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Do your children need nutritional supplements? Part II

by Dr. Randy

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Dr. Randall Neustaedter

You know the perfect diet for your children. Breast milk for the first year at least. Then solids in the form of pureed fruits and vegetables starting at six months until twelve months. Then fresh fruits and vegetables all through the day, whole grains, clean protein products in the form of eggs, dairy products, and poultry, nuts, and maybe some grass fed beef, and all preferably organic. Do your kids eat that diet?
Most of us are lucky if our kids will eat one or two favorite vegetables. And once they leave the protected nest of your organic home, then they will be exposed to processed foods. If they are school age, then they probably want pizza and hot dogs and fast food and candy. Plus they have cravings that drive us all crazy. And some kids limit themselves to just eating a few starchy white foods no matter how much cajoling and bribery we use to broaden their diets.
Children should not eat fish or other seafood. The dangers of possible exposure to mercury, pesticides, and radioactive elements far outweigh the possible benefits. Children should also not eat seaweed, kelp, or algae supplements for the same reasons unless parents are certain they are not grown in areas with high radiation levels.
Some cooperative kids will eat a wide range of fresh foods. If you have one of those, then rest assured they are getting most of the nutrients they need. But most kids will benefit from some supplements. And picky eaters need supplements to prevent deficiencies. Vegetarian families have specific needs. And kids who have food sensitivities or allergies may also require some specific supplements.
Some supplements are suitable for every child regardless of the quality of their diets.
All kids need to take vitamin D3 in the winter months to ensure proper immune function. The dose is about 35 IU per pound of body weight. Infants need 400 IU, toddlers 800-1,000 IU, and school age kids 2,000 IU.
Omega-3 fats in the form of fish oil, krill oil, or organic flax seed oil will ensure proper brain development and help prevent inflammation that takes the form of nasal congestion or allergies. All children could use an omega-3 fat supplement. Be sure that fish or krill sources are from Arctic or Antarctic waters.
Most children would also benefit from a multivitamin and mineral supplement. The ideal is organic, food-based nutrients, rather than gummies and synthetic vitamins. IntraKids by DruckerLabs.com and Children’s Chewables by mercola.com are some of my favorites.
If children have limited dairy products because of choice, allergies, or sensitivity to dairy then they need a calcium/magnesium supplement. Children under two years of age can take a liquid mineral supplement. MRM (Metabolic Response Modulators) Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc is a good one. Preschool and school age children can take chewable calcium tablets. Kids need at least 500 mg of calcium per day. Older children need 800 mg.
Vegetarian children will need additional fats. Organic coconut oil will provide saturated fat, and a supplement with vitamin B12 is also necessary.
Try packing some nutrition into healthy smoothies with coconut oil, flax oil, whey protein powder, and fruit.
At this time of exposure to radioactive fallout, older children can take a chelating supplement in the form of powdered fruit pectin (econugenics.com) or zeolite to eliminate heavy metals. Antioxidants such as reduced glutathione, vitamin E, CoQ10, or alpha lipoic acid taken either through a multivitamin or a separate supplement will help to detoxify radiation and its resulting damage. Of course antioxidants from fresh fruits are a welcome source for kids as well.

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  • anonymous

    I guess I’m done with your newsletters. Children should not eat seafood??? There is nothing wrong with wild Alaskan Salmon. Much rather give toddlers that then a whole glass of milk, which is designed solely for calves and not people. While I feed my 2 year old organic chickens, if I had a choice of that over Alaskan Salmon I would take the Salmon. Frozen right from the Ocean vs how the chicken is processed before it ends up in our home.

    There are plenty of other safe fish to eat. Consult various guides for safety, such as Seafood Watch.

    Doc, I think you lost it…..Dairy products???

  • anonymous

    I guess I’m done with your newsletters. Children should not eat seafood??? There is nothing wrong with wild Alaskan Salmon. Much rather give toddlers that then a whole glass of milk, which is designed solely for calves and not people. While I feed my 2 year old organic chickens, if I had a choice of that over Alaskan Salmon I would take the Salmon. Frozen right from the Ocean vs how the chicken is processed before it ends up in our home.

    There are plenty of other safe fish to eat. Consult various guides for safety, such as Seafood Watch.

    Doc, I think you lost it…..Dairy products???

    • Dr. Neustaedter OMD

      Families have different lifestyles. Some would not dream of giving their
      kids dairy products and others could not imagine living without them. I
      respect all of these positions, and I think people can be healthy eating
      many different diets ranging from high protein/low carb to vegetarian. I am
      particularly concerned with the contaminants in many foods (pesticides,
      metals, antibiotics, hormones, etc). Unfortunately I don’t think that fish
      is particularly safe as a food at this time. Wild Alaskan salmon may be an
      exception, albeit a fairly expensive protein source that uses a lot of
      energy in the form of air transport for most parts of the country. Other
      fish may be contaminated with radiation and other heavy metals. Small fish
      (sardines) may still be safe, as long as they do not come from the waters
      near Japan.

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  • cat

    Anonymousm I think he is saying that about seafood because of the radiation fall out in Japan.

  • Danyaal

    Hi, just for clarification. When you say for children not to consume fish/seafood, seaweed, kelp, algae supplements, were you specifically thinking of a post Fukushima world ?

    If say for example we could source some pre-Fukushima frozen fish/seafood, seaweed, kelp and algae supplements. Would these then be OK ?

    On the dairy angle (along with leafy vegetables). As it is supposed to be the main route for ingestion of radioactive elements (it was the main route for Iodine during Chernobyl) would it not be wise for the moment to avoid the intake of dairy, meat, poultry, eggs, leafy greens(grown outside) to eliminate such risk ? Especially, when you think about the levels detected in the USA.

    What would we replace them with ? How would we replace milk for a growing child who typically consumes around 1 pint a day, the average ? And how do we know that any supplements, whether wholefood based or synthetic are not contaminated ? I am assuming a manufacturer will not check for the many radioisotopes being released from Japan if any at all ?

    Rgds
    A confused parent

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