THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
BOTTLE FEEDING – ANOTHER "100% COMPLETE" SNAFU
(Dr. W.) The most vulnerable among us have suffered the most from so-called "100% complete" foods – our children and our pets. Isn't it interesting that we would subject helpless animals and infants to that which we ourselves would never do? We would never eat only one food at every meal.
If it were not so absurd, one could think there is a conspiracy. It would seem that adults are trying to maim and kill their own children and pets?
But that is, of
course, not the case if intent is to be measured.
I've ranted ad nauseum on the pet food debacle, so let me change gears and pick on baby formulas a bit.
Although modern moms are starting to come around and realize that their breasts are not there just for adornment, and further that they can manufacture the most perfect food ever imagined for infants, it has not always been that way.
Post World War II ushered in the Consumer Age. Why, science seemed to be able to solve virtually any problem, from blowing nations off the map to putting men on the moon. Surely it would be a small feat to create a convenient meal-in-a-bottle for infants, and by so doing free mothers of the nursing "burden."
Well, not only were "100% complete" nursing formulas created, they were practically mandated by the medical community. The modern marvel was also taken abroad and promoted by bribed physicians and nurses in the third world.
Age-old cultural norms of exclusive and extended breastfeeding were disrupted by extensive advertising and persuasion in infant formula-funded hospitals to convert to the new, modern, sterile Western way. Mothers were sent home with a small free supply of formula. But when that ran out – and tragically the mother's milk had dried up while feeding the formulas – the families were unable to afford more formula. This was compounded by lack of adequate refrigeration, sterilization and clean water supplies for mixing formulas. The result? Millions of third world babies died every year from this unnecessary and harmful modern intervention.
Additional risks (all confirmed by medical journal scientific studies) of bottle feeding include: a 50% increased risk of neurological dysfunction, lower levels of cognitive development, higher rates of hospitalization, gastrointestinal illness, and respiratory infections, a 17-fold increased risk of being hospitalized for pneumonia, a 25-30% risk of asthma and later-life allergic disorders, increased rates of cardiovascular disease and over a 50% increased rate of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
This is not to mention the fact that "100% complete" infant formulas aren't. There are many nutritional problems I have mentioned previously (see Further Reading below), such as vitamin, mineral and, most importantly, essential fatty acid imbalances. Such inadequacy is to be expected since our knowledge of nutrition is inadequate, not "100% complete."
Inadequate = Inadequate, not adequate.
Nestlé was particularly aggressive with their marketing of infant formulas through gigantic giveaways (getting them "hooked"), medical promotions, "education," and bribes. They were boycotted worldwide in 1977 due to these unethical practices.
The World Health Organization (WHO), as a reaction to the carnage, drafted The International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes Good for them.
They are a giant step ahead of the pet food regulatory agencies that not only nod to exclusively fed "100% complete" pet foods, but practically mandate them.
The analogy is practically perfect. Singularly fed processed pet foods are just as synthetic and just as disastrous.
So I will follow the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes with an analogous pet food code that would truly make a difference in pet health.
1. No advertising
of breast milk substitutes.
Here would be the analogous processed pet food code by corresponding number:
1. No advertising of exclusively fed processed pet
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