How can you be an advocate for the health of your children?
Suzanne here on this week’s podcast. Have you ever felt like you’re calling the doctor over the smallest of things? Well, that used to be me!
When Mollie was little, I would call the doctor in a panic anytime she had a cough or didn’t sleep at night. We eventually learned she had a milk allergy that caused her to have a lot of ear infections. I can’t tell you how many rounds of antibiotics she had when she was a baby!
After having more children, I began learning from another family how to be proactive in my family’s health rather than reactive. That’s when I began researching how to boost my children’s immune systems and partner with their bodies regarding nutrition and health.
We began seeing a chiropractor and a naturopathic doctor. My other children were treated much differently from an early age, and they didn’t NEED antibiotics until they were much older.
We want to remind you of three things:
You have been entrusted by God to be an advocate for your children.
You know your child better than any doctor that will see them.
You have a responsibility to educate yourself with what the world says about health.
Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.
We strongly believe in the healing ability of our bodies. It is designed to heal itself. We discussed last week about the body’s ability to heal from a scratch. But we also have the opportunity to either hinder or help the body’s healing processes.
Things that go against the healing mechanism of our bodies are:
The types of foods we eat. Ex. – too much sugar, dairy, wheat, and processed foods can hinder our health.
Too much intervention. Ex. – stopping a fever before it has time to work; too many antibiotics when they may not be needed.
Books that helped me and gave me the courage to go against the mainstream medical opinions:
We chose to find a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology (AP). It’s a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. We also saw a Naturopathic Doctor who uses a multi-faceted, non-drug, non surgical approach to health care. Find a doctor who will be on your team and who aligns with your belief system.
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Here are a few other things to consider:
Pray! Our bodies are God’s temple. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Cor. 6:19-20
Consider your diet.
Get outside more.
Ensure you’re getting enough Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E! (This may include taking supplements since our foods cannot adequately provide these nutrients like they used to).
Drink plenty of water!
Find doctors who will help the healing process (ex. – chiropractor, holistic doctor, naturopathic pediatrician, etc.)
My must-haves for every family:
Arnica gel or ointment (for bumps and bruises)
Calendula gel or ointment (for cuts and scrapes)
Liquid Tri-light herbs
You know your children best. Take ownership of your responsibility for the health of your family.
You get to be your child’s advocate. Know all the options out there so you can make the best choice.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at [email protected].
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Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician.
If you have a question or a parenting issue that you’d like us to discuss in a future podcast, email us at [email protected].