Q & A: December 11, 2011

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1. Question: Recipe For Making Homemade Vanilla Extract?


Hi Ann Marie,

I love your blog! I printed your homemade Marshmallow Fluff recipe and noticed that you said you can make your own homemade vanilla extract if you click within the recipe. It didn't work for me. Can you tell me how to make that? Thanks!

Mary

Answer

Hi, Mary,

I'm so sorry. I'd better go fix that typo.

Here is the link: How to Make Vanilla Extract.

2. Question: What Are Your Thoughts On A1 Versus A2 milk?


Have you heard about the issues with A1 versus A2 milk? What are your thoughts on this?

Thank you,
Jenn

Answer

As far as I'm concerned, this is a non-issue.

I have not read the book, Devil in the Milk yet. When I get around to reading it, maybe it will change my mind. However, for now, I don't buy it.

Raw milk dairy farmer, Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures has this to say:

I am very close to this A-2 subject matter and can help clear the air.

Dr. Cowan has privately apologized to me for writing the forward to Devil in the Milk. He said that if he knew then what he knows now he would not have said what he wrote. (Source: Comment on The Healthy Home Economist blog)

It is also still very questionable whether the claims made by A-­2 are accurate. The authors of Devil in the Milk book claim that cows made a genetic split about 5,000 years ago and that Holsteins and some other breeds were more domesticated because of calmness and other traits (they were to become more A-­1 dominant). We have no way of knowing that this is true or not. No other research confirms these historical concepts.

Also… it is claimed that A-­2 cows (Jerseys) produce milk which is far better than cows that are tested and found to be A-­1 genetics.

We disagree with this analysis and remain unconvinced of its value. If the split occurred 5000 years ago and A-­1 is the source of modern heart disease and makes autism worse… then this does not match up with other researchers at all. Modern diseases began with grain feeding and confinement just 75 to 100 years ago. Modern diseases are much more likely to be associated with modern processing of milk and lack of grass feeding, etc.

When evaluating the “67th amino acid” differences in A-­2 milk, we ask a much bigger question, when pasteurized milk is observed microscopically it is a massive destruction zone. It looks as if it has been hit with a bomb and everything is dead, broken and twisted. Everything is in little pieces and nothing is alive. (Source: Organic Pastures)

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution and blogger at The Complete Patient reports:

“…last Friday, at a special session on raw milk at the national conference of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, where I spoke, together with Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Michael Schmidt, the Canadian raw dairy farmer, the issue came up again. A woman attending the session, clutching her copy of Devil in the Milk wondered if the A1/A2 issue was being ignored, or even covered up, by raw dairy farmers and other raw milk proponents. She was concerned about the possibly damaging effects of A1 milk. A few other members of the audience of about 40 indicated they were interested as well, while others obviously had never heard of A1/A2 milk.

Sally Fallon [Morell] explained her view that it's not yet clear how important the A1/A2 matter is. “Let's not start blaming the farmers and making their lives more difficult,” she said.

Michael Schmidt said a number of his herdshare members had asked him whether his dairy's cows are A1 or A2. “My response is to ask them, ‘Have you had any health problems since you started drinking this milk?'” No one has had any difficulties, which he says indicates to him it's likely not a significant issue.

The questioner seemed satisfied. My sense is that the A1/A2 issue is probably not a major one, at least as far as unpasteurized milk is concerned. But as people's concerns grow about inadvertently consuming bad food, maybe it's natural that there will be concerns about issues like this one. (Source: The Complete Patient)

3. Question: Can You Recommend Some Resources For Natural Eye Treatments?


Howdy!

Last week at a routine eye exam, my first in 8+ years, a scan revealed that I have a tumor in my right eye. The opthamologist assured me that ocular cancer is very rare, though it is very deadly, and he advised me to come in annually to chart the status of my tumor. I am a “health foodie” so I thought it best to start a more eye-focused nutritional program to prevent any future problems in ye olde eyeballs! After searching online I am not finding any solid nutritional advice for promoting eye health specifically and I am not finding any good books about natural eye treatments. Could you recommend some resources?

Thanks,
Holly

Answer

As I always say, I'm not a doctor and can't advise folks on medial issues. If I were you, I'd find a good holistic doctor/naturopath and ask their advice.

Vitamin A is the first thing that comes to mind for eye health. Hopefully you are taking fermented cod liver oil and eating liver. — where to buy cod liver oil

The other thing I hear recommended for cancer prevention is coffee enemas. Coffee enemas help to stimulate the liver to assist in detoxification. Do a google search on coffee enema to learn how to do it.

Maybe there are some naturopaths or other types of practitioners reading who can advise you in the comments section.

4. Question: Suggestions For Getting Rid Of Old/New Scars From Burns Or Cuts?


Hi Ann Marie,

It seems that traditional cooking has its ups and downs, especially when getting a small burn mark from a hot pot or pan. What can one do to get rid of old and new scars from burns or even cuts?

Thank you,
Erica

Answer

Aloe is the best thing for burns and cuts. I always keep an aloe plant in the kitchen in case one of us burns himself or herself.

Since we moved, I don't have my aloe plant (it's back in California). I bought some aloe from Stockton Aloe which I keep in the fridge. The other night, my husband burned himself and the aloe helped him heal very fast.

I've also used aloe on anything swollen.

You can find Stockton Aloe on my resources page.

5. Question: What Is Your Opinion On The Julia Ross Program To Overcome Food Addiction?

Hello Ann Marie,

Would you recommend Julia Ross' program for overcoming food addiction? The cost is really high for me and of course I know there aren't guarantees and my success will depend on my actions. I would just like to know if you have heard personally of successes with the program.

I have been addicted to sugar, flour and junk food my entire life. I'm 41 years old. I have tried to implement a real food diet and going to Overeaters Anonymous. I have had some success but I always end up reverting back to horrible but familiar eating behaviors. On your recommendation I have bought and began reading her books. It's sounds so accurate but I'm afraid it's too good to be true.

I searched in my area for a practitioner to assist me in taking amino acids. Unfortunately, none of them had been exposed to her work and all were very dismissive and negative about the amino acid treatment.

I would greatly appreciate it if you have time to share a few thoughts. Please don't use my information if you post my question as this is very personal.

Thank you!!

– M

Answer

Working with Julia Ross was one of the best things my husband and I ever did. Her books are great but working with her really helps you so much more.

I used to drink 3 glasses of wine every single night and I always craved sweets and carbs and chocolate after dinner. Julia helped me realize that I was starving myself during the day (skipping meals and eating low carb) which was causing me to become hypoglycemic. I craved the wine at night because my blood sugar was so low after not eating all day.

Now I only drink wine occasionally. We don't keep it in the house. I'll have one glass (not three) when we go out to dinner. I also don't crave sweets anymore. I'm eating three square meals a day, plus snacks when I'm hungry. My husband has also benefited. He used to drink whiskey every night. Now he just drinks kombucha.

If you do work with Julia Ross, you have to travel to San Francisco see her for the first visit. If you have the means, I'd absolutely do it. For us, it was money very well spent. I think if we had not worked with her, we would not have made the changes we needed to.

If you can't afford to go see her, I'd call her office and ask them if they can recommend someone in your area.

6. Question: What Is The Proper Dose For Taking Maca?

Hello!!

I read your post about balancing hormones naturally. I have been taking maca since the beginning of September (2 months) and I haven't noticed too much of a difference yet I don't think. I am mostly trying to balance my hormones because I started breaking out and I used to never. So I am thinking it must have to do with hormones.

Someone at a health food store told me I should try maca. She told me to start with 1/4 tsp. every morning. I am wondering if I should up the amount to get more results? Do you know how much would be right to take or do you know of a source that can help me to figure out how much I should take?

Thanks so much.

Best,
Heather

Answer

I don't think 1/4 tsp is enough to do anything. I've read online that you should take anywhere from 2,000-5,000 milligrams (2-5 grams) per day. 5 grams equals 1 tablespoon.

I stopped taking maca for a long time but I recently decided I really need to be taking it to help me balance my hormones, as I am estrogen dominant.

I am taking anywhere from 1-3 tablespoons of maca per day. I plan to continue doing this for the next few months at least — I'll post on my progress and let you know how it goes.

Lastly, if you have gut issues (lack of good bacteria and/or a damaged gut), that could also be causing the acne. You might want to look into adding more fermented foods to your diet and maybe a probiotic. Also cut out sweets and starches for a while and see if that helps.

7. Question: Advice On Starting The 4 Hour Body Diet and Spacing Children?


Hi Ann Marie,

I am starting the The 4-Hour Body diet, after reading about your success. However, I am concerned about the lack of dairy. I did a lot of damage to my health, before discovering WAPF and what real food is and even developed osteopenia. So naturally I am concerned about getting enough calcium daily. Did you take a calcium supplement or any other supplements while doing this diet?

Also, I would like to try to get pregnant soon. My first two children are only twenty months apart, and my youngest is now 14 months old. I've read that this can be detrimental but how so? Is it because your body needs a few years to rebuild vitamin/mineral stores? Is there any way to speed up the process? Am I pushing it by having three children so close together? I actually like having my children closer in age, but worry I would jeopardize their health.

Lastly, what supplements (and brands specifically) do you or would you take while pregnant? I never took a prenatal, just folic acid in the beginning of my pregnancies.

Thanks so much!
Stacey

Answer

If you want to get pregnant, I personally would not do the The 4-Hour Body diet. The diet did help me lose 10 pounds but honestly, I wish I hadn't done it.

Ultimately I think my problem with extra weight is hormonal. Low carbing can things worse if your hormones need fixing. What I have learned since I did that diet is that I need to eat more, not less, and focus on nourishing myself and helping my hormones heal. I think when my hormones are balanced, my weight will normalize (I'm only about 10-15 pounds over anyway, so it's not a big deal).

If I were you, I would work on nourishing your body and follow the Weston A. Price Foundation diet. If you are still nursing your youngest, I would follow the WAPF Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers. (If you're not nursing, I'd follow that same diet but you don't have to eat quite as much.)

Yes, I think you are pushing it having your children so close together. Your body does need time to rebuild nutritional stores. It is not fair to our children and it is not good for our own health to have children too close together. A baby can only get from you what you have stored, and if you don't have much to give, that's all they get.

Sorry, but there is no way to speed up the process. I don't understand why we are all in such a hurry anyway. I had my first child at 39. I wish I could have started sooner but I had not met the right person yet. I didn't rush to have a second child right away, because I knew my body wasn't ready, although we really do want another child. My daughter is 4 now and I am 43. If it happens, it happens, and I hope it does, but I'm not going to push it.

Traditional people all spaced their children. In his book, Healing Our Children, Rami Nagel writes:

In researcher George Brown's study of the Melanesians and Polynesians, he observes that if a child is ever weak or sickly, people would blame the parents for poor habits (not poor genetics).

With the Ibos in Nigeria it is not only a disgrace but an abomination to have children closer together than three years. If a child is born sooner than this they fear that its health will be compromised.

The Indians of Peru, Ecuador and Columbia abstain from intercourse throughout lactation to avoid children born too close together. At least two and a half years of space is achieved through this method.

Cattle tribes in Africa use a system of multiple wives to create a child interval of two and a half to four years.

In the Fiji Islands among one of the tribes the minimum spacing was four years

For pregnancy, I recommend taking fermented cod liver oil and butter oil, dessicated liver, and probiotics. You may also want to supplement with extra minerals.

You can find all of these supplements and the particular brands I recommend on my resources page.

8. Question: What Is The Connection Between A Strict Vegan Diet And Fertility?

Dear Ann Marie,

My family are members of a wonderful food co-op. While we follow a WAPF diet, there are many vegans, even some fruitarians, at the co-op. Our friends have been vegans for a year after watching the film Earthlings, and vegetarians for some time before that. They have been trying to conceive for two years now. They deny there is a connection between their radical diet and their infertility. What is the connection between a strict vegan diet and infertility? How can we help them make the connection?

Thanks,
Andrea

Answer

Good question!

The bottom line is, humans can't get all the nutrition we need from plants. Women who go vegan commonly lose their periods within a matter of months. For some people it takes longer, but can a diet be healthy when we can't even maintain a normal cycle?

In one study called “Dieting influences the menstrual cycle: vegetarian versus nonvegetarian diet,” 18 healthy, normal-weight women aged 19 to 27 years who had regular ovulatory menstrual cycles volunteered for a study. Nine women followed a vegetarian diet and nine a nonvegetarian diet. Both groups lost an average of 1 kg body weight/week.

Seven of nine women in the vegetarian group became anovulatory while seven of nine women in the nonvegetarian diet group maintained ovulatory cycles with no changes in cycle length or in the length of the follicular phase. During the vegetarian diet, the average luteinizing hormone (LH) values were significantly decreased during the midcycle and the luteal phase. Estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P) values were significantly lower during the luteal phase. In contrast, the nonvegetarian group did not show significant reduction of LH, E2, and P values during any part of the menstrual cycle. (Source)

In addition, most vegans eat copious amounts of soy. All you have to do is google soy and infertility and you will find lots of articles.

Studies have suggested that eating large amounts of soy, popular with vegetarians because it provides protein, can affect a woman's fertility.

Researchers at King's College London showed that a compound in soy called genistein sabotages sperm as it swims towards the egg. (Source)

As far as helping them make the connection, that's a tough one. If it were me and they were my friends, I'd just come right out and say it. I'd tell them everything I know about soy and veganism and infertility.

I'd say it in a nice and caring way, but I would definitely say it. I would not be able to live with myself if I didn't.

And if they got mad at me for saying the truth, then so be it. At least I would know that I had done everything I could to help them achieve their goal of having a healthy baby. If they chose not to listen, oh well. You can only do what you can do. But remaining silent helps no one.

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34 thoughts on “Q & A: December 11, 2011

  1. Holly: one thing that came to mind, along the lines of “like heals like”, is to consume eyes. They’re loaded with vitamin A, for one thing. You could get high quality, wild caught fish heads and eat the eyes and make the head (and other bones, fins, etc.) into fish broth, the most nutritious type of broth, which would boost your immune system. Perhaps explore how to obtain eyes from pastured animals as well. It may seem strange but other cultures have eaten these for millennia.

    1. I would have access to pastured cow eyes, but how would I prepare/consume them? Making and consuming fish broth wouldn’t be a problem.

    2. I’ve always been intrigued by the “like heals like” phenomena. I have low thyroid function and nodules, so I got dessicated thyroid to take, but it makes me break out in horrible rashes all over my neck/face when I take it. I’m currently on GAPS intro. I’m assuming this is a detox reaction, since the thyroid stores toxins such as fluoride. But I thought perhaps it could also be my body rejecting the supplement themselves. Any one have experience with this that can comment? I’d push through if I knew it would subside rather quickly, but unfortunately it affects my appearance and I must admit I am somewhat vain! Thanks.

    3. That’s an interesting point. I made chicken stock recently with the heads of a couple of roosters that we harvested some time ago (plus feet, plus the usual roast chicken leftover bones, plus the Thanksgiving turkey carcass). I don’t know whether it was the heads (with eyes and brains intact) or what, but we’ve never had thicker, more gelatinous stock than this. I’m sure the Vitamin A content must have been higher than usual.

  2. Also on the potential eye tumor front: if you want to be rid of one, you need to starve it. Cancer cells feed much faster on sugar, so cutting out sugar and anything which converts to sugar in the body (carbohydrates) will deny their food. If you do this make sure you work with a doctor who can help you figure out what you should be eating.

    (I’m not a doctor either but I have been witness to seeing this help people.)

    1. Low-carb can cause all sorts of health issues, so I question whether this is sound advice. Refined sugar, sure, but I have not seen any evidence that would make me think sweet potatoes, for example, would fuel cancer.

      1. In this case I know it’s working well for the person. Plus they’re diabetic, so keeping blood sugar low is very beneficial.

        1. Matt Stone opened my eyes to the fact that high-carb diets actually (counter-intuitively) lead to better blood sugar control in the long run. Low-carb is a band-aid that can be used as a last resort, but it leads to a lot of issues, such as depleting the adrenals and lowering metabolism.

          1. And the issues usually don’t show up for awhile, so while the person does well at first, they often times have issues crop up over time, such as the adrenal and thyroid issues, and increased allergies, etc.

            1. I do again note this is someone with diabetes who’s needing to manage their blood sugar, so anything that puts it above a certain number is not going to help them.

              1. It’s up to every individual to decide how to deal with their diabetes, but a number of people ending up with higher BS levels (and fasting insulin) on low-carb so I just like to point out that it’s not so cut and dry. Matt Stone has a lot of good info on this, for anyone who’s interested.

    1. Agreed! I guess everyone’s a little different, biochemically, but overall, the A1/A2 issue seems like missing the forest for the trees. If A1 really is connected to some of the “explosions” over the last few years in the occurrence of modern diseases and conditions, you would think we would have seen it decades (and centuries) ago. As most of us already suspect, the majority of problems people experience with dairy likely come from pasteurization, homogenization, and grain feeding the cows. Like Tiffany says below, I think we have enough to worry about already! 😉 The A1/A2 question should come a very distant second to simply buying the best quality dairy products we can.

  3. I have read a little of Devil in the Milk before it fell into the toilet (I leave books I want my husband to read in the bathroom.) If I could get raw A2 cow’s milk, I would. I can’t so I happily and gratefully drink A1 raw cow’s milk. My farmer wrote something about A2 milk that basically said if your digestive tract is good A1 milk shouldn’t be an issue. It’s on her website, Windsor Dairy. I know that goat’s milk is A2 but I can’t get pastured goat’s milk in Colorado (they are always fed corn or soy or both.)

    I have read that the French only drink/eat dairy from A2 cows. They think that A1 milk tastes bad. I have to admit that the Brie I buy that’s made in French is delicious (even though my 3.5yo thinks it’s gross.)

  4. Lavender essential oil is one of the BEST things to put on a burn immediately, and it almost always prevents scarring (in fact, that’s how the healing properties of essential oils was first discovered – a man who had badly scalded his arm plunged it into the first vat he found, which turned out to be lavender EO). But it absolutely CANNOT be SYNTHETIC. Only the pure EO has those properties.

    1. Yes I have read that. I am really excited about essential oils. I just became a distributor of Young Living essential oils. It’s a shame that most lavender oil you buy in the store is not the real thing.

  5. On the Maca…can’t that make you have twins? I remember reading that somewhere and (having twin sisters) the thought kind of scares me!!

  6. Regarding Stacey’s question about child spacing: I agree with Ann Marie; it is awfully close. At my son’s two year check-up, I talked to his pediatrician about having another child. She told me about a study she’d read connecting conceiving a child less than two years after giving birth with a higher rate of birth defects. (Wish I had the link on that.) She said that leaving a healthy gap is best for mom and future kids, especially if you’re doing extended breastfeeding.

  7. I take maca, and it’s important to note that gelatinized and raw maca are different. I take gelatinized maca (royal maca) and take a rounded 1/2 tsp every morning. It has definitely made a huge difference. With raw maca you would take more (like over a tablespoon), but that would be a lot for gelatinized maca. As far as I can tell, the gelatinized maca is a preferable, higher quality way to take maca. I think maca is an amazing substance, it helps balance all hormones, so is also good for adrenal fatigue.

    Either way, if you’re going to up the maca you should do so slowly. Try 1/2 tsp for a week and see how you do, then if no difference go up to 3/4 of a tsp and so on. Another thing with maca is, after a bit you need to take a break (either one day off a week, or a week off after a month, or a month off after 3 months). This keeps the maca effective. Alternately, some people lower the dosage slightly after 3 months to keep up the effectiveness.

    1. Hi, Amy

      There are pros and cons to gelatinized maca. I personally take the raw powder.

      From the Maca Magic website (I personally take this brand and think they are great):

      “We offer both raw and Gelatinized. We recommend the raw, but you can purchase our certified Organic gelatinized and “precotostada” as well. It’s pasteurized. By the way, it is prohibited to irradiate Certified ORGANIC products, so we do not.”

      “Gelatinization is an extrusion process that removes the starch from the root and can make it easier to digest. Heating it in this process does not seem to change the active ingredients. However, yes, it would be devoid of enzymes as in any cooked food.”

      “The main difference is that some people who are allergic to cruciferacea species, such as maca, or who have a weak digestive system, might digest the gelatinized better or more rapidly.”

      One note: I do think it’s important to store the powder in the freezer. They say the powder is best within 6 months so I freeze mine.

      You can read more here:
      https://www.macatalk.com/faqs/magic.html#raw

      1. Yes, I did read this actually, when I was doing research on maca. That site had a lot of good info. The gelatinized seems to be working well for me, so i plan to stick with it. It’s worth noting that Peruvians always eat cooked maca – that’s what made the decision for me.

  8. Hi AnnMarie,
    Can you talk about the difference between soaking flour and grain prior to baking vs using sprouted grain flours? I am just starting to get into this and it seems like these are sometimes lumped together. Thanks!
    Cathy

    1. I guess I should write a whole post about this.

      Sprouted flours are made from whole grains that are sprouted, then ground.

      Soaking flour is just taking whole grain flour (either buying whole grain flour or grinding your own flour from whole grains) and soaking it in a warm, acidic medium such as water and whey or lemon juice for a period of time. Sourdough is another traditional soaking method.

      If you sprout the grains, it is not necessary to soak in most cases.

      However, sourdough is a method used to not only ferment the grains but also to make bread rise (commercial yeast helps bread rise but does not ferment the grains so it’s a shortcut that is not good for us).

      That said, you CAN use sprouted flour AND soak or ferment it for maximum reduction of phytic acid and other anti-nutrients and optimum nutrition.

        1. Best is freshly ground sprouted flour or freshly ground flour that is soaked. If you order from To Your Health, they grind it and ship it right away. I store mine in the freezer.

          It is best not to buy flour that is ground as it goes rancid. Most stores put their ground whole grain flour on the shelf so it’s rancid by the time you buy it.

  9. RE: A1 vs A2 milk-Thank you!!! Our raw dairy farmer, who is fabulous, has both kinds. I’ve always bought the “regular” raw milk, and at $10/gallon with four kiddos, it adds up. So, I have felt a bit guilty for not getting the “BEST” (A2). I thought the reasoning about the differences was somewhat suspect, but now I’m thankful to have read your rationale. Super helpful!

  10. For the woman with the vegan friend struggling with infertility:

    Ann Marie mentioned the dangers of soy and the overall effects of a vegetarian/vegan diet on fertility, but also remember that FAT and CHOLESTEROL are absolutely VITAL for fertility *and* a healthy fetus/baby. All of the sex hormones are synthesized from cholesterol. As you know, being a WAPF’er, cholesterol is NOT the enemy. It does so many wonderful things for our bodies. Also, depending on how long your friend has been vegan, there’s a chance she’s actually malnourished. Going a long time with no animal fats or cholesterol, plus the soy, plus all the deficiencies that tend go hand in hand with veganism — B12, zinc, iron, and on and on — this poor woman’s body thinks its starving, and speaking in evolutionary/biological terms, it is not a wise thing to bring a baby into the world when there’s a famine. (Her body is interpreting her malnourishment as famine in her environment, and nature does not want babies entering the world when there’s no food for them to eat.)

    And this is crucial, too — veganism not only makes it difficult to conceive in the first place; it’s really, truly, doing the child a disservice. Kids NEED, and I mean NEED DHA, EPA, other animal fats, cholesterol, and the wide range of micronutrients that are best obtained and absorbed from a wide variety of foods.

    I’m sorry to ramble…this stuff just breaks my heart. I’m getting a master’s in nutrition, so I’m not making any of this up and am not just saying these things because we’re all on the same page regarding traditional foods. The more I learn, the more obvious it becomes *why* so many women are struggling with conception these days, and why so many infants and toddlers are “failing to thrive.” We’ve become so terrified of eating fat and so scared of whole eggs, butter, and red meat that we’ve created an entire generation of young women who are having such difficulty and heartbreak trying to conceive, and it’s ALL COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE. (Let me caveat that by saying a traditional foods diet will not help *everyone.* Of course, as with anything, infertility if multifactorial. Diet’s a huge issue, but it’s not the only one. Still, it’s probably the first thing a vegan should consider if she’s trying to conceive and not having any success. I would also go so far as to suggest that *if* your friend ever does come around to a more balanced diet, she might want to wait several months…if not longer…before she actively tries to conceive. She has to restore her own health and nutrient status before she’ll be robust enough to pass some of it on to her baby. The baby will only be as strong as mom’s body can afford to make him/her. And imagine how much more difficult the post-partum period would be if she’s depleted of good fats and amino acids before she even gives birth!) We’re doing what Sally Fallon describes as “depriving the next generation of their birthright to perfect health.”

    Look on the WAPF website. I know there are articles about how fundamentally important proper nutrition is to creating and nourishing a healthy baby. This might be a good place to start:

    https://www.westonaprice.org/about-the-foundation/vegetarian-tour

    1. Forgot to say one thing:

      I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but just in case…

      If/when you do approach your friend, do it with as much love, tenderness, and gentleness as possible. You catch more flies with honey then vinegar, as they say. She is probably as wedded to her idea of a “healthy diet” as we are to ours, even though they’re on opposite ends of the spectrum. Make sure she understands that you’re coming to her out of genuine concern for her struggle and desire for a happy outcome. She’s been doing it her way for a while now, and it hasn’t worked. Maybe it’s time for her to at least simply *begin* to consider another way.

      It’s such a difficult situation to be in. But good for you for wanting to help her. It’s more important than she might realize at the moment.

  11. My baby is almost one and has been very smart for her age. Very observant and “ahead” when it comes to what she “should be doing” at a certain age. I was wondering though, she seems to “zone out” a couple times a day, I was just wondering if thats normal or is there something I should be doing or giving her? Thanks!

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