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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

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.

A Healthy Alternative When Breast Milk Is Not Available

Hello, Gerry:

First of all thank you for your wonderful website and your ministry.

Our daughter just recently adopted a newborn baby girl. She was blessed to be able to provide her with mother�s milk from the milk bank for the 1st 3 months of her life, but that option is not available now and she has switched over to the natural goat's milk which we have purchased from a local goat farm.

We have been diluting it with the distilled water but our question is this ~ do we need to supplement the milk with iron, or any other vitamins?

We have read all sorts of pros and cons in whether or not to add the iron. Some say that it is hard on the babies liver. What is your suggestion.

Thank you and God bless.

Reply From Gerry

Dear Mary:

Thank you for your kind words about our website. I will relay them to our exceptional webmaster, Frank Hoffman, who with his wife, Mary, provide this wonderful service to us.

And Bless you and your daughter for taking such good care of your adopted baby girl. Re: your question. I put it to the doctors at Hallelujah Acres and they suggest a combination of 1/3 raw goat�s milk, 1/3 carrot& celery juice, and 1/3 distilled water.

By 3 to 4 months the distilled water may be omitted and make a 50/50 ratio of milk to vegetable juice. Goat�s milk has no folate so we add the green juices which are a natural source of iron readily metabolized by the body.

An additional suggestion would be to add 50 to 100 mg of DHA daily to the diet

Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Global Public Relations Officer
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