This case study of homeopathic studies is an excerpt from Pierre Fontaine’s book “Homeopathy, Sweet Homeopathy: Coming Home to Perfect Health”. Find out more information including how to purchase a copy.
JOHN autism-case Study
(5 yr old)
Pierre: Tell me about your son, please.
“I have a long list of things that are not appropriate but my biggest concern with him has to do with social peace. He likes to hit his brother, he is very jealous of him. There are a lot of things he does that are not appropriate for him to do. Also his use of speech and language is totally off subject. Lately, he’s been talking about balloons constantly. Everything has to do with balloons, He talks about them absolutely nonstop. Another thing, he likes to hide things all the time. He remembers entire sentences from books. Other minor things are: He doesn’t like his hair washed. He likes to lie down on cold tiles.”
OK, what else, please?
“At 2 months old he had torticollis on the right side. At 3 months old he had a major cough. At 10 months he had a strep infection, now his tonsils are always enlarged and he has a deep and wet cough.”
You mentioned social peace.
“He was the happiest kid before his brother was born. He simply does not want to share anything with his brother. He says he wants to go home all the time. He tells his friends to go home. When people come to our house he blinks his eyes, tenses his shoulders up and throws his head backward when he is mad. He seems to connect to objects. He likes objects that are very smooth, he feels them and rubs them all the time. It is a comfort to him, it seems to be an attachment with the environment, which makes him feel safe. If he didn’t have them I think he would feel lost and alone. It is frightening to him to not have these objects with him. There are other things that are not pleasant with him. He takes me by the throat when he needs something, that’s simply not appropriate. He has low muscle tone and he likes routines.”
Pierre: How is John?
“There definitely have been some improvements with his language as well as in social situations. He still wants to leave Michael behind but he also wants to give him more. He wants to give him hugs but he also wants to hurt him. He does seem to be more patient overall and he is not as restless as he used to be. He also used to be and he seems to be more independent. He has had fewer tantrums, which makes being around him much more pleasant. He seems less nervous, he doesn’t blink his eyes as much as before and he does it less when people are around him. He also stopped grabbing me by the throat. When his cousins come over he is definitely part of the crew now.”
Pierre: How has John been?
“That remedy did not help as much this time. It took an edge off but it did not go any further. He has been screaming and crying a lot. His aggressiveness did not improve any further with his brother at all; he can turn on a dime and just wants people to leave. We really have a very hard time with him, we have to watch him all the time because we never know what he is going to do with his brother. He screamed once so loud I thought I had fallen in a wasp nest.”
Pierre: I suspect what you are going to tell me is going to be good.
“I like what I see. It’s made him much more relaxed. He hits his brother a lot less and his obsessive qualities are also much better. His aggressiveness towards the people he knows is the same but it is not as often,. He still tells his nanny to go home and he doesn’t interact greatly with children. He does not approach them but he does want to be with his cousins. Grinding his teeth at night is also better.”
Pierre: What else?
“His schoolwork has dramatically improved. (The mother brought me the daily reports from the teacher.
“Another more interactive day.”
“Fun time playing our spatial game.”
“So happy he is finally opening up to his friends.”
“More and more self-initiating. We’re all very excited.”)
FOLLOW UP 4 YEARS LATER
“John is offcicially off the autism spectrum. he does not need an aid in school he has a lot of friends. i gave him his remedy once a month for at least two years. in the last two years i does him once in a while. he is doing great.”
Repeat the last remedy.
(5 yr old)
I have specialized in autism for many years. It was, by far, the most challenging time of my professional career. I tried to probe the depth of it so much that I had a radio show on Autismone.org called “Going within.” I learned an enormous amount from these children. The number one lesson I learned is to take all children’s cases through the mother’s state during pregnancy. Once I understood that the challenge of these cases became like all others.
I should say that taking the case through the mother’s state during the pregnancy is unconventional, but it is by far the most productive. In 80% of the cases, the mother can relate this most authentic state. Many people tell me at first that the pregnancy was “normal.” “I was happy to be pregnant.”.Once I ask a little, it is scarce it is so, but even then I ask, “tell me about happy.” The state of pregnancy is not the cause of the autism, but, logically, it is the shortest route to find the primary remedy for the child.
This case stands as an “old case” I arrived at the correct remedy in what I would now consider an old fashion way. It is possible to reverse this condition now on a more consistent and homeopathically relevant way.
Up to now, we have some pretty common issues of children with PDD-NOS, I decided to go straight into what the mother mentioned first about “social peace” and acknowledge her instinct.
His jealousy toward his brother may seem familiar. A little bit of envy for a couple of days is okay, but in this case, it is continuing at a very high level for a very long time. Therefore, it is significant.
Of course, it is common for children with PDD-NOS who do not mix with others, but for him, it was an unsocial behavior rather than just being in his world. I thought it was homeopathically significant.
This kind of result seemed perfectly reasonable to me. Continuing on the same track was the best thing to do.
The schoolwork is so much better than before. Combined with the diminished jealousy that was central from day one, this is perfect.
Here is a sample of a teacher’s note. “I know I’ve written to you before, but John is doing great. He’s been very spontaneous and more focused. What progress! I know other teachers have noticed the same”.
The remedy repeated several times, and then we lost touch until the mother invited me to an autism meeting she organized.
She reported that he was doing great. One year after that, she came back. Anti-Social behavior changed totally over time.
We repeated the remedy a couple of times because the appropriate potency had changed. He is doing well now. Much as in the Jollie’s case (see case) the appropriate did not change.