I was raised in the 1950’s . My mother had read the popular book by Dr Benjamin Spock in the late 40’s titled Baby and Child Care, and faithfully followed the good doctor’s advice. The book became staggeringly popular, and believe it or not, has sold more books than any other in history, apart from the Bible. The book became a bible of sorts to parents raising children. Spock passed away in 1998 but still his influence continues to this day.
Dr Spock instructed parents to feed their babies and children up to 2 pints of cows’ milk per day, and no less than one and a half! Like almost all mothers following Spock’s nutritional “bible”, my mother, thinking she was doing the right thing, dutifully complied.
The NSW Health Department reinforced this milk mania, and baby boomers reading this will recall drinking (or gagging on) their mandatory one third of a pint of warm cows’ milk at primary school each day.
Tragically, Spock’s advice caused incalculable damage to children’s health. It is no co-incidence that after his book was released just after WW2 in 1946, the rates of tonsillitis, adenoid and upper and lower respiratory diseases skyrocketed, as did the use of antibiotics.
Like millions of children at the time I also suffered chronic tonsil and adenoid problems, until at the age of 4 I had them surgically removed. I recall waking up from the surgery and being fed ice cream. That practice still continues! Imagine feeding a child the very thing that helped put him in hospital in the first place!
The truth is, my tonsils were never the problem. They were just doing their job as part of my immune system in the face of daily insults in the form of milk and other unsuitable foods. They were working as designed. They were certainly swollen (inflamed) but so does any part of the body when it is continually provoked and irritated. Inflammation follows irritation and is part of the repair process. It demonstrated the law of cause and effect. The cause of my inflamed tonsils were not my tonsils, but what was irritating them (certain foods, particularly milk and dairy).
The organ (tonsils) did not need to be removed, the causes did!! After their removal, I had no more tonsillitis, obviously. But Dr Spock’s advice was still diligently followed, my milk and dairy intake remained high and hence, my toxic state continued. Because my tonsils could no longer be the avenue of toxic release, another organ became affected, namely my eyes. Eye infections followed. Then came more antibiotics, and hence followed an adolescence of lowered immunity and increasing sensitivities.
Very Little Has Changed
At my clinic I often see young children who have had repeated health problems, numerous visits to doctors and specialists and had multiple drugs prescribed. It is very sad to see such suffering. The parents are also affected by this as they do their best to help their family.
It might be a number of middle ear infections first, treated by many antibiotics. Tubes may be inserted. Sometime later, another organ becomes problematic, often the tonsils. More drugs, perhaps even tonsillectomy. The child then develops a chronic cough, and asthma is diagnosed. Asthma drugs are given. Later on, the child develops a skin rash, and eczema is diagnosed, now it’s off to a skin specialist who prescribes cortisone creams and more antibiotics. Because causes are never removed, the child’s toxicity increases and one organ after another breaks down under the continual irritation.
It is like a play where the scenes change but the drama continues. The sick organs change from one to another but the sickness remains. It often leads to things like Glandular Fever and then Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in adolescence or young adulthood. Multiple food and chemical sensitivities are often involved. School and academic performance is affected. For many children, they move from physical problems to mental manifestations, such as learning disorders, autism and ADHD. They are ALL linked to toxicity.
The order of organ involvement is variable but one thing is certain. Unless the causes are removed the effects will continue. That is why recent research has shown that even some adult cancers are often related to poor childhood nutritional choices.
It is a modern day tragedy that very rarely is the diet looked at, let alone changed. If changes are made, they are often initiated by the desperate parents who themselves are confused by all the nutritional mixed messages they hear and read. When you consider that if you take a sick animal to the vet, the first question will be: what are you feeding it? The vet is comprehensively trained in appropriate nutrition for each animal species. It is the Eighth Wonder of the World why doctors are still not trained in appropriate nutrition for the human species in 2014!
It is important to remember that the human body was designed to be a survival machine. It was programmed to be healthy, not continually sick. Sickness is a form of protest on behalf of the body. You inhale dust, you cough- a protest- stop breathing in the dust. You eat off food and vomit- a protest, get it out! All symptoms are protests. They carry a message. And that message will get louder and louder ( sicker and sicker) until it is properly interpreted.
Our next seminar will be covering Raising Healthy Children, from Babies to Biggies, where Dawn and I share our game-plan to raise exceptionally healthy children. We are very excited to share what we know with you. This is a combination of seeing children overcome health issues at my clinic for the past 30 years plus raising our own 3 healthy children, none of whom has ever had an antibiotic.
If you want to learn how to raise, disease-free, drug-free children, dynamically healthy mentally and physically, this is not to be missed. Whether you are a parent of children 18 and under or a prospective parent, this seminar is one of the most important ones you can ever attend. By implementing what we suggest, you will start to see benefits in your family almost immediately, and it may even help your own health!
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