What Every Parent Should Know About Conventional Doctors

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Who are you trusting with your children’s healthcare?

(This site is not intended to give medical advice, I am not a doctor or a medical professional and I don’t play one on the internet. If a medical need arises seek medical treatment. I am here to share with the world what I have learned from extensive research and personal experience. To see my full disclaimer click here.)

Can doctors with a lack of understanding, on some very important issues such as proper nutrition, the immune system function, and how these important areas affect our brains, be responsible for record high chronic illness and mental illness children and adults in the United States?

Most Recent Chronic Conditions with Children in the United States

  • As of 2011, it was reported that 1 in 4 children have chronic illness. It is frightening to imagine what that number is now? (1)
  • 1 in 3 overweight or obese (2)
  • 1 in 5 children currently have, or at some point in their life have had, a seriously debilitating mental disorder (3)
  • 1 in 9 children with asthma (and are likely on steroids)(4)
  • 1 in 13 children have food allergies (many life threatening EpiPens in hand) (5)
  • 1 in 20 under the age of 5 has seizures (6)
  • 1 in 36 children have autism (7)

Deaths and Mortality

May 3, 2016, the Washington Post published and article, Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United State reporting at 251,000 every year.

The CDC reports death and mortality rates 2014:

  • Heart disease: 614,348
  • Cancer: 591,699
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 93,541
  • Diabetes: 76,488 (8)

Are doctors missing important information in medical school?

  1. Proper Nutrition
  2. Immune System Function and Leaky Gut Syndrome
  3. Brain-Gut Connection

Proper Nutrition

Here’s what I found (and it is not good)… 

The US National Library of Medicine reported in 2006, “most graduating medical students continue to rate their nutrition preparation as inadequate.”(9) In 2010 they reported, “The amount of nutrition education that medical students receive continues to be inadequate.”(10)

The Journal of Biomedical education reported in 2015 “The quantity of nutrition education offerings in medical school curricula has shown no sign of improvement during the last decade…” They go on to say…

“Nutrition is a dominant contributor to most chronic diseases and a key determinant of poor treatment outcomes. It cannot be a realistic expectation for physicians to effectively address obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hospital malnutrition, and many other conditions as long as they are not taught during medical school how to recognize and treat the nutritional root causes.”(11)

Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies (Malnutrition)

Vitamin & Mineral Deficiency

Nutritional deficiency depends on which nutrient the body lacks and can result in a variety of symptoms. If your child is having symptoms such as these and doctors are not educated in proper nutrition or the ability to detect these symptoms, your child may be misdiagnosed with a condition and treated with conventional medication and the root-cause or real condition may be overlooked. Some general symptoms you might experience:
  • pallor (pale skin)
  • fatigue, weakness
  • hair loss
  • periods of lightheadedness, feeling faint or fainting
  • trouble breathing (asthma)
  • unusual food cravings
  • loss of appetite (malnourished, failure to thrive)
  • sleepiness (insomnia)
  • menstrual issues (such as missed periods or very heavy cycles)
  • poor concentration (ADHD)
  • constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain (can lead to leaky gut)
  • depression, anxiety
  • heart palpitations, irregular heart beat
  • tingling and numbness of the joints
  • decreased immune system
  • numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • slow social or mental development in children

For more detail see the sources: (1213)

Immune System Function

Reported on WebMD by a Gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic states, “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.” “Leaky gut syndrome isn’t a diagnosis taught in medical school”. (14)

The US National Library of Medicine published a study,

How does the immune system work?” Immune system comes from the Latin word immunis meaning “free” or “untouched”, “protects the body like a guardian from harmful influences from the environment and is essential for survival. It is made up of different organs, cells and proteins and aside from the nervous system, it is the most complex system that the human body has.”

The immune system in an optimal state has a natural way of, “Neutralizing pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi that have entered the body, and removing them from the body.” (15)

In my personal experience, doctors were unable to address immune system issues without exposing my child to dangerous medications. We had to seek the advice of a natural doctor who has accomplished this effectively without deadly medications. You can learn more in my post here.

We know that our gut is 70% of our immune system and it is essentially the one and only thing designed to protect us from our environment and harmful pathogens that can enter our body. If our food is exposed to toxins, unnatural foods such as GMOs or we have chronic illness associated with leaky gut syndrome (ie a compromised immune system) this can leave us susceptible to pathogens such as food-borne illness, bacteria, viruses, fungus, and even parasites, that under normal circumstances our immune system would have the ability fight off. (16)

Brain-Gut Connection

An article by the New York Times published in 2014, Learning How Little We Know About the Brain, explains that scientists (and therefore doctors) knowledge on the brain is based largely on speculation. (17)

A study by the US National library of Medicine in Feb 2012, Leaky gut and autoimmune diseases, reports…

“Autoimmune diseases are characterized by tissue damage and loss of function due to an immune response that is directed against specific organs.”

“…the intestinal epithelial barrier, with its intercellular tight junctions, controls the equilibrium between tolerance and immunity to non-self antigens. Zonulin is the only physiologic modulator of intercellular tight junctions described so far that is involved in trafficking of macromolecules and, therefore, in tolerance/immune response balance.”(18)

Leaky gut syndrome can, and does eventually, lead to what some refer to as ‘leaky brain’. When harmful substances leach into the blood supply from the gut, this allows harmful pathogens into the places of the body they should not be, this can affect the body’s ability to oxygenate the blood and vital organs, and can significantly impair the function of the brain on many levels.

Conditions Associated with Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency

Conditions associated with vitamin and mineral deficiency. A study in 2008 by the US National Library of Medicine, reported vitamin and mineral deficiency “highly prevalent” in those with diagnosed celiac disease. (19)

A study showed vitamin and mineral deficiency common in those with mental illness. In 2008 it was established:

“The most common mental disorders that are currently prevalent in numerous countries are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The dietary intake pattern of the general population in many Asian and American countries reflects that they are often deficient in many nutrients, especially essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. A notable feature of the diets of patients suffering from mental disorders is the severity of deficiency in these nutrients.”

” Studies have shown that daily supplements of vital nutrients often effectively reduce patients’ symptoms. Supplements that contain amino acids also reduce symptoms, because they are converted to neurotransmitters that alleviate depression and other mental disorders. Based on emerging scientific evidence, this form of nutritional supplement treatment may be appropriate for controlling major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), addiction, and autism.”(20)

If doctors do not learn proper nutrition in medical school, is it possible children diagnosed with serious mental health conditions may be suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiency? As a result of this misdiagnoses can these kids be treated unnecessarily with dangerous medications, that have life-threatening side effects? Published in the Jama Network March of 2015, Emergency Department Visits by Children and Adolescents for Antipsychotic Drug Adverse Events,

“…outpatient visits in which an antipsychotic drug was supplied or prescribed increased approximately 660% among children and 380% among adolescents between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s in the United States, prompting concerns about possible inappropriate prescribing.”(21)

Should doctors be required to test for vitamin and mineral deficiency before prescribing medications?

How to heal

Rebuilding microbiota and repair leaky gut syndrome. I refer to Dr. Axe when it comes to healing. Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. In 2008, he started Exodus Health Center, which grew to become one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world. See is document online regarding leaky gut syndrome here.

Steps to Heal Leaky Gut

  • Remove harmful foods
  • Replace with natural organic, non-GMO foods
  • Proper nutrition is very important
  • Repair with supplements when necessary (when needed as directed by your doctor)
  • Re-balance with high-quality probiotics (such as fermented foods and supplemented if necessary)

It is a life changing experience to reclaim your health after suffering for so long from side effects of conventional medications and the frustration of conventional doctors. I will never put unnatural foods or medications in my children’s or my own body again. Lactobacillus found in fermented foods have shown in studies the ability not only repair the intestinal wall but reduce pain and induce the immune system response. They are also a great way to develop a diverse microbiome for a strong immune system and healthy well-balanced digestive system. 

We have seen intestinal permeability (or leaky gut syndrome) the microbiome and gut bacteria associated with many, if not all, chronic illness and disease. See those studies here.

In conclusion

Many studies have confirmed that the majority, if not all, conventional medications and over the counter medications can be dangerous and are harmful to the gut and/or healthy bacteria in the body. My children’s health has significantly improved at this point however, it can take years to fully recover from the whole-body effects of leaky gut. I believe I let the fear doctors instilled in me cause me to lose faith in my own intuition. Once I realized doctors were leading us to an even more dangerous situation, I was able to trust my own intuition again. Mothers have always been the true healers and no ones knows your child or is willing to spend days and sometimes years searching for answers like a parent. Isn’t it time we stopped guessing and hoping for the best and really started looking for safer, more natural, treatments for our kids and starting looking at what could be causing the symptoms in the first place?


  1. The US National Library of Medicine, Coping with Chronic Illness in Childhood and Adolescence, Bruce E. Compas,1 Sarah S. Jaser,2 Madeleine J. Dunn,1 and Erin M. Rodriguez, Dec 2011
  2. Kids Health, Overweight, and Obese
  3. The National Alliance of Mental Illness, Any Disorder Amoung Children
  4. The Center for Disease Control, Asthma
  5. FAIR, Food Allergy
  6. Seattle Children’s Hospital, Epilepsy
  7. Heath Impact News, New CDC Statistics: 1 out of every 36 Children in the U.S. has Autism
  8. The Center for Disease Control, Deaths and Mortality
  9. The US National Library of Medicine, Status of nutrition education in medical schools
  10. The US National Library of Medicine, Nutrition education in U.S. medical schools: latest update of a national survey.
  11. Journal of Biomedical Education, The State of Nutrition Education at US Medical Schools
  12. Health Line, Nutritional Deficiencies (Malnutrition)
  13. Health Line, Mineral Deficiency
  14. The US National Library of Medicine, Vitamin, and Mineral Deficiencies Are Highly Prevalent in Newly Diagnosed Celiac Disease Patients
  15. The US National Library of Medicine, Understanding nutrition, depression and mental illnesses
  16. The Jama Network, Emergency Department Visits by Children and Adolescents for Antipsychotic Drug Adverse Events, March 2015, Lee M. Hampton, MD, MSc1; Matthew Daubresse, MHS2; Hsien-Yen Chang, PhD3
  17. The US National Library of Medicine, Post traumatic Stress Disorder: Does the Gut Microbiome Hold the Key?
  18. WebMD, Leaky Gut Syndrome: What Is It?
  19. PubMed, How does the immune system work?, Oct 2013
  20. The US National Library of Medicine, Allergy and the gastrointestinal system
  21. The New York Time, Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

FTC DISCLOSURE:  This site is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Heidi Hall developed this site to raise awareness on concerns regarding conventional medications and how they can affect the immune system, vaccine safety, and informed consent regarding vaccines. As well as conditions such as leaky gut syndrome that commonly go undiagnosed by doctors as you have seen in my situation.

It is always important to check with your doctor before you stop any medication and some supplements can have a negative interaction with prescription medications. You can seek the advice of a naturopath doctor who can help you safely stop using conventional medication when necessary. Naturopath doctors are experienced in healing leaky gut syndrome, as well as diagnosing autoimmune diseases, food intolerance, and treatment options. 

All information on Healing Children Naturally is meant for educational and informational purposes only. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with their health care provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician.



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