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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Adalian MCH

The Thyroid as the Invisible Determinant of Delayed Development in Infants

Since starting to focus on the homeopathic understanding of the growing epidemic of autism and language delay in cases which present for homeopathic treatment we see in practice today, I have been drawn to consider the role of the gestational period of growth in targeting the specific trigger in each individual's case. I had always considered autism to represent a state of an 'embryonic disruption' rather than just caused by, for example, vaccination alone, which is so often blamed as the offending influence.

There are three possible factors which could indicate thyroid imbalance in the mother's case. Any one of them can later contribute to lack of bonding between the mother and the new infant leading to longer term implications for the child. They are:-

1) Previous early miscarriages in the history.

2) Entrenched vomiting in the related pregnancy or previous ones.

3) Possible unexplained depression in the pregnancy.

Pregnancy is an emotional time even in the best of circumstances. This has been significantly exaggerated since the outbreak of Covid-19 when so much uncertainty remains in the air. The thyroid gland, by the very nature of its location at the site of the 'throat chakra', represents the endocrine gland of emotional expression. This means its vulnerability during pregnancy is especially enhanced at this very precarious time in our history. (1) It should not be overlooked that thyroid disease occurs more readily - especially during pregnancy - when there is such a family history in the background. I attribute this more to the pattern of relating within that specific family dynamic rather than the 'miasm' itself, derived from the 'epigenetic' influence on the case. In fact, this is where epigenetics play such a vital role in my opinion.

Not only could the remedy - Thyroidinum (Thyroid Gland Extract) - support the mother during pregnancy, but (by the same process) the unborn infant too. Without the support of this remedy, the infant could easily be subjected to not being brought to term in the pregnancy and thereby not surviving the very process itself. If, on the other hand, the pregnancy is still brought to full term, there can easily result a corresponding compromise in the vital functioning of the infant as they reach the stages of all the expected milestones. I should point out that if the mother is feeble by the time labour occurs as a result of thyroid imbalance in the pregnancy, whether it takes place at full term or prior, the reflex action projected onto the child's initial inspiration of oxygen, which, of course, is so key to their future development, can easily be compromised. This will have a lasting effect as their life progresses.

If the mother's cortisol level has been depleted due to the experiencing of excessive stress in the pregnancy, the remedy Thyroidinum can protect the infant on an ongoing basis. This remedy's effect can last right into adulthood on an emotional level as much as a respiratory one. If not given to the mother at the time, it can later be given to the growing child to act in a retrospective manner to address this phenomenon.

An enzyme in the placenta which normally blocks cortisol being transmitted from mother to baby causes stress to flood the infant and overwhelm them at birth. If this occurs, thyroid imbalance could be behind the phenomenon and the remedy - Thyroidinum - could restore the balance which has been lost in the process. Cortisol has a significantly harmful effect on the thyroid, the adrenals being so closely connected to this vital gland. This also demonstrates the effects of epigenetics on the infant rather than the miasm alone.

Emotional stress experienced during pregnancy can last till middle childhood and is what contributes to 'states on the spectrum' such as autism, dyslexia, hyperactivity and obsessive compulsive disorder. In fact, if any of these states are left untreated at the time they first manifest, later issues such as addiction, memory loss as well as decline on all levels can occur - and let us face it - these are issues which are becoming increasingly apparent in society today. It is the central nervous system which is compromised in these states due to imbalance in the thyroid hormone.

Thyroidinum as a remedy has overlaps with remedies such as Agaricus Muscarius, the Baryta group, the Calcarea group, and the Natrum group. This is manifested in delayed passing of milestones in childhood, poor nutritional absorption, and delay in learning to walk and talk. The sexual growth can later be delayed and Thyroidinum is one of the vital remedies in treating children with undescended testicles. Thyroidinum is therefore, in my estimation, a significant remedy in enhancing the overall growth of infants working through the mother's compromise which otherwise could so easily impact that child's formative growth with greater implications to follow.


(1) Adalian, Elizabeth, 2017, 'Touching Base with Trauma: Reaching Across the

Generations - a Three-Dimensional Homeopathic Perspective', Writersworld.

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