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The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care Paperback – Illustrated, March 16, 2013
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About the Author
Thomas S. Cowan is the author of the Fourfold Path to Healing. He is a physician in private practice in San Francisco, California.
- Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0982338317
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982338315
- Product Dimensions : 7.55 x 0.73 x 9.95 inches
- Publisher : Newtrends Publishing, Inc.; Illustrated Edition (March 16, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Male infant circumcision is discussed and it seems like she has all of the facts laid out. Then, on the last page of the section about circumcision, she agrees that circumcision lowers sensitivity, but then says, "Slightly reduced sensitivity may give a man more control over the timing of his ejaculations." and "Some women decidedly prefer a circumcised man." There is no excuse to condone genital mutilation of infants. 70% of the world is intact (not circumcised). It's also important to NEVER retract the foreskin. Just leave it alone and let it retract on its own. Usually happens by the time boys are 10.
2. I didn't find the book to be too traditional about parenting. I was expecting it to be more anthropological in that sense. This seemed to be more like Sally Fallon Morell's conventional parenting advice.
3. After reading the chapter 10 about the "four bodies" of illness that relate to the different elements, it's clear to me that she's trying to start a cult. Not all traditional cultures had these four illnesses. Many of them have been introduced, but they aren't "traditional" illnesses for all of humankind. I find this farfetched and just plain strange.
4. I don't think that Sally Fallon Morell understands the amazingness and importance of human breastmilk. She constantly recommends her infant formula recipe. She says that babies should eat 6x a day and once at night. If they want to eat more, then they should be supplemented. Where did she get that number from? While many babies may eat that much, many cluster feed due to being more thirsty that day, growth spurts, comfort, etc. She says that if the baby is too demanding on the mother, then the mother should supplement with the formula recipe. Nothing should ever be valued more over human breastmilk! It's even important for children of vegans to be breastfed! Research has shown that people who are vegetarian as adults contain the memory of things they have eaten for their whole life in their milk. Breastmilk is the most incredible thing. If you do not have time to feed your child as much, then donor milk is always a possibility and that is much better than her formula recipe.
5. I agree that one should eat an optimal diet while nursing, before conception, during pregnancy, postpartum, etc. It's definitely important. However, it seems like Mrs. Fallon Morell has forgotten that half of pregnancies in the US are unplanned. It is important to child space, but sometimes things happen.
6. The preconception--postpartum diet is only aimed at European descended folks. Most people in the world cannot even digest cows milk. I think that the author only assumes that people reading the book are white middle-to upper class.
7. I don't think a 100% food-based vitamin is a bad thing. Our soil isn't the same as it was 100 years ago. It's difficult to get many of the nutrients one needs from food these days.
I definitely would NOT recommend this book to anyone. I am now in question of the Nourishing Traditions book.
Very emotionally detached, very old school authoritarian, very obstetric model.
Stick with her other work if you prefer evidence based pregnancy, birth and parenting information.
Good information about general wellness though. But truly her talent lies in nutrition and that can be found elsewhere without the other crap.
I've been a part of the Weston A Price group for about a decade...I don't know why I delayed getting this book! Our little one is almost 3 months...so I'm looking into first foods right now and I know this book will be extremely helpful!
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However I base my use of these on evidence and not simply because they are 'natural'. As a pregnant woman I am alarmed by some of the claims made by this book and I would urge all readers to do their own research before blindly following the advice contained within.
You can do an awful lot to support you and your baby with diet but it is also important to know when to seek medical care.
I also entirely refute the anti-vax movement and there is overwhelming evidence stating that vaccines are not linked in any way with autism. To state otherwise is akin to being a climate change denier.
The experts and Dr's quoted in the book are often mavericks and conspiracy theorists, again do your research before deciding to put your faith, and possibly your child's health, into their hands.
I never write reviews but I felt compelled to do so here. I believe very strongly in the benefits of good diet, exercise and the use of herbal medicine (please see a qualified medical herbalist) but it is also necessary to use medication, vaccines and other 'medical' interventions when the situation permits.
It shouldn't be a them vs us scenario - complementary therapies complement the more orthodox healthcare modalities used in the west, both can be used together with great effect. They are not an alternative to evidence based care.