by Gina Carroll
I love stories of proactive moms who, in the face of their children’s health challenges, take matters into their own hands. Some moms do their homework and find the right treatments and professionals to help them. And other mothers become the professionals. Such is the case with Sara Chana. Sara is a mother of seven. She eventually sought training in homeopathy and herbal medicine as a result of her second son’s severe eczema and asthma.
In the beginning of her quest, she went from specialist to specialist seeking a cure. Each one told her that her son would need to be on medication for the rest of his life. That’s when Sara decided to look into alternative medicine. By educating herself and using homeopathic and herbal remedies, she was able to cure her son. She now specializes in helping moms all over the country with natural remedies for their children.
I spoke to Sara about her journey as the mom of a chronically ill child, and about ways similarly situated moms can help their children with asthma and other respiratory ailments and sensitivities. Below are the highlights from a very engaging talk with an enlightened woman on a mission to help mothers, families and children.
- Asthma is so individual to the child and his or her environment. There is no one cookie cutter answer for every sufferer. Even diagnosis can be tricky since allergy tests often don’t tell the entire picture. Since alternative practitioners approach the sufferer from a holistic, preventative perspective (as opposed to a traditional physician’s focus on stopping attacks), Sara spends a great deal of time questioning and interviewing a patient to get a very detailed history. That history must start with the child’s environment.
- Asthma is a difficult condition because the causes are complicated and attacks can be so life threatening. Sara says that traditional medicines play an important part in stopping attacks and addressing breathing difficulties. She warns that if an alternative practitioner tells you to stop your traditional medications from the start, you should turn on your heels and seek other advice.
- Sara also warns that part of her focus with asthmatic kids is to work at “building an environment that is not conducive to wheezing and breathing difficulties.” This takes time and commitment. And part of this effort is to build the child’s immune system and to identify and remove asthma triggers, including stress and emotional strains, work load and sleep deprivation. Since pollution is an omnipresent offender largely outside of our control, it’s important to remove all of the triggers we can impact.
Sara, a true activist at heart, says when her now-adult son was young and suffering from asthma, she joined every support group and asthma-related cause. “My mailbox was full of newsletters, updates and cutting edge information. I love what Mom’s Clean Air Force is doing.” MCAF admires moms like Sara Chana, and all moms whose desire to help kids and empower other mothers is born from their own mothering challenges. In Sara’s 18 year practice, she’s clocked in 500 clinical homeopathic hours, in addition to 2,500 clinical hours as a board certified lactation specialist. She has devoted herself to spreading the word to women about taking charge of their families’ health.
One of the ways MCAF advocates for the health and well-being of families is to hold legislators accountable, and to spread the word about the importance of standing up for clean air. Whether your child has asthma or not, your family is profoundly impacted by the pollution in the air. The first course of action is to arm yourself with information.
Read more about asthma here.
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