CEASE Therapy – Misconceptions and Truths
CEASE Therapy is suddenly receiving media attention as well-funded skeptics groups are trying to discredit and limit access to homeopathy and homeopathic remedies around the world. I became a target as I use the protocol in my practice. For the interested party, here is a summary of what CEASE is and isn’t and what I do and don’t do and why certain quarters feel so threatened by it.
By Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH
1) CEASE is an acronym for Complete Elimination of Autism Expression. A Dutch medical doctor and homeopath named Tinus Smits called it that. Why I don’t know. When I first read about CEASE I was a bit taken aback by the name because it seemed to make a bold claim, so I understand why it has become a target. Perhaps a different name would have been better. Maybe it should be renamed. Maybe it really works that well but we don’t have enough research to prove it at this time.
2) That being said, I have personally never claimed or promised that any treatment I use in my practice can ‘cure’ anything. The press is misrepresenting this and I am now looking into legal remedies to defend myself. Headlines like: “Naturopath boasts of curing child with rabid dog saliva’ and ‘Naturopaths promise complete elimination of autism’ are misleading and untrue as well as defamatory.
Just because I may use a method called CEASE Therapy does not mean I promise that it will eliminate or cure any or all cases of autism. Tinus didn’t claim that either. I am very clear with my patients that any autism treatment takes time, often 1-4 years or more. Younger children are more successfully treated with any autism therapies, whether that is ABA, OT, biomedical care or homeopathy. Prognosis is better with early intervention as the brain is more plastic and is still growing more quickly. So a child less than two years old has a much better chance of substantial recovery than a 15-year-old for example.
Combination of Homeopathy and Nutrition
3) CEASE is nothing new really. It’s just a combination of various homeopathic approaches together with diet suggestions and certain nutritional supplements. What made CEASE unique in the homeopathic world when it was published in 2010 was this combined approach. In classical homeopathy usually only one remedy is given at a time and supplements are not used. In naturopathic medicine on the other hand, such combined protocols are very common. Different strategies can work well together and enhance each other. Tinus came up with a good protocol for autism and related disorders.
4) Research: I would like nothing better than to see research on CEASE, homeopathy etc. If anyone reading this would like to support such research I would love to be involved. We urgently need this kind of research, but it takes resources. Put me to the test. please. I challenge any agency, doctor, research group etc to give me a few children with autism to treat with homeopathy etc in addition to conventional care. Two groups, one gets homeopathy/CEASE etc with the regular care, the other doesn’t. A year or two on that and then let’s compare the results.
Not About Claiming that Vaccines Cause Autism
5) CEASE is not about claiming that vaccines cause autism, it’s much more complex than that.
Autism, just like other conditions, is mostly related to predispositions. Most everyone has inherited tendencies towards different health conditions.
For example, if a child with a tendency to auto-immune conditions gets a vaccine, or too many vaccines at the wrong time, perhaps when the system is already under stress or nutritionally deficient and/or the child was exposed to other chemicals or interventions, an accumulation of stressors can occur, which might lead to auto-immune phenomena, one of which could be autism.
Tinus never claimed that vaccines per se cause autism, neither do I. If it was, all vaccinated children would have it and they don’t. There are also unvaccinated children who develop autism, usually because of exposure to other chemicals.
It is never that simple and a disservice to the public by the media to present it that way. But some children are susceptible to vaccine injury and exposure to multiple stressors increases risk. Now that sounds quite different than ‘vaccines cause autism’, doesn’t it? But will it sell copy? Probably not.
An Accumulation of Stressors
6) Tinus wrote about ‘an accumulation of stressors’. At some point the system gives. We now expose our unborn and young children routinely to many medical interventions, from ultrasounds to anaesthetics during C-sections, to antibiotics or other drugs given to the mother while pregnant.
When the baby is born he or she gets a vitamin K injection and in some countries Hep B or TB vaccine injections at birth or shortly after. At two months the vaccinating starts and more pressure is added with antibiotics, Tylenol, pesticides on our food and more.
Then we wonder why we are seeing such a dramatic increase of autism and other developmental disorders?
The developing nervous system is exquisitely sensitive to toxins in utero and in the first 2-3 years of life. 70% of our brain grows in the first 3 years of life!
We should take every step possible to protect it.
Tinus Smit’s protocol is elegantly designed to address the impact of various toxins as well as the underlying susceptibility of the system.
Read Tinus’ book yourself to see for yourself what he wrote. It was such an eye-opener for me, it could be for you as well.