Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

As it is an inflammation of the skin, our family decided to follow an anti-inflammatory diet and a pesticide/ chemical free diet! An anti-inflammatory diet is basically for excellent health and will apply to all of us.

There is so much conflicting information on the internet, that we decided to follow the guide from Dr.Weil, a Harvard educated medical doctor AND biologist - it is an excellent reference point to build a diet chart that suits you.

Our little boy isn't allergic to any foods, so that was one less worry. He loves eating - so making him clear out all the veges, fruits etc. on his plate has never been an issue. Maybe what we gave him played a part. 

The major change is that all food we eat is now organic/ bio. Even with bio/ organic foods, closely look at the labels, that it contains none of the preservatives. It is obvious now that it is all the artificial additives/ preservatives/ chemicals that go into the production, before finally making it's way into our kitchens that trigger most illnesses today - eg: all the E's in today's food We have also drastically cut down and in some cases eliminated inflammatory foods like REFINED SUGAR,  VEGETABLE OILS, PROCESSED FOODS, artificially added fructose, refined flour, junk food - chips, artificial juices/sodas, fast food.... The focus is on the anti-inflammatory foods which include immune modulating foods i.e foods rich in vit D3, magnesium and zinc; and foods that are especially good for the skin, to ensure a rich variety of foods in any given week. Basically, we have now gone back to the traditional ways. No, we did not find that we were short on choices - just takes more time and discipline.

Below are websites by Dr. Katherine Reid, which shares what are the no-no additives list; and how all these various artificially introduced products in todays food is effecting us in different profoundly negative ways…  

The other thing we pay attention to is the cooking oils. Vegetable oils when heated are said to turn into toxic compounds including trans fat. As we all use different different oils for flavor for the different foods, it is advised to look at the smoke points of oils, the kind of fats they contain and how they are extracted. Saturated fats in coconut, butter, ghee, red palm oil for cooking; followed by monounsaturated oils like olive (don't heat olive oil) are most recommended as they are anti inflammatory. Yes, this sort of steps away from what we have believed about oils so far.

We now skip any microwave cooking…

Also there is NO plastic in the kitchen - nothing that we store, drink and eat out of!

Also he never drank water, so now ensure he has a liter of mineral water with a bit of lemon everyday. During his illness, we had upped the liquid intake to 1.5 liters everyday. Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C, it is a blood purifier, has strong immune boosting properties and the list goes on. We chose Gerolsteiner mineral water as it has an exceptionally balanced amount of calcium, bicarbonate and magnesium. Also it comes in glass bottles! But getting him to drink water is a challenge - so now have a 30 ml medical syringe filled with the water (without the needle of course!) and chase after him - he happily drinks from that! LOL. I space it out over the day. Hopefully soon he starts picking up that glass and happily drinks it on his own. When it comes to juices, we chose Rabenhorst - a wide range of totally natural juices from a company that is more than 200 years old. Rabenhorst is a company I am a huge fan of - they have fresh BIO wheatgrass juice, fresh barley juice, juices rich in zinc and D3 and the list goes on.

A strong immune system depends on a healthy digestive tract. So we give him probiotic home made yogurt everyday; raw milk - we alternate between cow, goat, sheep and horse milk; a teaspoon of turmeric & coconut oil everyday; quarter teaspoon of active manuka honey; a half glass of wheat grass juice and barley grass juice from Rabenhorst twice-thrice a week; bone broth, again about twice a week; and just a little bit of just one naturally fermented food everyday - one can either make it at home, or if buying from the shops, ensure that it has live culture - an example is the Bubbies brand. We make sure that he eats a variety over the week, as different foods contain different strains of healthy bacteria. Some examples of fermented foods: live cultured pickles, sauerkraut, vegetables, kimchi, unpasteurized miso, tempeh etc..

If he has a craving for chocolates, then he gets just one piece of dark chocolate which has about 70% cacao. He loves them!  

The only supplements that we give him are the below:  

Fermented cod liver oil to balance the Omega 6 and Omega 3. So far the brand that comes most recommended is Green Pastures, which is what we use. We give both the boys each,  just 1 ml of the oil per day - just got our second bottle recently after 4 months. So 1 bottle  should easily last more than half a year, if it's one kid! We also bought the Butter Oil from Green Patures, something they highly recommend and say works extremely well along with the cod liver oil - we give the boys just a quarter teaspoon of that everyday. Getting him to take cod liver oil and butter oil was a real challenge in the beginning, but now he does not seem to mind it that much. We adults at home ended up having the Green Pastures Blue Ice Infused, as the boys absolutely refused to have it.

Manuka honey is something he loves. We give him a quarter teaspoon everyday and we bribed him with that to get him to have the cod liver oil. We give him the 250+ MGO. Do note that Manuka goes upto 550+ MGO, if someone has a severe issue. 

If you are wondering what is Manuka honey, it is a medical grade honey from Newzealand. Clinical trials have found that Manuka honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as: MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus); VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci); Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers). It is said to be extremely effective, especially when applied topically. But we chose turmeric for applying topically on our son, as we found Manuka did not take away the itch; instead he has a quarter teaspoon of the honey everyday - he loves it! 

A serious issue with Manuka honey is authenticity. Apparently there are so many counterfeit/ adulterated products in the market, same issue as the 'virgin' olive oils. So one has to ensure that it is a reputed brand and vendor. Also it is said no honey of any kind for babies - they should be at least a year old before honey can be introduced to them.

Golden Milk has never been an issue with him, as he actually likes it. It is a simple recipe - add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to quarter cup of boiling water and boil it further together for just a minute OR add a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to turmeric and heat it together. You can transfer that to a glass of milk or skip the milk. We prefer it with milk. We now source fresh grass fed raw, cow, goat, sheep and horse (frozen) milk from a farm. According to the Journal of American Medicine, "Goat's milk is the most complete food known." It contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids that are utilized by your body with ease. In fact, your body can digest goat's milk in just 20 minutes. It takes 2-3 hours to digest cow's milk.

If you need to search for raw milk in your area, go to

When all the family members follow the above at home, when outside we deviate. If we follow it most of the time, like 90% of the time, the body should be able to balance out the rest. Atleast that is our thought. So over Easter, he went on that egg hunt and also devoured the chocolates! 

Another topic of toxicity - the one that we inject into our babies - Yes, VACCINES - a hot debated topic. Both my boys have followed the whole vaccine schedule - I can't help but wonder if vaccine did indeed play a part with my little one. After all both my husband & I have had only 3 vaccines our entire lives & these days they pump children with 36 shots by the time they are 3 years old. Yes, 36 shots! But the good news is that, the steps we took since he fell ill, seems to have worked extremely well for him.

Here is a very informative video regarding vaccines...

What becomes clear from the video, is that as parents we need to choose which vaccine and we need to space it out. A bit late for us though, as my boys have followed the whole schedule. These are our thoughts on this...

1. Chickenpox, Rubella, Mums, Flu are just mild, normal childhood diseases - vaccines are not required. Chickenpox is known to be more dangerous for adults - you can think of getting it done then, if you haven't had it as a child. Hep B which is a sexually transmitted disease, vaccines are not required for young ones - teenagers maybe. Only if the mother has Hep B, then there is a possibility that it can transfer to the child - if the mother is clear, there is absolutely no need for this vaccine.

2. Tetanus, Smallpox, Measles as a stand alone like it is done in Japan (not MMR), Polio (IPV and NOT OPV) if in India and other countries known to have it -  diseases that are known to have serious implications and very contagious, vaccines should be considered. 

3. Get the vaccines done at a later stage - prior to starting kindergarten/ school should be just fine, as chances of catching diseases in group environments are higher. Also it gives the little ones bodies enough time to develop and mature.

4. Ensure the vaccines are tried & tested and your child is not a test monkey. 

5. If the rest of your life is non toxic with food etc., and you have given the body enough time to mature, the child's system should be able to handle the vaccines??

We have decided against any further vaccines.