Case: a girl with epilepsy diagnosed as West Syndrome and tetraplegia
She is a four-year-old gypsy girl. Her mother was an alcoholic, who lived with her husband in a camp in northern Italy. The family was expelled from Macedonia during the Balkan war. During the war all their children died or were killed. The mother got pregnant again during this heavy period and then gave birth to the girl after they had fled from Macedonia and lived in the Italian camp. They abandoned this child some time after birth, because she was paraplegic in all extremities and had epilepsy. Her disease was later diagnosed as West syndrome in an Italian hospital specialized in neurology. This is a special form of epilepsy, which is difficult to treat[i]. The little girl got a foster mother from the social welfare, but this woman also rejected her after some time because of the stench she emitted. Nobody wanted to bear with this little one, but then fate had mercy and sent her some good luck. A loving strong German woman living in Italy took pity on her and accepted her in her own family. After some months she brought her for consultation.
A pretty girl with coal-black hair and eyes. She can just crawl a little on her elbows, limply dragging her legs. She has strabismus. Left eye squinting outward and upward when she looks at people, and when she does not fix her gaze the eyes are rolling completely uncoordinated, quite like the balls in a lottery pot. It looks ghastly. An offensive stench soon fills the room. It smells like a mixture of sewage water and pig stable. Her mother says that her stool stinks even worse, and that she was always severely constipated, perhaps one stool a week. She sometimes eats sand, stones, hair, paper and threads of cloth. She frequently licks things. Likes to bite others, bites the cat. Very sensitive to noise. Aversion undressing. She has a strong aversion against milk and cannot digest it also. She is moody and has mood swings, which can turn from high to low and vice versa every 10 minutes. Her mother says that she likes yellow, but it was not possible to assess her color preference properly.
Analysis and follow-up
She was rejected and abandoned during the very first months of her life. This is a main theme of milk remedies. She dislikes milk and cannot digest it: another strong milk theme. The rapid alternation of moods can also indicate a milk remedy. There was violence during pregnancy, she was an outcast after birth, rejected and shunned by everyone. Even the first foster-mother expelled her. This is stage 17 or the syphilitic miasm (one could think of stage 16 or leprosy miasm also, because of the stench and begging attitude, which is 16). If we put this together, it suggests lac suilinum (two provings of lac-su strongly expressed the syphilitic miasm). This remedy is confirmed by her offensive smell, like of a pigpen.
She got Lac-suilinum MK, one dose per month.
From this very day she is making constant progress. The very first day after the remedy she had stools, constipation subsided and there were regular stools every day. During 3 weeks, the stench of stool and body lessened and became almost normal. She began to sing. Strabismus improved. She talks more, and the ability to move made a big step forward already during these first 3 weeks, even before taking the second dose. Formerly she was extremely moody. Now she is happy all the time and no more mood swings.
One year has passed. No more epileptic seizures. The mother has tapered and stopped all anti-epileptic medication on her own accord. She goes to a normal kindergarten and is accepted by her friends, can take up social contacts. She can move her arms normally. Her legs are still weak and she can stand only with the help of another person. During consultation she repeatedly tries to pull herself up by the door handle. The eyes stopped rolling, strabismus is gone. When she is alone she is more self-supporting, but in the presence of her mother she tries to attract help and pretends not to be able to do things. She is kind of begging and tries to use her handicap in order to get pity and support. She still eats indigestible things and sand when she feels unobserved. For example she eats the dry corn herself instead of feeding it to the chicken as she is supposed to. She loves to hear sad melodies. Then she is completely absorbed and weeps desperately, which she enjoys. As there seems to be a standstill in progress, I want to experiment and try some keynote prescriptions to see if more can be done. She gets single doses, in 4-week sequence, of Aur-i (sad music >, strabismus, cerebral remedy), Tarent (> music, eats sand, bites, neurological remedy), and Bell (violence in early childhood, epilepsy, biting, color preference yellow), and the mother informs per phone what happened: after Aur-i she had a little fever, then desire for sad music lessens, but no general effect. After Tarent she throws her hands up and claps when she hears music, jumps on the sofa and moves in new ways, rises to her knees and likes to climb as far as possible. She obviously enjoys moving. After Bell nothing further happens. Her stools again became irregular, but no stench.