Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What If I Prefer "Holistic Medicine"?

There are lots of bright, loving parents out there who are afraid of or have a problem with medical science. So when their kids get sick, they "treat" them with "alternative medicines." What's wrong with that?

First of all, most parents aren't familiar with the course a disease takes, so they can mistake what appears to be "getting better" for actually getting worse, much, much worse.

Second, "alternative medicines" that have stood the test of time--that work--aren't called alternative medicine; they're called medicine. Props to Tim Minchin.

Here's why you don't want to "treat" your child with holistic medicines to the exclusion of proper care from a licensed healthcare provider: In a heartbreaking case, Tamara Lovett, a Canadian mom from Calgary, Alberta "treated" her seven-year- old son, Ryan, who was sick with not just one, but several treatable illnesses, with "holistic medicines." He died. Had she taken him promptly to a medical doctor, he would be alive today. She stood trial and was found guilty of "failing to provide the necessaries of life, causing death." I don't want that to happen to you. More important, I don't want your child to die unnecessarily.

Now there is reason to be concerned about the over-use of antibiotics, and you should talk to a licensed healthcare provider if you are wondering about that. There's also a very helpful book available to help you talk intelligently with that doctor. Breaking the Antibiotic Habit: A Parent's Guide to Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections, and Sore Throats by Paul A. Offit, MD. Caution: reading this book, even repeatedly, does not make you a licensed healthcare provider, and you need to take your child to a real one. Use this book to help you have intelligent conversations with healthcare providers. 

So if you like using, say, "aroma therapy," knock yourself out; it will make your house smell good. But when your kids are sick, for God's sake, for your own sake, and most importantly for your children's sake, take them to a licensed healthcare provider. 


  1. "Alternative" simply means what is "alternative" to what is considered "mainstream."

    I'm an ex-WCG member, now an independent Baptist. What passes for modern medicine is pretty much quackery. I have a vaccine-injured child--no coincidence he lost any speech he had after his 18-month shots.

    Thanks to "alternative" medicine--that is, using food to detox my son--he is now speaking again, though his speech still needs work. What did we use? Cilantro and chlorella--FOOD--that help rid the body of heavy metals. I also give him B12 supplements, which aids in detoxing, and as a result his speech has been picking up.

    Perhaps you should check out sites like Natural News before you go around knocking "alternative" medicine.

    Pretty sad when being "licensed" means you blindly buy into what passes for "science." Having a license doesn't make you God and doctors are NOT God!

  2. Alexandra, thank you so much for writing. I'm very sorry that your son has had this trouble. Would you mind sharing a little more about what happened? For example, how old is your son now, and what his pediatrician said when you told him/her what had happened.