My father is a doctor. He was an old-time country doctor who would make house calls in the middle of the night with his black bag. He was the kind of doctor you could call at two in the morning if your child had a fever of 105, and he would come over. Those doctors don’t exist much any more. I grew up watching him practice medicine in a traditional way. Even though he was a conventional doctor, he still practiced very traditionally. When I was a little girl, I would often go on house calls, go to the hospital with him and make his rounds. A lot of my expertise comes from the wisdom I observed growing up watching my dad in his medical practice.

Table of Contents

Ear Infections
Tummy Trouble
Pink Eye
Chicken Pox
Sore Throat
Whooping Cough
Honoring the Illness
Chronic Disease
The Compassion to Allow Sickness



Childhood ear infections are intimately connected to diet. Well-fed children do not get ear infections and breastfed children whose mothers have a good, traditional diet simply do not get ear infections. If you are breastfeeding and the your baby is getting ear infections, then you need to reexamine your own diet.

The most common dietary culprit is pasteurized milk—both in the infant and in the breastfeeding mother.

If, despite your best efforts, an ear infection occurs, a warm wheat bag on the ear provides enormous pain relief. A warm wheat bag is made of fabric filled with plain unground wheat kernels—you can make your own if you want. These are widely used in Australia. The only reason we have ever used the microwave in our house is to heat the wheat bag. You put it in the microwave with 1/2 cup of water for a minute or two so that it becomes just hot to the touch. These are really comforting for the child.

Drops of warm olive oil in the ear provide relief although it may be difficult to get your children to agree to this.