Earlier today, I had the opportunity to appear on Dr. Karen Kan’s popular radio show based out of Lake Placid, New York. Dr. Karen is a medical doctor and acupuncturist whose practice focuses on helping her patients resolve chronic illness and pain using an integrative approach that includes functional medicine, energy medicine, and holistic health counseling.
In addition to a successful medical practice, Dr. Karen is author of the bestselling book Guide to Healing Chronic Pain: A Holistic Approach. Dr. Karen’s expertise on chronic pain not only stems from her training as a medical doctor, but also her experience healing her own illness holistically which became so painful and severe at one point that she was partially disabled.
Dr. Karen and I talked about food for the first half of the program – ideas for practical preparation of healthy meals for the family, finding decent restaurants in your area to give you a night off when necessary, and just how bad fast food has really gotten (and yes, it’s about to get even worse).
The last few minutes of the show, Dr. Karen inquired about vaccinations and my view on the subject raising my own children. I explained why my own Father (an MD) chose to delay vaccines for his own children 50+ years ago before the vaccine debate even really got started, and why I chose not to vaccinate my own children 15 years ago just before my first baby was born after much research and reflection on the subject. I also talk about my 3 children having whooping cough (pertussis) 7 years ago and whether I would vaccinate for pertussis if I had to do it over again as a preventive step from them having to experience this long and difficult illness.
I hope you enjoy Dr. Karen’s show! Since there wasn’t much time for caller questions, feel free to ask below if something comes to mind you would like to discuss or elaborate on.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist