Parents are encouraged to take their infants and children for regular doctor appointments called “wellness visits,” “check-ups,” “health care maintenance,” or “school physicals.” To comply with “quality guidelines,” the appointments have a recommended schedule of six to eight times in the first year of life, starting right after birth; two times a year from age 1 to age 3; and annually after age 3.
At a conventional pediatrician’s office you may spend a long time in a waiting room with lots of sick children and a bunch of germ-covered toys. When you finally get to the exam room, a nurse may ask you questions regarding your child’s development and review age-appropriate safety guidelines. Even though some of these tasks are largely busywork, when the doctor’s office checks off the little boxes documenting their completion, the doctor gets a satisfactory review from his employer and the insurance carriers.
When you finally see the doctor, the exchange generally lasts only a few minutes. During the cursory physical exam, you may have time to ask a few questions about your baby’s health or development. Then the doctor will generally smile, “order” as many as nine shots for as many as 14 diseases, and scurry out of the room, leaving the nurse and medical assistant to perform the injections.
The list of vaccines is long and getting longer. In addition to containing bacterial and viral particles, vaccines contain a host of other toxic ingredients. Many parents experience this onslaught as the most memorable part of their baby’s “wellness visit.” Undoubtedly, it is the part of the visit the child remembers most vividly. Parents need to know that it is not necessary for their precious bundles to undergo this type of sanctioned aggression.
As the holistic pediatrician at TIMC, I do things differently. Our waiting area is pleasant and uncluttered, and we do our best to run on time. New patients are scheduled for 45 minutes, and returning patients have at least a 30-minute visit (a longer appointment can be scheduled if requested). Most of the appointment time is spent directly with me, the doctor.
So what happens at these visits and why are they important?
Parents inevitably have questions about their children’s health and development, and the purpose of the check-up appointments is to address these questions. We routinely discuss nutrition, the use of supplements, ways to live a healthy holistic lifestyle, and more. Imbalances such as slower-than-normal growth and congenital anomalies can be identified and addressed in their early stages, often with simple measures. In marked contrast to the frightening and painful experiences at a conventional office, well visits with a holistic pediatrician provide an opportunity for your child to have a positive, affirming experience with a health care provider.
Of course at my office at Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center (TIMC), there is ZERO pressure to vaccinate. Vaccines are not mandatory, even though conventional doctors may claim they are. They are also not necessary for attending schools or camps in many states where parents retain their right to refuse.
If you are fed up with cookie-cutter pediatric visits and pressure to follow the bloated, one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule, treat yourself and your child to a different kind of healthcare visit. We will be glad to see you, and you’ll be glad you came.