Dr. Ana-Maria Temple on Fever, Cough, and Snot, Oh My

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Katie: Good day and welcome to “The Wellness Mama Podcast.” I’m Katie from wellnessmama.com and wellnesse.com, that’s wellness with an E on the tip. And this episode is all about fevers, coughs, snot, ear infections, a few of the issues that we could be encountering in our youngsters this time of 12 months. I’m right here with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple who’s a board-certified pediatrician who’s been treating youngsters for over 18 years, and he or she’s been transitioning to a holistic strategy and has modified 1000’s of youngsters’s lives.

She’s actually well-known for her intensive expertise within the remedy of eczema and autoimmune ailments, however on this episode, she shared some actually sensible suggestions for coping with minor sicknesses at dwelling, issues from what to do concerning the flu, why to not fear a few fever typically, the distinction between inner and exterior warmth and impact on the physique, how honey could be a superior treatment for cough, a few much less well-known therapies for issues like cough, congestion, and ear an infection, together with craniosacral remedy, the humidity consider getting over sicknesses rapidly, and her moist sock technique. If in case you have not heard of this, it’s for getting over sicknesses rapidly, and I’m undoubtedly going to strive it with my youngsters if anybody will get sick this winter. You’ll be taught all of that and much more on this episode. She is so enjoyable to speak to. I discovered lots. I took notes. These are all within the notes at wellnessmama.fm. Let’s be part of Dr. Temple.

Katie: Dr. Ana-Maria, welcome again.

Dr. Ana-Maria: I’m so excited to be right here.

Katie: I’m excited to speak with you. And we’re gonna go deep on some related matters for this time of 12 months. However earlier than we bounce into that, I’ve a notice in my present notes that your first pet was a rooster and one thing uncommon occurred to him in your birthday. So, I might love to listen to that story a bit of bit.

Dr. Ana-Maria: After I was little, I grew up in Romania. And in Romania in 1975, you didn’t actually have, , pets, per se, however I acquired a rooster and his title was George. And I believed it was the best pet ever. Till my birthday, I’m sitting at my desk in my room and I’m trying exterior my window, and I see my dad with an axe grabbing my rooster and he chopped his head off to which my mother responded like, “We’re making soup in your party.” And that was my first expertise with my pet who turned soup on my birthday. Evidently, I didn’t eat any soup that day.

Katie: Wow. Yeah. That appears like a variety of feelings all wrapped in a single.

Dr. Ana-Maria: It’s a bit of tough. A little bit tough in Romania.

Katie: Yeah. How was it rising up in Romania? And when did you come to the U.S.?

Dr. Ana-Maria: So, I used to be born in ’73 and we got here to america in 1984. So, we lived underneath full communism and we had the complete immersion expertise. We didn’t know something higher or something totally different, so we simply lived our life. And after we got here to the U.S. we realized all of the issues that we didn’t have. For instance, once you went grocery purchasing, the grocery shops are…the cabinets are empty. And also you go to the shop and possibly they create bread that day and it’s important to go within the morning to get your quantity and also you come again within the afternoon together with your quantity and also you line up in your quantity, and that’s the way you get a loaf of bread. And it was like one loaf of bread rationed to every family. And so they did the identical factor for meat, similar factor for butter, for cherry. So, I keep in mind sitting in strains for hours till we acquired our two sticks of butter. After we got here to the U.S. and we went to the grocery retailer and there was, like, 4 sticks in a single container and there have been like a whole lot of containers on a retailer shelf, my mother cried. She was, like, overcome by the quantity of meals that’s in america.

Katie: Wow. That undoubtedly places it in perspective for these of us that grew up right here. And I feel within the U.S., we now have the alternative downside. There’s a lot availability of so many hyper-palatable meals that we now have to be extra aware of it. That’s unimaginable, although. Thanks for sharing that.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Certain.

Katie: Effectively, I do know now that you’ve a lot experience in so many various areas, however I believed it might be actually related this time of 12 months to go deep on some sensible instruments for households, particularly dad and mom with youngsters as we hit that point of 12 months when there simply tends to be extra sicknesses on the rise, particularly in kiddos, which I do know is a part of the event of their immune system and it’s going to occur, however there are issues we are able to do on the pure facet that helped make that course of a bit of gentler on them. So, there’s a variety of instructions we are able to go. However I feel I’ve acquired some notes on actually cool ones and concepts which might be possibly exterior even the norm of holistic or integrative observe that folks can do at dwelling. And I’m excited to delve deep on these. So, I suppose to start out broad, let’s type of delve into the thought of flu. I do know it’s a virus, so it’s not one thing we are able to completely keep away from. It’s clearly not one thing antibiotics are going to repair. However that mentioned, there are issues we are able to do to assist or not it’s extra comfy or to run its course extra comfortably. So, let’s begin there.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Effectively, , when viruses come and invade our physique, they will trigger a variety of havoc. And one of many issues that we all know as we’ve skilled lately with the totally different viruses is that our nostril begins operating. And the explanation that occurs is as a result of the physique is producing a variety of fluid to mainly wash out the viral particles. The wetter the within of the nostril, the more durable it’s for the virus to catch, maintain, and seize, and invade.

Then we now have our coughing mechanism. The coughing may be very protecting. It helps us throw out the invading particles as effectively. We frequently go like, “Oh, my gosh, I’ve a cough and, due to this fact, I’m already sick.” I’m like, “No, truly, that’s at first it helps our physique eliminate it.” After which, , once you get teary eyes and your eyes are watering, that can be further fluid that the physique is placing out, to not point out the fever that comes, which might be a scariest a part of parenthood. We all know after I had little youngsters, I imply, the considered my youngsters having a fever would ship me right into a coronary heart assault. However I knew even after I was working towards conventional medication that fever is the physique’s manner of defending us. And if we perceive why fever protects us, we’re much less more likely to bounce on the treatment practice which, as a result of we’re panicked as dad and mom as a result of we predict, , febrile seizures and we predict mind injury. So, like, oh, my gosh, we acquired to guard the kids. So, we attain for medication.

However the way in which I normally inform dad and mom I’m like, “Hear, after we turn out to be uncovered to a virus, so it’s sitting on the market, any person coughs in our face, the virus and his 50 mates attempt to invade our physique. And so they use our physique as a photocopy machine as a result of the virus can’t reside by itself.” It can’t simply reside on the desk for days and months. It has to make use of a human physique as a number and makes use of us as a photocopy machine.

When our physique sees this taking place, it turns up the thermostat and will increase the fever. After we enhance the temperature within the physique, the immune system acts sooner, extra effectively and produces extra antibodies, that are the preventing cells to eliminate these copies of the virus. And as I mentioned, it turns off the copying machine. So, let’s say mentioned virus and his 50 mates made 200 copies of themselves, you let your little one have a fever. Now the physique has mounted 1000’s of antibodies and is ready to overcome these virus particles in about 24, 48 hours, and your little one’s chilly, flu-like sickness lasts for 3 to 5 days. Now, we’re panicked,, so we attain for our fever reducers or we do all these different issues. What occurs is we scale back the thermostat. After we scale back the thermostat, the immune system slows down, it’s not as environment friendly, and it activates the photocopy machine, so now the virus is having a area day and it’s photocopying himself. It’s like going throughout the workplace Christmas social gathering after they’re photocopying their tushies.

So, it’s photocopying themselves. Now you have got tens of millions of particles. So, inside 48 hours, the physique has now been invaded by tens of millions of viral particles, and the individual’s immune system is poking alongside barely making an attempt to make a dent in it. Now your little one’s sickness lasts one week, two weeks, six weeks as a result of we haven’t given the physique the possibility to combat. So, that’s my primary tip, is when your little one has a fever, actually do nothing. Hydration, relaxation. However we’re at all times like, “Okay. Effectively, we gained’t use conventional fever reducers. However let’s use one thing else that decreased the fever.” And I’m like simply make the kid comfy and let it trip. The human physique is aware of the right way to combat for itself. We simply have to depart it alone as a result of we’re too hyperreactive to every thing. Should do, should do, at all times, particularly in terms of our youngsters as a result of there’s nothing more durable than watching our kids endure.

Katie: I undoubtedly agree with that. And I can perceive why dad and mom would need to flip to the fever reducers as a result of they could be a pain-relieving as effectively. And once you’ve acquired a child who’s acquired achiness or no matter, it’s so uncomfortable for them. But it surely’s wonderful to me the way it’s, like, the extra we be taught in medication, the extra it tends to return to what my grandmother at all times knew.

And it was, , eat some rooster soup and let the youngsters watch a film even when they don’t usually get screentime and wrap them in cozy blankets and simply give all of them the fluids and hydration. It may be so arduous as a dad or mum to look at your child undergo that. However I feel that’s such an necessary reminder, is the physique is aware of what it’s doing. And that was so useful to listen to you clarify the length that, like, regardless that short-term, they could be a bit of extra uncomfortable with out these ache relievers, long run, they’re gonna recover from it way more rapidly. It looks as if particularly in youngsters, are there occasions and locations after we do want to fret a few fever or is it… I do know it’s the overwhelming majority of instances, it’s higher to let it run its course. Are there any occasions after we do must be extra alert or frightened a few fever?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Effectively, certain. We’ve got… This recommendation is for teenagers that don’t have thermal regulation points, which is main neurological situations. Kids that don’t have vital seizure problems, these youngsters, you’ll want to communicate with their physician. When your little one… The most important concern is folks will say, “Effectively, the fever has been at 105 for 3 hours, due to this fact, we’re gonna have mind injury.” Right here’s the factor, a traditional mind is not going to enable the physique to hold a fever that’s going to wreck itself. It simply doesn’t make sense. Why would the human physique injury itself? It doesn’t.

Whenever you hear about folks having mind injury from excessive temperatures is from being left in a automotive in the summertime or for being exterior on the seaside with out safety. It’s exterior warmth. Internally, the physique will defend itself. And in case your little one has had febrile seizures otherwise you’re panicked about febrile seizures, you truly… All many, many medical research have proven that regardless of how a lot Tylenol Motrin you are taking or across the clock otherwise you rotate, it’s not gonna stop it. I normally, am okay with fever reducers at evening when the kid can’t relaxation comfortably. Sleep is so necessary for the immune system. So, you’ve accomplished every thing you possibly can, and now they’re a screaming mess they usually can’t cool down. I do enable for fever reducers at nighttime, and in addition in youngsters that simply refuse to drink something they usually’re in peril of dehydration as a result of we don’t wanna have that both. So, in these two particular cases, I work with the dad and mom to decrease the temperature and make the kid extra comfy so they might relaxation higher they usually don’t get dehydrated.

Katie: And it looks as if youngsters’ our bodies particularly are so good at realizing and, like, spiking that fever early if we don’t intrude with. It looks as if if something adults don’t. We’re not nearly as good at getting fevers regardless that they’re nice for us, it looks as if youngsters are simply naturally nice at that and particularly I used to have Hashimotos and my physique temperature was naturally decrease. And so I knew if I sickness approaching, like, my fever wasn’t gonna spike as a lot as I might have appreciated it to. So, not that I might suggest this for youngsters and I’m not medically recommending it in any respect. However I’ve typically, if I really feel an sickness approaching, will go get within the sauna to really assist my physique facilitate that warmth. Is that for adults solely? I do know I’m not gonna suggest that for teenagers. Is that really useful for adults? For those who elevate your physique temperature a bit of bit externally, can which have the identical impact?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I truly subscribe to the identical therapeutic administration that you simply simply mentioned, not for the kids, however for adults. For those who can go right into a sizzling tub that, clearly, is gonna be with low chlorine. For those who go into your bathtub with Epsom salts, you probably have an infrared sauna or sauna, I completely suggest that. I do the identical factor. I’m going cook dinner myself as a result of I’m externally elevating my physique temperature. It really works like magic on a regular basis. At all times watch out in youngsters as a result of their physique floor ratio may be very totally different than us. They will dehydrate a lot rapidly. Now, that’s an exterior warmth that might probably hurt them, so that you don’t wanna try this. However sure, in adults and older teenagers, that could be a fabulous therapeutic choice.

Katie: And the Epsom salt baths, not even an excellent sizzling one however only a regular Epsom salt bathtub, I really feel like is a superb consolation measure for teenagers in the event that they’re having the achiness. When mine begin getting that, I’ll stick them within the bathtub with Epsom salt and a few natural tea and simply allow them to chill out whereas that appears to assist them no less than be extra comfy whereas they’re going by that fever course of.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Completely. And that’s the magnesium within the Epsom salts. The magnesium is a clean muscle relaxant and it helps the inner. That’s why it really works for constipation, it really works for migraine complications, and, sure, for the achiness that comes with chilly and flu with an natural tea. I imply, that’s simply magic.

Katie: What about in terms of coughs as a result of that’s one other one which tends to make youngsters fairly uncomfortable. And I do know as a mother, my coronary heart goes out to my youngsters after they’re coughing or simply, like, so depressing they usually’re laying there like, and it’s so unhappy. What are some issues we are able to do naturally? I do know that there are all these over-the-counter cough medicines and, like, you attempt to keep away from these at any time when potential. We haven’t truly ever had to make use of them in our home. What are a few of the treatments you suggest for serving to calm the cough down or is that one other factor we let run its course?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Cough will be so distressing. Oh, my gosh. The nighttime cough, and the nighttime is normally when the coughing begins and nobody’s sleeping, so my dad and mom are available, they’re like, “Please assist us instantly.” So, some easy issues for cough for youngsters over the age of 1, honey is a superb, fabulous treatment. Actually, I used to be a part of a research that recruited all these youngsters to check honey versus widespread cough medicines from over-the-counter and confirmed that honey was far superior than every other issues over-the-counter, the bathtub that we talked about.

And one factor that, , comes out of the medical literature that lots of people don’t find out about, and enjoyable truth, a variety of research come out of Romania is definitely salt room remedy, which is known as halotherapy. So, halo is Greek for salt. And it has been proven in those who have recurrent bronchial asthma, recurrent coughs, COPD, or different continual lung infections that once you go sit in a salt room for about 40 to 45 minutes, you have got a big enchancment in airway clearance and in loosening of the cough particles and higher respiratory. Actually, the research was accomplished in youngsters that have been on low to medium dose inhaled steroids due to their bronchial asthma. And after they got the salt room remedy in parallel with their inhaled steroids, they confirmed that that they had much less coughs, much less sick days, and higher train endurance and higher airway circulate than youngsters that simply had inhaled steroids and no salt room remedy. And that’s as a result of the salt particles that deposit on the airway lining and draw water out of the physique and into the airway which thins the mucus, which makes you cough it out. Coughing out the junk is the easiest way to eliminate all of the bacterial viral particles, lifeless cell tissues, and get them out of your system.

Katie: That’s so fascinating. Is there any method to facilitate that at dwelling if somebody possibly isn’t near a spot with the salt room? Can we use… I do know there’s salt inhalers now. I maintain salt blocks in my sauna for that purpose. However are there every other methods we are able to facilitate that at dwelling?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I scoured the literature with salt inhalers and the info just isn’t nice. The info is significantly better for the salt rooms. The salt inhalers, use it with warning. Once more, it’s some value to the entire thing. Can it harm you? Relying should you’re not utilizing it appropriately could make you cough extra, however once more, that’s extruding extra of the… So, I’m a bit of bit frightened as a result of I’m not getting… I don’t have as a lot information as in a salt room the place the human physique can truly soak up as a lot salt as wanted versus the salt that you simply’re truly spraying in any person’s face.

Katie: Gotcha. What about… I do know I’ve seen a variety of the, like, saline nasal rinses advisable for teenagers fairly a bit. Actually, there’s even, I feel, one which has Xylitol that some dad and mom use for biofilms with the tonsils. I do know it’s not the identical factor, however can these be useful once you’ve acquired that type of congestion stuff occurring?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Oh, completely. A saltwater nostril spray is implausible as a result of now you’re getting the salt, you’re getting it deeper. You’re truly rinsing the sinuses as a result of as we mentioned, when the virus enters our nostril, the drier it’s, the extra probably it’s to penetrate and invade. After we can maintain it good and moist particularly with a saline spray. Actually, that’s certainly one of my preventive measures. I’m like, wash your fingers and spray your nostril once you come dwelling from college and earlier than you go to high school to maintain every thing shifting. Additionally, we normally get sinus an infection as a result of every thing will get caught within the sinuses and a saltwater spray has a pleasant job of shifting stuff by. And actually, the nostril spray you’re mentioning has Xylitol and grapefruit seed extract. And so they even have proven in scientific research in petri dishes to really reduce COVID invasion into the physique, which is fairly superior. And they’re making an attempt to get FDA approval for emergency. That’s not occurred but. However they’re operating research to see the way it truly can stop viral invasion into our tissues.

Katie: That’s superior. I do know I’ve at all times…that’s at all times been certainly one of my strains of protection after I journey simply earlier than occurring airplanes or in airports, locations I’m not usually, I’ll simply try this earlier than and after. And I’m but to, , knock on wooden but to get sick anytime I’ve accomplished that. Identical factor with, you talked about honey. I’m additionally a giant fan of propolis. There’s like a throat spray with propolis for teenagers and it appears to appease their throat, however there’s additionally so many cool antibacterial properties in propolis. Are there every other, like, pure merchandise like that that you simply flip to as dwelling treatments?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I like propolis. I’ve it in my bag as effectively that’s, like, subsequent to my saline nostril spray. The 2 of them, my youngsters suppose it’s implausible. And different issues with cough, I imply, I’m going again to the immune system. I do suggest elderberry, vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, and probiotics as immune system package deal to type of enhance up the immune system and eliminate the stuff. However typically, I maintain it fairly easy.

Katie: Yeah. Particularly with youngsters, I really feel like we are able to overcomplicate it a lot. And their our bodies are so unimaginable. I feel that’s been a recurring theme with just about any pediatrician I’ve ever interviewed is, like, , 90 plus, typically 99% plus of issues with youngsters will resolve on their very own. As dad and mom, we need to assist them, however generally the issues we do truly sluggish them down as a result of their our bodies are so wonderful.

Dr. Ana-Maria: They’re so wonderful. I’ll let you know one of many issues that’s, like, a recurrent factor in our clinic is, like, the reward of time. Any person will name in on a Saturday morning in a state of panic and I give them a few issues that we talked about and I used to be like, “I’ll see you on Monday and we are going to deal with this horrible factor.” And by Monday, they’re like, “We’re wonderful. We’re nice.” And it’s just like the reward of time. Just a bit bit. Don’t do an excessive amount of. I so agree. We attempt to do every thing. We’re grabbing issues from over-the-counter. We’re getting the most recent treatment. We’re googling every thing and making an attempt to throw it on to the youngsters. And I’m like the youngsters are identical to, “Simply let me have my fever. Give me a bit of salt spray. Possibly put me in salt room. Give me some rooster noodle soup.” By the way in which, that’s truly studied within the medical literature. Hen noodle soup has great immune system properties to assist lower the length of your widespread chilly. And retaining it easy and giving it time.

Katie: Yeah. I feel that’s actually the important thing to all of it’s… However, , my youngsters don’t actually watch TV a lot. And after they’re sick is the one time that I’m like, “ what? Right here’s an inventory of flicks. Let’s get you all cozy and a blanket and a hoodie and a few heat socks and a few tea and you may sit right here and watch TV as a lot as you need.” And their our bodies heal so quick that always that’s a really short-lived course of to start with.

What about congestion-specific? As a result of I do know this time of 12 months, a variety of youngsters will simply have that runny nostril or be congested and that may intrude with sleep and positively with play. Are there any suggestions particular to coughing or it’s not in congestion if possibly even they don’t have a fever, so possibly they’re not acutely uncomfortable, however they’ve simply acquired that congestion occurring?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. So, in congestion, clearly, the issues that we simply talked about for the cough, however one trick that lots of people don’t find out about is a moist sock technique. And it sounds so weird, however the way in which you do it, and truly my teenage youngsters are… My youngsters are outdated. And so they’re like, “Please, let’s do that moist sock technique as a result of I’ve a congestion.” So, the way in which it really works, you really want only a sizzling bathtub and also you want a bucket or a bowl of water with ice cubes, a pair of cotton socks, and a pair of wool socks. And the kid takes a shower or the grownup, you are taking a pleasant heat bathtub, you get the physique heated up ,not too sizzling, however you get it heated up. And then you definitely take as you dry them after the bathtub and you are taking the present pair of socks. You allow it within the water with ice cubes so it’s tremendous chilly. You wring them out and you set the chilly socks onto the ft of the kid that simply got here out of the new bathtub and you set these on and then you definitely take wool socks which might be dry and you set them on prime of that. Then the kid will get in jammies, you wrap them up in a blanket, and we’re going night-night. Go away a blanket…one other pair of jammies by the facet of the mattress in case they get away right into a sweat in the midst of the evening. However what occurs is that I’ve been fascinated.

I’ve been utilizing this trick in my clinic for now three years. And everyone is like, “However what’s the technique? How does this work?” As a result of it really works 90% of the time. It’s unimaginable. And the explanation the way it works is definitely on the identical premise as, like, those who do the chilly plunge, which, by the way in which, I might die. However as a substitute of doing the chilly plunge, you simply do it in your ft. After we go into a chilly plungey ice tub, what occurs is the physique vasoconstricts, which implies we’re shutting down. And when the physique goes…it feels prefer it’s underneath assault, it begins making cytokines. And I do know in COVID, we’ve heard about cytokine storm and we’re all freaking out. Cytokines are our mates in a specific amount. So, once you get into this chilly state, the physique releases cytokines, that are potent inflammatory cells that we’d like, which stimulates the immune system, which will get the chilly out of there. You are able to do this simply together with your ft as a result of we now have all these nerve endings within the backside of our ft, which make our ft… In Chinese language medication, there’s a complete research known as reflexology and all they do is they really use your ft with a view to heal your organs. So, we use the ft as mainly the door to the soul, if you’ll. And you may simply put the ft in there to launch the cytokines.

One other factor that occurs is once you go from a really heat to a really chilly surroundings, it creates like a pump as a result of in a heat surroundings, the vessels dilate, which implies open up, once you go chilly surroundings, they shut down, which implies they, like, squeeze tight. So, the opening and shutting factor truly causes our lymphatic system to maneuver higher as a result of our lymph nodes, we’re protecting lymph nodes from our head to our toe, however there’s no pump to the lymphatic system. It simply drains in its personal manner. And when it will get clogged up, it takes us longer to recover from an sickness. When we now have this sizzling chilly scenario creates a pump that will get the physique shifting higher, it additionally hastens your coronary heart as a result of it’s making an attempt to…it’s underneath assault. And the extra blood that’s circulating, the extra we get rid of the toxins out of our physique and the extra oxygen we carry in every single place. So, this little tip is nice since you’re not gonna submerge a younger little one into a chilly bathtub, however you possibly can put their ft in chilly moist socks. After which by the morning time, all of the socks are dry each time.

Katie: That may be a new one. I’ve not heard of that, but it surely makes a lot sense. And it strains up with a tip I inform folks as a result of I do chilly remedy lots. I like the chilly plunge. However due to all these blood vessels in your ft and your fingers, should you’re not sick, I discover that’s the factor that will get folks particularly in the event that they’re new to the chilly is your ft and fingers really feel a lot sooner. And so far as should you’re , like, you’re doing chilly plunge for weight reduction advantages, as an illustration, and never for getting over an sickness, the fingers and ft are simply further painful. There’s probably not a lot fats in your fingers and ft. So, you’re not getting the profit there. So, I discovered that carrying neoprene scuba socks lets me keep within the chilly plunge for a lot longer due to this very same factor. So, it’s type of the inverse of what you’re saying. For those who wanna keep within the chilly plunge longer once you’re not sick, put on neoprene socks, however use that to your benefit with youngsters. It is a sensible tip. I’ve by no means heard this one. So, so excited that you simply simply shared that and hope my youngsters don’t get sick anytime quickly, but when they do, I’ve a brand new factor in my toolkit to strive. That’s superior.

One other factor that appears to be actually widespread this time of 12 months is ear infections. And I’ve a variety of my very own theories about this, particularly when, , chilly and flu season, but it surely satirically at all times tends to start out proper after Halloween and extra sugar consumption after which this complete, like, cascade of consuming sugar for 3 months straight.

However that apart, there are many ear infections proper now. They appear to extend this time of 12 months. They’re additionally, it appears to be one of many issues the place antibiotics are most prescribed, regardless that no less than the literature I’ve learn says that the overwhelming majority of them are usually not ones that want antibiotics. So, they’re additionally actually uncomfortable for teenagers. So, when our youngsters come dwelling with an ear an infection, what are a few of these first-line of protection issues we are able to do?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Ear infections are about to hit an all-time excessive this time of the 12 months. And also you’re proper, it begins after Halloween, there’s a complete correlation with sugar. And enjoyable truth, when we now have about 100 grams of sugar in a single sitting which is one bottle of Coke or a slice of cake, your immune system slows down, nearly shuts down, if you’ll, for as much as 5 hours. Because of this youngsters get so sick after birthday events. And such as you mentioned, right here we go, it’s Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas, so, it’s a sugar extravaganza.

Different issues that we all know have an effect on us, processed meals and dairy, dairy being an inflammatory meals for lots of people thickens the mucus. When your little one comes dwelling and has the ear… Normally, the ear ache occurs at nighttime. And the explanation that’s, your little one is congested, has a variety of boogers, they lay down at evening, and all of the fluid from the face truly leads to their eustachian tubes, which is the ear tubes, and that stress and that fluid causes a variety of ache in the midst of the evening, in order that they get up screaming.

In fact, fever occurs at evening. Fever occurs at evening as a result of that’s when the immune system is most awake. And when the immune system is most awake, that’s after we’re gonna generate our fever and our protection. Anyway. So, in the midst of the evening after they get up, then we’re in an entire panic, so within the morning, we’re dashing to the physician. The physician says, “Oh, my gosh, the ear is purple. And so they have some fluid or pus. And now we’d like antibiotics.” And also you’re like, “Oh, my gosh, completely.” Effectively, it seems that the American Academy of Pediatrics of their coverage assertion says that youngsters over six months of age have an 80% probability of getting over their ear an infection with none antibiotics. That doesn’t imply that we’re gonna let the kids be in ache, however what which means is, like, effectively, it doesn’t imply that we gotta take antibiotics immediately. This recommendation just isn’t for teenagers which might be tremendous sick or laying round, they’re excessive fever, they appear terrible. That’s not what we’re speaking about. We’re speaking concerning the teen who has 101 fever, is enjoying however often complaining of an ear ache, or my favourite, the youngsters that don’t have any signs, they’re simply actually stuffy, however on examination, we discover ear infections.

So, for ache, garlic oil drops, which truly I do know that you simply’ve blogged about and talked about, the garlic oil drops are a very nice treatment to assist ease the ache. The following factor is a saltwater spray that we talked about within the nostril to scrub the nostril and suction the boogers out. Different issues, danger elements for ear infections are gonna be our pacifiers, smoking, bottle-feeding, the way in which you maintain the bottle for the infant. These issues are identified to be within the prime class, after all, daycare as a result of they’re uncovered to all this stuff.

However there’s one factor that not many individuals speak about within the remedy for ear an infection, and that’s cranial sacral remedy, which has been round for a very long time. That is nothing new. And it was developed, , within the 1800s by an osteopath and it didn’t catch a lot on then as a result of what he mentioned was like, “Oh, the explanation we’re gonna do that remedy, as a result of we are able to transfer the cranium bones.” And that was like that’s loopy discuss. When you’re mature, how was your cranium bone shifting? It’s not. Effectively, then one other 50, 75 years later, one other physician of osteopathic medication was like, “No, no, no. There’s a manner that we are able to do light stress on the cranium and the bones within the face and the backbone and it helps enhance the motion of the cerebral spinal fluid.” And the motion of the fluid truly helps transfer, shift stuff out as a result of in our physique, we’re created of water, of vitality, proper, of various chemical compounds or totally different molecules, however every thing is in movement. We’re at all times… Our physique is repeatedly in movement even once you sleep.

So, this fluid, and particularly if we consider our face, the place does nearly all of the viruses and micro organism come into our physique from, our face? Every thing is our nostril and our eyes and our mouth. The place does meals come? In our face. So, every thing that we… Not every thing. However a variety of stuff that we settle for into our physique is available in our face. And after we are… That is clogged up. Our sinuses are clogged up. Possibly your terminates, which is the issues inside your nostril, possibly you have got nostril palates, possibly your palate is a bit of off, possibly your tonsils are huge, your adenoids are huge. That causes an obstruction, which might result in ear infections.

And cranial sacral remedy, which I truly noticed it in motion with my daughter who two years in the past she was 18, horrible sinus an infection, like, the sort, like, enamel harm, you lean ahead, and your face is falling off. And he or she was like two weeks in. She comes dwelling crying from college, she’s like, “Please give me antibiotics.” And I’m like, “No antibiotics for you.” So, we went to a cranial sacral therapist who did this particular manipulation and inside an hour, she felt her sinuses open up, she felt effervescent in her face, her ears have been much less stress, her headache acquired higher. We had to return a few extra occasions. And he or she was capable of overcome a very terrible sinus an infection with none antibiotics. And over time, I’ve seen so many sufferers in that path. And since they’re capable of open these station tubes, manipulate the areas in your face, we’re capable of transfer the fluid, and now the micro organism can simply get out of there.

Katie: Is that this the factor that’s obtainable in most areas now? Like what ought to somebody search for? Simply Google craniosacral sacral remedy?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. Plenty of occasions, you’re like, “I had no concept that was round us.” I’m like, “Yeah, since you by no means appeared for it.” As a result of should you put like, “What are some treatments for ear infections?” that by no means comes up. Not that I’ve ever seen. However should you put craniosacral therapist, there’s a variety of of us that do it individually. And now, truly, we now have a number of areas, a number of bodily remedy firms on the town who take insurance coverage who provide cranial sacral remedy.

Katie: That’s superior. Are there any at-home variations of that? I do know, clearly, you’ll must be a educated craniosacral therapist to do this particularly, however can, like, even simply light therapeutic massage of the pinnacle and neck be useful at the same time as a consolation measure?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. Really, there’s YouTube movies that present you, you probably have a variety of ear stress, the right way to manipulate your eustachian tubes with a unique stress in your ear lobes in a selected manner for a selected length that really will open up. And you are able to do that in your youngsters, you are able to do that on your self. Plenty of of us that go to craniosacral remedy, they go as soon as, and the therapist reveals them what to do at dwelling and provides them a variety of instruments, so then you definitely don’t need to go like 1000 occasions. However sure, there’s truly YouTube movies that present you the right way to lower stress throughout the eustachian tube.

Katie: That’s superior. And I do know only for, like, a consolation perspective, when my youngsters have had ear ache out, they like after I simply, like, gently therapeutic massage across the ear and even, like, the edges of the neck and down, which appears to assist type of that draining. Or making, like, type of the thought of the salt once more, placing some salt in a sock and heating it up, after which placing that heat salt on their neck or on prime of their ear appears to assist possibly draw a few of that fluid as effectively. However I feel the craniosacral tip is big, particularly as a result of it will probably type of cease that cycle. Since a variety of youngsters are likely to get type of in a cycle of ear infections, it looks as if as soon as they begin getting them, it may be extra recurring. Do you see that as effectively, like, as soon as youngsters get ear infections, they’re extra vulnerable to ear infections?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. And right here’s a enjoyable truth. It’s truly in… They did a research the place they put half the kids on antibiotics immediately, after which they put… They did the watchful ready within the different half. And the half that didn’t get antibiotics, that they had much less recurrent ear an infection, much less tubes, much less continual points. And the youngsters that acquired antibiotics immediately, that they had extra ear infections, extra tubes, the surgical procedure to eliminate ear infections, and extra continual infections. And that’s as a result of when you turn out to be on the antibiotic practice, it impacts your intestine microbiome, such as you talked about on a regular basis. After which the extra we have an effect on the intestine microbiome, the extra resistant micro organism we develop in our our bodies, after which with each chilly, increase, the resistant micro organism simply jumps in. Additionally, as a result of we didn’t talk about why did they’ve an ear an infection within the first place? Did we loosen up any clogged stuff? Did we cope with their anatomy? Did we cope with their immune system? So, we didn’t… Whenever you’re not coping with a root explanation for their ear an infection, the physique simply is aware of chilly ear an infection, chilly ear an infection. And the cycle simply goes on and on and on.

Katie: And we talked a bit of bit about sugar consumption already, however are there every other issues… I do know that there’s gonna be a component of generally issues simply go round extra simply. Within the winter, we now have much less sunshine, we’re not exterior as a lot. All these issues. However understanding that there are issues we are able to do to assist type of keep away from this course of earlier than it begins. What are some useful suggestions for folks that may assist, like, both scale back the probability of getting this stuff or make them much less extreme that we are able to do preventatively earlier than we get them?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Effectively, lots of people discuss concerning the viruses and handwashing. Clearly, it’s crucial. We’re very comfortable that handwashing is now a development. However one of many issues we don’t speak about that not solely is it chilly within the winter, however the humidity drops considerably within the winter. The air turns into very dry. And we see the rise in chilly and flu is within the wintertime and everyone normally affiliate it, “Effectively, it’s simply chilly and we’re indoors.” Which is true, however the one indisputable fact that has been uncovered by a superb scientist from Harvard and in addition from Yale is that humidity performs an amazing position in each prevention and resulting in the problem. So, what do I imply by that?

When we now have low humidity, in our physique, we now have these little hairs inside our nostril, , the hairs that develop extra once you become older. I don’t perceive. However anyway, once you’re youthful, we now have hairs inside our nostril and inside our ears and inside our lungs, they’re known as cilia, they usually transfer up and down after which they get the mucus out. In dry air, the cilia turn out to be much less energetic. They turn out to be extra pokey. And so they’re much less capable of take away the particles within the mucus.

Additionally, when it’s dry, the airway cells are usually not capable of regenerate or heal themselves as simply as once you’re in a moist surroundings. And one other loopy factor, and that is all present in lab research with rats to verify on how humidity impacts the airway. In low humid environments, the cells can’t discuss to one another. There’s a cell sign known as interferons that the cells use to speak with each other. And in low humidity environments, the cells can’t transmit the interferons between the cells, thus lowering the communication which ends up in extra irritation and an infection.

So, a beautiful woman known as Stephanie Taylor from Harvard who was a working towards doctor for 20 years after which she was like, “One thing just isn’t proper.” Then she went and acquired a grasp’s in structure, as you do, as a result of she was actually considering how buildings are created and constructed as a result of she actually felt that there was one thing to the air humidity. And primarily based on all her analysis, she discovered that in hospitals, the primary purpose for transmission of infections was not handwashing, was truly the humidity, the indoor humidity share in hospitals that led to extra transmissions of viral and bacterial sicknesses that you simply catch within the hospital. She took it one step additional and labored with Mayo Clinic the place they really went to a preschool setting they usually took half the lecture rooms in a preschool and put humidifiers. After which within the different half of the lecture rooms, no humidifiers.

Within the classroom with humidifiers, there was a two-thirds discount in absenteeism from flu, chilly, and viral sicknesses as in comparison with the classroom the place there have been no humidifiers. And so now they’ve accomplished a lot analysis they usually’ve discovered that the candy spot for humidity within the wintertime to forestall chilly and flu and enable you recover from your chilly and flu sooner is between 40% and 60% as a result of lots of people are like, “Oh, my gosh, but when we now have humidity, then we’re gonna have mould.” And I reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is a moldy holy city. And so we’re all paranoid about mould. However mould doesn’t develop at 40%. Proper about 58% is after we begin seeing mould. So, there’s now these fabulous humidity screens you possibly can have in your own home and it tells you precisely what the humidity is and make it possible for is between 40% and 58%. And then you definitely get a humidifier that’s not gonna develop mould. And that can assist and also you run it by the wintertime in your school rooms, in hospitals, in your house, and you will note a big discount in chilly and flu transmission this time of the 12 months, particularly with the massive holidays coming round.

Katie: I’m actually glad you introduced up the mould piece as a result of that was gonna be a query I had for you. And I do know lots of people are rightly involved about mould. So, simply to ensure I heard that proper. It’s between like 40% and 50%, you’re undoubtedly superb for mould. It’s over like 58% is when that threshold is?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Sure, right.

Katie: Okay.

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What about important oils being type of subtle within the air? I do know a few of these launch humidity as effectively. Does that accomplish any of the identical factor or would you like a selected humidifier for this?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Effectively, right here’s the factor. If in case you have your humidity monitor, you possibly can truly verify and see in case your diffuser is definitely placing out sufficient humidity in your world as a result of that additionally is determined by the place you reside. For those who’re gonna reside within the northern climates, you’re gonna most likely be drier than should you reside within the South. Within the south, we most likely have extra humidity than the north.

So, beginning out with what your humidity is in the home and seeing if the present system you have got in your own home is definitely offering you with enough humidity earlier than you exit and purchase one thing else. Apart from that, I can’t remark as a result of, , important oil diffusers is determined by the dimensions of them, is determined by the dimensions of the room, is determined by the air flow within the room. So, that’s why I’m like, what? You get this Accu… Accuride is the factor. I’ve no affiliation with it. The Accuride monitor is 10 bucks on Amazon. You’ve gotten it after which it offers you, like, in real-time what the humidity in your own home is.

Katie: That’s superior. I’ll make it possible for’s linked within the present notes as a result of I do know… I keep in mind as a child, I acquired strep lots after I was little. And I keep in mind my dad and mom had a humidifier that they might placed on in my room, however we lived in a really dry space. And it’s not one thing I’ve ever actually thought of now as a result of I reside in a extra humid space. However I’ve seen because the air has gotten cooler these final two weeks, that I discover how a lot drier it’s and my youngsters are like, “My lips are chapped.” And in order that makes a lot sense particularly within the winter why we might be noticing that distinction.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. After which by the truth that it’s truly one of many the reason why we’re seeing such a spike in viruses. And what I actually love about this info is that it places the facility again in our fingers as a substitute of like, “Oh, nothing we are able to do. It’s winter. We’re simply gonna get sick.” I’m like, “No. You possibly can truly enhance your indoor air high quality that will help you combat the chilly and flu and also you’re not one other statistic.”

Katie: That’s superior. Separate of the humidity, are you a fan of diffusing any important oils only for the consolation measure or to assist? I do know that folks say, like, eucalyptus can assist with the respiratory. Do you employ any of these?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I do love important oils. I feel they do play a giant position in all totally different sorts of issues in your complications, in your sleep, for leisure. However I do use eucalyptus and I do use peppermint in sure ages. You gotta discuss to your supplier and be sure to use the precise dosage for you and your loved ones and just remember to’re not delicate. However sure, they will do an enormous profit in enhancing your immune system and in addition serving to clear your airway.

Katie: Superior. After which what about any… Are you followers of any of the treatments or dietary supplements for teenagers as type of preventative whether or not it’d be vitamin C or is it higher to… Do you, like, focus extra on the meals facet of this? Like one factor I do with my youngsters is we drink lemon water each morning simply because it helps with hydration after sleeping and in addition as a result of it’s acquired that little little bit of vitamin C which I do know remains to be a small quantity. However something like that that you simply suggest both from meals or from dietary supplements that may be useful?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I’m a giant meals is thy medication type of physician as a result of, , in dietary supplements… Hear, I like my dietary supplements. They’re superior. They’re the brand new fabulous development. Nonetheless, Mom Nature has already offered us with wonderful nutritional vitamins and minerals in our meals. And consuming the rainbow is likely one of the ways in which it’s your each day multivitamin, if you’ll. And one of many issues that I at all times do on my social media, we speak about plant factors and do contests on what number of vegetation you will get into your weight loss program. I’m not saying it’s important to be vegan, however the extra vegetation that you would be able to get, the extra minerals and nutritional vitamins. And vitamin D is a tough one to get as a result of it’s winter now, we are able to’t be exterior, we reside in a polluted world and blah, blah. However right here’s one meals that’s actually excessive in vitamin D. I do know everybody’s been ready for it. It’s sardines. And it’s a tricky one as a result of in america, sardines are usually not our primary meals, however I’ll let you know in Romania, in European nations, sardines are wonderful. It’s the highest vitamin D meals and lowest mercury fish that you would be able to have. It additionally offers you vitamin E and Omega III. So, increase, powerhouse in your immune system. But when not, you possibly can actually do a vitamin D liquid or complement, be sure it doesn’t have any meals coloring in it. And if it’s in oil, it’s gonna be more practical than it’s in a capsule.

I like zinc. Zinc is superior. Zinc, after all, we discover it in fancy meals like liver and oysters. We’re very bougie in my clinic. All the youngsters need to eat oysters and sardines. However that’s very excessive zinc meals which might be very useful for the immune system. Clearly, they’re dietary supplements. Vitamin C is superior. The primary meals for vitamin C is definitely guava, adopted by purple peppers. I’ve one little one of mine that simply eats purple peppers, like, they’re going out of fashion. I’m like, “Effectively, he’s good with vitamin C.” However you will get your Vitamin C. And right here’s the opposite factor. After we get our nutritional vitamins from meals, we now have to get it in a lot much less portions than after we get it from a tablet as a result of Mom Nature is in symbiotic relationship with our physique. And our physique is aware of the right way to get the vitamin C from purple peppers. It’s having a bit of more durable time getting the vitamin C from a complement particularly… We don’t know. Not all dietary supplements are created equal. Whenever you’re on the lookout for vitamin C, I recommend that you simply be sure it’s liposomal. Once more, it’s surrounded by fats, which is able to assist the absorption of vitamin C. In any other case, further vitamin C, you simply pee it out.

And naturally, when we now have a weight loss program wealthy in vegetables and fruit, that helps us with probiotics and that signifies that the vegetables and fruit feed the microbiome, that are the micro organism that reside in our intestine as a result of, enjoyable truth, within the grownup physique, three to 4 kilos of our weight is definitely micro organism weight in our guts. So, we gotta feed these dangerous boys as a result of they’re…60% to 80% of our immune system lies in our intestine and the micro organism in our intestine are chargeable for how robust our immune system is. And so they actually prefer to be fed vegetables and fruit, regardless that your style buds won’t, however they do. And I’ll use elderberry this time of the 12 months or the opposite one which I take advantage of elderberry. I want a neighborhood elderberry. If you may make it at dwelling, that’s superior, if not, discover an individual that makes it as a result of native particularly with native uncooked honey is superior than every other gummies that you would be able to get from, , a complement firm.

Katie: We’re huge followers of elderberry in our home. And I like that you simply talked about sardines as effectively. I’ve written about this. And folks push again, I feel, due to the style. However I’m like, actually, should you can be taught to like them, which is a factor as dad and mom we inform our youngsters, , “Preserve making an attempt. Your physique will be taught to like it.” Hey, it really works for grownups too. But it surely’s cheap in comparison with all different kinds of seafood. It’s truly an general cheap protein supply. And I’ve seen, like, simply making that my default lunch, sardines with, like, both I’ll chop up pickles or cucumbers or salad or no matter or make, like, tuna salad however with sardines, such a simple swap. You get all that protein, such as you mentioned, all these nutritional vitamins, and you’ll be taught to like it over time.

Dr. Ana-Maria: what I inform folks as a result of they’re, like, open… For those who by no means eat sardines, you open the can of sardines and also you see the lifeless fish and if we’re gonna be trustworthy, they’re simply lifeless carcasses in there. Okay. Effectively, don’t eat the entire can. Simply get a chunk out of it. So, I like the tuna fish concept as a result of should you’re making tuna fish salad, you possibly can simply get, , an inch of sardine and mush it in together with your tuna fish salad. You gained’t even realize it’s there. It’s simply visually you’re like, “Oh, my God, it’s a lifeless carcass.” And I’m like, “Okay. Effectively, your salmon was a lifeless carcass too, so is the rooster, , however you don’t visualize them in a can, so then it’s a bit of totally different.” However yeah, begin off small. Tiny little bites. Identical to I inform my small folks, tiny little bites and over time, your style buds alter.

Katie: Yeah. And nice for folks to start out with as a result of I really feel like, , youngsters do a few of what we are saying, however they discover extra of what we do. So, if we do it, then our youngsters usually tend to strive it as effectively or no less than in my home. Anytime I put meals on my plate, my youngsters usually tend to eat that meals than no matter they have been consuming.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Effectively, in my home, as a result of my husband was my greatest problem as we went by our wellness journey, at any time when I might put one thing new on the plate, the youngsters would look down and they might have a look at him instantly and I used to be like, “Make a face. Go forward and simply make one face as a result of I’m gonna lunge over this desk.” As a result of they knew. They might know if dad makes a bizarre face and that is bizarre and we’re not consuming it. So, my first order of enterprise was engaged on the hubs with a view to get the youngsters to eat a extra diversified weight loss program.

Katie: Did that get higher over time? I do know I hear from a variety of ladies who’re like, “My husband is my hardest one in terms of maintaining a healthy diet.”

Dr. Ana-Maria: No. He’s so superior now. He’s now writing my eczema e-book as a result of he’s like, “Oh, my gosh, I’ve seen such modifications in our household and in sufferers and stuff. I’m an entire believer.” So, yeah, my man now eats like 30 plant factors a day, full rainbow weight loss program. I imply, his fast-food days have been lengthy gone, regardless that he nonetheless complains about it generally if we’re gonna be trustworthy. However, yeah. No. He’s a complete convert.

Katie: That’s superior. And that’s a complete one other dialog about eczema, however undoubtedly curious to proceed that in some unspecified time in the future as a result of that’s one other one I hear from a variety of dad and mom about. However within the curiosity of respecting your time right now, I do know you’re additionally busy and in observe right now. The couple of questions I like to ask towards the tip of interviews, the primary being, if there’s a e-book or quite a few books which have profoundly impacted your life, and if that’s the case, what they’re and why.

Dr. Ana-Maria: So, two books that everybody has to get is “Fiber Fueled,” which is a e-book that speaks concerning the energy of vegetation. It’s written by a gastroenterologist, Dr. Will… Okay. I’ve to learn his title as a result of I can’t keep in mind. Dr. Bulsiewicz. I kill that title. No. It’s Dr. Will. It doesn’t matter. Simply Google “Fiber Fueled.” It’s an incredible e-book that tells you concerning the energy of vegetation and all of the science behind the facility of vegetation. After which the second e-book is “Sugarproof.” “Sugarproof” is by Dr. Michael Goran. And he goes manner deep into sugar and the way sugar impacts youngsters’s our bodies and the way it impacts the mind. I’ve discovered a lot wonderful science from each of those medical doctors. And it goes into only a totally different manner of how meals heals us and the way meals can harm us.

Katie: Fascinating. And any parting recommendation you wanna depart with the listeners right now that we haven’t touched on?

Dr. Ana-Maria: The one factor that we talked about a number of occasions throughout our podcast right now is actually simply having the…give the kids the tincture of time and let the physique do its factor. Have the religion and confidence that every thing that you simply do on daily basis is that after they do get a illness or an sickness, their physique will have the ability to overcome it with the instruments it already has. Don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of. Much less is greatest in terms of acute points in a chilly and flu season.

Katie: Excellent. And I do know I’ve hyperlinks that folks can discover particularly your programs that contact on a few of the issues we’ve talked about right now. However the place can folks discover you on-line in the event that they wanna continue to learn from you?

Dr. Ana-Maria: So, I made… On Instagram, I do tons of free recommendation. And on YouTube, I’m going grocery purchasing as a result of, oh, my gosh, meals has turn out to be such a complicated, tough to navigate journey. So, I’m going to Costco, and Goal, and Walmart on my YouTube channel and present you the way to buy various things. We’re doing Thanksgiving this month. And to make your life a bit of simpler, I put collectively a holistic pediatric guide the place I do matters from A to Z from cough to zits, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, you title it. I offer you all of the holistic suggestions so you possibly can have it in a helpful dandy format that we’re repeatedly updating with the most recent info and the most recent information that I’m discovering.

Katie: Superior. I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes as effectively. I understand how busy you’re as a working towards doctor. Thanks a lot in your time right now. I undoubtedly took notes and I discovered a number of actually sensible issues I’ve by no means tried. And hopefully none of us must, however the odds are a few of us will. So, thanks a lot for sharing.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Thanks a lot. This was nice.

Katie: And thanks, as at all times, to all of you guys for listening and sharing your most respected sources, your time, vitality, and a spotlight with us right now. We’re each so grateful that you simply did, and I hope that you’ll be part of me once more on the subsequent episode of “The Wellness Mama Podcast.”

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