PANS/PANDAS is a form of autoimmune encephalitis, a neuroinflammatory condition, primarily caused by infections. The most common infectious trigger is streptococci, but many more have been identified. The condition causes great suffering and low quality of life for the victims and their families. Most fall ill in childhood, but the condition can strike in adolescence and unless effective treatment is initiated, symptoms can persist into adulthood. Many families testify to their frustration of not receiving adequate testing, treatment or diagnosis, and some even struggle to be believed.
While infections are the main triggers of PANS/PANDAS, a holistic approach in which you also work on other factors can be an important strategy to minimise flares and optimise brain health, immune system and recovery. For example, research has shown that gut flora is altered in people with the condition, and both researchers and families observe that diet modifications can improve symptoms. The same applies to other types of autoimmune diseases. In all, this makes PANS/PANDAS a good fit for a functional medicine investigation.
At Nordic Clinic we’ve developed an interest in PANS/PANDAS. We are looking at research and communicating with researchers in the field with the goal of applying innovative methodologies that reduce symptoms in those affected. We focus on optimising biochemistry, immune system, inflammation, nervous and brain health, along with testing for active infections. With this, we offer powerful interventions that are complementary to those offered in standard healthcare.
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