Feeding Children

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  • Feeding Children

    The main resistance to recognizing food causes of health, behavioral and learning problems in children is the belief that “normal food” cannot cause common symptoms and serious disease. Confusion and resistance arises whenever evidence accumulates that “normal foods” make some children chronically ill. The foods implicated in children’s illnesses are “normal” foods that almost everyone eats. Wheat, corn, cow’s milk, eggs and meat are high on the risk list. Most vegetables are low risk, beneficial foods. Most fruits are low-risk beneficial foods. Rice is a relatively safe food.

    Nourishing food has to interact with the body and many things can go wrong. Abnormal food-body interactions change the rules of nutrition. A cheese sandwich may be nourishing to one person and a toxic mix for another. A chocolate bar with peanuts may please one person and send another to the hospital in an ambulance. Daily milk or bread ingestion may be suitable for one person and cause chronic disease in another.

    A critical task for parents is to feed their children health food. If children's food supply is wrong a steady stream of illness, behavioral and learning problem's will make life difficult for everyone. Parents must become problem solvers and adjust their children's food intake. This is not an easy task. Children are exposed to major health problems from their food supply. In affluent countries, the children's food supply tends to be the most processed and chemically contrived of any age group. Food manufacturers and vendors advertise their synthetic, processed foods directly to youngsters, and generally succeed in marketing their products. Boxed, canned, and bottled foods, fast foods, snack foods, candies, chocolate bars, burgers, pizzas, and pop all form the food vocabulary of our adolescents and many of our younger children.

    There is little doubt that mother's milk is the best food for infants. Human milk offers an ideal balance of nutrients and also contains a rich supply of protective factors which the human infant requires. Cow's milk is dissimilar to human milk in all respects. Although commercially prepared formulas, made from cow's milk or soy beans, have progressed over the years toward a more "human" composition by significant processing of the milk and addition of nutrients, these formulas remain inferior to human milk.; Both cows' milk and soy milk have health risk attached. Many argue that only a small percentage of infants become ill on these formula, but I disagree. Among the benefits of mother's milk is a generous supply of IgA, the protective antibody which the infant bowel lacks. This antibody helps to protect the infant from bacterial infection and probably reduces the entry of antigenic food protein fragments, reducing the incidence of food allergy. Breast feeding an infant for six months or longer appears to significantly reduce the incidence of infection and food allergy.

    Food Allergy is Common

    During the first year of life, the infant diet is the most powerful determinant of the growth and development of the child and food allergies are the most common health problem. Many studies show that breast feeding is best and that the feeding of solid foods requires careful consideration and close observation to reduce the risk of food allergy. Food allergy in infancy is expressed as crying, colic, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, eczema and cold-like respiratory congestion. Some infants with food allergies become seriously ill and fail to thrive unless their allergy is recognized and corrected. Infants who develop a food allergy in their first year may "outgrow" the first effects but tend to grow into children with more pervasive health, behavior and learning problems unless their diet is properly managed.

    We have found that milk and wheat allergy are common in children of all ages, Food allergy causes physical symptoms and also contributes to learning and behavioral problems. A peanut butter and jam sandwich and a carton of milk is a common school lunch, followed by the most common afternoon symptoms - flushing, congestion, fatigue, irritability and the inability to concentrate.

    There are many ways for food problems to interfere with a child's normal functioning and to promote disease. We assume that several problems interact in a complex manner to produce the symptoms and dysfunction that we seek to remedy.

    It is always necessary, therefore, to correct nutritional problems by complete diet revision Using the Alpha Nutrition Program