When my son was an infant he was extremely colicky and my husband kept on saying to me “He is allergic to something. There is something wrong.” But the pediatrician always dismissed my concerns and kept on saying “allergies to milk are extremely rare” and it is his “undeveloped digestive system.” I was breastfeeding and […]

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  • melissa - I’m glad to finally see your blog. Lauren told me about you. What you have written is very interesting. The insomnia connection to allergies is so interesting. I wonder if my son has allergies, or perhaps some intolerance. He’s prone to having gas! Is this a sign of intolerance?ReplyCancel

  • gfcfmom - Thanks for your comment. Gas can be a sign of lactose intolerance intolerance–which can be a sign of undiagnosed celiac disease. Gas by itself wouldn’t be alarming, but terrible gas with other allergic symptoms (red face, red ears,dark circles under eyes, distended abdomen, short stature, pain and discomfort, developmental delays, headaches, muscle aches etc)might be suggestive of an intolerance. It is all very complicated, but an awareness of the complexity of the situation and what to look for is important as these things seem to be more common and more overlooked by doctors.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - GFCF Mom-

    In response to your article, my pediatrician told me that really giving whole cow’s milk to babies is complete laziness on our part. He told me cow’s milk is for baby cows and he told me to breastfeed and make sure the kids got their daily vitamin intake through their food. He also said that there is quite a strong link between cow’s milk and autoimmune disease.

    I am excited about your new blog. Very interesting points you are making!


  • journeytocrunchville - I agree that regular cows milk is awful for just about everyone. We have found tremendous health benefits in raw cows milk. Raw goats milk is even better for you but I can’t stomach the taste. For those who can’t breastfeed and need to use formula, formula made from raw goats milk and combined with other ingredients is supposed to be a superb choice. I believed the hype about raw milk being dangerous for a long time until I looked into it.

    My daughter who can’t have regular milk at all or she breaks out in hives tolerates raw milk perfectly.

    I know that those who shy away from dairy all together wouldn’t find this as an acceptable alternative though.

    A website I found really useful was http://www.realmilk.com

    My gluten free friends all have great success with raw cow and goat milk products but can’t have regular dairy at all.ReplyCancel

There was an article this week in the New York Times about a “Mom on a Mission” to reform the food industry and to fund independent research on food allergies. Her website, allergykids.com, has a ton of information on allergies and how dangerous the industrialization of our food supply is for our children. On allergykids.com, […]

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  • Heidi - Kirstin,
    This is really amazing! The content is getting better and better and you are quickly becoming my best resource for all things nutritional related to me and my family! Many of the kids in my daughters’ circle of friends are language delayed. They aren’t speaking more than a few words and they are about to turn two. I am very concerned for these kids because I strongly believe that my daughters’ language is not because she is a girl, it is all because of good nutrition and vitamins! She has been gluten free for 8 months and dairy “light” for a year. She never drank cows milk after nursing for 15 months and has taken herself off all dairy except for the occasional ice cream treat the last few months. She eats a variety of healthy veggies, non-gluten grains, beans, meats and fruit. She is the ideal eater.
    What can I do to help other parents see the light on this issue without scaring them, being “preachy” or dogmatic?
    Help, I am really concerned about these kids!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - One of our treating practitioners recommends only fermented soy and then sparingly. Henry has been soy free for years and I have cut back to almost none – rarely have tofu, some tempeh on occasion. Americans overuse soy too!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Roller - Silk only uses non-GMO soybeans. This website even lists non-GMO soy products. http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/tofu-tempeh-and-alternative-meat-products.html#ReplyCancel

EFA DHA EPA GLA… most people know Essential Fatty Acids are important but they don’t know why. EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) are fatty acids that our body needs to function that we need to get in our diet. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is one type of Omega 3 fatty acid that is crucial for BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. […]

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In December, I decided that my New Year’s resolution was going to be getting rid of all my plastic dishes and cups. I was inspired by a friend of mine who is also on a mission to help her child through nutrition, vitamins and lessening the environmental toxins in the household. Over coffee in December […]

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  • Anonymous - hello there,
    i relate to your toxin-free resolution.
    even though i have no kiddies to keep toxin free there is always me! i just switched over to a SIGG water bottle and i love it. it really is light weight and perfect for travel.
    basically it is designed for water or juices, not hot stuff (the make a thermos for that ). so…i feel like i ‘m saving our planet a little and saving on overpaying for plastic bottles of water too!
    as you prolly kow they make kid sized decorated bottles too …maybe that would give you a non reactive container for drinks that won’t splinter if it falls to the floor (inevitably)
    thanks for your informative site.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - i’m the original poster…
    thanks for your comment…i love the SIGG water bottles. I had never heard of them before, probably because most of my research is on nutrition and i have been busy in the kitchen for the last ten months. but, i am going to order them.i do have a little concern over the secrecy of the resin lining and the aluminum factor. i was also interested in buying some small wooden bowls and cups so if anyone sees any let me know. i think the wood are the best daily in house option for now.ReplyCancel

  • gfcfmom - After researching the SIGG bottles, the aluminum factor is concerning. I would recommend stainless steel.ReplyCancel

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