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My Child: A Former "Non-Responder"

By Lisa Poole

Michael developed severe diarrhea at about 10 months of age, after a HepB vaccine in 1994. We removed dairy, which relieved the diarrhea, but over the next two years he lost what little language he had and regressed slowly into autism.  When we were told he had autism, we removed gluten from his diet and began researching treatment alternatives.

Using the DAN! Protocol, we had various tests done and added many supplements to his diet. Over the years, when a new treatment came up on the internet lists, such as secretin, we pursued it for him. In 2000, we did HBOT.  In 2002 we did chelation. That year he had his first grand-mal seizure. We put him on medication for that. We did an MRI. In 2004 we began working with a well-known classical homeopath and stayed with her for 1.5 years. Nothing brought improvements and in the case of chelation, it worsened his condition.

His behavior, which had been mild in the beginning, grew worse. He was wetting all over the house. He was getting aggressive. He did not sleep well. In 2003 we tried MB12 shots. He reacted terribly to them and continued to worsen.

In 2004, we put him on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This lead to a cascade of problems beginning with painful reflux after seven months on the diet and leading to severe gut dysbiosis. We didn't know until later it was reflux and our DAN! doctor assumed his self-injurious behavior (SIB) was just that, a behavior. His SIB meltdowns became daily. He would scream and bite his arm to bleeding, then he began coughing and gagging himself until he would vomit.

About two months into the reflux behavior, he developed OCD. People could not get anywhere near him because he would lick his hands and poke them in the eye. In fact, he would chase someone down to try and complete the cycle of licking and poking.  Our DAN! doctor offered little help.

In May 2005, I had my first consult with Lindyl Lanham, a DAN! certified practitioner, of the Homeopathy Center of Houston.  Michael’s first response to remedies was significant relief from the reflux. This was enough to make a believer out of me, but the road ahead was not smooth. The next 1.5 years were a proverbial roller coaster with more “downs” than “ups”.
In early 2006, Michael became aggressive, destructive and violent. He was eating soap, crayons and many other inedibles. He was flushing any and everything he could find down the toilet, obsessed with flooding the bathroom and playing in the water. He began defecating around the house, eating the stools and smearing them into the carpet and furniture. Family and friends suggested we look into out-of-home placement. It took tremendous faith to continue the sequential homeopathy, but watching him react to the monthly packet treatments convinced me that these were more than just sugar pills.

In the spring of 2006, we began treating him for parasites. Diarrhea became a serious, all-day-long problem, leading to prolapse, a condition in which the rectum protrudes from the body during bowel movements. Yet in the midst of these dire physical issues, Michael was beginning to emerge from his heretofore impenetrable shell of autism.

Almost as soon as school started in the fall of 2006, we began seeing amazing cognitive changes in him. He was suddenly interested in learning, communicating and writing. He started eagerly learning to swim after eight years of being deathly afraid of water. He was sleeping well, calm, happy and no longer aggressive. Pica behaviors were decreasing.

At the time of this writing, August 2007, though we have occasional flare-ups of what I now call parasite behaviors, Michael is a new person. His bowel movements have improved. The following problems are gone: Reflux and associated behaviors, fecal smearing/eating, destructiveness, prolapse, self-injurious behaviors, and meltdowns.

The following negative behaviors are significantly improved and on their way out: OCD, yeasty/hyper stuff, wetting, and stimming (e.g. hand flapping). He is blossoming socially at school, attempting words, and sprinting through his IEP objectives. He now communicates with a voice-output device. At one time, he was considered a non-responder. Thanks to Sequential Integrative Homeopathy today, at age 14, he is most definitely a responder with a bright future ahead of him.

Lisa Poole lives in the Pacific NorthWest with her husband and three children.

Comments

Lupita Haddock

Thank you Lisa Poole for your post on your son's story. It gives me hope for my son. I admire you for doing so much and going through so much with your son. I am looking into HCH now. I am trying to convince my husband that there is something out there that will help our son. That accepting things as they are or looking into conventional medicine, which has no answers, is not the answer.My heart goes out to you and your son, hearing all that you have gone through. God bless you. Thank you so much.

Jennifer Schembri

Lisa Thank you for sharing your wonderful story! I also want to thank you for guiding our family to the right direction, sequential homeopathy. After working with sequential homeopathy for over a year, I can honestly say this is the best intervention we tried. Lisa by your courage, openness, & kind heart, I hope your message spreads far and wide! No child should be left in the dark. God Bless!

Rainmom

I am simply amazed at the ignorance of those who have not ever seen miraculous gains from forms of medicine that were once seen as, or are even now seen as "hog wash".

Thank goodness I did not take the allopath's advice to have my child institutionalised, or listen to those who told me that "unproven" treatments would not help my son....because he is making incredible progress under the care of a doctor using treatments not "accepted" by the mainstream. "Mainstream" medicine today means that after 20 years of ad-nauseum studies paid for by phamaceutical companies - they have found a new drug for it.

I never thought, 10 years ago, that I would use homeopathic medicine myself, but I gained a healthy respect from it in the last few years. I used to get bronchitis 2 to 4 times yearly, and would get sinus infections that caused horrible coughs that lasted for weeks. Using allopathic, accepted, standarized, mainstream, CDC-approved care I was prescribed antibiotics, given inhalers, given narcotic cough remedies- and stayed sick for up to 4 weeks at a time. The first time I tried a homeopathic remedy I was well overnight. Thinking it was a fluke, I used it the next time I got sick- and same results. Gee, do ya 'spose I grew out of 20 years of bronchitis? Or, did I simply mature out if it?

Reminder to those who obviously felt a great need to make negative comments on such a positive story:

The man who discovered helicobacter pylori was the cause of ulcers (Robin Warren) was called a quack, harassed, and ridiculed by his peers for 20 years-because all of the allopaths KNEW, of course, ulcers were caused by stress. In 2005 Robin Warren was given a nobel prize for his discovery.

Daniel Pitt, Seattle, WA

"One of my children went from being unable to point at something to indicate a choice, to effectively communicating such preferences by pointing - four weeks after an MMR booster. How should that be interpreted?"

I'm sure this is probably common. I would interpret that by hypothisizing that your child started his life in a healthy state with a low toxic load and the MMR shot did not put him over the edge. Who knows??? That doesn't mean that the shot is safe for everyone. Many parents have watched their kids turn into lifeless beings within hours after the MMR shot or other vaccine.

People can debate the science behind homeopathy until they are blue in the face. Observation is part of any scientific process. If hundreds or thousands of parents observe their children improving as a result of homeopathy or any other alternative treatment, it would be short sited to ignore that. And even if the worst case scenario were true and the homeopathic pellets are placebos ... what's the harm? If parents are getting strengh and courage from a placebo and putting energy into their kids as a result ... what's the harm? You can spend a lot more money on a lot less.

I fail to understand why anyone's pursuit to heal his child via homeopathy or any other gentle alternative treatment would trigger a defensive response. It just doesn't make any sense. One parent labeled criticism of homeopathy as "fighting the good fight." What fight? What are you fighting? I'll repeat the challenge from another parent ... please tell what you think helped your child rather than trying to burst another parent's bubble.

Heraldblog

Craig, thanks for adding a note of sanity to the conversation. The responses I'm reading to your comments are predictable, and predictably wrong. You're fighting the good fight. Don't stop.

Alicia

Dear Craig Lee,
You seem to know a lot. I would love to know your story and what has and has not worked for your kid. Thank you.

Craig Lee

"Homeopathy has been around for hundreds of years and is mainstream medicine in several parts of the world."

About 200 to be a little more precise, although that has no bearing on whether or not it can work. Because it's mainstream somewhere else means it's true? Should we all be converting to Islam?

"Since "Big Pharm" doesn't have a strangle hold on it, and patents on every rememdy, I'm sure it has no validity. Especially, if there wasn't a double blind study involved, run by scientists who are bought and paid for by the pharmacutical companies."

It has no validity because it is hogwash. Please feel free to explain the scientific basis for Hahnemann's "law of similars" as well as what he had to say about dilution beyond the presence of even a solitary molecule. Don't forget to point out supporting science along the way please.

"When you have a child that goes from speaking one word at a time, to speaking in complete sentences (5-6 words)after using homeopathy for four weeks, that must purely have to do with the 30 day maturation period he or she has gone through. Or when a child stops having seisures within weeks of starting homeopathic remedies, that must be the body's natual process of ironing out its imbalances. There are a MULTITUDE of other children who have had similar experiences with homeopathics, improving in many and different ways."

One of my children went from being unable to point at something to indicate a choice, to effectively communicating such preferences by pointing - four weeks after an MMR booster. How should that be interpreted?

"Here's your ancient Chinese secret...

"Big Pharm" rules the world, and if it doesn't come from "Big Pharm" it will be criticized and made to appear as quackery.

Pharmacutical drugs earned the drug companies over 200 BILLION dollars last year. Do you think they have any intention of that stopping?"

Do they control the weather too? Seems like there would be money to made from hurricane victims and the like.

"My peditrician offer OT, PT, and speech as solution to ASD. All of it did "zip" until I started helping my child's body heal from environmental insults."

If you helped healing with homeopathy, you need to publish a paper because your Nobel Prize in medicine is waiting (patiently).

"So far, I haven't come across mainstream medicine's cure for ASD. I've only been at the recieving end of what they've done to help facilitate it."

I haven't come across mainstream medicine's agreement on what ASD's even are. To believe they would or should have had a "cure" is ludicrous.

Erika

Homeopathy has been around for hundreds of years and is mainstream medicine in several parts of the world.

Since "Big Pharm" doesn't have a strangle hold on it, and patents on every rememdy, I'm sure it has no validity. Especially, if there wasn't a double blind study involved, run by scientists who are bought and paid for by the pharmacutical companies.

When you have a child that goes from speaking one word at a time, to speaking in complete sentences (5-6 words)after using homeopathy for four weeks, that must purely have to do with the 30 day maturation period he or she has gone through. Or when a child stops having seisures within weeks of starting homeopathic remedies, that must be the body's natual process of ironing out its imbalances. There are a MULTITUDE of other children who have had similar experiences with homeopathics, improving in many and different ways.

Here's your ancient Chinese secret...

"Big Pharm" rules the world, and if it doesn't come from "Big Pharm" it will be criticized and made to appear as quackery.

Pharmacutical drugs earned the drug companies over 200 BILLION dollars last year. Do you think they have any intention of that stopping?

My peditrician offer OT, PT, and speech as solution to ASD. All of it did "zip" until I started helping my child's body heal from environmental insults.

So far, I haven't come across mainstream medicine's cure for ASD. I've only been at the recieving end of what they've done to help facilitate it.

Erika

Craig Lee

"In May 2005, I had my first consult with Lindyl Lanham, a DAN! certified practitioner, of the Homeopathy Center of Houston."

What exactly is DAN! certification? Are there any special qualifications? Exams? Board oversight? Or, is it really just a beliefs system rooted in philosophy as described on the Autism Research Institute's internet pages?

It took tremendous faith to continue the sequential homeopathy, but watching him react to the monthly packet treatments convinced me that these were more than just sugar pills.

It probably took considerable expense too. What makes them more than just sugar pills? Is it all belief, faith, and being convinced? Is there magic involved? Not-so-ancient secrets? Is there any science behind it? Is a fourteen year-old not supposed to have developed or changed at all over the years without sugar pills? How do you know good results are from something as scientifically baseless as homeopathy, and not more from your hard work in parenting and educating, or even a great hardworking kid?

Joan

Thank you posting this article regarding the "non-responders"
in the autism world. We also have been fortunate to find the
Houston Homeopathy Center. My son is 14 and has made overwhelming gains since we began with the HCH in Jan. 2006.

We know the Poole family and we very much appreciate Lisa sharing their story.

I would like other families to realize that there are no "non-responders." To the families with small children please consider this if there is a way to successfully treat the "non-responers" how much better is this path for your young child?

Again Thank you for the Poole Family story. We keep MIchael in our prayers and know that he will continue to show gains.

Joan

Haleh Niazmand

Thank you Lisa for posting the brief summery of Michael's story. You have been such great source of support and inspiration for many of us.
May gains keep pouring for Michael.
With much love and admiration.
Haleh

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