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SUBJECT: A SICK BABY DIET DESIGNED FOR MY BABY GRANDDAUGHTER (when healthy breast milk or raw goat's milk isn't available)
A diet formulated by Dr. Leticia Dick, N.D. for my sick, 2 1/2 month old infant granddaughter Sierra--DJT.
This worked wonders for us, but is not intended as a general
baby diet recommendation. Healthy mother's milk represents the best of
a babyfood diet. The following report speaks to those seeking necessary
substitutions and must be viewed as "information only" advice.
Meat and Vegetable Broth: Made from a
stew of meat*, carrots, celery, and green
beans. Potatoes were eliminated from our recipe because it was the baby's
primary food intolerance, so we don't know if it should be added to
the formula otherwise. Many people have problems with potatoes without
knowing it, and white potatoes in particular have been implicated (along
with corn and wheat products) in many cases of arthritis, although so
have many other foods, so it might be best left out. If a baby or young
child can tolerate potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams are more digestible
and nutritious, and closer to the more privitive foods most digestive
systems still need.
Any beef used should be from grass-fed animals rather than grain-fattened, which is hard to find. Lamb and turkey are more expensive, especially the lamb, but we were looking at health concerns over cost. We cooked the stew ingredients together on low heat, then picked the meat (lamb) off the bone after cooking and put the stew ingredients in a blender and souped it, then strained it for the broth. Whole food at 2 1/2 months is an unnatural load on the digestive system, which is why we strained the stew after blending. Even that might be too much for some. In that case, the actual broth poured off the cooked stew would have to be used by itself.
We made up big batches and froze it in baggies to use individually for several days at a time. When you heat the broth, do so in a pan on the stove rather than in a microwave. In fact, if you have gas heat, all the better. (Microwave cooking is another issue.)
*Some people are allergic to meat, but this is a rare food intolerance. When it does occur, a companion allergy to mined salt comes with it. This is NOT a combination allergy where the foods can be eaten several hours apart, but two individual intolerances that happen to occur together. Such people can usually tolerate fish and natural sea salt* instead. Processed, mined salt is not a fit food for human consumption. Get rid of it. Contrary to popular belief, "sodium" is required by the body...but not in it's modern, processed form.
*Natural sea salt means a product like Celtic Sea Salt that comes straight from the sea without any processing. If your sea salt is pure white, throw it away. It is processed, and no better than Morton's table salt. One written source I came across (lost now) claimed the body will take what it needs from natural, raw sea salt and dispose of the rest, while it absorbs processed salt without being able to eliminate the excess (which is devoid of the mineral content of natural salt), which can cause problems.
Raw Almond Milk: Raw almonds provide the necessary calcium and are probably an irreplaceable component of the diet, as such. Turning them into "almond milk" is not an easy task. Unless you have a super blender or food processor like VitaMix, start with a coffee grinder and turn the almonds into a paste, then put in a blender with bottled water--avoid tap water with it's chlorine, or even worse, fluoride additives. Chlorine damages the friendly intestinal flora, which is a BIG component of one's immune system and necessary for digestion. Fluoride damages 80+ different enzymes, including those that connect the teeth to the gums, can cause chromosome damage, and has been linked to several cancers. So, blend this calcium-rich almond paste with good, uncontaminated spring water and then strain it, blend the bigger chunks again and keep straining. It still makes a gritty drink unless you have the kind of grinder or blender that takes it down farther. The texture would be smoother if strained through cloth, but some of the value might be lost also. If the baby will drink the rougher texture, use it like that. If not, strain through cloth.
You may need to sweeten this drink a little, but NEVER with processed sugar. Most doctors warn people about using honey until the baby is a year old due to a few "suspected" cases of bacterial infection linked to honey given to infants. But a computer search yielded the facts--only about 50 cases a year nationally come up and the link to honey has never been proven absolutely. We got the best honey money could buy and used just a tiny bit in the "milk." However, if we had known about STEVIA, a natural vegetable sweetener, we would have used that instead, or PURE MAPLE SURUP, which had not occurred to us, although I would have to check with Dr.Watrous about its suitability for an infant.
We warmed the almond milk and gave it to her by bottle with an enlarged hole in the nipple. You can buy almond milk in cartons now. We don't know if that would be an acceptable substitute for ground raw almonds or not. For one thing, it usually has grain added to it. Dr. Watrous said grains should not be added to the diet until the baby has teeth, because that represents a developmental stage when grains can be assimilated better. Brown rice or ancient grains like Amaranth might be better tolerated than corn or wheat, which are too new in human development for proper digestion to have evolved. Most people have problems with these modern grains, without realizing the source.
Natural Blackstrap Molasses: This ingredient provides many of the needed minerals for an infant. We used a small amount at a time because of the strong taste. We tried using it as a sweetener in the almond milk, but the baby didn't like it, so we found something else to "hide" it in. See the next ingredient. This was the one tricky ingredient in our case, because of a combined fruit/sugar food intolerance (allergy).
Blackstrap molasses is the good stuff stripped from sugar beets during sugar processing, but it still tests out chemically (the O.G. Carroll test) as a sugar. We did use some diluted fruit juice, so to avoid an allergic reaction the foods had to be separated by several hours. We gave her diluted fruit juice in the morning, and the molasses in the afternoon, or vice versa. Blackstrap molasses is found almost entirely in health food stores. Grocery stores carry mostly processed molasses, and that lacks the nutritional value of blackstrap.
Squash: Most babies can eat squash. We cooked it, blended it, and either spoon-fed it or thinned it with a little bottled water and gave it to her in a bottle (for the broth, almond milk and squash, we simply made a bigger hole in a nipple). This is where we "hid" the molasses. The squash had a stronger taste and covered some of the molasses taste until she got used to it and would actually lick a little of the molasses off of a spoon. Slightly sweetened squash makes a tasty "dish" for a baby, but you don't want to get the infant or baby too addicted to sweetness that later becomes a sugar craving*.
Diluted fruit juice: Straight juice is far too strong for an infant's digestion, and too much juice should be avoided anyway. It's too concentrated. Rule of thumb--never drink more juice than you would get from eating the whole fruit. If possible, juice whole fruits, because processed juices are altered in the making.
We combined apple and grape. Apple proved too harsh and gave her "the runs" and grape alone was too strong in taste. The combination, diluted with bottled water by more than half seemed to be the best tolerated, as long as we separated it by several hours from the molasses.
This is a good idea for most babies, because the fruit/sugar combination allergy is one of the most common in the population, and not a good food combination in general--not that processed sugar in any form is a "food" fit for human consumption, except for blackstrap molasses. It is suggested that caretakers check out a baby's reaction to fruit by itself before including it in a diet regimen. Fruit alone or in combination with other foods can be an allergy--not as common as dairy, eggs, grain combinations with other foods or fruit and sugar together, but it still occurs frequently in the general population.
At present, if we were dealing with a sick baby again we would query Dr. Watrous about adding a little "SEA SILVER"--A mineral drink made from 10 sea vegetables, aloe vera, etc--to the juice, or a bit of GARDEN OF LIFE'S Perfect Food, which supplies all the nutrients needed for the human body...but not without asking first.
Also, we have since found out about "The Marine Therapy" This seawater protocol was used to treat sick babies in other countries in the early 1900's. It balances electrolytes, remineralizes the body in case of mineral or trace mineral deficiency or imbalance, and normalizes the pH (acid-alkaline balance). Thousands of sick infants and children in France and Egypt were healed by the protocol created by French biologist/phsiologist Rene Quinton.
The academic Ocean Plasma website by Quebec's Dr. Jeugen Buche, N.D. now contains a large body of information recently translated from the original French oceanplasma.org The ordering site is oceanplasma.com
Together, the above ingredients supply a baby with all of its basic nutritional needs in the absence of mother's milk or raw goat's milk.
My sick granddaughter recovered from ill health (congested lungs, runny nose, inflamed, swollen stomach and bowels) in a matter of days on this diet, and thrived. In a few months we found a supply of raw goat's milk--not an easy task since it can't be sold legally--and only because the goat had an unexpected winter baby. We worked out a trade agreement involving physical labor on the goat owner's farm to get the milk, and then froze it. It looked a little curdled when thawed, but run briefly through a blender put it back together.
Goat's milk is slightly more bitter than mother's milk, so we added a little sweetener and she loved it! We used it in place of the almond milk and continued the other liquid foods, although sparingly. After a time the baby refused to drink the broth, but by then she was on solid food and could eat the foods individually, as well as other things. We suspect she only tolerated the broth as long as necessary to fill her up until other foods were available. If it comes up again, I will ask about adding a little natural sea salt for flavor, after finally working up the courage to taste the unsalted broth!!
When it was time to be weaned, she weaned herself and refused to drink goat's milk any more, which is nature's way. In fact, mankind is the only member of the animal kingdom that refuses to voluntarily wean it's young from milk. Milk is a special, fast-burning high protein food designed for the period of rapid growth experienced only by infants and becomes too "hot" a fuel for an older child or adults.
Calcium is abundant in other foods.
Cow's milk is designed for baby cows (calves) that weigh 70-80 lbs. The molecular structure is too large for human babies, which makes it hard to digest. Besides that, processed cow's milk becomes a "non-food" after pasteurization makes the calcium in milk "bio-unavailable" due to the heating. Homogenization coats a cow's milk enzyme with fat* that keeps it from breaking down in the stomach as needed, and instead dumps it into the vascular system where it can nip holes throughout the circulatory tract. That's what enzymes do--chew things up and break them into smaller components, as is needed with the food we eat for digestion and assimilation. However, we don't want enzymes chewing on body parts and making holes that require cholesterol patches to fix. Then the "solution" becomes a separate problem.
"XO factor" and other information about cow's milk for children
What the above diet does not provide is the all-important colostrum* with it's immune components, and other immunities conferred by healthy mother's milk.
of Life line of excellent supplements contains a goat's milk
product called Goatein which includes colostrum. This may be
a form of goat's milk available to all, and certainly easier to obtain
than raw goat's milk--and safer--although "raw" goat's milk
has been consumed since man domesticated animals for human use.This
product comes exclusively from carefully tended, organically fed goats,
and contains fermented (pre-digested) milk, which makes the nutrients
more bio-available. However, we haven't asked the doctor about this
Grains: In spite of the push for baby mush and instant rice, do not feed an infant any type of grain until the teeth start coming in. The teeth signal a stage of development in the digestive system that can then digest grains, but not before.
Also, wheat products are highly allergenic to much of the population. We eventually went to rice, but not white rice--which is nothing more than wall-paper paste like it's cousin, white flour. White flour and rice are refined carbs with nothing of nutritional value or fiber to contribute to anyone's diet, and linked more and more to the epidemic of childhood and adult diabetes. We found a natural, organically-grown instant brown rice baby food on the market and used that exclusively for a grain after the Sierra's teeth started to come in and she was eating whole foods.
*Sugar craving: According to the definitive work on acid/alkaline (see the pH balance), Herman Aihara, author of the book Acid & Alkaline, warns parents about letting children get addicted to sweetness in the form of sugar and other unhealthy acid-forming foods: See below.
*On the above #1 for diet, this advice is changing with newer research, and a much smaller amount of whole grain cereals is going to be advised for the Standard American Diet requirements, preferably natural brown rice or ancient grains* consumed by primitive man, whose digestive system we still harbor.
*Ancient grains: millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff, spelt, oats, almonds, kamut, chia, blue corn. http://www.eap.mcgill.ca/CPC_9.htm
NOTE: If a nursing mother eats foods, food groups, or food combinations she is allergic to (either immune system or digestive system allergies), it will poison the milk and often make the baby sick. Not all adult allergic reactions are easy to spot. Some people are affected with acute reactions, others with chronic conditions, sometimes only mentally, or emotionally, or in other ways not recognized as relating to food.
Baby reactions are usually more acute and easier to spot. They will often instinctively reject foods they shouldn't be eating, or develop observable symptoms like ear infections, runny noses, cough, congestion, rashes, skin eruptions, diarrhea, constipation, bloat, spitting up, crying inconsolably, colic, hyperactivity, lethargy, etc. See Food Allergy Self Tests
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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