Thieves Essential Oil Back to School Promo! Let’s GET Healthy!

It’s that time of year again where we either give three cheers for “Back to School”…or dread the early morning routines after a long a relaxing summer. If you are like me, you are really looking forward to not making a gazillion meals a day and being asked every five minutes for a snack. I am also looking forward to some special time with my youngest, who lately seems to get lost in the hustle and bustle of sports and activities with the boys.

In the past I would CRY when back to school time came because my kids were the ones who caught EVERYTHING. We missed so much school and the whole routine of “sickness” is just taxing on the entire family. This year, however, we are prepared and I am anxiously awaiting the ability to say, “I love you, have a great day!”

What turned it around for us last year was this special little red bottle called Thieves. Our immune systems were boosted immediately and my kids weathered sickness like rock stars. Lately we have been exposed to Hand Foot and Mouth, as well as the Flu and my kids were the only ones not to get it. To me, that is AMAZING!

I want YOU to reap the same benefits as our family and give you a great way to start your Essential Oil journey with the right education and support.

For the Month of August I will be gifting TWO very special gifts to any new Premium Members with my team at Young Living. These two products are the perfect way to start the school year off with boosted immune systems and say “Bye-Bye” to pathogens!

Each new Member will receive One Thieves Hand Sanitizer Spray (Value $15) and One Hand Sanitizer Gel (Value $7) PLUS a Free Reference Guide to Essential Oils (value $20) 

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What can you do with these?? Endless Germ killing of course, natural, safe, 100% effective again super bugs, Lice, dust, mold and other nasties, plus you will smell GREAT!

Spray on Backpacks (germs hitch a ride home on these), on the head to prevent lice, clothing, hands, feet, bathrooms, doors, tables etc… You can even spray this in your throat to kill Strep!

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With your Premium Membership you will join our passionate and helpful team who are here to support you every step of the way. Plus you will be added into our private Facebook group, have access to exclusive workshops and online seminars.

Here is a sneak peek at the most amazing box you will ever receive in the mail. Try not to tackle the FedEx guy!

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1. To enroll simply click on member sign up HERE  (referral number #1403175)

2. Click on wholesale member (you will receive a 24% discount and on all future purchases as well)

There are ZERO requirements or selling expectations! Just good ol’ Health with the LEADER in the Essential Oils World

You are only asked for your social security number if you ever wish to refer new members, it will never be used and is 100% safe

3. You have the option to skip Essential Rewards (although they have some pretty sweet packages)

4. Then check out! As soon as I receive confirmation I will mail your FREE gifts and set up a 1:1 consult to get you started!

 

I am so excited for you to start a journey of Health and with God’s uniquely designed intelligent Medicine!

NOW you can be EXCITED for Back to School

Recovering Autism Part 2: Embracing Natural medicine

To catch up, explore the foundation of our journey here – A Complete immunological Meltdown: Our story of beating Autism

We never thought it would happen to us, and there is not ONE parent on Earth that dreams of being the next in line. Unfortunately with the direction current statistics are headed they will. It breaks my heart. We put our faith and complete trust in Doctors to steer us away from harm and provide us the pros and cons of each decision that affect our health. The latin root of Doctor is “to teach” and that is precisely what they did so well as little as 50 years ago. They taught us how to treat illnesses at home, did not stop until they found the root cause and made good ‘ol house calls. Fast forward to today where we are “told” what to do, handed a prescription at nearly every visit and ridiculed if we mention the word…gasp…Natural!

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Thru our journey of recovering two boys from autism we naturally had every Doctor in “western” medicine turn their backs on us. When our son was suffering from massive digestive issues, it was considered “un-related” and he quickly handed us a drug to mask the symptoms. Then there were the ticks and seizure-like activity that never seemed to end. Nothing showed up on the MRI or sleep study but again we were given a drug to mask the condition.

We searched and searched, with God guiding our path every step of the way, and with each turn and bump he brought just the right Doctor or treatment into our lives. With absolute prayer and trust God gave us our boys back. We absorbed more information in just a few short months, than our entire lives put together. Below is just a part of that process and some of the topics we wrestled with, ultimately finding what we believe to be truth.

The Fallacies of the Vaccine “Triumph”

Do any of us really understand what living conditions were like as little as 100 years ago in this country? Or the Dark Ages when the Black Plague reduced the entire population by a third?

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This was a rear tenement in Wisconsin shared by numerous people with horses, pigs and cows in the same living area. Feces and urine was rampant because of no sanitation or sewage

By the mid-1800s, slums had become commonplace settlements in the western world. New York City had 100,000 slum dwellers living in 20,000 tenement buildings. They were in a crowded and vile predicament. Throughout these unsanitary slums, death was ever-present. Cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, and other infectious diseases were never idle. But during this time, the seeds of change were sown and slowly took root. It was the beginning of the Sanitation Revolution. A new understanding that filth contributed to human illness had come to light. It was also known that poverty was often a result of such illness and not just the cause. Based on this awareness, projects for the supply of clean water and removal of human and other waste gradually began to be implemented. (Dissolving Illusions.com) And because of that infectious disease began to decline before the implementation of vaccines.

Let’s paint a little picture for ya.

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This water closet was shared by 14 people living in a one-room apartment in New York. This was typical of almost all living conditions at the turn of the century.

So let me get this straight, if I let my house look like this, never fed my children nutritious food, or gave them proper rest and never washed our hands with soap, then, yes we would have a whole host of diseases in our home! My child’s life-expectancy would dramatically decline as well because their body would have no strong immune function to fight the disease.

We DON’T live like that anymore. We have sanitation, sewage, fairly “clean” water minus brain toxifying fluoride, good food (try to ignore Monsanto) and trauma medicine.

This is exactly what I had to educate myself on in order to understand where most pediatricians are coming from. A lie. Parents are not getting the whole truth. When I declined the Chickenpox vaccine and asked my pediatrician why it would be so wrong to get this virus, his answer was “why would you want to do that and inconvenience you and your family?” Well sir, because then we would have 100% natural life-long immunity that I can also pass down to my children en-utero and they can then pass it too. That’s WHY.

And no, it would not be an inconvenience, because my child’s long-term permanent immunity is more important than short-term “convenience” that is riddled with possible debilitating side-effects.

If we can truly grasp how perfectly designed our bodies are by God, then filling it with synthetics and man-made substances is completely ignoring his intelligence. I admit medical statistics and research is not my gift so I rely on some very talented people, like this galto bring forth facts and figures. We make our decisions with a little thing called free-will; weighing the risks and rewards and ultimately choosing what aligns with our own beliefs and values. Having a Doctor force you into any decision strips you of your God-given right to choose.

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We had to Ditch the Scare Tactics

Despite many well-documented historical problems, polio and smallpox vaccines serve as the anchor for vaccination faith today. The subject stirs passion in those who believe their ancestors were affected by the dreaded virus or their children could be crippled by it today.

I was that average person. The new mom scared of stirring the pot and challenging my babes Doctor. As we moved down the path of autism recovery it was a no-brainer that I needed to take control of our own families health and build a comfort zone of how far I was willing to go outside the realm of allopathic medicine. Admittedly it was a slow process at first. For a person who perceived natural medicine as a bunch of hippie-chick-cuckoos, I was shackled to modern medicine and all the wonder drugs that it had to offer.

Fast-forward to multiple middle-of-the-night emergency room visits for breathing treatments, the pulmonary specialist who prescribed 3 separate steroid inhalers and casually told us to give our boy Allegra everyday for the rest of his life, the neurologist who said our boy would never be able to function in the real world and that pediatrician who injected my boy with 8 vaccines in one visit, it was all enough for me to completely abandon non-trauma western medicine.

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We had to fight to completely re-build this little guys immune system

I embraced it and religiously put into practice a natural regimen every.single.day.

  • We have not used Tylenol in over 3 years
  • We do not give our children any prescription meds and would only do so as a last resort (it felt pretty great to toss the breathing machine)
  • We have weathered strep throat, flu, whooping-cough, ear infections, pertussis, croup, eczema, digestive distress, heavy metal-toxicity and asthma (that was never present to begin with, but let me go ahead and give my son 3 steroid inhalers because a doc says to anyway right?) – ALL WITH NATURAL MEDICINE

We even live in the epicenter of the so-called measles outbreak. Everyone was “scared” and you cold feel the unease in the atmosphere during that time. We did not get the measles, nor did any of my friends, or their friends or even their friends. The population of Southern California is approximately 3.7 million and this is what happened:

“At least 21 cases of measles in Orange County, California so far this year, including 7 people who required hospitalization, in what the Orange County Health Department is calling the worst outbreak in 20 years. (2014)” With zero deaths.

Yes, you read it correct…21. Wow, that surely is a crazy outbreak. Hurry run and get your vaccine now. Calling this an outbreak is a complete fallacy and a dis-service to parents everywhere.

Why no deaths? Back to point #1, sanitation, sewage, clean water, nutrition, vitamins…

Of course this is not the case in third world countries, but rather than shoot up babies with a 10-in-1 vaccine let’s get ’em some clean water, a balanced diet and safe place to poop!

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I wish my colleagues who discourse so prolixly about the treatment of this disease would recognize that the grass in the fields, inconspicuous as it is, has a greater power to heal this disease than all their fancied wisdom and unsurpassed panaceas. – Dutch physician, Abraham Bogaert, 1711

Why we are not easily swayed into Modern Medicine

Quite simply we currently have a better understanding of how and why God created our systems to function, and the gifts of nature he gave us to treat illness. To see what we rely on in our arsenal of natural medicine read here. Does that mean we completely disregard modern medicine? No. It has its use, and for our family it rests solely in trauma and immediate life-saving interventions.

We have come full-circle from a devastating diagnosis to recovery, and without a doubt at least 75% rests solely on clearing my boys systems of toxic metals with natural medicine; the other percentage, a team of amazing therapists. Each day I witness their systems getting stronger, battling illness with ease and my fears have completely diminished. I am empowered as a Dr. Mom to treat my family with an amazingly powerful collection of safe and effective medicine

As a family we are confident in our health decisions, it may not be right for you and that is ok, we are all on our own journey. What we must NOT compromise on is allowing each person to choose their path without fear of persecution or bullying.

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5 Important Essential Oils for Babies and Beyond…

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies and Children

We can go thru life with regrets or realize that people, places and things are put in our lives at exactly the right time. Do I wish that  natural remedies would have been my first choice as we started having children…of course! Or when my babies experienced their first high fever and ear infection I would have had essential oils and herbs at my disposal….why yes!

There is something very empowering and freeing when you have complete control over your families health. To know for almost any illness, there is powerful yet gentle “medicine” that provide peace and comfort to parents, especially when there are so few things that are safe for babies when they are hurting.  I would have loved to have a stash of oils to get me through some of those tough times. Better late than never!

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My knowledge and desire to be Dr. Mom came in its own perfect timing and has been a crucial part of healing our boys from autism. To be able to equip parents with options (other than pharmaceuticals and synthetics) is an absolute passion. I WILL change the world… more specifically our approach to modern medicine and the “quick fixes” that our society craves in all facets of life.

So let’s focus on babies for a moment. They are our most valuable gift and that first few years are a critical time to establish a life of good health and immune function. 

Below is a list of essential oils for babies, along with protocols for common issues that babies experience.

simple things to keep in mind: always dilute on babies with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Do not expect results from inferior oils.

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#1 – Lavender

My top pick is lavender because it is one of the most versatile oils. It instills a normal sleep pattern, and what mom doesn’t need that in the first three months?? Lavender cleanses skin irritations, releases tension in the mind and body, among a long list of other things! Lavender is known as sort of the Swiss Army knife of oils, and has traditionally been known to balance the body and work where there is a need. When in doubt, use lavender is what you will always hear me say! **caution to know and trust your source of lavender. It is one of the easiest to make synthetically which provides zero therapeutic effect. Your essential oil company should have a S.E.E.D. to seal guarantee in place.

Can be used for: Cradle Cap • Crying Baby • Diaper Rash • Clogged Tear Duct • Fever

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#2 – Di-Gize

What do I hear more than anything (next to eczema) that pretty much every baby is suffering from? Constipation, gas, colic, or diarrhea, and IT IS NOT NORMAL…so don’t let your pediatrician get away with telling you it is and handing you a prescription for a drug that will cause life-long immune dysfunction. I have personally seen many infants suffering from gut issues, only to have it worsen with OTC’s and Drugs; in each case, a small amount of Di-gize offered immediate relief….and stay away from the pasteurized milk people!

Di-Gize is a blend containing tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. These oils help with problems related to the digestive system. Simply rub a little over the belly or the bottom of the feet.

Eczema anyone?? The new “fashion” for babies and kids now. A combo of Di-gize to heal the gut and lavender to nourish the skin is a powerful one-two punch to nip that in the bud.

Can be used for: Colic • Jaundice • Constipation • Diarrhea

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#3 – Thieves

A powerhouse of germ killing! Even superbugs like MRSA and C-diff are no match for this blend. Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiate, and rosemary. It is highly antiviral and antiseptic. I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking!

Can be used for: Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

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#4 – Melrose

Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove. It has strong antiseptic properties and can fight infection. It also helps with tissue regeneration. This oil is also very gentle with little to no “hot” feeling on the skin.

Little did I know how common molluscum contageousum and warts were until it happened to our middle son. This blend has been a part of our oil regimen to heal molluscum permanently! 

Can be used for: Ear Infection • Cradle Cap • Thrush

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If you have both lavender and Melrose, this combination of oils is useful for pink eye, baby acne, eczema, dermatitis and warts. (never put oils directly in the eye)

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#5 – Peace and Calming

Peace and calming is a blend containing tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy. It offers up the most deep relaxing sleep you will ever experience! Peace and calming also helps with insomnia, and can reduce stress and anxiety. Mom also needs this oil, as it works wonders after a busy day and you find that your mind just won’t shut off.

This oil is a HUGE part of our Autism Protocol!

Can be used for: Crying Baby • Sleeplessness • Coughing

Finding it hard to begin? Below are some simple protocols to use for many common childhood illnesses. They only apply to the use of Young Living Essential oils. 

COLDS

Thieves, Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC

Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon.

CONSTIPATION

Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBL of good carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy.

COUGHING

Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back.

CRYING

Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil.

DIARRHEA

Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBL good carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon.

DIAPER RASH

Combine 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes.

FEVER

Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks.

JAUNDICE

Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA treatment.

TEETHING

Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBL of quality carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line. Thieves and Clove are also amazing, but dilute well and apply to the gum line.

TUMMY ACHE

Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Wild Orange with 2 TBL of quality carrier oil. Add 1 Tsp of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. #2 One drop of Di-gize on the belly or bottom of the feet. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes.

Other essential oils commonly used on infants: Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine

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Children:

COLDS

Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest. Another great option is Thieves.

CONSTIPATION

Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet. (Di-gize as well)

CUTS & SCRAPES

Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly.

EARACHE

Apply Melaleuca and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal.

Read Here about our Ear Infections and how we treat them.

FEVER

Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBLS of coconut or jojoba oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back.

FLU

Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.

MINOR BURNS

Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area.

SUNBURN

Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area.

The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano can be applied to the bottoms of the feet without discomfort. Be sure to put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive.

It is truly magical to be able to sooth a burn or calm a distraught child will these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.

To read more on why Essential oils heal and drugs do not, click here. I have THREE Special gifts to send you for any Premium Membership with Young Living Essential Oils. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions! Read bout them by Clicking HERE

One last thought. It is time we start taking health into our own hands and stop the cycle of “suppression” that our society has fallen into. What happens when we face anything uncomfortable whether it be illness or just in life? We want to suppress it, rather than heal it. We are taught from an early age that a trip to the pharmacy and some drugs will take away discomfort immediately, and in a time of quick fixes and immediate gratification, this is all we know.

Our bodies, so perfectly designed, are not meant to be “quick fixes”. A fever means the body is fighting germs, but if we trick it and do not allow this natural process to happen, then that virus or bacteria will never go away. There are compounding effects to that as well. Anything with a list of side-effects means those things can ACTUALLY happen!

Natural Medicine does not have side effects. Natural Medicine does not cause other organs and systems to shut down because of their use.  More importantly, natural medicine is ancient in its roots and if you are looking for a medicine with the longest track record of safety, look no further than essential oils.

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I am a wife and a mom who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. Please like and share the love!

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 

The TRUE Colloidal Silver that works. Don’t be fooled by low quality!

 

 

One of my favorite natural medicine tools is colloidal silver. From ear infections to burns to pink eye, this beneficial mineral can help cure many ailments. It is naturally antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, and, if a high quality silver is used, there are no side effects.

Colloidal silver, which is made either by the “electro-arc” method in deionized water, or by the “low voltage electrolysis” method in distilled water, consists of microscopic particles of pure, elemental silver suspended in water, with no other elements present. It was widely used in Western medicine until antibiotics became prevalent. With the recent rise in natural medicine, though, it is seeing a comeback.

 Uses

  • Pink eye: For either a bacterial or viral eye infection, put one drop of colloidal silver directly in the eye. I let my kids gently close their eyes, then put one drop in the inside corners, and tell them to blink ten times. Dab off the excess. Do this three times the first day, two times the second and third days. I have never had to do more than three days.
  • BurnSpray onto burns to prevent infection and promote healing.
  • Ear infection: While I tend to use other methods of treatment for ear infections in addition to colloidal silver, I do put one drop of colloidal silver in the affected ear and have my child lie down to let the liquid stay in the ear for 5 to 10 minutes before we drain it. I do this twice a day for two to five days, depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Sore throat and/or strep throat: Spray into back of mouth as needed. The beauty of true colloidal silver is that it can’t be overused.
  • Skin: Colloidal silver can help with rashes and sores.
  • Household: Spray doorknobs, light switches, tables, or anywhere you want to disinfect.
  • Pets: Put one drop in your pet’s water bowl to eliminate pathogens and keep your pet healthy. I put one drop in our chickens’ water bucket each week.
Water treatment:
if you ever find yourself without access to clean drinking water, one drop of colloidal silver will destroy the pathogens in one liter of water, making it clean and ready to drink.
Nearly all “colloidal silvers” you can buy at health food stores are ionic silver solutions, not true colloidal silver. While they do provide some benefits, true colloidal silver, which will be yellow/amber and not clear, has actual nano-sized silver particles in it, making it more potent and more effective. On a side note, the dangers you may read about online about silver—specifically argyria, where the skin turns blue-grey—occur when silver protein is used. Ionic silver (the kind typically found at health food stores) will not cause argyria if you follow the dosage on the bottle. And true colloidal silver will not cause argyria.

The kind I have found that I like best is called NutraSilver and can be bought here: http://www.nutrasilver.com/. NutraSilver is highly concentrated (3600 parts per million, or ppm), so I make my own diluted bottles to save money. (Make sure to use dark glass bottles, either brown or cobalt.) If an infection seems particularly bad, I use the straight, undiluted drops. For everyday health, mild issues, and preventative uses, I like to have a spray bottle and a dropper bottle of diluted colloidal silver on hand. Even diluted, this colloidal silver is high quality and potent. For a 200 ppm concentration, dilute the silver at an 18:1 ratio in distilled water (18 drops water, 1 drop NutraSilver). This is the concentration I use most. For a household spray, just drop a few drops of NutraSilver into a large spray bottle full of distilled water.

Katie Varela is a true warrior momma! She has 3 kids and a wonderfully supportive husband, Jon. Her son has been successfully recovered from a diagnosis of autism and is flourishing in mainstream education. She has heart for the Lord and it shows in her everyday life. She has an extensive education in all things natural, but her specialty lies in teaching other about the GAPS diet and proper neuro-boosting nutrition. Katie can also be found contributing at http://www.theoilsofjoy.com
 

Should Tonsils, Adenoids and Tubes be left alone?

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If there is one thing I wish I had known more about before having children, it would be an understanding of ear infections and proper treatment. Actually sickness in general, why it happens, and how to investigate and find root causes. Unfortunately I was conditioned like many of us to not question a Doctor prescribing drugs. Take it, follow the directions and that should fix it right? Not so in many cases.

Instead we need to educate and empower ourselves to choose wisely when faced with putting anything into our children’s body. Luckily we still are blessed with a few great Pediatricians and Doctors, like our Dr. S, who listen, support and acknowledge parental concerns. I just wish there were more of them.

When any doctor suggests that a child should have surgery some serious questions need to be asked, especially if it falls under the “oh it’s routine we do it all the time” category. Today this is quite often the case in tubes, adenoid removal and tonsillectomy surgery.

Some current stats:

  • Of those who have tubes placed in their ears, only 25% see significant improvement. The other 75% return to illness within 3 months of removal.
  • Ear tubes remain popular — with an estimated 700,000 insertions a year in the United States
  • Our body knows it needs tonsils and adenoids. They will begin to regenerate, and if surgery is done before the age of 3, studies show than in 75% of cases they come back. Pretty smart.
  • 45% of tonsils regrow as well. Again our body inherently needs them, so they regenerate. Even more so if surgery is done in early childhood.
  • Regrowth of tonsils and adenoids is linked to the continued presence of allergens and or toxins that were the cause of the issue in the first place. Remove the cause and there is no need to remove the tonsils.
  • There is a critical time 6 months after surgery where children’s immune systems are significantly weaker.
  • Just like any part of your child’s health…enlarged tonsils, adenoids or recurring ear infections are a sign that something is going array in the immune system. Explore the possibility of why, before jumping into surgically removing an important part of your child’s body.

Understanding why we have Tonsils and Adenoids

Both of these are extremely important to our entire immune system. Both the tonsils and adenoids act like a trap for allergens, bacteria and toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis-if the bacteria, toxins and dust/mold were to travel deeper into our immune system then potentially more serious reactions could occur.

Our systems are ALL inter-connected:

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Adenoids and tonsils work inside the lymphatic system and process fluid together with the other lymphoid tissues present in the human body. That liquid has lymphocytes (a form of white blood cell), whose job is destroying toxins and bacteria. If these contaminants and toxins miss out traveling thru the adenoids and tonsils, and enter through the skin, the antibodies are produced and travel to attack the invading toxins.

In upper respiratory infections, our tonsils are meant to neutralize by producing antibodies. These antibodies or immunoglobulins are proteins that are found in the bodily fluids (blood). As our tonsils begin to mature they produce five types of antibodies, including specific antibodies against Diptheria, Poliovirus, staphylococcus, haempophilus influenzae and streptococcus pneumoniae.

For those with weaker immune systems, like small children who have not built it completely up, the tonsils and adenoids are critical. With age, the adenoids have less responsibility but still continue to produce antibodies when allergens, toxins and bacteria enter through the breathing pathway.

Where are the tonsils and adenoids:

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And then come infections

If the adenoids get over-worked with a higher amount of toxins, bacteria or allergens entering, then infections can occur. Younger children fall into this often as they are more prone to “ingest” bacteria by putting things into their mouths. Since both work in unison, if one is infected most likely the other is as well.

  • Symptoms of infection or swelling in the adenoids include, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, heavy breathing, mouth breathing (critical to teach your children to nose breathe at it is a first line of defense to trap allergens)

The continual presence of allergens and toxins can cause repeated infections to occur in both the tonsils and adenoids. “A study done in Poland in 2004 showed that 28.6% of the children who had swollen tonsils, in fact had a major food allergy. The tonsils and adenoids were full of the allergen that the body was attempting to trap and thus were completely aggravated and swollen.”

Other studies have also come to this conclusion with environmental based allergies

Often, once the allergen was removed, the child’s adenoids and tonsils return back to normal, doing the job they were designed for.

From our own personal experience, our son was constantly stuffy, often berthed thru the mouth and snored. He was not what I would consider “well”. Many factors contributed to that, but the BIGGIE was milk (casein)! Once that was eliminated, he was significantly better, and so were his ears. Back to our pretty rad pediatrician who would tell me “milk isn’t meant for humans!” I finally listened.

Food Allergies or Sensitivities

Food allergies and sensitivities to food are two different things. An allergy can result in severe anaphylactic reactions, hives etc. Intolerance’s can last a life-time and show up in varying symptoms. Inflammation occurs in both the tonsils and adenoids due to the presence of the food causing the reaction both in short and long term situations. Both can be tested for; one a blood test, the other a scratch test. It is always a good idea to see exactly what you are dealing with. I would highly suggest auricular testing with an experienced Homeopathic doctor, as the intolerance will be 100% accurate. These Docs are far and few between, and I would only go to the BEST, like this one.

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And then there were Tubes

Everything mentioned above can lead to recurrent ear infections-and then often doctors suggest draining the excess fluid with surgery or “tubes”. It is a billion dollar business…if we change the nutrition, health and how we treat infections initially, these too can be eliminated.

Natural Ways to Combat Adenoid/Tonsil and Ear Infections

Explore the idea of visiting a Chiropractor that specializes in children.

If the spine is out of alignment, even in the smallest of ways, it can have huge repercussions on your immune system. Everything is inter-connected to the vertebrae in the spine. Each organ, nervous system, brain, immune response etc…Vertebral subluxations have life-long impacts on overall health and injury. I cannot say enough about Dr. Mac, he is a genius in re-aligning our children’s systems.

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Ear aches/infections/drainage issues can all be greatly reduced and completely corrected with spinal adjustments, as well as the negative effects of swollen tonsils/adenoids. The main reason being tied back to the inability to efficiently drain toxins and allergens, already illustrated above.

Young children are especially susceptible to spinal issues right from birth ( birthing itself can cause a whole series of subluxations), and if not corrected will continue to cause problems into adult hood. We’ve talked a bit about the fact that the tonsils and adenoids are part of the immune system, the ears are as well. Ear wax is part of our immune systems way of draining the foreign invaders of toxins, allergens and bacteria in our body.

Being that the tonsils and adenoids are a part of the lymph system; if you take a look at the diagram showing their placement in the body, you will notice that the Eustachian tube from the ears drains directly near the adenoids and the fluid flows past both the adenoids and tonsils.

A vital part of the lymph system is the ability to drain away the “dead” invaders as waste products. The drainage of the lymph system relies on the muscle groups located near each lymph node-for the adenoids and tonsils these are the muscles of the neck and upper body (think shoulder blades and up). If there is a subluxation of the upper spine, the ability for these muscles to contract properly and allowing for the lymph nodes to drain can be blocked partially or completely which results in these areas swelling and ultimately becoming infected by the waste products.

Often, even on the first visit to a Chiropractor, relief can be immediate, Here is a great study on Tonsillitis.

Homeopathic/Natural Treatment of Infections

When an infection in the tonsils, adenoids and ears is present the normal course of action is to prescribe an antibiotic. BUT the over use of antibiotics can have significant health issues especially in younger children. Antibiotics are completely UNABLE to decipher the “bad” bugs/bacteria/virus, instead wiping out both the good and bad bacteria found in our entire body, leaving it open to more infection.

Unless a child is prone to seizures, it is suggested to ride out the fever and not treat it with OTC’s (Tylenol, Motrin). The fever is the bodies way of fighting off the infection and is a vital part of the immune system function. Dr. Lawrence Palevsky has the best checklist for handing a fever and illness in a child, it can be found here.

A safe and effective method of treating fevers is to use Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. The following is a great graphic on how to use essential oils for treating a fever.

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Essential Oils for Strep Throat and Tonsillitis

Young Living Oregano Oil is a fantastic oil that is highly effective for bacterial and viral infections it also stimulated the immune system. By stimulating the immune system in a child dealing with Tonsil or Adenoid issues this will result in the immune system working to “kick out” or remove the trapped bacteria that can create swelling/inflammation.

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Protocol for Oregano Oil

It is always a best practice to dilute oils for young children (under 5). Take 1-2 drops of Oregano oil and mix with any carrier oils like Olive, Almond, Grapeseed, Coconut. A 50-50 ratio Essential oil to carrier oil. Rub onto the child’s feet.

Ingesting oils is highly effective and often the quickest means to recovery (this can be done for children and adult over 5). It is a spicy oil and best to be mixed. I love mixing it with raw honey on a spoon or in a fresh pressed juice like apple/carrot. If you, or your child can swallow a capsule, then this is very effective! Take 2-3 drops of Oregano oil and 2-3 drops of olive oil in an empty capsule and swallow 2-3 times a day. **Keep in mind genuine therapeutic essential oil are completely safe to ingest. But I will only recommend Young Living.

It is best to avoid diffusing Oregano oil due to it being quite strong and my irritate the brachial tubes. 
Adults-Using the same application methods as the above, but upping the dosage to 4-5 drops is highly effective.

 

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A must have…Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Oil Blend was created using a recipe from the 15th century, when robbers would cover themselves in oil so they would not contract the plague (and they never did!). The combination of oils is incredibly powerful and is a safe and natural replacement for antibiotics. It is also a highly effective antihistamine, all of these benefits combined make it a necessity oil blend to have in your medicine cabinet. 

For small children, you can rub a few drops on the feet or diffuse.

For adults and older children ingesting is very quick and effective. Same type of protocol as above. Mix with honey, juice or in a capsule.

For acute illness it is suggested to take this up to 5 times a day and also rub directly on the throat area. Since the molecules and chemical structure of pure oils are very small, they have the ability to pass directly thru the skin and penetrate affected cells, kill the bacteria and heal at the cellular level. This is not the case with drugs like antibiotics.

Other Oils: There are other Young Living Oils that have been proven to help with Tonsils and Adenoids include Melaleuca alternifolia (also known as Tea Tree), Myrrh, Lemon, Ginger, Dorado Azul, Melrose and ImmuPower. Each of these oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as decongestant properties which can help reduce the inflammation in the tonsils and adenoids. All can be used/applied as shown above.

Vitamin C and D-is vital to proper immune system function. Unfortunately the RDA(recommended daily amount) is set way to low for optimal health.

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Herbs and Sea Salt! An herb that is highly regarded for ear infections is garlic and fenugreek. They are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and help to relieve pain and discomfort. A simple recipe would be to take 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds and simmer in 1 liter of distilled water for 20-30 minutes, then add crushed garlic and cloves and simmer for a few more minutes. Strain and add 1 tsp of sea salt until its dissolved. Let cool and gargle frequently. Let sit in your throat, and it is also completely safe to swallow. For additional anti-viral properties add one drop of Thieves essential oil.

Sugar

In short, sugar suppresses the production of white blood cells, and they basically are superman for our immune systems. From the moment we ingest sugar, immune suppression starts. This cycle is even more detrimental on an infant or small child’s immune system.

Milk/Dairy

Milk (Dairy) is known to cause a significant amount of inflammation and mucous. This mucous attempts to get out, and one major source of mucous removal is the sinuses-which are you guessed it directly related to ears, nose and throat. All of which drain past the adenoids and tonsils causing aggravation and leading to infection.

Dairy is also one of the things that is high on the list of food intolerances that many people don’t realize are causing internal issues. Not everyone exhibits lactose intolerance but humans are basically unable to digest lactose after age 6-7 when our body stops producing lactase to digest the milk (breast milk) that we are designed to digest as infants and toddlers. Ingesting large amounts of milk causes our body to go into remove it mode and the mucous is added as a way to flush it out of our system.

If you or your child have a constant stuffy nose, post nasal drip and recurring ear infections, remove dairy from the diet for about 2 weeks and see the difference it makes. ** Note not all dairy causes issues, grass-fed butter is not a true diary product as it’s actually a byproduct, camel, goat and sheep’s milk is much better tolerated in young children as it contains much lower levels of casein and lactose.** Yogurt can also be a good choice in the from of goat or coconut milk as it contains beneficial bacteria to help boost the gut flora and in turn improve immune function.

Health Changes

It will be said over and over again. Putting bad stuff in…will only yield bad stuff coming out. Is it harder to take away milk, sugar and processed foods, or have your child in a continual cycle of illness?

Hard to swallow for many, including me.

In the end, there are ALWAYS natural, safe and effective solutions to try first. Typically, no one needs to rush into surgery for tubes or even begin an antibiotic protocol right away. There IS time to begin a natural course of treatment. In the end, after researching you will know what is right for you and your family and feel confident in that!

Educate, empower and be encouraged! We are all in this together.

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Disclaimer:  Please seek advice of a Doctor to obtain a diagnosis. I do not diagnose, but rather offer options and want to empower YOU to make wise health decisions. 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/01/30/us-sleep-apnea-idUSCOL06366020070130

http://www.naturalnews.com/012291_unnecessary_surgery_hysterectomies.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/11/20/us-tonsillitis-children-idUSL2026646820071120

British Medical Journal September 11, 2004;329

Journal of Pediatrics, December 2006

Effect of Adenoidectomy on Respiratory Function: A Randomised Prospective Study Mary V. Lasley

Journal of the American Medical Association November 17, 2010;304:2161