Chronic Infections

What are chronic infections?

Chronic InfectionsChronic infections, such as repeated ear, sinus and bladder infections, as well as strep, croup and e. coli are common today. Inflammation and a reduced immune response, accompanied by symptoms such as a fever, rash, irritability, fatigue, a cough or congestion indicate a prolonged or persistent invasion of the body by these and other pathogens. Infections can be viral or bacterial. Most children receive vaccinations to prevent well-known infections, such as measles, mumps, whooping cough and the flu. Even with vaccination, however, a child can develop a chronic infection.

What your doctor will tell you about chronic infections:

Most doctors will tell you that the best way to protect your child from common infections is through vaccination, using anti-bacterial products, and by washing hands frequently. Once a child has an infection, doctors often prescribe an antibiotic, plus Tylenol, aspirin, Motrin, or another pain reliever. If infections recur and recur, your doctor may suggest additional drastic measures, such as ear tubes, removal of tonsils and adenoids, and prophylactic antibiotics.

Another way to think about chronic infections:

Prevention through vaccination and hand washing are based on the fear of getting sick. Unfortunately, these procedures ignore the ancient wisdom that illness is the body’s way of ridding itself of undesirable invaders. In our grandparents’ days, fevers, rashes and coughs were welcomed as necessary “spring cleaning.” While treatments such as pain relievers and antibiotics can give immediate relief, by suppressing symptoms, they can also have long term deleterious ramifications such as lowering immune resistance. More importantly, they can start a vicious cycle of infections, antibiotics, increased inflammation and more infections.

Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria; they do not work against viruses. They can also increase yeast, triggering more increasingly more chronic infections. When infections recur, they are often more virulent, and can include behavioral symptoms such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Originally this emotional disorder was linked only to recurrent strep infections, and called PANDAS, short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus. As doctors gradually realized that OCD can be triggered by numerous infections, including Borrelia burgdorferi (a co-infection of Lyme), mycoplasma pneumonia, herpes simplex, and influenza, they established the umbrella term PANS for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome . PANDAS is considered a subset of PANS.

Chronic Infections check list to start:

  • Identify and treat possible underlying food and environmental allergies and sensitivities
  • Support the body and the immune system with basic nutrients like Vitamin D, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients
  • Take a daily wide spectrum probiotic containing at least 1 billion good bacteria.
  • Reduce acidic foods and increase alkaline foods to strengthen the immune system and make it resistant to infection. Eat your vegetables!
  • Play in dirt!

If you have addressed these issues and are still dealing with chronic infections:

  • Ask your doctor to run tests to check for viruses and bacteria, including strep.
  • Use coconut oil in cooking to reduce yeast in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Eat unsweetened fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir
  • Use liquid Chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier
  • Try homeopathy and herbs for specific infections
  • Consider acupuncture, laser treatment, oxygen therapies (HBOT and ozone)

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