Earlier this month, the mom of a boy who’s recovering from autism wrote to tell me, “The other day he ran down the stairs while alternating [his feet], it was like he didn't even think about it... it was so amazing to see.”
Wait a minute — isn’t that something kids do instinctively? What’s there to think about?
For four year old Kenny, the knack we take for granted has not come naturally. He’s been working on these motor skills for three years with the help of very dedicated and talented Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and his parents.
In the past couple of years, as we worked together, he has told his mother “I love you, mommy,” and asked her “Why are you sad, mommy?” Even as his speech developed and his echolalia stopped altogether, his coordination remained stuck.
Something remained out of sync. He would throw a ball backward, when he meant to throw it forward. He had a palmar grasp, had difficulty riding a bike, difficulty descending stairs with alternating feet. Something was blocked. The moment a homeopathic remedy lifted that obstacle, he did it all overnight, as if there had never been a problem.
I stumbled upon the remedies that enabled him to walk downstairs with alternating feet when his sister complained,
“It’s not as if he doesn’t know that I’m a girl. But he says “he” when he means “she!” He keeps switching his pronouns.”
Bingo! His acetylcholine system was out of sync. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that fires at the neuromuscular sites. In plain English, it makes sure that our muscles work in harmony. In the brain, acetylcholine supports memory, learning and language. It may even have a role in modulating the immune system and our emotions.
When the functions of both the neuromuscular and memory are challenged, there is a very good chance that the acetylcholine system is out of balance. The diagnoses differ — Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, among many others.