Measles in US has reached a record since the disease was eliminated in this country 14 years ago. We now have 288 cases of the potentially deadly infection reported in 18 states, per CDC. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects young children, causing fever, a runny nose, a cough and a distinctive rash all over the body. A person with measles is contagious for four days before the symptoms are apparent.
The largest measles clusters are in Ohio (138 confirmed cases), California (60) and New York (26), according to the CDC.
AND GUESS WHO WERE THE MOST AFFECTED?
The biggest outbreak is centered in the Amish community in Ohio, where many of the residents are unvaccinated. Vaccinate and save your child’s life.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.