Diane, can you tell me a little bit about yourself? I see that you’re a nurse who found your way into homeopathy, can you tell us how that happen?
Elaine, in answer to your question:
Shortly after becoming a nurse, I married my husband Roy. We wanted a large family, and eventually had seven children, three of whom were adopted children with special needs. Because I had great faith in the medical system, I had no reason to doubt anything I was taught, and was very conscientious about taking them to the doctor, having them immunized, and giving them antibiotics for minor illnesses. By the time our oldest was 7 years old, I began to question the effects of antibiotics, remarking to our doctor that I thought antibiotics were lowering the children’s resistance to illnesses. I began reading books on keeping children healthy with diet and devoured Adele Davis’s books, especially “Let’s Have Healthy Children.”
My trips to the doctor became less and less as I learned more natural ways of keeping the family healthy.
I may never have found homeopathy if it hadn’t been for our youngest daughter Catherine. When we adopted Catherine at birth in 1983, we were told that her mother had been addicted to drugs and alcohol while she was pregnant. After a severe reaction to her first (and only) DPT shot at 6 months old, Catherine became increasingly hyperactive, and unmanageable, and developed severe allergies and learning difficulties.
At my wit’s end by the time she was 2 1/2 years old, after having tried everything I could find, including visits to a naturopath, I was ready to try anything. When a friend from Seattle told me how homeopathy had helped her in a “hopeless” medical condition, and suggested it might help Catherine, I felt I had nothing to lose.
I had never heard of homeopathy, but told my friend that if she could ask her doctor for the name of a homeopath in Canada, preferably in B.C., I was willing to give it a try.
I read the story about your daughter in “Homeopathy Today”, and really, it’s the best article in the June issue–which is all about vaccination. Do you look back now and think, I’ll bet she needed Apis after the vaccination! Her leg was swollen from her knee to her hip and the vaccination site was swollen too, and didn’t you say there was a lot of shrieking? By the time you started treating her homeopathically, about how many prescriptions do you think you missed that may have averted the brain damage? Do you see different remedy images in succession? When you did finally begin homeopathic treatment, how old was she? What were you able to change even at that late date?
When I look back now, I wish I had never had Catherine immunized!
Catherine’s reaction to the immunization was what Dr. Coulter described in A Shot in the Dark as encephalitis resulting from the DPT shot.
Yes, there was swelling at the injection site, shrieking (I would have done the same if my leg was as swollen!), and a lump the size of a golf ball on her tiny thigh – at 21 years old, her leg still has a “dent” to mark the place. I am sure Apis would have helped.
By the time she was treated homeopathically two years later she was in a terrible state (so was I). Sometimes one remedy given at the ideal time, will cure a condition. Maybe a dose of Apis would have prevented the damage, or a dose of Thuja before the immunization…. or a remedy made from the DPT shot.
With Catherine, because of her mother’s addictions while she was pregnant, it is difficult to know how much damage resulted from fetal alcohol. I am sure it made her more susceptible to the effects of the immunization.
The homeopath who treated Catherine first gave her a dose of Veratrum Album 200C. She reacted immediately to the remedy with an enormous temper tantrum which was followed by an uncharacteristic placid state which amazed everyone. We had never seen her so calm. However, even though we had a glimpse of what was possible with homeopathy, her usual reaction to remedies was two weeks of aggravation, two weeks of improvement and then deterioration until the next remedy. She needed remedies constantly, and even though her behavior was much better than before the remedies, it left a lot to be desired!
When a child is immunized at a few months of age, it is very difficult to know what that child would have been like if it had never been immunized. If the child is older, and you see the personality unfolding and watch the wonders of a “normal” development, you can understand the devastation of something like an adverse reaction to a drug or immunization because you have something to compare it to. I don’t know what Catherine’s potential would have been without the immunization.
When you have a child who has been brain damaged, for whatever reason, there is no point in thinking of what might have been. You need all your energy to figure out what to do to help her heal so she can function at her optimum level. Even though I was very angry when I first read Harris Coulter’s book, I was grateful that at least I had learned where the problem was probably coming from. It gave me a place to start in my search to help her.
Catherine & Her Painting of a Wolf
Do you remember what the clues were to the Veratrum alb. prescription?
When I told the homeopath that I had been afraid that Catherine would have been put on Ritalin if I had gone to an allopathic doctor for help, the homeopath let out a whoop and said: “Ritalin wouldn’t have touched her! She would have been on high doses of psychiatric drugs!”
I think that is why Veratrum alb. was the first prescription. In Robin Murphy’s Materia Medica it says:
Hahnemann says of Veratrum that it has the power ‘to promote a cure of almost one-third of the insane in lunatic asylums (at all events as a homeopathic intermediate remedy).’ Veratrum profoundly affects the mind, nerves….frenzy of excitement, shrieks….mania with desire to cut and tear things (Catherine had torn her crib mattress to pieces before she was 2 years old, and had torn a pillow apart and dumped the feathers out of her bedroom window. I probably mentioned these things to the homeopath in the initial interview. At that time I didn’t see a connection to the immunization. I only realized the connection when Catherine was around 8 years old after reading “A Shot in the Dark”.)
That’s very good to know about Veratrum alb. I didn’t know about the shrieking or the frenzy. I knew about the desire to cut and tear things, but, it’s described in books in such a way that you have a picture of a child mindlessly tearing up paper and I’m afraid you don’t get the full effect. But, you’re saying she’d be “well” for a couple of weeks and then go into another remedy state? How successful would you be at each of these changes? Would an improvement always follow?
I think it was more a matter of being worse without the remedies. Catherine would finish a remedy and even though she was never able to function as a “normal” child, even on the remedies, she was much worse when she didn’t have them.
Catherine seemed to be reacting to the remedies as in Case XIX p.318, in George Vithoulkas’ The Science of Homeopathy. “The patient says ‘I have been worse, except for a brief time.'” and Vithoulkas concludes this is a “Nearly incurable case. Severe pathology. Poor prognosis. Prescriptions must be made very carefully.”
Diane, can we talk about your special method of antidoting aggravations, which I have termed:
THE AGGRAVATION ZAPPER!
Well, Elaine, when I first began practicing homeopathy I learned that although aggravations happen, they don’t happen very often, and when they do, it’s a good sign that it’s the right remedy and that eventually the aggravation will stop and healing will take place. In fact, a “healing crisis” is usually regarded as a positive sign that the body is ridding itself of toxins in other methods of natural healing.
Early in my study of homeopathy I learned that using a different potency of the same remedy that caused the aggravation would often stop an aggravation. I may have read or heard that if you put the same potency in a glass of water, and give a dose of a teaspoon, it will stop an aggravation, or I may have just tried it that way. I don’t remember.
The first time I recall having seen a very remarkable “antidote” was in the early 1990’s. I had given a woman one granule of Phosphorus 1M. When I next spoke to the woman, she was very pleased with the results, as most of her symptoms had been relieved–except for one thing. She had diarrhea. The diarrhea was the “same as the diarrhea I had when I was in India years ago.” We were both happy. She was happy because her symptoms were getting better, and I was happy because the remedy was going into past illnesses and healing according to Hering’s Law. But the diarrhea continued. By the fifth week, I decided something should be done, and asked her to take a teaspoon from a large glass of water that one granule of Phosphorus 1M had been dissolved in. Much to our amazement, the diarrhea stopped within hours!