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A cup of tea in the consulting room: the latest in homoeopathy about eczema and allergies.

Abstract

A collegial conversation between two Australian homoeopaths covers the management and treatment of some challenging cases of children with allergies and eczema, and reveals some of the most contemporary methods currently in use: using constitutional homoeopathic treatment with intercurrent aetiological remedies; anti-inflammatory remedies like Apis, Ars, Cham and Nux vom; and the work of homoeopath Jon Gamble on obstacles to cure.

LB: So Linlee, recently you used the term 'google warriors' in relation to the mothers of these kids. It has an exciting ring to it, can you tell me what that means?

LJ: That was my description of what a parent becomes after their child has been given a diagnosis of autism or something equally overwhelming. At first they are so busy trying to keep up with their visits to the paediatrician and juggle their lives with a sick child and work out how to correctly manage the allergy diet that they hardly have time to look after themselves. After the early phases of "Why me?" and denial, anger and so on have been passed through they emerge with a determination to read everything they can. They become mini-experts on their child's condition. Calling them warriors is a powerful acknowledgement of the effort they are putting into looking after their child.

LB: Expert, warrior and case manager as well.

LJ: Exactly.

LB: Another common scenario is the parents who have tried everything that conventional medicine has to offer, like the parents of Henry (pseudonym) in these photos (see Figure 1). Henry's mum felt guilty--she saw her child suffering. She wondered if they were doing enough, and this drove her on to see one specialist after another. She felt singled out when well-meaning people in the street would make suggestions, as if she hadn't already tried everything. Don't you love this photo story Linlee? This is one happy family now.

LJ: Oh, he looks just like one of my little patients. Henry has the same look around his eyes, the same puffiness, redness and swelling. I've been giving my patient Apis 30c twice a week.

LJ:I used to hate that and puzzle about it and probably even change the remedy, but with these children with allergies I've almost come to expect it.

LB: We used to be so disappointed when the action of our remedies collapsed. Now we know to bring in the aetiological remedies to steady the progress. I do a timeline so that I can see the aetiologies at a glance (see Table 1).

LJ:I like the chart--it makes it very clear. When I look at the timeline I can see that he had a downturn in his health at seven months and then at twelve months--there's a cluster of new symptoms.

LB: I gave Infanrix hexa 30c first as it's a standout for eczema (3) (Infanrix hexa is the homoeopathic remedy made from the vaccine in Australia, which includes Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Polio, Hib.) (4)

LJ: Go on.

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LB: What were the indications for Apis?

LJ: Well, his face is so puffy and he had been hospitalized twice with a bleeding colitis. I couldn't help thinking his whole gut must be swollen and on fire as well. I gave Apis with the idea of calming his extreme response and calming down the lining of the gut. If the gut and mucous membranes are continually sensitive and inflamed, and in a similar condition to what can be seen on his face, then it makes sense to give the remedy regularly as a preventative. Apis is a sensible supportive remedy for allergic inflammation of the gut. Vermeulen' describes tenderness, prickling, burning, soreness, swelling, and fullness in the gut as well as sensitiveness of the ileocaecal region. So tell me some more about the boy in the photos.

LB: Well, that's Henry. He's had eczema and allergies his whole life and been on constant medication. You can see how sad and listless he was in the 'before' photo. Henry became happy and energetic on a first prescription of Nat mur 30c. His mother said it was like having a new child. Even so, the eczema on his face came right back shortly after an initial strong improvement.

LB: The action of the constitutional remedy is undermined by these other factors that need to be incorporated into the treatment. In complex cases my general plan is to give constitutional treatment with intercurrent aetiological remedies. Henry's main remedies have been: Nat mur 30c and 200c and Ign 30c. Infanrix hexa 30c, MMR 30c, and Antibiotic mix 30c, all given as intercurrents in that order. When there is a short detox event, I change it up and give Sulph 30c instead of Nat mur/Ign. I start simply with one or two remedies but after a while a typical prescription might look like this: Nat mur 200c twice a week Infanrix hexa 30c twice a week Ign 30c twice a week.

Later I gave Arn 30c, Sulph 200c and MMR 200c. The detox for vaccines is more gentle when given in alternation with the constitutional remedy. The improvement you see in the photos took place over five months, so fairly quickly, which is what you want. In the most severe cases of eczema you can see a skinny, underweight child who has a compromised immune system and frequent infections. Henry's condition worsened over winter, with a return of puffiness and swelling about the eyes during a bout of gastro. Ars 30c was given, which settled both the gastro and the inflammation. Since then, Ars has been the most appropriate anti-inflammatory remedy for Henry. Recurrent vomiting, not previously mentioned (as happens so often--his parents had forgotten about it) also stopped after Ars. Morgan-pure resulted in a much appreciated growth spurt, and Psorinum 30c was given as a follow-on to Sulphur when the eczema was worse in the winter.

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IJ: Anti-inflammatory remedies like Apis, Ars, Cham and Nux vom are needed to help with the most distressing symptoms of allergies and food intolerances. Parents can give them twice a week and also it's good to tell parents to give an extra dose, for example before going to a party. This is a major part of the treatment for complicated atopic cases where I try to work out a therapeutic remedy and give it once or twice a week as a preventative. These children may not have been as successfully treated years ago by us but we now have so many methods to choose from.

LB: We can do a hair tissue mineral analysis to check for heavy metals or mineral deficiencies since we know that heavy metals can block the action of homoeopathies. Especially those cases that respond well to every remedy at first without any real improvement in the long-term, as well as those cases that worsen with every remedy without any improvement.

LJ:I have a good example of that. I have given a six-year-old wild child with eczema and allergies Tub bov, Hyos, Stram, Dulc, Sacch, etc. He does well on each of the remedies but instead of the two steps forward and one step backwards which we expect, he does one step forward and one step backward. Finally a hair analysis was ordered and it showed lead in the toxic range--off the top of the chart. His symptoms don't easily point to Plumbum and no practitioner had ever thought to prescribe it even though his dad is a builder and his mum helped to renovate the bathroom while she was pregnant with him.

LB: We've been talking about causations such as antibiotics, vaccines, inflammation and heavy metals but what about the emotional side? Anger comes to mind. Passion is the positive side of anger. I had a case of allergy that responded well to Arg met, a remedy that is indicated when the emotions are not displayed. This person never showed her anger or wanted the passion of an intimate relationship. She had recurrent allergic urinary symptoms similar to, but not, a UTI.

LJ: That theme fits with Nat mur, the remedy you gave Henry.

LB: Yes, he was a very well-behaved child. Now since Nat mur, he can be a bit cheeky and has had a few tantrums. I do love to see a well-behaved child become a bit naughty. Along those lines, Apis is complementary to Nat mur.

LJ: So we have mineral remedies like Arg met and Nat mur coming up alongside some of the impulsive remedies such as Cham, Nux vom, Tarent and the heat and fire of Apis.

LB: Unfortunately, parents of children with allergies are put in the position of having to be strict about eating.

LJ: The children have to learn to control their impulses around what they may or may not eat. At times they may have an uncontrollable desire for trigger foods.

LB: Denying the trigger food to a child may result in hours of rage.

IJ: Eating the trigger food may cause a raging skin rash.

LB: Freedom to be able to eat just about anything is the goal of homoeopathic treatment.

LJ: A kid who can go to a birthday party next door and eat cake without significant risk to their health is considered a healthier and more resilient child.

LB: The 'icing on the cake' for Henry's parents was the cost-effectiveness of homoeopathy--$100 per month or $1,200 over twelve months. In the twelve months before homoeopathy they spent $10,000 after rebates on eczema treatments for this child. They saw dermatologists, an ophthalmologist, their GP three times a week, and tried ointments that cost up to $400 each.

References

(1.) Allergy Medical Group. Adult allergy. [Internet]. Brisbane (Australia); [cited 2015 March 31]. Available from: http://www.allergymedicalgroup.com.au/ what-is-allergy/adult-allergy

(2.) Allergy Medical Group. Allergies and children. [Internet]. Brisbane (Australia); [cited 2015 March 31]. Available from: http://www.allergymedicalgroup.com. au/what-is-allergy/allergy-children/

(3.) Gamble J. Mastering Homeopathy 3. Obstacles to Cure: Toxicity, Deficiency & Infection. Wollongong, Australia: Karuna Publishing; 2010.

(4.) Golden I. Vaccine Damaged Children: Treatment, Prevention and Reasons. Gisborne, Australia: Isaac Golden Publications; 2008. p. 26.

(5.) Vermeulen, F. Prisma--The Arcana of Materia Medica Illuminated. Haarlem, Netherlands: Emryss Publishers; 2004. p. 119.

The information and photographs in this article have been published with the consent of the patients' parents.

The facts:

* Allergy and asthma account for an estimated 20% of Australia's health expenditure and Australia has among the highest prevalence of allergic disorders in the developed world (1)

* Eczema in Australian children has increased from 3% to more than 20% in the past generation (2).

LJ: A 16 month old boy (with a google warrior mum) came to the clinic. The first thing his mother said was, "He Is allergic to everything and has anaphylaxis to eggs." He came up in large welts if he was kissed by someone who had eaten eggs. He was not putting on weight. The hospital dietitian put him on a strict eating programme, which was basically lamb, rice, golden syrup and green beans, plus Neocate formula. * These were the only foods which he did not react to. Even so, he could easily have fiery raw skin when the wrong nappy wipe was used. He was a sick little boy. A few months before coming to my clinic he had been hospitalised with septicaemia and had a lumbar puncture and blood tests etc.

He was obsessed with the colour green, bit a lot, ate shovel loads of sand at the beach, over-reacted to mosquito bites and loved the stereo turned up as loud as possible. Sitting still was Impossible for him and he loved to run everywhere--clear Indications forTarentula. His behaviour was worse the first week after starting treatment but then he quickly responded by putting on weight. After six months of being given Tarentula in LMs he was no longer considered 'failure to thrive.' He still had symptoms after eating certain foods so a hair analysis was ordered. Because of high levels of heavy metals on his hair analysis he received Cadmium and Alum in potency. First the Cadmium was given in a 12c twice a week for two months, then Alum in a 12c twice a week for two months. The 12c potency was chosen because of his sensitivity.

He reached a stage where his events to certain foods were minimal and it was considered appropriate by his medical team to do a food trial of allergens, for exmple egg, in the hospital setting. He reacted to the food trial with swelling around his eyes like a waterbag, pinkness of his external ears, hot prickling face and hot diarrhoea, so he was given Apis 12c BD with great results. His mother learned how to give Apis herself as needed on top of a plan to give Apis 30c twice a week. Off and on, since treatment began, the child has stayed on Apis for years.

One month after the Apis was first introduced he was noticeably less sensitive, so a stronger dose of Alum was possible. The Alum chelate was given, one dose every second day: Alum 6c, 12c, 30c, 200c together in one bottle. (3)

18 months after he started homoeopathy a retest of his hair analysis came up clear of heavy metals. Two years after he started homoeopathy he had another egg challenge in the hospital, and it was declared that he now had only a mild allergy and, for example, was allowed to eat egg In a cake.

Other remedies the child received over years of treatment were Calc phos, Placenta, Sil, and Alum phos. His mother now only brings him to the clinic, for example, when he has a cough. Currently he Is being given Sil as needed. The child now eats a'normal diet) bearing In mind that his mother has meanwhile become very diet- and allergy-aware. It is many years since she has felt like she is on high alert.

* Neocate is an amino acid-based infant formula designed for babies with a cows' milk allergy or multiple food protein allergies.

Linda Beaver | DipHomMed

Linlee Jordan | MHlthSc BHom

Linda (LB) and Linlee (LJ) settle down for a cup of green tea and a collegial chat about the management and treatment of some challenging cases of kids with allergies and eczema. A large part of their discussion is based on the work of homoeopath Jon Gamble and the concepts of obstacles to cure blocking the action of constitutional remedies (3).
Table 1 Aetiology Timeline

Age          Complaint                    Event

Pregnancy                                 House renovation,
                                          Asbestos removal, soil
                                          dug up

Birth        Conehead                     Caesarian
                                          Vaccinated Hep B

2 weeks      Staph infection              Antibiotics

3 weeks      Skin rash

2,4, and 6                                Vaccinated DTR Polio
months                                    Hep B, Hib, Pneumoccoal,
                                          Rotaravirus

7 months     Hand foot and mouth
             disease
             Skin flare up

12 months    Sesame event, eyes           Vaccinated MMR,
             swelled up                   Hib, Meningococcal,
             < eczema, infected           Antibiotics

             Cuts in the finger creases   Antibiotics
             Recurrent ear infections

18 months                                 Vaccinated varicella

21 months    Hazlenut event, lips
             swell up, body rash like
             sunburn

2 years      < skin, cracks around
             mouth and nose, eyes
             swollen, red and crusty
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