Hi Good Papa!
Wow, thank you so much for all of that wonderful information! I, like you, am learning on a need-to-know basis. I feel like every spare moment I am doing research! Why, oh WHY didn't I study THIS in college (back when I had the time) instead of Information Systems?!?!
I am so glad to have found MDC and these threads! I wish I had found them sooner. Have been making due with Mercola.com and books, books, books!
You have made me feel like I am on the right track! We've been on pasture-fed, drug/pesticide free meats for about 4 months now. I recently obtained a copy of Nourishing Traditions
, and it has been incredibly eye-opening! I especially like the instructions for bone broth, as that's a new source of calcium for us! (And what AWESOME chicken soup I made!) Interestingly enough, I ordered a beef liver from my meat source - just to try it out! It'll come with the rest of my meat later this month. I think I'll order more!
It's also interesting that you mentioned the antibiotics your wife had during the C-section. I also had IV antibiotics during delivery - preventative because I have MVP w/ regurgitation. I remember begging the doctor to give them AFTER the birth, but he refused saying that it would do me no good by then. I only thought about that LAST NIGHT!
(so weird that I read you talking about it today!) All this time I had focused on the course of antibiotics I had when DD was two months old (for mastitis), thinking THAT was when her GI system got wrecked! (or could have been those nasty 2 months vax!)
OK, I hadn't focused on the Vit D at all! I'm sure she is deficient, as we spent some months in cold, rainy Oregon during her first winter. But we are supplementing with Cod Live Oil now. So interesting about that!
I'm on about page 6 of the probiotics thread. I see a lot of talk of yogurt-making! We can't do dairy, but I'll be checking into making lacto-fermented veggies. I have a head of cabbage in my fridge for just that! I'm sure I need to colonize my DD, but she is allergic to bananas (as you suggested to give along with the powders.) What's your second fruit choice?
Also, I've been giving DD probiotic powder mixed in her water cup, and she sips on it throughout the day. Is this effective? Does it die off as it sits in the water during the day?
So far, even though we've elimated many foods, started eating pasture-fed, organic meats, organic fruits & veggies (though not 100%), pro-biotic capsules, Quercitin, Cod Liver Oil, no soap in the bath....she still suffers!
At least we don't have those awful reactions like we used to - but her eczema drives her crazy with itchiness.
I'd better quit rambling on! Thanks for listening!
Edited to blabber on:
I've got a couple more questions for anyone who cares to reply....
1 - My DD is so severely allergic to cow's milk, that I have been completely afraid to try goat's milk. Anybody out there care to comment? btdt? I am thinking that if I could give her goat's milk, it would provide a means to some cultured milk products she could have. But I also read that people who are allergic to cow milk are 80% likely to be allergic to goat's milk.
2 - My DD has had 2 separate RAST tests, NAET, plus Electro-dermal screening. All show her NOT allergic to milk!
And yet she will have a fast, severe reaction to even a small amount of milk or milk product. Anyone else have a similar experience? Anyone care to comment on this?