PANS/PANDAS and homeopathy

If there’s one topic I am contacted about almost as much as for Autism, it’s Pans/Pandas.

PANS is an acronym for Paediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, which is associated with a variety of different infections.

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PANDAS is an acronym for Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection. It is considered an autoimmune condition initially triggered by strep infections, which disrupts a child’s normal neurologic activity.

The immunological reaction that occurs with PANS is believed to be similar to PANDAS. Exposure to any number of infectious agent(s) triggers a misdirected immune reaction, where antibodies attack a portion of the brain, causing inflammation. The inflammation, in turn, causes an abrupt onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, tics, severe eating restriction, anxiety, ADHD-type behaviours, personality changes, emotional instability, and sleep disturbances.

In the children i have seen presenting with these symptoms and suspected PANS or PANDAS, the gut is almost always compromised. Rounds of antibiotics have ruined the child’s gut flora and caused numerous additional issues.

The homeopathic treatment of this uses uses streptococcus nosode as well as indicated remedies covering the main symptoms. However there will also be gut repair, probiotics and nutritional advice.

When taking a case and discussing with parents the timeline of events leading up to present, I have often seen a link between impaired gut function prior to infection and this allowed the proliferation of strep bacteria (or other opportunist bacteria in case of PANS). The gut flora can be impaired mainly due to overuse of antibiotic, poor diet or inflammation caused by vaccination, although there are other reasons such as heavy metals, medication and c-section birth.

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