Your kids are not broken.
Yes, they were born just fine. Normal. Almost perfect (but not quite). I know, you were told that a baby needs eye ointment, vitamin K shots, vaccinations, formula supplementation, an isolated place to sleep flat on their backs, constant well-child checks, antibiotics, medications, and schedules, but do they really?
As baby turns into kid they need even more vaccinations, antibiotics, antibacterial hand washes, fever-reducers, ADHD medications so they don’t act like children, and a sterile bedroom. If they’re under the age of 8, they’re probably still sitting in a rear-facing car seat dying of embarrassment if they haven’t already died from the velcro shoes they’re wearing as a “choking hazard” precaution.
Yes, the more we discover about the human body, the more we find things that are “wrong” with it (and our parenting apparently). If you believe in God this view is warped and if you believe in biology and evolution, then you are clearly making an exception for this way of thinking.
Do you know what pediatricians used to see in their offices? Children who would come in occasionally because they had a common, acute, child-hood illness that was easily treatable. Yeah, they saw the kid with chicken pox (gasp!). Do you know what they see now? Kids for “un-well-child checks” who have chronic diseases – the causes of which are ignored and the medical cures for which don’t exist. Here are some stats for you:
1 in 6 kids has neurodevelopment disabilities,
1 in 59 has autism (4.5 boys to every 1 girl),
1 in 10 has ADD or ADHD,
1 in 10 has asthma,
1 in 450 has diabetes,
20% of children have eczema
1 in 5 has allergies
1 in 3 children are obese.
Almost 2,000 children die from cancer (the leading cause of death by disease in children) each year, and childhood disabilities have jumped 16% since the year 2001. Coincidence?
Guess what, our children weren’t born with these diseases. Two decades ago most people thought eczema was a type of spread you put on a sandwich. Two decades ago, kids only ate one sandwich (and whatever was on it was not genetically modified).
Two decades ago, kids played in dirt (and ate it), got common, temporary, childhood illnesses, which helped them meet developmental milestones, ate better food, and breathed cleaner air. They even slept in a bed with bumper pads (Gasp!). Before that, they slept in the same bed with their parents or in dresser drawers. SIDS? Oh, you mean “Shot-Induced Death Syndrome?” Never heard of that either.
No, our children were born with an immune system and five systems of elimination that become bogged down because we are told they won’t survive if we don’t tinker with their toolbox. We keep our kids in sterile environments because we’re afraid of germs and a germ theory that doesn’t exist and we don’t think twice about the chemicals that get ingested and injected because we’re told that baby runs better on hazardous wastes.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t take my car to the shop to get fixed when it’s not broken. I don’t call a plumber when there’s no leak, and I don’t sew up a shirt that doesn’t have a hole in it. The trick to turning a healthy baby into a healthy kid is simple: mama’s antibodies, a ton of (breast) milk, clean water, good food, a lot of sleep, a few smiles, a pile of dirt, a couple of bugs, and shoes … with laces.
“If it aint’ broke don’t fix it.”