My Response To The Mother Charged In Son's Strep Death

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In light of my recent post on treating strep at home, I had more than one person share this news article with me.  Tragically, a seven year old boy died after having been in bed for 10 days with strep.  The mother is now being charged with neglect.  Whatever the facts are about this tragedy, my heart goes out to the family and friends involved.

Here are my thoughts:
  1. The media does not always portray the truth.  We simply do not know all the details.
  2. We don't know what remedies the mom was using, or how often she was giving them.  Was she aggressive?  Was he responding to natural treatment at all?  If not, she should have sought medical help.
  3. We don't know the health of the child and if he could have possibly had other health problems that made the situation more serious.
  4. If the mom did in fact allow her child to suffer in bed for 10 days with no medical help when he needed it, then she took things too far.  She should have sought medical help.
  5. Far more people die from the ill effects of conventional medicine than from natural remedies not working.  The media does not represent this truth in the least.  There are thousands upon thousands of people who die from drugs prescribed to them by their doctor.  Many have had great success safely treating strep and other illnesses at home. 

Antibiotics were created in 1945, so what did ill strep patients do before the era of antibiotics?  They used alternative treatments.  I'm not the first person to attempt treating strep at home, there are hundreds of people that have successfully done the same for many years.  Many  cannot afford a doctor, or have taken so many antibiotics that they are now immune to them, and they are seeking help on how to treat illnesses such as these.  I am not seeking to diagnose anyone, nor say that a person should not be seen by a doctor when they have strep.  I'm simply sharing my experiences in being Dr. Mom. ;)  Antibiotics are so overused that many strains of bacteria are resistant to them.  I choose to work with the natural immune system given to us by God to fight illnesses unless medical help is necessary.

My girls and I all felt great by day 2 or 3 of our recent strep illness.  There was a marked improvement after 24 hours of treating us with natural antibiotics and immune boosters.  If at any time my girls needed medical help, I would seek medical help.  

Some people seem to get the impression that I use natural remedies to the death.  This is ridiculous.  I'm not trying to prove anything, nor do I insist on natural remedies at whatever the cost.  I use natural remedies because I believe it's what's best for my family.  I would never hesitate to use conventional medicine if I had to.  I am very thankful for conventional medicine when it is needed {e.g. emergencies}.

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