Signs That Gluten is Causing Your Child’s Dental Problems

by Dr. Sylvia Onusic April 10, 2014

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By Dr. Sylvia Onusic

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease, not a food allergy, which affects infants, children and adults and results in a permanent intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

Celiac disease is a common disorder and about 1% or more of North Americans may develop it and it can occur at any age. With celiac progression, there is increasing damage to the villi of the small intestine, which are responsible for uptake of nutrients, leading to nutrient- related diseases such as osteoporosis, malabsorption syndromes, anemia, even lymphoma and other cancers. 1-2

Celiac is an inherited disease which can show up because of a variety of different conditions. The most important factor in preventing development of celiac in at-risk babies is breastfeeding up to a year or more, especially upon first exposure to gluten. Read more…

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Social Services Arrests, Imprisons Pregnant Woman for a Drug She Wasn’t Taking

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 9, 2014

Alicia Beltran, 28, of Jackson, Wisc.
Is Social Services emerging as the new “SS” of the West?

Those of you familiar with twentieth century history will understand the reference to the Schutzstaffel or SS, which is German for ”Protective Echelon”.  During World War II, the SS was one of the most powerful and feared organizations of the Axis Alliance, believing its members to be the elite of humankind.

It would seem so given the horrific stories of human rights abuse at the hand of social workers, such as the recent story where Social Services obtained a court order to sedate and surgically remove a baby from a pregnant mother’s womb without her knowledge or consent because she had a panic attack brought on by missed medication.

Now, another story of Social Services out of control has emerged from Jackson, Wisconsin, where social workers instigated the arrest and illegal imprisonment of 28 year old Alicia Beltran, a pregnant mother-to-be after a routine prenatal visit.

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Health Canada Guidelines Advise Meat as Baby First Food

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 7, 2014

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One of most misguided and damaging pieces of advice coming from the vast majority of pediatricians, dieticians, and other “experts” is to give baby rice cereal as the first food around the age of 4-6 months.  This advice is extremely harmful to the long term health of the child, contributing greatly to the epidemic of fat toddlers and the exploding problem of childhood obesity.

Rice cereal is never a healthy first food for babies. Not only is it an extremely high glycemic food when eaten alone (spikes the blood sugar) but it also contains ample amounts of double sugar (disaccharide) molecules, which are extremely hard for such an immature digestive system to digest. The small intestine of a baby mostly produces only one carbohydrate enzyme, lactase, for digestion of the lactose in milk. It produces little to no amylase, the enzyme needed for grain digestion until around age one.

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When Coconut Oil May Not Be Right for You

by Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner April 3, 2014

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By Carla Hernandez, NTP of Wise Roots Nutrition

Like most people in the Real Food community, I LOVE my coconut products: coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut water, coconut butter, coconut chips, and obviously coconut oil.  

While coconut is no doubt a healthy traditional food, what many do not realize is that it has the potential to negatively affect the skin. This potential occurs whether it is ingested or put on the skin directly.

From what we know of the immune system, it is not adequately developed until the age of two. The foods we are exposed to in childhood, are usually foods that will be less problematic later in life as we have already developed the antibodies for our immune system to recognize these foods as safe.

However, if we over expose ourselves to a particular food, or that food begins to be produced in a way where it impacts digestion or the immune system, this is typically when it can still cause issues, as in the case of dairy and gluten for many.   Read more…

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Grain Free Nut Butter Brownies

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 1, 2014

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In my opinion, the brownie is hands down the most important American contribution to the world of pastries. I typically make brownies for my family using sprouted flour (recipe here), but I have gotten into the routine of making them grain free with whatever sprouted nut butter I have on hand of late.

These grain free brownies are crazy good and I am in full anticipation of a lot of email love floating into my inbox from those of you who try them!

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