Adam's Journey

Homeopathic Healing of Autism

Adam Baddam Pudding Pie, Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry

on December 2, 2010

This is Adam’s story.  Most of you already know it but I’ve been feeling convicted to start writing it all down in case there’s any chance of me passing along some learned wisdom to someone else.   

Adam was born in January 2008.  He always seemed a little “different” but I was the first to remind myself that ALL kids are different.  While my daughter Emersyn was a hugger, snuggler, and precocious talker, Adam was none of the above.    I was never really worried about it though until he was about one and a half and I noticed the gap between him and other babies his age was widening day by day.  At this point, Adam liked to rock himself on the couch cushions and watch TV.  He didn’t respond quickly when we called his name and he didn’t make a lot of eye contact.  By this time too he should have been pointing at things or looking at objects we pointed at but he did none of the above.  He was also completely non-verbal.   Again, I brushed it off that he was just “taking his time” and I tried to suppress the pit of worry that was welling up inside.  We made an appointment with our family doctor who referred us to a paediatrician who referred us to paediatric developmental specialist.  Now my concern seemed fully warranted.  Adam was two years old.

 The specialist told us that Adam did not present enough symptoms to be officially diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  During the consultation, he was able to teach Adam how to draw on his clip board and how to retract the tape from his tape measure.  Both times, Adam looked at us after he learned his new skill.  This is apparently a BIG deal in terms of social behaviour.   The specialist said “This may be small potatoes to you but in my world, this is HUGE.”  He then told us that by age 2.5 whether there was prior delay or not, all children should engaging in social play with other children.  It was decided that this be our next marker to watch for and we left the appointment encouraged and hopeful that Adam was just growing up at his own pace.

The progress was slowly coming along.  His pointing developed and he was rocking less and responding to his name more quickly.  He definitely wasn’t engaging in totally solitary behaviour and most people were surprised by our concerns when we voiced them.  By June, he was still non-verbal so I made the decision not to start Teacher’s College in September as I would have to spend several weeks away from home.  His (non-verbal) communication eventually grew to be more social in nature and he would point and make an exaggerated gasp over anything he wanted you to look at.  He developed an obsession with Lightning Mcqueen and stick figures which he still has to this day.  We always chuckle over that last one because we call them his “faceless people” – no eye contact required!  

By the end of July, Adam was 2.5 years old and still not playing with his cousins.  Sometimes he would play NEAR them, but he definitely showed no particular interest in what they were doing.  He DID play often with Emersyn though.  Still my heart sank.  What next?  We tried to get in to see the Developmental Specialist when he came in August but we were too late.  His next visit wasn’t scheduled until the following February.  YARGH!  I hate all the waiting!!

Even though we still had no official diagnosis, I bombarded myself with literature (many thanks to the Timmins Public library) and started learning as much as I could about Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I remember that one of the things I read is that doctors tend to focus on the neurological symptoms of autism (lack of social play, lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, etc.) but they don’t focus on other prominent symptoms (i.e. rashes, chronic diarrhea or constipation, compromised immune systems so they’re sick all the time, allergies, etc.).  These symptoms seem to suggest that these kids are not well.  Adam definitely had rashes, chronic diarrhea, persistent cough and runny nose and he didn’t seem to sleep well.  These discoveries led to “the interventions.”  Adam had already been dairy free for almost a year but I removed gluten as well.  I also ordered vitamin and mineral supplements online and ramped up his probiotics.  It became my daily work to prepare his dairy free, gluten free meals and hide all his supplements in his beverages. 

At the same time, I decided to consult with a Heilkunst homeopath at the suggestion of a family friend who has her own autistic daughter.  She reported great success with this type of therapy.  After learning more about the Heilkunst approach and homeopathy in general I feel very optimistic and enthusiastic about the healing journey we have embarked upon.  The basic principle of this approach (at least how I understand it) is that the homeopath prescribes a remedy for all the traumas Adam has been subjected to starting from the present day and working backwards in time (i.e. vaccinations, antibiotics, physical injuries, circumcision, etc.).  The remedies are specific to each individual trauma so that the body can heal itself from whatever impact these traumas had on the body.  Therefore each remedy should bring forth a “healing reaction” which is when the body is undergoing deep healing.  Once all his traumas back to birth are treated, we’ll observe whether there are any miasms that present itself (i.e. chronic diseases that are inherited).  It was fascinating to learn that autistic kids predominantly have the inherited syphilitic miasm which can be detected in the family history through the presence of auto-immune disorders.  Not only that, but apparently, you should look more closely at the family history of the parent of the opposite sex.  There is a strong history of autoimmune problems in my family and even more alarming is that my auto-immune arthritis triggered only 4 months after Adam was born! 

So I hope that sufficiently covers our journey thus far.  My intention is to use this blog to document Adam’s progress so I can keep track of his developments and hopefully pass along the knowledge to other families in need.

Now, let the healing begin!

P.S.  I feel that I must mention that we love and cherish Adam for who he is:  “different but NOT LESS” as I heard in a movie about the famous autistic woman “Temple Grandin”.  We are not seeking out the therapy to “fix him” so that he might be normal and somehow “more loveable.”  Rather, if there is ANY chance that he is feeling unwell or his body is heavily burdened by accumulated traumas and chronic inherited diseases, I’m going to try anything to help my baby.  May God bless him and heal him; my sweet little Adam.

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