I’m Linda Fabre and I would like to welcome you to the practice. There are many healthcare options from which parents can choose. Our heart is for children here at Ron Smith MD Pediatrics. It is our privilege and pleasure to help you raise and grow healthy children. Continue reading
I’m always very careful not to lambast parents who choose not to vaccinate. The reason is that I want to persuade rather than force. This is supposed to be a free country and even if I think otherwise about vaccines, I do think we ought to respect the right to choose not to vaccinate.
Be that as it may, this post itself is to give parents who choose not to vaccinate an informed appreciation for the darker side of that choice.
In an article posted here on ABC News’ web site, there is a sad story of a six year old girl who contracted chickenpox, i.e., varicella, and then subsequently developed pneumonia. The storm of both infections was more than she could repel. She passed on in her mother’s arms.
Her mother was reportedly talked out of childhood vaccines that have proven efficacy against those infections by the child’s physician. He apparently told her he was suspicious of the vaccines and that the child should be exposed to the illnesses and develop immunity naturally.
At autopsy, Abby was found to not have a spleen, which predisposed her to fatal infection by encapsulated bacteria in particular. Her asplenia is what happens to children with Sickle Cell Disease where the malformed red cells destroy the spleen over time. We vaccinate those children to Pneumococcus to prevent those fatal kinds of infection.
So often anti vaccine proponents tend to point blame at reactions to vaccines. But the dark side is that not giving vaccines is not the same thing as doing no harm.
Let me repeat that I staunchly support a parents right to refuse medical care, including vaccines, (except of course in the case of child abuse), but it is vitally important to clearly understand that not vaccinating does not equate to no consequences.
If you have further questions about vaccines, come in for an appointment and I’ll be glad to tell you what I know. We will treat you with respect and courtesy and answer your questions honestly.
Ron Smith, MD
Just last week I published a work that some of you might be interested in. I teach Sunday school at my church and have been teaching Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. My book is called A Mere Christian and is the culmination of things I’ve learned and taught about what Christians should know about Christianity. If you are a Christian then this book is for you. The website is http://www.amerechristian.com for the book where you can read excerpts and learn more. It is available currently as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes for iBooks. I hope soon to have an on-demand print copy in Amazon as well.
We strive to always see patients in our office for medical care. It is not only cheaper, but much more efficient. Sometimes however, your child may need treatment when my office is not open. We often are asked our recommendations and so we have put together a list of the best sources of after-hours care in our opinion. This is not to say that in an emergency you should ignore other places to get treatment. Sometimes situations demand other choices. These recommendations are intended to be a helpful list. Please note, all urgent care providers’ hours of operation may change during any holiday.
After-hours pediatric urgent care
4861 Bill Gardner Parkway
Locust Grove, GA
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am-8 pm, last appt @ 7 pm. Sat-Sun, 9 am-6 pm, last @ 6 pm.
- Does not accept Medicaid or HMO plans
- Has x-ray capability
- Will see children 3 months and older
110 Regency Park Drive
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 5 pm-10 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-9 pm
- Accepts most insurance plans
- No x-ray capability
Kids Time Pediatrics
125 Eagles Walk
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 6 pm-9 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-5 pm
- Accepts most insurance plans
- Not an emergency care facility
Pediatric Emergency Care Facilities
Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital
Online For Life has an amazing video created in partnership with John Elefante. I think this tells the argument for life with amazing visual clarity. Thanks to Online For Life for graciously permitting me to link to the music video here. If you think that your situation is too hard, then I would suggest you read our Laura’s ebook story, Forever And A Day For Laura Michelle, available free on iTunes. May I also suggest full screen viewing.
The ACA is affecting hospital and medicine even from an employer viewpoint. Here are two articles for your perusal.
This article, primarily written to address Governor Christie’s signing of New Jersey legislation that seeks to bar free speech to minors, has some other information about the association of homosexual abuse of children and their later tendencies to choose homosexuality. I was frankly a little disturbed by some of the quoted points.
Apparently there is a significant Measles outbreak in a local church body in Newark, Texas. This group of church members is opposed to vaccinations and their children were affected by one of their members who contracted Measles on a trip to Indonesia.
Of note that in my thirty years as a Pediatrician, I’ve never seen a confirmed case of Measles. Confirmation of measles requires formal serologic testing and cannot be adequately concluded based solely on a red rash, despite some of the specific characteristics that are present in the first 24 hours.
This article was posted in Ars Technica. Pre-birth speech recognition, it suggests, begins at 27 weeks gestation.
There is a newly posted article on the KevinMD.com webblog site by Dr. Charles about high fructose corn syrup and honey. I think this should be very important for families to know, especially if they have children who are allergic to corn. It should also be important so that you know the honey you are buying for your family is real honey.
Here is the link:
Ever since leaving my Pediatrics residency with the University of Oklahoma in 1986, I have refused to join the American Academy of Pediatrics. Specifically my concerns lay with their lack of any stance against abortion. Since then the AAP has been unable to change my growing suspicion that they are not a medical entity, but a political one.
In an article by Cyrus Afzali on Newsmax today, I find the final broken straw which has sealed my opinion of the AAP. The link to the full article of the following excerpt is here.
Pediatricians Say Children Helped by Gay Parents’ Marriage
Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:52 PM
By: Cyrus Afzali
The American Academy of Pediatrics threw its support behind same-sex marriage Thursday, ending a four-year review of scientific literature on the issue.
Clearly this is a political organization with political motives that supersede all the medical interests of children. Dr. Bob Block, the current president of the AAP, was also my medical director in Tulsa when I was there. It was only a couple of years ago when I talked with him on the phone that I sensed in him some deep liberal social views. I don’t know what his stance on this is currently. If he ever reads this, I hope that he will note this one Pediatrician’s abhorrence of the use of medicine as a bully pulpit for such political correctness that our country now is enduring. You can probably contact him via the AAP web site to find out specifically what his views are also as I don’t know for sure.
Let me say categorically that I do not hate or discriminate against any gay individuals. I have cared for children who are in the apparent foster care of gay individuals. However using children to try raise their personal social choices from being socially tolerable to very highly respectable is despicable in my opinion. It cheapens anyone to step on children for political gain this way.
I will never have the letters FAAP behind my ‘Ron Smith, MD.’ Though I am a member of the Georgia AAP chapter for various strictly medical reasons, if I find that they support this victimization of children by the politicization of Pediatrics, then I will remove any and all links and relationships to them as well.
This July 1st will mark thirty years of Pediatric practice for me. What I find terribly difficult though, is not the technological or educational challenges of medicine, but the holes left by other Pediatrician who have since retired and left medicine altogether. I’m afraid that my grandchildren, and their peers, will also be victimized by these kind of political correctness machines too. So I’m staying in practice to continue to provide sound medical wisdom and a quality Pediatric experience for the children and parents that I am privileged to serve.