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I’ve written this post several times and several different ways but always delete it and don’t post it as it doesn’t feel quite right and exactly what I’m trying to say.

I coined a new term this year.

“healthocrite:” noun someone who talks about health, but isn’t necessarily healthy.

That is what I’ve felt like this winter.

I’ve learned some big lessons that have been served up with some not so tasty slices of humble pie.

Lesson #1: Stick with what works. This year we fell off the wagon in several different ways. Things I used to be strong on, I let slide. Keeping away from the top inflammatory foods, foods banned in other countries, unnecesssary ingredients like food dyes, staying away from too much sugar, from gluten.

Gluten not only because of gluten intolerance but because by the removal of the gluey protein, a lot of pesticides are removed and glyphosate counts are lower in gf foods. I didn’t do these things this year like I have in past years. It seemed like the kids tolerated these things a bit better. It was easier when we went out to eat. Easier at school. Easier.

Lesson #2: Staying healthy means staying vigilant. Taking breaks from what works can result in taking breaks from health. It’s nice to treat yourself every once in awhile but to allow bad habits to become the new normal comes with bad consequences.

Lesson #3. I don’t know everything. I can only teach as much as I allow myself to learn. And I’m only in my second semester of the holistic practitioner program. So to think I could cut out an expert and take it over myself was fool hardy.

Lesson #4. When you are closely tied to a cause. Optics are important. One might look at my little transitioning to the dark side older two, looking like child palpatines and think man if that’s where not getting your shots gets you count me out. If that is what practicing homeopathy looks like. Count me out. That would not be the correct assumption.

First off my older two are mostly up to date. And mostly up to date now days means 3-4x as many as we had as kids. My kids are more of an example of what can happen when you do adhere to the guidelines. My older two have diagnosed immune disorders.

Lesson #5. Healing isn’t always a straight shot upwards. My mistake was thinking healing was an always upwards trajectory and I didn’t see the possibility for relapses.

I was mistaken. Weather and a particularly bad winter for respiratory issues, falling off the wagon on several habits, and trying to take on these issues as a novice homeopath contributed to this years relapse.

I just helped write speaking points for a veterinary bill and learned a lot. Including it is accepted in veterinary science that breeds, size, age, weight, all are taken into consideration in a pets reaction to shots. Seems like common sense but it is actually not just that, it is science. New science in fact. Genetics and molecular and cellular biology.

Some pets are under-responders and do to genetic variants, do not develop immunity. And then you have the over-responders. The more susceptible to developing severe, often lifelong afflictions like chronic illness and even death.

I find it amazing that this is still widely denied by doctors for humans as it makes so much sense. We are all different in our genetic make-ups. Our susceptibilities are different. Look no further than your own family tree to see that this is true.

Some of us pass down predispositions to lung issues, others pass down predispositions to gastrointestinal issues, some are more prone to back issues. And an immune provoking medicine can trigger the development and enhancement of immune issues. It is well understood in homeopathy too. They take into consideration family history and what they call miasms. Predispositions. Hereditary weaknesses.

My kids had a predisposition to lung weakness. Jake’s wasn’t as dominant as theirs. And we have immune disease on both sides. I believe this to be because my kids had more immune provocations than he did. It used to be on the CDCs site that they advise families with a history of immune disease to consult their doctor as this might not be right for them.

But as they steered away from truth and improving their product since they were liability free. They removed these safeguards and now are even taking away medical exemptions.

As I digress.

Back to what I learned.

In homeopathy when a patient has a severe reaction sometimes emergency allopathic protocols are necessary.

I have been so afraid of allopathic because it has burned us in so many ways.

Even Jake who isn’t nearly as skeptical of everything mainstream medicine as I am has his own horrific experiences.

He was having vertigo issues. They recommended a spinal tap to check for things like MS. The spinal tap caused a spinal headache. He had to go back for a blood patch. They kept missing and repoking. He now has back pain. And as it turns out none of that was even necessary. The cause of his vertigo was his allergy shots. He got off those and it went away. How much in unnecessary funds, time, pain did that cause? And no one is recording that happened. No one is marking down it was the allergy shots that caused his dizziness, or paying for the blood patch as it was their error in the spinal tap that required it, or recording that it was both that caused the back pain.

Just in our family alone we have dozens of such stories.

It is the reason the current medical philosophy is failing. They are not transparent in the issues they cause. They are unaccountable. Reactions are under reported and unassociated. And they aren’t getting to the root of the issue. Often times they are causing it or exascerbating it.

Out of the 50 published leading causes of death in our country the medical establishment is responsible for a lot of them and medical errors are at the top.

Under the current philosophy all of our statistics are failing. So there is a better way. Do we sometimes need emergency care and allopathic? Yes. But is it paramount that we try and fix these issues? Yes.

As their profits grow, our health declines. There is a better way and we as the consumer should have the ability to influence this change. And the industries response must be change, not force and mandates.

Better reporting. Transparency. Removal of conflicts of interest. Genetic testing. Alternative methods recognized by insurance.

We must do better. Our kids future depends on it.

So I know I’m not perfect. I know I am not always the poster child for the way to do things. But I also know, that even in my personal failures, what I am fighting for is right.

That we can do better. That we must do better. We know ways in which we can accomplish these things. And I’m trying to bring visibility to them.

So even though this winter has not been a healthy one for our household. Don’t let that take away for the ultimate goals of what I’m pushing for, being ones that are important and we all need.

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