PANDAS, PANS & Homeopathy

Jack was a pretty normal, happy 7 year old who came down with a cough and fever one winter's day.  He got over the acute physical symptoms after a few days but still didn't feel well.  Jack complained of being sad and lethargic, poor sleep, low appetite, not being able to concentrate, and no longer wanting to go to school.   His teachers also noticed that he seemed unusually withdrawn in the classroom.

This went on for about a month and then one day, while attending a sporting event with his family, he suddenly became acutely anxious and was overwhelmed by what he called 'bad thoughts'.   The thoughts, mostly of a perverse sexual nature, and the anxiety continued on, becoming a chronic problem. Jack subsequently developed compulsive behaviors such as counting, repetitive questions, and particular hand motions as well.   Eye blinking, which had first appeared a few months prior to getting sick but had resolved on its own, also reappeared as a tic like behavior.

Just Who Am I? Aluminum, Dementia & a Case of ADD

Aluminum toxicity is one of the most commonly cited factors in the development of dementia and Alzheimers disease.  Cookware and utensils has been a major of source of exposure.  Increased awareness has brought a reduction in the domestic use of these implements in more recent years, but comes too late for the current elderly generation amongst whom dementia has become epidemic.  Even so, cooking techniques which bring aluminum foil into direct contact with foods are still common and the use of aluminum cookware is still widespread in institutional cooking and restaurants, as well as the developing world for reasons of affordability and convenience.

Pharmaceutical medication is another often overlooked route by which aluminum is introduced into the body.  While the presence of mercury has gained much more notoriety, aluminum is also used as a preservative in vaccinations and other drugs.

It is no wonder then that in the homeopathic treatment of dementia, a remedy derived from aluminum - or more specifically aluminum oxide is one of the most common prescriptions.  

Blood Pressure, Medication & Dementia

Recently an elderly man with significant cognitive impairment was brought to my office by his wife in the hope that there might be something to be done to improve his condition. Although on the surface he appeared cheerful, attentive and able to understand what was being said, it was the lack of coherence in his speech that betrayed how confused he really was.  Most any question that was posed him would be answered with a reply that started off well, but inevitably devolved into a sequence of words that made little sense.

His story was that about 5 years earlier, he had suffered a massive heart attack that he barely survived but since that time he no longer could think straight.  Previous to that he had a history of colon cancer about 15 years earlier, but there was no history of dementia. 

Haiti, Cholera and Homeopathy

A weather disturbance known as a 'tropical wave' was detected off the Atlantic coast of Africa on September 25th of this year.  Although it sounds like a tropical wave is a surfing term, in fact, it is used to describe a meteorological event where an elongated area of low pressure - an 'atmospheric trough' - forms along a north-south axis.  Tropical waves tend to move westerly across the tropics causing cloudiness or storms, but can also lead to tropical cyclones.

 This particular event was dubbed 'Invest 97L' at the time - an 'invest' being meteorology-speak for a weather disturbance which is being monitored for cyclone development.  As it moved westward over the next three days, Invest 97 reached the West Indies, becoming an organized weather system with sufficient strength to be dubbed Tropical Storm Matthew.

Vexxed over Vaxxed

  The movie ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe’ made the rounds of select theaters in Vermont over the last several months. These showings

  The movie ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe’ made the rounds of select theaters in Vermont over the last several months. These showings - one of which took place in Brattleboro at the Latchis Theater this past Monday evening - are sponsored by the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice (ww.voicesforchoice.com) and are part of an effort to raise awareness about risks associated with vaccinations.

What makes Vaxxed so compelling is two-fold:

There are many powerful, heart rendering scenes in which parents of vaccine damaged children testify to their experience of having their child vaccinated and then soon thereafter witnessing profound neurological degeneration.   These interviews watched one after the other can leave the viewer emotionally stunned - and enraged at the forces that led to these outcomes.