I attended an exciting health conference in St. Louis this past weekend. As health and natural medicine are great interests of mine, especially now as a mother, I found this weekend to be highly profitable.
The doctors teaching at the conference focused on the topic, “Natural Medicine for Common Childhood Illnesses” and with a room full of doctors and mothers, it was a great time to learn some valuable information to help in treating my own family.
Some of the topics covered were first related to disease and that line between wellness and illness, how illness occurs, organ functions and body systems and their importance in maintaining good health. Other topics were covered like food and nutrition, natural medicine, chiropractic care for infants and children and more.
A very interesting session, indeed, was called, “The 100 Year Lie” in which a very powerful time-line was presented on how food and medicine have been destroying and eroding health here in America over the last 100 years. Talk about scary! This was an amazing chronology. I was shocked at the information and statistics presented on cancer, diabetes and heart disease and the correlation with the types of food we now eat, industrialism, the chemicals and toxins in our environment, and the rise of the pharmaceutical (a drug for everything) industry.
I was also interested in the section on Autism, ADD and ADHD. I was very intrigued with the statistics presented. The US is the highest consumer of Ritalin in the world–the highest percentage being boys being diagnosed and receiving the drug. The wife of one of the doctor’s presented a session on obesity which was very interesting as well with even more shocking statistics. It not only is this a problem in the adult population, but has rapidly spread to children — Is it any wonder in our convenience based, fast fake food, media centered, sedentary culture?
A chiropractic doctor presented a very interesting session on “Infants, Children and Chiropractic Care”. He covered some very fascinating information on the intricacies of the spine and nervous system. He also covered common problems in infancy, like colic and other digestive upsets, and how we can treat these illnesses naturally without the use of medications.
Probably the most practical was the session on Children’s Health in which a wide variety of health issues were covered: allergies, asthma, sinus problems, bedwetting, digestion, eczema, dizziness, hyperactivity, infections (bacterial and viral), fever and colds. It was excellent information enabling mother’s to have resources and information to make informed decisions on their child’s health. I learned many things not to do and many more things to do.
I think of Katie Luther, the wife of the great reformer, Martin Luther, who was very skilled in herbal medicine and was in fact known around town for her excellence in this area. She used her skills to help others as well as primarily serve her children and husband in the area of health. She has inspired me to continue to gain more knowledge in these areas as I seek to improve my knowledge and skills so that I can better serve my family’s medical needs as they arise (and hopefully avoid a large majority of problems through proactive prevention).
Along the same line (though not brought up at the conference) a couple of books that I can highly recommend are: Mommy Diagnostics and The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy by Shonda Parker. I have found them to be excellent resources for treating common illnesses naturally at home.