"Avoid your doctor whenever you can... The pediatrician serves as the recruiter for the medical profession. They indoctrinate your child from birth into a lifelong dependency on medical intervention. The first stage of the indoctrination is the 'well-baby' visit. The well-baby visit is a cherished ritual of the pediatrician that enhances their income and does nothing constructive for your child.'' —Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, MD, over 30 years as a board-certified pediatrician, How To Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
Dr. Mendelsohn is saying that screenings and well-visits are patient recruitment marketing by the drug companies and hospitals.
Are well checks necessary? The short answer in my humble opinion: No.
- Is your child sick?
- Has your child displayed any symptoms or issues you’d like to discuss with your family doctor?
- Do you have concerns?
If the answer is no to these, why does your child need a well-check? And do you notice that even when it’s a minor illness they seem to get worse from said visit?
Hhmmm, think about that hamster wheel.
- Is your child healthy?
- Has your child displayed signs of vibrancy and wellness?
- Does your child seem to be the epitome of health?
If the answer is yes to these, why does your child need a well-check?
It’s weird to me that we take our children into a waiting room full of potentially sick patients to confirm in five minutes that they are, indeed, healthy.
What do well checks coordinate with? Two things:
- Vaccines, and
- requirements for state insurance.
It's the system—get out of it.
Were well checks designed for our peace of mind or were they designed for some kind of conditioning that someone else determines what health looks like for our children?
And trust me, mama, you have exactly what it takes to help your child at home when they don’t feel well.