When I was a child, you were not often taken to the doctor. I had the usual childhood illnesses: measles, mumps, chickenpox. But I cannot recall one ear infection or sickness that required antibiotics.
Fast forward to when my girls were young. I can recall sitting in the pediatrician's office every month for something or other. Sitting at the pharmacy waiting for the medicines to be filled. Antibiotics were given for seemingly everything, it felt like.
When I was a child, we had no car. We ate our own chickens, from which came our own eggs. We had a large vegetable and berry garden, taken care of by my grandmothers. From that garden we ate fresh veggies and had fresh fruit cobblers and pies. I don't recall ever having a can of food from the store or a cake mix in a box.
Things have changed a lot. When I was a kid, I wouldn't have known what a pediatrician was. There was just a general practitioner for everything. And sometimes he came to our house. It was a small town.
I know very well that I am not eating nearly as healthy as I should. Sometimes I wish they'd never invented TV dinners, for they are so easy to just pop in the microwave.
I have to be very sick now to take antibiotics. Because with antibiotics come yeast infections, the other curse of womanhood. And I have suffered from so many of those during my adulthood.
It's been going in the other direction now for some time. People are living "sustainable lives" and "going back to the land." I am living in the city. But there are still so many ways I can learn how to live healthily.
Last fall I mentioned looking into essential oils. Looking for a new place to live then took over, and that took a back seat. I want to get back on track.
I absolutely hate going to the doctor. Filling out insurance forms. Paper work, paper work, paper work. And money out of my pocket. And while you're there, you're apt to pick up whatever illnesses are in the waiting room.
I'm not very savvy about these things of which I am writing today. So I hope those of you who know more will chime in and help the rest of us. We need to be more in charge of our own bodies, families, lifestyles and eating patterns.
We need to look at things in a new way instead of the old way of feeling sick and depending on a doctor to remedy everything that ails us.
I'm getting my coffee. Please start the conversation with whatever knowledge you have or experiences you've learned by. Let's help one another.