10 May 2011

Waldorf as a natural path to probiotics

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i recently found another baby group to attend with X. we have gone once so far. the lady who leads the group has 5 grown children and has been a waldorf-trained educator for a few decades. now, i honestly dont know much about waldorf but i do know that it focuses (at least at this age) on allowing the child to explore and use their imagination rather than playing with electronics. giving them simple things to play with like scarves, simple dolls, finger puppets, wood blocks, bowls, etc. and having places for them to hide in, crawl through, etc. will teach them lots about the world and will develop their imaginations, which will help take them wherever they want to go as they get older. from what i have seen its in-line with what i am already interested in so i will probably continue down this path to mine resources in this area of parenting. im sure i'll pick up things i like and things i dislike along the way. so far it doesnt seem like a cult. which is good.

anyway, at this play group there was a dad with his son. we had a play group snack of bananas. however, X cant do bananas due to tummy aches. so it ended up leading to a mention that i wanted to see a naturopath for X and her food sensitivities but hadnt gotten around to finding someone in the city to trust. the dad (warren) said that his wife (sarah) is the premier naturopath in the city. she apparently was one of the first to establish a practice here and has won many awards. boo ya! a good recommendation.

after play group, i found her practice online and emailed for an appointment. today was my appointment. we had one hour to meet with the doctor. WAY more than you get to meet with an MD. in this amount of time you can actually get at trying to find the root of a problem, rather than just treating a symptom. this is what has been drawing me toward alternative medicine and away from "traditional" medicine for the past several years. our discussion was normal, her questions were normal and reasonable and appropriate for finding the proper solution. there was no hocus pocus or magic potions.

by the end of the session it was decided that allergy testing was way far down the "treatment" path (it requires 4 vials of blood!) and that we would first just do a daily dose of probiotics, for a month. perhaps the dairy sensitivity and other food irritants had taken her good gut bacteria down to a wimpy level. perhaps all we need to do is repopulate it with some friendly stuff and give it a month to build up strength. then we will come back and talk about reintroducing some of the "sensitive" foods. this plan seemed totally reasonable to me and was what i had in mind if i had had to try to go at it myself. its just nice to have someone telling me which probiotics to buy, how much, when, etc. and having the added help of experience and advice about the process.

apparently too, if we had had supplemental insurance, its very common for naturopathy to be partially covered here in canada. so...its definitely not something unusual and kooky here. the one potentially "kooky" thing i will say at the end here is that she also mentioned that from our conversation it seemed like X was a "pulsatilla" child type. there are two types i guess (i think chamomile is the other). the names of the personality types come from the herbs the different types respond to to help aid in stress reduction. anyway, she gave X a dose of pulsatilla and said i should note any changes in the coming week (as in, perhaps she might be a little less whiny and more capable of being independent for longer periods...the pulsatilla having helped her cope with stressors in her environment). there are no side effects, so i was willing to do it and see if anything happens. its the one part of the visit i wasnt sold on, but im not writing it off.

and that is how i got from waldorf to probiotics.

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