We finally took Skye to the doctor!
Our little one is now 14 months old and has finally had her first official doctor’s visit — well, according to some of our friends and family.
You see, we’ve carefully managed Skye’s health since she was born, no make that, since she’s was conceived. We’ve read the best books, scoured the internet for the best non-biased, health advise, and created a solid game plan for providing her with the best healthy start to life.
Since she was three months old, we took her to a holistic chiropractor to keep her immune system in the best condition. And of course she was breastfed so I kept my own health in great condition to pass on vital nutrients to her through breastfeeding.
So Skye is the healthiest baby we know! And the doctor confirmed she was in great health during her appointment. She also gave us some great information about how to keep her healthy, especially during the winter months.
The reason we decided to take her to a Naturopathic Physician is because we believe in holistic medicine. We wanted to ensure her doctor focused on nutrition, prevention wellness, and homeopathy, and not just emergency and symptom based treatment plans.
Want to know more about Naturopathic Medicine?
Here’s a blurb from Dr. Rachel’s (pictured to the left) website:
The practice of naturopathic medicine is founded on six underlying principles of healing.
• The body has the inherent ability to maintain and restore health.
• The physician aims to identify and treat the root cause rather than the symptoms.
• Methods designed to suppress the symptoms and not the cause are considered harmful and should be avoided or minimized.
• The physician treats the whole person – taking into account the physical, spiritual, mental, and social aspects of the individual.
• The physician plays a role in educating and encouraging the patient to take responsibility for his/her health.
• The physician assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease, to make appropriate proactive interventions to avoid further harm or risk to the patient.
Food & Nutrition
The naturopath placed a lot of emphasis on Skye’s daily diet. In these developing years, diet is soooo important to who our little one’s become. So many childhood and even adult illness can be prevented with the right diet in the early years. 70 percent of the immune system lives in the digestive tract. So when I hear older people tell me that I need to feed Skye rice and heavier foods so that she’ll “sleep at night,” I wonder why I would want to purposely make her sluggish? Just for my own convenience?
I love feeding Skye food that fuels her. She gets plenty of sleep without me having to purposely feed her foods to slow her down. What would that kind of food do to her over time?
I feel the same way about fast foods. I plan to NEVER feed Skye fast food. Take a look at the food in the photo. Looks fresh right? Looks like it was just purchased. However, This happy meal was purchased in 2008 by Skye’s pediatrician. She wanted to experiment and see if this food really continues to look the same over an extended period of time without refrigeration. She didn’t do anything to the food but place it on this plate. And it never decomposed!
This is not real food. I don’t know what it is, but if it doesn’t breakdown outside of the body, then I doubt it will break down inside the body. The body may very well see this as a toxin and not food. There are so many toxins in our current world, the water, air, electronics, we don’t need to consciously eat toxins too. Food should make us feel good to be alive, not just satisfy a superficial desire.
One important thing I want to point out is that it’s not only fast foods that we have to worry about. Sometimes foods we consider healthy are not so good for us when we eat too many of them. Skye was dealing with some slight congestion, and we figured out that it flared up every time she ate a banana. Who would have thought?!? I believed most fruits were safe for her to consume regularly, but for whatever reason she has a slight reaction every time she eats bananas so we removed them from her diet. This really taught me the importance of paying attention to my little one and not taking anything for granted. Their such little individuals with individual needs.
We are raising our little one all natural. So we are not using pharmaceuticals for everyday ailments like cold and flu. This means we really have to amp up our preventative measures so that none of us get sick. Skye has never had a flu shot. In fact neither have I. I’m not sure how flu shots got so popular but growing up, I got a Tablespoon of Cod Liver Oil and 1 Tablespoon of Castor Oil regularly and that was our flu prevention.
When we took Skye to her naturopathic pediatrician about a month ago, she recommended three supplements to help prevent flu and cold’s during the winter system:
- A multivitamin
One point Dr. Rachel made when we first met her was that supplements are very necessary in today’s world. This is mostly because our soil is so depleted in the first place. Then we cook and microwave even more nutrients out of the food. How many apples do you think we need to eat today to match the nutritional value of an apple from the early 1900’s? The answer is 26! That’s 26 apples!!
- Vitamin D
We really need to get our vitamin D from the sun. But if we live in a place where the weather changes this time of year, we may spend less time outside. Although Dr. Rachel encouraged me to bundle up and still get Skye outside. But since we’ll be getting less sun than in the summertime, this supplement is key. It helps prevent cold and flu.
I said earlier how intricately linked the digestive system and the immune system are. Well probiotics keep our guts happy, which will lead to stronger defenses against illnesses. In fact nothing you eat can really make a differences in your health if your gut isn’t working properly. This supplement is good for overall health.The doc recommended both Skye and I take the vitamins. Hubby’s even taking them too. Maintaining a Well Household is key to maintaining a well baby!
Overall, the appointment was fabulous. I must admit, a lot of the stuff she told us about health, wellness, and prevention, I already knew. But until you’re practicing everything you know, do you really know it?
It was nice to get confirmation that we’re doing the right things to raise a happy & healthy little one.
Skye enjoyed it too! She played with a telephone, got plenty of hugs, even listened to a stethoscope. No crying. She did fuss for a few seconds while the doc listened to her heart beat, but that was it.
It was a great visit!