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post #21 of 33
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i am so blown away by this thread - ff you are so good at this, seriously!
this maybe a mute point now but i was reading in nourishing traditions last night, mtn.mama and i thought of taslyn. "it is magnesium, not calcium, that helps form hard tooth enamel....found in dairy products, nuts, vegetables, seafood, meat, broths....a diet high in carbs, oxas and phytic acid can cause deficiencies...chocolate cravings are a sign of mag deficiency." i know this was sorta covered already, but i thought i'd mention it again.

also, i take the vsl3 and havent noticed a problem for dd who cant do corn. i havent given it to her directly though and dont know if she is hypersensitive to corn or not ( i never sneak it into our diet except for the vsl3).
Interesting. Thanks ellasmama... I'm taking VSL#3 but not giving it directly to T. I'm starting her on a Klaire's probx that crystal checks out. I have some different mag supplements here because a previous ND wanted me on them. But they didn't pass the test... When I pulled them out tonight and asked if I needed them, it said no. When I asked if Taslyn needs them, the answer was yes. I wonder if I can find a safe liquid supplement for her?
post #22 of 33
my dd really reacted to klaire's infant powder because of the inulin, but its wonderful that you have the crystal to ask and it said yes.
post #23 of 33
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So far we've been good with inulin, but not FOS... I'm giving her an adult formula. And yeah, the crystal ROCKS!
post #24 of 33
What about Epsom salt baths for the magnesium? It helps to detox also.


Pat
post #25 of 33
epsom salts get a vote from me too. Magnesium is accessed just as well transdermally. However, if the salts are ok you can do the mag phos tissue salt.
post #26 of 33
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Cool. Methinks we'll mix it up then and do a bit of both. So tell me... how does an almost exclusively breastfed child wind up deficient in mag if the mother is not?

Here's as good a place as any to post tonights slapdash soup... yum!
This was just the push I needed to get more sea veggies in our diet.

Some really thin rice noodles
A fist size chunk of chicken livers
1/2 a bunch of collards
1/2 a spaghetti squash
1/8 a pack of dulse
2 TB pasture butter
1 dash hot sesame oil
1/2 box tofu
Some ginger powder

Let me tell ya... it sure don't taste like Campbell's!
OMG its good!
post #27 of 33
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So tell me... how does an almost exclusively breastfed child wind up deficient in mag if the mother is not?
poor assimilation is a possibility. cal/mag/potassium is a balance as well...how is she for the other two? D also plays into it and therefore A....it could also be that she is using it rapidly and therefore has higher than average requirements. pH matters. There are many reasons why this could be the case. It's rarely just about "you are missing one thing and need to add it."
post #28 of 33
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Would that it were "we just need one thing" but alas we are both low in many many things. I did a series of pH tests last week, both urine and saliva, upon waking and after meals... Mine turned out with a 6.75 average (after plugging the numbers into this complex formula that basically gives more weight to first urine). Taslyns was low, around a 6. And her saliva was repeatedly very low, in the 5's. I wonder if this is more info that points to silent reflux for her? And why does reflux effect absorption?
post #29 of 33
Mainly because reflux is always just a symptom and is connected to much bigger things. Two basic ones are low zinc and low HCl. Low HCl means that she would be missing a critical and early stage of digestion which also leads to increased food allergies as food makes it to the intestine without being properly broken down and therefore protein structures are larger than they should be. There is a higher likelihood of proteins making it out of hte intestinal tract and into the bloodstream when this is the case. It also means tha if things aren't broken down well enough the body can't access them. There's alot more to it, but that's the basic idea.
post #30 of 33
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I get it. Thanks for writing that out for me. If she naps today I'll test her calcium, and ask about potassium levels... I have some Betaine HCl here so I'll test that as well. Sometimes her body wants zinc and sometimes it doesn't. My body has always needed extra zinc, and I suspect hers does too...

After not growing much for several months, she sprouted up an inch since the week before Thanksgiving! I have to think that the extra minerals are helping...
post #31 of 33
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After not growing much for several months, she sprouted up an inch since the week before Thanksgiving! I have to think that the extra minerals are helping...
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go T! good growin, girl!
post #32 of 33
Way to GO sweet baby girl! :
post #33 of 33
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Thanks for the cheers!

What would one do about low stomach acid in a mostly breastfed child? And what could be the root cause of such?
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