Independence from the Medical Establishment
Here are some suggestions that have worked for me to keep us far away from standard doctors most of the time. I’ve raised a large family operating in this manner, with hardly a need for a visit to the doctor in over two decades.
1. Avoid vaccinations. If you live or work with horses, or the land you live on has had horses on it, then do your research on this. If, in that situation, you get a deep cut, you might consider a tetanus shot, as horses do carry tetanus. Deep cuts need special care in any case, especially deep puncture wounds. Standard childhood vaccines are not a good idea for most kids.
2. Read!!!!!! Learn to figure out what is a nutty fad and what is solid health advice. It takes some time to get those antennae working properly.
Books on nutrition that I like:
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Emig. You will find out that most of the products marketed to us, even in the health food stores, are unnecessary and deleterious to our health. This book teaches you to invert the food pyramid in order to know what’s good for you, and it teaches you to ferment some foods, which are better than taking probiotics. For those with certain chronic problems, such as asthma, a strong boost of high quality probiotics and digestive enzymes might be necessary to overcome their problems, at least for a time. This book is mainly a cookbook, but unlike any you will ever read. It is packed with crucial nutritional information on every page. It is over 600 pages long.
The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin…also an excellent book, based on much of NT’s principles. Both books are based on solid research by a doctor during The Depression, going to cultures that had little or no contact with modern food processors.
3. Shop the outside aisles of your grocery store as much as possible. All the expensive processed garbage is on the inside aisles. Produce, meat, dairy…that’s pretty much all we need. You can learn to make your own delicious sauces by reading the books I’ve recommended.
4. Obtain a good medical library. Some possiblities…others please add suggestions: Merck’s Manual, a good medical dictionary, some alternative manuals that suit you. Shop around. Another good book is called “Where There is No Doctor”. This is a standard medical book, for folks who live in areas where there is little or no medical care. Face it…we really don’t have much real medical care in this country, especially not for older folks…the doctors are starting to give them sub-standard care.
5. Learn CPR and other basic life-saving measures. Courses are available everywhere. You could even learn to set bones and do stitches. (in the interest of honesty…I haven’t yet taken my own advice here, but it seems obvious why it is would still be recommended.)
6. Avoid hospitals, especially for childbirth (use common sense here…sometimes orthodox medicine is still the only or best option).
7. Again…Read read read, or you will be a victim at some point. When you walk into the average medical facility, understand that though they may be competent (or not) they are not your friends, and they are another arm of the government (I use the term loosely) who is also not your friend