Measles

Overview

A highly infectious viral illness, measles can lead to several complications, including blindness and even death.

Anyone can get measles if they haven’t had it before, although the illness is most common in children between one and four years of age.

Contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes, measles can spread easily.

it before, although it’s most common in children aged between one and four years old.

The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Historically children have been vaccinated with the combined MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) injection but there has been much controversy over its health risks and side-effects – particularly with its links to autism.

The suggestion that there is a link between MMR and autism has been one of the biggest health controversies of recent years. Dr. Andrew Wakefield was the lead author of the controversial study, which suggested there may be a link between MMR and autism and bowel disease. In the early 1990s, he was working as a senior lecturer at the Royal Free Medical School in north London. He had published a number of studies which he suggested showed a link between measles and Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. By the mid-1990s, Dr. Wakefield had started to consider whether there was a link between the three-in-one MMR vaccine and autism and bowel disease. His study focused on tests carried out on 12 children who had been referred to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead for gastrointestinal problems. At the same time, Dr. Wakefield was paid to carry out another study to find out if parents who claim their children were damaged by the MMR vaccine had a case. Some children were involved in both studies. He was to advise parents against having their children vaccinated with the 3 in 1 shot. His comments and the subsequent media furore led to a sharp drop in the number of children vaccinated against these diseases. In 2001, Dr. Wakefield resigned from his £50,000 a year NHS post, after 14 years in the job.

Speaking at the time, he said: “I have been asked to go because my research results are unpopular.” Dr. Wakefield has since worked for the International Child Development Resource Center. The center, based in Florida, is associated with the Good News Doctor Foundation, a Christian ministry. He has also continued to see patients at the Thoughtful House, a center for autistic children in Texas, where he is currently the executive director.

Dr. Wakefield remains adamant that the scientific results of his 1998 study are still valid.

In a statement, he said: “The clinical and pathological findings in these children stand as reported.” He also welcomed the decision by the General Medical Council to examine how he carried out his research.

Initial symptoms of measles include cold-like symptoms, red eyes and sensitivity to light, fever, and greyish-white spots in the mouth and throat.

After a few days, a red-brown spotty rash will appear, which tends to start behind the ears and will spread around the head and neck, before spreading to the legs and the rest of the body.

The measles virus spreads very easily, and is caused by breathing droplets of the virus via other people’s coughs or sneezes, or by touching a surface that has been contaminated with the droplets and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Your immune system should fight off infection within a couple of weeks, but if your child has measles, there are several things you can do initially to help make them feel more comfortable. Try closing the curtains to help reduce light sensitivity, encourage them to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and use damp cotton wool to clean the eyes.

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.  It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
  • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste  www.wecarespa.com
  • Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more

Hydrotherapy:

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

If you’re suffering from measles you may benefit from trying an all-fruit diet for the first three days of the ailment. Fresh fruits should be used for this step along with fresh fruit juices like orange juice and lemon juice.

Hydration is also important so the constant intake of fluids like juices and water is needed.

Following the fruit stage of the diet, the patient can be given a soft diet that comprises fruit (such as grapes, grapefruits and cantaloupes), whole grain cereals and bland soups. A balanced diet should then follow after a few days of this soft and low-sodium, low-spice diet.

The balanced diet that follows this soft diet should consist of foods that are high in vitamins A, B complex, and C. Try to avoid greasy foods, fatty foods, and processed items. Also, avoid caffeinated and sweet drinks like coffee and soft drinks to help the individual heal better.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400.

Supplements:

Vitamin A is essential for the functioning of the immune system and the healthy growth and development of children. Zinc has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of the illness.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil –

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian –

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

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  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here

According to ayurveda, measles is the result of vitiation of both Kapha and Pitta. An acute catarrh, sneezing, a watery discharge from the nose and sometimes bleeding from the nose is also seen in the beginning. The voice becomes hoarse and there is dry cough. The temperature rises and the pulse is rapid. Thirst, headache and restlessness are also noticed. The characteristic rash of the measles appears as pink or red pin-like rashes on the body. The rashes appear mostly on the cheeks, but can spread to the chest, back, hands and legs. Sometimes the rashes also appear in` the mouth and throat. The face gets swollen.

Try 120mg each of Katsuri Bhairava, Swarnamakshika Bhasma, Shringa Bhasma, and 240mg of Saubhagya Vati with the juice of bitter gourd and honey should be taken four times daily.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Measles in Chinese Medicine diagnosis is caused by heat in the stomach and blood. The spots will be encouraged to come out quickly to detoxify the body. A Chinese medicine practitioner will prescribe Crocus sativae and duck meat, peppermint and honeysuckle flowers to bring the measles to the surface, with other herbs to detoxify.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Aromatherapy

Some helpful essential oils for the treatment of measles include lavender, eucalyptus, camomile oil, bergamot and Geranium oil.

Geranium oil – Geranium is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, relaxing, decongestant, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, balancing and uplifting. For these reasons it’s commonly used to treat childhood ailments, including measles.

Eucalyptus oil – This essential oil, as well as being used as a topical treatment for burns, blisters, wounds and abrasions, can also be used to relieve the symptoms of measles.

Bergamot/Camomile – For children aged over four, gently sponge with tepid water and a febrifuge oil such as camomile or bergamot to reduce the fever associated with measles.  Put two drops of Bergamot and 2 of Camomile into a pint of lukewarm water and gently sponge the child’s body every few hours.

Lavender oil – Any skin irritation, including rashes, bug bites and stings, burns, chapped lips, measles and more can be treated with lavender oil, due to its excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic remedies, but a professional homeopath may also recommend one or more of the following treatments for measles

Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person’s constitutional type, which means your physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup, before determining the most appropriate remedy for a particular individual.

  • Aconitum– This is used for symptoms that come on suddenly including fever, conjunctivitis, dry cough, and restlessness. This remedy is also best used very early in the course of the disease.
  • Apis mellifica – For those with swollen lips and eyes and a rash that is not fully developed, this remedy can be hugely beneficial.
  • Belladonna– This remedy can be used either during early stages of measles or after the rash has erupted. It is useful for those who have difficulty sleeping and symptoms that include fever, headache, and drowsiness.
  • Bryonia – Try this if you have a delayed rash with a dry, painful cough, headaches, and muscle pain that worsens with movement and warmth. This remedy is most appropriate for people with a rash primarily on the chest, a dry mouth, and a desire for cold drinks.
  • Euphrasia– Choose this remedy to treat nasal discharge, red eyes, and tears associated with measles. It’s also most appropriate for people who have a strong sensitivity to light.
  • Gelsemium– Useful for the early stages of measles when there is a slow onset of fever and chilliness, cough, headache, weakness, and a watery nasal discharge that burns the upper lip, Gelsemium is also used for people who are apathetic and have little or no thirst.
  • Pulsatilla– This remedy can be used at any stage of measles, but it is more often used after the fever has resolved. Most appropriate for people who may have thick, yellow nasal discharge, a dry cough at night, a productive cough in the daytime, and mild ear pain, this remedy is often used in people with fairly mild symptoms.
  • Sulphur– Ideal to use for measles in which the skin has a purplish appearance. The patient may have red mucus membranes with a cough and diarrhea that is worse in the mornings.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

Generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body’s systems, herbs can be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts).

Unless otherwise indicated, make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered five to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Drink two to four cups per day. You may use tinctures alone or in combination as noted. The herbs listed below are to help support immunity while providing antibacterial and antiviral support.

  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis) standardized extract, 250 to 500 mg daily, for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune effects. Use caffeine free products. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb.
  • Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), 150 – 300 mg two to three times daily, for antiviral and immune activity. You may also take a tincture of this mushroom extract, 30 to 60 drops two to three times a day. High doses of Reishi can have a blood thinning effect and may increase the effect of blood thinning medications, such as Coumadin (warfarin) and aspirin.
  • Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) standardized extract, 20 mg three times a day, for inflammation and antiviral activity. Cat’s claw can interfere with a variety of medications; speak with your doctor. Cat’s claw can have deleterious effects in patients with Leukemia and autoimmune disease.
  • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) standardized extract, 150 – 300 mg one to three times daily, for immune support. Rhodiola is an “adaptogen” and helps the body adapt to various stresses.
  • Phyllanthus (Phyllanthus amarus) standardized extract, 200 mg two to four times daily for antiviral effects. Phyllanthus can interact with lithium.

To reduce itching from the rash, use witch hazel (Hamamelis virginia) topically or add oatmeal to a bath.

Other

Exercise:

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Colloidal Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf 

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Home remedy for measles www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-measles.html

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.htm

Further Information (links and books)

The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses [Paperback] by Dorothy Crawford

Home remedies for measles: www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Measles.html

Lifestyle and home remedies for measles

Vitamin A supplements reduce deaths caused by measles and diarrhoea, study findswww.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101207191447.htm

Diet, vitamins and measles disease treatment www.simple-remedies.com/home-remedies/measles/measles-diet.html

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – Aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – Organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – Meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – Herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – Reiki, Tai Chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – Aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.comwww.RogerCallahan.com – Thought Field Therapy (TF): releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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