Highlights from Jonathan Otto's interview with Dr. Dennis Meador, for the Depression & Anxiety Series.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:13:19 Well number one I would say I'm going to happily inform you that you're wrong. Simply because I can use an example of an aspirin. So your previous question you give an example of an antibacterial. Well first [inaudible 00:13:33] what an antibacterial is. Antibacterial, or the term antibacterial, actually if you look at it by its definition, it simply means something that kills bacteria or limits the ability of it to grow or reproduce. So let's say you took the essential oils. And number one we must recognize that everything we say the Food and Drug Administration has to say, "Yeah, you're right.".
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:13:52 There's recorded documentation, and it is there, and they are approved and recognized. So if I say okay an example, thyme oil, thyme oil is not only highly recognized as an antibacterial as well as [inaudible 00:14:12]. What they do is, they actually in their process tend to eliminate, or they actually do that, [inaudible 00:14:22] kill the bacteria. Earlier I was saying we were asking about a product and in reference, many many years ago when there was a plague, it was called the four thieves. Well the reason they brought them in, is they said "[inaudible 00:14:36] you're able to go out and you're able to pilfer or able to work with all these people and the plague wasn't affecting you.". And they said, "Well we understood the use of oils, we understood by putting these certain oils on.".
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:14:48 And so there was, many years ago, 20 years ago, many years ago. There was something called Thieves, now you'll find that in many applications and many blends today. The word thieves itself was taken from the historical fact that that was used during the plague. And that again was an antibacterial. So you look at things, is it mold bacteria? Is it mold based? Is it bacteria based? Is it fungi based? And learning how there's a multitude or a pluricity of oils that work. You can look at this there's example: cinnamon bark, thieves, oregano. Much higher and recognized in their frequency and capacity. Anywhere from 2.4 to four times as effective as penicillin.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:15:40 So whether you're talking about an adult, elderly, children you can use based upon the application and the concentration all the way down from newborns. The essential oils and antibacterials and antifungals are actually used even in the birth of children today. And have been for centuries.
Jonathan Otto: 00:16:04 How are they used in the birth of children?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:16:05 Not only for the cleaning of the birth area but for the cleaning of the child. An example, the people look back at the birth of, the historical birth of Christ. The oils were used right there at his birth. They had a reason to use because of their cleansing properties or because of their antibacterial or because of their enhancements. Where they increase blood oxygen. Because if you increase blood oxygen you're decreasing the capacity for Candidal response, which is yeast overgrowth, and bacterial and fungal overgrowth.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:16:39 So they were used not only as a precious gift but because they had actual value. When the Three Wise Men came in they didn't just bring random gifts. They brought something that they knew was useful in cleansing impurification. The temples in many of your religious philosophies, especially Christianity and other areas like that, the temple uses essential oils and aromatics. It has since the foundations.
Jonathan Otto: 00:17:11 Wow. Now you talked about the oils that were given during the historical birth of Jesus the Christ. Now with this, what do you know about the oils that we used and why? What were the types of oils the wise men brought and why do you think it was those particular oils? What were the benefits of those oils?
Jonathan Otto: 00:17:32 It's quite unusual, because they could've brought any types of oil. They could've brought lavender, they could've brought something else, or peppermint. Why did they bring frankincense and mir?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:17:40 Number one frankincense not only then but today, if you look in Oman and near areas around that country. You understand that that is the very valuable, because the frankincense trail. The transport of it, it was only valuable, I mean it was more valuable than gold. Even the alabaster blocks that was broken, and spikenard, anka. Each one of these oils was brought for something. Like frankincense, has immaculate properties in it. There are three basics of frankincense. There's either Boswellia carterii, Boswellia Sacra, there's Boswellia frereana and each one of them had a property.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:18:29 Well sacra, which actually means sacred, and caterii which is the most common, which is mostly like the one they brought to The Christ Child by many studies. And then there's frereana, which is less pure. What they brought was the highest value because of its properties. So when we look at things like this you look at why did they use that particular oil? Or why did they use that particular item?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:18:58 What I do is, and I'm the type, I'll be honest with you, I prefer to be accurate when I look at something. You're looking at the different types of constituents involved. Example, frankincense was holy in the Middle East. It's an ingredient in incenses, it was used during the sacrificial to improve and communicate. But it also is not only a respiratory, is not only, deals with infections in the intestinal track. So you can imagine even then it was recognized, and we say by The Wise Men, but it was recognized in all the known world at that time. It's high medicinal value, they wanted to give something that was going to preserve and protect The Christ Child.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:19:53 So it had a purpose. It wasn't just at random. Same things as, and you look at this and that's the value of it, myrrh which originates in mostly your Kenyan myrrh and your Middle Eastern myrrhs, but Kenya. In areas like this, this was a very very valuable because of the properties it held. Not only aromatic in cleansing in purification, but also in medicinal in protection.
Jonathan Otto: 00:20:20 Excellent. You say protection, do you mean strengthening the immune system?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:20:25 Yeah, that's what I'm referring to. You have an immunological system, but you also have a digestive system. You have to understand that foods were protected and they knew that by bathing in this particular oil and the cleansing, like when a woman come in and she was being presented to her husband, she was actually bathed in myrrhs. Because it was not only cleansing but it removed any type of possibility of surrounding infections and inflammations. This is the uses of it, and it's still recognized in that area today.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:21:01 I want you to understand that you're talking about something that only is recognized to increase the spiritual and mental capacity of an individual. But you're talking about something that has neurological and skin. This is something that actually has our body and layers of the skin. One of things unique about frankincense is that frankincense only covers the dermal, subdermal, and epidermal layers of the skin. But it also internally passes the blood brain barrier. So it can actually go through. Another thing about frankincense that's unique is that it has DNA and RNA capacity. Something that actually not only can reprogram but it can establish and preserve DNA.
Jonathan Otto: 00:21:45 What do you mean establish and preserve DNA?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:21:48 An example of an individual in the olfactory response, the brain recognizes and it goes across the barriers. And it actually enhances the oxygen, it actually enhances the circulatory and immunological response in the uptake of essential nutrients to the brain.
Jonathan Otto: 00:22:07 What's the effect of having the uptake in to the brain? What's the effect?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:22:13 It relaxes. It will only help relax you. But it also preserves from further damage and it provides healing. Because if you provide oxygenation in proper and you can cross that barrier you can decrease inflammation. Which prevents further damage. You can also, because you have better oxygen, you have better lobal or limbic response. You're getting to each function of the body. Example if you have any type of circulatory or pressure problem in there frankincense automatically, immediately is effective in that category. Not only is it a stimulant but it's an anti-stimulant, simultaneously. It's very effective.
Jonathan Otto: 00:23:00 Let's look at the effect of essential oils on autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:23:03 Okay
Jonathan Otto: 00:23:04 Autoimmunity would you agree with me that, it starts in the gut, or at least has a lot to do with gut function. Is that true?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:23:12 Yes, I believe that would be a very accurate area. One thing you're looking at and if you at the [inaudible 00:23:19] you'll get leukocytes. And leukocytes, we've mentioned frankincense smelling like this, what they do is they actually go in and they increase the activity of the leukocytes which increases the immunological response.
Jonathan Otto: 00:23:31 And so what does that mean?
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:23:38 An infection or inflammation sometimes people try to counter them and use them simultaneously, if you have an infection you usually have inflammation. But if you have inflammation you don't always have an infection. [inaudible 00:23:51] meaning pull them together, an example, you think of frankincense, you can use wintergreen, you can use peppermint, lavender. They all reduce the inflammation. They allow better circulation. Cypress was an [acromin 00:24:05] that I learned very early. If you want to deal with circulation, you deal with cypress. If you have a muscle problem, you're going to deal with marjoram. If you have a ligament problem, you are going to deal with lemongrass. Each one has an [acronim 00:24:18] that works with it, because it's the body's response to it. These are natural, which means if you ... like I believe in creation, therefore the elements of the earth are exactly what we need. It's what we we are taking from to what we return to, and because the difference is we have a soul and I believe that with all of my heart. I don't argue with people on it. I think if you argue, you're giving credibility to the opposition.
Dr. Dennis Meador: 00:24:47 The way I look at it is simple facts, and the facts are is that in the creation of the earth, the plants contain not only the necessary elements but by their very function you can ... I like what they call the evergreen essence, and the reason I use the word evergreen essence is if a deer or any type of animal has a sinus problem and he's got inflammation or ... nomadic, he's immediately going to go to a conifer, which is a pine or spruce, something that's going to open up his lungs, decrease the [inaudible 00:25:24], allow him oxygen exchange and help him heal. That's what's call the conifer response. We notice this. If we would take the time to look at creation in the animals and we see where they go and what they do when they're sick, then we learn from it. It's a learning process. Look at creation and let it tell you what you need. Example, conifers for respiratory.