Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Speech regression after vaccination
Adam, an adorable 20-months old boy was brought to my office in July of 2011 with concerns about his speech. The family had decided to delay vaccinating him until he was a year old, but the doctor then decided to catch him up on all the vaccines he would have had in his first year at once and he received 11 vaccines all at once.
Within a couple of weeks the family noticed that he had stopped babbling. He also became very withdrawn. The parents quickly reported the speech problem to their GP and Adam was placed on a waiting list to be assessed for a speech delay or possible autism.
Homeopathy and vaccine damage
Adam's mother knew about homeopathy and was wondering if it could offer something to her son. At the time I had just learned that vaccines as well as many medications could negatively impact some children, even contributing to autism. I had also learned that homeopathic remedies made from vaccines, medications and many other substances had the potential to be helpful in these situations.
I explained this to Adam's mother and we started him on a vaccine clearing remedy for one of the vaccines he had received at the time, Pediacel, in a 30CH potency.
Flashback to July 26, 2011. The phone rang at 8 am. I picked up the receiver and was greeted by bloodcurdling screams. Suddenly I was wide awake. "Hi, it's Sue, Adam's mom. We gave him his first dose of Pediacel 30CH yesterday and he woke up at 6 am screaming like this. He is inconsolable. What should we do?"
I advised her to give him a bath with Epsom salts and some vitamin C and to call me back in an hour. By that time he had settled down.
This was likely an aggravation or healing reaction triggered by the remedy. Although scary for parents and practitioners, it tends to be a good sign, a sign that the body is responding to the remedy and that detoxification and healing have begun. These kinds of aggravations or healing reactions can include mild fevers, irritability, diarrhea, a runny nose, skin eruptions, increased perspiration and restless sleep. They tend to pass in a couple of days, usually followed by an improvement.
Improvements in one week
Fortunately, Adam's mother was already familiar with homeopathy as well as very forgiving. She understood and I reassured here, that symptoms can sometimes increase before they get better.
A week later I received an update via email:
"In the last week, we have noticed that he has been more active mentally. He is using hand signals. We had taught hand signals before but he wasn't using them at all until just this past week. He is starting to make more sounds, like "beh" and he hasn't done that for the last several months. He is screeching less."
Over the next few weeks he continued to improve and started to say words again.
Diagnosed with a language disorder
By the time had received his assessment he was diagnosed as suffering from a language disorder and qualified for speech therapy.
Adam recovered beautifully within about six months between homeopathy and nutrition to address any vaccine injury. He also received speech therapy, which we all felt was very beneficial.
By December his speech therapist discharged him and the family was told that he was probably just a late talker, but we all thought that he had been on the brink of autism and that homeopathy saved the day.
Discussion - vaccines, medications and language disorders
This case was one of the first that taught me about the potential connection between vaccines and language disorders. We all know that most children with autism suffer from speech or language deficits. After working with homeopathy to address these conditions in children for nine years now my sense is that many cases of language disorders are likely related to adverse reactions to vaccines and/or medications and possibly other factors. Although vaccines are a common culprit in my experience, they are by no means the only factor.
I have seen several children in my practice whose mothers took Diclectin during pregnancy but who were never vaccinated and developed moderate to severe speech disorders. One mother of five children, all of them exposed to Diclectin prenatally, but never vaccinated, reported that all of her children suffered from speech delays in varying degrees, directly correlated to the amount of Diclectin she had taken. The two children she had taken the most Diclectin with developed no language at all initially.
I would also like to mention that, in my experience, children who suffer adverse vaccine or medication reactions tend to already be born with certain predispositions, which may make them more susceptible to such injuries, likely because their immune systems are more reactive in general.
They often have family members who suffer from allergies and auto-immune disorders or who have problems with chronic or recurrent infections. They also often have ancestors who suffered from tuberculosis, something that is known historically in homeopathy to increase the risk of allergic phenomena as well a tendency to infections, often referred to as a miasm. Personally, I wonder if TB infections create epigenetic changes which could increase future generation's susceptibility to infections etc, in the process potentially increasing the likelihood of a TB infection taking hold, effectively maintaining the species of TB.
Mitochondrial disorders and MTHFR gene mutations
Of course we now also know that children who develop autism are more likely to have mitochondrial abnormalities and MTHFR gene mutations and I would imagine that research will show that the same is true for many children with speech and language disorders. In other words, it's not as if vaccines or medications are the only cause, it's more that the child's genetic and epigenetic make-up load the gun and vaccines and/or medications and perhaps other toxins in some cases pull the trigger.
In any case though, homeopathy may help restore and develop speech in these little ones and to help them achieve optimal development.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH is a homeopath with a special interest in children with developmental and behavioural concerns. Cases are all from her practice. Names have been changed, they were published with permission and are intended for education in homeopathy only. They are not intended as medical advise or solicitation. Homeopathy treats the person, not the condition.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
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