The Weekly Comment Spotlight
I spend quite a bit of time each week answering comments on my blogs, both old and new. I love answering comments and no question is ever a “dumb” question in my book. The only dumb questions are the ones that never get asked!
That being said, there are always a few comments each week that really grab my attention for whatever reason.
Here are the ones in the spotlight this week ….
“Wow I wonder if the lack of vitamin A contributes to tongue tie? The frenulum is supposed to recede before birth and is technically considered a malformation, but the question is if it falls in the same category during development. Poor diet can affect the ability to breastfeed in so many ways! Fat chance (hah) of getting most of the women concerned about tongue tie to listen to that advice though. I just tried talking about homemade formula and hoo boy, the backlash.”
Cassandra, I have seen no research on this, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the increasing frequency of tongue tie in newborns isn’t somehow related to Vitamin A deficiency. It does seem to be related somehow to cleft palate and other malformations of the jaw and mouth.
“Whole Foods will usually take any non-perishable food back without a receipt, and they will generally refund you for any produce that was spoiled (or that didn’t last long), meat that wasn’t at its peak (I’ve had to buy grassfed meat at WF on occasion in a pinch and once it wasn’t good-at all) and any products that you didn’t care for. I don’t think most people exploit this, so they are able to offer excellent customer service (as they should for the cost of things there!) It is nice to know that if I buy a natural care product I don’t like, I can bring it back, and not waste $15.”
Amy, I never knew this! Thank you for sharing this information. It really does take the risk out of trying something new particularly in the personal care section.
This very to the point comment from Emily in reference to the post Fish Eggs: A Superior Source of Vitamin D:
“We buy our shrimp, fish, fish heads, and oysters directly from a family-owned seafood market that has their own boats and we’ve seen the boats and spoken extensively with the family. Since you can’t rely on labeling, meeting the source is the only way I feel comfortable buying seafood.”
Emily, I couldn’t agree more. Knowing the source of the food you put on the table for your family is really the only way to truly know what you are serving. Labels are increasing deceptive if not downright false in a number of cases. I’ve written a lot of blogs about this in the past. Getting fresh, whole food directly from the source that doesn’t pass through the industrial food complex and require a label- organic or not – is a very wise decision.
I had one person on last week’s Weekly Comment Spotlight request that I not call any comments “Boneheaded” but instead “Not Yet Enlightened” or something of that nature. I want to respond to that request publicly as this is an excellent point.
Calling a comment boneheaded does not mean the person making the comment is, in fact, a bonehead. Just the comment itself is boneheaded and the label is not intended in any way as a personal affront to the commenter. We all make these types of comments from time to time, don’t we? I prefer not to call these types of comments something less than what they truly are as watering stuff down and being politically correct is not what this blog is about.
With that, let me reveal the most boneheaded comment from this past week. Once again, a closed minded dentist takes the cake commenting on the How I Healed My Child’s Cavity post:
“I exclusively see children in my practice and mothers like you make my job beyond difficult. Because of you a mother isn’t going to have one of children’s cavities restored believing that she can ‘heal it’. Rest assured I will eventually see that patient who has a true cavity when it has caused an abscess to form. My hope is at that point it has not become a life-threatening cellulitis. Perhaps more research into the ramifications of untreated dental decay might curb your missed placed enthusiasm for out-dated research. Children die EVERY year from untreated dental decay for reasons such as access to care. Please do not let a child die because you think oil capsules actually work. Are you SO SURE that you would gamble with a child’s life all because you ignorantly thought a wedged piece of lettuce was on your child’s tooth was a cavity? If you would, Sarah, you have no soul. Tell me since you believe dental research from 1930â€²s with little regard to updated information do you still believe medical research from 1930 as well? Should we not use gloves, should we not test blood products before transfusion, should we only provide whiskey for anesthetic, should medical instruments be washed in this magic oil you speak of instead of sterilized? I’m sure I can find some quacked-out research that supports all of that, too.”
Mmmm …. a child might die from taking fermented cod liver oil and butter oil to heal a cavity? I think the amalgam fumes have somehow affected this dentist’s ability to think clearly.
By the way, my son had a dental cleaning only the other day and got a clean bill of health from a dentist just like you, sir. NO CAVITIES whatsoever. And, yes – there was most certainly a hole in that tooth only a few weeks ago. I saw it and my husband saw it. I put a rubber tipped probe right into it. It wasn’t a piece of food and I wasn’t imagining things.
The hole is gone and this is clearly due to fixing nutritional deficiency just as Dr. Weston A. Price DDS wrote about long ago. Nutrition works and it works FAST – in my son’s case, about 3 weeks. There is no risk to trying nutrition and it is silly and boneheaded to suggest this! But there might be a big risk to dentists losing a few patients and a bit of $$ from not filling as many teeth, now isn’t there? I’m sensing that perhaps this is the real thrust of your comment.
Stay tuned next Friday for another edition of The Weekly Comment Spotlight!
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.