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

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

She’s actually well-known for her in depth expertise within the remedy of eczema and autoimmune illnesses, however on this episode, she shared some actually sensible suggestions for coping with minor sicknesses at residence, issues from what to do in regards to the flu, why to not fear a few fever usually, the distinction between inside 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 think about getting over sicknesses shortly, and her moist sock technique. In case you have not heard of this, it’s for getting over sicknesses shortly, and I’m positively going to attempt it with my children 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 loads. I took notes. These are all within the notes at wellnessmama.fm. Let’s be a 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 talk with you. And we’re gonna go deep on some related matters for this time of 12 months. However earlier than we leap 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 bit.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Once I was little, I grew up in Romania. And in Romania in 1975, you didn’t actually have, you understand, pets, per se, however I received a rooster and his identify 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 wanting 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 on 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 plenty of feelings all wrapped in a single.

Dr. Ana-Maria: It’s a bit tough. Slightly 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 the USA in 1984. So, we lived below full communism and we had the total immersion expertise. We didn’t know something higher or something completely different, so we simply lived our life. And once we got here to the U.S. we realized all of the issues that we didn’t have. For instance, once you went grocery procuring, the grocery shops are…the cabinets are empty. And also you go to the shop and perhaps they convey bread that day and you must go within the morning to get your quantity and also you come again within the afternoon along with your quantity and also you line up on 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. They usually did the identical factor for meat, identical factor for butter, for cherry. So, I bear in mind sitting in strains for hours till we received 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 lots of of containers on a retailer shelf, my mother cried. She was, like, overcome by the quantity of meals that’s in the USA.

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

Dr. Ana-Maria: Positive.

Katie: Nicely, I do know now that you’ve got a lot experience in so many various areas, however I believed it could be actually related this time of 12 months to go deep on some sensible instruments for households, particularly dad and mom with children 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 gentler on them. So, there’s plenty of instructions we are able to go. However I believe I’ve received some notes on actually cool ones and concepts which are perhaps exterior even the norm of holistic or integrative observe that oldsters can do at residence. And I’m excited to delve deep on these. So, I assume to start out broad, let’s sort of delve into the concept 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 it’s extra snug or to run its course extra comfortably. So, let’s begin there.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Nicely, you understand, when viruses come and invade our physique, they will trigger plenty of havoc. And one of many issues that we all know as we’ve skilled not too long ago with the completely different viruses is that our nostril begins working. And the explanation that occurs is as a result of the physique is producing plenty of fluid to principally wash out the viral particles. The wetter the within of the nostril, the tougher it’s for the virus to catch, maintain, and seize, and invade.

Then we’ve got our coughing mechanism. The coughing may be very protecting. It helps us throw out the invading particles as nicely. We frequently go like, “Oh, my gosh, I’ve a cough and, subsequently, I’m already sick.” I’m like, “No, really, that’s at first it helps our physique eliminate it.” After which, you understand, 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 children, I imply, the considered my children having a fever would ship me right into a coronary heart assault. However I knew even after I was working towards conventional drugs that fever is the physique’s manner of defending us. And if we perceive why fever protects us, we’re much less prone to leap on the remedy prepare which, as a result of we’re panicked as dad and mom as a result of we predict, you understand, febrile seizures and we predict mind harm. So, like, oh, my gosh, we received to guard the youngsters. So, we attain for drugs.

However the best way I often inform dad and mom I’m like, “Pay attention, once we turn out to be uncovered to a virus, so it’s sitting on the market, any individual coughs in our face, the virus and his 50 buddies attempt to invade our physique. They usually use our physique as a photocopy machine as a result of the virus can not dwell by itself.” It can not simply dwell on the desk for days and months. It has to make use of a human physique as a bunch 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 combating 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 buddies made 200 copies of themselves, you let your baby have a fever. Now the physique has mounted hundreds of antibodies and is ready to overcome these virus particles in about 24, 48 hours, and your baby’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 isn’t 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 occasion once they’re photocopying their tushies.

So, it’s photocopying themselves. Now you may have hundreds of thousands of particles. So, inside 48 hours, the physique has now been invaded by hundreds of thousands of viral particles, and the particular person’s immune system is poking alongside barely attempting to make a dent in it. Now your baby’s sickness lasts one week, two weeks, six weeks as a result of we haven’t given the physique the prospect to combat. So, that’s my primary tip, is when your baby has a fever, actually do nothing. Hydration, relaxation. However we’re at all times like, “Okay. Nicely, we received’t use conventional fever reducers. However let’s use one thing else that lowered the fever.” And I’m like simply make the kid snug and let it trip. The human physique is aware of how one can combat for itself. We simply have to depart it alone as a result of we’re too hyperreactive to all the pieces. Should do, should do, at all times, particularly relating to our children as a result of there’s nothing tougher than watching our kids undergo.

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

And it was, you understand, 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 onerous as a mother or father to observe your child undergo that. However I believe 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 is perhaps a bit extra uncomfortable with out these ache relievers, long run, they’re gonna recover from it far more shortly. It looks as if particularly in children, are there instances and locations once 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 instances once we do have to be extra alert or frightened a few fever?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Nicely, certain. Now we have… This recommendation is for youths that don’t have thermal regulation points, which is main neurological circumstances. Kids that don’t have important seizure problems, these children, you might want to converse with their physician. When your baby… The largest concern is folks will say, “Nicely, the fever has been at 105 for 3 hours, subsequently, we’re gonna have mind harm.” 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 harm itself? It doesn’t.

Once you hear about folks having mind harm from excessive temperatures is from being left in a automotive in the summertime or for being exterior on the seashore with out safety. It’s exterior warmth. Internally, the physique will shield itself. And in case your baby has had febrile seizures otherwise you’re panicked about febrile seizures, you really… All many, many medical research have proven that irrespective of how a lot Tylenol Motrin you’re taking or across the clock otherwise you rotate, it’s not gonna forestall it. I often, am okay with fever reducers at night time when the kid can not relaxation comfortably. Sleep is so necessary for the immune system. So, you’ve executed all the pieces you’ll be able to, and now they’re a screaming mess they usually can not calm 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 snug so they might relaxation higher they usually don’t get dehydrated.

Katie: And it looks as if children’ 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 pretty much as good at getting fevers regardless that they’re nice for us, it looks as if children 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 favored it to. So, not that I might advocate 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 truly assist my physique facilitate that warmth. Is that for adults solely? I do know I’m not gonna advocate that for youths. Is that really helpful for adults? If you happen to increase your physique temperature a bit bit externally, can which have the identical impact?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I really subscribe to the identical therapeutic administration that you just simply mentioned, not for the youngsters, however for adults. If you happen to can go right into a sizzling tub that, clearly, is gonna be with low chlorine. If you happen to go into your bathtub with Epsom salts, you probably have an infrared sauna or sauna, I completely advocate that. I do the identical factor. I am 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 completely different than us. They’ll dehydrate a lot shortly. Now, that’s an exterior warmth that might doubtlessly hurt them, so that you don’t wanna do this. However sure, in adults and older teenagers, that may be a fabulous therapeutic choice.

Katie: And the Epsom salt baths, not even a brilliant sizzling one however only a regular Epsom salt tub, I really feel like is a good consolation measure for youths 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 at the least be extra snug whereas they’re going via that fever course of.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Completely. And that’s the magnesium within the Epsom salts. The magnesium is a easy muscle relaxant and it helps the interior. 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 relating to coughs as a result of that’s one other one which tends to make children fairly uncomfortable. And I do know as a mother, my coronary heart goes out to my children once 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 each time attainable. We haven’t really ever had to make use of them in our home. What are a few of the treatments you advocate for serving to calm the cough down or is that one other factor we let run its course?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Cough might be so distressing. Oh, my gosh. The nighttime cough, and the nighttime is often when the coughing begins and nobody’s sleeping, so my dad and mom are available in, 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. The truth is, I used to be a part of a examine that recruited all these children to check honey versus widespread cough medicines from over-the-counter and confirmed that honey was far superior than another issues over-the-counter, the bathtub that we talked about.

And one factor that, you understand, comes out of the medical literature that lots of people don’t learn about, and enjoyable truth, plenty 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 folks that 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 may have a major enchancment in airway clearance and in loosening of the cough particles and higher respiration. The truth is, the examine was executed in youngsters that have been on low to medium dose inhaled steroids due to their bronchial asthma. And once they got the salt room remedy in parallel with their inhaled steroids, they confirmed that they’d much less coughs, much less sick days, and higher train endurance and higher airway circulation 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, useless cell tissues, and get them out of your system.

Katie: That’s so fascinating. Is there any technique to facilitate that at residence if somebody perhaps isn’t near a spot with the salt room? Can we use… I do know there’s salt inhalers now. I preserve salt blocks in my sauna for that cause. However are there another methods we are able to facilitate that at residence?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I scoured the literature with salt inhalers and the info is just not nice. The information is a lot better for the salt rooms. The salt inhalers, use it with warning. Once more, it’s some price to the entire thing. Can it damage you? Relying if you happen to’re not utilizing it appropriately could make you cough extra, however once more, that’s extruding extra of the… So, I’m a bit 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 really soak up as a lot salt as wanted versus the salt that you just’re really spraying in any individual’s face.

Katie: Gotcha. What about… I do know I’ve seen plenty of the, like, saline nasal rinses really helpful for youths fairly a bit. The truth is, there’s even, I believe, 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 helpful once you’ve received that sort of congestion stuff occurring?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Oh, completely. A saltwater nostril spray is unbelievable as a result of now you’re getting the salt, you’re getting it deeper. You’re really rinsing the sinuses as a result of as we mentioned, when the virus enters our nostril, the drier it’s, the extra doubtless it’s to penetrate and invade. After we can preserve it good and moist particularly with a saline spray. The truth is, that’s considered one of my preventive measures. I’m like, wash your fingers and spray your nostril once you come residence from faculty and earlier than you go to highschool to maintain all the pieces shifting. Additionally, we often get sinus an infection as a result of all the pieces will get caught within the sinuses and a saltwater spray has a pleasant job of shifting stuff via. And in reality, the nostril spray you’re mentioning has Xylitol and grapefruit seed extract. They usually even have proven in scientific research in petri dishes to truly decrease COVID invasion into the physique, which is fairly superior. And they’re attempting to get FDA approval for emergency. That’s not occurred but. However they’re working research to see the way it really can forestall viral invasion into our tissues.

Katie: That’s superior. I do know I’ve at all times…that’s at all times been considered 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 do this earlier than and after. And I’m but to, you understand, knock on wooden but to get sick anytime I’ve executed 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 youths and it appears to appease their throat, however there’s additionally so many cool antibacterial properties in propolis. Are there another, like, pure merchandise like that that you just flip to as residence treatments?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I like propolis. I’ve it in my bag as nicely that’s, like, subsequent to my saline nostril spray. The 2 of them, my children assume it’s unbelievable. And different issues with cough, I imply, I am going again to the immune system. I do advocate elderberry, vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, and probiotics as immune system bundle to sort of increase up the immune system and eliminate the stuff. However typically, I preserve it fairly easy.

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

Dr. Ana-Maria: They’re so wonderful. I’ll inform you 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’ll sort out 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 all the pieces. We’re grabbing issues from over-the-counter. We’re getting the newest treatment. We’re googling all the pieces and attempting 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 salt spray. Perhaps put me in salt room. Give me some rooster noodle soup.” By the best way, that’s really studied within the medical literature. Hen noodle soup has great immune system properties to assist lower the length of your widespread chilly. And conserving it easy and giving it time.

Katie: Yeah. I believe that’s actually the important thing to all of it’s… However, you understand, my children don’t actually watch TV a lot. And once they’re sick is the one time that I’m like, “ what? Right here’s a listing 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’ll sit right here and watch TV as a lot as you need.” And their our bodies heal so quick that usually 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, plenty of children 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 perhaps even they don’t have a fever, so perhaps they’re not acutely uncomfortable, however they’ve simply received 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 learn about is a moist sock technique. And it sounds so weird, however the best way you do it, and really my teenage children are… My children are outdated. They usually’re like, “Please, let’s do that moist sock technique as a result of I’ve a congestion.” So, the best way it really works, you really want only a sizzling tub 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’re taking a pleasant heat tub, 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’re taking the present pair of socks. You permit it within the water with ice cubes so it’s tremendous chilly. You wring them out and you set the chilly socks onto the toes of the kid that simply got here out of the new tub and you set these on and then you definitely take wool socks which are 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 escape right into a sweat in the course of the night time. 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 unbelievable. And the explanation the way it works is definitely on the identical premise as, like, folks that do the chilly plunge, which, by the best way, I might die. However as an alternative of doing the chilly plunge, you simply do it on your toes. After we go into a chilly plungey ice tub, what occurs is the physique vasoconstricts, which suggests we’re shutting down. And when the physique goes…it feels prefer it’s below 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 buddies in a certain quantity. So, once you get into this chilly state, the physique releases cytokines, that are potent inflammatory cells that we want, which stimulates the immune system, which will get the chilly out of there. You are able to do this simply along with your toes as a result of we’ve got all these nerve endings within the backside of our toes, which make our toes… In Chinese language drugs, there’s a complete examine known as reflexology and all they do is they really use your toes with the intention to heal your organs. So, we use the toes as principally the door to the soul, if you’ll. And you’ll simply put the toes in there to launch the cytokines.

One other factor that occurs is once you go from a really heat to a really chilly setting, it creates like a pump as a result of in a heat setting, the vessels dilate, which suggests open up, once you go chilly setting, they shut down, which suggests they, like, squeeze tight. So, the opening and shutting factor really causes our lymphatic system to maneuver higher as a result of our lymph nodes, we’re masking 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’ve got this sizzling chilly state of affairs creates a pump that will get the physique shifting higher, it additionally hastens your coronary heart as a result of it’s attempting to…it’s below assault. And the extra blood that’s circulating, the extra we eradicate the toxins out of our physique and the extra oxygen we deliver all over the place. So, this little tip is nice since you’re not gonna submerge a younger baby into a chilly tub, however you’ll be able to put their toes 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, nevertheless it makes a lot sense. And it strains up with a tip I inform folks as a result of I do chilly remedy loads. I like the chilly plunge. However due to all these blood vessels in your toes and your fingers, if you happen to’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 toes and fingers really feel a lot sooner. And so far as if you happen to’re , like, you’re doing chilly plunge for weight reduction advantages, for example, and never for getting over an sickness, the fingers and toes are simply further painful. There’s not likely a lot fats in your fingers and toes. So, you’re not getting the profit there. So, I discovered that sporting neoprene scuba socks lets me keep within the chilly plunge for a lot longer due to this very same factor. So, it’s sort of the inverse of what you’re saying. If you happen to wanna keep within the chilly plunge longer once you’re not sick, put on neoprene socks, however use that to your benefit with children. This can be a good tip. I’ve by no means heard this one. So, so excited that you just simply shared that and hope my children don’t get sick anytime quickly, but when they do, I’ve a brand new factor in my toolkit to attempt. That’s superior.

One other factor that appears to be actually widespread this time of 12 months is ear infections. And I’ve plenty of my very own theories about this, particularly when, you understand, chilly and flu season, nevertheless it sarcastically at all times tends to start out proper after Halloween and extra sugar consumption after which this entire, 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 at the least the literature I’ve learn says that the overwhelming majority of them usually are not ones that want antibiotics. So, they’re additionally actually uncomfortable for youths. So, when our children come residence 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’ve got 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, virtually shuts down, if you’ll, for as much as 5 hours. Because of this children 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 baby comes residence and has the ear… Often, the ear ache occurs at nighttime. And the explanation that’s, your baby is congested, has plenty of boogers, they lay down at night time, and all of the fluid from the face really results in their eustachian tubes, which is the ear tubes, and that stress and that fluid causes plenty of ache in the course of the night time, so that they get up screaming.

After all, fever occurs at night time. Fever occurs at night time as a result of that’s when the immune system is most awake. And when the immune system is most awake, that’s once we’re gonna generate our fever and our protection. Anyway. So, in the course of the night time once 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. They usually have some fluid or pus. And now we want antibiotics.” And also you’re like, “Oh, my gosh, completely.” Nicely, 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 youngsters be in ache, however what meaning is, like, nicely, it doesn’t imply that we gotta take antibiotics straight away. This recommendation is just not for youths which are tremendous sick or laying round, they’re excessive fever, they appear terrible. That’s not what we’re speaking about. We’re speaking in regards to the teenager who has 101 fever, is enjoying however sometimes complaining of an ear ache, or my favourite, the youngsters that haven’t any signs, they’re simply actually stuffy, however on examination, we discover ear infections.

So, for ache, garlic oil drops, which really I do know that you just’ve blogged about and talked about, the garlic oil drops are a extremely nice treatment to assist ease the ache. The following factor is a saltwater spray that we talked about within the nostril to clean the nostril and suction the boogers out. Different issues, danger components for ear infections are gonna be our pacifiers, smoking, bottle-feeding, the best way 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 these items.

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, you understand, 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. Nicely, then one other 50, 75 years later, one other physician of osteopathic drugs was like, “No, no, no. There’s a manner that we are able to do mild 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 really helps transfer, shift stuff out as a result of in our physique, we’re created of water, of vitality, proper, of various chemical substances or completely different molecules, however all the pieces is in movement. We’re at all times… Our physique is constantly 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, all the pieces that we… Not all the pieces. However plenty of stuff that we settle for into our physique is available in our face. And once we are… That is clogged up. Our sinuses are clogged up. Perhaps your terminates, which is the issues inside your nostril, perhaps you may have nostril palates, perhaps your palate is a bit off, perhaps your tonsils are massive, your adenoids are massive. That causes an obstruction, which might result in ear infections.

And cranial sacral remedy, which I really noticed it in motion with my daughter who two years in the past she was 18, horrible sinus an infection, like, the type, like, tooth damage, you lean ahead, and your face is falling off. And she or he was like two weeks in. She comes residence crying from faculty, 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 received higher. We had to return a few extra instances. And she or he was in a position to overcome a extremely terrible sinus an infection with none antibiotics. And over time, I’ve seen so many sufferers in that course. And since they’re in a position to open these station tubes, manipulate the areas in your face, we’re in a position to transfer the fluid, and now the micro organism can simply get out of there.

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

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. Numerous instances, 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 if you happen to put like, “What are some treatments for ear infections?” that by no means comes up. Not that I’ve ever seen. However if you happen to put craniosacral therapist, there’s plenty of of us that do it individually. And now, really, we’ve got 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’d have to be a skilled craniosacral therapist to try this particularly, however can, like, even simply mild therapeutic massage of the pinnacle and neck be useful at the same time as a consolation measure?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. Truly, there’s YouTube movies that present you, you probably have plenty of ear stress, how one can manipulate your eustachian tubes with a distinct stress in your ear lobes in a particular manner for a particular 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. Numerous of us that go to craniosacral remedy, they go as soon as, and the therapist reveals them what to do at residence and offers them plenty of instruments, so then you definitely don’t should go like 1000 instances. However sure, there’s really YouTube movies that present you how one can lower stress inside the eustachian tube.

Katie: That’s superior. And I do know only for, like, a consolation perspective, when my children 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 sort of that draining. Or making, like, sort of the concept 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 perhaps draw a few of that fluid as nicely. However I believe the craniosacral tip is big, particularly as a result of it may well sort of cease that cycle. Since plenty of children are inclined to get sort 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 nicely, like, as soon as children get ear infections, they’re extra liable to ear infections?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Yeah. And right here’s a enjoyable truth. It’s really in… They did a examine the place they put half the youngsters on antibiotics straight away, after which they put… They did the watchful ready within the different half. And the half that didn’t get antibiotics, they’d much less recurrent ear an infection, much less tubes, much less continual points. And the youngsters that received antibiotics straight away, they’d 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 prepare, 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, growth, the resistant micro organism simply jumps in. Additionally, as a result of we didn’t focus on 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… Once you’re not coping with a root reason 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 bit about sugar consumption already, however are there another issues… I do know that there’s gonna be a component of generally issues simply go round extra simply. Within the winter, we’ve got 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 sort 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 chance of getting these items or make them much less extreme that we are able to do preventatively earlier than we get them?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Nicely, lots of people discuss in regards to the viruses and handwashing. Clearly, it’s essential. We’re very blissful that handwashing is now a pattern. 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 often affiliate it, “Nicely, it’s simply chilly and we’re indoors.” Which is true, however the one proven fact that has been uncovered by a superb scientist from Harvard and in addition from Yale is that humidity performs an amazing function in each prevention and resulting in the difficulty. So, what do I imply by that?

When we’ve got low humidity, in our physique, we’ve got these little hairs within our nostril, you understand, the hairs that develop extra once you grow old. I don’t perceive. However anyway, once you’re youthful, we’ve got 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. They usually’re much less in a position to take away the particles within the mucus.

Additionally, when it’s dry, the airway cells usually are not in a position to regenerate or heal themselves as simply as once you’re in a moist setting. And one other loopy factor, and that is all present in lab research with rats to examine on how humidity impacts the airway. In low humid environments, the cells can not 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 not transmit the interferons between the cells, thus lowering the communication which ends up in extra irritation and an infection.

So, a stunning girl known as Stephanie Taylor from Harvard who was a working towards doctor for 20 years after which she was like, “One thing is just not proper.” Then she went and received a grasp’s in structure, as you do, as a result of she was actually all in favour of 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 cause for transmission of infections was not handwashing, was really the humidity, the indoor humidity share in hospitals that led to extra transmissions of viral and bacterial sicknesses that you just 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 school rooms in a preschool and put humidifiers. After which within the different half of the school 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 executed a lot analysis they usually’ve discovered that the candy spot for humidity within the wintertime to stop chilly and flu and provide help to 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’ve got humidity, then we’re gonna have mould.” And I dwell 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 once we begin seeing mould. So, there’s now these fabulous humidity displays you’ll be able to 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 may assist and also you run it via the wintertime in your lecture rooms, in hospitals, in your house, and you will note a major discount in chilly and flu transmission this time of the 12 months, particularly with the large 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 positively advantageous for mould. It’s over like 58% is when that threshold is?

Dr. Ana-Maria: Sure, appropriate.

Katie: Okay.

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

Dr. Ana-Maria: Nicely, right here’s the factor. In case you have your humidity monitor, you’ll be able to really examine and see in case your diffuser is definitely placing out sufficient humidity on your world as a result of that additionally will depend on the place you reside. If you happen to’re gonna dwell within the northern climates, you’re gonna in all probability be drier than if you happen to dwell within the South. Within the south, we in all probability have extra humidity than the north.

So, beginning out with what your humidity is in the home and seeing if the present gadget you may have in your own home is definitely offering you with ample humidity earlier than you exit and purchase one thing else. Apart from that, I can’t remark as a result of, you understand, important oil diffusers will depend on the scale of them, will depend on the scale of the room, will depend on the air flow within the room. So, that’s why I’m like, you understand what? You get this Accu… Accuride is the factor. I’ve no affiliation with it. The Accuride monitor is 10 bucks on Amazon. You have got it after which it provides 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 bear in mind as a child, I received strep loads after I was little. And I bear 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 considered now as a result of I dwell in a extra humid space. However I’ve observed because the air has gotten cooler these final two weeks, that I discover how a lot drier it’s and my children 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 really one of many the explanation 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 an alternative of like, “Oh, nothing we are able to do. It’s winter. We’re simply gonna get sick.” I’m like, “No. You’ll be able to really enhance your indoor air high quality that can assist 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 individuals say, like, eucalyptus might help with the respiration. Do you utilize any of these?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I do love important oils. I believe they do play a giant function in all completely different sorts of issues on your complications, on 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 you use the best dosage for you and your loved ones and just be sure you’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 youths as sort 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 children is we drink lemon water each morning simply because it helps with hydration after sleeping and in addition as a result of it’s received that little little bit of vitamin C which I do know remains to be a small quantity. However something like that that you just advocate both from meals or from dietary supplements that may be useful?

Dr. Ana-Maria: I’m a giant meals is thy drugs sort of physician as a result of, you understand, in dietary supplements… Pay attention, I like my dietary supplements. They’re superior. They’re the brand new fabulous pattern. Nonetheless, Mom Nature has already supplied 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 day by 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 you must 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 dwell 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 the USA, sardines usually are not our primary meals, however I’ll inform you 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 provides you vitamin E and Omega III. So, growth, powerhouse on your immune system. But when not, you’ll be able to actually do a vitamin D liquid or complement, be sure that 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 should eat oysters and sardines. However that’s very excessive zinc meals which are 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 baby of mine that simply eats purple peppers, like, they’re going out of favor. I’m like, “Nicely, 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’ve got to get it in a lot much less portions than once 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 how one can get the vitamin C from purple peppers. It’s having a bit tougher time getting the vitamin C from a complement particularly… We don’t know. Not all dietary supplements are created equal. Once you’re searching for vitamin C, I recommend that you just be sure that it’s liposomal. Once more, it’s surrounded by fats, which can assist the absorption of vitamin C. In any other case, further vitamin C, you simply pee it out.

And naturally, when we’ve got a weight loss program wealthy in vegatables and fruits, that helps us with probiotics and that implies that the vegatables and fruits feed the microbiome, that are the micro organism that dwell 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 unhealthy 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. They usually actually prefer to be fed vegatables and fruits, 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 exploit elderberry. I want an area elderberry. If you may make it at residence, that’s superior, if not, discover an individual that makes it as a result of native particularly with native uncooked honey is superior than another gummies that you would be able to get from, you understand, a complement firm.

Katie: We’re massive followers of elderberry in our home. And I like that you just talked about sardines as nicely. I’ve written about this. And other people push again, I believe, due to the style. However I’m like, really, if you happen to can be taught to like them, which is a factor as dad and mom we inform our children, you understand, “Preserve attempting. Your physique will be taught to find it irresistible.” Hey, it really works for grownups too. Nevertheless it’s cheap in comparison with all different kinds of seafood. It’s really an total cheap protein supply. And I’ve observed, 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 change. You get all that protein, such as you mentioned, all these nutritional vitamins, and you’ll be taught to find it irresistible over time.

Dr. Ana-Maria: what I inform folks as a result of they’re, like, open… If you happen to by no means eat sardines, you open the can of sardines and also you see the useless fish and if we’re gonna be sincere, they’re simply useless carcasses in there. Okay. Nicely, don’t eat the entire can. Simply get a chunk out of it. So, I like the tuna fish thought as a result of if you happen to’re making tuna fish salad, you’ll be able to simply get, you understand, an inch of sardine and mush it in along with your tuna fish salad. You received’t even comprehend it’s there. It’s simply visually you’re like, “Oh, my God, it’s a useless carcass.” And I’m like, “Okay. Nicely, your salmon was a useless carcass too, so is the rooster, you understand, however you don’t visualize them in a can, so then it’s a bit completely different.” However yeah, begin off small. Tiny little bites. Similar 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, you understand, children do a few of what we are saying, however they discover extra of what we do. So, if we do it, then our children usually tend to attempt it as nicely or at the least in my home. Anytime I put meals on my plate, my children usually tend to eat that meals than no matter they have been consuming.

Dr. Ana-Maria: Nicely, in my home, as a result of my husband was my largest problem as we went via our wellness journey, each time I might put one thing new on the plate, the youngsters would look down and they might take 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 the intention to get the youngsters to eat a extra various weight loss program.

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

Dr. Ana-Maria: No. He’s so superior now. He’s now writing my eczema ebook 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 sincere. However, yeah. No. He’s a complete convert.

Katie: That’s superior. And that’s a complete one other dialog about eczema, however positively curious to proceed that sooner or later as a result of that’s one other one I hear from plenty of dad and mom about. However within the curiosity of respecting your time right this moment, I do know you’re additionally busy and in observe right this moment. The couple of questions I like to ask towards the top of interviews, the primary being, if there’s a ebook or various 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 ebook that speaks in regards to the energy of vegetation. It’s written by a gastroenterologist, Dr. Will… Okay. I’ve to learn his identify as a result of I can not bear in mind. Dr. Bulsiewicz. I kill that identify. No. It’s Dr. Will. It doesn’t matter. Simply Google “Fiber Fueled.” It’s an incredible ebook that tells you in regards to the energy of vegetation and all of the science behind the facility of vegetation. After which the second ebook 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 glorious science from each of those docs. And it goes into only a completely different manner of how meals heals us and the way meals can damage us.

Katie: Fascinating. And any parting recommendation you wanna go away with the listeners right this moment that we haven’t touched on?

Dr. Ana-Maria: The one factor that we talked about a number of instances throughout our podcast right this moment is actually simply having the…give the youngsters the tincture of time and let the physique do its factor. Have the religion and confidence that all the pieces that you just do on daily basis is that once they do get a illness or an sickness, their physique will be capable to overcome it with the instruments it already has. Don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of. Much less is greatest relating to acute points in a chilly and flu season.

Katie: Good. And I do know I’ve hyperlinks that individuals can discover particularly your programs that contact on a few of the issues we’ve talked about right this moment. 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 am going grocery procuring as a result of, oh, my gosh, meals has turn out to be such a complicated, troublesome to navigate journey. So, I am going to Costco, and Goal, and Walmart on my YouTube channel and present you ways to buy various things. We’re doing Thanksgiving this month. And to make your life a bit 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 identify it. I offer you all of the holistic suggestions so you’ll be able to have it in a helpful dandy format that we’re constantly updating with the newest info and the newest information that I’m discovering.

Katie: Superior. I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes as nicely. I understand how busy you’re as a working towards doctor. Thanks a lot on your time right this moment. I positively took notes and I discovered just a few actually sensible issues I’ve by no means tried. And hopefully none of us should, 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 precious assets, your time, vitality, and a spotlight with us right this moment. We’re each so grateful that you just did, and I hope that you’ll be a part of me once more on the following episode of “The Wellness Mama Podcast.”

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