I have had several conversations this past week with different moms about health situations. Many layed blame upon Dr.'s for what they prescribed and how their child and/or their illness was treated. In the Autism world, we blame Dr.'s for the fact that THEY have given our child too many shots, too much antibiotics and no clue how to fix it. It is a cycle of blame but here is the problem; accountability. Who is accountable for these little children? Who is accountable for our health and our well being. It isn't these Dr.'s that we so quickly blame. It is OUR bodies, OUR children. WE are accountable and until WE get it, health care will never change. We wait until we are sick, then head straight to the DR. and demand an antibiotic. We want the quick fix. We don't want to research, prevent or ride it out. In turn, we are slowly destroying the amazing body that we have been given. Dr.'s are there for a purpose. If I was in a car accident, I would be most grateful for the Dr. who stitched me up. Likewise, I am eternally grateful for the wonderful Dr.s who have saved my blue, breathless asthmatic ; repaired broken arms, hands and stitched chins. But, if we continue the cycle of "treating our body badly, eating horribly, not an ounce of prevention then covering it up with an antibiotic", we will be the ones who suffer, not the Dr.s. The medical community is finally seeing the picture. They are understanding that the overuse of antibiotics and quick drugs are breeding a whole new world of superbugs. They are also causing the stomachs to be ruined and a whole myriad of conditions to arise. The problem is that they have so many moms in their office demanding these drugs that they give in. They know that this is a world of quick fixes. The truth is that most people don't want to know how to prevent something or heal it on their own. They don't want to do the work. The body is an amazing thing. It lets you know what it needs and their is an amazing amount of self help information out there at your finger tips if you spend a little time. If we don't do the work, the blame lies with us. I learned this early on in my mothering career with my first child who had chronic ear infections. After 8 straight months of ear infections with 8 straight months of antibiotics I knew that there was something that wasn't right about treatment. Not once was I asked why he was having this problem. No one tried to prevent or find a solution. It was only a paper prescription. It felt wrong and the last prescription was the last straw. I tore it up, went to the book store and within one week, my little child was healed and never had an ear infection again. I didn't have a medical degree. I was a mother and that was the only degree I needed. I could be inspired, I could be educated by information out there. I learned at that moment that the responsibility of the health of my children and myself was up to me; not the primary physician, but of the primary mom. My son is now almost 15 and he has never had antibiotics since. He has never needed them because I have learned that the body gives clues before it gets sick. The first tickle in the throat hits before the full blown strep. When treated immediately, it goes away before the epidemic hits. An ear infection or constant runny nose most often will indicate that there is an allergy going on. Constant headaches tell you that your body isn't getting something it needs or too much of something it doesn't. There is not a magic pill. It is hard work, it is worth it. The repercussions are illnesses that can be lifelong, illnesses that can be heartbreaking. I look at so many children I know with autism and know that it probably could be prevented. We cannot expect the Dr.s to be our health care director. WE are the ones accountable. It is time to stop laying blame solely with the Dr.s. It is time to be accountable. If not for ourselves, for our children. The first thing to do is concentrate on what we are putting into our bodies to begin with. You can't feel good if you fill up with junk. It isn't possible. Your children can't hold still if they live off of sugar cereals and fishy crackers. Ritalin isn't the cure. We need to take control, fix it from the ground up.
I know this is another one of my blog novels. That is my prerogative. I just have learned first hand that medicine many of the times is not the answer. Since I stopped seeing a primary care physician to be our medical directors, I have been the one to heal eczema, stop strep in its tracks, get a severely asthmatic child off of all medications, cure headaches without Tylenol, prevent colds and flu and decrease allergies. My Dr.s couldn't do this. They haven't been trained. It isn't their fault. It is how the medical schools teach. They are great at writing prescriptions if that is what you are into. They are great for trauma and disease when it has gotten out of hand. They shouldn't be the ones to go to first. They should be the ones you go to as last resort. We wonder why health care costs are out of control. It is our fault.
I love the quote from Benjamin Franklin, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Boy how I wish that I realized that before I had my first son. I would have saved him and myself 8 months of grief. Listen to your bodies. Feed them right. Clean them out. Take care of them today so you can be healthy tomorrow. It works.
FYI; I have 8 extra sets of liver cleanse coming in this week, a lavender, eucalyptus, defense and physical thera P for any takers. I have been doing this for a month and my allergies are down considerably and I feel great. My children have the same results. Such a cheap treatment!