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Three days before my 43rd birthday, my life changed.
I was at home on the phone and in walked our nanny. She’d arrived home with two of our three children. Our eldest was at home with me, laying asleep in our bed, with a health expression he had created for himself a few days prior. I was on the phone interviewing a new person for a different position in my company.
I sensed that something was up; not quite right. I got up and walked towards her muting the phone and called out “is everything okay?”
It was like a tiger being let out of a cage…
I walked closer to our bedroom where she was standing and our eldest was laying. I noticed she’d pulled the doona off him waking him up. She began yelling “I can’t believe he has water bottles in the bed with him and he is as hot as anything” I reminded her that he is in my bed and the water bottles were for me from the night before and they are cold. She proceeded to the freezer to get out something frozen to place on his fore head. He looked at me with a confused, puzzled look having never at the age of 8 had anything like this before. After she did this I stood in the kitchen frozen, paralyzed wondering what was going on.
She turned on me again and pointed at my middle boy who stood over near the couch looking at me with confused eyes as well and yelled “do you know he has a temperature?”
“And?” I said
“His temperature is 38.7C”
“And?” I said
“Well that is dangerously high and he could have a fit.”
“What’s your point?” I said
She continued finishing with the one line that I knew was about to change my world…
“I have no choice but to call Child Services” she said.
As soon as a call is made to child services as parents you have no rights over your children. They step in to protect the children.
My vacant stare must have said it all. This lady had been in our employ for 2 years taking great care of the children and loving them. She also knew our approach to health; no drugs, no medications no medical intervention. Our kids were all born at home, non vaccinated, non medicated, never been to a medical doctor. What is consistent in their life are adjustments and the AlterNATE Vitalsitic approach to health. They have been educated for years about the power of their body, health expressions and their own healing abilities and what ever they create for themselves is an opportunity to grow.
My husband and I are chiropractors living in a vitalistic health approach which we have done for decades. We acknowledge we are self healing self regulating organisms and constantly adapt to our environment. All three of our kids are educated this way. They are taught that what they create brings with it opportunities to ask different questions and do life differently.
At 1:00pm on July 22nd the phone call came through. Child Services had phoned my husband informing us that we were on a critical child abuser list because we were “denying children the right to medical treatment”. We informed child services that as doctors of chiropractic we serve vast numbers of children in this particular situation – that in fact parents bring their children to us to adjust rather then chosing to medicate. We informed them that our children did not have temperatures despite what our nanny had told them.
Our only option to clear our name off the critical list was to take our children to a medical doctor to verify that they in fact they did not have temperatures. Our nanny had told the authorities that our middle boy had a temperature of 39.7C; she told me it was 38.7C.
All of a sudden our rights to choose what health approach we wanted for ourselves and our children was being threatened.
Before we went I sat the kids on the couch and said “kids we are going to go and jump through some hoops. Today will be a new experience for us all and it will no doubt bring up lots of questions for us to share. Today is your first appointment with a medical doctor and she will be jumping through the hoop with us.”
So off we went as a family ready to have an experience.
Eventually it was our turn. She took their temperatures and, no surprise to us, the kids temperatures were normal… 38, 37.2, 36.8. We assumed it was all over.
Little did we know…
You have no rights over your children as you go through a process such as this. You are left in the lerch; no one contacts you, no one lets you know when your status has changed.
Eventually we got in contact with the child services lady who said “Yes this appears to be an unsubstantiated alligation and we’re going to close it”.
My husband phoned me at the practice speaking through the tears of joy he told me “they called and they have closed the alligation”. I cried with him. We celebrated with the kids that night. We all went to bed relieved and exhusted.
The next day however the house wasn’t so calm…
Child services rang in the morning and informed us there had been a misunderstanding and a miscommunication and the alligation was indeed NOT closed. They informed us that they would be coming over to the island to meet with us”.
All of a sudden the rules had changed; alligation open, alligation closed, alligation re-opened and now they were coming to our house!
“What for?” I screamed at my husband.
“Why are they coming here and why are they changing the rules”. I felt like a lion roaring to protect the cubs.
My husband wasn’t sure. In his mind he was attempting to make sense of it all too.
They arrived at our house the following week.
They told us that this was a “routine visit” and when they go back to their offices this afternoon the case would be closed. Before that happened however they had to have a meeting with their supervisor and other colleagues to approve the closeure.
We have attempted to call CYTHs many times, leaving messages and having on one return our calls.
Thius incident has fueled a fire. I am a dedicated mother, chiropractor and a health professional screaming from the roof tops that all responsible parents have a right to choose what health approach they want for themselves and their children.
So now I am spearheading the Vitalistic Health Approach movement. Where the approach we chose to raise our children in gains increased awareness so parents know there is an alternate to medicating chidlren.
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Health and vitality,
Dr Sarah Farrant, DC