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10.31.2012

A few of you have asked me via email why I chose a Naturopathic doctor for my kids. I did it for a few reasons, but the main one was because of the reported overmedication of children. When I was pregnant with Gunner, I researched like a son of a b, reading online, reading books and talking to other people who swore by naturopathy. The more I learned, the more horrified I was at how much unnecessary medicine was given to our kids. I think sometimes people blindly follow what doctors say, and never think to question them.

I'm not here to preach what you should do with your family, I'm just here to give you my reasons for doing what I do with mine. I've talked in depth about my stance on vaccines here, but in short, my kids get their required shots (minus a few) but we go by an unconventional schedule. Only one shot at a time, spaced out by at least two weeks. I confess I usually go way longer than two weeks in between shots, but the end result? My kids will have most of their required shots by the time they enter school.

Gunner is four and still has yet to get his MMR shot. Neither of my kids will get the flu or chicken pox vaccine. (Again, you can read exactly why in my previous vaccine posts.) But spread out vaccines weren't the only reason I went with a naturopath. I knew I didn't want my kids to have any kind of antibiotics for the first two years, if I could help it. I have seen so many kids have horrible adverse reactions to antibiotics that it's scary. Your kid has a rash? A fever? A stomach ache? It seems antibiotics are given out as a first resort, and if you do your research, you will see how it has negatively affected children. This is a short but informative article I found when it came to this topic.

So many times my kids have come up with something suspicious...a nasty red puffy rash on their skin, extremely congested sinuses, high fever, etc., and as much as I wanted to run to the nearest urgent care center, I always went to their naturopath, and she always prescribed them herbal/natural medicines and they always worked. And I always felt so much better knowing I didn't taint their little bodies with unneeded stuff. For me, going anti-antibiotics was a no brainer.

What about you? Anyone out there swear by a naturopath doctor? Are you totally against it?

Also, if you have any questions, ask in the comments and I will answer all tomorrow.

42 comments:

  1. is this covered by insurance. I hate medication! I don't even like advil and stuff as I feel people are so addicted to it and use it like candy. Do you personally see them as your doctor too?

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    1. I feel the same way :) I have that stuff in my cabinet, it always expires long before it's been used!! LOL!

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  2. Ken and I don't have kids yet, but this is definitely some "food for thought", as we're starting to think about it. I'm afraid of vaccines because of the whole autism thing. I know some research says the vaccines cause it and some says that they don't ... but I don't really want to take that chance with my kids.

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  3. We don't do any vaccines and are in the process of finding a naturopath. We don't take P to the doctor that often but when we do I would like her to go to someone who's not going to just give us a script for Amoxicillan or some other junk! Love this post :-)

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  4. I would love for my children to be seen by a Naturopath instead of a regular doctor, however, we live in Canada, so the regular doctor is free and the Naturopath is not. As much as I love our free health care, there are a ton of oversights like no dental coverage and no alternative medicine coverage. Anyway, we are actually pretty lucky and our doctor thinks we're smart for delaying vaccines and choosing not to get annual flu shots. We research everything too, to make sure nothing is unnecessary.

    I have to admit that my dear daughter has been on antibiotics twice so far, once for a UTI when she was 10 months old and once for an ear infection when she was 16 months old. I know there are alternatives to both, but I couldn't bring myself to try them on my suffering baby.

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    1. Those are the exact two reasons I have given my 9 year old daughter antibiotics the two times in her life! :)
      Ear infections, though she's only had one once or twice flat out knocks her off her feet! I have never seen her in so much pain as when dealing with an ear infection and believe me, we tried the natural path!! The good news is, when you DO use the antibiotics, your body uses it as it's supposed to because it's not at all resistant to the meds :)

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  5. I'm with ya on the antibiotics. I've never been one to rush to the doctor even with pressure from my own mother and other family members when my kids seemed "deathly ill" to them. We're all fighting off coughs and congestion right now and I refuse to go sit in a germy doctors office to be handed a prescription that may or may not work.

    I'm definitely gonna check into a naturopath doctor!!! Thanks for this info!

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  6. I just read & posted on your vaccine post, and I'm continuing the love here!! I'm DYING to bring my son to a naturopathic doctor! We're moving soon, so I've been putting it off (I'd rather find one by our new home rather than do all the research to find one now and have to switch soon anyway), and I'm also dreading what it will cost us since our insurance sucks.

    Anyway, this is, legit, so helpful. I'm obsessed. More, more, more! Please. Hahaha :-)

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  7. I agree with you! I try to go the natural way as much as I possibly can. I don't take medication for anything unless it's a serious infection (and okay.. I'll admit. I take pain medication --children's ibuprofen-- once a month when Aunt Flow blesses me with her presence). I haven't heard of Naturopath before, but I'm going to research it because it seems like something I would like.

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  8. I 100% agree! I actually believe that everyone is over medicated. As my A&P teacher put it ... you do not have a headache do to lack of Tylenol, you have a headache for another reason. Your body will right itself (unless of course it is a serious health issue). Also, I agree with the flu and chicken pox vaccines being unnecessary. Another thing I learned in A&P is that it is healthy to get sick, your immune system needs to be worked in order to be strong. If not, you are more susceptible to horrible diseases such as cancer and are more likely to have a hard time fighting it if you're immune system is weak because it was never stressed. (End Rant). I'm just glad to see I'm not the only one haha!

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  9. I hear ya! My fiance's parents are BOTH pharmacists, and ever since he was little they have drugged him up with every medication you can give a kid. However, he is sick or feeling bad all of the time, and I can't help but think it's b/c his immune system is crap now. Another example - I had an eye infection one time and went to their house on New Years Day. They gave me benadryl, advil (3 or 4), eye drops, and eye gel, an eye bandage, and a freakin' eye patch!!! Then, as I am eating dinner I swallow something wrong and coughed. They were convinced the cough was b/c I was sick and gave me two huge spoonfuls of cough syrup. I'm 19, had just started dating my fiance, and didn't want to tell his parents no. By this point I have a decent buzz going on from the meds - but I'm not complaining, it is New Years afterall - but it was all for a little pink eye. Doesn't make sense.

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  10. I agree about the over medicating. My pediatrician told me from the very beginning not to give medicine for fevers UNLESS it is above 102* for MORE than 24 hours, consistently. I've noticed that most mommies (understandably) want to immediately give a fever reducer to make their little one feel better....but a fever is your bodys way of fighting infection. It is only dangerous if it is high consistently for more than a few days.

    Also,
    I go back and fourth about the flu vaccine.....only because several years ago a family friend's two year old daughter died from complications with the flu. An otherwise perfectly healthy child. It is very scary to think that could happen, and also sad to know it could have been prevented with a vaccine.

    It's a personal choice and no matter what decision is made.....you have to be an advocate for your body and your children's. Research, question, get second opinions....and screw what others think because this is your decision, no one else's!


    :)

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  11. Wish you could meet my step-son. Because of his mother, he's 'allergic' to EVERYTHING and has all the 'AD' acronym diseases in the WORLD. Ugh, it's disturbing. Personally I don't like taking pills, getting shots, or sniffing anything. High five to how you're doing this!

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  12. I don't have kids yet, but I do make it a point to get informed and I have been reading up on tons of this kind of stuff so that when that day does come I have all the information and I have made an informative decision. The funny thing about antibiotics is it is even bad for adults to get too much of it! Doctors hand it out like candy and it should really only be used in certain circumstances after you have given your own body the chance to build up antibodies to attack whatever infection you have. Well I believe doctors have gone to school and are trained on this stuff... the world or politics and money making have seeped so far into the pharmaceutical world it is really important for people to make sure they are as well informed as they can be!

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  13. i dont have kids yet, but my mom works in the ER and i am actually in grad school for holistic nutrition. so ten points for you and your smart ass brain (not sarcastic, seriously). i'm sure you received a LOT of shit for your natural ways, but i say it's the only way to go!

    whenever we have kids, i dont intend on doing anything conventionally (if i can, at least)... its crazy how much shit people expect you to give your child. like, it's "normal".

    also, i got the chicken pox vaccine. when i was 14. because i never had the chicken pox as a baby. and i never really got sick. i think that must have been my mother saying to herself "this isnt a problem. not an emergency. take an advil and sleep on it."... boy, this comment sure turned into rambling...REAL quick...

    bravo, you!

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  14. Such a good mommy!! Do you also see a Naturopath when you get sick? Like if you got a sinus infection/strep/UTI etc. Just the run of the mill stuff. Do their remedies work for you also? Going to look into finding one in my area.

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  15. yo sis-this got me thinking I should look into holistic ways to help with cramps. I know I've said this a million times, but even though I have not had kids I feel like I am well prepared for labor because of how bad my cramps are!! Maybe next time you see the kids doc you can ask her suggestions for me ;)

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    1. And then post her suggestions here because I am sure tons of us suffer the same :)

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  16. I am so happy you posted about this. I am newly pregnant with my first and the thought of putting all this medication in my baby's body when they are born just drives me mad! I am not against vaccines, although I myself will never get the chicken pox nor the flu shot, same with my future children, but I just think they do so much at once that it can be harmful. Their tiny bodies aren't even adapted to their surroundings yet and here are the docs putting medication in them already. I think spacing them out and only doing one at a time is a GREAT idea. Heck I don't take anything for headaches, colds, etc. Unfortunately the closest naturopath doc around me is almost 2 hours away :(

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  17. I don't have kids yet, but when I do I agree with the natural way. What in your opinion is the best resource for all this information? Also, what about insurance? Did you have babies the natural way?

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  18. I don't have any kids, but I am totally for a natural, non-synthetic (could have totally made that word up) way of doing medications. I am not a big fan of medicine for me even just because I don't think we should but all of those things in our bodies. There is just so much in there we don't know about. Thanks for sharing this!

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  19. Does your insurance cover alternative medicine? If not, is it expensive?

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  20. I don't live in a very open-minded area; however, I am very careful with my kids. My oldest (4) has had antibiotics three times, and I know one time it was unnecessary. My youngest (5 months) hasn't had anything.

    I was very careful to find a pediatrician that did not believe in handing out medicines for every ailment. And I space out my vaccines. But I'm also not the mother that runs to the doctor for every fever, either.

    I was the same during pregnancy. I found someone on board with natural child birth. She even gave birth naturally....no drugs.

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  21. My son is currently 8 months old and we don't follow the guide lines for vaccines. He does get his vaccines but only one per visit which has been every other month. I read through your previous posts about vaccines and am curious what cocktails of drugs showed up as being one of the leading vaccines to cause developmental disorders? Was the the MMR, Hep B, Dtap or the pneumococcal one??

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  22. My son is currently 8 months old and we don't follow the guide lines for vaccines. He does get his vaccines but only one per visit which has been every other month. I read through your previous posts about vaccines and am curious what cocktails of drugs showed up as being one of the leading vaccines to cause developmental disorders? Was the the MMR, Hep B, Dtap or the pneumococcal one??

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  23. I'm in Canada so I know our health care is very different, but I kinda do the same thing.

    I don't go to a naturopathic dr, BUT our doctor is so supportive of our choices. We space out the vaccinations (the ones we actually get), we don't do chicken pox or flu and a few others, our daughter has had advil once, which was given to her by someone else who was watching her (yeah, she got a strip taken off her after that). We also didn't give her any baby food, or mushed up food, we did something called "Baby Led Weaning".

    I think if our doctor wasn't as supportive we would probably seek out a naturopathic doctor, but we've been really lucky with our family doc.

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  24. How did you go about finding a naturopathic doctor? and do they have them for adults as well? or just kids?

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  25. I pretty much do this with myself- I will only take any meds if I truly have to (like recovering from surgery). When I have kids, I will most likely be doing the same thing! I TOTALLY agree that kids and adults are overmedicated for almost everything these days.

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  26. love it. thank you so much for sharing. we are having our first baby in March & I am busy researching like a B as well.
    after working in an orthopedic clinic & as an athletic trainer in the clinic & at the high school, I saw a lot of misuse of medication & prescriptions. It really opened my eyes to the reality of the medical field & why we don't always need to run to them first with every little ache, pain or rash!

    thank you again. XO

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  27. Hey Raven! I was wondering if you could give some examples/scenarios about different sicknesses and what you actually use to treat them? headaches, colds, coughs, cramps? I would love to hear some examples that I could apply to my life as I don't have children yet!

    Shauna

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  28. I couldn't agree with you more! I agree with almost all holistic medicine and natural remedies! I used to work for a holistic dentist and he was awesome. He introduced me to macrobiotics and the power of herbs and supplements. The hubs and I also go to a holistic chiropractor. Not a guy that you go to if you want meds and a quick car accident fix, but a wellness plan. His goal is to get every party of your body communicating with every other part. He is awesome! So you go on with your naturopathy! ;)

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  29. Thank you for this post Raven!!! I do not have any kiddos yet, but working for a major hospital chain I see people using and abusing medications, and SO MANY doctors just handing out pills/shots to get people out of their office. Even my own doctor when I have gone to her, which is rare and a half. Anti-biotics downright scare me - we have created superbugs with the overuse of these, and people STILL rush to get an RX when they have a cold or sinus infection or what have you. There are docs that still prescribe them for unnecessary things which is even worse! Makes me sad. I totally believe in hollistic medicine being used whenever possible, and western medicine when needed!!!!

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  30. Can't wait to see your responses...I have a lot of the same questions as the other girls so I won't repeat. I do a delayed vaccine schedule for my daughter so that she'll get all the necessary vaccines by school time. I'm still on the fence about the flu shot. She's not in daycare but does attend playgroups and play in public spaces. My husband and I have never gotten it.

    I'm really interested in alternative medicine and would love to find a naturopath. I've really enjoyed acupuncture/herbal medicine and seimei, as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  31. As a Nurse I definitely enjoyed this post. I believe the world is over medicated, there is a pill for EVERYTHING. I wanted to delay vaccines while I was pregnant, but having a preemie who was born 10 weeks early and had to spend 7 weeks in the NICU I changed my outlook on a lot of things. One of them was the decision to get her a flu shot, do her vaccines on time, and this being her first year we got the Synagis vaccine to help prevent her from getting RSV, or if she did get it, it wouldn't be as severe. Had she been a full term healthy baby who didn't need to be on a CPAP to keep her lungs open the first 4 weeks of her life and oxygen the next 3, I wouldn't have gone about it the same way but because in our situation the risk of not doing it was way higher then the side effects.

    We're blessed to see a pediatrician that's into natural remedies and specializes in premature babies. He's very awesome about how I handle stomach aches, teething, etc without meds. I've slowly brought my husband over to the natural remedy side.

    How did your Husband react to all this? How do you handle things with your kids, share your remedies! :))

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  32. I'm currently debating getting my 3 month old his 4 month old vaccine shots :( can't decided and I don't know what is true and what is falseon the internet.

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    1. It's ok to wait longer to get vaccines, but I wouldn't reccomend doing them early.

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  33. I completely agree with this! My doctor rarely gives anti biotics. Evie had to have some when she was a couple months old because she got a rare bacteria from the tap water my grandma gave her. Her pedi called daily to make sure she wasnt having a reaction. We still do shots just not the chicken pox. This post just made me love you more than I already do :)

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  34. As someone who works with kids and their behavior problems I definitely see the pros and cons of both. Some kids do well with just behavior interventions but some kids... they're just off their rocker (still cute as a button though!) and need meds+behavior interventions to help them out. And for the commenter who spoke about Autism and vaccines, it's a dangerous rumor started by a doctor whose study was removed from The Lancet and has caused major ramifications. Vaccines do not cause Autism (whose symptoms are seen before the age that children get vaccines). If you're nervous, take the alternate vaccination schedule route... just as Raven is doing. Also, if you're going to research be careful with what you read on the internet... it's not all true. Speak to your doctors, behavior analysts, PTs, OTs, nurses, etc.

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  35. I'm confused by this, as you also post about heavy drinking (alcohol negaively affects every cell of your body and if anyone would some any time researching that, you would wonder how that shit is legal) and you allude to heavier drug

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  36. I never thought to see a naturopath doctor, however, I am happy to report my kids' pediatrician is wonderful in the way of not prescribing antibiotics unless she felt it was necessary, she always suggests honey first which warms my soul because that is always our go to method for ailments :) I am thankful for my pedi when needed, we really have only seen her a handful of times for my 9 and 4 year old. Most illnesses are treated at home with rest, TLC and allowing a fever to fight the intruder, as in not using medication to lower their fevers when they get one.
    We used our own schedule for vax and will not participate in the chicken pox or flu shots either.

    Anything you can do right? :)

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  37. I've been seeing one for my son. He seems to get sick more often and has GI issues. My biggest problem is this... how to get your husband on board. He's very skeptical. What do you do? So frustrated...

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  38. I'm on the fence still about no vaccines or a delayed vaccine schedule, but I guess my real question is can a naturopathic doctor replace a pediatrician and provide care (including vaccines) for infants.

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