On this week’s podcast episode, Jess is speaking with integrative paediatrician Dr Leila Masson about PANS and PANDAS in children. Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) occur after an infection, most commonly a strep infection. In PANS and PANDAS, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy brain cells, leading to autoimmune processes that affect central nervous system function. 

Dr Leila Masson underwent her paediatric training at the University of California in San Francisco and has a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. She treats children with autism, ADHD, PANS, allergies, and other chronic issues by addressing the underlying causes, such as nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy gut flora, or inflammation. 

Dr Masson has written a guidebook for parents “A-Z Children’s Health” packed with practical advice on treating common childhood illnesses. Dr Masson offers webinars and online courses on a wide range of health issues, to support children and their families on their path to better health.

During this episode, Jess and Dr Leila Masson will share:

  • How PANS occurs and the symptoms associated with PANS;
  • The difference between PANS and PANDAS;
  • How to reduce toxin exposure;
  • Diagnostic testing for PANS;
  • Treatment for PANS and how to reduce the risk of flares in the future; 
  • How gut health is associated with PANS;
  • Supplement recommendations to support gut health for kids with PANS; 
  • Why a nutritious diet is essential for treating PANS;
  • The long-term effects of PANS.

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