It was eleven years ago this night that I was in the hospital at Kennestone with my wife. We were letting our doctor get the best of our better judgement, and at 2 weeks past our daughters due date. We were induced. I say we, because the way I was tied into every decision, battling for my wife’s birth plan, it might as well been me getting that drip. We hated that we were there, but having trusted this doctor to protect our wishes, we were under her care, and at the last minute, it is hard to fathom changing doctors or directions. We probably should have.
I say this because it was the last thing we wanted to do. We talked some that night about what we were going to do to be sure we didn’t end up in a C-Section… “wait it out, we’ll just wait it out”. Not knowing that the reality is that we had already sealed our fate for a c-section, just because were there. The fact that we were pumping in pitocin was already the highest risk decision we could have made. And in the end, we did end up in a c-section. Us, the picture of anti-medical, natural health, found ourselves fighting for hope in the 9th hour.
In the end, it was ok. I hate c-sections for more reasons than I can go into right now, but the biggest concern was the harm to the baby… to our daughter. So we had asked for a larger incision than necessary, and to minimize pulling or twisting on our baby’s head. I stood there watching the doc, then I adjusted Brooke when she was born. And I checked her spine daily to be sure that no damage sustained from delivery would be perpetuated into something more serious. Subluxation kills people, and it starts at birth with so many people. Don’t pull on a baby’s head, use a uterus to push… God’s design, and things will turn out so much better in the long run.
Brooke developed an incredible immune system early on, she was adjusted regularly, simply to insure that her spine was as aligned as possible. Sleep was maintained very closely, and her diet. I would push greens and nutrient rich vegetables a dozen times per meal. There was no giving up, no giving in, and in the end, she grew to love everything we put in front of her. As we began her on Juice Plus to assist the volume of vegetables, her desire for a broader variety of fresh vegetables grew and grew.
I am an Anti-vaxxer, through and through. Some of you, I am sure, have not heard that term or don’t readily know what it means. But, as it sounds, I am anti-vaccine. We haven’t vaccinated our children at all, nor will we while they are under our control. My belief, is that vaccines have not imparted immunity onto the world, but rather that it has come naturally, based on timing. And “herd immunity” is a response of improving health and function which leads to an increased level of natural adaptation, really if you want to read more, look at my older Daily Sprouts on the topic : http://www.healthsprout.com/?s=vaccine.
I only bring this up in this Daily Sprout, because it is part of Brooke’s wellness plan. Avoid vaccines. Avoid chemicals, avoid the “dirty stuff” that accumulates inside of a body, reducing neurological function as well as immune function. So the focus of our effort was simply to keep her clean, and develop her own natural immunity. Let her get dirty and try to get sick often, so that her immune system could grow. It worked well, and we were very pleased with her health.
Then came the beginning of the now formidable years. The years where we are no longer the ones in charge of what she eats. I mean, we are, but not like we were. This period has been an interesting one for us, simply because we do not influence her the way we did. Now, I say this, not because she eats poorly, she actually eats great. She makes wise decisions on her own accord, very often. If I place lettuce in front of her, she eats it all and asks for more. In general she is a healthy eating child.
BUT… you place some grains in front of her, she devours them. You place more in front of her, she eats more, you remind her of the damage of high glycemic foods, and she stops and moves healthy.
It is an interesting reality. The reality that addiction is strong, but sugar just might be the strongest addiction out there. High glycemic foods drive this desire, such an amazingly strong desire. As my daughter has her 1th birthday today, I must say I am very proud of her. Proud of her willingness to pursue health, and proud of her desire to make wise decisions. But I also see the need to continue to try to teach and protect her from the damage of cultural foods.
With that, I pray you too will see this importance, and take the opportunity of a brand new year to re-shape your decisions, and choices, much like you would with a child. Constant ongoing correction.
Be blessed and Be well! - Dr. E