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Of vaccinations, yeast, and coconut oil

Posted Feb 09 2011 9:53pm
It seems so much has been going on in my life lately and although I feel very busy I couldn't even begin to describe what I've been up to. What is occupying so much of my time? I can tell you what I have not been doing - our dishes. Our sink is once again overflowing with dishes and empty bottles of Pediasure. I also have not been folding and putting away the laundry. Sure, I've been washing and drying multiple loads of laundry and diapers every day, but once again I have an ever growing pile of clean laundry.

Teagan had a 5 month visit to the pediatrician today. She weighed 15 pounds, 9 ounces. The visit was only for a vaccine. I decided to follow an alternate vaccination schedule with her and although the pediatrician doesn't have a problem with it per se, he doesn't exactly agree with the slightly delayed alternate vaccination schedule. Every single visit one of the pediatricians tries to intimidate me into signing off on a whole slew of injections saying she is already so far behind. But ultimately I call the shots.

She is not behind on anything. She is 5 months old, has 2 teeth, is up on her hands and knees, and is days away from crawling. She is not enrolled in day care and will have all her required immunizations by the time she really needs them - school. I know children who started their immunizations much later than Teagan and are basically up to date at 2 years old. I am not anti (most) immunizations, I just don't see the need to inject so many all in one visit. Vaccine chemical overload for sure. Basically I am giving her one to two vaccines per visit* (instead of 6) because I want to give her tiny little body a chance to detoxify the chemicals in the vaccines.

*We have recently chosen to follow the Dr. Sears Alternate Vaccine Schedule Although she didn't begin receiving her vaccinations until a short time ago, we aren't going to be playing "catch up", we will just be picking up where she falls into the schedule. So even though she didn't receive the 4 month recommended vaccines on the alternate schedule she is still starting with the 5 month vaccines.

Teagan has also developed a yeast diaper rash. I've been letting her play without a diaper on so that her bottom can air out but the rash has not gotten any better. I only use a phosphate, dye, and fragrance free detergent to wash the cloth diapers so I didn't believe that to be the cause of the rash. The pediatrician today confirmed that it did appear to be a yeast rash. Poor little girl, yeast infections are one of my two least favorite things, urinary tract infections are pretty rotten as well. So I've been applying coconut oil, one of my two favorite home remedies for almost everything, to the affected areas. I have come to the conclusion that breast milk* and coconut oil can cure most ailments. Applied topically in the case of a yeast infection, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil (which are also good for those with malabsorption, ie. Cystic Fibrosis, pancreatic insufficiency, Nathan) are effective in killing off yeast. Her rash is already beginning to look much better.

*breast milk is not a good remedy for a yeast infection since yeast thrives in the presence of the sugars found in human milk.
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