Nourishing Body, Mind and Spirit

Happy and well

A friend shared this reflection with me today:

“Moses is looking well and happy these days!  The past couple of times I’ve seen him he’s looked so robust and energetic!!”

And, it’s true. That’s how I feel too. So great to hear these words reflected back at me. Feeling very optimistic.

Love this photo of Moses and I at the top of St. George's Cove Mountain in Holyrod

At the top of St. George’s Cove Mountain in Holyrod. We hiked up!

Journalling by the river

Last week, when I was out with a friend, Moses asked DH to take him to the stream so he could write in his journal.

So, they biked down to the stream near our house and Moses spent some time writing.

Such sweet simple joys.

alex journalling

As you know, Moses has had a chronic MRSA infection for years (this has been the reason behind his chronic abscesses). I know that essential oils have been shown to be effective against MRSA in in vitro studies (it was why I was drawn to trying essential oils in the first place – an example of one study here), but we have had a difficult time coming up with an effective protocol because many of the oils that are effective against MRSA are “hot” oils and it’s been difficult finding the right combination of dilution (i.e., it had to be diluted enough not to burn Moses’ skin and yet strong enough to be effective against MRSA). Also, some of the protocols involve ingestion of essential oils, and Moses cannot swallow capsules, so that has not been an option for us.

It’s further been difficult because Moses has not been a big fan of having the oils applied directly to the areas where he typically gets abscesses (and some of them are in sensitive places).

So for years, I’ve only been applying the oils to the bottoms of Moses’ feet and that hasn’t been enough to fight the infection.

Jeannie from Essential Oil RN shared this protocol with me and I am eternally grateful to her. She has said that it has helped many with MRSA infections.  I feel that it’s been helpful because it provides a rotation of oils (i.e., so that the bacteria do not develop a resistance to a given combination of oils). Prior to trying this protocol, I had just been using say OnGuard essential oil blend on the bottoms of Moses’ feet, which was not enough.

Currently, I have been applying the following blend to each of the areas that are prone to developing abscesses twice a day: one drop of each oil diluted in 15 mL of fractionated coconut oil. In addition, I have been applying the following blends undiluted to the bottoms of his feet (they don’t burn the bottoms of his feet).

I’ve also learned not to apply any oils to Moses’ skin after he has a bath because the oils penetrate that much deeper after a bath (which causes great discomfort).

I only recommend doTERRA essential oils, which are certified pure therapeutic grade. Currently, we are rotating between weeks 1-3 blends and will continue with this rotation.

WEEK 1:

  • 3 DROPS OREGANO
  • 3 DROPS ROSEMARY
  • 3 DROPS THYME
  • 3 DROPS MELALEUCA
  • 1 DROP CINNAMON

Drop essential oils into a 00 vegetable capsule and take 4 times a day for a week.  You can make a spray also and just quadruple the essential oils, add 20-25 drops of Fractionated Coconut oil to hydrate the skin and fill with purified water in a 2 or 4oz glass spray bottle.

WEEK 2:

  • 4 DROPS OREGANO
  • 4 DROPS MELALEUCA
  • 4 DROPS ONGUARD
  • 2 DROPS FRANKINCENSE

Drop essential oils into a 00 vegetable capsule and take 3 times a day for a week. Make spray blend for children.

WEEK 3:

  • 4 DROPS  OREGANO
  • 4 DROPS ROSEMARY
  • 4 DROPS MELALEUCA
  • 4 DROPS ONGUARD BLEND
  • 2 DROPS FRANKINCENSE

Drop essential oils into 00 vegetable capsule and take 2 times a day for a week.  May need 2 capsules for this week – just equal drops per cap.  Make spray blend for children

These rotations should be done until ALL signs of MRSA have disappeared.  Recommend taking a (one time a day) maintenance dose of Week 3 after infection has disappeared.  Consider adding DDR Prime softgels or essential oil blend to bottoms of feet twice a day

TOPICAL BLEND:  

Mix equal parts of all of the oils listed below with equal parts of doTERRA fractionated coconut oil (FCO).

  • OREGANO
  • MELALEUCA
  • THYME
  • LEMONGRASS
  • FRANKINCENSE
  • LAVENDER

Apply mixture directly on and around infected site 2-3 time per day and after bath.

(extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil can be substituted for FCO but it will be greasy and may stain fabrics – doTerra FCO is non-greasy and will not stain)

AROMATHERAPY:  

MRSA can also live in the nostril hence causing reoccurring infections.

Diffuse 2 drops each:

  • Melalueca
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Geranium

More reading

  • Read several stories of MRSA infections and essential oils here.Onguard

 

Dear friends:

Something has shifted in the last month and it feels so good.

  • Moses is doing well. Abscess-free for 3 weeks now. I feel that the MRSA essential oil protocol that we started is helping!
  • DH and I are getting along sooooo well. Beautifully.
  • Moses has started homeopathy a few days ago. Clearing Tuberculinum.
  • I started receiving powerful and loving sessions from my dear friend, Cheryl, who is training with Lissa Rankin at the Whole Health Medicine Institute (the work is based on the book Mind over Medicine). I love this work and I feel that it’s work that I want to do with others. I’m so happy and inspired to have direction!
  • I had a huge break-through with Cheryl, and as a result, it really feels as though my world is opening up.
  • Moses had a session with our karmic healer on Monday and I’ll have one with her tomorrow. I feel that that work that she has been doing with us has helped “stabilize” our situation and has made it ripe for miracles (she started the work for Moses’ session in mid-August).

I’m sure that there’s more to share, but that’s a snippet of what’s going on in our lives right now.

Feeling so optimistic and happy and good.

All is well!

miracle

 

This week we started using HydraSense to clear out Moses’ nasal passages. It’s kind of like using a neti-pot. DH is a big fan of “neti”-ing. He typically purchases a store brand version to do so. About a decade ago, I used a neti-pot regularly, but haven’t done so for a long time.

We’re using the Medium Stream Daily Nasal Care.  It can be  used for children as young as 2 years old, so it’s very, very gentle.

It contains: isotonic, undiluted, sterile, 100% natural-source desalinated sea water, with more than 70 trace elements and minerals naturally-occurring in sea water, and does not contain preservatives.

Moses was apprehensive about trying it at first, but now, he really loves it! I think he probably can feel a real difference in getting some of the allergens out of his nostrils.

We started using it because it seemed like Moses was starting to get flu-like symptoms and an increase in congestion (nasal and chest). Possibly because of the start of school? His asthma was totally under control all summer (he rarely needed his Ventolin puffer) and now in the last week, he’s been needing his Ventolin puffer 6+ times a day.  Moses is attending a newly built school and there is still a lot of construction going on adjacent to the school and an addition to the gym, so I wonder if he’s reacting to construction dust and also off-gassing from the new construction….

In any case, I feel that the HydraSense is helping to bring relief to his nasal congestion. Yesterday, he asked to use it three times. As soon as he arrived home from school, he asked to use it, so that’s a great sign that it’s helping. After the second round of using it after school, he was feeling much better.

I wish we had known about HydraSense earlier because DH and I have been talking for years about how great it would be if we could teach Moses how to neti, but we didn’t think he would be up to the more “intense” version of neti-ing that DH does.

Benefits of using using HydraSense (according to their website):

  • Cleanses excessive mucus accumulation in congested nasal cavities and passages.
  • Reduces excessive dryness due to dust or dry air.
  • Reduces the duration of cold symptoms, the occurrence of complications such as sinusitis, medication use and the number of sick days.

They also have special formulations for allergies and congestion relief.

I think we’ll continue to use HydraSense (as opposed to using a neti-pot) because it’s simple to use, easy to control the flow and very gentle.

 

The healing round table

As Lissa Rankin, MD, puts it…

“If you’re a patient who has incorporated complementary and alternative medicine into your health care regimen, you may have bumped up against some resistance on both sides of the healing fence. Your doctor may think your homeopath is a total quack selling snake oil, and your homeopath may think your doctor is a big thug, thwacking his pharmaceutical hammer at anything that moves.

Your doctor may insist that you stop all of your herbs, cancel your acupuncture appointment, and ditch the flower essences that were lovingly prepared for you.

On the flip side, your complementary and alternative medicine providers may poo poo traditional Western treatments that you choose to pursue.”

As you know, I have experienced both sides of this (i.e., doctors who have resistance to alternative medicines, and alternative medicine practitioners who do not support traditional western treatments). It has been soooooooo challenging trying to navigate the differing opinions and try to make wise choices on how to heal Moses when I can’t openly talk about the alternative medicines that we are using with our medical doctors, and also when our alternative health care practitioners make me feel guilty for some of our medical choices (like having Moses on a prophylatic antibiotic).

It’s like a breath of fresh air when we find medical doctors who are open minded enough to hear about essential oils, or alternative health care practitioners who do not vilify the medical system. This is why I love our naturopathic doctor who bridges the worlds of some of our other alternative health care practitioners who feel that the allopathic model and the natural healing model both have their place.

A deep inner part of me has whispered to me all along that Moses needs an integrative approach, and truthfully, DH and I have between us forged an integrative approach in Moses’ care. As you know, I have been a strong voice for natural healing and alternative approaches and DH has been a strong voice for the allopathic (traditional medical model) for healing, but I have found that as I heal my own relationship with the medical system and have tried to forgive the medical system, DH and I have been able to meet more readily in the middle.

As I have healed my own relationship with the medical health care system, I have found my relationship with the medical system has changed.  We now have more mutual respect on all sides. As many of my friends have reminded me, we all have the same vision for Moses – a vision of healing.

In my vision, there is no hierarchy between doctors and other health care providers, whether they be nurses, scrub techs, or alternative health care providers like naturopaths, Chinese medicine doctors, acupuncturists, homeopaths, Reiki healers, herbalists, or faith healers. Instead, the patient is in charge of choosing who sits at the “healing round table,” where everyone is equal and the person with the seat of honor – and the most power – is the patient.

In my vision, petty competitions, dismissive name-calling, and contradictory messages delivered to patients are replaced with a sense of mutual respect for what everyone brings to the table, collaboration, and a commitment to the highest good for the patient, free of ego or judgment.” – Lissa Rankin, MD

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!

I love Lissa Rankin and I love the idea of a healing round table. My dear friend, Cheryl, mentioned this concept to to me a few weeks ago and I have found this idea of a healing round table to be so healing and so loving. I’d encourage you to read more about Lissa Rankin’s vision to heal health care here and more about the idea of a healing round table here.

I love the idea of all practitioners being equal and the patient is in charge of choosing who sits at the healing round table.

Moses has quite an extensive healing round table and I have grown to love and appreciate all who have a seat at his table.

 

 

Some amazing news this week is that our allergist has been consulting with a doctor, who specializes in treating individuals with Moses’ diagnosis, and we specifically asked about her thoughts about vaccinating Moses with the pneumococcal vaccination (Pneumovax 23).

It’s been a source of stress because 1) Moses’ pediatrician is constantly trying to line up Moses’ next vaccination, 2)  DH would like to minimize Moses’ exposure to vaccinations, but has been interested in getting Moses vaccinated with Pneumovax, and 3) I don’t feel good about any additional vaccinations for so many reasons (read here and here), but mostly because of the following:

  • Moses’ marked decline in health (physically and emotionally) to the MMR vaccination,
  • vaccinations increase IgE levels (and Moses’ IgE levels are already sky high),
  • I know at least a few people with Moses’ diagnosis who have had serious negative reactions (requiring hospitalization) to the pneumococcal vaccination, and
  • recent blood work has indicated that Moses’ pneumococcal antibiodies are in the normal range (likely because of his history of pneumonia).

Our allergist asked us if we had any questions for the Job’s syndrome specialist and one of our questions was, “We are curious about whether she would recommend that Moses receive the pneumococcal vaccination keeping in mind that his pneumococcal antibodies are in the normal range and his previous negative response to the MMR vaccination. His last pneumonia was in November 2012 and it was a secondary infection developed when he was in the hospital with IV antibiotics for an MRSA infection.”

Happily, the specialist responded that she would NOT recommend that Moses be vaccinated with Pneumovax 23. Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!!! This is because they have seen some severe reactions to Pneumovax (including those requiring hospitalization). That said, she still recommends the rest of the vaccinations (and even Prevnar – the pneumococcal vaccination for children [which I’m still not a fan of since it contains aluminum, which raises IgE levels), but at this point in time, DH has dropped the issue.

I’m feeling sooooooo relieved…..  So thankful!!!

All is well

Although mama worries about her boy, in the big scheme of things, all is well in his world.

Our sweet boy flying a kite

Our sweet boy flying a kite

Double COMT gene mutation?

A friend of mine wondered if Moses might have a double catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene mutation, and if he did, it might explain why he develops rashes when he takes supplements that contain ingredients such as Acetyl L Carnitine and Quercetin (i.e., supplements that increase glutathione production).

Her daughter has this gene mutation and can only handle very small doses of these supplements.  Most people need methyl donors (which are found in supplements that increase glutathione production) but if you have a double COMT gene mutation then they cause issues for the person.

Something for me to think about because I have wondered why Moses has such strong “healing reactions” to some of the supplements that I have tried with him (such as MaxGXL, Robert Keller’s original glutathione formula, and Alpha CRS).

My friend knows that her daughter has a double COMT gene mutation because she ordered a nutrigenomics genetic test for her daughter.  “This test has been the best thing by far we have done for our daughter and I am convinced it would be helpful for anyone having a variety of health challenges.  Through this test we have been able to implement the correct diet and supplements that she needs and eliminate all the things we were doing wrong that usually would be considered healthy for an individual without her mutations.  The test costs $499 and tests for 30 different genes, best money we ever spent.” Find out more here.

We haven’t ordered this test for Moses, but it’s yet another thing for us to “keep in our back pocket”.

On a similar note, my karmic healer also highly recommended someone who does great diagnostic work. Again yet another test that might uncover other avenues of healing for us to explore. I’m keeping this in our back pocket as well.

More reading:

I don’t know what changed in the ethers but something major must have changed because DH is open to restarting homeopathy. I’m so happy about this development. I have been thinking for a long, long, long time that we needed to restart homeopathy. I still feel that out of all of the many modalities of healing we have tried (and we have tried many) that homeopathy has been the most instrumental in Moses’ healing. I really feel that it helps to get at the energetic root of disease /illness.

If you are curious about our journey with homeopathy, I blogged about it quite extensively here. We started it when our son was 4 years old and continued until he was 6.5 years old. I really do feel that it helped with Moses’ overall health, vitality and emotional health, but when we started clearing the chronic miasms, I found that the healing reactions were sometimes so strong and de-stabilizing that I wanted to see what life would be like without homeopathy. We stopped our treatment at Syphilinum 200C in November 2012 (after Moses spent 12 days in the hospital with an MRSA infection that turned into pneumonia), so it’s now close to two years later.

Since November 2012, Moses has been doing great physically and emotionally. For the most part, most people can’t even tell that Moses has a health condition. Overall, for his diagnosis, he is doing exceptionally well. Remarkably well. I feel that it’s a testament to all of our hard work and so many things that we have tried along the way. But, as I indicated in my last blog post, the abscesses have gone out of control. In 2013, Moses had 34 surface abscesses and 12 intra-abdominal abscesses (which were awful). Between the end of March and early September of 2014, Moses has already had 48 surface abscesses.

blessing

I feel that Moses is stuck in one of the chronic miasms, and it’s manifesting in his body as repeated abscesses.

My plan is to consult with a new homeopath (another one trained in Heilkunst) as our former homeopath moved away, and also DH did not like our former homeopath. At all. I’m hoping that starting with someone new might help. I’ve heard great things about the homeopath who I plan to contact, and that she is gentle in her approach and also uses a pendulum to choose remedies (i.e., she fine-tunes the remedies based on her intuition).

As much as I’m happy about restarting homeopathy, I’m also really nervous about it as sometimes Moses’ healing reactions to the remedies were huge (like developing pneumonia), but I feel that we really need to try something new to shift us out of this current pattern. I’ll restart the Heilkunst treatment too as I always join Moses in whatever treatment he’s on. In the case of homeopathy, the healing of the child goes deeper when the parents also undertake the treatment (the same is also true for the karmic healing treatment – the whole family needs to participate to receive the full benefit of the treatment).

I believe that our new homeopath is currently on holidays, so we probably won’t get in to see her right away – it might not be until the end of September / October, but this is the direction we are thinking of moving.

In the meantime, we are still using medications, essential oils, having karmic healing sessions, seeing our energy healing chiropractor, practicing emotional freedom technique and generally trying to be a normal family and have some fun along the way. I’m going to make more of an effort to do my “grounding energy” practice that I learned from my karmic healer. I also have a session with our naturopath in a couple of weeks and Moses has a number of consultations with doctors over the next month (pediatrician, infectious disease specialist, surgeon, and Moses’ allergist is also starting to consult with HIES specialists at the National Institutes of Health [NIH]).

I’ll keep you posted as always.

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