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In this episode, you will learn about PANDAS and PANS and the impact it has on children and families.  

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About My Guest

My guest for this episode is Amy Joy Smith, NP.  Amy Joy Smith is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Functional Medicine in Northern California.  Amy is a renowned pioneer on the PANDAS front and also the mother of an amazing child with PANDAS.  She is a dedicated PANDAS awareness advocate.  Amy serves on the PANDASNetwork.org Board of Directors.  Amy has practiced functional and nutritional medicine since the early 1980s and has studied with a number of pioneers in the field.  She attended Syracuse University School of Nursing where she received her BSN in Maternal-Child Nursing, and all of her acute care and hospital experience is in pediatrics.  She was a Fellow in the World Health Organization's renowned Adolescent Health Training Program in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and in addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, has a Master's Degree in Adolescent Health with a focus on Youth Development and Community Health, from the University of Minnesota.  She was featured in the recent documentary “My Kid Is Not Crazy” which is a powerful film exploring the impact PANDAS and PANS has on the lives of those it affects.  

Key Takeaways

  • What are the primary symptoms of PANDAS? How is PANS different?
  • At what age does it often present and what is the split between boys and girls?
  • What triggers PANDAS and PANS?
  • What are the criteria for diagnosing the condition?
  • What is the Cunningham Panel?
  • How do you control inflammation and modulate the immune response?
  • Can homeopathy be helpful?
  • Is PANDAS associated with autism?

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Interview Date

June 19, 2017


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