We gave Katy one dose of Calcarea carbonica 200c. She was
scheduled for an eight week follow-up, to allow plenty of time to elapse before
re-evaluating her stuttering. Katy had the Calcarea carbonica features
of slowness to teethe and talk, sweating on the head during sleep, slow hair
growth, weak nails, and sleeping on the left side. She also had the imaginative
quality of Calcarea carbonica as well as the tendency to otitis media,
vaginal yeast infections, and eczema. Her desires for ice cream, milk cheese,
salty, and eggs were highly characteristic of Calcarea carbonica. She
was basically a happy, spunky little girl, who was likely to respond very well
to the remedy. It is interesting to note that Calcarea carbonica
does not appear in Kent's Repertory in the rubric "MOUTH;
One month later, Katy's mother brought her in because she thought the
remedy had worked, then been antidoted. Her stuttering had decreased to three
stutters per 100 words. It had been 17 per hundred prior to the remedy. Katy
had developed another bout of otitis. The mother, not yet convinced of the
effectiveness of homeopathy for otitis, had given her antibiotics rather than
calling us. Within a week, the stuttering had reverted to its previous
frequency. Katy now had right ear pain. She had some brownish discharge from
the ear. She was crying, holding her ear, and wanted to be held and comforted.
We gave her Belladonna 30c acutely and recommended that she repeat the
Calcarea carbonica 200c when the acute otitis flareup was over.
Belladonna is known to be needed as an acute remedy in many cases where
the constitutional remedy is Calcarea carbonica , such as with Katy.
However, it would have been just as correct in this case to have given the
Calcarea directly without having given the Belladonna first,
since the right-sided otitis is part of Katy's constitutional picture.
Her mother's report after three weeks: The ear infection resolved quickly
from the Belladonna. After the second dose of Calcarea carbonica, the
stuttering was again much improved, yet only for a few weeks.. Then her
stuttering began to return. At this point we gave her one dose of Calcarea
carbonica lM, since the 200c appeared to have only a short-lived effect.
In cases where a remedy has worked, then seems to fizzle out quickly, it is
best first to give the next higher potency. If this does not work, it is likely
that the remedy is only close, and a different remedy will have a more
long-lasting and deeper effect.
We didn't hear from Katy's mother until six months later. At that time she
reported that it took a full nine weeks after the Calcarea carbonica 1M
for the stuttering to disappear completely, but that it had never returned. Her
speech was "infinitely better" and she was needing no speech therapy at all.
An extensive workup on Katy's speech before and after the homeopathic treatment
confirmed the dramatic improvement. She had no recurrence of vaginal yeast, no
longer sweated on her head, and didn't want cold foods and drinks anymore.
Popsicles had sat in the freezer for months untouched. Her mother was now sold
on homeopathy. Now she was bringing Katy in for another bout of ear pain, this
time bilateral. She had decided to come to us directly rather than try
antibiotics. She had given Katy Belladonna on her own, with no
improvement. On examination, there was erythema, worse in the left ear. We gave
Katy's mother one more dose of Calcarea carbonica to give, only in the
case that the ear pain persisted. We anticipate this dose, if needed, should
last at least six months.