My wife started a fight with me after my son’s recent trip to the pediatrician for his six-year-old well visit. Something about how my bad face and bad attitude in the exam room made everyone uncomfortable. True, I was coiled in my seat, ready to leap up and protect my son at the first sign of danger. A responsible parent can’t be a bystander at these things anymore.
The appointment was actually uneventful, in spite of the current advice from the American Association of Pediatrics: masks for two year olds and COVID jabs from six months+. My wife did something smart and simply asked the doctor when our son is due for his next vaccines — age 11 it turns out. A war between me and my wife has been kicked well down the road.
The doctor did urge an annual flu shot in the fall, a ridiculous assertion once one becomes educated about it — the flu shot’s lack of effectiveness, the public health rationale behind it (protect the old at the expense of the young), and the threat of Big Pharma putting out combo COVID/flu vaccines while obscuring what’s in it. The childhood vaccine schedule, including flu shots, is now up to a stupefying 72 jabs. We’ll pass.
The doctor also addressed my son’s complaint about intermittent foot pain by recommending we see a podiatrist for orthotics. In reality, in children and adults, physical therapy always trumps inserts if you want to strengthen your feet and permanently resolve the issue. I am clinging to my position that if a lay person can figure out how the human body works, so too can doctors.
I am exhausted trying to enforce normal health practices in just my own house. Yesterday my son was complaining of aches and pains following his combat sports practice. My wife reached for an ice pack. Feeling brave, I told my wife that if she wanted to do something productive, she should instead give our son the heating pad. The doctor who invented the concept of icing injuries, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, repudiated his own protocol in 2015 because swelling is in fact a vital response to injury. If you’re compelled to do something, increase blood flow with heat.
My wife said that during her many years as a pre-school teacher, she always put ice on bumps caused by airborne toys and accidental elbows. I’m sure that’s true. And by blindly following medical dogma, she was also doing more harm than good.