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An Astounding Autism Story

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

November 29th, 2017  |  43 Comments

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Every rare once in a while, I simply must share a client’s success story with you. Of course, the success stories I hear are myriad … but some just stand out above the rest.

This is one such case: A little boy with severe autism who is now showing marked improvement and receiving mystified raves from his teachers.

This is what I like to call a “clean case,” which is rare. There were no meds or supplements to muddy the results. There was no nutritionist, so he followed no special diet. Being able to eliminate other influences from his treatment enabled us to recognize this result was achieved with just homeopathy.

Let me give you some background first, and as Jack Webb used to say in Dragnet, “Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent.” (I’m just not comfortable sharing clients’ names, even when I have their permission.)

Cindy’s beautiful son Paul developed normally. He had bright eyes, walked early, and was cute-as-a-button. But, starting at about six months old, he was plagued with almost constant ear infections. He was sick, sick, sick!

As many moms do when trying to do the right thing, Cindy made an almost weekly trek to the pediatrician. (She had an older son, so she knew this was different.) It seemed that once a month, little Paul was put on antibiotics — different types each time. He was given a flu shot at 12 months old. And soon, the pediatrician advised tubes be put in Paul’s ears.

That brought on “the moment” — the exact moment when things markedly changed. When Paul woke up from anesthesia, Cindy noticed he was different. He was very quiet and didn't exhibit any facial expressions. The doctor advised the change was likely because Paul’s hearing was different post-surgery — little Paul was hearing new sounds and having to relearn his reactions to them, said the surgeon.

But Cindy knew something was wrong. And it never went away. “We lost him,” Cindy said sadly.

The next year was filled with sickness, more antibiotics, another surgery to remove his adenoids, and anxiety. Lots and lots of anxiety. (And lots and lots of sleepless nights.)

Paul had withdrawn. He didn’t talk. He couldn’t maintain eye contact. He wouldn’t eat normal food. Food, in fact, disgusted him. He would only eat dry, packaged, crispy things. He spent his entire day spinning things, such as the covers of Cindy’s kitchen pots. Spinning. Spinning. Spinning. Little Paul was lost.

Paul couldn’t communicate and had no other way to express himself except for violent tantrums. Cindy tried everything. Her attentiveness to Paul was truly admirable. When her family moved to New York, he was diagnosed with severe autism. Paul went through hundreds of hours of therapy. He worked so hard just to be able to say “Mom.”

Then he came down with a case of croup. Normally, croup is not what I would consider to be a blessing — but in this case, it may very well have been.

Cindy called the local health food store to see what they recommended. She now admits she must’ve sounded desperate, because the lady at the health food store took a special interest in her, advising her to check out my website.

After reading the blogs and testimonials, Cindy decided to call my office to schedule a consult. Today, she says  — to my humble honor — she felt I had a certain “confidence” that enabled her to trust (and dare try) the homeopathic process.

So, we set to work addressing his croup. Normally, when Paul would have bad attacks, he would not be able to breathe. Panic would set in, making the situation worse. Cindy would carry him from his bed to outside in the cold. It would help — a little — at least enough where she felt comfortable placing him back in bed.

But, that pattern would soon become routine. Carrying him from the bed to the outside was taxing. Nobody got any sleep. However, once her homeopathic remedies arrived and Cindy gave Paul Aconitum, he calmed down. Thirty minutes later, he fell asleep — and he never had to leave his bed in the middle of the night again.

And with that, she was sold on homeopathy. “This is not a placebo!” Cindy exclaimed.

So, with this newfound confidence of her own, we began implementing other remedies to address Paul’s autism. At 3 ½ years old, shortly after our efforts began, Paul looked at Cindy one day — right in the eyes. It was as though a veil had been lifted, however brief it may have been. At that moment, Cindy said “a little bit of Paul” came back.

Unfortunately, Cindy had to give up her appointments with me for quite a while. Yet, she was unable to tweak the remedies by herself, and they started aggravating.

Paul got an ear infection again, though Cindy was determined not to allow antibiotics back into her home. She saw a local classical homeopath who tried three or four different remedies for almost a year, but they just didn't solve the problem.

At this point, she returned to consultations with me. That low-level ear infection was stubborn, but after two months, it began to disappear.

Plus, we also returned to addressing Paul’s autism.

Now, as you know, I take joy in offering my readers particular homeopathics for specific conditions, but autism is a little different. I have a couple of protocols that I've used, but there’s more to it than one or two remedies for this condition.

Subtle symptoms can make all the difference in the remedy choice.

Hence, I am forgoing mentioning the autism medicines I taught Cindy to use, and am instead including those recommended for his food intolerances and severe allergies, and appetite (or lack thereof).

These are important because autism is so closely associated with gut conditions:


  • Bovista 200 — allergies and food intolerances
  • Tuberculinum 200 — allergies, growth, and appetite

(Remember to scroll down to download the free remedy cards naming these remedies.)

When Cindy and I first began our consultations, Paul was in special education classes. He was nonverbal. He couldn’t initiate a conversation. He was known to throw desks or chairs at school during his tantrums. He even slapped a teacher!

But now, in a very short amount of time (about four consecutive consultations held every two months), Cindy has begun to see increased improvement. Paul’s teachers are blown away. In fact — in a moment that certainly left an impression on me — one teacher actually took the time to text Cindy her amazement.

His teachers say he is no longer autistic.

Paul’s language is blossoming; his personality is flourishing.

He maintains eye contact. He is eating more foods and is more open to variety.

Now in second grade, he's been mainstreamed from special education into a regular class; something Cindy never thought possible! He’s had no further ear infections and doesn't get sick nearly as often as before.

Paul is also able to handle change more smoothly. In fact, Cindy and her family have moved into a new house, and at the same time, Paul changed teachers! Normally, that would have thrown him completely. But this time, it did not.

One of the most precious changes is that Paul has developed empathy! For instance, Paul had a brief setback at school and in his frustration, pushed another student. But, unlike in the past, he immediately apologized, cried, and began caring for the little girl with great concern for her comfort. Those of you familiar with autism will recognize this as an especially amazing achievement.

And, Paul now has a sense of humor!! He and Cindy have been working on math flashcards and recently, when walking to the bus, she quizzed him. “What is 7 + 2?” Paul answered “ZERO!”

Before Cindy could react with hidden concern, she noticed he had a cute little look on his face as though he had pulled a very clever joke — and Paul corrected his answer to, “Nine.” It was a beautiful moment for Cindy.

It’s difficult not to use one superlative after the other because some of these achievements seem miraculous. However, Cindy is quick to point out that you can drive yourself mad trying to eradicate all traces of autism completely. But, what Paul has achieved is no less than amazing — in her words, it is a “tremendous difference.”

There are still a couple of veils between Paul and the world, but the veils are more transparent. “We can see him there now,” she says. He’s popping out of his shell. He’s moved up the spectrum toward Asperger’s and is hitting his developmental marks — a bit late, but he is hitting them.

He taught himself to ride a bike. He swims now. As Cindy says, “We have Paul with us!” She is confident he will grow up to live on his own, go to college, and have a job. Before homeopathy? She would have told you there wasn’t a chance for any of that.

I have to commend Cindy. She is a very specific type of mother, designed perfectly for working through such a severe issue with the use of homeopathy.

She is attentive, yet not hyper-focused. She never seems to freak out. If it were me, I must admit, I might just freak out. She is different. She is careful and cautious, yet not neurotic nor insecure. She is pragmatic; her emotions don't dictate her responses to life's many challenges. She is a good model for all of us who are mothers.

And here (paraphrased), is what Cindy advises other mothers do in similar situations:

“Health is work. Roll up your sleeves and work for it. Never sit. You can win back control. It is worth the money and the effort. Be competitive — don’t give up. Is it immediate gratification? No. Homeopathy can take some time, but when it works you can say, ‘I healed them!’ And there is no greater gratification than that.”


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P.S. If you would like to learn more about raising your family without drugs that could potentially trigger autism, my course How to Raise a Drug-Free Family is an excellent starting point. If taking one of my courses is beyond your means, simply use my blog. For nearly a decade, I have covered many conditions with simple protocols that are available to aid you in your journey, just like this one. And to make it even easier to track and save the particulars, just download the remedy card at the end.

By the way, my blog is free to use and share and is not commercial. This means there are no advertisers, and when I direct you to purchase a homeopathic at Boiron or Amazon, I don't accept any affiliate payments. So, when I say it's free, I mean it!




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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

Call today and learn how homeopathy might just be the missing piece in your health strategy.

Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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43 thoughts on “An Astounding Autism Story”

  1. Lisa says:

    Great story! You’ve talked about Bovista in prior posts being a long term remevedy; can i give it daily for to food sensitive son for a month?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It can be used for a month.

  2. Emily says:

    Thank you for posting about autism. I hope one day you develop a course on autism/pandas/pans, etc. A remedy from the ggbg course helped with sound sensitivities for my little girl, and I would love love love to see a whole course.

    1. Patricia says:

      I agree. Many moms would love to see a course on PANDAS/PANS!

    2. Mindy Mitchell says:

      Emily, do you remember which one helped your little girl with sound sensitivies? I’m working with a girl right now with the same problem. Would love to hear if it’s still acting after almost 4 years. I’m just starting ggbg so I hope it’s listed in the class in case you don’t see this.

  3. Victoria says:

    Thank you for the posting. I would love to see a course on mental issues like bipola,r autism Etc

  4. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for posting this story. It brings a tear to my eye to know how happy this mother must be.

  5. Penny says:

    Thank you, thank you thank you both too God and Joette/homeopathy for giving this little boy back his life. I can’t stop praising God for leading his mom to Joette!

  6. Jame says:

    Such an inspiring story! Thank you so much for posting it! Congrats to this dilligent mom and her son for working hard to overcome. Homeopathy is amazing!!

  7. kerimae says:

    I second that. I’ve been helping a woman with bipolar but to work with homeopathy would be AMAZING

  8. Erin B says:

    I am in tears reading this story — both sad and happy. I can only say thank God that did not happen to my son. The first 12 months of Paul’s life sound identical to my now 6 year old. I’ve got a pile of succes stories too, since turning to homeopathy in May of this year. You are such a blessing, Joette!

  9. Heather says:

    How truly wonderful!!

  10. Lisa says:

    I just finished watching Vaxxed. This gives me so much hope for those affected by the MMR vaccine. Love you Joette!

  11. Karla Ciniglio says:

    Are all food intolerance treated equally? With Bovista 200?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If there are specific conditions that arise from food intolerances, such as bloating, constipation, indigestion we usually use something specific to these conditions and often include Bovista as well.

  12. Karla Ciniglio says:

    I also meant to say- food intolerance in adults, not necessarily just for austictic children.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Adults and children alike.

  13. Sharon says:

    Another mom with moxie! Thank you Joette!

  14. Karla Ciniglio says:

    Yes Joette, the food intolerance causes constipation. Be it dairy, or grains (particularly corn)- within 12 -24 hours and usually accompanied by rectal pruritus (itching). Not eating ANY wheat due to autoimmune Hashimoto’s.

  15. Narendra says:

    It is a combined efforts from you and mom Cindy. Her patience,trust on Homoeopathy remedy worked well for Paul. Yes Homoeopathy may ask for little more time but once it works so well that the end result will be a total cure. It is a great story. Thank you Joette

  16. Nita McCarty says:

    This is an amazing story. The correlation between the gut and the mind. Thank God for this hope for children and their parents.

  17. Lorraine Coyle says:

    Tuberculinum 200
    Do you know where I can order this?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:


  18. Lakshmi Nrusimhan says:

    Does Tuberculinum mean Tuberculinum Bovinum? Just asking because there seem to be other varieties too.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:


  19. Christy says:

    Absolutely beautiful story! My son is on the spectrum as well. I don’t know enough about homeopathy to help him that way, but we cut out “wheat” from his diet and within 2 days there was a significant change! His math jumped 40 points, he added another 30 sight words to his list, he makes frequent eye contact, and acutally joked with me the other day. All within the last 2 months. But what I have loved the most – he will actually hug me back!!! He still needs help. I know homeopathy could make all the difference

  20. Good information that you shared with us. I got it very easily from your site only. You do such a good job on this topic.Thank you for all your suggestions and advice.

  21. Donna says:

    Do you have success with bipolar patients? My daughter in law wants to get pregnant but the meds she’s on are not safe for that. They’ve tried several other meds but they had bad side effects. Do you have a remedy for this problem?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      In my practice I have worked with clients who suffer from this condition and for those who want to learn how to do it themselves, I teach it in my course Mindful Homeopathy.

  22. Mary says:

    How often can Tuberculinum 200c be taken?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Frequency is based on the case.

      1. S says:

        Based on the case above in this article, how often was Tuberculinum 200c given?

        Is the Mindful course enough to treat Lyme and Autism?

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          I don’t recall the frequency that was used. But its rarely used more often than once monthly.

          Autism is fully covered in my online course Mindful Homeopathy. The GI aspect of illnesses is covered in Good Gut Bad Gut.
          And I’m not sure what is meant when someone asks me about Lyme Disease. It depends on how it presents. That is it must be ascertained whether the person is suffering from fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue or from anxiety? That’s generally how we approach the diagnosis of Lyme.
          I’ve also covered Lyme here

          and here


          1. Bree says:

            Joette- can you please take my son’s case. It’s very similar to above. I’m not expecting a miracle. Our window is short for his development. He’s 6 years old. I’m too overwhelmed treating myself and 3 children for Lyme to take any courses right now. I know just enough to treat acutes. I was on your waiting list for months before you stopped taking clients.

          2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

            I’m terribly sorry but I’m not taking private cases at this time. Perhaps at a later time in your busy life (and I fully understand the predicament) consider my online course titled Mindful Homeopathy where I teach moms how to use homeopathy for autism.
            It’s actually not as complex as one would think.

  23. suzanne says:

    the Banerji protocol for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome is Tuberculinum bovinum 200 once daily. I was diagnosed with IBS but am worried to take Tuberculinum so frequently after reading about the dangers of taking it too frequently, online. Your recommendation is to take it once a month.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      The answer to your questions is more than I can offer on this forum. However, allow me to say that your hesitancy shows prudence. I urge you to dive more deeply than simply following a protocol. Should you be interested, I cover these questions in my online course, Good Gut Bad Gut.

  24. K. Benware says:

    Can you remove my last name from my comment just sent to you?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      No problem. I removed the comment in total.

  25. laura says:

    Do you have a remedie for speach delay in a 2,6 years old? thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I cover that and all that is related to it in my online course titled “Mindful Homeopathy” found here https://courses.joettecalabrese.com/

  26. Kavitha says:

    My 3 years old son had food sensitivities and every day he eats the same thing and not trying new food, especially healthy food. No veggies and meat please advise me

  27. CB says:

    Outstanding! I am curious to know if this would help with dementia or alzheimer, as studies are finding links between autism and these diseases. Would it be worth a try to use these meds?

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