I read this post from Modg, and it reminded me how much of a hippie I’ve become. All of those things sound awesome to me (with the exception of the naturopath, which I’ll get into later). That’s exactly what I want to do for our son. Keep his world as natural as possible, let him be a kid, get dirty, scrape up his knees and learn to get along with people in his own time. So to that end, I’m liking all of the stuff she mentions. We’re planning to cloth diaper, breastfeed, etc. Should be a fun adventure, and will hopefully give him the best chance at being a happy, healthy kid we can.
Speaking of cloth diapering, I recently heard that coconut oil works as diaper rash cream. Moreover, it is one of the only diaper rash creams that is safe to use with cloth diapers. Woot! Here’s a recipe for whipped coconut oil (recipe might be overstating it) so it won’t get too hard to use in the colder months.
Okay, I do want to talk about the naturopath thing. I don’t have anything against folks who take a more holistic view of health, or who come from different backgrounds or philosophies. To the contrary, I think it’s better to take a systems approach to the body and to health in general. So I’m on board with that. But this dude poking at the mother’s arm to determine her son’s food sensitivities is just pure bunk. The fact that he advised her to cut out wheat, soy and dairy just means he’s aware that those things tend to be irritating to the gut and have been shown (by totally non-Tarot-related means) to be related to (and to cause, depending on whom you talk to) behavioral and health problems. It’s not magic, it’s a freaking paleo diet. I should know, because I eat one, and it’s kind of a thing for me. Some would call it an obsession. So I think it’s awesome that he told her to get her kid off the wheat, soy and dairy. Good for him. But why the charade? Either he just doesn’t know why it works and needs to “sell it” to get compliance from his patients, or he does know, and thinks that having some sort of inexplicable, semi-magical methodology will keep his clients in the dark so they continue to need him for advice. Either way, I think it’s junky and I don’t like it. So there’s that.
Okay, I think that’s it from me for now. Thanks for reading!