PANDAS, Essential Oils & Science
Why Are They So Effective?
What is PANDAS?
First what is PANDAS? Often misdiagnosed as Tourette Syndrome or OCD, PANDAS stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections. It describes a sudden childhood onset of OCD or "Tourette Like" motor tic cases that wax and wane, but whose onset or worsening appears to be linked to group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GABHS) infection.
GABHS antibodies cross-react with the cellular components of the basal ganglia, particularly in the caudate nucleus. Often times the infection goes unidentified. The fact is that PANDAS is a failure of the immune system not a persistent Strep infection. Infections are a trigger, but the cause is a hyper-reactive immune response. This means the focus should be on the immune system and an alternative way to support immune system recovery. The symptoms of PANDAS can be many and few. A child can present with motor tics and not have OCD or an emotional component or vice versa. Sometimes they can present with all the symptoms. The use of long term antibiotics or IVIG is the prescribed treatment, but they do little to support a healthy immune system and in most cases do further damage. These medical treatments are proving to be unsuccessful at eradicating the disorder. While traditional medicine is offering little improvement, many children with PANDAS/PANS are having tremendous success with the use of essential oils.
Medication vs. Essential Oils.
Pharmacy comes from the Greek word “Pharmakeia” which means controlled poison. You can’t heal with poison. With that, it is important to make a clear distinction between medication and Essential Oils. We must recognize that medications are synthetic chemical toxins; that in affect “toxify” the body, while Essential oils are the all-natural immune system of a plant and actually detoxify the body. Drugs often confuse the body and mask symptoms allowing you to “feel better,” at least temporarily, while often the root cause of the condition remains intact and is actually silently getting worse. Understand, “feeling better” doesn’t always mean you are better. Drugs don’t heal our body…the body heals itself. Drugs don’t make you healthy…if they did those that took the most medications would be the healthiest. Your body is a self-healing organism if given the right resources. So in short, by bypassing the body’s natural self-repair process and handing all your power over to toxic chemicals that trick the body into thinking its ok, you might be masking the very thing that is making you sick.
Dr. Elmer Lee, M.D., past Vice President, Academy of Medicine, said it best when he said… “Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking medication more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed and harder to cure.”
What are Essential Oils?
Sometimes called the "life force" of a plant, therapeutic grade essential oils are very complex. It is important to note that essential oils are NOT medication, and therefore we do not use terms such as treatment, protocols, dosage etc. These terms are reserved and allowed only for FDA controlled chemical pharmaceuticals. All Natural Essential oils are the immune system of the plant and are stored in special cells, ducts or glandular hairs that are distributed among the flowers, leaves, bark, stems and roots of a plant. These oils protect the plant from insects and other herbivores, from bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi and other micro-organisms. They also help to heal inflicted wounds within the botanical. These unique characteristics make essential oils highly beneficial to humans. A single oil may contain hundreds of constituents that are molecularly aligned in exactly the right manner to trigger a number of responses in the human body. Because the body heals itself it is crucial that it be given the right tools to support that process. Essential oils are that right tool.
How Essential Oils Can Help.
There are three key aspects that make essential oils so uniquely perfect for PANDAS and PANS.
- They cross the Blood Brain Barrier. Unlike most medication, Essential oils of every species readily cross the blood-brain barrier. This is key to their effectiveness, and what makes them uniquely beneficial for disruptions in the brain, not only from a physical level, but from a more basic and fundamental level of the emotional reactions. Because of the tiny molecular structure of the components of an essential oil, they are extremely concentrated. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules - even inhaling a small amount of oil vapor can have profound effects on the body, brain, and emotions. Studies show that when applied, essential oils are quickly absorbed and are within every cell of the body in 20 minutes, bringing with them their key life giving properties
- Many Essential Oils are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial. Numerous published studies show that many essential oils are effective at killing bacteria, viruses and other pathogens both on surfaces and in the body. Recent published studies show that some essential oils have a 99.996% kill rate against streptococcus bacteria and even the “superbug” MRSA.
Essential Oils are highly anti-inflammatory. Essential oils have been documented to reduce inflammation in the body. PANDAS/PANS causes an inflammatory response in the brain. Infection causes antibodies to be created, but instead of only attacking the strep, viruses or other pathogens, the antibodies also cross the blood-brain barrier and attack the Basal Ganglia. This causes swelling in the Caudate, Putamen, and Globus Pallidus parts of the brain and causes the PANDAS symptoms. How do Essential Oils reduce and prevent Inflammation? Essential oils contain many different medicinal properties that are documented to help the physical and emotional body. They easily penetrate the skin and can be carried throughout the blood and tissues within minutes. Oils that are high in carvacrol, a phenol, can be very effective as a natural anti-inflammatory. Studies published in the January 2010 Journal of Lipid Research found that essential oils reduce inflammation very effectively. In this study, it was found that the oils suppressed the COX-2 enzyme by as much as 75 percent! What are COX enzymes? COX enzymes are responsible for the inflammatory process in the body. COX inhibitors suppress this process and relieve pain and inflammation. Sound familiar? It should. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen work in this exact same manner! Additionally, prescription drugs such as Celebrex (and the former Vioxx) are COX-2 inhibitors! As with many medications, these medications can have dangerous side effects that must be considered. Essential oils are all natural, effective and are safe… with NO side effects, nor further injury to an already compromised immune system.
Essential oils offer a safe, all natural and effective approach to helping the body heal itself. They have been used for nearly 6000 years, they are the subject of numerous peer reviewed and published journals and studies, and they are used by many health care professionals, chiropractors, aroma-therapists, reflexologists, massage therapists and others interested in alternatives to prescription drugs. They can be an extremely beneficial alternative to traditional therapies and are backed by science.
Our Disclaimer...The FDA Vs. GOD.
I think it is important to clarify that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow the discussion of natural products in the context of healing. They have imposed very restrictive rules to stop the use of natural products and promote pharmaceuticals. So this site does not offer ANY medical advice, nor do we prescribe, treat or cure any disease. However the use of essential oils, herbs and food as "medicine" far predates the rise of the FDA. Hippocrates who is called the father of Modern medicine is quoted as saying, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." In fact essential oils, and natural remedies were mankind’s FIRST healing modality. Did you know there are over 200 verses in the Bible that mention the use of oils and fragrant incense? Did you know that the Levite priests were in charge of diagnosing and healing disease through prayer and anointing with oils? Did you know that essential oils were used by the apostles? Did you know essential oils not only have healing properties but also deeper meanings beyond what we think?
Essential oils are one of God’s amazing creations and gifts which He has given us. When medication failed our son for the treatment of PANDAS we turned back to our faith in God alone as the great healer. It was because of Him and through the prayful use of essential oils that we have our son back... completely recovered. We dedicate this website to the open discussion of essential oils and natural products within the context of ancient and biblical wisdom that pre-exists the FDA, AMA or any governmental restriction. All information on this web site is presented for educational purposes only, and is nothing more nor less than an expression of our religious belief that all healing is from God, that we can expect to have good health when we live a lifestyle that is in harmony with His universal laws, and that He has provided mankind with certain foods and techniques that help the body’s natural healing processes. As such we assert that this religious expression is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
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