Mother's Warning about Vegan Diets
By Chet Day
years now, I've received and shared sporadic letters from mothers
who followed strict vegan diets who subsequently gave birth to babies
with a variety of birth defects and health problems.
the latest sad story and heart-felt warning from a former vegan
stumbled across your website and wanted to offer a personal testimony.
The bare bones.
husband and I have seven children. After the birth of our third
child, I read "Fit for Life" and "Living Health"
by the Diamonds. I immediately revamped my family's diet. Including
myself, a nursing mother of a 3-month old.
(the baby) grew big and fat while I wasted down to next to nothing
on a no-animal foods diet. I felt run-down and could only stay
up until 10 a.m. before I had to go to the couch.
about ten months later, baby still nursing, I got pregnant with
No. 4. I stopped nursing. I literally was a rag doll, with no
health, could barely get around.
about five months pregnant, I started taking a protein shake twice
a day (Spirutein, fyi). Very soon, I was up and going and feeling
delivery time came, though, my precious baby girl was born with
severe congenital birth defects of the heart and abdomen. She
has undergone five surgeries and other procedures and is doing
well, but will never be normal unless God intervenes. She is,
though, a very vibrant child for her condition)
cannot say for sure, but I have always suspected that the deterioration
of my health due to following a vegan diet before and after her
conception caused her birth defects.
have since come to learn that the mother's nutritional state at
conception may be more important than what you eat while pregnant
(I cannot verify that -- but I do have experience on my side).
is a shame that the books are still out there. I followed a vegan
diet because at first when I tried it, it happened as they said.
things progressed, I blamed it [my declining health] on myself
for not getting the "variety" of fruits and veggies
there it is -- the long and short. Without all the tears and fears
experienced with almost losing my daughter several times.
the way, she is my only child with severe (anaphylactic) food
allergies to milk products, no less, and originally to chicken,
you for your website and for the balanced approach.
like to thank L.A. for sharing her story, and I hope that her letter
and this article will get passed around so other mothers and expectant
mothers on vegan diets will be more aware of potential dangers.
you're on a strict vegan diet and pregnant or expecting to be pregnant,
I urge you to read several important
articles that address the long-term problems with diets that
preach against all animal fats and proteins.
had several of these articles online for years now, and yet, to
date, not a single vegan guru has been able to refute the facts
and observations in them.
fact, none of them have even tried!
that says something important to me.
your information, the diets I consider most dangerous for expectant
mothers, nursing mothers, babies, and children include the original
Fit for Life program (to his credit, Harvey
Diamond later rejected strict veganism and now includes clean
animal foods in his diet), the Sheltonian Natural Hygiene Diet
of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, The Hallelujah Diet
and any other program that precludes all animal fats and protein.
vegan diets can be excellent short-term programs for weight loss
and health gains for many people, but they are inappropriate and
potentially very dangerous for expectant mothers, nursing mothers,
babies, and children.
over months or years, just about everyone who doesn't "occasionally
cheat" on a vegan diet by eating some butter, eggs, yogurt,
cheese, salmon on the sly will experience deficiencies and declining
health and energy.
please, don't put your faith in vegan diet gurus who apparently
value money and reputation over truth.
of succumbing to their dietary preaching and taking their word as
gospel, do your own homework.
in the mirror.
to your body.
you've been on a strict vegan diet and no longer feel the way you
felt during the first few weeks or months on it (when most people
feel fabulous), your body's telling you there's a problem with the
diet and that you're missing nutritional factors that are only available
in clean animal fats and proteins.
closing, although I know it will continue to happen because of the
false teachings of the vegan diet gurus, I hate to think about reading
future emails from mothers who give birth to damaged babies as a
result of their not eating the diet we are designed to eat - whole,
clean foods from both plant and animal kingdoms.
deny that human beings are opportunistic omnivores is to deny reality.
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