Viewing the 6 Genotypes Through the Lens of the Autism Spectrum

“Autism” by Hepingting https://flic.kr/p/95h8gu

 

I’d like to lay out for you the Constitutional Genotypes from the Autism perspective to make it easier for you to see them through the lens this condition. Let’s look at the spectrum of typology from the quiet Silicea at the top of the equation, as the quietest, most insular in comparison to the bottom of the spectrum with Sulphur being the most loud and verbose.

I will do my best, then to fill in the middle parts for you so that you can see how the typical autism child is reflected within Heilkunst. Perhaps that way, you will see how giving that child their Constitutional Remedy would help to round out their Autistic edges while en route to curing the cause of their ills.

  • Silicea – is well behaved, morally sound, quiet, homebody preferring his own company to being with others. He can suffer OCD patterns to the extreme if faced with new circumstances that he does not feel comfortable with. Siliceas can feel lost in their own little world and parents will say that they’re almost invisible.

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    “sanda-child-silhouette-cutout-1936” by Fabrice Florin https://flic.kr/p/iF29mc

  • Lycopodium – are described as ruling the roost. They’re persuasive, sneaky, manipulative and bossy. They’ll generally be obsessed with money. Deep inside, they fear that they’re not smart enough for the task before them and will wangle you with excuses why they can’t step up.
  • Calcarea Carbonica – love their rituals and systems. They will drive their parents crazy with their stubborn rituals, routines and systematic methodologies. They’re detail-oriented to the extreme, rarely letting things go, and will seemingly create more obstacles, roadblocks and reasons for making things as difficult as possible for themselves and others.

    “drenched in starlight.” by Charlotte McKnight https://flic.kr/p/9YNGAd

  • Phosphorous – have an overactive imagination, creating a life of fancy and mysticism that is entirely ungrounded. They can feel like a floaty kite without a string. They will speak constantly of fairies and mystical pets and seem to have two feet in an entirely made up world where things are much better than reality. They’re beyond talkative and their constant expressions might try the patience of any parent, if they weren’t so delightfully charming!
  • Pulsatilla – are needy, clingy and constantly hiding behind Mom’s or Dad’s trousers if in the Spectrum. They have a difficult time mustering the confidence to engage with others, preferring to play with their dolls or find sweets to eat. They want others to conform to playing house with them to the exclusion of all other play. They tend to be puffy and swollen.
  • Sulphur – are the most aggressive, enraged and “radial” of all the Genotypes. They will smear feces on the wall, aggressively hit, kick, bite and suffer screaming tantrums that will cause the most patient parent to lose it. Sulphurs only want their way and are almost impossible to appeal to with reason when they get all wound up.

“012|365” by Steven Worster https://flic.kr/p/bwT92L

My hope is that this is a help to you. Are you able to see more clearly which Genotype might be a best fit for your child?  Let us know if you want to clarify anything mentioned here.

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Heilkunst Diagnosing; Where’s That Bloody Off-Switch?

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Many of you know that I’ve been on a working and writing sabbatical for the past 6 months.  While I love living like a solitary monk for most of the week, (except for 3 days when I’m on Skype with patients) a couple times a week, I love to go out.  This past Friday, I spontaneously took myself out to the local Thai restaurant for coconut soup, pad thai and the best lemongrass tea I’ve ever had.

The server, and owner, was immediately engaging.  Her beautiful welcoming smile, bright twinkling eyes, petite countenance and forthcoming manner let me know that I was not going to be dining alone, reading my book, for much of the evening.  A Phosphorous Constitution  will come across bubbly, effervescent and all sparkly-like.  They’re so much fun to be with and you will hardly ever feel lonely in their midst.

 

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I knew I was in the presence of a firefly (phosphorous glows green in nature) as I watched this woman flit from table to table. As she came back to tell me how to freeze stalks of lemongrass to make the best tea in boiling water, I noticed my Heilkunst spidey-senses pick up on something  else about her tone.  There was clearly another layer on top of her Phos. nature.

I sat quietly, and curiously, waiting for the signs and signals I would inevitably be brought to render a more thorough diagnosis.  She then asked me where I was from and I let her know that I’m a native of Saint John, New Brunswick.  She then said, “Oh, I’ve been to Moncton.  Not a good trip, though.  I ended up in hospital there for pneumonia!” I heard the little “BOOM” I always hear in clinic when the pieces of a case start to phenomenologically congeal and then lock together.

That was the other piece I was patiently waiting for.  Phosphorous constitutions possess a strong astral, more flighty (literally) nature.  What this means, as per Rudolf Steiner, is that in the body, organs that are a mirror of each other like eyes, lungs and kidneys are related more to the cosmic, airy, astral realm.  A Phos. lives more purely in the moment, with their affinity to the cosmos, they will naturally love to travel, fly, act, play and engage with people in the service industry.  They love lots of change.

If, however, they feel suffocated to fulfill their true desire function, they’ll have a strong predisposition for the Tuberculinum Miasm.  When they feel their dreams dampened (literally) down or suffocated, they’ll engender this disease matrix for which their constitution already has a strong affinity.  They will develop a predisposition for this chronic constant disease and exhibit bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia every Winter.

 

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Healthy Phos.’ are pure light-bearers but if they get too lodged in the material, physical world, they’ll get water-logged with etheric energy and their lungs will fill up and they will feel as if they’re drowning from the inside out.  This was this other piece that I was feeling as I was engaging with this woman.

I also noticed something else.  Every time my new friend, the server, walked away with a plate in hand after a clear closure in our conversation, she’d stop in mid-walk to turn around to tell me something else.  This happened 3 times, twice, she seemed to correct herself mentally in mid-first-syllable and, as I looked up from my plate in answer, she’d smile and continue to walk away.

The one time that she could not resist the temptation to add something, she chose to  add a tid-bit of information that didn’t really fit the prior conversation.  It was sort of curious and mis-placed. Again, I felt inquisitive as to what this was about.

By the third time, I knew this was no accident.  I recalled the rubric in Dr. Roger Morrison’s, M.D. “Desktop Guide, To Keynotes and Confirmatory Symptoms” and what he said about Tuberculinum in the sections under “Mentals” as, “Constant feeling that he has forgotten something. Returns repeatedly to office door to give insignificant information.”  That was the confirmatory symptom I needed to render a thorough diagnosis.  Both my gut feeling and mind were in agreement.

Hey, wait a minute, aren’t I just a simple woman out on her own for a good meal?  Where is that bloody epistemological off-switch?  That’s the problem with being a Heilkünstler, you can never really shelve that enthusiastic diagnosing tendency.  After so many years, it seems to have a life of it’s own.  Once you’ve readily agreed to ingest that homeopathic red pill, every situation becomes a source of further knowledge.

I knew in that moment, that my new Phosphorous friend with the Tubercular Miasm, was still harbouring this disease matrix.  The underlying cause was still afoot.  Whatever they’d given her at the hospital in Moncton (probably antibiotics which literally means “against life”) only suppressed the symptoms without curing it.  It would come back each year around Dec. 21st, stronger than ever, if the root cause was not addressed on the basis of natural law, like cures like.  I knew this to be true like Neo’s Oracle without the need to bend one spoon.

 

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I paid my bill and tipped my new Phos. friend heavily, thanking her for her wonderful service and the best of meals.  I will go back to eat there, again sometime, and see if the opportunity organically presents itself for me to share a chocolate chip cookie with her (geeky Matrix reference … what can I say?!).  Phosphorous’ are such beautiful spirits and I hate to think that she might suffer unnecessarily.

Perhaps in my next blog, I’ll share with you an illustration of the Arsenicum woman in my weekly yoga class, who eyeballs me to straighten my mat, a strewn outdoor clothes, and openly tells others how she’s a control freak and hopes the yoga will help her to let go more.  God’s teeth … perhaps it is better if I just stay at home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meaning of Different Food Cravings

One fascinating doorway into diagnosis is through a patient’s food cravings. There are many aspects to cravings, and different reasons for their existence — from basic nutritional imbalances, to influences coming from different diseased states of mind. I’ll present a sampling of some different cravings and their possible meanings, but this list is far from exhaustive, and leaves many more possibilities unspoken.

  • Imbalances in the glandular typology — Based on the patient’s dominant gland type, an state of imbalance will lead to particular food cravings. An imbalanced thyroid type, for example, will crave refined carbs (bread, cakes, cookies, etc.), sugars, and stimulants such as caffein. An out-of-balance adrenal type will crave rich, salty foods, high in cholesterol, as well as alcohol. The problem with these glandular imbalances, once the person starts to stimulate themselves with these craving foods, is that it becomes a downward spiral where they crave these foods more and more, have less and less energy, and begin to gain weight.
  • An expression of the patient’s healthy constitution (genotype) — Different genotypes will have a relationship to certain foods as basic preferences. These aren’t cravings under normal circumstances, but can become so under more stressed circumstances. A phosphorous, for example, has a natural preference for salty foods, but they may start craving them to excess under stress. They also tend to enjoy very spicy foods. A Pulsatilla constitution may crave fatty foods, including butter (watch out for those pulsatilla children who tend to stick their fingers right into the butter dish to scoop out a treat!), and these may increase as full blown cravings when under stress (which would typically be a relationship issue for Pulsatilla).
  • An expression of an underlying disease state (of mind) — This category is large and quite interesting, as it includes many types of cravings which are not accounted for by the usual factors of nutritional imbalances or deficiencies. A state of unresolved grief, for example, represented by the remedy Natrum Muriaticum, will have a tremendous craving for salty foods. (It takes a well honed diagnostician to tell the difference between this salt craving from a Phosphorous salt craving). The reasons for having strong cravings for alcohol are many and varied, but to pick one remedy as an example, Lachesis, would relate to an emotional state related to many pent-up, undischarged emotions which seeks to have some way of trying to dissipate them (although the alcohol doesn’t actually provide a true discharge).

This is a very brief sampling to give you a taste of some of the thinking and differential diagnosis required to properly understand the meaning of a craving. I often find these symptoms some of the most useful in clinic, as they tend to be strong and distinct patterns in the patient seeking to be resolved.

Know Thyself

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : Grade Twelve (“Know Thyself”)

I have previously described the homeopathic constitutional types (6 genotypes, and 6 phenotypes), and at this point, I want to further contextualize them within our ongoing exploration of the Heilkunst curriculum of health. From a practical point of view, prescribing for the patient’s genotype and/or phenotype is one of the first therapeutic acts I take inside the consult room. The larger question, though, is to figure out exactly where they fit into Heilkunst in terms of its structure of three primary jurisdictions (Regimen, Medicine, and Education).

At first glance, it would seem obvious that the prescription of a specific homeopathic remedy for the genotype falls within the realm of ‘medicine’, since a medicinal substance (ie a so-called ‘homeopathic remedy’) is being applied to make a specific change in the patient. This assumption is wrong, as you’ll see once you realize that the realm of Medicine involves the application of a medicine to cure a specific disease. The application of the constitutional remedy, on the other hand, is not being applied to cure any state of disease, but rather as a means to balance the underlying state of health. This falls, then, into the realm of Regimen, which has the job of dealing with imbalances.

The story doesn’t end there, though! Aside from using the constitutional remedy in this Regimenal application, leveraging your own self-knowledge through knowing your genotype opens into the beginnings of the third jurisdiction (Education). While our whole identity contains much more than just our genotype, it does provide a kind of stepping stone into the larger imperative of “know thyself!”. While identifying someone’s genotype may sometimes be a very entertaining party trick, the exercise of knowing yourself is much more in-depth and multi-dimensional. These unfold along the pathway of our in-built desire program and resonance function.

These questions of “who am I?” and “what do I want to do with my life?” are perfectly placed at the end of our high school curriculum, when the patient is now properly prepared to enter the highest jurisdiction of Therapeutic Education.

The Periodic Table : Another Look At The Homeopathic Constitutions

The six genotypes (basic homeopathic personality types) are made up of four mineral remedies, and two plant. The four mineral remedies each appear on the periodic table, and studying them from this perspective sheds further light on the essence of these types. By examining the location of each of the elements on the periodic table, its implicit core theme illuminates another dimension of each of these constitutional types.

The four mineral genotypes are : sulphur, calcarea carbonicum, phosphorous, and silicea. Here is there theme according to their place on the periodic table, and what it illuminates about the constitutional type:

  • Sulphur — appearing on the third row of the periodic table, it is a theme related to identity. The specific focus of sulphur is the dichotomy between pride and arrogance. Understanding the sulphur constitution in contrast to the silicea type, we can see that we are looking at the difference between our lower and higher ego functions respectively. There is no type which has a greater sense of their (lower ego) self than sulphur, and when healthy, they are incredibly grounded in the reality of here and now.
  • Calcarea Carbonicum — This element appears on the fourth row of the periodic table, which embodies issues of security. This remedy in particular is particularly structured around the issues of risk versus safety. At their best, they can be an incredible foundation to a family or community, and at their worst, they can leave much of their own potential untapped as the high price they pay to attain security, and to avoid any risks.
  • Phosphorous — Like sulphur, this is also an element on the third row of the periodic table, centred around issues of identity. The specific issue here is around the strength of their boundaries and sense of self. When healthy, this shows up as a very lively social activity, with much exchange of energy and communication with the people around them, but when unhealthy, you see someone who doesn’t know who they are beyond reflecting the identity of those around them. Attaining a true sense of independence is the struggle for phosphorous.
  • Silicea — Also from the third row (identity issues), the core theme here relates to a fundamental performance anxiety. At its worst, this can lead to some of the most intense forms of perfectionism, and an inability to reveal their true thoughts or work into a public space. This can become a form of high rigidity, and ultimately a very weak or brittle immune system. Sulphur’s greatest strength (grounded ego) is silicea’s greatest weakness — they can have a tremendous fear about being ‘seen’ by others, and therefore judged by standards which they feel impossible to meet.

The remaining two genotypes, lycopodium and pulsatilla are plant-based remedies, and are not on the periodic table, and would need to be examined within a context looking at the meaning of different plants.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Which One Are You?

So, did you recognize yourself in one of the six genotype descriptions?

For some of you, it was relatively easy to spot your own type, and less easy for others. That’s about par for the course even inside the consult room when I am typing a patient for their genotype. Some I know virtually instantaneously, and some take some time of getting to know the person before the genotype comes into focus.

Often, the issue is that the patient will identify with two or more of the genotypes, not being clear about which one is their fundamental. This is largely due to the fact that the six genotypes are grouped into two distinct triads. When I have to work at figuring someone’s genotype out, one of the first things I’ll differentiate is which triad they belong to — the upper (Silicea, Phosphorous, Pulsatilla), or the lower (Sulphur, Calcarea, Lycopodium)? Everyone tends to express up to two or even all three of the genotypes of their triad, rotating through them at different times of the day, or seasons of the year, or to adapt to different circumstances.

There is always one single genotype which is the fundamental for each person, but ultimately, the healthier we become, the more we express all six aspects of being human, constitutionally speaking. This is one reason why it sometimes takes time to identify the fundamental genotype. The paradox is, that the healthier we become, the more clear our fundamental genotype appears, yet the more we also express all six.

Another aspect which can make finding the genotype tricky, is that our personality is made up of more than just the homeopathic constitution. There are personality elements contributed from our blood type, our dominant glandular type, our astrological sign, and so on. Elements of our gender and our cultural background also make up various parts of how our personality appears in the world. All this, however, doesn’t take away from the fact that each genotype is clear, and can be apprehended as a distinct entity within us, and can be positively affected by the corresponding homeopathic remedy, as opposed to any abstract personality typing system (see the magazines at the grocery store check-out for examples) which doesn’t root itself into anything real within nature.

I know a number of people who resist the idea of typology, which I suppose is an expression of the feeling of their unique individuality. Typology and individuality don’t contradict each other, but are two dimensions we partake of in our make-up. Getting to know both your typological aspects, and your unique individuality will contribute to the unfolding of your highest state of health.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Phosphorous

The element of phosphorous in nature is one which has a low combustion point, and is used as an ingredient in match heads, due to its easily being ignited into flame. The image of the match head being quick to burst into flame, yet also quick to burn itself out is a great image for understanding the energy dynamics of someone of a Phosophorous constitutional type. Quick to excitement and enthusiasm, the Phosophorous personality can be very magnetic and an instigator in social situations, but they can have the challenge of easily burning themselves out by taking on too much at a time. Fortunately, when they are relatively healthy, they can bounce back quickly, even from very brief cat naps. It is phosphorous in the firefly which creates the glow. The Phosphorous constitution can be said to be “all light, but no heat”.

Phosophorous individuals have very thin skin, metaphorically speaking, and are highly sensitive to their environment, whether of the emotions of the people around them, or literally of changes in the weather and atmosphere. They seek to avoid or diffuse conflict around them, as a means to relieve their own heightened experience of the build up of charge of such energy. On this note, they can tend to be pleasers, or entertainers, always trying to keep the spirits up of those around them. One of the downsides is that they can easily fall into relationships where they completely lose track of their own identity, and become co-dependently lost in the ego of their beloved. More generally, they may have an underlying feeling of anxiety when alone, and have a high drive to be around other people, even if that means having a talk radio station playing in the background.

The positive side to their sensitivity is that they are highly sympathetic to the feelings and experiences of those around them, and are able to communicate about these things in great depth. Communication and expression, as a matter of fact, are core to the Phosphorous personality, who is the most expressive of all the constitutional types. Whether in terms of emotional communication as I just mentioned, or artistic expression, the Phosphorous type is a continual font.

They are driven to try many things, and to have many experiences, that is, when they haven’t surpassed their own limits and driven themselves to burnout. You could say that everyone goes through a kind of Phosphorous phase during their 20s, when exploring all aspects of the worlds’ ideas and cultures is a typical form of expression of our life energy.

Phosphorous children are very bright and talkative, and the parents will often feel that they need to “tie a kite string” to their toe, to keep them from floating off into the ether. Mitten pairs attached by a string were probably invented for Phosphorous children, whose entire winter wardrobe can usually be found in the school’s lost-and-found at the end of the year.

Like all experiences in their life, they usually embrace Heilkunst treatment as an experience they explore with every nuance of their feeling life, and have much to report to the practitioner at each visit.