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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.