I am writing this because I don’t think enough emphasis is placed on the effects of diet in general and especially when pregnant and breastfeeding. I didn’t realise how important it was until I came across the work of Weston A Price when my boy was about 8 months old.
Weston A Price was a dentist in the 1930’s in America, he noticed a decline in peoples dental health and wondered why this was. He decided to travel around the world and study the teeth and health of different populations. He realised that the teeth and skull formation of babies reflected the overall skeletal and organ formation and health. The diet and health of the pregnant mother had a large impact on the bone structure of babies.
He found certain populations around the world that had brilliant bone structure, very good health, and lived on a traditional diet, without modern convenience foods. Although these diets were different they had certain aspects in common, which he recorded.
He also found that when related groups had been exposed to modern processed foods they developed teeth decay, and their children had narrow faces, buck teeth and overcrowded teeth. This was also related to health problems. Sugar, white flour and processed vegetable oils, were particularly blamed.
I found this information rang true with me because this is a problem I have had. I had to have teeth removed when I was younger because of an overcrowded mouth, and have a brace for buck teeth. I also had a very poor diet when I was younger of microwave meals, sugar, processed foods, MacDonalds, margarine an semi-skimmed milk. I believe these are also the foods my mum was eating when she was pregnant. I am not trying to blame anyone here, she didn’t have much time because she worked, and believed the TV adverts.
But I have realised what if we could get this information out there and change people’s eating habits, and stop the cycle continuing? There seems to be a growing awareness of nutrition and I feel it is my mission to be part of that at the moment.
More modern research has shown some of the shocking effects of lack of certain vitamins during pregnancy. The effect of lack folic acid (a B vitamin) causing spina bifoda is well known, but what about lack of vitamin A causing blindness in children?
However a traditional diet of nutrient dense food is advised be the Weston A Price Foundation as opposed to vitamin tablets. However Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil tablets are recommended. The ideal diet includes organic pasture raised meat, organ meat, eggs, raw milk and dairy products. Wild fish and seafood, coconut oil, olive oil, animal fats and avocado. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables, whole grains soaked overnight in whey and specially prepared (see The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare by Sally Morell for more details.)