"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." —Thomas Edison
Like a baby bird opening its mouth to the mama bird’s offering, my toddler Blake gladly took his dropper full of "pink medicine."
"More pink mee-sin," he would squeal each time I opened the refrigerator for his dose. Little did I know I was slowly contributing to my son's deteriorating health every time I filled that dropper. I didn't know that the delicate biome in his little belly was fragile, and each dose of that bubblegum-flavored antibiotic was killing off more of his good gut flora and jeopardizing his immune system.
I was simply giving him the medications that his trusted and well-respected pediatrician prescribed to him for his bimonthly ear and sinus infections. At the time, I knew very little about the immune system and holistic approaches to illness.
I trusted the doctor and her idea that it was normal and safe to keep a toddler on a nearly continuous round of antibiotics. She sat with me each time as she scribbled on her prescription pad saying, "he will eventually grow out of this" or "We can always put tubes in his ears." I would nod in agreement as she told me, "Take this to the pharmacy and get it filled for 21 days and we will see you for his next round of immunizations." Not knowing what I was setting my son up for.