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.

 

Those Pesky Molluscum Contagiosum Warts; Powerful natural treatment that worked!

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Our Crazy Cowboy

I don’t think I could be more excited than this post! When it comes to being a testimony for natural health, I feel like we certainly have had our fair share of experiences. From Autism, ADHD, ear infections, fever, sleep you name it. And nothing is more powerful than to see results and experience it in real life.

The start..

About three months ago I started to notice little “bumpies” on little brother (age 4). At first I didn’t think much of it, other than maybe an allergic reaction or a rash that would go away quickly. Slowly it started to get worse, to the point that many of those little bumps were getting larger, redder and multiplying.

We received a diagnosis of Molluscum contagious (warts) and began on a homeopathic treatment called Indigo drops. This was by far the most challenging remedy ever prescribed. It literally tasted like I scooped up a mound of dirt, worms and all, and had to swish it around in my mouth. Absolute torture. But little brother took it like a champ, and it didn’t even phase him, twice a day.

We diligently followed the protocol for 2 months with little progress, and began to worry. I was told it could take up to 6 months, and there really was no full-proof treatment (by a modern Doc). Sure there are a whole-host of pharmaceutical creams with ingredients we would NEVER want seeping into my child, or painful removal procedures, but none of those were at the top of our list.

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The beginning of our journey with Molluscum

A little history

Molluscum contagious (warts) are benign epidermal eruptions resulting from viral infections of the skin. Molluscum contagiosum eruptions are usually self-limited and without sequelae, although they can be more extensive in immunocompromised persons. Spontaneous disappearance of lesions is the norm, but treatment by local destruction (curettage, cryotherapy, or trichloroacetic acid) or immunologic modulation can shorten the disease course, possibly reducing autoinoculation and transmission. Warts result from a hyperkeratotic reaction to human papillomavirus infection. Warts are treated by local destruction (acids, cryotherapy, electrodesiccation-curettage), chemotherapy, or immunotherapy. The choice of treatment varies with the age and wishes of the patient, the potential side effects of the treatment, and the location of the lesions.

  • Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes either single or multiple raised, pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin.
  • Molluscum contagiosum is a chronic infection and lesions may persist from a few months to a few years. However, most cases resolve in six to nine months.

What Causes Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus of the same name that is part of the pox virus family. The virus is contagious through direct contact and is more common in children. However, the virus also can be spread by sexual contact and can occur in people with compromised immune systems. Molluscum contagiosum can spread on a single individual through scratching and rubbing.

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Little brother about 1 month in

DIAGNOSIS

The typical MC lesion is an asymptomatic, firm, smooth, round papule with central umbilication. Lesions are usually 3 to 5 mm in diameter, In children, the papules typically are found on the extremities, trunk, and face.

Allopathic Treatment-surprise! really no good options

Lesion eradication may be mechanical (curettage, laser, or cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide cryogen), chemical (trichloroacetic acid, tretinoin [Retin-A]), or immunologic (imiquimod [Aldara]).

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Curettage or cryotherapy is commonly performed in the primary care setting. In children, application of topical anesthetic (e.g., lidocaine/prilocaine [EMLA cream]) under occlusion 15 to 30 minutes before curettage has been shown to significantly reduce pain.

NO thank YOU, again.

Modern Medicine really has no Answer!

All treatments are hampered by wart persistence and recurrence. Warts are only an outward symptom of an underlying infection; topical treatments do not eradicate HPV but merely hold it at bay. So let me get this straight, I can subject my child to:

  • Acids
  • Freezing
  • Burning
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
I say, NOT SO!

We continued our homeopathic regimen, decided to step it up a notch and really, I mean REALLY put these oils to the test. Warts are a virus, and also a gut issue…oils are amazing killers of viruses…win-win.

I made a roller tube with Oregano, Purification, Frankincense and Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oils from Young Living. Mixed with a little jojoba oil. I also used Juva-Cleanse as a complement to support detoxifying the liver and GI tract from the effects of this virus and help expel it from his body permanently.

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Our Molluscum protocol

 

We applied the mixture morning, noon and night. It was super easy with the roller ball and contrary to belief, there was no concern about the solution getting infected from rubbing it on because oils KILL viruses! There was no way re-infection could occur.

After 1 week it looked like this:

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After 1 month (today April 25th) it is nearly back to perfect skin.

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Why did this work so well?

Because healing occurred from the inside out and pure essential oils know exactly where to go. They have an amazing intelligence that synthetics will NEVER be able to replicate. It is impossible.

For starters, we are not just talking about something that smells good (do not be fooled by “yummy smelling things”.

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN, BY HIGHLY REGULATED DISTILLATION PROCESSES, THE ACTUAL LIFEBLOOD AND ESSENCE OF A PLANT IS EXTRACTED, TESTED FOR THERAPEUTIC GRADE CONSTITUENCIES AND BOTTLED FOR HUMAN USE.

By definition, essential oils are are the vital fluids of plants, (if you take your fingernail and scratch it across a leaf, the “juices” that are released are part of those vital fluids). These fluids are necessary for the life of the plant and contain life force, intelligence, and vibrational energy that gives them healing properties that we can harness and use through distillation. Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules that can penetrate every cell, crossing the blood/brain barrier and administer healing therapy at the most fundamental and basic level of our bodies.

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Oregano Essential Oil -A Phenol Machine! 

With its anti-aging, powerful antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties, Oregano essential oil may be used for arthritis/rheumatism, respiratory infectious diseases, tuberculosis, and digestive issues.

Phenols are a specific type of molecular compound found in many essential oils that offer a host of cleansing properties. Phenols create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria cannot live. In addition to their antimicrobial abilities, phenols also promote hormonal balance and healthy bodily function. Their most important feature is that they clean the receptor sites on the cells. If the receptor sites aren’t clean, cells can’t communicate, and with lack of communication your body ends up malfunctioning and sickness sets in. The following essential oils contain phenols, with Anise essential oil being the highest in phenol content.
Anise (90%)
Clove (80%)
Basil (70%)
Oregano (70%)
Thyme (48%)
Calamus (30%)
Cinnamon (25%)
The above post refers to therapeutic grade, genuine essential oils by Young Living.

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Purification

Purification can be used directly on the skin to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. When diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors. Purification oil blend contains the essential oils of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), and Myrtle.

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Frankincense

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. Frankincense essential oil is anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulant, anti-depressant, and muscle relaxer. It may be used for depression, cancer, respiratory infections, and inflammation.

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Melaleuca Alternifolia

Although it is in Purification, we did frequent application of this by itself, as it is super gentle.

Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia is steam distilled from leaves, and evokes cleansing and purification through its fragrance. It is highly regarded for its wide range of uses against microbes due to high levels of terpinenol-4. It supports the immune system and works against against microbes, fungus, parasites, and inflammation. Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil maybe used for fungal infections (candida, ringworm), ainus/lung infections, tooth/gum disease, water retention, hypertension, and skin conditions like acne and sores.

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Juva-Cleanse

What goes in, must come out. This is the mack-daddy of detoxifiers!

Juva Cleanse oil blend provides support for the liver through a carefully formulated blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils that supports normal liver function. Juva Cleanse contains the essential oils of Helichrysum, Celery Seed and Ledum. Juva Cleanse was clinically tested in 2003 to remove mercury from the body tissues.

We chose to try natural treatments first. Warts are highly contagious and a sign that something is gong array in the body. Because it is a virus, antibiotics will do absolutely nothing. Viral infections can sometimes be the most challenging to treat, often because they keep coming back.

The reason this protocol worked so well, and so rapidly was because we not only treated the viral infection topically at the site, but also internally with cleansing the liver and gut to permanently restore the health of our amazingly strong boy!

Remember be diligent and use pure oils. Don’t give up after one day. It takes time to kill a virus this strong and have permanent results.

To learn more click here, or contact me! Thank you for reading and please share so others can be empowered with options other than Modern Medicine’s “quick fixes”.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning a Natural Medicine Cabinet

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Ok let’s get real, there are more remedies, tinctures, herbs and oils in just one aisle of Whole Foods than there are probably germs in the world. Well, maybe not, but I assume you are slightly interested in this subject because, like me, you want to stay ahead of those bugs and not pump your kids with stuff that teenagers are using to get high. Almost five years ago thru a set of very unexpected circumstances, my husband and I made a commitment to our children that we would provide them safe, natural and effective “medicine”.

So began a “makeover” of the good ol’ medicine cabinet.

For the record, I am not a dip my toe in the water type of momma, I dive in with gusto; which is exactly what I did and have never looked back. Out went the Tylenol, Motrin, NyQuil, Robitussin, Inhalers, Allegra, Neosporin and with God’s protection we have been able to steer clear of prescriptions and antibiotics.

I will not go into why these drugs require caution, you can read up a bit more here and here .

Our shift to the crunchy side was prompted by my husband and I feeling truly convicted by the Holy Spirit to provide our children with medicine perfectly designed by God.

Having a natural medicine cabinet provides numerous benefits:

  • Long treks to the Doctor are no fun when sick and being exposed to a whole host of new germs while you are there is just plain scary.
  • Providing your family with quick and easy solutions that support their immune systems, rather than interfere with it.
  • Spending less on co-pays, ER visits and mad dashes at midnight to pick up pedialyte, tylenol or a script from the pharmacy.
  • The knowledge that natural medicine actually improves your immune system which means you are sick less and your response to illness is stronger.

But can it be done on a budget? I say yes. Initially it may seem like you are spending more, but over time it is pennies compared to synthetic medicine, and you can begin one swap at a time. Learn a bit more here.

Below is a Top 10 list of what we currently have in our natural medicine cabinet, ranked from what we use on a daily basis to what we need less often and based on more rare occurrences of a particular illness. **side note: this was a process of educating ourselves on what we really needed. I have been able to whittle down my massive collection of natural remedies to these 10 and they really are all we require minus a major injury or illness.

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Essential Oils

I honestly do not think there has been a more transformative medicine in our home and the recovery process of our boys from Autism than these oils. I could write and talk for hours on the subject, but because your time is precious I will share a few basic points.

  • They are God’s unique medicine. His design is perfect in every way and that is why oils work so effectively in our bodies
  • Essential oils have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and promote natural healing in many key areas of the brain due to their teeny tiny molecule size. This has been a game-changer for us with Autism and ADHD
  • Oils can continually mutate and morph to stay ahead of all of those “super-bugs” out there. Oils have been proven over and over to kill pretty nasty viruses and bacteria, where synthetic medicine is the same formula each and every time and does not have to ability to adjust if a virus decides to mutate.
  • There are no side effects and really no wrong way to use them

We use them every day for prevention and when an illness arises I find comfort in the fact that I know “there is an oil for that!” To read more on some specific ways Essential Oils are making their mark in our home: a pretty nasty ear infection, fevers and our Autism regimen. **I suggest the use of the highest quality essential oils. Please do thorough research before buying from any particular company.

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Homeopathic remedies

Specifically, Nux Vomica and Belladonna.

In homeopathy, Nux Vomica is used for allergies, back pain, colds, constipation, digestive problems, emotional stress, flu, hangovers, headaches, hemorrhoids, and menstrual problems. Often our Doctor prescribes this for flu symptoms and upset stomach or vomiting. It has come in handy many times during our bouts with Norovirus.

Belladonna is often prescribed to bring down our fevers. Again, this one was critical in lowering little sisters high temp from a pretty nasty ear infection. This remedy is one replacement for Tylenol and Motrin.

**I find that locating a very experienced Homeopathic Doctor is crucial for the right combinations of remedies. We are lucky to have found a “mainstream Doctor” who turned to Homeopathic medicine, so he bring the best of both worlds and fully understands how the body functions.

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Elderberry Syrup

Oh Elderberry, where have you been all my life??

Elder flowers are a wonder for colds, flus, upper respiratory infections and fevers. Elder has immune enhancing properties and you can make a very potent, safe and effective tea or syrup. Adding echinacea is also a plus. Elderberries support and increase immune function and contain antibacterial and antiviral properties.

I highly recommend you make some and keep it in your house over the winter. Just do it. If I do not have time to make some I always keep a store-bought bottle on hand.

A quick and easy recipe:  ring to boil 1/2 c. dried elderberries (or 1 c. fresh) in 3 c. water for 20 minutes. Strain. Add the liquid back to the heat and reduce to 1 c. of liquid. Add 1/2 c. raw honey and 1/4 c. cherry brandy (optional). Stir well and store in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Take 1-2 tsp daily for prevention, and 3-5 tsp spread out over the day when sickness comes knocking. I often give this every morning to the kids.

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Arnica

Topical creme used for muscle pain or injury, bruises or any type of trauma. We’ve found that it greatly reduced healing time or bruises and sore muscles when used topically right after injury. You can either use a topical cream or pellets to take internally. In the past we have taken the pellets before and after surgery or dental work.

We tend to be searching for this daily with two active boys in the house.

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Propolis

Propolis has proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. It is a by-product made by bees and they often use it to help make their hives stronger.

“Propolis has been justly called Nature’s premier preventive.  The immune system is supported and strengthened by the ingestion of propolis.  Modern scientific studies indicate that those who take propolis regularly escape winter colds and sore throats and seem to develop a natural immunity to common viruses, including the various strains of flu.” from draper bee.com

This was not a staple for us until a few months ago when we just could not shake that oh-so-persistent cough. Then I remembered my propolis and after one day of giving it to the boys, it was gone! Now it is a part of our 2-3 times a week regimen to keep our immune systems boosted. It does have quite a bitter taste so I cut it with raw honey on a spoon and say, “open up!”

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Bentonite Clay

The great detoxifier!

Once again we are seeing a resurgence in ancient medicine and clay is one of the oldest and most effective when it comes to purging the body of toxins. We use this every time we are faced with a cold or flu, and we used it extensively as part of our autism protocol to pull out heavy metals from our precious boys.

Bentonite Clay is a swelling clay, much like a sponge. As it reacts to water its pores absorb toxins in the body. It carries a negative charge which easily bonds to the Positive charges that toxins carry.

We have seen Bentonite clay be very effective in the following issues:

  • Digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc.
  • Skin and allergy issues
  • Providing minerals for the body
  • To help speed recovery from vomiting and diarrhea (we have taken many midnight baths with clay)
  • Detoxification
  • In oral health preperations
  • Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing

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Calendula

Great for healing the body and promoting cellular repair. It is antiseptic and commonly used externally for bruises, burns, sores, skin ulcers, eczema, psoriasis. It is also used internally for gastrointestinal issues and is wonderful for healing the stomach lining. It can be taken in a tea for fevers, cramps, indigestion, diarrhea and leaky gut. It also promotes lymphatic movement.

I use this as a cream for skin issues and also as a tea at least once a week for the littles.

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Stinging Nettle Leaf

Stinging Nettle: This herb is a vitamin powerhouse. High in iron, calcium, potassium, silicon, magnesium, manganese, zinc and chromium along with a host of other vitamins and minerals. It increases metabolic activity and strengthens and tones the entire system. It is useful for growing pains in young children, achy joints and arthritis, reproductive health, alleviating PMS and menopause symptoms. It is strengthening to the genitourinary system including the kidneys. It is also indicated for liver problems or congestion and to treat allergies and hay fever.

This herb was critical in getting us off the breathing treatments and steroid inhalers for big brother. The only solution given to us by modern-med docs was full of icky ingredients and not working! We prayed and felt God speak to us that big brother did not have asthma and the road we were on was only making his behavior and immune system worsen.

We gave big brother daily doses of nettle leaf in a syrup form and saw how quickly the symptoms disappeared, and by the grace of God he has not had an “attack” in about two years.

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Activated Charcoal

For acute use in cases of food poisoning intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc. It is always a good idea to keep the local poison control number on hand in case a child ingests a toxic substance and immediately take a child to the hospital if he/she has swallowed anything of concern.

This is something we need on hand for those “middle of the night” occurrences and there is no time to get to the health food store. You will be relieved it is in your medicine cabinet should the need arise.

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Cod Liver Oil

This is actually a “medicine” we use daily and mostly as a preventative. However, when illness does arise I give more doses to increase Vitamin D. Numerous recent studies show how crucial vitamin D is to boosting the immune system and a good high quality Cod liver oil can be very useful.

Additional options for your medicine cabinet:

  • Colloidal Silver Drops (great killer of bacteria, Strep Throat)
  • Otoscope to look for a possible ear infection
  • Echinachea
  • Vitamin C
  • Garlic Oil (ear infections, swimmers ear)

Should we completely turn our back on Modern Medicine?

I personally do not feel the Bible condemns people for seeking practical and scientific help with their illness if they first have their trust resting on God. God wants us to examine any health problem and make wise decisions, while looking to him to lead and guide us in those decisions. That is what God expects us to do in all aspects of this life. Notice Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Yes, in any decision of any consequence we have to make, it should be our way of life and our habit to go to God for help and wisdom — and this applies when seeking medical attention or health advice for illness as well as in any other aspect of life.

God has given us life and that it is our duty to safeguard that life by whatever reasonable and wise course is open to you that does not contravene his law. I do believe that God wants me to learn how to handle the trial of illness as wisely as any other kind of trial and part of that learning for me lies in fully understanding natural medicine.

It has been a long road, but as I look back I can see exactly where God closed doors, but then directed our paths to where we are today.

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Disclaimer – I am not a Doctor (yet, although in school) so these are our experiences. Please use your best judgement and seek advice of a personal Doctor whom you trust. I am in no way prescribing a regimen to use. 

The Brain Protocol: Phase 1 and 2 for Big Brother

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“The Brain Protocol” is the name given to the specific series of homeopathic remedies, developed by Dr. Gérard Guéniot and his colleagues, that is used to reinforce the normal development of the human being. It is used in children where development has been disrupted or is at risk of being blocked from a current or past event. This stress can be an actual traumatic event, or a series of disruptions from a variety of environmental factors.

We recently went in for a visit to our Homeopathic Physician with many questions still unanswered and holes to fill even though it has been a remarkable journey and big brother is in a place I never dreamed possible. After some investigative testing, Dr. A looked at me and firmly said, “he NEEDS the brain protocol.”  During his explanation all I could think of was how this certain protocol fit into my little man’s life perfectly.

All roads pointed directly to this moment.

The more I learned about what the brain protocol really entails, pieces of the puzzle quickly started to assemble. When our children are born they are, in deed, perfect. That changes in a nanosecond at the hospital with the use of antibiotics (strep B), Hepatitis B vaccine, Eye ointment (gonorrhea), heel pricks etc.., and continues on as they grow. All of these possible interruptions while their brains are still forming with each sequential stage of development. During pregnancy and the first two years of life, the brain is extremely vulnerable and should be protected as much as possible. That’s why medications during and after pregnancy including vaccinations need to be addressed. Even imprints in the energetic field of the father and mother before pregnancy can be passed to the child by energetic transfer.

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Phase 1 of the Brain Protocol will literally take big brothers brain back to the 0-18 months stage of development, or the adrenal phase of development. In this phase the child does not need a great deal of space; a crib and mother’s or father’s arms are enough. Digestion and respiration develop. This is also when they establish bonding to the parents, the parents imprinting their love and their fashion of responding to the baby’s needs. If there were any interruptions during this stage of development they are trapped in the developing tissues and the child’s brain development often goes dormant and one hemisphere does most of the processing.

The child then moves on to the next phase of development without the previous phase being completed. A dangerous cycle and looking back very much what my little boy has experienced; the multiple vaccines, the antibiotics, tylenol and steroid inhalers. Things like this certainly can account for much of the increase in ADHD, ODD, autism, and panic response that we see today in children.

Phase 2, from age 18 months to 7 years old, the child develops in the thyroid phase. In fact, the thyroid functions at its highest at age 4. At this phase, the person explores beyond the crib and the parents’ arms. Energy abounds, growth is perpetual, play comes in many forms to help form memory, comprehension, and imagination.

Phase 3-From 7 years on (which will not be a part of our regimen), is the development of the final pituitary phase. This is where complex systems are established. Math, music, art, acquiring extra languages, computer skills and more adult level emotions. Thoughts and feelings collide in complex form.

This is how big brothers protocol is prescribed:

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Each phase has neurological factors, endocrine factors, specialized brain development, and specific socialization principles. This sequential development matters!

We cannot wait to see how this new development can make a dramatic change in the life of our little man.

“For we walk by Faith, not by sight.” 1 Corinthians 5:7

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Pretty interesting information. Here is some more…

The Protocol supports Dr. Gérard Guéniot’s ideas on how children mature. Guéniot reviewed the work of various writers, scientists and clinicians and synthesized a grand theory out of what he understood. He taught that human development is triggered and supported through various hormonal surges, beginning with the pituitary surge of the mother just before birth (via oxytocin), through the adrenal surge of the first year and a half of life (via cortisol), and into the thyroid phase (from one-to-seven years of age) and then a pituitary pull (starting at age seven) before the gonadal organs (ovaries and testes) take over at puberty. Since the various glands have specific actions and influence over multiple areas of the body, the hormones that the endocrine glands secrete steer the overall development. For example, all non-voluntary organ action, even the basic movement of food through the intestinal tract, requires the organ to be properly innervated by the autonomic nervous system. But how does this happen? Guéniot suggests that it is hormones that direct the critically important neurological connections to develop between the gastrointestinal organs and the central nervous system.

Since the gland’s hormonal secretions direct the normal development through three stages, traumas in childhood can also set the stage for abnormal hormonal function in later life. A child whose early childhood patterns are continuously disrupted by irregular wake/sleep cycles, for example, runs the risk of improperly completing the initial adrenal/cortisol phase of development. This can go on to create an adult who has very poor stress responses and even ends up in a state of adrenal fatigue.

What is important about this phenomenon is that the development of the glands, the nerves, the digestive organs and the resulting immunity occurs simultaneously and is interdependent. This is a component of human development that is not often considered by conventional medicine. It’s not that the three glandular stages develop independently, from adrenal to thyroid to pituitary, but rather, they develop in conjunction with all other aspects of the organism and the environmental context the person is developing within. For example, there is a distinct interrelatedness to the growth and changes in the gastric system to changes in the endocrine system. As the liver’s true functions become awakened, the thyroid plays a large role in the behavior of the child. The thyroid is the gland that awakens the capacity of the child to decide what she likes or does not like. We repeatedly see the phenomenon of babies who will eat anything, taking in any green vegetables in the first twelve months of life. Since the adrenal gland, which is considered the gland of “insensitivity,” is the most active in that phase, the child did not discriminate between green vegetables and pasta. Then, suddenly the child who ate broccoli, spinach, and perhaps even greens, turns two and suddenly won’t have any of it! Now, that child has discovered what they LIKE, and are often even more clear about what they don’t like! As the liver develops the capacity to sort, so does the child. This is but one example of the many traits the thyroid brings to the typical child’s development, all of which are interlinked to the simultaneous development of the liver and the neurological structures of the brain known as the limbic system, or the “emotional” brain. (Isn’t what we like and not like often based on emotions?). Likewise, the capacity for learning, for memory, is based on the development of the emotional component of the child, through the simultaneous developments in the thyroid, the liver and the limbic system.

These phenomena solidify who this child is, in a sort of self-definition. As the changes occur in the developing organs and nervous system structures, the child engages in learning the notion of “self”, not unlike the concept of “self” understood in immunology. For example, as the liver develops the capacity (which it does not have at birth) to make antibodies against foreign substances, the thyroid gland is actually directing a more complete understanding the child has about who she actually is. Self-development is nothing other than immunological development, since the immune system’s job is to root out and destroy all that is not me.

Homeopathic treatment addresses the negative events that create negative memories, which are often stored in the area of the body that was either developing or active at the time of the negative event. Emotional and physical traumas of childhood are not only important in our health history but actually become more definitive in who we are and how we become ill.

“Today, the Brain Protocol involves a week’s treatment in each regular phase for three weeks, and then a week off. This is repeated for four months, possibly more. If the patient advances past the point of their relative comfort zone, there are interruptions in the Brain Protocol, replaced by other, milder support as things move forward. The patient and practitioner become very interactive at this point. The progress is maintained until clinical judgement determines that the patient has filled in the phase features that were absent.”

It is hard to be patient and see what God has in store, but prayer is a very powerful thing, and God is always listening. We trust, and we wait, and we listen.

PrayerTeach

http://www.optionsnaturopathic.com/brain_protocol.php

http://healinggardenjournal.com/articles/0508/cools.htm