Taking charge of your child's health care

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Holistic Health Coach, shares advice for parents who have a child with a disease or illness on the the benefits and importance of taking an active role in the health care their child receives
The Importance Of Taking An Active Role In Your Child's Health Care
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Taking charge of your child's health care

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It's imperative that parents take an active role in the care their child receives. I'm a nurse, and that has definitely helped me with this role, but I know parents that have no medical background, that know at least as much as well versed as the physicians that were treating their kids. Parents need to ask questions, research, and ask more questions. If you have a physician that isn't comfortable with that, I wouldn't feel comfortable with them treating my child. Western medicine society is becoming much more used to this with parents. It's more widely accepted in the medical community now; almost expected. Ultimately, parents need to believe that their concerns and questions are valid.

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Holistic Health Coach, shares advice for parents who have a child with a disease or illness on the the benefits and importance of taking an active role in the health care their child receives

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Shelley Hurguy, RN, MSN, CRNA, CHHC

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

I am holistic health coach with a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and worked as a Nurse Anesthetist for over a decade. I have been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and found my passion for the power of healing through food when I read Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods in response to my daughter’s medical challenges.

My daughter was born with a congenital bowel defect and endured several surgeries before her first birthday. After a highly specialized surgery to render her continent at age eight, my daughter was sent home with a list of medications that were intended for use unendingly. The medications contained chemicals and food dyes meant to alter the passage of food through her gastrointestinal tract, and I couldn’t find a natural supplemental alternative. I began to research dietary solutions to her body’s response to food, digestion and elimination.

During this time of navigating my daughter’s medical condition, professionally, I was administering anesthesia to patients undergoing bariatric surgery; a process of shrinking the stomach so the patient is forced to eat less food. I knew there had to be a better way to solve the issue of obesity, and that there was more to being overweight than just eating too much.

I have learned that what we eat and what we don't eat can profoundly affect and heal our bodies. I offer personalized “roadmaps to health,” created to suit each individual’s body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.

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