On This Case
By the Treating Homeopath
by Kari J. Kindem, AIT, CFHom, CHP,
CEASE Practitioner, Classical
Homeopath, PANDAS / PANS Specialist
a story of a boy, age 10 who recovered from PANDAS. His recovery took place over a period of just under 2 years (24 months).
PANDAS is an acronym for
infections. It is also known as
PANDAS symptoms include ADHD
type symptoms, anorexia, anxiety, bedwetting, depression, germ phobias, mood
swings, OCD, tantrums, repetitive motions or noises, motor tics, anger, rage and sensory issues.
Read more about my PANDAS treatment
Overview of the Case
This boy's mother had
and was given antibiotics during her pregnancy. She
also experienced a severe depression while she was pregnant
with her son, who was the second child in the family.
The boy was fully vaccinated per the current schedule and also received
shots for a few years, beyond the normal vaccination schedule.
These vaccinations exposed him to heavy metals like mercury and
aluminum as well as other toxic vaccine adjuvants.
food allergies had been tested prior to his homeopathic care
beginning and he was on a GFCF diet before and during
Vitamin D blood
test with his doctor indicated he had low Vitamin D, so
daily supplementation was begun.
I also requested that an
ASO Titer test, a
blood test for the Anti-streptolysin O antibodies be done
with his doctor when we suspected PANDAS and it showed his level of
antibodies to strep
were elevated significantly above the normal range. This
indicated he likely had a chronic sub-acute strep infection.
I consistently see recurring strep throat infections in the PANDAS cases that I treat.
I also requested that the boy have a
stool test done so that we could look at the
overall balance of
his gut flora and see whether or not he had a yeast
overgrowth ("Leaky gut syndrome")
since he had received antibiotics as child. After seeing the
stool lab results, the correct type of high quality probiotics
were given on a daily basis to help balance the good bacteria
in his digestive tract.
He lived in an area with fluoridated city water and he consumed
it daily for many years and also had
fluoride dental treatments.
During his care a
urine loading test was done to
look at his level of iodine deficiency and the saturation
level of his thyroid.
genetic testing (via saliva) was not done, this child was suspected to
have the same genetic anomaly or others that his mother had tested
positive for. The MTHFR A1298 or C677T anomalies would mean that the
methylation (detoxification) capacity was challenged
to some degree or another, making it much harder for this child to detoxify
from heavy metals as well as other environmental toxins. I find in my practice that the
majority of cases with a PANDAS diagnosis or suspected PANDAS/PANS
will test positive for a MTHFR genetic
anomaly in some combination.
The case was taken and analyzed using classical
homeopathy methods. The above clinical tests were done in
addition to my full homeopathic intake process.
involved taking his full life history, his medical
history and the family medical history. I also obtained detailed data of
his likes and dislikes, mental symptoms, body thermals, weather preferences,
sleep patterns and his food desires and/or aversions. His
social behaviors, any developmental delays
and "quirks" were also identified. These "head-to-toe"
symptoms were all gathered for a detailed chronic case intake, which is
necessary in all good homeopathic prescribing. The strongest
symptoms for his case were repertorized using professional homeopathic software. My intake process for
this boy's case was the same process, procedure
and information that I
carefully gather for each chronic
case in my practice. I combine several methods of case analysis to determine
the best remedy to open each case with.
Remedy Dosing Method:
is not unusual for me to need more than one potency of the opening
remedy, and to need more than one remedy for a case like this boy's
to continue progress. All remedies were dosed in water
according to Hahnemann's 5th and 6th Organon methods. All remedies
were also dosed in ascending potencies (low to high) using
C scale and LM scale potencies.
management involved email communication on a weekly basis and
formal follow ups were done every month with the child's mother
via skype throughout the two year period of his care. To improve
health, organ function and treat this boy symptoms of PANDAS, he
was put on a series of homeopathic remedies
indicated for his case
as well as several homeopathic nosodes
and various potencies of a
was also used since this boy had a sub-acute chronic strep
infection and fairly frequent acute bouts of repeated sore throats during
and prior to starting homeopathic care. Acute illnesses were treated
if necessary with the appropriate acute remedies during
this entire period of care.
in general health and wellness as well as from his PANDAS symptoms were slow and
steady, progressing forward by month, over the 24 month period
chronic care. During this time, his episodes of
recurring sore throats also continued to decrease in frequency and
homeopathic care and progress was supported with several nutritional supplements including
Vitamin D, Vitamin C
and a few other supplements,
including a good
the correct forms of both
methylfolate and methylcobalamin
(recommended for those with MTHFR mutations), as
well as iodine.
These supplements were added to support his healthy diet at home and to make up for
any nutritional deficits and optimize his body's detoxification
functions along with homeopathy.
A water filter that removes
fluoride was installed in the
family's home during care so this toxic exposure to fluoride was
removed. The mother was also instructed to have him drink
half his weight in filtered water as ounces per day (for example, 80
pounds would be 40 oz. of water drunk during the day) . She was also
instructed to give him 1/4 tsp.
to a 1/2 tsp. of unrefined sea salt on
his food on a daily basis.
Challenges To Homeopathic
I have had many parents of children
Autism, OCD, PANDAS, SPD and other
related diagnoses ask me if bio-medical protocols, detoxification
protocols and a strict diet are enough for recovery. My answer
is always "NO". I do not believe nor have I
experienced that these interventions
very important as adjunct supports, can make the deepest and most
central shift in the Vital Force energy that
homeopathic medicines can achieve.
Today's Challenges for
Health and Healing:
Our current generation
faces tremendous challenges in recovery! These challenges
include vaccinations, antibiotics, suppressive drugs that alter
the immune system including antidepressants, fertility drugs,
control pills and birthing interventions.
We are all challenged to get
adequate fresh air and
sunshine (Vitamin D). Children spend unhealthy amounts of
time on television, with computer games and gaming devices. There are too many
processed foods and beverages being consumed that contain aspartame (a
neurotoxin), too many caffeinated
beverages consumed, too much junk food
Most diets lack organic, healthy foods. In general
our food chain lacks adequate vitamins and minerals and GMO foods
are rampant, and consumed without even our knowledge.
We are inundated with thousands of environmental
toxins and fluoridated city water. Toxic mercury dental fillings
are recommended by careless, uninformed dentists
and parents are told to give their children toxic fluoride dental treatments!
(Parents: find a holistic dentist!) Current genetic research tells us that inherited
mutations are common in 45% of the population in America. Last, but
VERY importantly - for most clients I treat, there is a lack of
adequate sleep and chronic family lifestyle of tremendous
stress. All of these issues make it very difficult to bring
a child with an autoimmune condition like PANDAS or an
autism case to recovery! These challenges are
all considered "obstacles to cure" and "maintaining causes" to
recovery in homeopathic principals.
There is Hope in Classical
Homeopathic remedies along with important lifestyle shifts to a healthy diet,
adequate fresh air and sunshine, healthy amounts of exercise, along
with key nutritional supplements, the elimination of
toxic exposures, antibiotics and drugs help set un on the path to
improved health. Drinking pure, unfluoridated water, getting
enough sleep and managing family stress makes recovery possible and achievable. Homeopathy
can remove the inherited miasms (disease
patterns that we inherit at birth and their influence on our health) and
help us achieve a balance on the mental, physical and
I believe and have seen that recovery with homeopathy
the above important lifestyle improvements take place in order to
optimize recovery and the speed of recovery when using homeopathic
remedies. Recovery with
homeopathy takes will, patience, perseverance and a commitment to
maintaining a homeopathic lifestyle, so that a person can obtain true freedom
and reach their potential in health and wellness.