Does your kid get sick again and again and again and….?
Some of us parents would describe our kids as being “constantly sick”, or “catching every single virus that passes by”, or even “jumping from one illness to another”, we call it the never ending disease, or LPF Lingering Pathogenic Factor. This is a situation where a pathogen after penetrated a child’s body, is not completely kicked out, the pathogen lives on in a semi dormant state. Every once in a while this pathogen gets fully awoken and starts “partying” making our kids sick once more.
Imagine your kid had a respiratory infection, and his or her little body has recovered but the pathogen has not been completely expelled, instead it causes a local weakness of qi, and remains mostly dormant in the lungs. Now, when another pathogen invades the lungs, it can locate the weak area, and wake up the dormant pathogen that is already there, often compounding with it. The result would be another lung problem followed by another.
Causes of LPF:
If the child’s qi is weak then it might be harder for the body to fight the pathogen, and later on harder to “kick it out!”. What makes a child’s qi weak? Well, some kids are just born that way (parents have weak qi, mom was ill during pregnancy, IVF, etc…), The weakness could be from nutrition that is not right for them, it can be emotional, coping with new daycare, or perhaps a new sibling just joined the family, etc. Some parents may, due to a busy life, take their children back to daycare or school prematurely not understanding the consequences and strain that it will put on their childs already depleted energy
A common scenario occurs when a penetrating pathogen is particularly strong, the child is able to fight it partially during the acute stages (where the fever is present) but then the pathogen settles in and creates a chronic reaction of the immune system. Mononucleosis is an example of such cases.
Another prime suspect of LPF is… immunizations! These are pathogens that do not penetrate our body in the ordinary way; instead they are inserted directly to the blood stream, often creating a chronic reaction of the immune system. Now imagine a little baby, receiving over 30 immunizations over a period of 12 months, his or her first year of life. A baby’s immune system is still building itself, learning, and often can’t tolerate so much stress, therefore letting a lingering pathogenic factor develop without the ability to fight back properly.
Antibiotic use especially over use of antibiotics can also be problamatic in develping LPF. Although the antibiotics attack the pathogen and end the current disease, it puts the pathogen into a dormant state, or causes the pathogen to change its nature. The body doesnt recognize the pathogen in this new altered state and cannot fully expel it. This is why often after antibiotics we see the disease returning, like in cases of ear infections. Although, medications can make a huge improvement, they can have some side effects too, especially when overused. Antibiotics cannot differentiate betweeen good an bad bacteria and kills everything in its path including the bodies own defense system. Imagine the toll if antibiotics are the go to medicine for every sniffle that develops. It weakens the body overall. In addtion children could react to the drug itself, often unknown to parents and MDs creating a vicious cycle of infections and reactions.
Some popular LPF cases we see at the clinic:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Ear fluids, sometimes even hearing impairment
Sore throat, enlarged tonsils, and polyps
- Chronic Rhinitis
- Disease returning in cycles
prognosis and treatment
prognosis is good, it just takes time. Amongst the factors contributing to the length of time: how much medication your child has taken, the qi your child has, the strength of the pathogen, and the parents’ cooperation and commitment to the treatment.
As LPF is a chronic condition, we do not want to put to much stress on the bodies qi, so treatment should be administered only once every two weeks.
Things you can do to promote the treatment:
Avoid phlegm producing foods such as: Dairy, Sugar, Bananas, Avocados, Oranges