L.R. M.A., Ph. D. Infant Development Specialist

Homeopathy, Stem Cells, and Timmy

Why did I bring Timmy to NSP and what did I hope to gain?

I have long been interested in the subject of targeted nutritional intervention (TNI). The ketogenic diet, which is successful in abating or eliminating the symptoms of children with a particular type of seizure disorder, represents one example of intervention which is highly specialized and nutritional in nature. For some years the possible benefits of TNI with children who have Down syndrome have been discussed and debated, with a product called NuTriVene-D having received a great deal of attention. In as much as what we do and do not eat overtime can have profound effects on our state of health and general functioning level it has made sense to me that such an approach - nutrition targeted to meet the needs of individuals with a given disability known to be associated with particularized body chemistry - could be beneficial. Even more beneficial could be an approach which targeted the needs of a specific individual with a given disorder, in this case, one with DS. Some families who have chosen to use a TNI approach have aimed for specificity in nutritional counseling by having blood samples taken at regular intervals and analyzed. Decisions regarding the nutritional needs profile of a specific child can then be made from a more informed point of view than can be arrived at by using information regarding the nutritional needs profile of the average or typical child with DS. However, this approach can be painful to the child and expensive to the parents.

Various of my clients with DS have been or are taking a TNI approach, most of them being clients of the NuTriVene-D system, also most of them without the periodic blood tests designed to provide more specificity. I was eager to observe what changes might occur in an infant/young child using the homeopathic approach (as practiced by Kathy) to TNI which did not involve the drawing of blood and which, theoretically, could add even more specificity to the nutritional recommendations. I thus spoke with a small number of parents who I know to be interested in nutritional approaches and whose infants had DS and offered to fund this project (with a n of one) if they were interested and would promist to follow through with the nutritional supplements since late April of 2000, or nearly two years.

What results did I see with reference to the homeopathic treatments?

I think I can now offer tentative conclusions regarding our success with the homeopathic approach (including Kathy's knowledge of naturopathy, herbology, and Chinese traditional medicine). That is, although this child with DS walked at 16 to 17 months, which is earlier than many with DS (however, he also had physical therapy), the primary benefit of this regimen probably lies in his health status, which is and has been, quite good. This is in the face of a continuing low level of a bacterial presence, which we have not been able to eradicate, at lease partly (in all likelihood) because getting Timmy to accept all of his supplements has been difficult at best and often impossible. The recent introduction of liquid supplements (i.e., late January of 2002) has helped a gread deal.

The question of course arises "What would Tim have been like without the supplements?" and that answer cannot be given. However, it is important to note that Tim is not usually the first member of his family to become ill. More often he becomes ill only after other members of the family have done so. Most telling, perhaps, is the fact that he is the healthiest of his seven member family. In my experience, this is unusual.

What did I see when we added stem cells?

The observations noted with reference to Timmy are as follows. Although he has been working with a speech pathologist (as well as receiving infant education services), adding words to his existing vocabulary has been difficult. In the first 2 or so weeks after the introduction of the stem cells there was a noticeable increase in Timmy's rate of vocalizations in general and in his attempts to imitate both words and sounds. These behaviors continue, with the biggest change lying in his desire to communicate, (including his use of gestures) and, according to his family, his understanding of verbal commands, his willingness to follow them, and associated memory skills. Also, his activity level is very high (without being hyperactive); his general level of curiosity and explorativeness is consistently high, as is his general level of alertness and sociability; the appropriateness of his play with toys have increased noticeably; and the persistence he shows in pursuit of his own goals has increased. Additionally, for the first time, Tim's bacterial level has fallen. This maybe due to the fact that he is now accepting his liquid homeopathic supplements and/or it may be due to the introduction of the tem cells. The stem cell therapy continues.

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