This month's issue will be focused on children's health since it
is back to school time. Now is the time to bolster your child's (
and your own as well) immune system before the cold weather
hits and your child is spending more time indoors.
After the freedom of unstructured summer days many kids still
get to experience ( though less so with camps and summer
programs so the parents can work) the transition back to
scheduled living can be stressful.
My own children restart
all of their immune boosting tonics more assiduously as we
slack off a bit during the summer when they are healthier. And
we continue to get out in the nice Colorado weather. Here in
Boulder the weather can stay lovely well into November and
even year round to a degree, and it is definitely health
enhancing to go on numerous hikes and to stay active. So
please continue to enjoy what's left of summer and our lovely
fall and to enjoy the bountiful harvest from your own garden
and our local farmers markets!
I know I've been harping (or harpooning, as the case may be )
a lot about fish oil. But bear with me. Here is some
interesting research that supports its use in preventing various
psychiatric and behavioral disorders in children. I would even
extrapolate myself and say that fish oils may be beneficial for
many other brain irregularities. From Medscape
Milk and soy allergies are particularly common in infants and
young children. These allergies sometimes do not involve hives
and asthma, but rather lead to colic, and perhaps blood in the
stool or poor growth. Infants and children are thought to be
particularly susceptible to this allergic syndrome because of the
immaturity of their immune and digestive systems.
Milk or soy allergies in infants can develop within days to
months of birth. Sometimes there is a family history of
allergies or feeding problems. The clinical picture is one of a
very unhappy colicky child who may not sleep well at night.
The doctor diagnoses food allergy partly by changing the child's
diet. Rarely, a food challenge test is used.
If the baby is on cow's milk, the doctor may suggest a change
to soy formula or exclusive breast milk, if possible. If soy
formula causes an allergic reaction, the baby may be placed on
an elemental formula. These formulas are processed proteins
(basically sugars and amino acids). There are few if any
allergens within these materials. The doctor will sometimes
prescribe corticosteroids to treat infants with severe food
allergies. Fortunately, time usually heals this particular
gastrointestinal disease. It tends to resolve within the first few
years of life.
Exclusive breast feeding (excluding all other foods) of infants
for the first 6 to 12 months of life is often suggested to avoid
milk or soy allergies from developing within that time frame.
Such breast feeding often allows parents to avoid infant-
feeding problems, especially if the parents are allergic (and the
infant therefore is likely to be allergic). There are some
children who are so sensitive to a certain food, however, that if
the food is eaten by the mother, sufficient quantities enter the
breast milk to cause a food reaction in the child. Mothers
sometimes must themselves avoid eating those foods to which
the baby is allergic.
By delaying the introduction of solid foods until 6 months, and
of certain foods much longer, it is possible to delay or prevent
food allergies. Discuss individual feeding recommendations
with your heal care provider. From Dr. Alan Greene
As many of you already know, the state of Colorado does not
regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine. In this state it is
"Buyer Beware" as there is no legal differentiation between a
naturopath with 8 years of U.S. Department of Education
training from accredited schools and someone with a mail
order degree calling themselves a naturopath. In the past
they've used the excuse that the mail order people weren't
hurting anyone so why spend taxpayer's money to regulate us.
That all changed last March when a fake naturopath in Wheat
Ridge was convicted to 13 years in jail for manslaughter.
To support our legislative effort, please sign up on the
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is linked below, and you will be notified how and when to
contact your state legislator so we can pass a licensing bill in
My garden is full or kale and collard greens right now,
wonderful late summer and into fall fare. In Boulder, Colorado,
hardy collards will still produce until the first hard frost.
Collards are rich in flavonoids, carotenes, and folic acid as well
as fiber. Here is a link to a traditional recipe for collard
greens. Vegetarians and others (like me) who don't eat bacon
can substitute olive oil and natural bacon-bits from the health
food store for the bacon fat. Enjoy!
Nothing can ever really replace breast milk. However,
may arise when a mother cannot naturally meet her baby's
needs, as in cases of insufficient production , severe mastitis,
or for an adopted baby. Store bought formulas are high in
various forms of sugar and contain chemicals and highly
allergenic foods that may compromise a child's immune
system. For this reason I have included a few natural breast
milk replacement formulas. I know that some of you reading
this are well beyond the age of having young children, or do
not have children. Please feel free to forward these recipes on
to anyone that you know who may appreciate this information!
The formulas listed below were developed by Dr. William
Mitchell of Seattle. Dr. Mitchell, one of the co-founders of
Bastyr University has instructed and mentored countless
naturopathic physicians. These formulas will supply a baby's
nutritional needs until the child is ready to start on solid
Formula #1: Goat Milk Base
milk, 200 mcg folic acid (drops), 1-2 mg B complex (if you
can't get drops, dissolve a 50 mg tablet in a 1 oz dropper bottle
and use 1 dropperful each day in formula), 1/4 tsp fish oil (flax
oil may be used if vegetarian), 1 drop Vit E (micellized), 1 drop
mixed carotenes, 1/2 tsp bifidus factor, 1 tsp maple syrup or
Formula #2: Soy Milk Base
This formula may be made with either goat or soy milk, or
a mixture of both. If using only goat milk, add folic acid, as
1 quart soy milk, 1 cup carrot juice, 1/4 tsp
barley green, 1/4 tsp nutritional yeast, 200 iu Vit D, 100 mg Vit
C, 1 tsp Fish oil (flax oil may be substituted for vegetarians),
tsp bifidus powder, 1 tsp maple syrup or agave
Most of the ingredients may be purchased at a
good natural foods store or from my website. Formula can be
made in larger volumes. Stores up to 3 days in refrigerator.