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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

ADVICE
We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health.  We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem.  We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found.   Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body.  If you have a health problem, see your own physician.

SOY BABIES QUESTION

QUESTION:

Dear Gerry:

I have just stumbled across your website and have enjoyed reading many of the articles on healthy eating and scanning many more. In my reading I know I read something saying it is not good to give soy to babies, but now I cannot find that information. Can you direct me to any information you have about this?

ANSWER:

See info below.

QUESTION:

I am slowly weaning my 10 1/2 mo. old daughter over the next 2 months and I'm looking for a replacement for some of the breast milk she takes now. We've been using a soy-based formula so far, but I'm not convinced it is ok for her.

ANSWER:

If it were our baby, we would not recommend it.

QUESTION:

I won't use a milk-based formula and I don't intend on giving her cow's milk at any point.

ANSWER:

Bravo!!!

QUESTION:

I'm also wondering about giving her dairy cheese and yogurt. Are they as bad as milk?

ANSWER:

According to experts in the field (see elsewhere on this website) dairy products are even WORSE! Cheese is VERY concentrated milk with even more contaminants.

QUESTION:

How about soy cheese and yogurt?

ANSWER:

See article below. How about rice cheese (the one I bought has casein - isn't that from cow's milk)?

ANSWER:

Yes. If it has casein, I would avoid it.

QUESTION:

Finally, is it ok to give her tofu? she loves it and it's easy for her to eat.

ANSWER:

Tofu is soy. Surely a mashed banana would taste better than tofu and be far healthier.

QUESTION:

Help! I'm all confused at this point. Thank you. --CP

ANSWER:

Itís wise you are seeking to educate yourself, CP, as your babyís health is at stake.

However, once a baby looses its teeth, CP, it begins losing the enzyme to digest milk which is why they should be directed to whole, fresh, uncooked fruits and then veggies, as often as possible. Our grandchildren loved to gnaw on raw carrots when they were teething. It felt soothing to their gums

If you just want to give your baby some kind of milk to drink or to go with cereal, etc., it's simple to make banana, rice or nut milk.

For these and other recipes that cover pre-conception to old age, you might wish to order Rhonda Malkmus book: "Recipes for Life from God's Garden."

More info at:

http://www.all-creatures.org/cb/book-recipes4life.html 

You could order it directly from Hallelujah Acres at (800-915-9355) and receive a 10% discount by giving them Pin #698.

Your baby is fortunate to have such a conscientious mother, Christine, and you are wise to feed her breast milk only and gradually add more fresh, uncooked, delicious fruits and blended veggies to her diet.

Gerry

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