Nourishing Traditions Baby and Childcare Class, Ch. 1 Part 5
For our devotion this week we listened to Elisabeth Elliot, www.elisabethelliot.org, interviewing author Donna Otto about being a Titus 2 Woman: encouraging the younger woman to love their husbands and children. You can go to Elisabeth Elliot’s website and click on radio broadcast and find a wealth of TRUTH there about being a Titus 2 Woman.
We discussed how the book we are using is equipping us to be able to teach the younger women how to love their husbands and children by helping them to be healthy. One of the things I shared last week and I will again now out of our Nourishing Traditions book is:
“Nutrient-dense foods not only prevent illness, they provide sustained energy and support the kind of patient, relaxed, goal-oriented behavior that translates into a happy family life.”
This is just one area of training the younger women. I am thankful the LORD is continuing to equip me in different areas tohelp those coming behind me. I was so privileged to go on a “retreat,” with my Fowler girls family this weekend, and be able to share with my niece and niece in law about some of the things we are learning in this book about caring for themselves and their baby.
Also I wanted to share with you a sermon I watched yesterday by Pastor Jack Graham from Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, Tx, entitled, “Shout to the LORD.” It is a powerful message of hope and trusting in the LORD WHO is ABLE to defeat all our “Jerichos,” and give us the victory in CHRIST JESUS. I hope you can make time to watch it, I pray it will encourage your heart in the LORD tremendously as it did mine!
Shout to the LORD http://www.prestonwood.org/media/watch-services
We “finished Ch.1 last night…took us five weeks to do it and still just scratched the surface of all the great information that was in the first chapter of “The Nourishing Traditions book of Baby and Child Care. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, I encourage you to order it from Amazon.com, or let me know and I can order it for you.
Our Toxic World
Prospective parents have more to be vigilant about than just food. Modern men and women are not only living in a sea of sin, my words, but also a sea of chemicals. Many of these chemicals are estrogenic, hormone disrupting chemicals-from pesticides herbicides, plastic bottles, tin can linings, air pollution, flame retardants, air fresheners, household cleaning products, perfumes and industrial toxins. Reduce your exposure as much as possible, starting with our own homes. Don’t use pesticides air fresheners, harsh chemicals in your house or apartment, and don’t use pesticides and herbicides on your own lawn or garden. This is important not only before and during your pregnancy, but also while your children grow.
Here is a good website to help you see where you and your family may be getting everyday exposures to toxins you haven’t considered:http://www.everydayexposures.com/
If you can’t avoid exposure to chemicals due to your work or proximity to factories or conventional farms, you SHOULD increase YOUR COD LIVER oil intake-Vitamin A provides the number one protection against toxic chemicals. It is also important to increase your intake of fermented foods-good bacteria lining the gut will prevent the absorption of these chemicals.
It’s best to avoid any decorating or renovations in your house or apartment immediately before or during your pregnancy-There are lots of toxic chemicals that out gas from building materials, fresh paint, new carpets and new fabrics.
Tap water….we discussed last week-discussed fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals-all toxic- as well as pharmaceutical drugs from antibiotics, birth control pills and cholesterol-lowering medications. She recommends bottled water in glass bottles or a filter on your tap water. She recommends Mountain Valley bottle water which my doctor in Dallas in recommends. Catherine shared with us about the Berkey water filters last week.http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/?gclid=CNKny6asj7gCFWdo7AodjyIA3A . I think Culligan is also a good company for water filters…we have a whole house Culligan filter and it filters the water from our sink, washing machine, and showers. It has worked very well for years with very low maintenance.
Sally Fallon says it is not necessary to consume large amounts of water before and during pregnancy. She says that water in large amounts actually upsets the body’s homeostasis and can be depleting. She said it’s better to hydrate your body with lacto-fermented beverages and bone broths. The best way to hydrate your body is to consume plenty of healthy fats, because fats provide the most energy on the cellular level-much more than carbohydrates and proteins, and the by product of this energy is water.
She mentions when you are on your new high-fat nutrient dense diet, it can help more serious addictions to go away. When the body is well nourished with the right fats and plenty of cholesterol, it can make its own endogenous feel-good chemicals so that the temporary fell good effects of sugars, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes are no longer needed.
Electromagnetic fields- Scientists estimate that the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, power lines,cell towers, Wi-Fi and similar technologies is 3000 percent greater than that found in the natural world. The brain, heart and every cell operate electronically, interference is a given, especially for the baby and growing child. High levels of electromagnetic radiation can cause:
- breaks and splits in DNA that can lead to birth defects
- growth problems
- health challenges like asthma and allergies
- growing evidence of a link between strong electromagnetic fields and leukemia
If you can, move away from high tension power lines or a cell tower before you become pregnant. Try to install DSL or cable rather than Wi-Fi in your home or apartment. If you must use a cell phone, use and earpiece and avoid talking longer than 2 minutes. Even portable phones emit a strong electromagnetic signal, so use an old fashioned land line telephone connected with a cord. She said that men using cell phones operating on their belts or in a pocket can lower sperm count and cause the production of abnormal sperm.
Electric blankets and and digital alarm clocks next to your bed also give off electromagnetic radiation so use warm comforters and a battery powers alarm clock instead. Stick to the old fashioned incandescent bulbs or the new LED bulbs instead of fluorescent light, which emits “dirty electricity.”
Smart Meters for remote reading of electricity, emits very strong radiation and have made many sensitive people very sick.
She said it makes sense that a diet that strengthens the brain, heart and cell membranes will provide considerable immunity such as the one with plenty of stable saturated fats from animal products, the diet we’ve been mentioning that is nutrient dense, and choline from egg yolks and liver that may be highly protective.
Pharmaceutical Drugs-the best policy is to just say no to any all pharmaceutical compounds. Especially dangerous are:
- cholesterol lowering drugs, sometimes promoted to women of child bearing age. These drugs called
statins can cause serious birth defects. My words, you don’t want to take statins anytime, especially when you are pregnant, or in the likelihood of becoming pregnant…the damage may be done before you even know you have conceived.
- Birth control pills can deplete the very nutrients your baby needs for neurological development. Not a good idea under any circumstances…see Ch. 11 for safe methods of birth control, but if you’ve been taking them you should wait at least two years after discontinuing them before you get pregnant. Many women report the pill significantly disrupts intestinal flora.
- Antibiotics-wipe out the gut flora and can lead to serious digestive problems, problems that can be passed on to your baby because your baby will also lack beneficial organism in the digestive tract.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, argues convincingly that lack of beneficial gut flora, often initiated with the mother’s use of antibiotics, is a major factor of autism
Antibiotics can lead to an overgrowth of Candida and other harmful yeasts, which produce chemicals that can severely affect the brain. All antibiotics should be strictly avoid for at least two years before conception and during pregnancy. Every effort should be taken to rebuild a healthy gut flora if you have taken these drugs.
Vaccines are drugs injected directly into the bloodstream and can contain up to four neurotoxins-mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and free glutamic acid (MSG)- and represent a shock to the immune system. Vaccines that are “mercury free: tend to be high in aluminum. Vaccines pose a real threat of miscarriages and should be strictly avoided at all times but especially during pregnancy. We will talk much more about this subject in Chapter 6.
She says the vitamins in prenatal formulations are synthetic and the body may have trouble absorbing and using them, and she encourages getting your vitamins and minerals from nutrient dense foods. I (mitzi) encourage taking prenatal vitamins but taking good ones recommended by a integrative or holistic doctor and or natureopathic doctor.
Synthetic folate supplements do seem to prevent neural tube defects, she says, but she suggests its better to consume a folate rich diet, including liver, egg yolks, legumes and greens.
Herbs and Natural remedies-She cautions that all herbs can have a mild drug like effect and some herbs completely avoided by pregnant women including red clover and alfalfa, black cohosh, blue cohosh, angelica, anica, black walnut, blue flag, castor oil, catnip, chicory, comfrey, dong quai, ephedra, elder, feverfew, henbane, licorice, lobelia, ma huang, poke root, uva ursi and wormwood which can all cause a miscarriage.
Safe ones for pregnancy include:
- echinacea for colds
- chamomile for sleep
- slippery elm for digestion and constipation
- Swedish bitters for digestion
For a complete list of herbs to avoid, see www.92024.com/herbsnpregnancy.htm.
“When in doubt, go without,” goes for pharmaceuticals and herbs.
Detoxification- Dr. Sherry Rogers recommends detoxing for at least one year before trying to conceive. Nutritionist Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, warn parents that if they are toxic, their babies will be toxic. She sees many babies born with high levels of aluminum, mercury, cadmium and lead….these toxic babies are more likely to have allergies, and even be allergic to breast milk.
Asthma, attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems, crankiness and excessive crying characterize the offspring of toxic parents.
Dr. Daniel notes that the high fat, nutrient dense diet often helps women struggling with fertility problems become pregnant, and helps dad make her pregnant. Women need to take the extra time to detoxify before allowing themselves to become pregnant.
She recommends a gentle detox that includes gelatin-rich bone broths, lactofermented foods and beverages and plenty of saturated fat, which supports the detoxification process. She mentions hot baths with epsom salts and magnesium-rich clays can be helpful. Baking soda and salt baths, one pound of each weekly can help clear the body of radiation damage, and is a good thing to do after any ex rays or airplane trips.
She also recommends a diatomaceous earth product, Diatomaceous Earth, food grade, from Wisdomsways (www.amazon.com) one tablespoon per hundred pounds of weight per day in water to help pull toxic metals from the digestive tract.
If you are extremely toxic, consult with an integrative or holistic doctor or naturalistic doctor. In the Dallas area, I recommend Dr. Katherine Henry, Texas Institute of Integrative Medicine 1-972-234-4776. We are blessed to have Dr. Rodney Soto, www.holisticalabama.com in our area. He is very knowledgeable and conducts tests in this area.
If you have amalgam fillings in your mouth, it would be wise to have them replaced by composites that have been tested and found to be non-toxic and compatible for your body. Be sure your dentist is a biological dentist…i recommend
Dr. Thomas Lokensgard, 1-615-567-6468, Franklin Tenn. I think the website is www.ddds4life.com.
Not for Mothers only-this chapter has focused on women planning to get pregnant or those who are pregnant but this chapter is for the whole family. Diet affects not only fertility in women and the proper development of your baby, but also hormone levels and sperm quality in men.
Most importantly, the right diet will support good health and peaceful family life throughout the years. Nutrient dense foods not only prevent illness, they provide sustained energy and support the kind of patient, relaxed, goal oriented behavior that translates into a happy family life. When both mom and dad follow a nutrient dense diet and avoid junk foods, their children will naturally do the same, especially during the critical early years.
This is an excellent article about roadblocks to healing caused by heavy metals. I sure do encourage you to take the time to read this very helpful article.