find totality in the multi-systemic disease state
of ASD? How can we identify the individual experience of suffering with a
child who lacks communication skills? How can we come to know the core
of ‘like’ when individually qualifying ASD is so difficult?

Given these questions and the fact the homeopathic consultation and case
history is entirely verbal, the first challenge I faced was how to give voice to
a child whose own capacity to communicate is impeded or whose language
deficits preclude his capacity to portray physical feelings and emotions with
the necessary depth, connection or self-understanding? Parents typically give
the case history when neuro typical children are concerned; a few symptoms,
then we ask the child and parents some questions and give a remedy
accordingly. But ASD demands that parents give not just superficial
symptoms and behaviors, but the very state of disorder of the child; to,
although they don’t know, literally vibrate as the child. Since the parents are
the closest to the child, what I call ‘one degree of separation’, they have the
most potential of relating individual information. I see my role as a partner
facilitating the access to the code.

The process begins with a brief, simple questionnaire comprised of nine
questions completed by the parents (see appendix) prior to the consultation.
The first three questions are rather straightforward:

1. What unusual behaviors, interests, obsessions, tastes, aversions, and
fears does your child have?

2. What makes your child upset or stressed and how does she react
when upset?

3. What makes her calm, what gives her joy, what is she drawn toward
doing, or having?

The behaviors exhibited in ASD are extremely wide and most commonly
denote reactions; understanding the pains and discomfort of what triggers
these reactions is the important part. I liken this to an experience of spinning
wheels, or turning the lights on and off incessantly. We need to get behind
what we see.

One unique aspect of my consultation is that I don’t need to see the child. As
stated previously, there is not much the child can tell me and, perhaps, I am
not the most astute observer. This is possibly a shortcoming, but the main
reason I don’t see the child is because all of the children I see have gone to
so many appointments, they have had to sit as best they could or not, waited
or not, been pricked, prodded, patted on the head with a perfunctory smile
then shoved into a corner with a couple of toys and spoken about in front of
them. This is nothing short of horrible in the best of circumstances. In the
worse cases, total meltdowns occur, papers fly, things get thrown, tempers
flare and embarrassment ensues. I don’t see any reason to participate, repeat
and contribute to this experience. So perhaps observation can give clues but,
in my case, I’d rather not cause the stress to what is already an extremely
stressed child.

One would think that the observation of behavior in order to take the case is
necessary and or useful, but because it is impossible to explore the
experience of the particular behavior in a deep way through direct contact
with the child, it has limited value. A self-stimulation (stim) is a stim; it is
experience of the stim that is meaningful, rarely the outward manifestation.
In other words, flapping is the result of an inner experience, eliciting that is
far more substantial. Given this reality, as I explain later, the parents are the
solution.

The second challenge is to bypass the multi-systemic, gravely varied and
profoundly disturbing symptomatology to reach the core of the case. How
does one manage the fact that autism is more than one disease entity? I felt
that in most cases I had do avoid falling into the vortex of symptoms that are
so vividly displayed in an ASD case: the obvious gut issues, the high levels
of bacteria, fungi, viral agents, the high level of heavy metal toxicity; along
with all that is consistently inconsistent symptomatology. How to find
totality in this? The challenge for me is to keep a bird’s eye view of this
multi-systemic symptomatology yet capture the depth in order to remain
unprejudiced to the totality. Prejudice is the lack of deeper understanding of
a symptom, or not taking a very unique symptom into consideration.

In order to go beyond the morass of symptom presentation it became clear
that I had to find a way to go far deeper than the observable and common
characteristics of children with ASD. I needed to understand the entire state
– the gestalt – indeed, the very root or the core of the child’s suffering
experience. Case taking had to go deeper than noting “flapping” or tantrum
behaviors when the child is told “no,” but rather be a witness of the state of
disorder from the very background upon which the outward symptoms are
held. I refer to this as the canvas where the meeting point of disease and
remedy is illustrated and come together.

When I first began taking case histories of ASD children in 1997, the
methodology was at a standstill. Repertorization was the accepted method of
case analysis and was the only way we as homeopaths knew to take the case.
Repertorization is the traditional approach to case taking that entails
cataloguing physical, mental, and emotional symptoms in order to select a
corresponding remedy. While it is quite effective when dealing with single
very defined conditions, it is not at all effective for such a difficult multifaceted
condition as ASD.

Using this method, individual symptoms are thoroughly described and
documented on the physical, mental and emotional levels and a repertory is
consulted. A repertory is an index that organizes symptoms. The body is
broken down into its parts with sections on “head,” “mouth,” “eyes,” “nose,”
“throat,” etc. down to “feet.” Symptoms are listed under each category.
There is also a very large section on “mind.” Under each heading, rubrics are
listed alphabetically. All kinds of symptoms are listed. For example, one of
the first rubrics under “head” is: “Sensation of air in the head” and three
remedies are listed. Another rubric further down the list is “Sensation, of a
band around the head” and over seventy remedies are listed for that. The
idea is to find the symptom in the repertory and list the remedies that have
been proven to heal this symptom.

When taking the case of a neuro-typical child, the list of complaints is
limited and the chief complaint is easily determined. However, a child on the
spectrum may present with a list as long as 25 different maladies. For this
reason, the repertory became obsolete very quickly when dealing with
autism; there are just too many symptoms. Let’s take another example of
repertorization using constipation, since many ASD children have
constipation that produces little black pellets like sheep dung: Rubric “Stool,
like sheep dung.” There are forty-one remedies listed in the repertory. There
is also a rubric called “Stool, balls” where 47 remedies are listed as well as
some sub-rubrics for “black,” “brown” or “green” balls. Unfortunately,
finding a remedy through such physical symptoms rarely leads to success
because sheep dung-like stool is only a symptom. It does not represent the
inner core of the child in cases of ASD. It does not give voice to the inner
state of the child. One can perhaps affect the “hard knotty stool” with a
remedy listed in that rubric but it does not mean the child’s core ASD
problem will change unless only by chance. The same can be said about
diarrhea, skin issues, or hyperactivity. Very commonly, parents focus on one
problem such as, “If only my child could go to the bathroom on an everyday
basis he would feel more comfortable during the day. I see that he is
hurting but if he were not in so such pain he would be able to focus and he
would make progress.” While that sounds good and possibly logical,
relieving a local symptom rarely brings a change in the core and will not
improve speech in the least.

When the approach is based on a linear, mechanical way of finding a
remedy, such as the approach taken by so-called sequential homeopathy or
CEASE whose method is to give many different remedies in an attempt to
affect as many symptoms superficially as possible, it cannot yield deep
results. Weeding through the immense array of symptoms is key in dealing
with ASD. Superficial remedies give superficial results.
When it became clear that a different way of accessing the child’s deeper
state was needed, I began to explore the idea of the “homeopathic genetic
tree.” This effect has been well documented by contemporary homeopaths in
India who often see families living closely together; the same remedy was
observed to be effective across several generations. For example, during the
consultation for a child, through comments such as, “I understand perfectly
what he means to say…” or, “I know exactly what my child is going through
because when I was a child myself I had the exact same feeling he is trying
to describe.” Such statements can point to a deep and meaningful resonance
between individuals and there is likelihood that the mother, grandmother,
and child all need the same remedy. Through such resonance or empathic
understanding, the mother is able to give details about what the child is
experiencing because she is or has experienced the same thing. The wider
choice of words from the adult makes the discovery process easier. The
effect of a deeper understanding on the part of the parents expands the
choice of remedies greatly and leads to more accurate and deeper acting
remedies.

Ultimately, this method fails for ASD because probing feelings and physical
pains through the adult family members tends to yield better results in cases
of organic illnesses such as asthma, or skin disease, gastro intestinal issues,
auto immune diseases, etc. For autistic children
it is nearly impossible to use the immediate arc of relation due to the lack of
speech and because the parents have not directly experienced autism
themselves or much beyond the generic remark, “He is in his own world and
he wants to come out.” Since parents did not have autism before their child
the lack of arc of relation had to be solved.

I started to focus on the pregnancy for the purpose of finding a matching
homeopathic remedy; not because something wrong happens during
pregnancy but because of the closeness or resonance it brings. When I
started to investigate the physical, emotional and mental planes during
pregnancy and chose a remedy accordingly, the results began to improve. In
the process, I began to understand pregnancy in a completely different light
than what is commonly accepted. The result was the answer to a question I
never thought of asking: what is a pregnancy?

There is a reason why pregnancy represents a unique opportunity to access
the child’s inner state. At the level of the Vital Force (VF), a separate state
begins with its own unique biodynamic state, part of the ‘inflation’ i.e. the
differentiation, process I introduced in chapter 2. Although mother and child
biologically share a body, one biodynamic state is stronger, over-powers and
temporarily replaces the other. It appears that a majority of the time, the
biodynamic state of the child grafts itself onto the mother’s Vital Force (VF)
and by extension onto her body about 65% of the time. In those cases, the
incoming entity’s biodynamic state is the stronger one and temporarily
overcomes the biodynamic state of the mother. The dynamic state of the
child is often stronger simply because it is still connected to “source” which
is dynamically more powerful and pure, that is to say devoid or empty of
prejudice. As this process occurs, the mother becomes completely taken over
by this biodynamic state; her emotions, physical symptoms and mental state
are that of what will be the child and no longer her own. This explains, I feel
rather poetically, why mothers say things like, “I was not at all myself
during my pregnancy.” The mom is completely taken over; she is not in her
own state any longer but is rather imbued by the state that inhabits her child.
Because the change is gradual and it is still, after all, the mother’s physical
body with which she identifies, she still thinks it is her, but really she is no
longer in her own state. From that point on, any experience she describes is
representative of the child’s state; the mother is the one experiencing it in all
of her cells. Everything she feels physically, emotionally and mentally is that
of the child. Sometimes, the switch from one state to the other is brutal;
perhaps it is part of what causes long lasting morning sickness or postpartum
depression. What is occurring is out of her hands; it is mainly the expression
of the dynamis of the growing fetus – the coming child. The pregnancy is an
opportunity to be completely selfless in the sense of being the child.
This deeper, more meaningful understanding of pregnancy happened when a
mother once said “she did not feel at all like herself during the pregnancy”
and then asked me whether that had something to do with her child being
born autistic? It is that question that instantly created this insight. Moms still
ask me that question. Of course, absolutely not! I went on to ask the mom to
describe as much as possible about her physical, emotional and mental state
during pregnancy. Through her particular state during pregnancy, I was able
to get substantial homeopathically useable information to recommend a
remedy. I had reached what seemed like a holy grail of looking through
symptoms to see the fundamental expression of the biodynamic state of her
child but little did I know there would be more to discover.

In my observation in about 35% of pregnancies, the mother’s state is the
same as the state developing within her. In such instance, since the state is
the same as the mother, one can take the present mother’s case and possibly
find the state of the child that way.

The state during pregnancy became crucial to me to find a more accurate
remedy. I understood the state during pregnancy to be a root upon which
information could grow. As I asked about the pregnancy in the greatest
details possible, searching for the most accurate moment of experience of
the state, four key moments during pregnancy were established:

1: The moment the mother ‘knows’ she is pregnant. This can be an
instinctual feeling. Some mothers know they are pregnant right at the
moment of conception, literally when the egg is being impregnated with the
sperm. The moment is often powerfully ingrained but yields little
homeopathically relevant information because the inflation period has not
bloomed yet and the moment is also overshadowed by the arousal of
intercourse.

2: The moment the mother finds out she is pregnant. This is different from
the mother knowing she is pregnant which is commonly the time of taking
the pregnancy test. Here, of course, for the purpose of case taking the depth
needs to be beyond, “I was excited to be pregnant” or, “I was scared.”

3: The entire nine months of pregnancy, especially when the mom felt “not
at all myself.”

“Darling, can you buy some creamed herring?” or, “I want to go to the
beach,” though it is sub-zero temperature outside and ‘normally’ she would
take a sweater with her in ninety degree weather “just in case.” These
seemingly meaningless and absurd events are indications of the state. I love
those events as they stand guard to such wonderful information when
probed. I think it is so much better to understand pregnancy this way than,
“Don’t worry, it’s your hormones,” or, “You’ll get over it.” Once pregnancy
is understood this way it becomes far more meaningful than dismissing and
blaming these results on hormones floating around in the body.

4: The delivery. Whether the pregnancy or the delivery is “good or bad,”
“easy or difficult” does not dictate autism. In fact, no pregnancy or delivery
speaks of autism or any other disease. It is a state that balances between
illness and health. Illness and health are not disconnected from each other
but rather form a “balance rod.” The reason for why the rod leans is
unknown to me. Is it within as I may appear to suggest or without in terms of
environment? Or is it a question of both? For me, reaching the canvas
constitutes the meeting point of within and without so the question is not
asked. Finding a solution overrules.

The key is not to interpret pregnancy. An easy delivery and an easy
pregnancy “It was so easy, I didn’t feel a thing,” is commonly considered a
positive. Yet,, once we scratch the surface it can reflect an “inactive child in
utero,” “minimal kicking” with little or no affect on the mother; “as if
nothing had happened,” may reflect a dull state in the child hence become an
overarching beginning in the search of a remedy. The dullness may be
reflected in the physical body in the form of hypotonia and emotionally dull
like “he never cries.” Seen that way, “dullness” becomes a crucial piece of
information and most likely reflects a central issue in the state of disorder on
all levels. In such a case, “dullness” affords us a branch to hold onto to go
deeper into the characterizing aspects of the dullness. I remember a mother
speaking about her easy pregnancy. When she mentioned it to her doctor or
family members, she was told to “just be happy it’s like that.” She stopped
thinking about it but kept on having a “nagging feeling” noting, “I knew
something was not quite right.” Dullness turned out to be one of the most
prominent qualities of the child. The opposite – or any other configuration –
can be true as well. A flamboyant state, “I wore bright colors and was more
active than I had ever been” can echo a hyperactive child, “climbing on
furniture,” or “waking at 4AM and not needing any more sleep for the rest of
the day.” Anything is possible, and needs to be investigated in order to find
precisely the characterizing nature of the disorder. “Dull” or “hyperactive”
are qualities that can lead us deeper into the core but alone don’t present
enough information to be of value.

Questions are pursued about the pregnancy and depending on what the
mother says and how she says it, I focus on one of the earlier mentioned four
moments to obtain a deeper understanding.

At that point, using the pregnancy improved the results, but the system
needed refinement. To me, the most troubling aspect of going through the
pregnancy with only the mother was that the father was essentially cut out of
the case-taking process. I felt I was beginning to touch something with a
universal quality about it but I was still missing a piece of the puzzle. My
reasoning was that the father or an adoptive parent should also naturally
have equal opportunity as the pregnant mom. I believe the universe is love
and love is unprejudiced so I also believe it is only logical that all have
access to the information albeit instead of one degree of separation it might
be more.

My search to find a way to take the case through the father or parents of the
adopted child marked the beginning of my journey into what I call
“surrogacy.”

ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE: Chapter 2 – The Vital Force

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Pierre Fontaine CCH

The Case for Healing Autism

Chapter 2
The Vital Force

We are constantly surrounded by electromagnetic radiation from our own
bodies, from the earth, the sun, even deep space, and from the everincreasing
amount of higher frequency radio waves that are part of the
wireless revolution. Most of us are not sensibly aware (with the exception of
light) of these waveforms around and within us. But other animals have a
more direct ability to sense electromagnetic fields or waves. Migratory
animals use the magnetic field of the earth for navigation and there are
reports that cats prefer certain kinds of magnetized water. Perhaps we are not
as blind to electromagnetic radiation as we think. Certainly a more sensate
story of the interaction between animal life and electromagnetic phenomena
is in order. Scientists who venture into this area should be encouraged. We
can all take time in our daily lives to consider this question, which is always
present in the space around and between us.

Matter and energy interchange in the electro-dynamic field is measurable in
terms of waveforms composed of frequency, wavelength and amplitude.

The Vital Force (VF), via the electro-dynamic field, is in a constant state of
adaptation, making moment-to-moment adjustments to these waveforms,
simultaneously responding to and affecting the surrounding environment.
The theory of resonance describes how the Vital Force responds and adjusts
to every stimulus it is exposed to, both harmful and curative.

Resonance: A reinforcement of sound in a vibrating body caused by waves
from another vibrating body at nearly the same rate.

Resonance, simply stated, is similar vibration, the affinity of one note to
another like it. It can be illustrated by the example of two tuning forks in the
same key: strike one tuning fork and it begins to vibrate releasing sound
waves. Place another tuning fork in close proximity and it will vibrate at a
similar rate to the first causing it to release sound without having to be
struck. If we use a tuning fork in an octave above or below the original
tuning fork, the second tuning fork will vibrate with sound but of lesser
amplitude. This demonstrates the principle of harmonics and resonance.
Resonance, in my view, also explains why two very different organisms
can’t reproduce. It is more than a purely physical matter; the resonance is
what makes the physical come to reality.

As stated earlier, all matter vibrates. Each organism has its own level of
vibration or resonant frequency. Within an organism there are different
levels of vibrations, all working seamlessly within an integrated whole. The
human organism is a very complex system of electro-dynamic vibrations.
Not only will each part have it’s own vibration but the whole organism
vibrates in a dynamic way, constantly adapting and responding to different
stimuli. These changes occur in both frequency and amplitude. All the
changes within a body occur within the resonance of its parts and
counterparts. When some of the parts are no longer interacting in synergy
then disease begins. That does not mean we feel sick but it begins to plow a
groove that eventually evolves into an outward expression of disease. This
explains the prodromal phase of sickness, acute or chronic. In acute disease
such as chicken pox, the prodromal period is 2 to 5 days. Even a common
cold has a prodromal period. Athletes who keep track of their resting heart
rate notice a couple of beats up a day or two before full blown symptoms
appear. During this prodromal phase, the body is actually adapting and
mounting a response to the pathogen. The individual Vital Force and
organism are adapting; it is a fully logical Vital and therefore biological
response of resistance to the particular infection. Broadly speaking, the
chicken pox creates symptoms that are the same for everyone yet within that
response there are subtle differences that make the response individual as
well. Compared to a chronic disease, chicken pox is simple but, make no
mistake about it, there is a prodromal rather than incubating period in
chronic disease too, where the body is adapting to the “mistunement” of the
Vital Force. This is true in the case of autism, as well of course. Though
nothing is as complicated as autism, weaving all the way back into the
pregnancy gives us a kind of prodromal period. When the constitution
develops within the inflation period spoken about earlier depth and
singularity can be reached with careful questioning. The constitution takes
its own course, either autism or any other disease or none at all develop from
within or from without, influenced by external forces. If an external force
clearly affected the child, almost independently of the constitution, there are
times when the remedy ought be chosen according to the present picture.
Whether we go back to the pregnancy or take the presenting symptoms with
a full understanding, the carefully chosen remedy sends up a “note” with a
similar EM (Electro-Magnetic) resonance and the person’s illness,
constituted from a similar note, responds at its own speed according to the
severity of the condition. No response can be forced; it must be a total
match.

ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE: Chapter 1 – Bio-dynamic Approach to Healing

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The Case for Healing Autism

Chapter 1

Bio-dynamic Approach to Healing

Homeopathy is a medicine of resonance. In essence, and perhaps to your
surprise, we are all familiar with the concept. Broadly stated, everything
“good” we do or feels good in life utilizes this concept. In politics, we vote
for an individual whose speech has the most resonance with the way we
think. The groups we join or the people we call our friends are folks we like,
most often because they are “like us” or because we share common qualities.
In other words, we choose people who resonate with us. The clothes we
wear, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the movies we watch, etc., have
resonance with us and, consequently, all say something about us. This
quality of resonance is totally ethereal yet it thoroughly permeates our lives.
We would never think of joining a group that is antagonist to our beliefs, nor
would we ever vote for the person whose message is opposed to what we
believe in. So why is it that when it comes to medicine we take a totally
different approach and take a medication, which is antagonist to our physical
symptoms? I think the answer is actually far simpler than we think because it
is the only option we know.

Though the word homeopathy is a little more common today than it was ten
years ago, I still have to repeat myself when I am asked what I do. As a cop
who pulled me over for speeding asked me once, “You are a homo- what?”
“Sorry officer, I am a homeopath.” Homeopathy is treating what ails us with
a substance “proven”(I explain this term in chapter six) to be in total
resonance with the symptoms of the ailment. Resonance means that the
symptoms are taken as the language of the body and as such need to be
deeply understood within the individual’s context of his life. Because of the
resonance – similitude – the action of the homeopathic remedy literally
cancels out the symptoms much like a noise cancelling machine. This is in
opposition to contemporary medicine, also called allopathic medicine,
which gives a substance that has an opposite resonance to what the body is
doing. This is why a prescription medication is called a drug and the word
“anti” is always a preposition as in anti-biotic, anti-depressant, anti-fungal,
etc. A homeopathic remedy cancels the illness; a medication “drugs” the
system to prevent the body from causing the symptoms.

Health and disorder is a biodynamic tandem and one cannot be without the
other. ‘Bio’ speaks to the organism itself, it’s physiology and physical
matter. ‘Dynamic’ points to the organism’s constant change, activity or
progress; it’s living component, the very immaterial (as of today) energetic
entity the material body is built around.

A biodynamic approach to health and disease presumes an interaction of
complex systems, whose individual parts interact and influence the system
as a whole and whose immaterial dynamis animates and provides power and
energy. This dynamic potential represents the organism’s capacity to live,
grow, and be as we are clearly all animated. The dynamis, or organizing
principle is known as the Vital Force (VF). It is part of what sets in motion
the growth of the organism and determines the physical constitution, a
combination of inherited traits and individual essence. The Vital Force (VF)
is seen as the organizing principle of both health and disorder of the
organism. It is the force animating creation a fraction of a second prior to
sub cellular activity and then cellular activity. As such, The Vital Force (VF)
is an integral part of the spark of life itself, which in its very beginning is
simply an ethereal code. As the body grows in the womb it does so
according to this original code. We know about the DNA or genetic code but
this is not what I am speaking about. I am saying that a Vital encryption is
created within the Vital Forces of the egg and sperm coming together. In the
beginning, it expresses few individualizing characteristics but as it develops
concomitantly with physical growth it rapidly begins. This is what I call the
‘ inflation period’ to reveal traits and individual expressions within the
womb, as we will see in the chapter four ‘Surrogacy’.

In disease, one major advantage of recognizing and understanding this code,
is that since it is a partner architect of disease (and health), being able to
access it affords us deep and meaningful levels of healing. As we will see, in
the case of ASD, it is extremely important, if not crucial, to reach as deeply
as possible. It presents not only as an extremely complex disease, but due to
a variable lack of awareness, it imparts the most profound symptomatology.
ASD is a multi-system illness often deeply affecting the gastro intestinal
tract as well as the brain, not only in terms of receptive and expressive
cognition, but also with various forms of seizures, gross motor and fine
motor functions.

The first obvious advantage of using expressions of the vital force going
back as far as possible into the pregnancy to reach the constitutional code, is
that depth gives perspective and nuances to all parts. Depth here is looking
at the totality of symptoms in a multi-dimensional way rather than looking at
individual parts.

Many years ago, depth provided me with the understanding that a stim is a
possible expression of physical pain. Depth does not take a stim as nonsense
but rather as a meaningful gesture. Too often ASD is treated through
individual parts to try to singularly affect the GI tract to deal with diarrhea or
the facial muscles with the idea of loosening apraxia or approach the
restlessness or the OCD convinced that “if only this could be dealt with, he
will be fine.” That rarely works. It is best to look at the entire disorder at
once to prevent any compromise to the integrity of the whole.

It is important to understand that the whole is not the addition of its physical
parts and physical symptoms but by its very complex nature is a force
multiplier that forms a multi-dimensional totality of the condition itself
across the physical, emotional and mental planes. It is a multi-dimensional
view of the whole, so complete that one can distinguish patterns of
experience, indeed possibly the very experience of itself.

Though Part Two of this book is a complete presentation of this process, let
us take an example to illustrate this concept now.
A phone call from a mom goes like this.
“I have two boys. One is 10 and the other 21. The 10-year-old (I’ll call Carl)
is being diagnosed with Lyme disease. We are still waiting for test results
from IGeneX. The 21-year-old (I’ll call James) was recently diagnosed with
PANDAS. Our medical bills are so high we had to sell our house. This is
where we are right now but our road has been a very long one. The 21-yearold
has been on SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
medication since he was 8 years old because of depression. Can you do
something about all of this?”

This is how people present. I call this the face value. Though this book is
about ASD there is a high suspicion in the community that Lyme disease has
“something to do with it,” a thought I don’t particularly share but that is not
important here. What is becoming increasingly apparent, however, is that
PANDAS diagnosis is greatly increasing in the ASD population and will
increase in the Neuro-typical (NT) population over the next few years and
may well become the next ‘epidemic’. So, in essence, the exceptional
particularity of Carl and James makes a perfect example for going further
back in the history to begin to find a deeper solution.

Now Carl is being diagnosed with Lyme. James, who is diagnosed with
PANDAS and deep depression characterized in part by extraordinary
sluggishness, thinks he might have had Lyme instead of depression. Good
thinking. His sluggishness and desire to stay in bed are also being blamed on
the SSRI medication he is taking! At this point, nobody really knows what is
going on. Dead end? Not so fast. It gets interesting. Since James is
diagnosed with PANDAS, I ask if he ever had tics. Indeed, he did. He was
diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome when he was five years old. Now
PANDAS is making more sense, especially since “he had a lot of
Streptococcus throat infections.” He tested positive to strep but never had
symptoms such as fever, coughing etc.

The goal is not at all a diagnosis since I am not a doctor. I am interested in
the most basic, reliable information that can give me a solid starting point
for the consultation that will take us deeper.

As I am listening to his mom, my thinking is shifting to the practicality of
case taking and the question in my mind is will I be able to get this 21-yearold
to talk to me deeply about being a five-year-old at the time he began to
have Tourette’s symptoms. Very unlikely! So, I ask the mom about her
pregnancy with James and in the way she answers me I can tell that it is still
quite vivid in her mind. There is a peculiarity in the following description. “I
was bedridden the whole time. I have two uteruses. I was cramping the
whole time. I could not get up from bed or I would start cramping right
away.” Of course, the cramping is blamed on her uterus didelphys condition
and though her abnormality does lead to greater pregnancy complications
such as cramping, it is not an absolute symptom of a uterus didelphys
pregnancy. Once again, it sounds logical to take the cramping at face value
as the cause of cramping, but it creates a problem. I remember in class being
shown the hollow brain of a woman; literally fifteen percent of a normal
brain and yet this lady is perfectly well. That fact really rang a bell in my
mind. We easily accept cause and effect as fact but that can really blind us to
the particular individual consequences. In this example, the woman was
perfectly normal even though she was not supposed to be. Sometimes, when
it comes to the brain, the answer is not quite so black and white. I bypassed
what one may think of as the obvious cause, not indiscriminately because it
is still in the back of my mind as a cause but I don’t want to be prejudiced by
it. I would rather take the facts as particular to her pregnancy. My next
question was, “When he was born or shortly thereafter, did James have any
kind of cramping, such as colic or musculo-skeletal cramping?” I want to
see, as I suspect is most likely the case, if the severe cramping in this case
during pregnancy relates to the baby himself rather that the uterus dydelphis.
The answer is “yes.” Now, I don’t want to draw any conclusions, as we have
been on the phone for just a few minutes, but I think we are on the right
track of looking at the multi-dimensional totality thereby getting far more
solid information. This will guide me to a remedy that will include the
symptomatology of PANDAS, Lyme, depression and the tics he has had
since early in life all synthesized into an original, vitalistic root.

Consultation day.
For this 21-year-old, I started the consultation with his mom, asking
questions about the pregnancy, as we will see later. In the end, mom and son
started from two different directions, each one with a separate interview and
both arrived at the same experience of the illness and thereby to the same
remedy. James related his living experience of his condition and the mom
her experience while she was pregnant. What happened in this case is that
we reached the code or what I call a universal individual point. It is a
dynamic point. In theory, anyone open enough can reach it and relate it to
others, thereby providing information for the accurate recommendation of a
homeopathic remedy. With homeopathically relevant questions, it is then
possible to determine a remedy to match the dynamis of that point which
will lead to healing.

As the body is subject to gravity, so it is to resonance and healing.

This dynamic healing potential, fundamental in homeopathy, is based on
energetic principles seen in nature such as in the laws of gravity, electricity,
magnetism, sound and light. The Universe is controlled by these energies
and it leaves little doubt that human biology is also governed by natural laws
of energy. After all, we know that matter is energy. Quantum physics and
field theory are reflected biologically in the electro-dynamic fields of the
human body. Everything in the universe vibrates at its own frequency and
within this context the human body has its own complex frequency of
vibration conforming to standard concepts in physics pertaining to
electromagnetic fields. Conceptually, it is, of course, a grand departure from
the antagonistic drug model we are accustomed to. However, it is not
because it departs from the system we are familiar with, that it is not correct.
Of course, I am well aware that proving homeopathy is much like research
on consciousness. Both are experiential and what is experiential can be
paradoxical. When a mom says after a consultation, “I know exactly how my
son feels,” she is not talking about something static like a blood test or an
Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI). Rather, she is expressing a state of being
as experienced through her son and connecting it to her neuro-typically
functioning brain so that she can elucidate through my questions and her
answers what she has experienced. I take this information and match it to a
remedy with similar resonance. This is what I now call surrogacy.

ONE HEART, ONE MIND BY PIERRE FONTAINE: Guiding principles for autism

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Guiding principles for autism

My definition of recovery for the ASD children I see in my practice is
informed by the following three ideas.

The goal is a return to neuro-typical behavior as characterized by:
1: Spontaneous eye contact.
2: Spontaneous interaction with peers and adults
3: Spontaneous conversational speech.

Although this is not always possible, it is the goal that I set for myself. This
ideal is what spurs my constant search to refine my consultation and arrive
as often as possible to an accurate remedy. Failures to reach this goal were
and still are unfortunately inevitable. However, they have prodded me along
a path, which led me to the breakthroughs that were needed to finally
develop an understanding and an approach I could systematically apply to
the reversal of ASD using homeopathy. That is the subject of this book.

The Vital Force is “the intimate spark of the individual…the essence [that]
makes him an individual yet binds him to the universe.
– Herbert A. Roberts

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The Case for Healing Autism

Introduction

The extraordinary violent trauma of Autism Spectrum Disorder

“I want my child back.” This is the most poignant cry for help I hear.
Nothing grabs me more than these five words. This is usually followed by,
“My child was developing perfectly well until he was eighteen months
old…”

I see cases of autism or “regressive autism” very much like a form of torture.
Parents have gone through the unknown trials and tribulations of pregnancy,
delivery and the first year of life.

The first birthday, pictures are snapped, first time at the beach, toes in the
water, the bathing suit stuffed by the diaper. Cute.
The first time on a sleigh, mittens, hat over the ears, all happiness and
laughs.

The first time on a plane enduring the crying and the popping ears.
Embarrassment. The pictures are up on the screen saver. Life is good. This is
what it is supposed to be. Within this time a new relationship forms and
builds itself into our lives. This relationship is an uncommon one because we
tend to develop relationships with people who are like us. We don’t have
anything alike with a three-week-old other than a conscience that the little
one is actually ours and must have our protection and nurturing. We observe
developing character traits, likes and dislikes, and we know the little one is
developing and so are the parents. In many ways it is an adventure. Tarzan
comes to my mind! Without pausing to think, what image is in your mind,
right now?

Then, one of the parents, generally the one with the better sense of
observation, begins to say that little Jimmy has not been the same in the last
three months. He is just not as happy as before. He is harder to please and
seems to want to be by himself. Out of the blue, he is also refusing foods he
used to like. At this point, the other parent says that it is probably only a
phase. What could be wrong? There is no reason for normal to be abnormal.
“You read too much.” “You always worry.” Or worse, “Your worrying is
going to make something bad happen.” Concerns are put aside and the visit
to the pediatrician does not help much because boys are “behind,” or “late.”
What? This is an argument the mothers of my generation (1960) never
heard. Somehow boys became that way in the last generation. Strange, to say
the least, I can’t think of anything more ridiculous than that!

Over the next few months little Jimmy is spending the better part of his time
in “his favorite corner” and he “does not even look at me when I come in the
room.” “I have to call his name a dozen times before he’ll even notice I am
there.” “There is a glassy look in his eyes when I force him to look at me.
It’s as if he does not see me or sees right through me,” or, “it is as if it hurts
him to look at me. ” Even worse, “it is as if when he looks at me he is seeing
an object. It literally feels as if I were a vase or something that is inanimate.”
When he wants something “he takes my hand to point to it.” Or, “he does
not point at things anymore.”

If a kid takes something from him “he does not even react.” On the other
hand, he throws fits over everything and anything. “He bangs his head so
hard he gets bruises,” or, “we can’t refuse him anything.” “We tried many
times to refuse giving him what he wants but he screams for hours.” “He
broke my nose again” (a 3-year-old),” or, “screaming like this can’t be better
than not giving him what he wants.”

He is running back and forth from one room to another “like a maniac all
day long, crashing into the couch for no reason except that he seems to be in
pain.” “I wonder if that has anything to do with his constipation.” “It must
have something to do with his diarrhea. He used to go 30 times a day and
now we are down to fifteen times a day and no medication has ever helped.”
“He was beginning to be potty trained but now he does not want to go. Even
worse, “he takes his diaper off when he needs to go so we have to follow
him at all times or he’ll poop behind the couch, start to eat it or smear it on
the walls.”

One major joy of parenting is to feed the kids, to nurture as it is termed. It is
the animal instinct in us but little Jimmy does not want to eat anything
anymore. Jimmy eats “only chips” or, worse, “only ketchup.” Or he eats
“nothing at all.” “If we didn’t force him, he would just die and not even
know it. It is as if the survival instinct is not even there.” On the other hand,
“he could eat bread and drink milk all day long.”

“He does not want to go anywhere. He can only be in the house, one of us
always has to be here.” He “hates being in the car” or “we go on long drives,
this is the only thing that makes him better.” “We get on the highway as
quickly as possibly and check the GPS for traffic jams because he starts to
cry as soon as we stop. Even if we have been in the car for several hours he
cries as soon as we stop.”

The babbling of “ma” or “da” has completely disappeared. Speech had
developed into simple sentences but “those have disappeared, too.” “He does
not say anything. We have to prompt him to say ‘m…a’.” The facial muscles
are affected. “He seems to not be able to move his tongue,” or, “he drools
constantly, we have to change his shirt four or five times a day. His face
seems numb like when you go to the dentist.”

Sleep is commonly as disordered as everything else. Generally, “he is wide
awake at 3AM and stays up,” or, “He sleeps four hours maximum.” He
roams around the house “laughing hysterically at 2AM and we have no idea
why.” “He does not take a nap and no one has any idea how he can survive
on three hours of sleep.” Another mom told me her daughter had never slept
longer than thirty minutes without waking up for years!

Within a few months the first gorgeous year, though not without challenges,
becomes overshadowed by this growing dysfunction. Both parents are
coming in synch now, but even at this point of closing in on two years old (it
used to be closer to three years old) it’s not unusual for one parent to still be
in denial. The pediatrician who held judgment for a few months is now
recommending a neurologist and it is only a matter of a few visits for the
diagnosis to come; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has done away with
Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS and settled on ASD for the whole
spectrum without sub-classification. There were many cases where it was
apparent that “autism” should be the diagnosis but doctors would say PDDNOS
to avoid saying the “A” word. This is not the case anymore.
The preceding quotes are all from parents of once vibrant, loving children
suffering drastic developmental regression in speech and in social skills with
increasingly reduced or absent spontaneous interaction and connection to the
world around them. These are the known aspects of autism but what is not so
well known is that most of these children behave the way they do because
they are actually in severe pain. In my practice, I was speaking about the
physical pain of these children over fifteen years ago. To me, it was simply
not logical that a child would behave that way for no reason at all. Yet at the
time it was considered only a behavioral matter “treated” with therapy to
overpower the child including wrapping children in cold towels to subjugate
them as was still seen in Europe a handful of years ago. Even today, the
general population that is not involved with this ailment is not aware of the
physical pain autism inflicts. Flapping, or what the community calls
“stimming” (for stimulation) is often a common outward symptom to
compensate for physical pain.

When it is not a total absence of physical survival consciousness, the
unwillingness to not eat is often a symptom of pain, as seen through many
cases. Imagine not wanting to eat day after day after day because you are in
pain. Imagine not looking at your parents because it actually hurts. Sitting
still hurts, concentrating to watch a cartoon hurts, and the opposite is true,
too. Watching the same few seconds of a movie hundreds of times
consecutively actually relieves pain.

When I started to look at it this way, it all began to make sense to me.
Though I did not know at the time, it was the beginning of the story of “One
Heart, One Mind” in earnest.

Parents believe that ‘something’ must have caused their children to change
the course of their lives so radically. Vaccinations are often blamed. Though
no research findings seem to officially confirm this, it certainly did not help
when one of the point men of two large population studies published on the
subject, Doctor Poul Thorsen, vanished with several million dollars worth of
research money. He was found several years’ later living peacefully in
Denmark. While it is obvious that not all children who are vaccinated have
problems, how can the research be so far in its conclusion from parents’
experience? Clearly there is a problem. Others blame Acetaminophen given
liberally particularly to reduce the side effects of vaccines. The research by
Doctor William Shaw, Ph. D. that it alters sulfur pathways is currently
gaining a lot of exposure. The list of culprits gets longer every week; Lyme,
Streptococcus infections and even Baby Einstein are among the most
popular ones. We can only hope that biochemists and physiologists put their
finger on “it,” if there is one in the shortest order. I am not holding my
breath. The possibilities are far too varied. I can’t see an “it” on the horizon.
While we must keep on searching for a possible biological source, to me
homeopathy provides not only healing but also a perspective useful to
achieve greater health.

Because ASD is so devastating in all of its manifestations, the official hope
is to palliate some of the child’s limitations with Applied Behavior Analysis
(ABA). Parents are told that ASD is incurable and that there is zero chance
of a return to normal development, but now the cat is out of the bag. People
blog, groups talk on social media, research is more easily available,
anecdotes are followed and when parents hear someone talk about recovery
then everybody rushes in. It is understandable.

Parents come to me in the hope that their child can get better, a ‘return’ to
the normal state of health in mind and body. This book introduces concepts
and possibilities, supported with cases and examples which show that autism
can at the very least be greatly helped and at times reversed.

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