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SimplyThick Brand Instant Food Thickener/Formula Causes 22 Infant Deaths

As heartbreaking as this subject is, I feel very strongly about discussing this topic as a way to prevent more damage to children’s health in the future. Unfortunately, recalls of infant formula and related products, and sickness and deaths from babies consuming them are nothing new.

Today, news reports are showing the recall of Simply Thick brand “instant food thickener”. This time the problem is being blamed on a thickening agent in the formula designed as a “digestive aid” to enable infants who have trouble swallowing liquids.  Health officials have confirmed that the gel included in this product is the cause of severe tissue inflammation and “may lead to death.”

This story is another testament to the fact that chemicals harm human health. Commercial formulas, like many processed foods, contain a variety of chemicals, preservatives, synthetic nutrients, and other additives. These ingredients are dangerous and don’t contain the nutrition growing babies need, which is why there are so many issues with these products.

It’s also a major contributing factor to many childhood epidemic health problems we hear about so frequently – autism, digestive disorders, food allergies, eczema, asthma, serious infections, failure to thrive or gain weight, chronic illness such as flus, colds, ear infections and sore throats.

Other issues with commercial infant formula

Infant formulas have also been found to contain percholate, which is rocket fuel.  The protein content in formulas is highly processed (spray dried) and subjected to high heat temperatures during processing, it causes the cholesterol in to become oxidized. Do you want your infant consuming these substances?

Did you know the DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an Omega 3 fatty acid included in infant formulas, is often sourced from genetically modified algae? After hearing this, it wouldn’t surprise me if this ingredient wasn’t in a variety of other food products and health supplements claiming to contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids, especially those claiming to be from plant-based rather than animal-based sources.

Most parents who have raised babies are familiar with so-called “normal” issues that babies experience such as colic, eczema, digestive issues such as gassiness, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and fussiness. These are not normal, and are the baby’s reaction to not receiving adequate nutrition in the diet and also to toxic chemicals found in baby formulas.

My own son was born 9 weeks premature because I had a ruptured appendix. I was very unfamiliar with natural health and the power of real food for preventing health problems back then. So my son was put on formula because I couldn’t breastfeed due to my sickness, and was given a variety of medications while in the hospital and after he came home, and had a variety of health issues including constipation and diarrhea, colic which lasted 5 months, chronic fussiness and inability to sleep well, and was sick frequently during winter months.

He also received 25 vaccines before I realized just how harmful these were to his health. Vaccines contain a variety of toxic ingredients which can greatly suppress the immune system and contribute to a variety of health issues (along with environmental factors and poor diet). I believe my lack of knowledge about all these things contributed greatly to many of his health issues.

I am happy to say that a few years later I discovered all the harm I was doing by not feeding him properly with real, whole, traditional foods and making sure he was not exposed to toxic chemicals in medications and vaccines, and his health has much improved.

In December of 2011 I wrote a post about Enfamil formula killing a 10 day-old infant.

Here are just some of the other infant recalls from the past:

Breast feeding and home made formula

Breastfeeding your infant is the best choice for his or her health. Your diet is of critical importance as well, and should include whole foods from the best sources possible such as:

Plenty of healthy fats should be consumed:

The nutrients found in these foods will not only optimally support your baby’s health, but yours as well. They are important sources of brain, nervous system, endocrine (hormonal), bone, cardiovascular, and immune system health support.

Healthy fats contain critical fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2 for all these areas, and are important to enable absorption of minerals and other nutrients from other foods you eat such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains.
If you cannot breastfeed and are having trouble getting enough nutrition for your baby, check out this great resource for children’s health and feeding your baby a healthy formula, Food For Kids Health. There you will find some great advice about feeding and several recipes for the home-made formula and a hypoallergenic recipe for children with sensitivity to cow’s milk.  These recipes are from the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Natural choices and real food for your child’s health

If you would like to make more natural and healthy choices for your baby? Watch this informative video from a new series being aired on PBS called Healing Quest. It features a segment about natural child care from a pediatric clinic in CA with Dr. Lindy Woodard, M.D., and talks about a wonderful option for mothers who cannot breastfeed, home-made infant formula with nourishing ingredients.

Dr. Lindy talks about how she came to be a part of this unique clinic. When practicing medicine in the conventional environment, she noticed the children were not getting well, but staying sick from the treatments she was giving them. When she came to this clinic, the focus was on using food as medicine and naturopathic and homeopathic medicines to nourish and heal the body.


Reducing your child’s risk of autism and other disorders: conception, pregnancy, and the newborn infant, Part I and Part II 

3 First foods that your baby needs and your doctor won’t mention, Holistic Kid

Optimal diet for pregnant and nursing mothers, Nourishing Our Children

Nourishing babies and toddlers, Nourishing Our Children

Nourishing Our Children, Food Pyramid

Suggested reading:
Real Food for Mother and Baby, Nina Planck 

The Crazy Makers, Carol Simontacchi

The Unhealthy Truth, Robyn O’Brien

Healing Our Children, Ramiel Nagel

Digestive Wellness for Children, Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics, Autism, ADD, Asthma, and Allergies, Kenneth Bock

Vaccine information: 

Vaccines: A choice or a mandate? Part I and Part II

Think Twice.com

National Vaccine Information Center

Suggested reading:

Saying No to Vaccines, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Vaccine epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland

Vaccine-nation: Poisioning the Population One Shot at a Time, Andreas Moritz

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Dead Fish: A Wakeup Call About our Ecological Habits

If you have already seen news stories about millions of dead fish found in King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA you may be aware that this event is not unprecedented. For years there have been reports about voluminous amounts of birds and fish deaths all over the world, but those reports are becoming more numerous as time goes on. Bees, frogs, birds, and other types of fish have been on the radar for endangerment of disappearance and death. This should be a wake-up call that our current ways of living are not supporting our ecology, and that we need to make changes or else face the consequences it will have to our health and future.

The explanation authorities are providing is that this has been caused by “nature” and a winter storm, a “chain of events” which caused all the oxygen to be sucked out of the water, thus killing the fish. Somehow though, this just doesn’t make sense.  Eye witnesses say they observed that the birds were not feeding on the fish in the harbor, as is a normal activity, which suggests something was wrong; something very wrong.

So why aren’t scientists looking at all the chemicals and toxins we are continually dumping into our water, air, soil, and other environments as a possible cause for these events? Could it be the case that these events are being dismissed as a natural disaster to keep from having to reveal the potential hazard of the activities of various multi-billion dollar corporations, both food and otherwise, who use unsafe farming methods, chemicals, and toxins to produce their products  – such as genetically-modified organisms, pesticides, petro and other chemicals, and waste or by-products created from industrial and pharmaceutical companies? It’s been well-documented that many big corporations use unsafe and toxic practices in the production, growth, and sales of their products to enable business to continue. So why are we putting so much trust in these entities? And, are we really that naive to think that the thousands of chemicals used by industries which are continually dumped into the environment are not having any effect on us?

It’s absolutely abhorrent that the general consensus is not to investigate possible environmental causes for this and other related scenarios. True, the USDA admitted to poisoning birds in various locations in the southern U.S. as a measure to “protect” dairy farms. And in fact, the USDA has had many programs in place in the past to do this very thing – such as ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’, a little-known program started in the 1960s to eradicate blackbirds so farmers wouldn’t lose profit.  Here’s their tally sheet displaying all the species they’ve killed as of 2009. But is this responsible? USDA agents authorized the euthanizing of more than 4 million red-winged blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles, and starlings in 2009, and used pesticides to get the job done which are claimed by the government to not be harmful to animals or people.

Aren’t there more ecologically friendly ways to remove pests? And doesn’t this occurrence make you wonder what else is being done to “poison” our environment which is touted as safe, natural, or even harmless by authorities? Although I can’t prove these fish deaths are caused by something we’re putting in the environment, I think it begs to ask what exactly might be going on here. When asked about why the birds had to be poisoned, Carol Bannerman of the USDA replied, “We’re doing it to address, in this case, agricultural damage as well as the potential for human health and safety issues.” What health problems, exactly, are being imposed upon us by by birds living their natural lives? The birds were eating feed meal and one farmer stated that they were leaving excrement behind in feed containers. So killing them is really the only option?

Folks, don’t be deceived by these tactics to “save agriculture”. People managed without toxic chemicals, pesticides, and poisons for milennia on this earth and were still able to feed people. Poisoning animals and birds is not the only option, but it’s clearly the most convenient and cost-effective option for the authorities. Problem is, people aren’t ready to face the consequences of unleashing these chemicals into our environment.  And what we’re looking at with the fish in Redondo Beach is, in my opinion, a very suspicious example of what happens when we use toxic chemicals in our environment on the ecological condition of our planet.

Our best defense against toxic pollutants in our environment and food system – which we are seeing has a rippling effect on all aspects of our lives – is to stop buying products from large corporations who have profit and gain at the heart of all their activities. Support your local merchants, sustainable farmers, and food growers to keep our environment safe and clean. If you do support merchants and food producers who aren’t local, take the time to do the research and get to know the practices and ethics of the companies you do purchase from.

More information on what large corporations are up to:
Whole Foods, et al, grant blessing of GMO alfalfa to Monsanto
Supporting ethical, sustainable companies that aren’t local to me:
Nutrient-dense foods I don’t buy local
A visit to Green Pasture Products – home of fermented cod liver oil