Autism is a response to a catastrophic threat – Mahler 1952:

This is an article I produced for teaching a while ago but thought it would be useful to post.

Autism is a response to a catastrophic threat – Mahler 1952:

Bruno Bettelheim in “The empty Fortress – Infantile Autism and the birth of the Self” explores Autism from a psychoanalytical viewpoint and gives us, as homeopaths, a very useful and unprejudiced insight. There are several comments taken from his book attached to the end of this lecture. He is clear that Autism is a response to a catastrophic threat.

It is important to grasp this conclusion in the light of how vaccination fits in. Vaccination happens at a time when the development of unconditional love and trust are being established between mother and child. The vaccines are an assault both in terms of pain and chemical pollution.

It is also factual that the remedies made from these vaccines, particularly DPT, have been shown to have a spread of symptoms that are useful in treating autism. It is not, however, scientific or homeopathic to conclude that autism is therefore a product of vaccination. SOME autism can be traced to this point not all.

It is most useful to understand that DPT and MMR are useful in treatment as homeopathic remedies. Also that Autism is a state that has reacted to an unprecedented assault. That could be a lot of things. Equally vaccines should be approached with caution and evaluated for their benefits and uses. That is for another lecture.

What do we see in the client with autism?

Firstly we see a digestive problem and if this is not attended to there is little chance of progress.

Secondly we see the Self suppressed. This may show to a homeopath in a number of ways:

  1. as strange presentation of common remedies (e.g. cold SULP thirsty PULS etc.)
  2. extreme behavior
  3. overwhelming pictures of what would normally be thought of as acute remedies (BELL, STRAM, ACON)
  4. or just the inability to see any remedy clearly or consistantly

Thirdly we see remedy pictures of the state of autism (DPT HELIUM MMR)

So my basic approach, if it is not possible to see a single clear remedy, is to prescribe on all three of these levels and to repeat the remedies each week:

Week Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Week 1 DPT 200 or MMR or Helium etc. Most indicated Rx Associated bowel nosode
Week 2 DPT 200 or MMR or Helium etc. Most indicated Rx Associated bowel nosode
Week 3 DPT 200 or MMR or Helium etc. Most indicated Rx Associated bowel nosode
Week 4 DPT 200 or MMR or Helium etc. Most indicated Rx Associated bowel nosode

So if the fundamental or constitutional Rx was LYCOPDIUM then the associated bowel nosode would be MORGAN GAERTNER.

This framework, however, is somewhat fluid and will vary with the individual case. For instance: In a case where there is a lot of birth trauma, may be caesarian, high levels of fear and lack of response to pain, then day two may be STRAMONIUM, then if LYCOPDIUM was the underlying Rx then day 3 could be LYCOPDIUM and a day four remedy of MORGAN GAERTNER. Here also the potency might change and the STRAMONIUM could be 10M and the LYC 1M.

Equally if one aspect of the case is sensitivity and lack of response then the days may be spaced out.

Another variation may be to supplement this with days 4-7 giving THYMUS GLAND 30 once a day.


This seems to be where the lesion exists, and often at a psychic level. So an understanding of THYMUS GLAND is essential and a grasp of why we would prescribe remedies in “threes” e.g.


AYAHUASCA, THYMUS GLAND and THUYA. The “three” remedies can be given as a prescription over 3 days or even 24 hours or may show as a “progress” over several months e.g. for a while THYMUS GLAND 30 is given as support then a move to THUJA being included in prescription with a point where TUBERCULNUM is given as a nosode on its own.

The gut and diet

Many cases may come to you where there has already been good work done on the bowel, often through the DAN protocol or even just with Gluten free, dairy free organic diet. I still tend to give the bowel nosode as many of the non-bowel symptoms are found else where in the case. Equally if the family is not already operating a diet conscious regime then slowly encourage them to do so. Autism is a sensitive condition and so dynamics in the child will be reflected in the careers. It is sensitive politically as well as empathetically and sensorialy, so be careful what you say.

This empathy

Autism devours the family so expect changes to occur where they occur and patterns of resolution beyond the child are relevant to the whole case. One case of a child doing really well had a residual regurgitation issue. The parents opted for a surgical resolution, it took 15 months to heal and then subsequently the mother had acute colon ulceration near the rectum. This was the cycle of resolution. Another, adult case, resolved itself with the father having a cancer of the upper back (stabbed in the back) after his daughter moved dramatically on treatment by establishing a relationship and getting married.

Autism is not a disease

Autism is not a disease but a safe place for the child, a retreat, a cave. They are doing the best that they can. The non-responsiveness of the state means that it is often hard to see the direct homeopathic result and equally the hyper activity and repetitive actions often distract from seeing the underlying picture. I often describe homeopathy’s effect as squeezing a toothpaste tube. Normal developmental drive is to communicate, to reach out, to develop a relationship with the outside world, so the first reaction may be a big improvement at school and even a negative impact at home as the child establishes their ground. Also there is a higher recorded incidence of cases amongst high achiever parents, so sometimes some of the home practices may seem intense, or even unhelpful and the parents themselves are often not reflective by nature.

Fear and confusion are our enemies and it is important to take time and get some distance to observe.


The following are the references and sources I used for this article, along with my clinical observations. I share them here partly to give credit to these authors but also to encourage others to research. I hope it is helpful – Len Marlow

Interview with Amy Lansky

Bruno Bettelheim in “The Empty Fortress – Infantile Autism and the birth of the Self”

The autistic child’s withdrawal goes much further. Most of them have not only given up goal directed actions and communications of feelings, but also prediction. Beyond this empty stage they divide themselves into at least two groups: one that simply never move out toward, or withdraw even further from the world, and another group that combines withdrawal with the creation of a private world, that parallels our own. … These children must arrange objects in a certain ritualistic way. Unless they do, something terrible will happen. p 54

How essential is this evolution – from sensible ordering of events, to prediction, to goal-directed action p 50

Thus external intrusion must seem vastly more dangerous to these children than anything that comes from within. p 60

The possibility exists, then, that these children are much more sensitive to pain of all kinds than are normal children, and hence have built up unusually strong defenses against it. p 61

He must make himself insensitive to what comes from inside his own psyche p 74

Rodrigue 1955 I think the intensity of the autistic child’s anxiety is similar to that to which imminent death gives rise.

Suicide alone seems a more extreme position, but it is not. Because suicide involves a goal directed action that the autistic child seems even less capable of performing than the suicidal person. p 90

Kanner’s work dates the naming of Autism to his observations in 1943 but Haslam describes the case of such a child admitted to Bethlehem asylum in 1799 p 386

Notes on diet

Casein (from Latin caseus, “cheese”) is the name for a family of related phosphoproteins (αS1, αS2, β, κ). These proteins are commonly found in mammalian milk, making up 80% of the proteins in cow milk and between 20% and 45% of the proteins in human milk.[1] Casein has a wide variety of uses, from being a major component of cheese, to use as a food additive, to a binder for safety matches.[2] As a food source, casein supplies amino acids; carbohydrates; and two inorganic elements, calcium and phosphorus.[3]

Although research has shown high rates of use of complementary and alternative therapies for children with autism, including gluten and/or casein exclusion diets, as of 2008 there is a lack of evidence for the efficacy of these diets.[15] A 2006 review of seven studies indicated that, although all reported benefits of exclusion diets in reducing autism symptoms, all suffered design flaws, and there was not enough evidence overall to justify recommending exclusion diets to patients.[16]

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts, and triticale. It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing, or thickening agent, often as “dextrin”. A gluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease,[1] the related condition dermatitis herpetiformis,[2] and wheat allergy.[1]. A gluten-free diet might also exclude oats.

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Our healthy planet

Our healthy planet

I work as a homeopath and I am daily reminded that we can only really be as healthy as our planet is.

Just how good is our food, even when it is grown organically or in the wild? What about our diet so dependent on cows and sheep? Even the vegetarians eat a lot of dairy product.

I lived in New Zealand for a year and there the wild bush and forest have layers of life. Epihytes, hanging half way up the trees, forming an intermediate canopy. This is a country that was not settled till about 800 years ago and Europeans (Pakeha as they called by the earlier settlers) have only been there 200 years. Until then there were no other mammals and there was no clearing.

The British settlers removed some of the tallest trees in the world (Kauri: Agathis Australi) reaching some 40-50m in height. With the felling of these giants a complete canopy environment disappeared. Since these trees were more than 600 years old, replacing them will not happen in the near future. There are just a handful of these trees left. Even so, walking in the forests seems very different to walking in a UK woodland. On many walks the epiphytes, hanging from the branches of trees, create a vista of life and activity literally on all levels, the colour and the diversity means you could never mistake it for an English woodland. A strange comparison to this is seen walking in a Manuka wood, where the trees look as if a fire has swept through as they have a black powdery fungus on them and the Manuka tree seems to be able to almost establish and maintain a monoculture, as well as living in a mixed environment.

The ephiphyte layered type of forest was common all over the UK after the last ice age. Land clearing for farming over the centuries has removed this type of forest completely. Much of the UK has been replanted with conifers, landowners with dreams of money being made from the paper industry only to be dashed by technology that now recycles, and these woodlands are now left to their own devices that are pretty stagnant. Elsewhere where we supposedly have ancient forest there is still very little wildness. Conservation in Canada allows trees to fall and stay where they are, here any public woodland is “managed” for a quick buck. Nowhere in the UK are the woodlands natural or healthy and cover only 10% of there original land area.

When you venture away from the remnants of great forest onto the hillside they are either covered in heather or sheep grazed grass. Again nothing wild, nothing left to nature to correct.

All this even before we come to our agricultural deserts, where we have to add minerals every year to increase the crop yield. Where we farm to the very margins of the fields and create wonderful laboratories for TB amongst the cows and other animals. A farming industry based around livestock and oil companies, where nutrients are divided only into fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

It is common for us to look back to a “golden era” and there is even a term; Shifting Baseline Syndrome coined by Daniel Pauly, which describes every generation in terms of how things have changed since they first experienced their environment, their food, their world. We tend to think things have only got bad recently. When we look at climate change with the “hockey stick” graph, it’s the last 150 years doing all the damage. However farming has been clearing land for thousands of years. Sheep, the great clearers, are running out of new frontiers. Originating from Cyprus and Corisca they have populated as much as the globe as humans. Wherever they have established themselves, they reduce the land to marginal grassland.

It is possible to reverse this decline, fencing land away from sheep, adding charcoal to the soil (with its great ability to hold micro-organisms – see Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming & Climate Change (Sustainable Agriculture)

Albert K. Bates 978-0865716773) and planting trees (not conifers). However this takes time and its necessary to exclude humans from this natural process. In the meantime we are left with a high carbon consuming, low food value agriculture.

So, as a homeopath, we start from a point of the individual, even a healthy person, being depleted. Our remedies reflect this. Over recent years we have been driven to discover not only more about our remedies but also to look at new remedies. We have made remedies from many of the animal milks – all these mammals are not the mammals they would have been 2-300 years ago. We even have a remedy made from skimmed cow’s milk LAC DEFLORATUM. Milk with all the “goodness” removed – a remedy for extremes of sexual abuse and neglect.

The remedies we have derived from trees are also from trees not in their best condition. For Cabbage Tree (CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS ) I took the sample for the proving from the last complete woodland of these trees, everywhere else they occur individually, or in small groups, on the edges of woodlands – a shadow of their former selves.
So many of our most useful remedies are made from plants and animals themselves in trouble. Is this why they are so useful? Their own distressed state reflects our current health plights. If this is so it does mean that remedies need to be remade from new sources from time to time and, more importantly will need to be reproved. Certainly a remedy like APIS MELLIFICA with the current threat of annihilation would be a strong contender for a reproving. With these re-provings we would not expect to see many changes to the physical materia medica, more to the mental and emotional symptom picture. This would not be totally outside the original proving but and extension to those symptoms.

Its also interesting that technology, particularly in the area of renewable energy and information technology, has called for the use of the so-called “rare earth” minerals. Many of these are in the Lanthanide series and Scholtens recent work in this area has shown how helpful these remedies will be in the post modern world. A world where everyone is some sort of celebrity and these remedies sit between PERFORMANCE and PERFECTION.

So, apart from vigilance in relation to the remedy pictures, how can homeopathy attend to these issues? It is not just the food intake that’s depleted and polluted. Young families now often have both parents working 5 days a week, children are in nursery care not for a couple of hours a day but sometimes from 7.30 in the morning till 6pm at night. This regime can start as early as their first birthday.

Add to this a constantly polluted environment, with petrochemicals constantly poured in to the air and a regular regime of vaccinations with their inbuilt toxicity.

The “healthy” child will still respond to the simillimum, more so than the resulting adult. However the autistic child will also have gut issues and all sorts of issues of toxicity in the system. With care and close attention there are new evolving methods ( to support these children with homeopathy and to work towards prescribing the simillimum.

Adults with immune compromised conditions can also benefit from homeopathy but again don’t expect to prescribe a single remedy straight away. Organ support as well as fundamental and miasmatic remedies will be needed.

All this devastation to the planet has an impact on all living things. Humans are blessed with another dimension to their being. Each individual will see their will and their inner being in a different way but in summary there is a spiritual dimension to humans. This part of our development is also depleted, partly by what we eat but also by the world we live in. Demands come at us every second. While we are not expecting to be eaten by another mammal any more the torrent of information and interpersonal demands means many people come to the homeopath emotionally depleted, mentally depleted and “spiritually” depleted.

The work that came from Martin Miles ( and the Guild of Homeopaths is very important in working with these people (which is most of the “advanced” civilisations). Here the New Age remedies, as they have been termed, are essential. Also prescribing in three’s becomes the most productive method. That is, to prescribe on the person and the space they coming from, their history and their incarnation. Prescribing methods that relate to the Chakras ( tend to be the most productive. Some practitioners will be using these methods without ascribing them to any understanding of the Chakras. However this understanding (not for homeopathy itself) has been developed over at least 5,000 years and we would be foolish to discard such wisdom and understanding. Somehow there was a complete understanding of the endocrine system without any knowledge of the actual existence of the particular glands. The pineal gland wasn’t isolated till 1926. The seven main chakras and there understanding mimics the action of the seven endocrine glands perfectly.

Homeopathy has been under sustained attack from the medico-petrochemical industry yet it survives. Arguments rage about the science behind homeopathy yet we managed to use Newtonian physics for 400 years with no understanding or explanation of what gravity (the key constant in Newtonian mechanics) was or where it came from. We had to wait for Einstein’s theories before any understanding of Gravity could be scientifically demonstrated. Emerging from Einstein’s work are the 4 fundamental universal forces. Gravity being one of those along with the electromagnetic force, the strong force and the weak force. The weak force and string theory could easily explain potentised remedies.

The science is just round the corner but that doesn’t really matter, the important thing is to take homeopathy and use it. Soon there may not be an alternative.


The name gives us a clue to its use (the recta bit)

Neustaedter ran a proving of 3 men and 12 women and was surprised that practically no urinogental symptoms surfaced, one male had tenderness in his testes. The provers were all in there 20’s. It would highly unlikely that the main symptoms of CLEMATIS ERECTA would show to any extent in a group of this age and with so few males. It is worth noting that many of the provings in the material medica suffer from very small samples. Much of what we know of remedies comes form clinical experience and if that doesn’t happen the remedy stays in its theoretical state. We have much to thank homeopaths of the like of Sankaran for developing systems that allow us to see plants in groups, or from Scholten for seeing the minerals (and now the plants) in groups.

In the proving of CLEMATIS ERECTA the mental emotional symptoms were much more prevalent:

Kent says:

“He fears to be alone, yet dreads company. He dreads the necessity of having company, and it seems that the atmosphere is full of frightful and distressing things to worry him. This makes him low-spirited.”

Clematis is for those dreaming of a bright, fulfilled future, while the present is empty of incentive or joy.

The Bach flower remedy:

A longing for future fulfillment, with the awareness or acknowledgment of present insufficiencies, determines the inner attitude.

CREATIVENESS and VISION would describe the mental and emotional focus and hence the physical is focused on eyes and genitals. The struggle is anger and vexation.

It is in the Ranunculaceae family and the table shows you the spread of this families therapeutic range.


vexation and anger

vexed raw nerves electric shock insulted, morbid bursting

numbness and blunting

Acute PANIC Acon
Typhiod CRITCAL Hell
Ringworm TRYING Act-sp
Sycosis FIXIDITY Puls
Tubercular CHANGE Cimic
Leprous ISOLATION Hydr
Syhillitic DESTRUCTION Clem

CLEMATIS is a member of the Ranuculeae, the buttercup family. We know lots about many of the remedies in this family, particularly ACONITE, PULSATILLA and STAPHYSAGRIA. Using Mac repertory to compare ACONITE and STAPHYSAGRIA the two main themes in common are: ANGER and VEXATION

In CLEMATIS this energy is turned in, the anger becomes self destructive, they see their failures, or “roads less traveled” as obstacles to further development. Their history of failures in relationships, even when they are in one, makes them unable to reach out and address the issues. The failure here is tied up with the ego and hence lots of male sexual issues that can be pathological.

The struggle is ANGER and VEXATION (Sankaran suggest: destroyed because of anger and vexation and places the remedy in the syphilitic miasm). Vexed raw nerves, electric shock, insulted, morbid bursting, numbness and blunting.

DREAMS: accused of wrongful crime. FEAR of being alone, disinclined to meet even agreeable company.

CLEMATIS is a remedy commonly thought of in problems with testes, but from this short outline its possible to see how as a remedy it is more than just a therapeutic remedy.

Orchitis. Testes hang heavy or retracted. Testicles indurated with bruised feeling. Swelling of right half of the scrotum. Aversion for sex. Swelling of the spermatic cord with burning and soreness, extending to abdomen. Burning in penis during seminal discharge during sex. Violent erections with stitches in urethra. Illio-scrotal neuralgia.

The initial back ground to the case may present AUR, LYC, THUJA, NUX-VOM, SULP, NAT-M, and MERC. It is relatively easy to see this layer and most of these remedies have a focus on the male genitals already.

However, along with CLEMATIS there are several other remedies you might call on so lets look at these male remedies

Men come into the clinic presenting:

THUJA – hiding – split lives, split in two lives – tea drinkers – dope smokers – many partners

LYCOPODIUM – failure – never good enough, never reaching their destination and not sure what they wanted to achieve – father mother – fail to thrive – tired afternoon – mum’s apple pie – hair loss – sexual dysfunction

NUX VOMICA – ambitious, driven to compete – deception and self deception – alcohol – spicy food – aggression

AURUM – got to be the best or own the best – money – gold – extreme lack of confidence

SULPHUR – collects things – theorises

NATRUM MURIATICUM – idealised loved, falls in love with the wrong partner or the wrong career – loves their mum

STAPHYSAGRIA – needs to know the rules to be safe – history of abuse

MERCURY SOLUBIS – loose boundaries – corrosive – sweaty

All these remedies can have things wrong with their testicles or think they might have prostrate cancer.


Hydrocele of boys from birth. (Sil.) Drawing from spermatic cord into abdomen and thighs. Orchitis, glands feel crushed. Testicles, worse left, swollen, painful, drawn up. Induration and swelling of testes after gonorrhea. Itching, wrinkled, sweaty, scrotum. Glans feels crushed.


Orchitis. Testes hang heavy or retracted. Testicles indurated with bruised feeling. Swelling of right half of the scrotum. Aversion for sex. Swelling of the spermatic cord with burning and soreness, extending to abdomen. Burning in penis during seminal discharge during sex. Violent erections with stitches in urethra. Ilio-scrotal neuralgia.


Sexual neurasthenia with impotence. Strong and lasting erections in the morning without increase of desire. Enlargement of testicles and epididymis.

SABAL SERRULATA (saw palmetto)

Genital organs feel cold. Prostatic troubles with discharge of prostatic fluid. Enlarged prostate. Atrophy of testes. Epididymitis. Testes drawn up, painfully. Impotency, loss of sexual power. Sex is painful at the time of emission. Semen thick, causes hot feeling along the cord. Sexual neurotics. Coldness of external genitals. Dull aching in prostate extending into abdomen. Gonorrhea. Drawing pains in spermatic cords. Shrunk testes increase in size. Hard erections. Slight twisting chordee as if stretched from the root. Sexual desire diminished, ailments from suppression of sexual desire.


Gonorrhea with pus-like discharge. Sycotic warts, growths. Burning, sore pain in glans. Prepuce painful with difficulty in retracting it. Sexual desire increased with violent continuous erections. Hard swelling on dorsum of penis.


Male – Testicles hard and enlarged. Ill effects of suppressed sexual desires. Sexual nervousness with feeble erection. Prostatitis. Dribbling of prostatic fluid worse stools, emotions etc. Desire increased, power decreased. Impotence. Prostate cancer. Erections imperfect and of too short duration. Seminal discharge, provoked by mere presence of a woman or contact. Sexual nervousness, dejection after sex. Cutting in urethra while semen passes. Itching in prepuce. Sexual desire without erection.


Male – Flaccid, sweaty genitals. Impotency, relaxation of penis during excitement. Impotency after gonorrhea with mental depression. Spermatorrhea. No emission and no orgasm during embrace. Pruritus. Organs seem larger, puffed, relaxed, cold, sweating, skin of scrotum thick. Erections when half-asleep, cease when fully awake. Glans very red. Glans like a rag. Atonic pollution. Prepuce retracted after sex. Genitals cold. (Agnus)


Male – Sexual weakness. Dribbling of semen during sleep. Prostatitis, prostatic adenoma. Dribbling of prostatic fluid. Irritability after sex. Loss of sexual power with lascivious fancies. Lascivious but impotent. Increases desire, decreases ability. On attempting sex, penis relaxes. Easy loss of semen during sex with feeble erection, but long continued voluptuous thrill during stools. Semen watery, odorless. Oozing of prostatic fluid during sleep, while sitting, walking and at stool. Hydrocele. Chronic gleet. Bedwetting, chronic urethritis. Papillomas on the penis.


enlarged prostate. (Ferr-pic., Sabal.)

Kidneys – Burning in urethra and frequent desire. Urine hard to start. Spasmodic stricture.

Urine – Profuse deposit of white amorphous salts. Heavy deposit of mucus. Gravel deposits.

a remedy for gravel, profuse deposit of white amorphous salts in urine. Kidney stones, kidney colic, bloody urine. It acts on the ureters. Pain in lumbar region. Dizziness. Oppression of chest.

Hansen adds that it is particularly useful for profuse deposits of white amorphous salts in the urine and Hydrang. has arrested the tendency to formation of stones, relieves distress from kidney stones with soreness over region of kidneys and bloody urine.


senile hypertrophy of the prostate gland with frequent urination at night with full feeling and pressure in rectum. Smarting at neck of the bladder and penis. Retention of urine. Warts and epithelial growths, corns with yellowish discoloration. Nosebleeds. Chronic deafness and tinnitus due to gout. Meatus dry. Pseudo-leukemia.

Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital: The Final Decision

Sad really sad but in someway this is a decision from a system that isn’t working for anybody. The procurement systems and what is in the end being supplied to the public. The tendering process doesn’t explore what is wanted and it favours people with money. The companies that tender, the people that make the choices and the people that benefit are all those in society with money. Too expensive and not representative of anything other than their own view of the world. So unsustainable. The important thing is to separate this decision from homeopathy and its role in the health of the UK and beyond.

I currently work for an integrated medicine project in Bham (Freshwinds), we get NHS referrals, the practitioners are voluntary – the homeopathy still works and works well. I believe we need to let projects like this run for several years and show the model works. The experience of dealing with a constant flow of pathology and how homeopathy fits in to that model is part of the future for medicine.

The methodology of homeopathy in these situations will depend a lot of things:

Time – time that the client is prepared to give as well as time that is available in clinical hours and time that the disease process takes.

Method – different cases and different pathologies means that a spectrum of methods are appropriate. This scares a lot of homeopaths. However, remember that Eisyaga developed the layers method for nurses to be able to manage the client situation. Also we increasingly consume food that is severely lacking in basic minerals and many modern disease have a gut related condition – Autism and IBS practically always but other diseases can have a maintaining cause in the gut. Working with people that are severely tortured or on strong medication also needs special approaches.

Surprisingly though, the first thing that becomes apparent in the clinic is not about homeopathy but that many of the clients have come from a traumatic time in their NHS journey (even when this was a good and fruitful time), they have become very passive and have little of an overview of where they are going. Homeopathy with its reflective case taking style is the ideal next step, even before you get to the remedy. Clients come back brighter, rescued and ready for their healing journey. This journey may be through homeopathy and it maybe through other therapies, including some they have already visited, but they are much more likely to succeed as they feel more in charge. That’s the feedback so far and this is an area in which homeopathy excels.

So if the NHS won’t fund homeopathy then perhaps the homeopaths need to continue there conversations with the resident staff at the homeopathic hospitals and see how they can support and how clinics can be set up to continue the referrals without the funding stream. Increasingly there will be other funding sources and as each group nationally succeeds and then shares its experience others will follow. Being free from the present rubbish model is no bad thing but we do need to keep the clinics going.

If homeopathy won’t go away the commercial lobby groups will have to rethink their tactics, so lets move our energies.

Perhaps there should be a standing conference with existing doctors employed in NHS and experienced lay homeopaths to establish a protocol. I would certainly be interested in attending and maybe the registering bodies of the Society of homeopaths and the Faculty of homeopaths should host such a conference.

Working with Autism – a homeopathic framework

Working with Autism – a homeopathic framework


Before working with Autism there needs to be a clear understanding of what any treatment needs to address. Looking at this from past cases, where homeopathy has been useful, and looking at other therapies there seem to be three areas that need to be addressed.


  1. Those elements of the case that seem to be predisposing factors e.g. a particular trauma or incident that seems to mark the day from which symptoms started to develop. This can be in utero or in the early months, it can also be in the family history. The trauma may also not be the cause but only added markedly to the situation.
  2. It seems to very common in Autism that the individual has digestive and assimilation issues. Very common to the point where every therapist must take account of this and have options of ways to attend to this. This may present as allergies to certain foods, it may be unsettled bowels and it may be as extreme as a condition called “Leaky Gut”. Wherever the symptoms are on this spectrum they need to be considered.
  3. In some cases it is hard to see the individual within but if the therapy is to make any progress the process must also have ways of finding and reaching the individual.


While many therapies can attend to one of these areas and do combine with other therapies to cover all three, Homeopathy is privileged in that it has methods that can access all three. Equally it can work along side and extend the effectiveness of other therapies. One of the most common reports to good homeopathic prescribing would be something like; my son has a new teacher at school, she really understands him and he is now doing well. Or, we recently seem to be having a break through with the occupational therapist. Or, we have seen very little change at home but in school he is mixing and has made friends.


In so many therapies things are done to us, we become vulnerable to the process. In homeopathy we start to get choice back, we engage and this is very important in autism, as a key disturbance is lack of meaningful and helpful engagement with others.


What defines homeopathy?


The first principle in homeopathy is treating like with like; that which can cause a disturbance can also resolve it.


This principle is not purely observed in homeopathy. In the conventional treatment of hyperactivity Ritalin (methylphenidate), a known stimulant, is used in small doses to calm hyperactive children. An even more common area is in radiotherapy, where materials that we are well aware can causes cancers, are used to kill the cancers.


The second principle is the process should follow the law of cure. That is:

  • Symptoms should move from more important to less important organs e.g. treating kidney issues might give a skin rash.
  • Symptoms move from the centre outward, this may show as a skin disease remaining on some extremities when it has predominantly gone from elsewhere. Or a digestive problem responds with a skin rash. There is a centripetal action that can be observed.
  • Symptoms may move down the body, this is often observed in Chicken Pox.
  • Lastly there is also a reserve order of symptoms. There is a replay of earlier symptoms, called a return of old symptoms. So symptoms long gone, say since being a teenager, may reappear. This last version of “law of cure” is particularly useful and gives credence to the individual moving in the right direction.



These principles are not what are seen as controversial in homeopathy. Homeopathy gleans its doubters and critics from its use of very diluted substances. This process of ultra dilution, called potentisation, allows homeopaths to use even very poisonous substance without harming the individual. It also means when you are working with very sick people you are not adding to any toxicology.


The remedies work because the homeopath individualises them to the person not to the disease. This, of course makes double blind testing, as it is currently applied, a very weak tool to demonstrate the efficacy of homeopathy.


How is homeopathy used in a case where there are symptoms of autism?


In all cases where autism, ADHD and issues with development are concerned the three areas outlined above all need to be addressed (the condition, the individual, the gut).


This will result in a slightly varying range of treatment methods depending on the circumstances:


  1. Where there is a clear picture of the individual’s current state. This may be because other therapies have dealt with other issues (for instance diet may have sorted out the gut issues). In these cases a clear remedy picture emerges for the child and this may be given, perhaps only once, in the form of 2 or 3 tablets over 24 hours. This is not the usual situation but, equally, not rare. The case would be reviewed after a month.


  1. Individual with clear etiology. More commonly there is a clear picture of a remedy but there is also clear picture of an etiology that needs to be attended to. Here the prescription may consist of a remedy or remedies for the etiological issues, often given once a week and followed by the remedy for the individual given another day that week. Here remedies like DPT and MMR may be used on their remedy picture more than as “never been week since” vaccination prescriptions. In this model the individual remedy will usually be supported by an associated remedy for the gut symptoms, even if good progress has already been made in this area.
  2. The individual is subsumed by the state. Where there is more disturbance or estrangement, then the homeopath would look towards the CEASE method. CEASE (complete elimination of autistic spectrum expression) where each and every layer of toxicology is given as an isopathic prescription. This is combined with remedies/supplements for the individual and for the gut. This programme takes several months.


So programmes for treatment might look as follows:


Method 1


week Remedy Review
Week 1 day 1 LYCOPODIUM 1M taken night, morning, night In one month


Method 2


Week Monday Wednesday Friday


Here the remedies made from the vaccines are given on their homeopathic picture rather than specifically for removing any toxic effect of a particular vaccine. The family may have felt the condition emanated from the day after the vaccine or not. That is not the sole reason for choice here.


In the case shown here the reaction to the MMR 200 was an immediate temperature which passed with two doses of BELLADONNA 200 and similarly with DPT 1M there was a temperature reported as ”exactly the same symptoms blocked nose, temperature as after vaccination”. Again it was easily dealt with by a single dose BELLADONNA 200. These two acute reactions do convey that the vaccines had a part to play but equally the “return of old symptoms” demonstrates clearly the law of cure.


Elsewhere I have described the homeopathic picture of these two vaccines and they are both very helpful in working with autism.


The remedy in the Friday column is given to support the disturbance in the gut. These remedies are called bowel nosodes and are chosen by their picture and how they relate to the individual remedy given on the Wednesday.


In this case the MMR and DPT were given ascending as there seemed to have been quite a strong reaction to the vaccines, in another case the prescription might look more like this:


Week Monday Wednesday Friday
Review after 4 weeks



Or this:


Monday Wednesday Friday
Week one MMR 200 VERATRUM ALB 200 SAC ALB 200
Week two MMR 200 VERATRUM ALB 200 SAC ALB 200
Week three MMR 200 VERATRUM ALB 200 SAC ALB 200
Week four MMR 200 VERATRUM ALB 200 SAC ALB 200
The continue VERATRUM ALB 200 SAC ALB 200


I tend to use the 200th potency for the vaccine remedy when its given as a remedy picture or as a nosode. I feel this is the most dynamic potency.


In this second case I opted to use SAC ALB (Sacharum album. Cane sugar) rather than a bowel nosode but its application was for the same reason as giving an indicated bowel nosode.


I tend to use this third day prescription in place of extended use of supplements. Often the choice to use supplements has already been investigated by the family and I do not alter anything that’s already in place (unless it clearly the wrong thing to do). I do support and encourage the use of Casein and Gluten (dairy and wheat) free diet in many cases and I do encourage the use of probiotics to re-establish bowel flora. Beyond this I think you need a high level of knowledge and experience of nutrition to make any confident advice. I also find that the bowel nosodes, in particular, help dramatically.



Method 3


Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1 Hep A 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 2 Hep A 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 3 Hep A 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 4 Hep A 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 5 Variocella 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 6 Variocella 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 7 Variocella 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 8 VAriocella 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 9 Hep B 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 10 Hep B 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 11 Hep B 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 12 Hep B 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 13 MMR 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 14 MMR 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 15 MMR 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 16 MMR 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 17 IPV 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 18 IPV 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 19 IPV 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 20 IPV 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 21 Pneumococcal 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 22 Pneumococcal 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 23 Pneumococcal 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 24 Pneumococcal 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 25 DTaPiV 30 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 26 DTaPiV 200 Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 27 DTaPiV 1M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200
Week 28 DTaPiV 10M Lycopodium 200 Bacillus-7 200


It is not hard to see the limitation of this method in that it needs a lot of time and a lot of remedies and so is also prone to be thrown of course by other events. This is an isopathic process, giving the exact thing that ”caused” the issue, so by its very nature is not addressing the underlying cause. So it will not be until you reach the end of this programme that you start on the truly homeopathic process. However, in its defense, there are situations where this is what you need to do.


There are inevitably at least two stages to treatment. First the rescue so that we can communicate with the individual then there is the continuing support process. Sometimes this is relatively clear and simple as in method 1, other times there is quite a long trawl.



Further areas of homeopathic work in autism


By far the most useful and common method from the above three methods is method two. This framework allows variation and regular feedback and intervention when necessary. It also allows the possibilities of discovering the acute remedies that the individual responds to.


The reaction to the programme may generate coughs and these inevitably need several remedies, usually in the 30th potency. From a knowledge of treating the “100 day cough” or whopping cough as it is more commonly known, it becomes clear that there are patterns of cough remedies and how they resolve into individual fundamental remedies. These remedies will continue to be acute remedies for the individual and will be useful in other acutes as well. The family can start to have a first aid kit that works for the minor traumas.


Having gained some stability for the individual there are also approaches in treatment that can really help rebuild the inner person. We are not only defined by how well we talk and socialise and what sports we can play we all have a personal inner journey. Some cases seem more cut-off from where they came from than having any anger that they are here. Here a remedy like THYMUS GLAND starts to be very useful and the programme then might be:


Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Rest of week
Review case


SILICEA in the above case was given partly on the fact that the pregnancy had been IVF (in vitro fertilisation). So the remedy was not only being given as the person’s individual remedy but also on the etiology of her conception. Since there is inevitably a trauma for the child in IVF, this will touch on development going on at such a creative stage of being. It is not surprising the case went towards THYMUS GLAND.


I have found that children conceived through IVF and other technical pregnancies frequently need SILCEA at some time during treatment. This is for all babies and infants who have arrived in this way. They are invariable more chilly than other children and at some point bring together an indication for SILICEA. After this they warm up.


THYMUS GLAND is a good support when vaccinations are being considered and the thymus gland seems to be a gland that is particularly affected by adverse vaccine reactions.


It is common to see the remedies THYMUS GLAND being followed by THUJA and then TUBERCULNUM. Ranging from being given over 3 days (or even 24 hours) to being indicated separately over several months of consultations. These remedies work especially on our Heart Centre issues and are about our personal growth. This work in general practice leads to deeper work in areas of personal development.


Digestion and assimilation.


My experience has been that while the digestive system is not functioning in a normal way any progress with treating autism is limited and not lasting. This is a common view amongst therapist in general. The GFCF diet has been found to be very useful. This consists of removing gluten and casein from the individuals diet. Gluten is found in many products but loosely speaking can be said to be grain based products, especially wheat. Caseins are dairy based products. While cow based products are often the worst, where there is a sensitivity, at least at first, other dairy products should also be removed. Less well known is the effect of Glutamates, of which monosodium glutamate is one. These can also be a disaster in the gut area.


It is important not to approach this on a “war based footing”. As with all diet changes for children, it is better and easier if the whole family can embrace them; either by all the family adopting the diet or, at least, being very respectful of the diet. The individual’s brother or sister declining to eat “that muck” isn’t helpful. So to avoid these issues, some families cannot switch to GFCF over night and certainly not pick up being Glutamate free as well.


If damage to the gut is suspected (e.g. very runny stools) then using probiotics to re-establish bowel flora is a good idea. Usually the best way is to give a daily supplement in the form of a capsule for a period of 3 months.








The Chakras in Homeopathy

The Chakras in Homeopathy

I am posting this article for Homeopaths and other healers to explore. If you have additional knowledge this is a place to share that. If you feel you need to criticise or condemn please go to another site, there are plenty.

Where should we start with the Chakras?

There are seven main chakras that are important to us. Three lower and three upper separated by the heart. The heart is the fulcrum of all growth.

Lets us start at the base

The base Chakra is where we get stuck. It is governed by the planet Saturn, the hard father. The father who sends us back to try again. That can be an external father, in the form of a biological father or external forces of work or the family, or more often it is our internal limiting self.

We get stuck here, its not that for many that we try and fail in life it is that we never get started. The result will be diseases of ossification, hardening of arteries, but also infertility and much other pathology that we may place elsewhere may be stuck or have its roots here. The overriding pathology is Sycotic. Chaos and fixed ideas.

This over arching control from Saturn means that at 28ish and 49ish, those years of Saturn return, these issues can be both pronounced but equally have their greatest possibilities for change.

Our lives’ develop in 7 years cycles. In the West we consider 21 to be the adult point but it is between 21 and 28 that we live out our parents aspirations, their dreams and wishes and we live them out by exploring them or rejecting them. The possibility for freedom comes around 28. If we ignore this, or took the “wrong” path, then it comes back at 49 with a greater possibility of pathology. Many problems of the menopause are reflected in issues not dealt with at 28 and this is often where you need to look in the case for the remedy.

The element is Earth. Remedies like CALCAREA CARBONICA.The colour is RED. The base Chakra carries our past memories.

If you want to explore a clients true path, ask about the games they played at 6-7. Their adult life should reflect those games. So if they were always building structures then that has to be expressed somewhere in their adult life (e.g. building their own house, or a hands on manager).If they were making sure their dolls were always well then they will probably working in the caring professions.

The route through the chakras is not linear. However, in our desire to move from the base Chakra we often excite the generative Chakra. This Chakra is paired with the brow Chakra, the chakra of inner wisdom and reflection, our third eye centre in the brow and associated with the pituitary gland. The generative Chakra is the seat of creativity and that can be, as its name implies, sexual activity.

In serious illness individuals often embark on an inner journey, the Brow Chakra is regarded as the upper room of the generative Chakra and this is where this inner journey feasts.  The Last Supper occurred in an upper room. The journey may include meditation or yoga and this is acceptable. Often you will find in practice that the generative Chakra becomes excited too, often as raised libido. This is not so acceptable in society. Ill people shouldn’t be sexy and this view may come from the individual as well as others, a received view of values. They may be attracting approaches and find this difficult. However this energy is important and holds in it optimism of greater healing, including recovery from the illness they have brought to you. Tread carefully.

The planet of this centre is Jupiter, the bringer of joy. It is also the place of Buddha. Think of Buddha seated cross-legged. Base Chakra firmly routed to the soil and the legs wide open to allow as much energy as possible to rise. The colour is Orange.

The journey may be seated in the Solar Plexus, the next Chakra moving upwards. This is where we get it “wrong”. What we call “thought” is really reactive will intervening in the minds true process. We act before thought (higher conscious) can operate. Action that come from the will, (seated in the liver) not through the heart. Our higher self operates through our heart. Strongly coloured emotions come from this centre; aggression, injustice, the victim, lots of cancer. Investing emotional power in what is right or wrong. Courage, force, conquest. The terrorist. The Salesman. NUX VOMICA is an archetype of this centre but also consider LYCOPODIUM, ARGENTUM NITRICUM, IGNATIA, ARSENICUM ALBUM Rx YELLOW

Working through this centre there is often severe stress on the liver. What ever remedies come up it is often necessary to support or precede with liver support remedies: CHEL, CARD MAR, PODO, LYC, SANG, THLASPI, MYRICA, CEONAN, CHINA, CON, SOLID. ADREN GLAND.

liver and lungs CHEL


This is the centre that often seems to be uppermost but it may be only a front, a paper tiger. The colour is Yellow the planet is Mars (the war bringer).

The Heart Chakra is the fulcum, we have moved through the diaphragm away from the “animal” world, away from delusions to the area of dreams. The heart and the associated thymus gland are our true organs of destiny. The future of the human race is dependent on this work being done. However the miasm is syphyllitic. This is also the centre of destruction. The centre of destruction and rebirth.

This is the centre of growth, the colour is green the planet is the Sun. NATRUM MURIATICUM is the archetype and THUJA is the main remedy.

Here a note on NATRUM MURIATICUM and SYPHYLLNUM. SYPHILLINUM is the remedy of masks. The Syphylitic age was  the age of the masked ball was at its most popluar when syphilis was strongest. Europe was engaged in destruction, wars within its boundaries and Empires were plundering distant lands. In SYPHILLINUM the individual hides behind the truth. NATRUM MURIATICUM build walls to conceal themselves and protect. The nature of how these two remedies present means they can look the same. THYMUS GLAND is so important as a remedy here and look at notes on this remedy elsewhere . All of these comments suggest that the work on the heart centre is to open it up. Particularly where it has been closed by events and history. Work here will have repercussions in the lower Chakra’s i.e. symptoms will appear that reflect those Chakra’s. The heart is the fulcrum and not the energy source on its own so there needs to be connection with the higher Chakra’s for healing to be sustained and AYAHUASCA  is particularly helpful here to drawn down “karmic” energy and other remedies that will work on the Pituitary Gland particularly are necessary. But then so is expression, speaking out, singing exercising the throat Chakra.

The throat Chakra is associated with the thyroid and many people will present with “thyroid” issues. Often this is a reflected set of symptoms and the problem is elsewhere. The thymus gland atrophies at puberty from a medical point of view and this is then compensated for by the thyroid and adrenal glands, So thyroid problems may need the heart chakra to be treated. Adrenal dysfunction may occur in other cases and present as ME or stress and again it is the thymus and heart chakra that need attention. Many cases of hypo or hyperthyroidism are not so. Check that the symptoms actually fit the diagnosis. If not suspect the heart chakra and also in ME and IBS type conditions.

Learning about the Chakras

The Chakra system is not easily understood from ”books” it is a reflective system. It is better observed rather than studied. It is a place for checking rather than assertion. Accessing this powerful tool is better through mindfulness and experience rather than the classroom. It is a journey and is also your journey. Spending time in the brow centre will help and to do that we can mediate, it is immaterial what process the mediation takes, just the exercise of this centre brings “enlightenment” by the processes of “mindfulness”. People will say they cannot meditate, or they have never learnt. Most of them are already sitting at the door and become its students. Start by walking on hills rather than looking for guru’s.

The brow centre carries messages from gods (spirit, source) to you. Meditation allows focus on this centre, the point of intuition. The seat of Hermes. In Hindu its is called the Ajna centre, the two petalled lotus where Shiva dwells. The pituitary gland has two lobes and understanding of how remedies relate to this organ can help understand its pathology. Overactivity of posterior lobe-  Children: overgrowth, early sexual maturity or the opposite. Adults: can’t grow more so bone deformities develop. In the under active accumulation of a lot of fat. Others display intense living or lassitude. Youngsters bullying, lying, stealing (Hermes was a thief). Idealist and altruist. A picture of  ARSENICUM ALBUM when well. Live intensively, cover more ground than others).

SYPHILLINUM 10m can awaken this centre. “Messages from the gods” – the Holy Grail the sign for Mercury  and the remedy MERCURY SOLUBUS can also be useful.

Fibroids result of “out of control” brain. Thoughts go round at night. CALCEREA CARBONICA, FOLLICULINUM or OOFERINUM 30 as an inter-current.

The Pituitary Gland

Posterior associated with sycotic miasm, Anterior Tubercular and Psoric. The cleft is Syphilitic (cleft OPIUM HELLEBORIS BUFO) – link between thought and action. The centre to which we all retreat, children live here. People who indulge in self-destruction – sweets and chocolate binge, too much alcohol. Any trauma esp. in childhood retreat for safety as result thyroid thymus and sex glands go out of balance. Centre records our dreams. If dreams unremembered is marked then this centre blocked. STEROIDS affect this gland BARYTA-CARBONICA, INDIGO. It is probably this centre that we need to treat in autism and DPT and MMR will be useful remedies.

At the summit we have the Crown Chakra. Associated with the pineal gland. Ones true spirituality. Direct access to other realms goes through this centre. The destroyer of ignorance. The thousand petalled lotus. Time and awareness and of light. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin, which regulates the instincts of going to sleep and awakening. It also produces trace amounts of the psychedelic chemical dimethyltryptamine.

Prophesy, psychic. Outward disease is a sign of inward (karmic) error. Trace back in case taking to get the pattern of error in the past. The whole manifestation of being, size, shape, colour are very much governed by the endocrine glands. Rx VIOLET suspect AGATHUS AUSTRALIS acts on this centre. Planet Moon. Potency here will often be 10M or 50M unless there is pathology in the gland or nearby e.g.brain tumour.





I have decided to open these pages for those out there interested in homeopathy and wanting to explore ideas. Some new some old and revisited. Some of the postings will be remedy pictures, some homeopathic approaches and some will be comment on the world that homeopathy encourages.

I have used the word “sustainable” in the strap line because homeopathy is sustainable. It can be delivered to every human and to other species. It has very little cost burden, both in a commercial sense but also in a carbon footprint sense.

It is also an evolving medicine and every homeopath and every client contributes to that.

First and foremost it is an energy medicine.

Much of this you don’t need to know to sort out your coughs and colds, your bruises or your PMT and many will use homeopathy without a second thought. However the potential is infinite.