42 responses

  1. ALLH
    February 3, 2014

    This is a great article with which I wholly agree. I have practiced all of the principles and suggestions you have outlined here for the past 8 of my 11 years as a parent. However, my 3 kids and I (but not my husband) get positively slammed with illness in the winters, and myself and one of my daughters continue to experience extremely dry hair and skin despite all efforts. I’m baffled by these problems and also a bit distraught by the winter illness and am wondering if you have any thoughts you could share, or resources I may not have seen yet. Thanks!

    • Cam
      February 3, 2014

      Do you vaccinate your children? If so, this is why they are getting sick.

      As for hair, feed them coconut or the organic oil derived thereof. It has fantastic effects on smoothing skin and creating illustrious, shiny, healthy hair.

      • Jaime
        February 4, 2014

        Please show me the research that supports your claim that kids are getting sick because they were vaccinated. My child has been vaccinated and even gets the flu mist every year. She is rarely sick and when she does catch something, she gets over it very quickly. She actually has only missed school twice (preschool through 5th grade) due to illness. One ear infection and one upper respiratory infection. I clearly remember these days because those were the only times that she was sick.

      • Alicia
        February 4, 2014

        Personally, I would try to rid the children of parasites that are preventing absorption.

      • Cam
        February 4, 2014

        I’ll give you one link about vaccines to pique your curiosity. You should do independent research. Vaccines are the leading cause of autism.

        http://www.wanttoknow.info/060215vaccinesmercurydangers

      • ALLH
        February 4, 2014

        Parasites? What kind? Could I have them tested at a regular MD for this, or is there a lab kit to order? This is not something that I had considered. If myself and three kids had them wouldn’t my husband have them too? He never gets sick. Ever. Even when we all had the flu.

    • Ashley
      February 4, 2014

      Cam,

      Vaccines do NOT lead to autism, that botched theory has since been disproved. Not vaccinating your children is leading to a new epidemic of what was once dormant diseases (MMR). Do people even realize the side effects of these diseases?? They can be a whole lot worse than autism anyway. If you get any of the MMR diseases you could have any of the following outcomes: hearing loss (mild to profound), intellectual disabilities (mild to profound), heart disease, vision loss, cerebral palsy, microcepaly, behavioral problems, and not to mention death! So if you are not vaccinating your children you are not only endangering them you are also endangering the public as a whole.

      • Jaime
        February 4, 2014

        Ashley,
        Excellent reply!

        Cam,
        That link proved to me that you have no idea what you are talking about. Any site that request donations and has all of there info linked to newspapers and television shows is not going to be one that I trust. I prefer (as most knowledgeable people) to believe in research from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, not a conspiracy theory site. That site is biased and if that’s where you get your information, I feel for you! Did you even notice that the most current “research” they cited was from 2006?

      • Jaime
        February 4, 2014

        Sorry~ I was so irritated that I didn’t proofread my most recent reply. I know that I should have typed *requests* and *their* in the second sentence below.

      • Lorie
        February 4, 2014

        I have a question: If the public as a whole is vaccinated against said diseases, and the vaccines are as effective as the insustry states they are, then why are those who do not choose to vaccinate putting the public as a whole at risk for contracting the said diseases? Just wondering. Also whabout the theory of “Herd Immunity”?
        I did vaccinate my children with the usual childhood shots, but my family has never had a flu shot, nor intend to. My son and I both got H1N1 4 years ago and we were sick only 4 days, (my son has actually only missed a total of 5 days of school due to illness and he is in his last semester of 12th grade)
        I think it is very important to focus on vitamin D3 and other immune building foods and suppliments, fresh air, plenty of fluids and sleep to build and keep our immune systems strong enough to fight off these everyday illnesses like colds and flu.

      • Donna Jo Kazee
        February 9, 2014

        I respectfully disagree. Vaccines have been shown to potentially trigger autism, so much so that the family of Hannah Poling was given money to cover vaccine injuries. How dare you say it’s been proven! I first became leery of vaccines after my own horrendous, nearly life-ending reaction to a flu shot at age 18. Then, despite having had 3 rubella vaccinations within years, I apparently couldn’t develop immunity and declined another vaccination. I wasn’t taking, and I would get flu-like symptoms and weird autoimmune symptoms (like a very high SED rate) after vaccination. Being a biomedical engineer yet having a personal negative experience, I vaccinated my first child. I was told the ear infections, fever, eczema, and general sickness following each set were just coincidental, but it was like clockwork. He was diagnosed with autism at age 2, but it was not the regressive autism that other parents describe after vaccination, so I may never know if they caused or contributed to that. I got more concerned about vaccines with my second pregnancy (having once again tested negative for rubella immunity), but I still chose to vaccinate at 10 weeks (having been assured by the doctor that my son’s issues were probably due to his pre-existing medical issues and that this baby girl was amazingly healthy). Well, I have never before witnessed a more clear-cut reaction to anything: 102.4 degree fever by the time we got home, high-pitched crying with arched back (she ended up with an umbilical hernia 2 days later, which was deemed coincidental), seizures during wake and sleeping, vomiting, and her stools went from the seedy, yellow breastfeeding stools to green liquid within hours. She alternated the mucousy, green stools and severe constipation for 9 months. She developed instant and previously unobserved allergies to foods I was ingesting, and I had to go on an extreme elimination diet. That first night, when I called the pediatrician’s after-hours line, the doctor determined my very ill infant had the flu, and I just needed to breastfeed her round the clock and keep her hydrated. When I mentioned she had been vaccinated and it seemed to be a reaction, we were dropped from the patient list. When I asked them to see her and report the symptoms, I was asked to look elsewhere. I was dumped by my doctor with a very sick infant and forced to pursue ER care.

        After all this, I am not completely anti-vaccine. I have friends and family who never seem to have one reaction and get their annual flu shot because if they don’t, they seem to get sick. I respect them, and some of them have been with me through this very long, 10-year nightmare of vaccine issues, and they are now willing to understand that we don’t all have the same reactions to the same things put into our bodies. What is medicine for one can be poison for another.

        So before you talk about how safe and necessary vaccines are, remember there are plenty of legitimately vaccine-injured children and adults out there, some receiving pretty big settlements and payments from the government and all forever changed by a shot. Before you preach about herd immunity and the return of the horrible childhood diseases, think for a moment about putting some of the money toward research to identify kids who may have vaccine reactions before they do and protocols for kids who have those reactions or are at risk.

        But, please, whatever you do quit dismissing the risks. It’s like a sucker-punch to the gut of those of us who have to deal with them.

      • Donna Jo Kazee
        February 9, 2014

        Typo. That first sentence should be disproved, not proven.

      • Christine
        February 10, 2014

        Hello Ashley, I disagree with the statement that if parents who don’t have their children vaccinated is endangering others. I know that all parents have differing views about vaccines based on how far their research…and every parent has the right to choose what they believe is best for their own children. The ingredients in the vaccines do not belong in the human body. The increase in the quantities of vaccines are parallel to the quantities of autism cases. This is alarming, and it’s no coincidence. Mary Tocco’s website (www.childhoodshots.com) is one of those great resources with hard facts about vaccines, influenza shots, etc. I’ve also found that the resources that push vaccines also have other negative agenda’s.

      • JoJo Williams
        February 23, 2014

        If vaccinations are effective and work, how than could unvaccinated children be a threat?

      • Angie
        February 26, 2014

        Actually the CDC was recently forced to release documents showing a strong correlation between vaccines and autism.
        http://therefusers.com/refusers-newsroom/cdc-forced-to-release-documents-showing-they-knew-vaccine-preservative-causes-autism/#.Uw4ZeX_Tkv4

    • Bella
      February 6, 2014

      Dear Allh,

      I know how frustrating it can be as a parent to try to give your children the healthiest experience possible and feel like your coming up short and can’t figure out why. I was having this same problem until a friend recommended JuicePlus for myself and my children. JuicePlus is a consentrated, whole food, plant based nutrition system. It is NOT a supplement or vitamin. It provides whole food based nutrition from a wide assortment of nutritious fruits and vegtables. JUICEPLUS helps “bridge the gap” of what we want to eat but what we often fall short of doing.
      I hope this has help. Visit http://www.boyce.juiceplus.com for more information

    • Laci H.
      February 22, 2014

      Maybe your family is facing a sunshine deficiency? (Don’t laugh, I’m going somewhere with this) In the winter times we tend to cover our skin and stay indoors more. Less sun exposure means less Vitamin D. If you have a farm and I assume you drink up fortified milk, you don’t have the added Vit D in your diet that traditional American diets have. Also, UV rays sanitize things by killing germs. Like outdoor play toys, gardening/farm tools, driveways, sidewalks, and the general outdoors that I assume your kids play in during the rest of the year. Being cooped up together in your house is creating a concentrated Petri dish of germs that you and your kids aren’t used to through the rest of the year. Anyway, it’s just a thought. I hope you get it figured out!

      • Laci H.
        February 22, 2014

        Supposed to say unfortified milk.

    • Wanda
      April 11, 2014

      Hi, I would like to offer some suggestions, I have gone from a situation similar to yours to now being free of illness for three years. I recommend broad research into homoeopathic treatments to neutralize the effects of immunization. It is an individual who has the genetic pre-disposition to do so, who will react to the immunization, and this is why your husband stays well while everyone else gets ill. Nature identical vit C is important, and this means sourced from nature father than coal tar, and presented with co-factors like bio flavonoids like hesperidin or Eason.
      Do any of the family have mercury fillings? My own health has improved beyond sight since these were removed from my mouth 20 years ago.
      Now attention to diet. My diet is dairy and soy free. The rule with soy is unless you actively avoid it you accidentally consume it. I did the research three years ago, made the changes after I found the truth about how dangerous it is, and the illnesses disappeared after that. I really don’t care who tries to say soy is okay, the fact is it has never been approved as safe by the FDA.
      If you can’t bear to be free of dairy (except butter) all the time, then at least lift this rule into place… No milk, cheese, chocolate, icecream, yoghurt, etc for anyone who is ill, from the first sniffle. I have now removed it completely, there are substitutes, and I find it is worth it.
      I also found on the internet tissue salts made by a company called martin and pleasance, they work very well, are mild homoeopathic, and one of them kills sore throats and another dries up runny nose very fast.
      Nothing is more miserable than sick kids… hope this helps.

  2. ALLH
    February 3, 2014

    Not a one, not ever. We use primarily coconut oil for cooking, snacking, etc, as well as using coconut flakes, milk, flour, and butter. We also brew 10+ gallons of organic, grassfed bone broth twice per week, raise our own goats and chickens for milk, meat, and eggs. Our water is clean as we live at 8300 ft on the peak of a mountain and share no groundwater with any polluters of any kind. I’m truly at a loss. We use home ferments as well as Bio-Kult, and the FCLO/BO blend. I’ve never read anything, and thought, “oh crap I didn’t know about that!” since we’ve been long time subscribers to the WAPF and NT lifestyle. I just don’t know what to think, and this last bout of illness is crushing my faith a little bit. I even make our toothpaste, bath products, and house cleaners. Crushed by frustration.

    • Nicole
      April 2, 2014

      Hey hun- we live pretty high in elevation too, and have family that lives higher. While I would never trade it, it is dry up here, causing hair and skin issues. The lowered oxygen does impact you some, although it goes unnoticed most of the time. Sounds like you take excellent care of your family, it would be pretty hard to do better. :)

      It’s probably a worthy trade-off, I wouldn’t move. But, it’s something to consider.

  3. Brit
    February 3, 2014

    This sounds like an iodine deficiency to me. I see it all the time in my practice. I suggest taking an 24 iodine loading test for at least yourself. A great laboratory to use is: http://www.hakalalabs.com

    • Bella
      February 6, 2014

      Hi Bret

      Just curious as to your type of practice? I’m intrigued by the suggestion of iodine deficiency.

  4. ALLH
    February 4, 2014

    I will look into that. Thank you very much!

    • DaNelle Wolford
      February 10, 2014

      ALLH,

      How often is your family exposed to animals, dirt, and germs? I’ve often wondered if the increase in our immunity can be attributed that we allow dirty hands at the dinner table and allow our kids to kiss all of our pets…even our pet worms;)

  5. Lisa D.
    February 4, 2014

    This is a very interesting post! I am especially interested in number 3 and the relation between b12 deficiency and speech delays. Could you provide me some further research supporting this? Anything you have to point me in that direction would be great! Thank you so much for your wonderful posts and contributions to leading healthier lifestyles.

    • DaNelle Wolford
      February 9, 2014

      Hi Lisa,

      I have my sources links at the end of the article:)

  6. Bel
    February 4, 2014

    ALLH, you have probably already looked into this but what about the pH levels of the body and the overall balance of acid forming vs alkaline forming foods each person intakes? We aim for 80% alkaline forming foods overall each day and our family remains fairly healthy. The other possibility is of course given each person is unique and has different DNA, one size does not fit all. Perhaps there are some DNA performance challenges that have been passed down from your line into your kids, eg inflammation regulation, toxin removal etc. I have found through DNA sequencing with our DNA doctor that my line has passed down DNA that is not quite up to scratch with regulating inflammation in the body. This has caused no end of illness with my mother and us kids but not so much for my father. There are natural whole food organic supplements you can take as well as targeting specific foods for each individual to ensure immunity is optimised. Start having a look into nutrigenomics if you haven’t come across this yet. Best of luck. I think you’re fabulous, such a positive role model for your family. Well done!!

    • ALLH
      February 5, 2014

      Thanks Bel, I will look into that. Nutrigenomics is not a word I’m familiar with. Wondering if it’s got anything to do with epigenetics… going to look now!

  7. Alyssa Faith
    February 5, 2014

    I’m wondering…I read all the talk about healthy fats like coconut oil and butter, and I use them lots, but it seems that no one talks about EV olive oil – good or bad – which I use as much as coconut oil. What have you researched on it?

  8. Amy
    February 10, 2014

    I am in a similar situation as ALLH. My 2 year old son seems to always be sick despite a whole foods diet supplemented with lots of CO, FCLO/BO blend, probiotics, etc. We aren’t fortunate enough to raise our own animals yet but we buy only pastured animals to eat and use a berkey filter for our water. I just recently started using Prescipt Assist probiotics and Pure Radiance Vitamin C powder to see if that makes a difference. I know his regular ped just says it is normal (and in her eyes he is very healthy and thriving but I KNOW something isn’t right). I would like to get him evaluated by an ND so see if it is an absorption problem because i’m confident he is getting enough nutrients. He is even still breastfeeding!!

    • Rachel
      February 10, 2014

      It is as simply as letting your child be a child be getting dirty, not over sanitizing your home, and not killing all the germs. God made our bodies to fight infections, disease, and germs; but the more we try and helps sometimes we hurt. I do not do all you do, and thankfully God has blessed me with very healthy children. I do clean and sanitize my home, we wash our hands regularly, and even get vaccines. The more your child is exposed to germs and sickness the better his body becomes at handling it unless he has some disease or illness that has compromised his immune system.

  9. Rachel
    February 10, 2014

    Not sure about your article in its entirety, but I do believe that our food has a great affect on our health. That being said, the shape of peoples heads is also affected by how the are handled as babies. For the first six months, a babies head is very soft and if you leave your baby on its back to much or in the same sleeping position; it can cause the back and sides of the head to become misshapen. A baby should have plenty of tummy time and should have their sleeping positions changed about every week to prevent this from happening. Another way to prevent it is for a mother to spend time holding and bonding with her baby.

  10. Patrick
    February 10, 2014

    I think lack of sleep is the most important factor for causing someone to feel bad

  11. Sarah
    February 14, 2014

    I’m facing some of these problems with 2 of my children. One has struggled with depression, hyperactivity, exhaustion, and brain fog. We have him on vitamin and mineral supplements, amino acids, and all of us are on probiotics, cod liver oil, and a WAP diet. My daughter I’m sure has absorption issues, has dark circles under her eyes, and has some speech issues. When she was 9 mos. and exclusively breastfeeding, her toenails were curling up- a sign of malnutrition. I just started my kids today on diatomaceous earth for possible parasites. I know I was low thyroid when pregnant, and that is a huge cause of speech delays and brain function issues. We all take J. Crow’s Lugol’s Solution, because all of these can be assoc. w/ iodine deficiency. This article could not have come at a better time. I’m learning even from some of the comments here. Thanks!

  12. Lauren
    February 14, 2014

    I’m into whole foods and green living etc, but one thing that has been bugging me is that so many of these bloggers rely on only ONE reference point – Weston Price. I’m not saying he isn’t on to something, but good science relies on repeatability. This is my call to Real Food bloggers – research! Make your info more believable and more reliable by broadening your source base.

    Thanks for allowing me to express this on your webpage as this comment isn’t just aimed at weedem and reap, but at all Real Food bloggers.

    I do enjoy your posts!

    • DaNelle Wolford
      February 23, 2014

      Hi Lauren,

      You got me, I’m a Weston A. Price lover;) I think the reason most of us follow his principles is because his work is has stood the test of time and since his book was written in the 1930′s SO many generations have benefited from his research.

      In this article, I have also featured the work of Dr. Julia Ross & Dr. Sally M. Pacholok.

  13. Lana
    February 22, 2014

    We have some issues with vaccine, I was a rabid pro-vaxer until my first son almost died from his MMR. Forget Autism I don’t even care about that. My kid nearly died. if he hadn’t still been in the dr’s surgery he would have suffocated as he had an anaphylactic response. He then endured body shaking seizures for weeks, he had suffered eczema since his hep B shot at birth, and had screaming fits and burning fever every time he was immunized as an infant. Which made me more and more reluctant to continue. It was the anaphylaxis at 12 months that sealed it for both me and my Dr. My 2nd child was delayed vaxes until 12 months and then we did only the most deadly diseases and widely spaced. he did react but not too badly as pain relieving medications took care of it.

    I don’t care if you choose to immunize or not- it’s your right to do so. But it should be a parents choice that they do not have to justify either way.

    And to anyone who is a rabid pro-vaxer like I was please take notice of this last statement:

    The number of children not immunized in Australia (where I am from) and also the US is less than 1%. there aren’t even enough of them to have one non-vax family per town and city in your country. So cool your heels. They aren’t the problem. If low vax rates really are the problem you should look at the adult population because childhood immunization wanes over time and if it’s been more then 10 years since you last had a booster then technically you’re unvaccinated and more likely putting people at risk because you go more places than a child who most likely goes to school or kindergarten, maybe a friends place, the park and a supermarket vs all the places adults go all the time. check yourself before you look at others.

  14. Agi
    March 22, 2014

    Lana,

    Thank you for pointing out the importance of adult vaccines! They are as important as infant and childhood vaccines in keeping the communication of these diseases down!

  15. Dr. Craig A. Maxwell
    June 9, 2014

    Thank you for this very comprehensive article on nutritional deficiencies in children. Many parents are simply not aware that a lot of behavioral and learning difficulties can be successfully treated, if not eliminated, by a more nutrient-dense diet and high-quality supplements.

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