Do you have children who are breastfeeding? You may be interested in knowing this about dairy formulas.
– Rich in omega 3 for brain development, named, DHA and AA
– It adapts perfectly to the needs of the infant, the levels decrease as the baby grows
– Rich in cholesterol (good)
– Almost completely absorbed
– Contains lipase enzyme that digests fat
– More fully absorbed;
– Lactoferrin for gut health
– Lysozyme, an antimicrobial
– Rich in protein components
– Rich in growth factors
– Contains sleep-inducing proteins
– Rich in lactose
– Rich in living white blood cells, millions per feeding
– Rich in immunoglobulins
– Minerals are better absorbed, especially zinc and calcium
– Iron is 50 to 75 percent absorbed.
– Contains more selenium (an antioxidant)
– Rich in digestive enzymes, such as amylase and lipase
– Rich in many hormones: thyroid, prolactin, oxytocin, and others
– Difficult to digest curd casein
– Does not contain DHA (Omega 3)
– Does not adjust to the needs of the baby
– No good cholesterol
– It is not completely absorbed
– It absorbs poorly
– No lactoferrin, or only a trace
– No lysozyme
– Deficient or low in protein
– Deficient in growth factors
(Babies may be allergic to the protein in formula.)
– No living white blood cells – or any other cells. Dead food has fewer immune benefits.
– Few Immunoglobulins and most are of the wrong type
– Number of poorly absorbed minerals
– Iron is 5 to 10 percent absorbed
– Little selenium
– Processing kills digestive enzymes
– Processing kills hormones, which are not human to begin with
Digestive enzymes promote intestinal health. Hormones contribute to the overall balance of the baby’s biochemistry and well-being.
The superiority of mother’s milk over formula is not really controversial.
Fat is the most important nutrient in breast milk. Insufficient cholesterol and DHA, essential for the brain and growing organs, can predispose a child to an adult heart and diseases in the center of the nervous system.
THE BABY’S BRAIN: SURVIVAL OF THE FATEST
The baby’s brain is made up mostly of fats – good fats like DHA and AA. Fats form the structure of nerve cells, the insulation between them, the connections, and the supporting structure. Without these essential fatty acids, there is no normal brain. With inadequate supplies of them, brain formation is not faulty.
But before we can talk about brain fats, it’s important to say a little about:
FATS IN GENERAL
In the ubiquitous Disneyland of nutritional misinformation around us, a major nutrition topic worth studying is fats. Specifically, the good fats.
With the endless efforts of the media, every day they instill the emaciated look of the super slim young woman as the epitome of female beauty, fats are the devil. Fat is bad. Fat clogs the heart and makes us ordinary. Worse still, fat equals fat. Fats cause cellulite and make us accept companions with a lower quality of life. And low-paying jobs. And vehicles with dents in them.
So we have the Low Fat / No Fat obsession – low-fat milk, salad dressing, butter, yogurt, cheese, bread, pasta, beer, coffee creamer, ice cream, meats, chips, etc. all fat free. They instill in our minds the falsehood that the problem with these foods was too much fat. Skim the fat – you eliminate the problem. Now they are perfect foods, right?
The irony with this anti-fat campaign is that the person who eats only fat-free foods usually ends up deficient in fat. And therefore unhealthy.
Let’s go back to the beginning.
Food for human consumption comes in 3 main forms:
The three legs of the stool. Eliminate any of them and the result is an imbalance. Poor nutrition Organ dysfunction. Accelerated aging.
So we need fat. Every day. But they must be correct. And the fats suitable for human nutrition are certain fatty acids.
FATS IN THE CHILD’S BRAIN
Starting with the fetus ‘brain, certain long-chain fatty acids must be present in the mother’s diet and blood for the fetus’ brain to develop the building blocks it needs. Long chain, it just means that many carbon atoms are attached to each other. The reason all of these fats are required is because the baby’s brain is almost all fat!
The two most important fatty acids for the brain are DHA and AA . Docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid. DHA is an omega-3 and AA is an omega-6.
The important thing is to know what these 2 essential fatty acids do:
– Memory cells – Brain connections
– Energy of brain cells
– Develops brain cells
These functions seem quite important, don’t you think? Up to one year of age there is no substitute for these 2 fatty acids. The child’s brain approaches optimal development in direct proportion to the constant availability of DHA and AA. In her very thorough review of the medical literature on brain fats, Dr. Margaret Lahey clearly links EPT (essential fatty acid) deficiency in the child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder), dyslexia and autism, citing dozens of medical sources. Again, this part of the discussion is beyond controversy.
A normal baby brain simply cannot be made without the fatty acid DHA. If DHA supplies are insufficient, the body will replace them with the closest of the other fatty acids it has, in order to survive. But the brain will not be normal.
A fetus consumes the mother’s DHA so quickly that clinical studies show a 35% loss of DHA in pregnant women, compared to non-pregnant women.
Again, if the baby is breastfed for the first year, enough DHA and AA are available, as long as the mother has an excellent diet. The problem is that most mothers do not have a particularly excellent diet, as you may have noticed.
The first studies carried out by Hornstra and Salvati show that the majority of pregnant women are themselves deficient in DHA and AA, and therefore provide insufficient amounts of these essential fatty acids during the critical brain growth period in the last trimester. If the dietary deficiency continues after delivery, the child is at a disadvantage in terms of chances for optimal brain development. These issues are also scientifically well established.
The importance of a woman’s diet, then, both before and after childbirth, cannot be overemphasized.
Challenges to infant brain development are due to the mother’s diet while breastfeeding, both before and after delivery. But what if the mother stops breastfeeding before the child is 12 months old, for whatever reason, and switches to formula?
In his excellent text “The Omega 3 Phenomenon,” Donald Rudin, MD, demonstrates that switching from breast milk to formula immediately reduces the baby’s DHA (polyunsaturated essential fatty acid of the omega-3 series) by 30 sometimes even if the mother has a “good” diet.
Dr. J. Farquharson, another world authority on brain fats, agrees:
“The reductions in DHA content among artificially fed breastfed and infants would be enough to alter the functioning of the brain’s membrane.
The long-term effects of DHA insufficiency on neuronal integrity predispose to neurodegenerative disease IQ. “
There are dozens of scientific studies that correlate higher infant IQ with breastfeeding, both in the US and in Europe. Many of these studies are in Dr. Lahey’s Holistic View on Fats and Childhood Brain Development.
Any doctor who tries to tell a mother that formula is as good as breast milk is simply the best of the ignorant of the vast majority of the conclusions of the scientific literature on the subject, and at worst, simply another drug representative.
What is really in the formula?
Let’s take a close look at one of the best-selling infant formulas and see what’s really in it.
Per 5 Fl oz: Protein 2.5 g, 5.1 g of fat, carbohydrates 11 g, 133 g of water, linoleic acid 860 mg, Vitamin A 300 IU, IU of vitamin D 60; IU Vitamin E 2; vitamin K 8 mcg, thiamine (vitamin B1) 80 mcg; Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 140 mcg, vitamin B6 60 mcg, vitamin B12 0.3 mcg, niacin 1000 mcg, folic acid (folacin) 16 mcg; Pantothenic acid 500 mcg; Biotin mcg 3; Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 12mg, Choline 12mg, Inositol 6mg, Calcium 78mg, Phosphorus 53mg, Magnesium 8mg, Iron 1.8mg, Zinc 1mg, Manganese 15mcg; Copper 75 mcg; 10 mcg iodine, selenium 2.8 mcg; Sodium 40 mg; Potassium 108 mg; Chloride 75 mg, water, skim milk, vegetable oil (palm olein, soybean, coconut, high oleic sunflower oils), lactose, rice starch; maltodextrin; mono- and diglycerides; soy lecithin, carrageenan and less than 1%:
In the enzymes chapter at (thedoctorwithin.com), we learned that pasteurization went from a perfectly good food that has been used by the healthiest human beings for centuries, to a non-food – a reactive allergen linked to chronic allergies, colic, and asthma. The definition of pasteurization is heating the milk until the enzymes are destroyed. Without enzymes, milk cannot be broken down and used by the body.
Fat free – like it’s something better. One of the valuable ingredients in raw milk through the centuries has been the good fats. I don’t even want to know what “super refined” means, but it is obvious that it has to do with more fractionation and isolation of some elements in milk and stabilizers with preservatives. The main purpose of these preservatives – a long shelf life. But what about the child?
I think we should be glad that they “remembered” to put some essential fatty acids in this formula, like linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a true essential fatty acid, which means that we must obtain it in our diet because the body cannot make it from other things. Linoleic acid itself is vitally important as a building block for brain fats. The problem is that linoleic acid comes from corn, safflower, and sunflower. The ingredient list does not mention any of them. That means linoleic acid is a man-made fraction, a lonely non-living biochemical either created in the laboratory or extracted from a food, but is no longer viable as a food. To pretend that man-made linoleic acid is identical to the natural form is the supreme arrogance,
The same goes for vitamins . The soluble fats, A, E, and D, as well as the other vitamins, are listed. Again, these are not living vitamins, but man-made living vitamin fractions which are bottled and stabilized (killed) so that they can be used as vitamin additives. Furthermore, they admit this isolation when they put “vitamin C” in parentheses after ascorbic acid. Vitamin additive is as much of a contradiction as rap music or police intelligence.
The same goes for minerals . The ingredient list in these formulas separates the elemental mineral forms such as calcium and phosphorus from the good, absorbable forms such as ferrous sulfate and zinc sulfate. This demonstrates the absence of an intelligence in overseeing the overall design of the formula, which is critical in supplements of any kind, and shows Enfamil for what it is: a haphazard, random hodgepodge of lifeless food isolates.
With the exception of soybean oil (increasingly toxic ), the vegetable oils in the formula are actually the legitimate sources of important long-chain fatty acids that are important for the development of dozens of baby tissues. The problem is: rancidity. In order to be usable by humans, especially developing humans, oils must be in their purest and most pristine forms. Even though the oils in these formulas cannot be hydrogenated, they are still superheated in order to stabilize them. The original shapes are very fragile and easily destroyed by heat, light, and food processing. Destroyed fats are called rancid. As such, they have lost their nutritional value and can turn into spoiled fats. Or trans fats , which interfere with cell life . The alteration of fats are toxic, nothing nutritious .
The soy lecithin and soy are particularly toxic, inert products as explained in The Magic Bean (www.thedoctorwithin.com). And not only because they come from unknowns of genetic engineering that stop the normal function of the enzyme in the child’s tract. Soy lecithin is a lifeless, reagent emulsifier added to most processed foods. The Swiss ban all imports containing soy lecithin due to its genetically questionable origin. Soy itself is an important inhibitor of zinc absorption and enzymes. Zinc is absolutely essential for brain development. So while I was fine adding zinc to the formula, soy products ensure that the zinc is not absorbed. Again, no one is driving the bus here.
Carrageenan is a red algae that is a new food additive in hundreds of products, from ice cream to soy milk to desserts. It is used as a thickener. The idea behind adding it to an infant formula was also the EFA content, which is supposed to be helpful in the development of many body systems, including the brain. The problem is that these companies are overlooking that since 2001 there has been a lot of medical research linking carrageenan to stomach cancer.
A medical doctor at the University of Iowa, J. Tobacman, MD, shows at least 45 studies that all came to the same conclusion. Since 1982, carrageenan has been listed as a known carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The point here is that even if there is a slight possibility, or even suspicion, that this algae could be harmful to humans, it should be excluded from infant formula. But that’s not what we’re talking about here – we’re talking about a ton of research showing how this can cause stomach cancer. A legitimate company, whose first concern is the health of consumers, would have shut it down without any instructions from the FDA. But since those instructions have not been issued,
Why? It would not be profitable to remove it from all the shelves!
To be fair, there is an improved version of a formula that contains algae and fungi which in their life state can be weak sources of DHA and AA. But that was before the processing system reverted to living bio-units at inert charges that look good on the label, but not so good in the blood. However, it was a nice intention.
THEN how do they survive the formula?
So if this is all true about formulas, why aren’t babies dying like flies from this dangerous formula? Why do some babies seem to thrive on it? Simple. The body is an incredible survival machine, enormously adaptable to doing the best it can with what it has. Fake and partial vitamins are better than no vitamins at all. Some of the minerals in the formula are really good. Lower fatty acids are better if there is no fatty acid. Processed carbohydrates are better in the absence of carbohydrates.
Quiz: Are These Infant Formula Companies In The Health Business Or Business Return On Investment? Before you believe in someone, consider where their salary comes from.
What if the mother cannot breastfeed?
If the baby’s brain and optimal body development are the primary goal, there is no substitute for mothers’ milk. Only a fool or a salesman of formula imagines that there is . Only nature knows what nutrients a new baby needs, when and exactly how much. But if breastfeeding is not an option, for whatever reason, the baby will not die as long as some form of nutrition is offered.
Source: Excerpt from the chapter “Pediatricians, brain fats, formula and raw milk: the party’s over” from the site: www.thedoctorwithin.com Pot Dr. Tim O´Shea Copyright MMXII TheDoctorWithin.com
Para mayor información sobre lo escrito en este artículo ver estas referencias que se mencionan en el mismo:
1. Guyton, AC MD Textbook of Medical Physiology Saunders 1996.
2. Colborn, T, PhD Our Stolen Future Plume 1997.
3. Schmidt, M PhD Smart Fats North Atlantic 1997.
4. Hornstra, G., (2000). Essential fatty acids in mothers and their neonates. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71, (Supplement). S1262-S1269.
5. Salvati, S., Attorri,L., Avellino, C., Di Biase, A., and Sanchez, M. (2000). Diet, lipids and brain development. Developmental Neuroscience, 22, 481-487.
6. Margaret Lahey LIPIDS: THEIR POSSIBLE ROLE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS