I just posted this on Alternative Kids Teeth, and thought I'd post it here also. Much of the discussion relates to mother/child who are still nursing.
Basically, the gut is 70-80% of the immune system. It all starts with
nutrient-dense foods, effective digestion (with adequate stomach acid),
absorption of nutrients (in the gut with balanced microbials), and
detoxification of the chemical byproducts of foods and environmental toxins by the liver, with adequate bio-available nutrients to support the detox pathways.
I would do whole food probiotics, cod liver oil, magnesium, vit. C, zinc,
coconut oil, bone broths, green juices. Support the immune system.
Basically, you have to heal the gut to strengthen the immune system. Check out the "Healing the Gut-cheat sheet".http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=434071
Take a look at this thread discussing food *intolerances* avoidance vs not (re: detoxification discussion, ie detox pathways):http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1044707&highlight=avoidanc\
Start here to learn about detox pathways:http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...bstacle-course
And here are a few informal videos about detox pathways:http://heal-thyself.ning.com/video/video
and here about evaluating digestion and stomach acid (beet "pink pee" test"): http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/topics/the-beet-test
This thread about Healing the Gut with Food:http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...-gut-with-food
Nutrient Dense Foods:http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...nt-dense-foods
Foods to Help Phase I and Phase II Detoxification:http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/topics/nutrient-dense-foods?page=2&commentId=\
Then here, the threads linked at the top will help you to understand more about identifying your family's detox pathways:http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1045391
check out www.eatingcultures.com
to try and guess on some of your detox pathways, and figure out which nutrients will be important for you. And www.detoxpuzzle.com
to identify some of your detox pathways, nutrient deficiencies/needs.
Much of the immune system support is rooted in hormonal imbalances due to inadequate sleep, due to obstructed neurophysiological chemical processes due to nutrient deficiencies.
This is a terrific diagram of chemical "Pathways to Happiness and Sleep"
(Serotonin and Melatonin). Caution killing-off candida, if one has or had
mercury fillings in their teeth. It releases mercury into blood circulation to
be redeposited in organs, brain and breastmilk. Taking Vit C, selenium, clay,
(zeolite?) could help to bind the mercury for excretion.
Healing the gut while pregnant or nursing has MANY cautions. Actively detoxing then is not recommended. Here is a thread about detox and nursing:http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1046932&highlight=lemon&pa\
And this one "Detox gone wrong":http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1050596&highlight=detox+nu\
Consider reading "Do this, do that and you'll feel better" thread. Might cross
check her ND's recs with yours.http://www.mothering.com/discussions...8#post13266818
A lot of issues lead back to mercury exposure from dental fillings in the
mother. Which lead to gut imbalances and candida. Candida binds with mercury to "store" it safely.
Caution killing-off candida "yeast", if one *has, or had* mercury fillings in their teeth. Killing candida releases mercury into blood circulation to be redeposited in organs, brain and breastmilk. Taking Vit C, selenium, clay, (zeolite?) could help to bind the mercury for excretion.
Additionally, there is a "bucket effect". As the allergen exposure overflows the body's ability to detoxify the chemicals (histamine, pollens, food proteins, heavy metals, food chemical byproducts (salicylates, amines, oxylates, halides), non-food chemicals such as MSG, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, etc. imbalances in the gut develop. Foods which are mostly acid-forming, rather than alkaline-forming, cause ph disruptions in the blood, and the ph in the mouth and cells becomes too acidic. There are many natural and simple alternatives to improve gut health, thus dental health. Nutrient dense foods are most effective, imo.
Here's an old post of mine about addressing environmental allergens.http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=13719101&highlight=hidden#\
Here is a link with more information about eliminating airborne allergens:http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=12748820&highlight=provent\
Unfortunately, the cascade of gut imbalances is associated with "C-section
Syndrome": (ie. antibiotics at birth)http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=941070&highlight=detox+nur\
Btw, on our site "Heal Thyself", if anyone wishes to post a thread about your gut healing, detox issues, food intolerance, candida, allergies, etc. There are many mamas who are very informed about all of this.http://heal-thyself.ning.com/
I'm working on creating an ebook to summarize all of our research and
observations and experience. But, you can learn along with us!
A heated debate is the role of iodine in our diet related to hormonal balance
and the deficiencies associated with nutrients.http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1091794
Hope that helps!