Thankfully we are rarely sick, and if we do come down with something, we know how to nip it quickly to avoid gut-busting antibiotics. I did get my first thermogram at a more natural-minded doctor's office a couple years ago (I should do that again soon, especially since my Mom died of breast cancer, but I know hers was from the high-dose menopause hormones she took before anyone knew better), but besides that it's been about 5 years since I'd seen my regular doctor. Although since then I went to an urgent care center for a UTI/kidney stone, which was when I wrote about those times when we are thankful for pharmaceuticals!
However, it seems like there is always some form to fill out that asks who your doctor is, and since you never know when it might be beneficial to have a relationship with your conventional doctor, I made myself an appointment. (Okay, I also had some other reasons, which I'll tell you about below…)
NOTE: As you know, I’m not a doctor or anywhere close. Use our own judgment and do your own research after reading this!
When the nurse went through her list I was thanking God that I could say “no” to so many things…
- Are you stressed a lot? Not really.
- Do you have any aches or pains? Nope.
- Do you have low energy? No.
- Do you struggle with sleep? No.
- Any digestion issues? Nope.
- Do you take any medications? No.
She said, “Wow, this is easy.” I told her that I just eat lots of healthy fats and real food. I know I'm getting older and may not always be able to answer ‘no' to all of those, but for now I'm appreciating it and hoping my mostly good diet helps hold all of that off for a loooong time. Lastly she asked:
- What supplements do you take?
I told her the following are what I take daily, and I'll share here with links and more details just in case you wonder about the specifics (again though, remember I'm not a doctor, I'm just sharing here what I take, not what YOU should take):
- Cod liver oil — to keep my omega 3/omega 6 balance in check, which helps with anxiety and any inflammation that may be going on.
- Liver caps since I don't eat it enough.
- Liver detox caps to help keep my blood sugar under control, since diabetes is very common in my family and I'm keeping an eye on it.
- Probiotics — this is the only kind I'll take now, here's why.
- Vitamin K2 — everyone needs to be on this, read more: Are you Taking Vitamin D or Calcium? What You MUST Do First.
- Magnesium — most people are low in this, and it's especially important if you take Vitamin D.
- Iodine — again, most everyone is low, but you can get too much so I take one every other day.
- Lithium — my tests showed I was low.
- Multi-vitamin — I just take one a day to cover anything I may be missing in my diet (from low-nutrient blah produce options during Michigan winters for example).
- Milk thistle for more liver support and for hormones/hot flashes.
Then she said, “I know you don't want a flu shot…”
I said, “Yeah those are too risky, especially since there are very few solid studies on them, but how did you know?” “Oh the doctor told me not to even bother bringing in the forms.” She said it in a light-hearted way. I said, “Wow, really? That's great.” She said, “Yeah, he's the only one in this whole practice that will still see patients even if they choose not to vaccinate.” I couldn't help myself, “That's really terrible, but I'm glad at least my doc has common sense. Can I ask, do you give your kids vaccines?” She said yes, so I ventured further, “But I hope you at least don't give them the HPV/Gardasil shot, right?” (I'd say that's one of the worst.) “Well, I looked into that one a lot and ended up doing it, but it was a tough decision. We've never had one case here in this office of an adverse reaction, or I probably wouldn't have.”
I thought this was shocking. There are adverse reactions with that shot ALL of the time, but just because there were none there, that made her feel safe?
I let it go and was thankful that we could have a nice calm conversation about it, and just hoped it made her think more about the risks of any vaccines.
Then the doctor came in…
I've always really liked him, he's very down to earth and we have great chats. We talked about his practice and his kids, and then he asked about our kids. I joked, “Well, you already know I'm sort of crazy, and now we're homeschooling too!” I also brought up Kent's blood pressure, and asked him if he noticed that he hadn't been in for a long time to renew his prescriptions. I told about getting Kent off the meds using natural stuff, and we did it back when he was still at his very stressful job, too. I even showed him Kent's log where he notes his BP on a weekly basis to keep an eye on it, and he said, “Yeah, those are great numbers.” I was a little surprised and bummed that he didn't ask for specifics on HOW we got him off the blood pressure meds and WHAT he takes. I also wish he would've asked about my skin cancer from a few years ago, so I could've told him how I got rid of that naturally too. (Remember I had that biopsied so I knew it was the benign kind that would never cause any long term issues, or else I wouldn't have messed around.) He ordered some blood tests to check my vitamin D and my cholesterol, and I let him because I was curious (both were great!) and I asked if he also prescribes vitamin K2 when he puts someone on vitamin D. I was surprised that he knew nothing about how dangerous it is to take vitamin D without K2! (My natural doc who did my thermogram had no idea either, and I had to tell her about it, which is why I wrote this post: Are you Taking Vitamin D or Calcium? What You MUST Do First.) I just said, “Yeah, you might want to research that.”
So I decided to bring up the vaccine issue.
“The nurse said you're the only doc here who will still see patients who choose not to vaccinate.” He said, “Well I don't know if I'm the only one here…” I continued, “I love that about you! But I'm curious, why is that? What makes you so cool about it when other docs just don't get it? I know you think we should get all the vaccines, but you've said that ultimately it's our choice, so why are you so different from the others?” I thought his reply was very interesting. He said, “Well, I don't think that just because you won't do everything I suggest that I should hold the rest of your healthcare hostage over it. It's just like with an alcoholic, I tell them they should stop drinking, but if they don't, I'm not going to stop seeing them, because I know there are still other ways I could help them with their healthcare.” That he compared me to an alcoholic was sort of amusing, when I'm really just a Mom who digs in more deeply to see all the risks associated with the vaccines or the mammograms or whatever it is I'm refusing at the time, but I didn't take offense, instead I said, “I just really appreciate that you have common sense about this.”
Common sense in one way, but not so much in another…
When I said that, I meant that he has common sense regarding having respect for the patient's choice, not so much when it comes to vaccines though, because if he did, he would at the very least recommend that parents wait 'til their babies are older before vaccinating and then spread them out more. Obviously, though, he likely feels the same about me, that I'm the one not using common sense on this issue. I just don't trust them shooting up our kids willy-nilly with chemicals that supposedly protect them, like I explained in this post: Can We Trust Vaccine Companies? How I Learned that None of Them Even Know What They’re DOING.
I decided to go for it and ask the BIG question. I had put the Vaxxed DVD in my purse before I left, just in case I got a chance. I said, “Since you're so cool about this stuff, I've got one more question for you… Would you watch something for me?” He said without any hesitation, “Sure, I'll watch anything.” (Clearly implying that he doubted it would change his mind on anything, but still, he said he'd watch it!) So I pulled the DVD out and said, “This is about a CDC whistleblower. I met the producer recently at a conference. It's pretty convincing stuff.” He replied in his same friendly tone, “Okay great.” I told him again, “You're awesome.”
And THAT is why I love our doctor. He laughed and off I went, praying he'd watch it with an open mind.
Tell us about YOUR doctor? Have you ever been dismissed from a practice for not vaccinating? Is your doc okay with letting YOU make the decisions about you and your kids' healthcare choices?
More important info:
- p.s. Notice I'm not mentioning our doctor's name or who he's affiliated with, and if you ask me I won't say. I'd never want anything I write about to get him into trouble.
- Also, remember I'm not a doctor or anywhere close, do your own research and don't blindly follow me or anyone on the issues you read about in this post or any post on my blog!
- This is another post about our doc and how he responded when I wouldn't sign their vaccine exemption forms: Our vaccination saga and the form we would NOT sign.
- How I Ended up on Fox TV News Yesterday… (talking about forced vaccines)
- Because I Want You to Know Both Sides: Why Many Still Vaccinate
- ER Doctor Says NO WAY to the Mask, Plus an Obvious Answer to the Peanut Allergy Epidemic