Raising a Sensitive Child

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Genetic predisposition and triggers for autism


The development of autism requires two factors: 1) a genetic predisposition for autism, and 2) toxic overload and other stressors that act as a trigger for autism (typically multiple vaccinations).

Or as one mom of an autistic child succintly put it:

Genetic predisposition + Environmental Toxins = Autism

1) Genetic Predisposition for Autism

According to McCarthy and Kartzinel’s Healing and Preventing Autism book, children with autism generally have families with methylation problems and/or auto immune problems. Examples of diseases and disorders that fall into both categories are listed below (from pp. 299-300).

Methylation problems

  • dementia
  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • autism, ADHD, ADD
  • Alzheimer’s
  • depression
  • alcoholism (note: A scientific study has found that 39% of autistic children had alcoholism in the family tree.  I was very interested to learn this since alcoholism is actually within my family tree).
  • constipation
  • suicide

Auto Immune Problems

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Leaky gut
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • lupus
  • multiple sclerosis
  • diabetes
  • MBP antibodies
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Addison’s disease
  • Graves disease
  • thyroid disease

Verspoor and Smith’s book, Autism: The Journey Back, also provides information about the Heilkunst view of inherited factors involved in autism in Chapter 6 of their book. In the Heilkunst view, there are eight main chronic miasms, which are archetypal chronic diseases that are hereditary and most people are born with to a greater or lesser degree :

  • Psorinum (Psora),
  • Malaria (Malaria),
  • Tuberculinum (Tuberculosis),
  •  Ringworm (Ringworm),
  • Medorrhinum (Sycosis),
  • Carcinosin (Cancer),
  • Syphilinum (Syphilis),
  •  and Lyme (Lyme).

These miasms are named according to their origins or how they were discovered. These chronic miasms generally lie dormant within us until they are activated by certain shocks. In particular, the sycosis and syphilis miasms are common miasms within children with autism and also with their parents. Signs of these miasms include: “a tendency to sensory disturbances, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, depression, obsessive compulsiveness, epilepsy, ADHD and strong anxiety” (p. 73).

Other diseases that are associated with the sycosis miasm include: Abscess. Acne. Alcoholism. Alopecia. Aneurysm. Anxiety. Bone pains. Compulsive disorder. Headache. Insomnia. Leukorrhea. Malignancy. Mouth ulcer. Neuralgia. Psoriasis. Scoliosis. Skin ulcer. Astigmatism. “Growing” pains.

Other diseases that are associated with the syphilis miasm include: Adenopathy. Alcoholism. Allergy. Alopecia. Amenorrhea. Arthritis. Asthma. Astigmatism. Autism. Behavior disorder. Bronchitis. Bruxism. Colds. Compulsive disorder. Connective Tissue disease. Croup. Enuresis. Flushes. Headache. Hodgkin’s disease. Hyperactivity. Lymphoma. Malignancy. Meningitis. Menopause. Mental retardation. Osteomyelitis. Pneumonia. Respiratory infection. Rheumatoid arthritis. Scoliosis. Sexual disorders. Systemic or discoid lupus. Tinea. Upper respiratory infection.

This information is from Annex A of Autism: The Journey Back, which is excerpted here. There’s also more information about the chronic miasms here. Dr. Luc also discusses the miasms and triggers that can lead to autism, based on a classical homeopathy approach.

(Note: Researchers have recently found a gene that predisposes individuals to both autism and epilepsy. One-third of individuals with autism also have epilepsy).

2) Toxic overload / stressors that act as a trigger for autism

If your family are poor methylators or have a history of auto immune disease in your family, or if the sycosis or syphilis miasms are present in your family, your child is at a high risk of developing autism with the stress of  major stresses on the body (e.g., vaccinations, toxic overload, major emotional shocks and traumas).

Generally in our society of multiple childhood vaccinations (30 vaccinations before children are five years old containing toxic substances [e.g., mercury, aluminum and other adjuvants]), the main factor that acts to trigger autism is frequent and multiple children vaccinations. I’ve compiled a list of other injuries that vaccines can trigger, including brain damage and death here. I’ve compiled a list of scientific studies that document that vaccinations can increase the likelihood of  brain damage, allergies, anaphylaxis, developmental disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal distress here. If you still wish to vaccinate, read some considerations and precautions that may reduce the risk of vaccine damage.

That’s not to say that vaccinations are the only trigger for autism. They are simply the main trigger for most children who have a predisposition for developing autism.

More reading: Read Dr. Mercola’s article, the Toxic Origins of Autism, which discusses both the genetic predispositions for autism, as well as toxic overload that trigger autism.

3) Healing Autism

I believe that children with autism can be healed through homeopathy (I highly recommended Heilkunst homeopathy), but I know that other parents have had success with classical, CEASE and sequential homeopathy. Some parents have also had remarkable success with biomedical treatments. In my opinion, a combined approach of homeopathy with biomedical treatments is the best and most effective course of action, especially for children who require deeper healing. Do seek a homeopath who has personally had success with treating children with autism. Stories of parents who are healing their children using homeopathy and biomedical treatments, including parents who have recovered their children from autism here.

Our story:

As I’ve mentioned before, my family has many of these risk factors, and in the Heilkunst view, the syphilis miasm runs strong in my family (and my husband’s family as well). In knowing what I know now, I thank God that we only chose to selectively vaccinate (oh, how I wish we could turn back the time and had completely opted out of vaccinating). I also thank our lucky stars that there was a guardian angel watching over us when Moses was one years old and the public health nurse actually refused to vaccinate him with MMR based on his history of allergies. The full story is here. I strongly believe that the vaccinations that he did receive were added shocks to his already sensitive and taxed system, and I strongly suspect that if he had received an MMR vaccination back then, we would likely be dealing with far greater health problems than we have been.

Both Moses and I are taking the syphilis homeopathic remedy (among others)  in order to start to heal this chronic miasm. After we are both done being treated for our history of traumas, we will be treated sequentially with each of the chronic miasms. Depending on how deep the miasms are in us (and I suspect with both of our histories, they are deep), we may need a few rounds of treatment for each of the miasms. When we are done this work, we will essentially be healthy (in body, mind and spirit). A month by month documentation of the story of my son’s healing journey with Heilkunst homeopathy is here.

Update (January 2012) – If you come from a “poor methylating” family, then I highly recommend Dr. Rob Keller’s Original Glutathione Formula, which  increases the body’s intracellular glutathione levels (both Moses and I have recently started taking this supplement). I have noticed a remarkable increase in my own mental clarity, emotional stability and increase in energy levels since I started this supplement four weeks ago.