I mentioned awhile ago that we'd had a pretty neat experience taking Sam to a natural doctor. And now I'm finally going to tell you about it! I went to a conference some time ago and heard a lecture about women's innate ability to help their children heal. I was extremely impressed by the lecturer and jotted down his name. I also jotted down a few simple tips he gave us, such as rubbing the side of your child's index finger if they seem constipated. This, he said, is an energy meridian that when rubbed helps the bowels to move. Well, I tried it once when Sam was on his little potty, and what do you know, it worked!
For the next part of the story, you need to know that Sam was born with a large abdominal hernia that required surgery. Although we had decided with his doctor to postpone the surgery until he was a little older, a bowel obstruction caused him to undergo emergency surgery much earlier than anticipated. Because they weren't able to fully repair the hernia at that time he will also need another surgery before he's two.
So, with that in mind, you can understand my concern when Sam became sick and began displaying the very same symptoms he had displayed when he had that obstruction; no eating, no pooping, throwing up whenever he tried to nurse, listless and limp. I tried the finger rubbing trick and I could hear his insides noisily churning, but nothing happened. I was convinced there was some sort of blockage. It was very scary and I was already preparing myself emotionally to take him to the emergency room again.
I had contacted Dr. Cliff Dunston previously and explained that I wanted to bring Sam to him some time before his next surgery such that he could help get Sam in the best condition possible to undergo surgery and could give me tips about how to help Sam heal quickly afterwards. But I called him that morning and explained the situation, asking if I could bring Sam in that very afternoon. In my mind, I thought of this as a last ditch effort before taking Sam to the ER.
In the waiting room Sam was drooped across my shoulder, sweaty and occassionally gagging. I was a wreck myself, so worried and scared for him. We went into the office and Dr. Dunston began to work on him. To a casual observer it would appear as little more than putting his hands on Sam and holding them in place for a moment, rubbing a spot here or there, placing an essential oil blend on him. But the most amazing thing happened after a few minutes. Sam began squirming in my arms; he wanted to get down! This was the first activity I'd seen from him all day! He started toddling around the office, looking at things, making exclamations and pointing things out to me. He was acting like his old self! And then, wonder of wonders, he pooped! A huge, stinky one! Okay, maybe TMI, but you mamas know what a cause for rejoicing this can be! I was completely floored. I was also extremely grateful that I'd had the opportunity to witness Sam being healed in such a manner.
Dr. Dunston told me to give Sam some probiotics for the next few days and showed me some spots to rub and gave me some essential oil to use on him. He's extremely generous in sharing his techniques and empowering people to heal themselves and learn about their own bodies. He talks about energy and the body's innate ability to heal itself. We are designed to heal! Immediately after being treated by Dr. Dunston Sam was 90% better and within 24 hours he was back to his old self. I'm certainly grateful for the knowledge and expertise of surgeons and those who intervene when we truly need it, such as in Sam's case. I'm also so grateful for less invasive, more natural and gentle methods of healing and I'm so glad that they're becoming more viable and widely available.
If you're in Utah and would like Dr. Dunston's contact info, feel free to email me, I'd love to pass it on!