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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.

“Almond Breeze” No Substitute for Raw, Fresh Almond Milk

Dear Gerry:

Thank you for your response. However, I am not sure that I understand what raw almond milk is.
My granddaughter is being given a product called Almond Breeze, vanilla flavored. 

It is not mixed with anything.

She takes it just like it is in the carton. It is very sweet and rather thick. She is now 9 months old and vomits regularly.
She has gained less than 2 pounds since her 6 months checkup.

Her parents opted to give her Almond Milk because she was spitting up breast milk. They exchanged spitting up for vomiting.

I am deeply concerned about her and do not feel that she is getting the proper nutrients that she needs.

Do you have any advice for us?

Thank you,

Reply From Gerry

Dear N.L.

From what you describe, “Almond Breeze” does not sound very health-promoting. I wrongly assumed the Almond Milk you mentioned was freshly made at home from raw almonds (See recipe below). Also, if the “Almond Breeze” has a shelf life, that means it is pasteurized and all nutrients from the almonds would be dead.

If your granddaughter is unable to digest her mother's breast milk that indicates her mother is consuming toxic (acid forming) foods that are showing up in her breast milk.

We experienced the same problem when our daughter gave birth to her baby. She was consuming a fairly good Vegan diet and, with the aid of Midwives, she had no trouble birthing. In fact her newborn had none of the thick mucous all over his body when he was born and except for a brief whimper when he exited the birth canal he didn't even cry for 3 days. Our daughter was beginning to think there was something wrong with him because he didn't cry;-).

When the baby was about two-weeks old, however, my spouse and I went away for the weekend and the baby's father, who was there for the birth but left the next day because he worked in another state, came to visit. When we returned, the sweet, calm baby we knew had turned into a howling, non-stop discontent with an angry rash on his face and body.

The first thing I did was ask our daughter what she had been eating. She had obviously not slept for several days either because of her sick baby, and in an irritated tone of voice let me know she didn't plan to change her whole life just because she had a baby.

I left her with the howling baby but when I came downstairs the next morning I overheard her saying to the baby in a voice I suspect I was meant to hear: "...and what would you like your Mommy to eat today, Little One?"

And from that day forward she inherently knew if the baby had digestive problems, diarrhea, constipation, a rash or whatever, it was because she had strayed from a basically alkaline diet.
A hard, but good lesson to learn.

We highly recommend the recipe book called “Recipes for Life,” by Rhonda Malkmus. You can find it at

Note: We also counsel people in person or via telephone but the person has to have an open mind and be ready to become re-educated about the true cause of health which might well contradict what she has been previously taught. But the proof is in the practice. Your new grandchild is fortunate to have a mother looking after her and the baby's best interests, but the choice would have to be hers.


Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Global Public Relations Officer
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The Vegetarian Union of North America:
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Recipient: 2006 International Vegetarian-of-the-Year-Award, Bangkok, Thailand

“If I don’t take care of my body and my planet, where am I going to live.” --gc

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