By Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Trouble with Focus and Attention
Travis, a 12-year-old boy, was initially brought to my office on March 1, 2014, for problems with attention and focus. His parents described him as very bright and doing well in school but having trouble with projects that were a bit bigger in scale. He tended to get distracted and to drift off in the classroom and some teachers remarked that he is too chatty and social in class.
Now in grade 7 the teachers are expecting the children to work more independently, which is challenging for Travis. Both parents have been hands-on, helping Travis to get school projects started and finished. If he falls behind he gets overwhelmed and has trouble catching up.
Busy places and too many people can be a bit much for him and he he also has some anxiety around trying new things.
I asked about sleeping and learned that he goes to bed at 9 pm and sleeps until 5-6:30 am. He can't really sleep in.
“And he sleepwalks two nights a week, dreams a lot and sometimes has nightmares. He wakes up drenched in sweat, his clothes and sheets are just soaked. This has been going on for at least three years.”
Big red flag for a homeopath of course!
The parents think the sleepwalking and night sweats started around age 7-8. He is not terrified during the sleepwalking episodes, but seems disturbed. He might be arguing with someone, saying that his sister is bothering him, or that something is there.
When he was around 10 years old, he often had nightmares about bears and dreams of falling.
As a baby he slept a lot, 10-12 hours straight and still had two naps a day until he was 5 years old.
History and Analysis
The pregnancy with Travis was good, his mother worked out regulary, ate very well and took her prenatal vitamins. Labour and delivery were normal and natural and Travis was breast-fed for a year.
He had all regular vaccinations.
I was suspicious of the chronic night sweats, something unusual in a child, which could point to a hidden, chronic infection. I used some applied kinesiology testing with him and found that he tested positive for a viral infection.
I thought that this in turn might possibly be related to a vaccine he might have had and tested for the MMR and chickenpox vaccines, reason being that they are live virus vaccines and he would have had a booster around age 5. He slept well and still napped during the day until age 5, it seemed that his conditions started after that time.
I was also concerned about his sensitivity to busy environments which can point to a vaccine injury from my experience.
The chickenpox vaccine tested positive with AK testing. Even without the testing these two live-virus vaccines would have been on top of my list and I would have given one and then the other if needed.
Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine, 30CH, 2 pellets on Mondays and Thursdays for two weeks, followed by Varicella 200CH in the same manner.
I also had him take a daily multi-vitamin, vitamin D 4000 IU a day, Vit A 20,000 IU a day, selenium 200 mcg a day and fish oil 1500 mg a day for immune support.
Follow-up April 17/14 (two weeks later)
“He has not had one single episode since he started the treatment, no sleepwalking or night sweats at all. Not even talking at night!
“Also, he used to wake up at 5:30 – 6:00 am and not he can sleep longer, until 7 am.”
Assessment: Surprisingly good result from Varicella clearing.
Plan: Varicella 1M, 2 pellets twice a week for two weeks followed by Varicella 10M in the same way.
Follow-up May 17/14
“He has become much more open artistically and is drawing continuously. We’ve never seen something from him that was really him, he didn’t have real passions. He is catching himself now and processing things differently, not just lying about things."
“Now his self-confidence has sky-rocketed."
There have been no more episodes of sleep-walking or night sweats.
Assessment: Beautiful result, he is becoming more himself and expressing his creativity.
Follow-up June 4/14
Last week he had one night sweat and again two nights ago.
Plan: Varicella 10M 2 pellets twice a week for three weeks.
Email from parents on August 12/14
“Travis has had no more episodes since his last remedy and has had quite a growth spurt in the last month and a half. Thank you for doing what you do so well!”
Email from parents on Jan 20/15
“Travis is still doing well with no night sweats. His focus has improved and his artistic abilities are shining through. He recently won an art contest for his school which will be transferred to a large plaque to go on the wall of his school forever. We are so proud!!"
In 2017, three years later, I saw his sister for a visit and learned that Travis was still doing very well and excelling both academically and socially. A truly remarkable case.
Discussion: What was most striking about this case was the unfolding of this young man's self confidence and artistic expression. The parents had commented that they had never seen something from him that was really 'him' before.
He would have had his Varicella shot at 12 months of age and again around age 5. In Travis' case this vaccine, being a live-virus vaccine, may have inadvertently caused a chronic, low-grade infection leading to the night sweats and disturbed sleep as well as generally lower vitality.
The remedy likely helped his immune system to fight off this infection once and for all. The supplements may have also helped in addition.
I have seen creativity, self expression and confidence bloom a number of times after vaccine clearings. It begs the question how many children and even adults are suffering from low-grade infections due to vaccines or even pathogens in general and how many of us would be more confident as well as creative if we were freed from these burdens. Fortunately, homeopathy can often help!
Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH
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Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH is a professional homeopath with a special interest in children with developmental and behavioural concerns. Cases are all from her practice. Names have been changed to protect privacy. The cases were published with permission and are intended for education only. They are not intended as medical advise or solicitation. Homeopathy treats the person, not the condition.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Classical and Modern Homeopathy
Sooke, BC, Canada
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