It is getting brisk out there and signs of fall are all around. We woke up this morning to see the first tell tale sign in our house. A runny nose. Only one of our three is showing signs of the imminent change in weather but as seasoned parents, we know there will be more to come.
As I have written in previous blogs, our youngest has had quite the health journey over the last 2½ years. He was put in IV antibiotics at birth for suspected pneumonia and again for 3 subsequent surgical procedures. His gut was a mess last year and we had to implement the specific carbohydrate diet to get him on track with digestion and development. If any of you checked out my last blog on gut health you know that gut is responsible for innate immunity. The thousands of square feet of surface area are like soldiers on a battlefield protecting against microbial invaders. Frequent antibiotics, food allergies, diarrhea and/or constipation put the gut at risk for impaired immune response. One of the most interested findings in the Human Microbiome Project, a joint research endeavor mapping the good bacteria in the human intestine, is the link between antibiotic use and development of atopic conditions like eczema, allergies and asthma. Babies born via C-section are also at higher risk for atopy highlighting the need for “gut rehab” after bypassing the vaginal tract where good bacteria can help to populate the infant intestine.
Last fall and winter, our little one was plagued with frequent upper respiratory infections. Despite a special diet, probiotics, multi-vitamin and immune boosting herbal treatments, he had 3 surgeries postponed because of illness. The anesthetist at McMaster didn’t feel it was safe to put in under with a general anesthetic because every time he got sick, he developed symptoms of asthma. Cold induced asthma is very common in young children who have had lots of antibiotics. I knew that in time, I would be able to calm his lungs symptoms and boost his immunity but the surgery date was always looming.
I had been using nebulized glutathione in the clinic to help prevent and treat asthma. I was seeing some great results so I decided to invest in a nebulizer at home and put my son on a regiment of 5 inhalations weekly. Each treatment only takes about 12 minutes and after a short adjustment period, my sweet boy was able to complete the full session while watching his favourite show. In 5 weeks, his lungs became much stronger. He no longer had a chronic runny nose and when he got sick, it wasn’t prolonged and did not include asthma symptoms. We were able to schedule his surgery and his immune system has stayed incredible strong since last winter.
At the first sign of illness, we give him a treatment, pump up his probiotics, do the warming sock treatment and give short-term high doses of vitamin A and D.
Our nebulizer has become a community drop-in for any respiratory related issue. My sister nebulized her infant after she got sick weeks after birth with the 100 day cough. After seeing the results, we started nebulizing the baby, my niece, my older two kids regularly. Grandma always gets bumped to the front of the line because neither my sister or I want to lose our steadfast babysister! It is funny to hear young kids saying “Mom, I need some glutathione” when they feel a tickle in the throat. Most homes are stocked with Tylenol and cough medicine, at our house you can hear the hum of the nebulizer as we steam those lungs into shape.
Armed with my nebulizer I march boldly into the winter months knowing that when it comes to coughs, sinus infections, bronchitis, ear infections and colds; I have the most direct immune treatment at my fingertips!
Our clinic offers short visits for acute illness and we are open nights and weekends, because as you know, kids never get sick during the day 😉
Dr. Sonya, Natural Care Clinic