Message from Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D.
We live in a society where chronic childhood illness has become the rule rather than the exception. Finding a child with no food allergies, eczema, asthma, incessant ear infections, seizures, neuro-immune and gut issues, or learning disabilities is becoming more and more difficult. While a child's level of health may depend on many factors, some beyond a parent's immediate knowledge to address, those of us whose children have maintained the robust health they were born with will tell you that it is not just luck but, rather, conscious and carefully researched choices parents make.

Our decisions are rooted in science that informed us what is wrong with the one-size-fits-all standard of well-child care, which prioritizes narrowly tailored goals over general health and has allowed a generation of children to become chronically ill. Our decisions are also rooted in the precautionary principle and maternal intuition.

Some of us were lucky to find a doctor who turned out to be a true champion for our child’s health. Others were not so lucky, having encountered a facet of the medical culture that promotes bullying of parents under the assumption that the medical system “knows best.” Protecting the choices that allow our children to grow up healthy has become a bigger battle than we could have ever anticipated.

Now we have a new task — that of building bridges in children’s health with doctors who will listen to us and understand our choices. It might take time to establish and cultivate a parent-doctor relationship rooted in mutual trust and respect of fully informed consent in pediatric care, as not many doctors can escape the conditioning of the medical system that encourages them to persuade rather than inform their patients or caregivers. But our children deserve this extra effort on our part.

I invite you to join BBCH to be part of the community dedicated to raising healthy children and improving the dialogue between parents and doctors.

Annual membership fee: $100 USD
NATURAL IMMUNITY FUNDAMENTALS (NIF) Class with Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych Events
Want to gain a science-based perspective on natural immunity? Join BBCH and take the NIF class, pre-recorded by Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D. Her NIF class highlights modern research on the effects of nutrition, lifestyle, and vaccination on the immune system. Visit her website for NIF lecture topics:
Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych and other speakers present frequently during BBCH HOUR zoom meetings. Access to these private events and Q&A sessions is included with BBCH membership. Watch for announcements on the EVENTS webpage or on the BBCH Facebook Page.
Our BBCH Archive is a growing collection of slideshows, recordings, and other resources from past BBCH HOUR events and includes peer-reviewed studies relevant to re-assessing the risks, benefits, or necessity of common pediatric interventions.
Have you been bullied by a doctor over health care choices you carefully made for your child? You are not alone. BBCH welcomes its members to the FORUM to share experiences and peaceful solutions to medical bullying.
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