My pediatrician had no open appointments today and I had to get my son in for his well check before another summer camp next week.
Quite interestingly, I learned that she is also black--that's two black female pediatricians in the same office. It was a Twilight Zone moment in Austin. Growing up in Memphis, all my medical caretakers were black because that was majority-black Memphis. I can't put into words the effect that had on my core belief/confidence/pride in black people. Now I drive many miles between the corners of the Austin Metro area to provide black medical caretakers for my son too. It matters.
Anyway, she totally chastised me for using an Ayurvedic soap on Zack's skin when his eczema flares up. lol She had a good attitude about it, but she got on me. I tried to justify it by saying I also use Cetaphil cleanser and Eucerine moisturizer because Zack is allergic to nuts/butters and oils are ineffective, but she was like, you need to be using steroid ointment! I was amused by it. I'd use the ointment more often excpet for the fine print warns against using that stuff on growing children. When side effects listed on drugs include possible brain bleeding, I'm not too crazy about using it twice a day for 14 days. No thanks.
I have one foot in medical science and the other in natural science. Treating health problems with natural "alternative" methods takes a few more steps, is messy ad smelly sometimes and takes a lot longer to see results, but it's organic---like US! It was funny to me how hard that pediatrician side-eyed me. Fortunately, my regular pediatrician humors me and is always interested to hear what natural remedies I'll talk to her about every visit.
I totally respect medical science, but the earth was here first.