My children have never visited a doctor, not even for a check-up, never been vaccinated and never taken any drugs – not even over-the-counter drugs. This may sound like child abuse to many if you fail to recognise that these kids are much healthier than the average child and are also being raised very differently to the average child.
As a family we are definitely unconventional when compared to the average family. We ditch the 9-5 mortgage-focused, structured rat race. We choose to work on self-development rather on curriculums and timetables. We choose to eat whole and raw plant based food over fast food. We detoxify and cleanse regularly and listen to our bodies cues for hunger, fasting and tiredness. We seek emotional and spiritual healing rather than blaming our genes. We forage wild herbs and foods for our medicine. We choose to live with faith rather than fear.
You have probably already heard of the Placebo effect where the very positive suggestion of some medicine or treatment being made actually influences the patient to manifest that healing reality but you may not have heard of the Nocebo effect. The Nocebo effect is occurring in hospitals and doctors surgeries everyday where fear tactics are used to plant a negative self-fulfilling prophecy into the patient’s psyche of the ‘potential’ dangers/risks of the diagnosis or potentiality of not taking up a course of recommended treatment.
I recently experienced this myself at the local dentist; eg: dentist – “you have signs of tooth decay and will need to have fillings” patient – “no thank you, I don’t wish to have any fillings” dentist – “If you don’t have fillings you will suffer from excruciating nerve exposure and will be back complaining to me” patient – “thanks for the advice (warning/coercion)”.
Don’t get me wrong, this approach is necessary for those who do not wish to take responsibility and accountability for their actions and choices, but not for everyone.
Aside from not wanting to fulfil a negative prophecy around my kid’s health, I also choose not to use treatments, as a first port of call, that do nothing more than suppress the symptoms and ignore the true, root cause of the problem.
I also wish to protect my kids from the-not-uncommon phenomena of ‘medical kidnapping’ by the state who believe they know what is best for a child above and beyond the parent’s instinctual, intimate knowledge of their own offspring. The only real way to guarantee protection from your children from being forcibly treated is to abandon the system from where they are abducted. There are so many cases of medical kidnapping being made public in the media, one such case (Ashya King) involved the whole family fleeing the UK to go to Spain to seek the cancer treatment they desired for their son rather than accept the orthodox cancer treatments that the conventional health services inflict on adults and children alike which violently attacks the whole body.
In keeping my children out of a doctors registration and care, I am claiming back my rights as a parent to be the one who decides what is best for my children’s health and wellbeing.
Our decision not to vaccinate goes beyond the scope of this article but I can safely say that it was well researched from all avenues and not taken lightly. I honestly believe that my first child would not be with us today had I had allowed him to be vaccinated on the recommended schedule. He is highly sensitive and had a tough time sleeping and remaining settled through his younger years. He also experienced baby asthma and allergies. He has so far contracted both chicken pox and scarlet fever and made a speedy recovery from all illnesses without any drugs and any harm caused. As a result of overcoming childhood diseases he has now become a very healthy five year old with no medical complaints. For those parents who truly want to make an informed decision when it comes to this important decision, there is now such a wealth of information available online including documentaries such as ‘vaccine nation’ and ‘vaxxed’ and the very informative website http://www.nvic.org.
Growing up I frequently visited doctors, dentists and optometrists and as a result ended up with strong vision correction from 18 months old, a mouth full of fillings and a crown and constant fatigue and digestive disturbances. The sad truth is that these practitioners don’t make money unless we are sick and the more they interfere, the worse our health becomes and the more reliant we become on further intervention.
When it comes to fevers and fasting we view them as a healing opportunity for the body to cleanse rather than a potential danger. A fever is the body’s natural inferno which is created to burn through morbid and diseased matter in the body before excretory pathways such as sweating, mucous deposits and eliminating faeces help to sweep out the waste in order to cleanse the body of it’s previously acidic, disease-inducing state.
The body will naturally desire to fast (decline solid food) during a fever in an attempt to free-up digestive energy for cleansing the body effectively. As long as the fever is not a dry fever ie. plenty of fluid is taken on board to assist in temperature maintenance and the fever stays within the recommended parameters (see link for more info: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/26/scary-symptoms-that-are-really-no-big-deal.aspx), a fever is normally a safe and necessary detoxifying modality for the human body to undergo in times of disease.
Medical care has its place and we believe emergency care is important for unnatural incidences where we know the cause such as car accidents. For all else, we choose to doctor ourselves first and only use medical assistance should we feel that the condition is outside of our coping capacity. We have previously taken our eldest to hospital once during an asthmatic breathing attack, triggered by a mould allergy to have him checked out after our usual natural methods of opening up the lungs in a steam room failed to alleviate the symptoms sufficiently.
I choose to safeguard my children’s health using attachment parenting methods such as safe co-sleeping, baby wearing and full-term, on-demand breastfeeding. We also acknowledge the importance of emotional and mental wellbeing by seeking to understand the role of psychological thought patterns and trauma in manifesting physical disturbance. We believe every disease has a corresponding mental invitation at the root of it (see Louise L.Hay for more info). We also choose to opt out of the structured, educational establishments whilst immersing in nature. Furthermore we strive to make material sacrifices so we can provide full-time, at-home child care which enables us to tune into our children’s individual day-to-day requirements for remaining balanced and healthy.
However you choose to look after your children’s health is entirely up to you but I would recommend that whatever path you take, do not trust blindly. When deciding who to trust always follow the money trail; where there is greed for money and power, corruption and misconduct often follow closely alongside. Don’t settle for side effects that are as bad as the disease itself and research every avenue you come across including such documentary series as ‘The truth about Cancer: A global quest’. Ulterior motives can be tough to unearth, but when it comes to your families health, uncovering the real motives behind the pharmaceutical industry can result in a matter of life or death. I wish you all great health.
(Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and do not intend to give medical advice. I am a concerned parent who wishes to share my experience of raising my children unconventionally. All references given are not necessarily sourced from peer reviewed studies and come from the information I have gained along my parenting journey.)