Why So Many Families See Multiple Doctors

By Dr. Tony Ebel, DC, CPPFC, CCWP
Why So Many Families See Multiple Doctors | PX Docs

I had a conversation with a mom recently that I’ve had far too many times and until medicine and the healthcare system changes, it’s going to be one I know I will continue to have.

Initially, the conversation centered around frustration. That mom had become so frustrated with her medical care team of multiple doctors as she searched for answers to why her 11-year-old child was struggling.

Every family and all doctors should know that we have to figure out the why before we can know the what. We must figure out why our kiddo got sick or is struggling and then we will know almost automatically what to do. If we can center and figure out what is going wrong within the body, then we can figure out what we need to do about it.

Why The Referral Tree Doesn’t Provide the Answers We Need

One of our favorite things to provide as pediatric chiropractors is answers. We know that very few families are getting them on the other side of the healthcare offense. Now, this isn’t going to be an anti-medicine, anti-hospitals, anti-specialist sort of conversation.

It’s going to be a real conversation based on where we are in the world and based on science that says they missed things on the medical side of the fence because it happened to this family.

It began with immune struggles, this kiddo started to get sick, and that spilled over into neurological, behavioral, and emotional challenges. So this family followed the typical referral tree and because the immune system was challenged, they called their pediatrician.

The first thing pediatricians almost always do for sick kids is to prescribe antibiotics or steroids of some nature, depending on what kind of infection it is. They put the child on one or both of those medications and don’t get any resolution or improvement.

Not only did the child stay sick, but now their nervous/neuro-emotional system took off, and they started to experience massive issues like OCD, anxiety, and other challenges that had been under the surface for this child.

It goes all the way back to The Perfect Storm, starting with birth trauma, colic, etc, but now had erupted into these neuro-behavioral challenges.

This is when the referral tree really gets going. They’re sent in to see a neurologist who also sends them to the gastroenterologist because there’s also been this history of gut issues. The gastroenterologist can’t figure out why there’s so much inflammation and irritation, so they’re about to refer this mother to a rheumatologist.

Now she’s one month into her child’s struggle; she’s seen four different kinds of doctors and still has no answers.

It’s one thing to see one doctor and be left with zero answers. It’s a whole different scenario when so many kids in today’s world visit multiple specialists/doctors, but their families still feel like they don’t have answers and nothing makes sense.

The reason that none of those specialists, from the pediatrician all the way up, find too many answers in kids these days (beyond the really super simple, blatant stuff) is because none of them, even the neurologists, are specialists in the system that ties all the other systems together. None of them are specialists in the system that bears the brunt of the stress that our kids are going through today, which comes from physical trauma, a toxic environment, foods that are more toxic than ever, and emotional stress.

It’s the nervous system that gets stuck with all of that stress. It’s the nervous system that ties, controls, and coordinates all the other systems together – such as the gut, immune system, endocrine system, and hormonal system.

Unfortunately, nobody on the medical side of the fence is a master in understanding that system.

Our Splintered Healthcare System Is a Big Problem

What’s happened is medicine has become very splintered. The one I always get most mystified by is an ENT. There’s so much more that has to do with the control and health of the ears, nose, and throat than just those three parts together.

We can’t, and shouldn’t, expect to evaluate only one part of the entire human physiological and neurological system to find all the answers. We have to look at the whole thing altogether.

Even neurology in the medical world today really only runs MRIs, looks at the brain, and sees if there are gross, anatomical, or pathological problems in there.

It’s not a functional approach to neurology where we can find where the stress, disconnect, and disorganization are. That was this child’s findings, as it is with almost every Perfect Storm and pediatric child.

Our three-pronged approach of giving you hope, answers, and help all leads to getting your child’s health back.

Once we put our understanding, approach, protocols, and INSiGHT scans into play and assess the total connection, organization, and stress functionality of the nervous system, we find so many answers. We find that subluxation or stress in there and put a plan in play that will help your child’s nervous system relax, unwind, concentrate, coordinate, and better connect.

When we do that, the immune system is going to come online, and the gastrointestinal system is going to start to function better with less stress and more motility and ease. The emotional and behavioral systems will also start to work at their full potential.

There’s so much science and research that connects this all together, that really the nervous system, the vagus nerve, and how we assess it with our scans to find that stress is where you can find so many answers.

If you are still searching for answers and starting to put the puzzle together by reading little snippets of articles and blogs here and there, and it’s sounding almost too good to be true… let it be that way because it is true!

Pediatric Chiropractic can help improve the function of multiple other systems. It is almost too simple to be that powerful. I know that’s what holds a lot of families back and what holds a lot of other providers from referring to chiropractic. This is partly why we’ve become the most scientifically splintered healthcare system in the world, which has landed us with the sickest generation of kids.

We need to flip that firmly on its head.

If you or someone you know is dealing with a child who has struggled with various issues that have led to frustration for the parents, who do not want to see another specialist. Or if you are a parent who has seen multiple specialists and is dealing with the stress, time, money, and travel that come along with that and still have not found answers, it may be time to explore a different approach to healthcare. A Pediatric Chiropractor will be able to provide the answers you need.

Please check our PX Docs Directory to find a PX doctor near you. You won’t be able to get the help you want for your child until you get the answers you’ve been looking for. That’s what pediatric chiropractors are absolutely experts in because we know how to tie that all together. It’s a good day for families to get their hope back and to get some answers so they can get that help. God bless, be well, and take care.

Dr. Tony Ebel is the lead writer and educational guide for PX Docs. He is a Certified Pediatric + Wellness Chiropractor with 15 years of clinical experience. In addition, Dr. Tony has been teaching and training other Pediatric + Family Chiropractors for the past 10+ years, primarily teaching the clinical protocols he created for pediatric neurodevelopmental challenges such as Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Epilepsy, Anxiety, and more. This clinical program is now taught in collaboration with the Life University Postgraduate Department and has over 500 graduates. Dr. Tony’s passion is educating, empowering, and informing parents about the nervous system's role in natural, drug-free healing for all pediatric conditions and cases.

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