B., born in 1992, was first seen in June 1998. He was diagnosed with “partial trisomy” and he lives in an institution with trisomics. He suffers from cryptorchidy, for which he has had gonadotrophins, and from cypho-scoliosis. He has a pronounced facial asymmetry: his left side is clearly narrower than his right. He also has sleep apnoea and allergies. Benjamin has a lack of self-confidence: “I can’t do that, come and help me; I can’t do it on my own.” He tires easily, lying on the sofa and sleeping 12 hours a day. He loves giving a hand, helping someone to push his/her trolley in the supermarket, and he buys sweets to give people.He does not help at home and refuses any pressure on him.
He has terrible fits of anger and wants to kill those who thwart him. He calls everything he finds worthless a “chromosome”. When something does not go well, he says: “trisomic, mongoloid”. He feels responsible for everything that goes badly. His vocabulary is accurate but he cannot manage learning to read. When he is with other disabled people, he does not sit at their table; he looks for a seat with normal young people.
He can easily read people’s minds and he can find the exact right word that someone is looking for. He senses when people are afraid of him or do not accept him: if people are afraid of him, he becomes restless or plays the role of a retarded person. He is very angry with his father: “When he cut the umbilical cord, he broke one of my chromosomes.” He does not like orders. His first reaction is to say: “No”. He wants to be in power.
He received Verbascum - no confidence in himself nor in the help of others - then Androchtonos - dictatorial, wants to kill the opponent, perceptive, would like to be in power - several times.
After Androchtonos, he started reading, stopped biting his nails, and his moods became more regular. He became more positive and cheerful. His testicles have now come down.
His mother says: “He used to ask for his autonomy, now he takes it while complying with the rules.”
B. says: “I’ll manage to read even though they used to say I would not be able to. I’ll read books for grown-ups.”
On account of his teasing side, his absurd behavior, dictatorial, hurried and tiredness, I give Alloxanum.
He refuses tasks if he has not decided to do them himself. He refuses to be shown; on the contrary, he does the opposite: “I’m going to show you.” He has had a fit of anger, which lasted for two hours. It was completely out of proportion and it was impossible to reason with him. He wanted to kill the person who was against him. His baptism is being prepared.
do you love God?
Marie Luc Fayeton: Yes, I do.
B: “I do love God. God is like a father to me. Doctor, how can I remove evil from my heart?”
MLF: What is this evil?
B: “Anger. How can I take the chromosome away?”
B. draws himself in the shape of a fellow dragging a big millstone. He does not have a good sense of time. If he has an appointment at 18:00, he leaves at 18:00.On account of the symptoms: chromosome not connected, wording, family, definite guilt feeling, and flattering, I give Thuja, which calms him down for a few days.
He starts to mature and starts shaking hands rather than kissing. He goes to the physiotherapist on his own by bus and takes the bus to do his grandmother’s shopping: he knows the stalls at the market. He loves the independence and he can even extricate himself from difficulties. He enjoys writing. He often gets bored. He has again said to his parents; “it’s your fault that I am like that, it’s the chromosome.”
Jan Scholten says: “Lanthanides want to find out what they got from their parents or what is really from themselves.” And: “they suffer when they discover a dark side in themselves. They are overwhelmed by their negative side.”
B.has inherited a bad chromosome, so he is angry; he keeps thinking of that. I consider my hypothesis about Lanthanum according to Dr Masi’s concepts: “He has not accepted that his being be determined by something which comes from elsewhere, he has envied the being subsisting by himself. Benjamin’s liking for independence and his interest in spirituality points to Lanthanum.
Prescription: Lanthanum oxydatum XM
B. insists on going alone to the surgery. He wants it to be “a little intimate”.He expresses himself very well: “Really, I’ve got my head in the clouds: I lose my wallets, my mother’s cell phone.” He hears me phoning a man experiencing difficulties with his wife. He comments: “Women are a pain, couples are complicated. My uncle and my aunt swear at each other.” His mother says: “He is quite tonic, more dynamic, less drowsy, less quick-tempered, and less oppositional; his first reaction is still “no”, but he can go back, he does not give vent to his anger.”
Prescription: Lanthanum oxydatum 12000
He comes alone to the surgery and for the first time he did not annoy my secretary, while waiting for his turn.
I am very well. My anger is over. The bad language is over. The nasty gestures
MLF: You are happy?
B: “Yes, I am.”
MLF: You get less bored?
B: “I used to be bored. Now, I keep myself busy, I go cycling, I play with a computer. I’m going to do a cooking course. I can peel marrows, I can cook, make chocolate cakes.”
His mother says: “He has taken the biggest step since we have come here. He is calmer, he is cheerful, and he no longer gets angry. He is far less tired and he sleeps well. He can pack his own things when he goes away and he can manage on his own in public transportation: he can memorize the lines, the timetables. That’s perfect. He’s not the same anymore. His teacher finds him more controlled; he follows through everything he does. The counsellor for sports and handicaps has said 4 years ago that he would not have thought his integration into society feasible. He is going to put him in a video to demonstrate integration through sport.
He took Lanthanum oxydatum 15000 on February 6th with good result, because he was tired, nervous, and provocative.
“I’ve finished my cooking course and I have passed!”
Then his mother comes in: “He’s happy. I get only congratulations for his behaviour. The person in charge of him during the course has told me only positive things about him: his rhythm, the precision and quality of his work. A student who has come to help the staff has said: ‘Your son is a great guy, calm, controlled, involved.’ He phoned his brother: “I’ve passed.” His brother has come to congratulate him and has found him to be more mature. He tidies his room, makes his bed, sorts his clothes out and wants to change his wallpaper.
Meanwhile B. is writing to me: “I love ya, doc,” and asked me: “Am I handsome?” His teacher says: "He has got a good rhythm at work, he takes care of his work, it is precise, he doesn’t go and bother the others or disrupt the class. He loves going out on his own with me. He has got the notion of time and he takes the bus on time. He wants to be on time. He can tidy up in a more sensible way.”
I notice that today he has not been touching the objects on my desk as much or taking the pens apart.
Thank you Jan Scholten.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Drumastle Mill old grindstones; Roger Griffith
Artlibre: Down syndrom illustration
Keywords: partial trisomy, severe anger, dictatorial, tiredness cryptorchidy, apnoea, allergies
Remedies: Lanthanum oxydatum