Let’s take the FEAR out of FEVERS

Today was going to be a post on misconceptions and bullies with regard to recovering children from Autism, but instead some real life stuff happened recently and it is on my heart to share. The other post shall have to wait.

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About a year ago I finally released my fear and timidity of natural medicine, but it was a very long journey. Reversing something I have known my whole life is a very BIG change. When our boys were first diagnosed with Autism and we ventured into more “natural” means it was definitely foreign. For two years big brother was sick a lot; his entire system was wrecked and far from a state of homeostasis. I can distinctly remember a period of 6 months where we spent 3 nights a week in the emergency room receiving breathing treatments and steroid inhalers. There was a “fear” instilled in me each time we visited urgent care, the hospital or the pediatricians office. Fear that if I did not start dosing toxic synthetics into my son he would surely never get better. I didn’t question or research, but I should have. We would have saved ourselves a lot of time, money and emotional distress given even a basic knowledge of God’s intelligent design. Since then, I have come to know one very important fact:

Medicine is not Healthcare – Nutritious food and plants are Healthcare.

Medicine is sickcare. Let’s all get this straight for a change.

Present day finds me extremely confident in treating my children at home with the most effective natural medicine available. I had to put on a different set of lenses to see our bodies for what they are; immaculately made with complete precision by our Creator. He does not make mistakes, and the inner defenses he established and our bodies response to illness portray it.

I want to specifically target fevers because it is completely misunderstood and treatment is totally “fear” based. Here was our recent experience:IMG_9064

 

Baby girl (23 months) woke up perfectly fine but was harboring a residual dry cough that we had been treating with thyme, lavender and lemon. She ate normal, acted energetic and then around 10 am became listless, with watery eyes and a fever of about 102.

The “old self” would have reached for the Tylenol or even rushed to urgent care for fear that it might be a serious infection. The old self would have been given a prescription for antibiotics or maybe at the very least a large dose of a synthetic fever reducer. Anxiousness and feeling overwhelmed by the thought of “what if it gets worse” would have set in. I would have been chained to my bottle of fever reducer all while destroying my child’s liver and enzymatic system.

Letting go of the craziness is hard and takes a lot of patience, but it can be done and I assure you the outcome gleans more permanent and positive results than modern medicine ever will.

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What I have learned

Fevers are one of the most powerful healing responses we have and an indication that the human body is fighting an infectious disease. Reducing fever is best accomplished by using anti-inflammatory essential oils internally or topically, taking detoxifying baths and just letting go…our body knows exactly what to do.

How did fever come to be seen as so dangerous a condition that we put our child’s well being at risk in order to suppress the temperature?

The Fevers function is to stimulate an immune response and create an environment that is inhospitable to invading organisms. Basically, turn the temperature up to kill invaders. The hypothalamus then kicks in when it gets signals from different lines of defense that are being overwhelmed. It is the hypothalamus that determines what is sufficient to protect our bodies from those bugs.

The Benefits of Fever

  • More antibodies — cells trained to specifically attack the exact type of invader that your body is presently suffering from — produced more specific to that bug than any pharmaceutical.
  • More white blood cells (the good guys) produced, circulating, mobilizing and armed to fight off the invading bugs specific to the general category of invader.
  • More interferon produced (another immune system good guy, which blocks spread of viruses to healthy cells).
  • Walling off of iron, which bacteria feed on.

Increased temperature, which directly kills microbes. (Most bacteria and viruses actually grow better at temperatures lower than the human body, which is why they like our cool noses in the winter.) Parents, it’s not your kids begging for fever-reducing drugs; it’s the germs.

Listen up! In order for a fever to efficiently kill invading microbes, the temperature usually needs to reach 102.7. When we artificially reduce that temperature to oh…let’s say 99 (which is exactly what synthetics do) you have now created a perfect little petri dish in the body allowing the invaders to flourish. Why does it not surprise us when an illnesses lasts much longer than needed? You know that co-worker or friends child who was sick for 3 months straight? Probably used synthetics to suppress and push all of those invaders right back in. Meanwhile, our “intelligent” system is working overtime to flush it out. A struggle that will never be broken until you decide to put a halt to it.

Simply put – The body was tricked! It was never able to do what God created.

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Perking up a little!

Treating Fever the Naturopathic Way

Naturopathic treatment is to support a fever, unless it rises too high or too quickly. A fever of 102 degrees F to 103 degrees F is considered the optimal defense against microbes. Temperatures like these also heal the body most effectively. Supporting a fever means to work with it, not against it. For example, one effect of fever is to slow down peristalsis, which is movement of food through the gut. We should eat less and drink more water when treating a fever and homemade bone broth is a perfect nutrient have on hand.

Our Protocol

Ok, let’s get back to baby girls quick recovery. After she tried to nap but woke within 1 hour and a temp of 102, also pretty unhappy, I quickly popped her in a baking soda bath with lemon and lavender essential oil. This was our first line of defense to help push her body in the direction of healing. The baking soda and lemon pulled out the virus faster and the lavender calmed her nervous system and squelched her “fever shakes” immediately. Of course not knowing the root cause of her illness I chose lemon and lavender because they correct almost any issue. Natural medicine is about listening to our bodies and making the choice to use something that will be powerful enough to self-correct while never result in side effects.

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Seriously these bugs didn’t stand a chance.

After our long amazingly blissful bath (insert sarcasm here) I rubbed peppermint and lavender on her back and the bottom of her feet, gently nudging her body in the right direction it needed to go. Peppermint is critically important for any home medicine cabinet, from vomiting to nauseousness to a fever, it does it all!

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We kept this up for about two hours and then supported her immune system with the application of thieves on the bottom of her feet and internally 1 drop with raw manuka honey (another great natural immune booster). The fever was 100 by then, and gradually decreasing even more. Bye bye little microbes!

Baby girl was eating dinner and sleeping soundly with no fever, cough or sign of a cold by lights out. We will continue to apply thieves, lemon and lavender tomorrow to ensure we prop her immune system up well.

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Playing with brother. All better.

Relaaaaax and let it go!

If you are still under the impression that having a fever or 100 or 101 degrees Fahrenheit is an indication of a dangerous situation, relax! It’s not!

Unfortunately, most parents end up giving their child potentially toxic doses of fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen when, in reality, their child’s temperature is ideal for accomplishing healing. Worse yet, there are parents who administer aspirin at the first sign of fever, which actually poses a far greater health risk than any fever could, as aspirin may cause Reye’s Disease, which can be lethal.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV).

Let’s Re-cap: 

It’s important to realize that fever is your body’s backup defense mechanism when your primary ones – mainly your immune system — fail. Your first line of defense is your macrophages, which gobble up any invading microbes.

We all know that it is far easier to prevent an illness than to treat it. This involves building up and keeping the immune system functioning strong before an illness gets the chance to invade our immune system, we do this strictly with essential oils, completely streamlining our “natural” medicine cabinet. 

Did you know that there is growing evidence to support a Vitamin D deficiency is really the cause of the common cold? So get some more STAT and be sure it is not GMO or derived from soy. I love this brand HERE.

Confidence in the gifts God gave us

I can remember like it was yesterday the absolute fear and anxiety illness played in our home. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless when faced with a child struggling to catch their breath, or a high fever or vomiting and taking constant trips to the doctors office for recurring illness because it was never treated properly in the first place.

My faith in natural medicine can never be broken, and yes, I believe in “trauma” medicine, however, my husband and I witness its strength at work daily in our lives. It is very freeing, humbling and empowering all at the same time.

To read more about the effectiveness of essential oils read HERE

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Click here for circumstances that warrant a trip to the Emergency Room (trauma medicine)

The information on this blog is for educational purposes only and it is our life story. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. The essential oils described on this blog refer only to therapeutic grade essential oils. I only recommend Young Living essential oils. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products 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
 

A pretty insane three weeks!

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Nothing is worse than getting sick, unless it includes three children plus mom, then that really bites. I admit there was a moment where I literally thought I was never going to make it out sane, I almost completely lost it, had it not been for prayer, the support of my parents, my husband and the knowledge of natural healing.

First, a myth that being sick means you are “not healthy”. In general almost all illness is a sign that there is a disruption in your body and the immune response is to kill that virus or bacteria. Why do we spike a fever? That fever is actually a bad-bug killing machine. You want that fever.

God, in is infinite wisdom, designed our bodies to self-heal by getting “sick”. In the past I was desperately scared of my children falling ill. Who really thinks its fun cleaning up vomit in the middle of the night? (why it always happens then is beyond me and a question I will surely ask when I get to Heaven) The fevers, more vomit, the coughing, the snot, the puke again…yes I know you have been there.

Prevention works, but sickness will happen. It is the immediate action taken that can help you recoup faster and actually boost your immune system the next time around.

In the past we treated with everything in the world that we SHOULD NOT use. To learn more about that read here and here about how using over the counter medications, vaccines and antibiotics will cause short term and long term harm.

So let’s take a look at our three weeks of insanity! In order…

Big brother got an ear infection

Baby sister got the Flu (influenza)

Baby sister got an ear infection

Little brother got a sinus infection

Mommy got Strep Throat

Big brother got Norovirus

Mommy Got Norovirus

Little brother ruptured his ear drum

Daddy just felt queasy, and helped take care of all of us.

What changed for me immediately? I knew what to do. I had an entire arsenal of very potent, very healing herbs, essential oils and homeopathic remedies to use. I want to speak specific to a few tough decisions we had to make (ear infections) in a separate post, stay tuned.

Healing Mommy’s Strep Throat

I am very prone to this type of illness and I know right away what is in store. Swollen lymph nodes, extremely painful throat, fever and my body pretty much feels like it was hit with a truck. I can specifically remember 2 years ago taking antibiotics for this very same illness, only to continue to get sick because the antibiotics actually made my body weaker by killing good and bad bacteria. Things were different this time around. I immediately began this protocol:

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To address my lymph nodes I rubbed copious amounts of frankincense on them and within the hour they decreased in size to near normal. I continued for 3 days until they were completely back to normal. I never needed antibiotics and my throat was better in less than a day.

Big Brother’s norovirus

Total mom-fail here. L was complaining of stomach pains all day and I made him eat his dinner. Later I had the pleasure of cleaning it up at midnight all over my amazing teal couch.

That sour smell was a tell-tale sign of the dreaded noro-bug. He had one more episode of vomit and by morning he was eating and drinking normally. That has never happened before, such quick and easy healing, and we are the kings and queens of the norovius over here.

What I did:

Rubbed peppermint, sacred frankincense, copaiba and melaleuca on his tummy every 30 minutes and rubbed thieves and oregano on his feet every hour. That’s it! Why this worked?

Peppermint is a natural and powerful anti-nausea, anti-vomiting agent.

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Frankincense or sacred frankincense and melaleuca are immune boosters and can annihilate bad bacterial infections. By rubbing it on his tummy it was quickly absorbed into his intestinal tract

Thieves and Oregano more effective replacements for antibiotics and other OTC’s like tylenol. They have the ability to pull out toxins in the body while also boosting the immune response. Again, rubbing topically on his tummy and back to be absorbed (just as effective for a child as an adult swallowing a capsule with it)

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Lastly, to help promote sleep and a sense of calm in his overly anxious mind, I applied lavender to his back and diffused peace and calming. In between episode 1 and 2 of puke he slept like a baby.

He went from this…

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To this…

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Big brother, little brother and baby sister also all had ear infections to varying degrees. I wrote about past ear infections here in this post . Later I will share about that part of our journey.

Why do essential oils work so well? Some quick tidbits:

  • They are God’s perfect design, plants and herbs that he breathed life into and created for us to use for our benefit
  • They are potent. One drop can be in upwards to 30 lbs of an herb or plant
  • The molecules are the tiniest of size. Only oils have the ability to pass thru the blood brain barrier to reach parts of the brain and heal where prescription medications will never reach
  • They do not have to get processed thru the liver, like a drug, only to never make it to the intended target
  • There are NO side effects
  • They are generally regarded as safe with minor precautions for children or those with epilepsy
  • Every oils works in harmony with another, and thus in harmony with the body

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In all, three weeks of being down and out taught us a lot as a family, me as a mom, and daughter of Christ. My mom sent me a wonderful note of encouragement that really opened my eyes up to how I often forget that God uses difficult times to bring us back to him.

“Thank me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest work in my Kingdom had been done from sick beds and prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for MY WAY in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.”

We treated naturally and effectively without OTC’s. All of us had our immune systems challenged and they are now stronger with natural antibodies in place the next time some bugs come a knockin’

Yes, by now my kids LOVE me putting the oils on. They even ask for them…

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