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Immune System Support And The Benefits of Coriander Essential Oil

Posted On: April 29, 2016

Here is one more step in supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  Exciting new research shows Coriander Essential Oil has the unique ability to safely remove heavy metals from the tissue of your body supporting natural immune system recovery. Because of the over use of toxic vaccines and pharmaceutical medications our children are exposed to large amounts at an early age. Mercurycadmium, and aluminum, among others, are able to imbed themselves into our central nervous systems and bones, bio-accumulating for years until we start to suffer acute health problems.  Many conditions including auto immunity and Autism may be linked to immune system injury and heavy metal poisoning. Fortunately, there is a simple one punch solution that helps to chelate heavy metals so that they are no longer circulating in the body….Coriander Essential Oil.

Chelating agents are those that bind to heavy metal toxin ions, and then are removed from the body through our regular excretory channels. Pharmaceuticals like 2,3-Dimercaprol have long been the mainstay of chelation therapy for lead or arsenic poisoning, but they have serious side effects. The simple, and proper dose of Coriander oil; however is a safe and powerful chelator for numerous heavy metals.

Benefits of Coriander Essential Oil

  • Highly effective metal toxin binding agent and mobilizer.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • Antibacterial.
  • Increases HDL cholesterol and decreases LDL.
  • Wards off urinary tract infections.
  • Eases hormonal swings during menopause and menstruation.
  • Can reduce nausea.
  • Promotes liver health.
  • Can be used as an expectorant.
  • Normal digestion
  • Helps to restore proper gut flora
  • May support repair of damaged gut lining in leaky gut syndrome


Coriander Oil Could Be Natural Alternative To Antibiotics

 Coriander essential oil (Coriandrum sativum) has been shown to be toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria. Its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

Researchers from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal tested coriander essential oil against 12 bacterial strains, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA). Of the tested strains, all showed reduced growth, and most were killed, by solutions containing 1.6% coriander oil or less.

Coriander is an aromatic plant widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander oil is one of the 20 most-used essential oils in the world and is already used as a food additive. Coriander oil is produced from the seeds of the coriander plant and numerous health benefits have been associated with using this herb over the centuries. These include pain relief, ease of cramps and convulsions, cure of nausea, aid of digestion and treatment of fungal infections.

This study not only shows that coriander essential oil also has an antibacterial effect, but provides an explanation for how it works, which was not previously understood. “The results indicate that coriander oil damages the membrane surrounding the bacterial cell. This disrupts the barrier between the cell and its environment and inhibits essential processes including respiration, which ultimately leads to death of the bacterial cell,” explained Dr Fernanda Domingues who led the study.

The researchers suggest that coriander essential oil could have important applications in the food and medical industries. “In developed countries, up to 30% of the population suffers from food-borne illness each year. This research encourages the design of new food additives containing coriander oil that would combat food-borne pathogens and prevent bacterial spoilage,” said Dr Domingues.

“Coriander oil could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics. We envisage the use of coriander in clinical drugs in the form of lotions, mouth rinses and even pills; to fight multidrug-resistant bacterial infections that otherwise could not be treated. This would significantly improve people’s quality of life.”

Copyright © Society for General Microbiology, www.sgm.ac.uk 2011

Original research; Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) essential oil: its antibacterial activity and mode of action evaluated by flow cytometry. Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugal.

If you would like to more about using essential oils to help support the body’s natural ability to recover from PANDAS contact us at: www.pandashopeforhealing.com for a free consultation.

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Posted On: March 29, 2016

Recently we were introduced to the benefits of using bentonite clay to aid in the detox process after using the essential oils massage technique. 

Never heard of bentonite clay before? Well, then you may be very surprised to hear that it is a “healing clay” that cleanses and yes even heals the body.

We have started using bentonite clay with some of our clients and have begun to see really positive results. Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help “detoxify” their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off disease, this healing clay recently gained some spotlight in the US and Europe as a trusted product that can be added to any detoxification program.


Bentonite Clay Benefits in History

Bentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanos. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming where numerous volcanos are present, so the name of the clay stems from the town where today much of the supply is still harvested.

The other name that bentonite clay is typically given, Montmorillonite clay, stems from the region of France called Montmorillon, where the clay was first discovered. Today the clay is harvested mostly in The US, France, and Italy. “Bentonite” is actually the trade name that the clay has been given, but people for the most part speak about Montmorillonite and Bentonite clay interchangeably and are referring to the same product.

Bentonite clay stems back far in history as a traditional healing method for protecting the body from disease. It has been reported that several traditional cultures living in regions of the Andes, Central Africa and Australia have consumed clays in numerous ways for centuries. Because the clay is readily available and required no modern processing, it has been a popular and cost-effective way of “detoxing” the body for quite some time.


How Bentonite Clay Works

We come into contact with a range of toxins numerous times every day, as toxins are given off from common products like paint, cleaning supplies, markers, substances used in building homes, low-quality unpurified water, and even pesticides a that are widely sprayed regions that have farming present. Vaccines introduce many toxins into our bodies and it is quite common to inject a range of different toxins just by breathing in the fumes that are present all around us, not to mention the toxins that we receive from an unhealthy diet filled with low-quality processed foods.

“Heavy metal toxins” usually refer to substances like mercury, cadmium, lead, and benzene. These can be found in the products previously mentioned, and also in foods that contain high fructose corn syrup or certain types of fish. Bentonite clay benefits your body by helping to expel many of these toxins and therefore increases immunity and reduces inflammation. 

As has already been stated It is believed that heavy metal poisoning, such as with vaccines that contain mercury, aluminum and other toxins that are injected directly into the bloodstream as well as other toxic chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, are a major factor in the underlying cause of autoimmune disorders. Essential Oils will help with chelation so it is important that gentle detoxification take place when undergoing an essential oils program.

On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium. 

When working with essential oils to support the body’s natural healing process be sure to detox!  Along with an Epson salt bath regimen we recommend a clay bath at least once a week.

 

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Can Probiotics Make PANDAS Worse???

Posted On: April 14, 2015

 

Can Probiotics Make PANDAS Worse???

What if certain probiotic strains could sometimes make PANDAS symptoms worse, exacerbate chronic fatigue syndrome and other autoimmune disorders, and create brain fog, confusion and depression? I’m not talking about just the ones that contain Strep, and I’m not talking about a “die-off” or a Herx Reaction either, where an individual gets worse before they get better.  Sometimes the probiotics themselves may be the problem.

 The two most common types of probiotics come from lactic-acid producing bacteria (LAB’s) and bifidobacteria. Of the LAB’s there are two categories:

 Those that primarily produce L-lactic acid/L-lactate

Those that primarily produce D-lactic acid/D-lactate.

 

 L-Lactate, which is usually predominant in the body, is easily metabolized. For most people D-Lactate is not a problem, either, but in large amounts it may be difficult for those with impaired digestion to break down. This is especially true for those who have difficulty digesting carbohydrates.

 Certain probiotics – especially L. acidophilus – are sometimes taken in huge quantities because they’re considered “safe in any amount.” However, L. acidophilus mainly produces D-lactic acid, and for those who cannot easily break this could create unintended consequences. D-lactic acidosis (or a sub-clinical form of the same) occurs when the body is unable to rid itself of D-lactic acid. Diet – especially a diet rich in carbs if an individual cannot digest them well – is considered by some to be the main factor behind acidosis. As we’ll discuss later on, though, there are studies which indicate probiotic use can also induce this condition.

 Here’s what happens at a cellular level: D-lactate buildup causes cellular metabolism of glucose to switch from an aerobic (oxygen-rich) process to an anaerobic (oxygen-deprived) process. In this oxygen-starved environment cells are unable to produce adequate amounts of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is needed for the “synthesis, degradation and ‘firing’ of neurotransmitter molecules.”)

 Low ATP can affect cognitive function, create feelings of fatigue and impair coordination among other things. More generally, symptoms of D-Lactic acidosis include fatigue, confusion, impaired central nervous system function, impaired coordination, depression, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, anemia, headaches and in extreme cases encephalitis.

 Fatigue and brain fog? Does this sound familiar to you? Is It Really “Die-Off”?

 If you’ve come across the GAPS or SCD protocol before, you already know that re-balancing damaged gut flora can involve some pretty unpleasant experiences.  Tops on that list is the Herxheimer reaction (aka “die off”), which is a term that “was coined to describe what Karl Herxheimer saw when he administrated drugs to patients. The reaction is thought to happen when toxins from dying pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites, candida, etc.) overwhelm the body’s abilities to clear them out.”

 Basically, the idea is that it’s normal for some people to temporarily feel bad when introducing probiotics – the body working hard to clear a lot of junk out all at once! But what if that’s not what’s happening? Acidosis and die-off can have very similar symptoms so they could be easily confused. “Die-off” typically lasts 3-7 days according to some experts, so if it’s lasting longer than that it might be worth considering acidosis or another factor.

 What the Studies Say…

 Unless they’re taking mega doses, it appears that most people with good digestion will be able to clear excess D-lactate. Unfortunately, the individuals most likely to experience side effects from D-lactate are those who are taking probiotics therapeutically for conditions such as:

  • ·         PANDAS
  • ·         Autism
  • ·         ADD
  • ·         Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • ·         Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • ·         Compromised Immune System

 In a recent study 14 people whose invasive infection was attributed to probiotics were immune compromised) Since the side effects can be the same as the original symptoms it’s hard to figure out what’s going on without a lab test, but we do know in general that abnormally high levels of D-lactic acid have been observed in some individuals with chronic fatigue, autism and PANDAS.  According to one study: Coleman and Blass were the first to link to bioenergy metabolism disturbances with ASD [autism spectrum disorder]. They reported lactic acidosis in four children with autism. Later, Laszlo et al.  reported increased serotonin, lactic acid and pyruvate levels in children with autism. Lombard then proposed that mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation defects could cause abnormal brain metabolism in children with autism, leading to lactic acidosis and decreased serum carnitine levels.

 Probiotics & Antibiotics Both Implicated

 Ironically, both probiotics AND antibiotics are implicated in D-lactate acidosis. This study found that invasive infection from probiotic strains is rare but possible, though some actual infection rates may be under-reported due to misdiagnosis as “die-off.” In this study set, a little girl who had been given acidophilus from 4 months to 18 months began exhibiting “nervous shuddering, ticks, and OCD tendencies with greatly increased amounts of flatulence.” Lab tests indicated an overgrowth of L. acidophilus as the possible culprit.

 On the flipside, some D-lactic acid producing bacteria appear to be antibiotic resistant, which means they could survive a course of antibiotics which killed everything else. With the competition eliminated, D-lactate producing bacteria could gain a stronger hold.

 D-Lactate Acidosis and Neurotoxicity

This is simple math, really: Studies indicating probiotic induced acidosis + studies confirming neurotoxicity from D-Lactic acidosis = popular probiotic strains may induce neurotoxicity.

 So Are Probiotics Worth it?

 I imagine some of you are wondering whether it’s worth it to continue taking probiotics. I’m not an expert, but I personally think they’re crucial to PANDAS recovery. The benefits of lactic acid producing bacteria (LAB’s) have been thoroughly documented, and research indicates that trying to eliminate them completely can negatively affect our inner-ecology in different ways. Should we rethink megadoses of L. acidophilus and monitor individuals with compromised digestion for signs of acidosis? I think so, especially in cases where people are working hard to heal and not seeing the results they expect.

 For me, the important thing to understand is that certain species of lactobacillus may be more compatible with our biology than others. Just about everyone easily clears L-lactate, so I think it is important to buy probiotics that focus on strains which primarily produce this acid instead of D-lactate.  We recomend a brand called Gutpro powder which was specifically designed with PANDAS in mind.  For more information click here: 

Gutpro Probiotics Click on Link Below:

GutPro’s™ unique custom probiotic formula is based on extensive research gathered from communities with a vested interest in improving gut health.

  • GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
  • Body Ecology Diet
  • Gluten Free / Casein Free / Soy Free (GFCFSF)
  • Autism / PDD-NOS
  • PANDAS, PANS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections)

Unlike other probiotics, GutPro™ is free of unwanted additives

  • No allergens (e.g. dairy, corn, soy, gluten. GutPro™ probiotic is produced on a non-dairy, non-soy vegetarian culture)
  • No fillers or excipients (e.g. inulin, cellulose, maltodextrin, FOS)
  • No strains that are reported to cause reactions (e.g. streptococcus thermophilus, etc)
  • No strains that contribute to d-lactic acidosis (e.g. l-acidophilus, etc)
  • No unnecessary ingredients (e.g. magnesium stearate, silica, titanium dioxide)

 
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PANDAS The Gut & Parasites

Posted On: March 11, 2015

 

PANDAS The Gut & Parasites 

If you have a compromised immune system in any way, shape or form, you DO have a parasite issue. There is no doubt! Studies show this connection clearly.

Parasites are masters at survival, their SOLE purpose in life is to survive, that's it!  They complete their life cycle by changing the neurology of their hosts just enough to ensure survival, but usually they are also smart enough to not kill it, usually.  If they can adapt to their environment, which they can (give them access to a child with a faulty immune system due to a vaccination reaction, heavy metal toxicity and reduced gut flora), they root themselves deeply in your system and continue their life cycle by making you crave the foods that feed them, creating the itchies where it counts for spreading eggs under the nails.

A few doctors to research, who have made waves in the medical community by successfully treating illnesses that result from parasitic infections, are:  Dr. Klinghardt, Dr. Simon Yu and Dr. Fry.  These men are pioneers in this field.  Dr. Klinghardt focuses on Lyme Disease,  and Autism, Dr. Yu has recovered people from major diseases like cancer, CFS and pancreatitis among others and Dr. Fry is a researcher who has even discovered a new malaria-like parasite that is responsible for diseases like MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis and perhaps Autism, among others. 

This blurb is from an article written by Dr. Simon Yu:
"In this modern age, do you think parasite problems are limited to third world countries and don’t exist in the United States, Canada or Europe? Think again! Who does the cooking and cleaning of dishes at restaurants? Food from all over the world comes with no strict regulations for pesticides, herbicides and potential parasite eggs embedded in the food.

I have seen patients from Germany, Canada, Australia and most of the United States. People from all over have parasite problems. I’ve written numerous articles on parasites and parasite related unusual medical symptoms. Some of the conditions responding to parasite medications include allergies, eczema, asthma, migraine headache, nightmare, bedwetting, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthralgia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, seizure, mental illness and even cancer.

The idea of de-worming everybody seems a de-lovely concept and does not seem appealing but it is not a far out concept even in the United States. Americans are suffering from a silent epidemic of parasite related medical conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends massive de-worming of populations especially in schools whenever over 20 percent of the population is suspected of parasite infestation."


The oxymoron between biomedicine and parasites
Here is where it gets interesting.  So we think we are doing the right thing by our kids, supplementing their nutritional deficiencies with tons of vitamins and such.  But did we ever stop to think about WHY those deficiencies are there to begin with?  Ok so yes, heavy metals play a role and limited or poor diets too, but why are ALL kids on the spectrum, ADHD and those with  PANDAS/PANS low in B vitamins, particularly B12 and why are ALL kids on the spectrum and with PANDAS/PANS deficient in minerals like zinc and magnesium and why is their beneficial gut flora so depleted....the common denominator is that parasites THRIVE on this stuff.  Every time you put another supplement down your child's throat, consider the possibility that you are FEEDING a parasite.  So, if we are feeding these invaders with our children's cravings, the supplements, what are you left with in the end, continued nutritional deficiencies in your kids (because they don't get much of the nutrients) and a case of parasites, resulting in aunto immune symptoms you can't seem to gain control of. 

Oh, and one last note on yet another common thread here is that it has been documented that the Ascaris worm can and DOES cause gluten-intolerance. 

Compromised Immune System, PANDAS and PARASITES?

PANDAS is an immune system failure with a multitude of triggering agents. I will leave it up to you to decide for yourself what the cause of the immune system failure is…for me I am convinced it was vaccination reaction.   Regardless, because of the compromised immune system, the parasites are a massive problem.  The helminth is a worm.   A helminth houses (provides shelter) for the smaller guys like bacteria (strep), yeast and viruses.  Biofilm protects all of these guys from your immune system.  Medication can't kill off bacteria that has a nice comfy Biofilmed home in your body. Medication cannot dissolve biofilm, but Essential oils can and do.  Studies show that essential oils are very effective at dissolving Biofilm. Not only will the essential oil dissolve the biofilm, but it will surround the parasite and kill it.  One of the big players is the Ascaris Lumbricoides.  Symptoms that have been historically documented by professionals as being associated with this particular parasite are: asthma, eczema, bronchitis, rashes, dilated pupils, hyperactivity among others that affect the GI tract, as well.  The Ascaris releases amphetamines, hence the hyperactivity and dilated eyes, and perhaps very much related to the ADHD, brain fog, motor tics and emotional labiality symptoms frequently seen with PANDAS.

We know that essential oils not only have the ability to repair the gut, but they have the ability to kill and expel parasites from the gut.  

 

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PANDAS... Things To Avoid

Posted On: March 10, 2015

With PANDAS the immune system has malfunctioned and is in a hyper-state, so it is important to avoid toxins that can cause your immune system to overreact and trigger a flare up. Below are some things that will cause problems and must be avoided when focusing on recovery. Make sure you read labels, if its in the product it will be listed.

  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) – neurotoxin, potentially causes endocrine disruption, bio-chemical and cellular malformation.  Found in cereals and snack foods.

 

  • BVO (Brominated Vegetable Oil) – Patented as a flame retardant, BVO is banned in Europe and Asia, but not in US.  Builds up in cells, and can cause cognitive regression, memory loss, motor tics, and neurological problems.  Found in soda, drinks, Gatorade, snack foods, commercial bakery items.

 

  • TBHQ – (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) is in fact a chemical preservative which is a form of butane. Consuming TBHQ can cause increase in ADD/ADHD, brain fog, restlessness, agitation, aggressive behavior. TBHQ is used in many foods, ranging from crackers to crisps to fast foods. It is also found in certain brands of pet foods, as well as in cosmetic and baby skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins. It is used in the stabilization process of explosive compounds. The risks and side-effects of this preservative product far outweigh the benefit of it being used as a highly unsafe preservative ingredient.

 

  • Artificial Food Dyes (Red # 40, Yellow, Blue & Green) - Unless colorings and dyes are derived from natural ingredients (purple cabbage, beets, turmeric, etc.), the dyes used in foods are most often derived from coal tar or petroleum derivatives. They have been linked to ADHD (blue and yellow #6), hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer (red #3), childhood OCD (yellow #5), chromosomal damage and a wide variety of allergic reactions. Many are banned in other countries, but continue to fill U.S. children’s foods. Dr. Johnathan Brostoff (Food Allergy and Intolerance) theorized that food dyes inhibit an enzyme known to detoxify certain intestinal bacteria, making children vulnerable to hyperactivity as a result

 

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)- Made from genetically modified corn processed with enzymes, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, HFCS has been shown to contain mercury — a very potent neurotoxin that, even in tiny concentrations, can cause neurological damage in children.

 

  • Aspartate or Aspartame- Aspartame breaks down to potent neurotoxins, including formaldehyde, methanol, and formic acid. Dr. Russell Blaylock considers aspartame an “excitotoxin” that over stimulates neurons to death, contributing to many neurological problems — from memory loss and inability to concentrate to Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Consistent ingestion causes chronic methanol poisoning, changing dopamine levels in the brain and leading to depression, anxiety disorder and autoimmune conditions. Aspartame also increases phenylalanine levels which can provoke seizures and are correlated with schizophrenia. Foods that contain Aspertame are, Diet sodas, Yogurts, Chewing gum, Cooking sauces, Crisps, sweeteners, Drink powders, Flavored water, Sugar-free products, Breakfast Cereals.  Low Sugar is healthier then sugar free!

 

  • ·        Monosodium Glutamate or Glutamic Acid (MSG) - MSG is a nervous system stimulant that causes us to respond more intensely to food flavors. Originally derived from seaweed, MSG is now made by fermenting rice, corn or potatoes. MSG continues to be added to a variety of packaged foods (see food additives tab). It has been linked to learning disabilities, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, seizures, obesity, diabetes and endocrine disorders. Dr. Russell Blaylock believes that aspartame and MSG are behind the rise in ADD and ADHD among children.

 

  • ·        Nitrates and Nitrites - Are curing agents used to preserve meat and inhibit bacterial growth. Found in bacon, hot dogs, cold cuts and preserved meats. They have been shown to be powerful carcinogens and to contribute to colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancer, chronic  obstructive pulmonary disease, DNA mutations, neurotransmitter damage and brain tumors in children.
     
    It is also imperitive to avoid Flouride with our children.  Flouride is a Neuro-toxin, that will flare PANDAS symptoms in most children.  

    Mant sudies show that ingesting fluoride has no beneficial effect on your teeth. In fact, there's overwhelming evidence indicating that fluoride is a potent toxin that can cause a wide array of severe health problems once ingested.

    When evaluating the issue of water fluoridation it is also important to understand that fluoride is a drug. You can't get fluoride without a prescription. Yet it's being added to your water supply on a mandatory basis at various levels that may or may not be safe for various individuals, especially children, the sick, and the elderly. Water fluoridation is a major assault on your freedom of choice – to be drugged or not.

    Sodium fluoride, which is a far simpler toxin than the fluoride compounds used for most water fluoridation, has also been used for rat and cockroach poisons, so there is no question that it is highly toxic.

    Amazingly, the United States is only one of eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. (The other seven are: Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.) In Europe, Ireland is the only country that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its drinking water, and England fluoridates 10 percent. Most of mainland Europe is not fluoridated, and yet, according to World Health Organization data, their teeth are just as good, if not better than Americans'.

    Studies Link Water Fluoridation to Reduced IQ in Children

    The latest study linking water fluoridation to lowered IQ was announced in a December 21 news release. However, this study was recently withdrawn from publication according to Jane Schroeder (NIH/NIEHS). In an email response she explained the reason for the withdrawal as follows:

    "Following Ahead of Print publication EHP learned that many of the data had been published in a previous paper (Xiang et al. 2003. Effect of fluoride in drinking water on children's intelligence. Fluoride 36: 84-94), in violation of EHP¹s policy regarding the use of previously published material in original Research Articles. Consequently, the paper had to be withdrawn from publication."

    That said, the data published in 2003 still stands and is still valid. Dr. Connett has also stated that his comments still stand.

    According to Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network:

    "This is the 24th study that has found this association, but this study is stronger than the rest because the authors have controlled for key confounding variables and in addition to correlating lowered IQ with levels of fluoride in the water, the authors found a correlation between lowered IQ and fluoride levels in children's blood.

    This brings us closer to a cause and effect relationship between fluoride exposure and brain damage in children.

    What is also striking is that the levels of the fluoride in the community where the lowered IQs were recorded were lower than the EPA's so-called 'safe' drinking water standard for fluoride of 4 ppm and far too close for comfort to the levels used in artificial fluoridation programs (0.7 – 1.2 ppm)." 

    Trained as a chemist specializing in environmental chemistry, Dr. Connett is known throughout the world as a leader in the movement opposing water fluoridation because of his knowledge base. His organization, the Fluoride Action Network, contains a wealth of information on this topic.

    Earlier this year I joined forces with Connett to publicize his game plan to end water fluoridation in Canada and the United States. I'll review it again at the end of this article.

    In December 2010, a second study reporting an association with exposure to fluoride and lowered IQ in children was pre-published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.  

    According to the authors, “our study suggested that low levels of fluoride exposure in drinking water had negative effects on children’s intelligence and dental health and confirmed the dose–response relationships between urine fluoride and IQ scores as well as dental fluorosis.”

    This study indicates a 5 point lowering in IQ as the fluoride level in drinking water went from about 0.3 ppm to 3.0 ppm. 

    Fluoride has Been Repeatedly Linked to Brain Damage

    In addition to this study, there are 23 more from four different countries (Mexico, Iran, India and China), which indicate that even moderate exposure to fluoride lowers IQ in children.

    According to Dr. Connett, there are also more than 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, spanning all the way back to 1941. Unfortunately, most of the IQ studies have been unavailable in English, which is why the 2006 fluoride report created by the National Research Council of the National Academies contained only five of the available studies.

    Still, while reviewing just 20 percent of the evidence, the panel concluded that there was a consistent and plausible link between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. The news release quotes Tara Blank, Ph.D., the Science and Health Officer for the Fluoride Action Network as saying:

     "Millions of American children are being exposed unnecessarily to this neurotoxin on a daily basis. Who in their right mind would risk lowering their child's intelligence in order to reduce a small amount of tooth decay, for which the evidence is very weak." 

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PANDAS... Loose Teeth, the Dentist and Mouth Bacteria

Posted On: March 10, 2015

With PANDAS, we know that it is important to avoid triggers that can cause a myriad of symptoms.  Did you know that the mouth is full of unhealthy bacteria and something as simple as bleeding gums or even a loose tooth can allow that bacteria to enter the bloodstream causing inflammation in the brain and a symptomatic flare up? This is a BIG problem for PANDAS kids because their immune system in compromised. Until that is corrected you must protect them as much as possible from exposure to toxins, fungus, virus and bacteria.

The bacteria that form plaque and tartar release toxins that stimulate the immune system to overproduce powerful infection-fighting factors called cytokines. Ordinarily, cytokines are important for healing. In excess, however, they can cause inflammation and severe damage. Cytokines of particular importance in periodontal disease are known as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1beta, which are very active in the mouth, and are important in causing destructive inflammation.

·         In addition, white blood cells produced by the immune response to bacteria also release a family of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which break down connective tissue.  When a child has a loose tooth or when your gums bleed this dangerous bacteria enters the blood stream and cause the immune system to react.

 

Studies suggest that this inflammatory response may have effects not only in the gums but also in organs throughout the body, including the brain.

How to protect your child & family from unhealthy bacteria entering the blood stream.

It is vitally important to address unhealthy oral bacteria especially in kids with PANDAS.  Simply by brushing your teeth twice a day with 1 drop of an essential oil on your toothpaste and toothbrush will kill the unhealthy bacteria in your mouth.  We recommend with PANDAS that you incorporate this step into your daily regimen.  Below is a an article on the dangers of mouth bacteria entering the blood stream from loose teeth and bleeding gums.

The inside of the human body is a bacteria-free zone. Bacteria are certainly within you, but they exist only in areas that have a direct channel to the outside world, such as the mouth, intestines and the surface of the skin. These areas are well protected by a layer of cells (epithilial cells) which form a protective barrier to keep away the nasties of the outside world. That’s why there are healthy stomach bacteria, but no healthy liver bacteria. From a certain point of view your lungs and digestive tract still are the outside world, which is why bacteria can get in and live there, sometimes perfectly happily without causing any trouble at all.

 

Major problems start to happen, however, once bacteria get through that epithelial barrier and into the tissues of your body. Which is why the first bacteria of the new year is the oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum, which has a trick to open up little doors in blood vessels. These aren’t massive holes, not big enough to cause bleeding but large enough to let it and other bacteria into the bloodstream.

 

The bacteria in all their blobby glory! These are actually the related Fusobacterium novum. Image taken from the CDC Public Health Image Library (link below).

 

This is a big issue, because once the bacteria get into the blood-stream they can travel around anywhere within the body. It’s not  just the blood-vessels in the mouth that the F. nucleatum can get into, it can also bypass a lot of other cellular barriers such as the blood-brain barrier that keeps bacteria out of your brain, and the placental barrier that guards the passage of substances between a pregnant mother and the foetus.

 

The bacteria works by releasing a chemical which is picked up by the cells that make up blood vessels (endothelial cells) and causes the cells to become more permeable. More technically the bacterial chemical (a FadA adhesin) binds to a protein on the cells (vascular endothelial cadherin) that helps to keep the endothelial cells joined together and causes it to migrate away from the cell-cell junction. This opens the junctions up slightly and makes the whole vessel more permeable.

 

FadA (the bacterial chemical) is an interesting little molecule, and while it’s highly conserved in F. nucleatum and related oral bacterial species, it has been lost in many closely related species which do not populate the human mouth. This is a protein with one specific purpose – to open blood vessels – and where that function is not needed the bacteria has no need for the protein. When it’s first made by the cell it exists in a form called pre-FabA which anchors to the bacterial membrane with the soluble part (the actual FabA) on the outside of the bacteria ready to be deployed.

 

To test whether the FabA and the cell cadherin could bind, the researchers carried out a whole range of different binding tests (more information in the  reference below). First, they did a yeast-two-hybrid screen, a sort of sciency quick and dirty method to see if two proteins can bind each other. Then they took both proteins out of the cell to see if they could bind separately, by sticking one protein to a column and seeing if it could ‘catch’ the other as it was washed through. Finally they put both proteins back in the cell with coloured markers attached to see if the coloured markers appeared in the same places. All of these results, along with the actual structures of the two proteins, suggest very strongly that they bind.

 

One of the most interesting tests they did was to see whether the F. nucleatum was just opening the floodgates for itself, or whether other bacteria were sneaking in at the same time. They did this by making little wells with endothelial tissue between them. Sure enough, those cultures containing E. coli along with F. nucleatum showed that both bacteria could travel through the endothelium together, whereas in cultures containing only E. coli the bacteria remained on one side of the membrane.

 

The researchers don’t suggest any way to combat this, they’re more interested in the exciting science, but regularly and gently brushing your teeth can’t hurt! (I should point out here that non-gentle brushing of teeth can damage the gums and open blood vessels anyway, making the clever bacterial tricks somewhat redundant)

 

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/lab-rat/2012/01/04/how-bacteria-sneak-into-your-blood-through-your-mouth/

 

 

Reference: Fardini, Y., Wang, X., Témoin, S., Nithianantham, S., Lee, D., Shoham, M., & Han, Y. (2011). Fusobacterium nucleatum adhesin FadA binds vascular endothelial cadherin and alters endothelial integrity Molecular Microbiology, 82 (6), 1468-1480 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2011.07905.x

 

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PANDAS & Vaccines Were They a Cause and Can Continued Vaccines Make It Worse?

Posted On: September 05, 2014

PANDAS & Vaccines

Were They a Cause and Can Continued Vaccines Make It Worse?

With more and more children being diagnosed every day, there is now an increased attention to and awareness of PANDAS – Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus. After diagnosis the next big question being asked is why? What is causing this? While we know that PANDAS is most commonly associated with a Strep infection, is there something else that can be linked to the cause? That is the question that we all are asking. I am not a doctor, nor even a healthcare professional. What I am is, a Dad of a boy diagnosed with PANDAS who took control of his child’s health. The best decision we ever made was making the leap of faith and using essential oils instated of continuing with failing medication. We now have our son back 100% recovered because we decided to take charge of our sons’ health and change our paradigm…giving this all natural approach a chance. By far this was the best decision we ever made! As parents we must think outside the box when it comes to our kid’s health.  If traditional western medicine is not helping your child…move on…keep looking. We know firsthand that essential oils used properly for PANDAS caused our son’s complete recovery.  They key is using the right ones, the right way, for the right amount of time.  Our story of recovery is featured in another blog at our website, www.pandashopeforhealing.com

What is PANDAS?

Before I go into more detail, let me address the question what is PANDAS or PANS? PANDAS, is what happens when a child’s immune system does not respond appropriately to an infection… often a strep infection. It is basically a colossal failure of the immune system. It is important to note that the dominant infection connected to PANDAS is Streptococcus; however it is not always the triggering infection. Infections like Coxsackie A & B, Lyme disease and Mycoplasma can also be the trigger. There is currently a much greater understanding about how many different bacterial and viral infections can trigger the condition causing inflammation in the parts of the brain that are responsible for movement control, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, and the extreme emotional and behavioral ups and downs exhibited by children with PANDAS. Because it is now known that multiple infectious agents are involved in the clinical presentation of an autoimmune brain attack like PANDAS, it is no longer referred to as just “PANDAS.” Instead this group of neuro-immune disorders is now referred to as PANDAS, PITAND, or PANS. I often say they should change the S in PANDAS from Strep to SOMETHING, as it is more than just strep related. It has even been demonstrated that Staph infections are also able to cause PANDAS. In some cases, the effects of these bacterial infections can be so severe that the child’s brain swells, causing severe pain. Many children with Autism develop PANDAS. While it is important to note that PANDAS is NOT Autism… in children diagnosed with “autism” (especially those who are non-verbal), the extreme pain from brain swelling may lead to head-banging behavior. Unfortunately, the psychiatric and psychological professionals who have historically treated children on the autism spectrum view head-banging as “stimming,” Because the child “has autism,” they are not likely to do the lab tests necessary to determine if the child’s brain is inflamed due to a severe bacterial infection.

What Does “Autism” have to do with PANDAS?

Well, as you are probably aware by now, parents of children diagnosed with autism are the ones who have been saying for more than a decade that their children’s neuro-immune disorders are the result of vaccine-injury. Many parents of children diagnosed with “autism” have been through the same rejection and denial of their children’s medical illness as the parents of PANDAS children are experiencing. When a child is diagnosed with autism his or her medical problems are often chalked up to “just part of autism” by doctors who don’t know any better. This is exactly the same with PANDAS. How many of us know firsthand being ignored or having our child’s symptoms brushed off as something they will grow out of or misdiagnosed as Tourette Syndrome to being told PANDAS doesn’t exist? As a result of having to prove PANDAS is real; many of us have had to become the primary care providers for our children. We have had to become the researchers. We have been forced to because who else was going to advocate for our child’s condition. I say this, because if you encounter a parent whose child has “autism” and he or she starts telling you about Vaccines, my advice would be to listen very closely. In almost all cases, this parent will know more than your doctor. “Autism parents” can often give you the research you need to help educate you and your doctor. . “Autism parents,” especially those who have older children and who have been networking and sharing information for years, frequently have volumes of research in binders or stored in folders on their computers. They are almost always willing to share that information.

Many Autism parents are very knowledgeable about PANDAS. There is a reason why they are so knowledgeable about PANDAS. It’s the same reason “autism parents” are the ones who are most vocal about the dangers of vaccines. They understand immune system malfunction, and what caused it. They understand vaccine injury. The diagnosis rates of PANDAS are increasing. The statistics show that 1 in 200 children are now being diagnosed with PANDAS. The numbers of misdiagnosed children have to be even more staggering. It is interesting to note that the autoimmune attacks on the brain that are the hallmark of PANDAS, PITAND, and PANS are now known to be very common in vaccine-injured children. 

While usually ineffective as a permanent cure and certainly not without risks, the fact that IVIG (Intra-Venous Immuno-Globulin) is being used as a treatment for PANDAS makes a point. IVIG is a treatment that is supposed to rebalance a compromised immune system. It does not tackle the bacterial infections per se, by trying to wipe out strep or staph which is why I believe it is ineffective. After all if you don’t eliminate the bacteria, the body will only respond the way it was created to respond…it will produce more antibodies. However, IVIG is thought to improve the child’s immune system. This suggests that the initial underlying cause of PANDAS is not the bacterial (or viral) infections themselves, but the increased susceptibility and an inappropriate immune response to these infectious agents, when the child is exposed to them. This really makes sense when you think about the fact that most people get strep, but not everyone gets PANDAS.

Why Do Some Kid’s Get PANDAS?

This brings us to the question, “What is it that causes certain children to be more vulnerable to having a damaged immune system?” The most likely answer to that for me is “Vaccines.” Maybe not a particular vaccine... maybe not a particular component of a particular vaccine... but more likely vaccines in general; especially when administered at the overwhelming rate dictated by the CDC’s Recommended Childhood Schedule. Historically, PANDAS has been known to affect younger children. They very frequently begin to exhibit symptoms after during pre-school or after entering kindergarten. Another peak onset for symptoms of PANDAS is after a child enters junior high. We need to ask ourselves, what do these kids have in common? The answer is “back-to-school shots.” Just as the onset of PANDAS symptoms have historically affected younger children (that’s why it’s a “pediatric” diagnosis), historically, “back-to-school shots” have also only been a factor in those school children entering pre-school, kindergarten and again when they advance to middle school.
We are now beginning to see increasing numbers of older adolescents (high school-aged kids) exhibiting symptoms consistent with PANDAS. We have also only recently begun vaccinating high school students on a routine basis with an ever-increasing vaccination schedule. Is this a coincidence? Or is it vaccine-injury? This is a question each of us must answer for ourselves.


Should I Continue to Vaccinate My Child Who Has PANDAS?


Vaccinations are an extremely controversial topic these days. The questions are abundant.  Do we… or don’t we? Is it safe to…is it NOT safe to? What do we do?  Whatever side of the aisle you are on with regard to your opinion about vaccination, one thing is for certain. The choice to vaccinate, not to vaccinate or even continue vaccinations is a decision that has the potential to greatly impact you and most importantly, the health of your children for the rest of their lives. As we work with children with PANDAS using essential oils, this is the question we are asked over and over again. Should I continue to vaccinate my child? This is a tough question for any parent to tackle. Many of us know the pressure that is put on us as new parents by the medical community to vaccinate our children. Many of us know the fear and confusion placed upon us by medical providers who are more than eager to inject those toxins into our healthy new born children. For most of us who vaccinated our kids when they were born…we did what we did because we didn’t know any better or because the doctor told us we had to. We often felt confused, pressured and even trapped. Now that we have gone through the gauntlet of PANDAS, we have learned some things. We now know that we have to take back our health decisions from the hands of others and make own educated decisions. Now that we know what we know…we can’t just take our pediatrician’s word that shots are perfectly safe, and will do no harm. The one thing we have all clearly learned from PANDAS is that it is possible for doctors to be wrong. After all, they are human. In reality, your doctor is simply parroting the standard line about vaccinations from the American Medical Association (AMA) playbook. If you think you are getting their honest assessment, you might want to think again. Did you know a recent study showed that prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That's one person every five minutes. This study looked only at deaths from known side effects. That is, those deaths didn’t happen because the doctor made a mistake and prescribed the wrong drug, or the pharmacist made a mistake in filling the prescription, or the patient accidentally took too much. Unfortunately, thousands of patients die from such mistakes too, but this study looked only at deaths where our present medical system wouldn’t fault anyone. Tens of thousands of people are dying every year from drugs they took just as the doctor directed. This shows you how dangerous “perfectly safe” medications can be. So the key here is education.  You must do your own research, which is more than just asking your doctor if they are safe. You need to make an informed decision by investigating the facts with an open mind and knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into before you commit to do anything. This is also true when it comes to treating PANDAS. Will you continue with medicine even if it is not working for your child, or will you be willing to give a natural alternative a try? It always makes me sad to read posts by parents whose children are languishing for years with no relief from medication, when there are viable, safe all natural options that work. Many parents are frightened away from these alternatives because a doctor or a website said they might not be safe or they are not FDA approved, even though more people die every day from FDA approved safe medications.  At some point we must ask ourselves the question…could there be a different reason why they don’t want us to try alternatives?  I am not being negative towards doctors.  They work within a very strict protocol and paradigm.  You cannot expect them to think outside of what they have been trained in.  There is an old saying that says, if you ask a banana salesman what fruit to buy, you should expect to be told bananas.  The medical community and the pharmaceutical companies work within the same western medical paradigm and so we should expect medicine as the only approach even if it doesn’t work… or even worse makes you more ill.

 

Just a simple search for essential oils on pubmed.com will show you that there are countless studies demonstrating the effectiveness of essential oils at combating and eradicating infections, both bacterial and viral.  Many studies show their effectiveness at boosting the immune system and their benefits for autoimmune conditions, and for reducing inflammation.  All of which is exactly needed to bring recovery in PANDAS.  Many countries in the world like France use essential oils regularly as a preferred method of treatment. However in this county, all natural essential oils cannot be patented, and without a patented product in the market place… there is not the chance to make millions from them.  Do you think that the Pharmacutical companies who pay for the studies that are given to the FDA are going to spend money to study something they cannot profit from?    However for our family essential oils have been a miracle. They were the answer to prayer. We weren’t against medical treatment.  We tried medicine for almost two years with little no improvement and our son only got worse.  We tried essential oils and our son recovered from PANDAS. It’s just that simple.  What we learned is…the body was created to heal itself given the right tools…and that’s what happened to our son.

So Here are my reasons why I would never continue to vaccinate my child, nor if I have another child would I have them vaccinated at all. Again, these are my reasons.

 
Most doctors who understand PANDAS do not recommend continued vaccines. Why…because vaccines are toxic. With PANDAS, children already have a weakened immune system, so introducing more toxins, and pathogens into a body that cannot fight then off is a recipe for disaster. They also may have a weakened blood brain barrier and when a vaccine recruits T-cells, there is inflammation that can further breach the blood brain barrier. The vaccine acts like a mini version of the illness (bacterial or viral). While the immune system kills off the weakened bacteria or virus in the vaccine, the body still has an immune response and still produces localized inflammation allowing antibodies or B-cells to cross the blood-brain barrier which can make the condition worsen or flare up. In many cases the PANDAS flare up after a vaccine is far worse than the initial symptoms and often more difficult to treat. ALL vaccines are loaded with toxins, chemicals and other poisons. Here is a list of some of the damaging ingredients in the vaccines on the market today: MSG, antifreeze, phenol (used as a disinfectant), formaldehyde (cancer causing and used to embalm), aluminum (associated with Alzheimer’s disease and seizures), glycerin (toxic to the kidneys, liver, can cause lung damage, gastrointestinal damage and death), lead, cadmium, sulfates, yeast proteins, antibiotics, acetone (used in nail polish remover), neomycin and streptomycin. And the ingredient making all the press is Thimerosol (more toxic than mercury, a preservative still used in many vaccines including the flu shot, it is not easily eliminated, it can cause severe neurological damage as well as other autoimmune diseases). If this was not bad enough, these vaccines are grown and strained through animal or human tissue, like monkey and dog kidney tissue, chick embryo, calf serum, human diploid cells (the dissected organs of aborted fetuses), pig blood, horse blood and rabbit brain. Can you imagine injecting this stuff directly into your child’s blood? At least if you ate these ingredients, your body would have a chance to detoxify and filter and eliminate them before any permanent damage could be done. But, to inject them right into the bloodstream can only be the most damaging and lethal approach imaginable. Think about this…If eating a red dye #40 colored tic tac by a Child with PANDAS could cause that child’s motor tics to significantly flare then, how could we possibly think injection of such a toxic cocktail of poison could in any way be beneficial to help preserve and enhance that child’s health?

The studies are out there…they be buried, but they are there.


One recent study shows Vaccinated children to be more chronically ill than unvaccinated children with higher rates for autoimmune conditions, autism, ear infections, ADHD, asthma and allergies as much as 30% higher than unvaccinated children. - See research link: (http://www.naturalnews.com/037229_vaccinations_children_research.html)

Other Countries Are Now Waking Up to the Dangers of Vaccines
In 1975, Japan raised its minimum vaccination age to 2 years old. Japan’s infant mortality subsequently plummeted to such low levels that Japan now enjoys one of the lowest level in the Western world (#3 at last look). In comparison, the United States’ infant mortality rate is #33. In Australia, the flu vaccine was recently suspended (April 2010) for children under 5 because an alarming number of children were showing up in the emergency rooms with febrile convulsions, seizures or other vaccine reactions within hours of getting this shot. Need I say more?

A Number of Vaccines Have Already Had Problems/Been Removed from the Market.

Here is a brief list of some of the vaccines that have caused serious injury in recent years. Please comment with others that you know of if they are not on this list:- In Feb 2002, GlaxoSmithKline removed the Lyme Disease vaccine from the market citing poor sales when in fact a number of folks who received the vaccine reported symptoms worse than the disease itself such as incurable arthritis or neurological impairment. The Rotavirus vaccine (Rotashield) was removed from the market in 1999 due to an association between the vaccine and life threatening bowel obstruction or twisting of the bowl. A warning was issued concerning the second Rotavirus vaccine (Rotateq) in 2007 as it caused the same twisting of the bowel problem in 28 infants (16 of which required intestinal surgery). This second vaccine has not yet been removed from the market as far as I know.
-Another vaccine that has had a lot of problems but is not yet withdrawn is the Gardasil vaccine for adolescent girls. Fainting, paralysis, slurred speech are just a few of the reactions reported and yet this vaccine continues to stay on the market. At least 1600 adverse events have been reported since its approval in 2006, yet doctors are continuing to recommend this shot to their patients. Why this vaccine hasn’t already been removed from the market is astonishing. If the vaccines above have had such serious problems…than the others probably do as well. After all, vaccine manufacturers follow the same basic formula when coming up with each and every new shot.

The truth is... vaccines are a toxic soup. With an autoimmune condition like PANDAS our children’s bodies cannot handle even the slightest toxin. The bottom line is you can always get vaccinated, but you can never undo a vaccination. 

When it comes to PANDAS it’s just simple mathematics: Toxins + infection = chronic illness. Vaccines are the perfect recipe for PANDAS/PANS or diseases of any kind.

So my answer to the question of whether to continue vaccines is simple…for me, my wife and my child… it is a resounding NO. Should YOU continue your child’s vaccinations? My answer to you…YOU have to make this crucial decision. A little advice though….If you still don’t know what to do, then don’t do anything!

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