And So It Begins…Thanks, Nestle’

Use of a wet-nurse  was a common practice before the introduction of the feeding bottle and baby formula.  In fact, by the early 1800’s wet nursing had become a well-organized profession with contracts and laws designed to regulate its practice.  Although today we may frown upon the idea of someone breastfeeding a child not their own,  death was the only other option until the mid 180o’s.

The first baby “formula” was developed in 1860 by German scientist Justus von Leibig.   It was powdered, just like the formula we use today. It consisted of wheat flour, dehydrated cow’s milk, malt flour, and potassium bicarbonate (an additive used as a base in foods and to regulate pH). To make the formula, mothers had to mix the powder with warmed cow’s milk.  Leibig’s soluble “infant food” was first marketed in the United States in 1869 and sold for $1.00  per bottle.  That was a small fortune back then but keep in mind that the use of formula (with the exception of the elite) was for emergency purposes only.  It’s a whole different ballgame today.

Shortly after the development of Leibig’s, the Nestle Company came up with its own version of formula, which was basically the same as Leibig’s with 2 (not so) minor changes.  It didn’t have the potassium bicarbonate, and Nestle added sugar to their formula.  I guess Nestle thought that starving babies wouldn’t drink their concoction unless it was loaded with sugar (like all of their other products).  This formula sold for half the price of Leibig’s, and it turned out to be more cost-effective in other ways, too.  Nestle’s formula needed only water for mixing.  That’s too bad.  Cow’s milk was actually safe to drink (and good for you) in the late 1800’s.  Oh well…  Thanks, Nestle.

Sounds like the makings of a successful business to me!  Make it convenient…add sugar to make it taste good…make it more affordable  and tell the world that it’s just as healthy for the newborn as mother’s milk and you’ve got a home run!  The rest, as they say, is history.

Hey Nestle –  when were you going to think about the well-being of our babies or were you too overcome with greed to worry about a silly thing like that?  No need to answer that…the answer is crystal clear from where I’m sitting.

I can’t help but wonder if Nestle hadn’t been a game-changer by adding SUGAR to infant formula to make it taste good (at 1/2 the price), would we be loading it up with high fructose corn syrup today?  Definitely makes you go “hmm”.

My 2 Cents

If you can’t (or won’t) breastfeed your child please take the time to research baby formula and buy a brand without high fructose corn syrup.  Although there are lots of labels out there that say “all natural” or “organic”  be sure to read and investigate the contents for yourself.  High fructose corn syrup is your enemy!

If you opt for formula, please don’t mix it with tap, bottled or pitcher filtered water.  Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY “Nursery Water” under any brand or circumstances!  It’s not what they want you to believe it is and it has added fluoride.  Contrary to what you’ve been told, fluoride is NOT good for you or your baby and there is plenty of science to back that up.  States that never introduced fluoride into their water systems actually report few cavities AND fewer cases of cancer in children under the age of 14.

Your baby is 90% water and very alkaline at birth.  This is the reason their skin is like silk!   They are ultra hydrated (and just the right pH) naturally.  Thanks, Mom!  The longer they stay that way (hydrated and alkaline) the healthier they’ll be.  Water is a critical component to the health of your child.

The kind of water you  introduce to your baby through formula and food is critical!   I’m often amazed at how many young parents don’t think twice about mixing baby formula with water they wouldn’t dream of drinking themselves. It’s not just about taste, folks.

Your baby is worth the very best money can buy.  The best food and the best water that  you can get your hands on.  If you think  healthy is expensive…you should see what disease costs!  

Thanks to you, Nestle (and a lot of others) some of us have our work cut out for us in re-educating our world.  Ugh…it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it! Bottoms-up, Boomers!



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Are “Reduced Calorie” Foods Killing You? You Bet They Are!

Aspartame…toxic poisoning disguised as a wonder additive for reduced calories


Much of the “blame” pertaining to the use of Aspartame is pointed toward the consumption of diet sodas.  Obviously they are a huge source of the demand problem, however, Aspartame is now found in 6,000 U.S. products and the list is growing daily.  Our latest Aspartame challenge?  Adding Aspartame to milk products to reduce calories and to  “aid in the fight against childhood obesity”.   I bet if we feed our kids a little rat poison they’d lose weight too.  Don’t look now but there is a major battle going on to avoid having to disclose Aspartame as an ingredient on milk labels.  Go figure.

There are many ways to address obesity and to limit caloric intake but toxic poisoning shouldn’t be on the list of options.  If  you STILL don’t think that Aspartame is a dangerous substance that can lead to deathly consequences you need to get your head out of the sand for the sake of the next generation (and beyond).

This is the statement of a former FDA investigator that was part of the Aspartame problem and is now working to be part of the solution:

“As an investigator, I found this hard to believe at first, that so many factors have come together to collude in such a way to allow Aspartame into our food supply.  Regardless of how I initially felt about it, the evidence is factual ….it happened.  Now we have to do something about it, because it is nothing less than MASS MURDER” 

Arthur M. Evangelista, Ph.D.
Dir. of Operations & Research – Regulatory Affairs Unit
Public Health and Medical Fraud Research Co-Operative
(A former federal investigator, U.S. Food & Drug Administration)



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