I’d like to address the myths and fears around holistic health care. First I’ll explain what holistic medicine is NOT. It’s not an alternative to conventional medicine. It’s not a question of either/or. It’s a question of what is safe and effective. The popular definition of alternative medicine is “any practice that is not widely taught in medical schools or frequently used by doctors or in hospitals”. The term alternative medicine perpetuates the idea that pharmaceutical drugs and surgery is the accepted or “right” way and any other form of medicine should be considered alternative.
The word holistic is more relevant since it defines a complete form of health care that does not reject conventional medicine, but considers a comprehensive, individualized picture of health and uses the best and most appropriate options for prevention and healing.
Holistic is typically defined as pertaining to body, mind and spirit. This means that all aspects of your child are considered, including feelings, behavior, stress, diet, nutrition, and environment. The key is in understanding your child’s unique nature, along with symptoms, and using the appropriate food, natural medicines or other treatments to stimulate a healing response. Children are all different and sometimes can have complex issues. You may hear of a supplement, herb or treatment that has worked for another child, but this does not necessarily mean it will help your unique child.
It’s important to learn what is happening on the emotional level and what is supporting or undermining your child’s sense of security. If you can identify and understand your child’s individual nature, you can develop a unique approach to parenting that’s best for your child. When you know your child’s strengths, temperament, and learning style, and you know how your child handles stress, with the help of holistic medicine you can prevent and deal with most health, behavior and learning problems.
Many of the common illnesses and chronic health problems that affect children respond best when addressed from a holistic point of view. However, the biggest fear that parents encounter in using holistic medicine is fear of the unknown. Will it be effective? What are the side effects? Will my child get worse if we don’t see an MD right away? Not knowing what treatments are safe or the proper dosages can create anxiety. And most parents don’t have the time to sort through it all on their own. These are all valid concerns and it’s vital to have the proper knowledge before proceeding.
The holistic health care we teach in the CureChild program is all encompassing. We don’t suggest that you exclude conventional medicine. In fact, our advisors are pediatrician medical doctors fully trained and experienced in conventional medicine and experts in safe and effective holistic medicine for babies and children. Randall Neustaedter, OMD, our core program teacher, is a provider of primary health care for children. He has a thorough understanding of child development and pediatric medical problems. He knows the “red flags” and when to refer to a pediatrician or emergency care. He has over 30 years experience in treating newborns, infants and children and he teaches what really works.
What we teach in this program goes way beyond treating and curing illness. We teach you how to keep your child exceptionally healthy to prevent future issues. We teach you to strengthen and support immunity and the entire body to stimulate your child’s natural health and wellness. Good health begins at home with breastfeeding, high quality food and nutrition, a non-toxic environment, and mental and emotional nurturing. These are the primary building blocks of health.
Parents are the coordinators of holistic health care for children. You know your child’s body, mind, and emotions better than anyone else. By carefully assessing your children, you can prioritize their needs and focus on what may be diminishing their health. If you need help from a health professional, you can choose the form of health care that is most appropriate for your child and the situation. Many issues can be handled at home if you have the right knowledge. We will teach what can be handled at home, what requires medical attention, or when you may need a holistic health practitioner. We teach about all effective and safe forms of holistic health care and how to find a practitioner if you need one.
When you are fully educated in holistic health care, you can maintain an exceptionally healthy home environment and provide your children with the best possible care for healthy development and optimal vitality.