Case 2: Brent
Brent was a homeopathy baby. What we mean by this is that his mother
became pregnant with him shortly after being given Lycopodium for her
endometriosis-related infertility. She first brought Brent to see us when he
was ten months old. His chief complaint was otitis media and recurrent colds.
At four months he took a trip to Connecticut with his parents. Since that time
he suffered from cold after cold. A month before we first saw him, he was
treated with Amoxycillin for otitis. He was unresponsive to treatment and was
subsequently given Sulfa for two weeks, which resulted in a rash.
Brent was born with a right-sided bronchial cleft cyst (2).He was circumcised
when he was one day old. He had received all of his immunizations. There was no
family history of cancer, gonorrhea, or TB. Brent's mother's was still
breastfeeding him four times a day at the time of his first visit. The otitis
developed immediately after they fed him cheese. He had received an HIB
immunization the day before, which produced a welt. He was at the 50th
percentile of height and weight levels He had a huge head. Brent was late to
teethe and slow to walk.
Brent's otitis was bilateral. He yawned for two days, then developed a 102
degrees F fever three days later. He became irritable and fussy. He wanted to
be carried all the time or he cried. During the otits, he was generally more
easily frustrated. He started drooling at nine months and continued to do so
during the otitis. The otitis was resolved by the time she brought Brent to see
us, however she wanted him to be treated homeopathically to prevent future
episodes and to help his behavioral problems.
Brent became moody (2), screamed (2), and was very contrary (2). He stopped
crying when his mother carried him (2). Some days he would experience five to
ten little screaming fits a day. His mother first noticed this tendency at two
months and it became progressively worse over the past two months. He had
little patience (1). He didn't like to be alone (2) and cried when strangers
came too close (2).
He was a picky eater. He liked apple sauce (2), cheese (3), and salty foods
(2). He was not very thirsty nor was he a particularly enthusiastic nurser. He
slept fourteen hours a day, lying on his abdomen or side.
Now, study both of these cases, then turn to page ___ for the case
We gave Alan one dose of Cina 200C. Cina (Worm-seed) is
a well-known homeopathic remedy for children who are cross, contrary, and
disobedient. It is said that these children have the most difficult behavior or
any child except those needing Stramonium. Stramonium children
are even more violent and malicious. Boericke describes Cina children as
having an "abnormal consciousness, as if having committed some evil deed". They
are capricious and like to be rocked and carried, as does Chamomilla.
Cina is often associated with pinworms, causing anal itching. Children
needing Cina often grind their teeth, have ravenous appetites and
sometimes large bellies, and may have seizures. These children also bore their
fingers into their noses and ears to relieve the itching. They desire sweets.
Cina children can salivate, but not as prominently as those needing
At his next appointment six and a half weeks later, the warts on the bottom of
his foot were completely gone. Alan's mother considered the disappearance of
the warts "amazing in itself". His teeth grinding was much reduced. His mother
described now him as "your normal average kid". There were no more slugging
matches or temper tantrums. He was less defiant. He had heavy deep breathing
when he didn't get his way, but no longer said he had a bad mommy. The
salivation was much better and the nose picking improved by 80%. He went
through a really hungry period for about one week after the remedy during which
his appetite could not be satisfied. He was no longer fixated on violence. He
was not complaining of bone aching. He had no gas. He still talked loudly (2).
He experienced anal itching only twice.