PANDAS PANS and
Homeopathy Recovery Story, Boy Age 7
Kari J. Kindem, AIT, CFHom, CHP, CEASE
Homeopath, PANDAS Specialist
Testimonial written by his mother, Louisiana, USA.
May 30, 2012
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"Ethan is no longer having any of the symptoms from the
past two years he struggled with daily,
he is healthier than he has ever been. He participates in school and church
activities and we are still exploring beaches and Disney world,
without Ethan's self conscience limitations, he has a great self esteem."
"First let me
say one thing the treatment that you recommended was a grand success and it was
so appreciated! It allowed our oldest son, Ethan, who is an active Caucasian
boy, 7 years of age, to feel more positive in Ethan's self image because the
process was so easy once implemented, to infiltrate into our lives.
Our family is
very fun oriented, that we do several sports and other school activities. As a
mother, I am involved with all aspects of Ethan's life, as is Ethan's dad and both
grandparents. At the time Ethan's symptoms began, we were living with my parents and
building our new home.
The entire family
participated in the process allowing Ethan, who was 5 ½ years of age, at the
time Ethan's symptoms were noticed, to know that he was loved. Living in the heart
of Cajun country in southern Louisiana, we thought that some of the food may
play a vital part in Ethan's onset, along with strep infections that were
consistently reoccurring, and the stress level indicated in our lives. We
noticed Ethan's head twitching from side to side, we thought it was a bad habit
forming. We had gotten Ethan's hair cut to eliminate the hair in the eyes, corrected
him about the habit and that was when he said he was not able to stop. My heart
ached for for son because he didn't understand why he was not able to control
it. My husband who has a family history of Tourette's mentioned that it could
be a possibility. Not wanting to “label" my son, I started searching for ways
to “make it stop”. We started a vitamin regimen with a healthier outlook on
what the children were consuming, elimination of a lot of process foods and
sugars with less stress and we noticed some minimal improvements. Being a mom,
who was very skeptical of the current immunization process recommended by
pediatricians, I thought I was doing everything right by spreading out the
injections that my child was receiving. I was searching for answers and was at
a loss as to why this was happening.
In January of
2010, after months of doing research, we took him to see a neurologist, in New
Orleans. They did testing and determined that with the history of his dad's
family and Ethan's current symptoms he had signs of Tourette's Syndrome and said
is what it is”. She said that there are mood altering drugs that they have
available to help control the tics. I did not want to put my child on a
medication that would change his personality, I loved him just the way he was!
Not being satisfied with that answer, we then took him to an Immunologist. She
mentioned PANDAS and suggested we boost his immune system and said
“It is a
waiting game, wait and see”. So we did. Symptoms steadily worsened. Some days
worse than others.
with school and moving into a new home, it was remarkably noticed that Ethan's head
twitching was more often, estimating once every twenty to thirty seconds.
When Ethan came home from school one day saying that other children were asking
him “why do you keep shaking your head no?” At that point I knew I had to do
more, I just wasn't sure what. I realized it had to do with more of an imbalance than we had originally thought. We started to do more intense research
and fortunately, my friend, who works with Autistic children mentioned,
Kari J. Kindem's
name and suggested we contact her for an evaluation and possible help. Being in
the medical field I was kind of weary about this kind of healing. But out of
desperation, I was willing to try anything.
Kari requested an
in depth medical history, a facial analysis and a stool sample. From the
sample they were able to determine the amount of good and bad bacteria that was
in Ethan's gut. Once we started the initial treatment with
Kari, I was hesitant
because she mentioned that we may see old childhood symptoms return and I wasn't
sure I wanted to take on anything else. None the less, I didn't want him to feel
overwhelmed. Around two weeks after beginning treatment we did
notice eczema, night terrors and bed wetting start to reoccur. These were all symptoms we had
dealt with in the past. We did have some concern, but as
Kari kept repeating "You continue giving the daily dose in order to keep feeding the vital force with
the remedy energy.” We followed her directions and saw marked improvement over
time, with all Ethan's symptoms diminishing slowly, but steadily.
As I write this
letter of testimony, I am ever so thankful for the advice that was given
throughout this life's journey. From my family's love and devotion to help us
find a cure, to the friend who lead me to the discovery of an alternative cure
or healing, I am forever blessed to have such positive forces around me.
husband though, wary at first, is now Ethan's best encouragement. Ethan is no
longer having any of the symptoms from the past two years he struggled with
daily, he is healthier than he has ever been. He participates in school and
church activities and we are still exploring beaches and Disney world, without
Ethan's self conscience limitations, he has a great self esteem."
On This Case
By The Treating Homeopath
Kari J. Kindem,
AIT, CFHom, CHP, CEASE Practitioner, Classical Homeopath
a story of a PANDAS recovery in a young boy. His recovery took place with a
homeopathic remedy over a period of 6 months. Ethan
was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome by one doctor and with PANDAS by an
immunologist at age 5 1/2 after a strep
infection. Ethan had recurring episodes of
strep infections treated with antibiotics prior to developing his PANDAS
He recovered using homeopathy in 6 months.
Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes people to make
repeated, quick movements or sounds that they cannot control. These movements or
sounds are called tics.
PANDAS is an acronym for
infections. (also known as
Syndrome. This term describes a hypothesis that there are a subset of
children with rapid onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or tic
disorders and these symptoms are caused by Group A beta-hemolytic
streptococcal (GABHS) infections.
With PANDAS, children can have dramatic
and sudden OCD exacerbations and tic disorders following streptococcus
infections. The abnormal behaviors come on suddenly and are often overt and easily
recognized. PANDAS has been associated with a wider range of related
behaviors. Affected children can have any combination of the following symptoms: ADHD
type symptoms, anorexia, anxiety, bedwetting, depression, germ phobias, mood
swings, OCD, tantrums, repetitive motions or noises, motor tics, anger, rage and sensory issues.
Below is the symptom criteria
Additional symptoms, such as severely restricted food intake, may also
occur such as in anorexia.
Below is the symptom criteria
Additional symptoms, such as severely restricted food intake, may also
Symptoms include sudden onset of
anxiety, OCD and/or Tics along with a
least two other following systems.
Sudden onset of anorexia (often
from fear of vomiting)
- repetitive vocalizations or body movements
or abnormal movements; like Tourette Syndrome
Irritability or aggression
Inability to concentrate or ADHD
Deterioration of learning
Developmental or age regression
Diagnostic criteria are:
- Presence of
obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or a tic disorder
- Pediatric onset of symptoms
from age 3 years to puberty
- Episodic course of symptom
Association with group A
Beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection (a positive throat culture for
strep or history of Scarlet Fever)
- Association with neurological
abnormalities such as hyperactivity, or adventitious movements, such as
rapid, jerky movements.
Ethan's chronic case
was taken and analyzed using classical homeopathy methods. I use miasmatic prescribing as
a basis for choosing a remedy in my practice. I am professionally trained in and
combine different methods that help to best identify a person's active miasm.
A miasm is most simply defined as a person's inherited
disease group that is passed on from their ancestors. With his mother's assistance, I took
Ethan's full homeopathic case, which included doing his
HFA analysis and 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. Then, the strongest
symptoms were repertorized using professional homeopathic software. The intake process for
Ethan's case is 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 active miasm of each case.
Prescription and Dosing:
Using this process, Ethan's chronic remedy was identified.
(what I call the "bulls-eye remedy") was dosed in water, in
small amounts daily. For each dose,
to the remedy
bottle were done prior to slightly increase the potency in order to obtain
a more rapid cure. The same remedy was dosed daily in water or the entire
6 month period.
I moved to a high potency of the same remedy as Ethan was
able to accept them. Remedy preparation and dosing in water was done
according to Hahnemann's water dosing methods
of the 5th and 6th Organon.
Choice of Potency:
choose the best remedy potency for the case, either on the C scale
or LM potency and always dose it in water. My remedy potency
choice for every case always all depends on many factors. This
includes the client's intake data, their miasm,
my case analysis and
the person's and sensitivity level. I always consider past suppression including
allopathic medication, antibiotic use and vaccinations, as well
as the remedy's action. The client's overall sensitivity level
is a very important part of the potency selection as well. I will
climb the C scale and the LM scale as a client's responses indicate
that they are ready to do so. When a remedy is the simillimum
and it is working well and gains are continuous and holding, I will
stay with the simillimum and for many doses. I believe
that the key to success in my practice is repeating the dose in
water daily and long enough to continue the improvements and
stabilize the Vital Force (immune system) with the remedy's energy.
Working successfully with any child
with Tourettes Syndrome (tics or PANDAS) requires very close and frequent follow-up contact
between me and
the parents on a regular basis. During the entire 6 months
of Ethan's care, there were
first weekly, then bi-weekly and always monthly follow-ups done
by both email and skype consultation with the mother. This was
necessary in order monitor the boy's reaction to the remedy and
improvements that indicated the case was moving in "Direction of
Cure." I required this contact and careful reporting
to the questions I provided in order to make appropriate decisions
as to any changes in the remedy, the dose amount, the remedy potency
and other factors regarding Ethan's prescriptions over the 6 months.
He was observed by me
during our initial and during monthly consultations via skype.
also provided her detailed observations and documented Ethan's
throughout the period.
A few occasional acutes
arose for Ethan during his chronic care and these were also treated with homeopathy as
well by me. All acute remedies were prescribed using
classical homeopathy methods and were also dosed in water like the
chronic remedy was. His mother began to observe over the
months of chronic care that Ethan was actually less sick than
in previous times, even compared to her 2 other younger
siblings and the adults in the same household,
who were not under
No Other Interventions
No other allopathic interventions of any type were
used at all during the 6 month period. This included no over the
counter medication, prescription drugs, no bio-medical interventions,
etc. Only probiotics were added on a daily basis, to
support digestive and over-all immune system health. Ethan's
probiotics were selected and given based on the results of his
Ethan was on his chronic remedy for
6 months to
establish the level of gains reported below. He started
chronic care on 10/26/11 and completed chronic care on 5/30/12.
from PANDAS/Tourette Syndrome were
constant and steady during these
6 months on his simillimum remedy. The testimonial letter
above was written by
his mother and documents the improvements she observed in her son during these six months.
Ethan is now recovered from PANDAS and Tourettes Syndrome....with homeopathy!