It was inevitable that moving to the city would introduce me to some new urban lingo. I recently came across the term "Crunchy Mama" and I find it kind of amusing. For those new to the term, Crunchy is used as a adjective for someone who has adjusted their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Former labels include tree-huggers or neo-hippies. Think "Crunchy Granola Eater".
From the urban dictionary, a "Crunchy Mama" is described as one who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, cloth-diapering, co-sleeping, peaceful parenting, etc. These ideas can also extend into food as some Crunchy people adjust their diet to match their philosophical ideas.
I guess you could call me a "Crunchy Doc" then. I too question the established medical authority. I support the natural methods that have sustained human beings for thousands of years. I raise my own children this way. We chose to call our shop Elder & Sage because we believe these methods are old (elder) and wise (sage). We seek to preserve that wisdom to pass down to future generations because it works.
Parents who want the best for their children will follow their own instincts or educate themselves when instinct is lacking. Perhaps that means they will go against the status quo or what the established authorities tell them is best. I do not see that as neglect. I see that as very dedicated and loving parents that are willing to make themselves all kinds of uncomfortable in this world for the sake of their children.
I go against the status quo all the time. In fact, I highly encourage my clients to do the same. After all, how can we ever hope to change what is regarded as the status quo?
So, if you:
Had a homebirth
Avoid processed foods
Eat real food
Drink raw milk
Prefer Natural Remedies
or are generally interested in any other Crunchy thing...
Come on in and make yourself at home.
- Dr. Kathryn
Disclaimer Time: I am not a licensed medical doctor. I am a classically trained Naturopath from a small local Naturopathic school who uses natural remedies along with lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Any suggestions I make are entirely up to the individual to either follow or not to follow. If you have a medical condition, seek a qualified medical professional. I don't diagnose or prescribe. So if you like that sort of thing... don't come see me.
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.