Blind trust in and of itself is not a bad thing, in fact, I wish we actually could just blindly trust our doctors! I wouldn’t have to think so much and do as much homework. Unfortunately the vast majority of doctors just do not have their patients best interests in mind. I can say that because “evidence-based practice” is growing among practitioners. The ones that have their patients best interests in mind lean heavily toward EBF (“Evidence-based medicine is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.” (Sackett D et al. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2000, p.1)).
In the case of childbirth for instance, you will hear many things that are simply just NOT TRUE. Here’s a short list for starters:
-Epidurals do not affect the baby
-You cannot eat during labor
-You have to birth on your back
-You can only push when dilated to 10cm
-Going past 40 weeks is dangerous
-Labor starts when your water breaks
-Babies are often too big to birth naturally
-An umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s head is dangerous
-Inductions are safe
Prior to becoming educated on birth (through our birth class and further self-study) “going past 40 weeks is dangerous” is the only one that I knew to be false. I believed everything else listed! Even without doing actual research, if you stop and think about some of these, it becomes clear that they can’t be true.
-Epidurals do not affect the baby – ok, we can’t take ibuprofen while pregnant but we can get an epidural?
-You have to birth on your back – women practically every where else in the world birth in a variety of positions so that one is just ignorant.
-You can only push when dilated to 10cm – I find this to be a doozy. How do they measure how many cm you are dilated? Finger widths. Last I checked not everyone on the planet has the same size fingers.
-Going past 40 weeks is dangerous – due date is estimated by the last menstrual period, not by conception date and some women have longer cycles
Perhaps you are a man, or not with child. Let’s consider your own health then. Are you on prescription medications? Did you know COUNTLESS people end up going off their medications when they eat right? Long story short, eating right = whole foods plant based diet. That might not sound appealing, so it might depend on how serious you are about your health. Unfortunately America has not made it easy to eat right. AT ALL. So don’t feel bad if you’re in the fence. Do yourself a favor though and watch the documentaries that I mentioned the other day. You will hear about and see people whose severe melanoma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma went away in a matter of a few months. You will learn:
-That there is only a very small percent of people who develop cancer due to something in their DNA
-That depression can (and is) treated with high doses of niacin
-That there is something called megavitamin therapy with research that’s not easily accessible to the general public
-That there is a study on the entire country of China that clearly shows less disease due to better nutrition.
-That cancer after cancer has been CURED with food (and subsequent detoxing of the body)
The reason your doctor doesn’t tell you about these things is mostly because they don’t know. How could they not know?? I know! I mean, I hear you; it seems impossible…..until you continue to look into it!! Only 6% of doctors have any professional training in nutrition. It all comes down to who runs things. The drug companies have their hand in everything. These things are only the tip of the iceberg.
Do yourself (and your baby if you are expecting) a favor and do the digging. Of all the things in life to educate yourself on, shouldn’t your health and your child’s health and birth be one of them? I will be posting further information on almost everything mentioned in the months to come. Let’s leave blind trust up to our dogs and take our health into our own hands. You will be amazed at how much power you have!