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Pneumonia, C-diff, And Hospital-Incurred Infection

Author: Melissa E.
Date: 07-21-2014
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Testimonial ID: 9929-OR
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I have to share a story about a friend of mine who has been struggling with her health for several months.

She had pneumonia, C. Diff, an open leg wound that would not get better and a Pseudomonas infection that was resistant to every antibiotic they tried. She was miserable and mentally and emotionally compromised by all the prescription drugs they had her on. Read the end paragraphs for the changes that occurred after moving to holistic methods and essential oils.

One year ago my friend visited me and was using only a walking stick to deal with her sciatica. In the late summer she suffered a fall and has been through major back problems that ultimately put her in a wheelchair.

She was using some painkillers at that point, and she was also using the PanAway oil blend and Peppermint essential oil on her spine for back pain, as she went to physical therapy several times a week. The therapist noticed an increasing pain tolerance and commented several times that the essential oils seemed to be helping her.

In January 2014 my friend was unable to get through a door before it closed, and it cut her leg open. The wound was not improving weeks later, in spite of daily bandage changes and multiple weekly trips to a wound care specialist.

At one point my friend was on 30 pills a day, prescribed for various things. When she pointed this out to her primary doctor, he declared her "toxic", took her off of all but one pain pill, and sent her to a new, more experienced wound care clinic.

The doctors were also talking about possibly doing a skin graft for the wound that would not get better conventionally. Silver nitrate ate my friend's skin at the edges, making it worse. Anything and everything else left her writhing, sobbing, and claiming that she was in pain worse than any of her four unmedicated births.

The only thing she could put on the wound without pain was Myrrh essential oil, with Frankincense on top of that. The wound care clinic folks said that they were seeing signs of new skin forming, but her primary doctor said that my friend had an infection setting in.

Next we ended up taking her for IV antibiotics for a Pseudomonas infection that was resistant to oral antibiotics. She traveled by wheelchair and bus to the antibiotic clinic every day and to the wound care clinic weekly.

After one month they decided my friend had lymphedema. She started going to yet another clinic three times a week to get her legs wrapped in bandages from foot to ankle, with twice-monthly showers being the only allowable times for a full wash. She also could not access the wound to apply Frankincense or Myrrh with the bandages on.

At the end of three months, June 5, 2014, they declared her well enough to stop antibiotics. On July 2, 2014, she went to the emergency room. At that time, her blood pressure was 215/51, pulse was 82, respiration was 133 and temperature was 102.9. She was declared septic and admitted to the hospital.

Because of the previous antibiotic regimen, they had to make multiple changes to her treatment to find one that would work. She drank NingXia Red juice for the 4th of July and watched fireworks from the hospital window. After five days in the hospital, she was released home with an oxygen tank, an unidentified viral infection, pneumonia and C. Diff.

The next day her son made a video recording of her lying in bed sobbing because "everything hurts all over." Her oldest daughter, my friend for thirty years, messaged her brother to ask if she needed to see about a flight home for a last visit... because she looked that bad on the video.

Her youngest daughter drove out to help with her care that night and soon after began to apply essential oils on various parts of her body. A daughter-in-law came later to help with the oils and to bring new ones to try.

We had my friend put a drop or two of the Thieves oil blend under her tongue for immune boosting and for its antiviral properties, and she applied Melissa on her feet and spine. She put Myrrh on her wound (in-between re wrapping for the edema), which was finally showing noticeable signs of improving.

She drank NingXia Red with a drop of Orange essential oil to help oxygenate her cells, boost her immune system, and give her energy. And she used the RC oil blend on her chest and in the diffuser to get the junk out of her lungs and to help her breathe more easily with the pneumonia.

She restarted layering the PanAway oil blend and Peppermint on her back and hip for pain caused by sciatica and the bulging discs that earned her the wheelchair so many months before. And on the many large bruises left by the hospital IV needles, my friend is using Helichrysum to help with blood flow and speed the regeneration process.

The day after leaving the hospital, she and her daughter went out, without the oxygen tank, to get her glasses prescription filled. Her skin color and breathing were noticeably better. She looked and sounded alive again instead of half dead. She did not slur her words; she had energy. And now she is looking at finally going back for pool therapy next week (no skin graft needed).

Now she calls me to talk about the plans she is making for losing weight and getting her health back. She calls to tell me about the healthy meals she is making for herself and that she is well enough to go to work, clean the kitchen, make her meals, and take care of her own needs. She is still in a wheelchair, but, by this time next year, it looks much more likely that she will be back out of the chair.

I don't always know exactly how the oils work, but I know that they do. It is where I turn for most of our health care needs.

It is why I am sharing it on our Three Friends Fitness blog and!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: pneumonia — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: wound-/-gash-/-injury — "The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."Link
3.Associated topics: bacteria — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
4.Associated topics: bacteria,pneumonia — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
5.Associated topics: bacteria — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
6.Associated topics: sepsis,bacteria — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
7.Associated topics: edema-/-dropsy — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
8.Associated topics: bacteria — "Streptococcus pyogenes [strep] plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis.... [T]hyme, cinnamon, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, oregano, clove, palmarosa, or cajeput [melaleuca] EOs [essential oils] are known to be active against Streptococcus pyogenes, while oregano, basil, mint [peppermint], rosemary, and lavender EOs are known to inhibit another Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus [staph].... We showed that cinnamon presented the higher activity against S. pyogenes compared to the other EOs tested.... 14 [essential oils] showed antibacterial activity against Streptococcus pyogenes.... Among them Cinnamomum verum [cinnamon bark], Cymbopogon citratus [Xiang Mao], Thymus vulgaris CT thymol [thyme], Origanum compactum [oregano], and Satureja montana [Mountain Savory] essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred."Link

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