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“Moobs”: What to do when your Boy Child has Man Boobs

Sadly, I am not kidding.

I am blessed to have a 10-year-old son. Having that 10-year-old also puts me in contact with other boys and girls of his age by virtue of the activities in which he participates. One of those activities takes place every week, and attracts boys and girls alike. The majority of the children are between the ages of age 10 to age 17. There are also adults that play – but the bulk of those that I see playing from week to week are between the ages of 10 and 17. The majority of children come from middle-class homes, in a “mid-sized college city” in northern Colorado. But this could be any city in America. It may very well be yours, if you take a look around.

These are our children. They are our future. I am writing because I am seeing some very disturbing things as I observe and interact with this particular segment of our population, and it leaves me with questions about the viability of our tomorrows. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, I am not over-emphasizing these issues. Not only is the brain function of some of these children low and/or impaired, but their ability to procreate—fertility—may also be at risk.

The first concern I will write about is the concept of boy children having breasts. (Yes. True. They do.) This is the first of a series of articles. Other topics I will write about in the future that are showing up in this population: obesity (we are talking real obesity, not just a few pounds overweight—this is 20 pounds, 30 pounds overweight as a child), severe acne (which is NOT inevitable), girls with a boy’s body– that is, failure to develop breasts and hips– black circles under eyes, pale skin tone, (almost translucent, as in I can see their veins),  inability to focus, aka ADD or ADHD…tragically, I could go on.

Now, I know as well as you know that boy children are not supposed to develop breasts. However, more and more of them are developing breasts-so much so that there IS a medical term for this “condition”: gynecomastia. They are also “jokingly” called “man boobs”, or “moobs” for short. I am not talking about a weight problem. It is not the result of being overweight. These man boobs are occurring even on those that are slightly built, or trim or slim. It is an estrogen problem. And here’s an idea of how it happened. (Stay tuned and I will tell you what you can do about it.)

Where is the estrogen that is causing our males to develop female body parts? It is in the food, and it is in the environment. In this article, I am going to talk about the food. Subsequent articles will address the environmental issues. The biggest culprit in terms of estrogen in food is soy. When might the story begin? Is it in the soy formula that feeds the male infant? Soy formula has more estrogen in a bottle than a month’s supply of birth control pills. And much of it is genetically modified (GMO).

Phyto-estrogen filled soy may be found in many foods. (And soy is very high in phyto-estrogen.) There what I call “overt” soy — that is, soy food products with the word “soy” right on the label such as tofu, and soy-based products such as tofu pups and tofu ice cream, soy milk, and soy creamer. There is also soy that is seemingly hidden in our foods – specifically as soy lecithin, which is an emulsifier – that is found in many foods. Soy lecithin is found in almost every chocolate bar or candy bar that is made in America at this time. And this soy is not organic (unless specifically labeled as such. Since the soy is not organic, it is most likely GMO, as more than 90% of the world’s soy is now GMO.)   Soy may also be listed on an ingredient label as natural flavor, TSF (textured soy flour), TVP (textured vegetable protein), TSP (textured soy protein), MSG, mono-diglyceride, soya, soja, and yuba.

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Have a little TVP (unfermented, processed, GMO soy) in your burrito! NOT!

The biggest culprit for our boy children maybe the protein bars or “power bars” that they consume– two and three a day sometimes. These bars have soy protein isolate as the main protein ingredient. According to the Soyfoods Association of North America, soy protein isolate “is a dry powder food ingredient that has been separated or isolated from the other components of the soybean” and  “… soy protein isolate is made from de-fatted soybean flakes that have been washed in either alcohol or water to remove sugars and dietary fiber.”

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One example of a protein bar…

Okay, enough with the soy problem. I could go on and on, as we look into the other foods that have soy in them…including seemingly innocuous canned tuna fish and meats, gravies, soups, cereals… What other foods are fraught with hormone disrupters for our boys? Conventional dairy…and conventional meat. What is “conventional dairy”? Where is it found?

Conventional dairy is any food made out of milk (milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, kefir) that is not organic. Conventional dairy accounts for the majority of dairy in the United States—about 97% of it.

According to the USDA, only about 4-4.5% of the fluid milk products (that means milk and milk products you can drink, not cheese, or yogurt or kefir or butter) in the US were organic in 2013. That means that about 95-96% was conventional. EEEK! Conventional dairy farmers can use growth hormones to increase milk production (and feed them other things, everything from “erythomycin… testosterone, estadiol benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, poloxaline, propionic acid, chicken manure, cattle manure, chocolate, stale pastries, cement dust, molasses, candy, urea, hooves, feathers, meat scraps (but not from ruminants, as that has now been banned due to BSE/madcow), fish meal, pasta, peanut skins, brewery wastes, cardboard, corn silage, GMO grains, and various pesticides.” (Chris Kerston)

Meat can also be a contributor to the hormonal imbalance that can result in man boobs…Conventional meat, that is. “Conventional meat” is any meat that is not “organic” or grown by organic-or better-standards. Again, according to the USDA, only 3% of meat produced in the US was organic as of 2015. YIKES! One more time with feeling, cows on feedlots (conventionally produced meats) are fed soy and corn…think estrogen and GMOs!

Given our food supply and the amount of soy, estrogen-like compounds and hormones in it, is it any wonder why our boys are developing man boobs? I think not. And as mentioned previously, there are environmental factors as well. I’ll explore those next.

What you can do if your male child is developing breasts

In order of impact:

  1. Cut out all unfermented soy! That means protein bars, protein shakes, and anything with TVP, soy protein isolates, etc., added.
  2. Feed your child organic dairy. Better, feed him fresh dairy from cows that graze on pasture. For sources of real milk near you, see www.realmilk.com or www.westonaprice.org
  3. Feed your child organic meat. Better, feed him grass-fed and –finished meat. Look for grass-fed and –finished meats at Farmer’s Markets, or check out some of these sources: in DC Metro area, Maryland and Virginia: Fields of Athenry Farm, Polyface Farm, Smith Meadows Meats; on line: http://www.eatwild.com/products/
  4. Eat at home. Stay away from fast-food, notorious for soy protein additives in their food products. Here are a few: FAO on meat products with high levels of extenders and fillers, Wise Traditions Spring 2015

For more information about the dangers of soy, check out some independent research.

For more information about GMOs, http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/311/ge-foods/ge-food-and-your-health

In my next post, we’ll talk about contributing environmental factors, and the easy things you can do to mitigate the environmental impact of estrogenic compounds on your sons, (and brothers and husbands). Stay tuned!

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Great Children’s Book: The Adventures of Andrew Price!

 

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Love traditional food? (You must, if you are reading my blog!) Ever wonder how to explain the importance of nutrient-dense food to children in a way that is fun and informative? Here’s the answer! The Adventures of Andrew Price is a wonderful children’s book that does just that. In this book, the fictitious great-great-nephew of Dr. Weston A. Price follows in his footsteps and discovers how traditional societies nourished themselves for optimal health. Sandrine Love, founder of Nourishing Our Children, collaborated with Mohammad Naser to publish the book. Simply Being Well is a proud sponsor of the book because I love the idea of helping to spread the importance of nourishing, traditional food to children.

Full Circle!

I was so thrilled to hear that The Adventures of Andrew Price went to Africa! Feels like the teaching has come full circle! The book (the great-great-nephew) followed in his great-great-uncle Weston A. Price’s footsteps, returning to the place where much of Weston Price’s research about traditional diets was done. How cool is that?! I think it is very cool. Read on to hear how Andrew Price got to Africa!

Hilda Labrada Gore, host of the Weston A. Price Foundation’s podcast series and a local chapter leader, has made two trips to Africa thus far on behalf of the Foundation. Her intention has been to inspire those she met to take an interest in their own traditional diets and to teach about what Dr. Price observed when he traveled to Africa himself.

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While in Kenya, Hilda visited an orphanage and school called By Grace. Those she visited have cows and drink raw milk from the cows. Their diet is a mix of traditional and so-called modern foods. Hilda read The Adventures of Andrew Price with the intention to teach the students and teachers about the value of their traditional diet. Above is a photo of Hilda at the school with the book.

Promotion

This book is currently on promotion!! What a deal!!

For an investment of $25 by June 24, 2016,   you will not only receive this fabulous book,  The Adventures of Andrew Price , but also ALL of Nourishing Our Children’s downloadable education materials which includes our DVD as .mov files, as well as the e-book, audio book, PowerPoint, study guide, food pyramid chart and food pyramid photographs after the promotion. That is a bundle that normally goes for a $150.00 donation! These are fabulous educational materials. They are visually beautiful, easy to follow, and top-notch professionally done. I LOVE them, and can wholeheartedly recommend. them.

If you have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, friends with children, teach children, participate in moms or parents groups…I encourage you to purchase a copy! The Adventures of Andrew Price is a great tool for communicating, in a simple way, the basis of the Weston A. Price principles and the importance of eating nourishing, real foods!

 

The complimentary bundle of educational materials will be emailed to all who order the book on June 25, 2016.

Note that this  book is a limited edition and there are only a few boxes of books left!

Book Review

Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and author of several books, including Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats has purchased copies of The Adventures of Andrew Price for her grandchildren and written a Thumbs Up Book Review of the book!

Check out these Testimonials!

“The minute The Adventures of Andrew Price arrived, we opened it right away and began to read it. It’s my son’s new favorite book and has opened a lot of discussion of grassfed milk and how we want to protect ourselves against cavities. So happy about this book, I hope more are to come … maybe a story about kids who eat their liver and cod liver oil! I could use a book like that! My son is five. When his friend came over to play, he was excited to show him the gallon of grass-fed milk we had in the fridge!” – Erika

 

5 Stars

“What a wonderful book. I pre-ordered this book before it was written and was thrilled to pick up my copy at the Weston A Price Foundation’s annual conference in November.  I was not disappointed!   It’s a beautifully bound hard cover book that is colorful and engaging.  It is a great way to introduce the next generation to the timeless principles discovered by Dr. Price.   It is not easy taking on such a in-depth volume, such as Dr. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, and succinctly summarizing the important points in a way that is relevant and understandable to children, yet the author, Sandrine Love, does just that.  She not only summarized the diets of traditional people that Dr. Price studied, but also the consequences of not eating a traditional diet.  I highly recommend this book for children of all ages.

Combine it with the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children and you have the ultimate duo for beginners of all ages to not only understand, but to implement a traditional foods lifestyle.” – Barbara Geatches

5 Stars

“I read The Adventures of Andrew Price to my 4 year old boy, and was very impressed with the book – it’s beautifully illustrated, and the story is both entertaining and instructive. While reading about the dietary changes that occurred to various cultures as they became more modern, I asked my son what he thought happened to the people. He immediately said: “They got cavities!” I was so proud of him for making the connection, and grateful for such a beautiful book. It speaks to children a lot more than all the lectures we parents can give them!” – Joanna Leyla

5 Stars

“The story told by Andrew Price is appealing to both young and old.  My 3 year old is now very concerned with unnatural ‘holes in his teeth’, or cavities, and reading it gives me a great opportunity to teach him about the importance of eating real food.  We have read it many times over.  My husband also learned new information from the book!  It is a darling book with fantastic illustrations.” – Jenny Moreland

5 Stars

I was at the Wise Traditions conference in Anaheim and this book was selling like hotcakes! I understand why. It is a perfect way to educated children (and adults) about Weston A. Price’s travels and discoveries. And it’s inspiring! When you turn the last page, you are ready to go out and eat well to be well (and to tell others about nourishing foods, to boot)! – Hilda Labrada Gore

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Order your book and receive all of the Nourishing Our Children educational materials for free here!

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Up Next on Generation Regeneration | VoiceAmerica™: Me!

Generation Regeneration | VoiceAmerica™.

“Up next on Gen R tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14, at 12pm PST or On Demand!

Hippocrates had it right: Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food. The amazing Teaching Chef Monica Corrado of Simply Being Well: Cooking for Well-being will expand on this and how she has uses food to help with autoimmune disease and neurological disorders like Autism spectrum. Join us for some mid-day brain food!”

Follow the link above to tune in! or tune in HERE

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A note that came in today…thank YOU!

Monica Raw Milk

Serving raw milk on Capitol Hill after the Raw Milk Rally, May 2011

Monica,
I have been meaning to email you for over a year now.  I met you at the raw milk rally at the national mall a year and a half ago, at that time I told you how your pro-bono class you held at your son’s Waldorf school revolutionized my ideas about nutrition.   I just wanted to thank you for your work.  Seriously, that night when I heard you spoke, a light bulb went on and I said, NOW I understand.  I had always prided myself in trying to eat “healthy”, but now I understand the healing power of nutrient dense food.  While, my children have never dealt with any serious health issues, I have seen improvement as we have made simple and small changes. I usually did most of our cooking, but soon after listening to your presentation we embraced raw milk, cheese, yogurt, butter.  We dropped vegetable oils, love coconut oil, homemade stock soups, fermented pickles, salsa and KETCHUP.  I can’t thank you enough for the path you set me on.  We now enjoy raw liver, cod liver oil and robust health.
Thanks again,
A mom in Silver Spring, Maryland
Thank YOU, dear mom, for writing! I so appreciate it!!

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August and September classes!

Hey folks, visit the 2011 Class Schedule page…I just added classes for August and September. These are the last classes I will teach in the DC metro area for a while, as I am moving in late September. If you would like to take a class with me in this area, *now’s the time*!! I did my best to incorporate the class requests that came in. Thanks to everyone who will be hosting these two months, to those who offered to host, and to those who have hosted me over the years!

Classes include:

Enzyme-Rich Sauces! The Secret Ingredient to Satiety

Beans and Grains for Autumn

Greens-GLORIOUS Greens- and Squash!

and 

A Week of Healthy Breakfasts!

You will also find information about the weekend of classes in Charlottesville, VA in September: Nourishing Healthy Children. If you know anyone in Charlottesville, kindly *spread the word*!! Thanks!

As always, I look forward to cooking with you!

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A 5 year old’s favorite: Kale Chips baked in bacon fat!

For everyone who says “kids don’t like vegetables”, this one’s for you.

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Some of my faves: curly kale, collards and chard...!

My 5 year old son LOVES kale chips. In fact, he’ll eat an entire bunch of kale if they are made into kale chips. Here’s a recipe for you. Feel free to swap out the bacon fat with coconut oil or beef tallow, or lard. Stick with saturated fats, as they are the only ones that are healthy to bake with!

Crispy Kale Chips

1 bunch curly kale or lacinato kale (aka dinosaur kale), stem removed, torn into 1 inch size pieces, rinsed and dried

1 Tablespoon bacon fat (sustainably raised, nitrate/nitrite free) (or coconut oil or tallow or lard)

a pinch of celtic salt (or another salt that is high in trace minerals)

Melt the fat on a parchment lined sheet pan (unless the sheet pan is stainless steel) in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, melt in a pan on the stove and toss the kale pieces to coat in a bowl. Then place on sheet pan.)

Toss the kale in the melted fat (use tongs) and sprinkle with good salt. (you may also wish to be a bit adventurous and coat with curry powder, italian spices, or cinnamon!)

Be sure to leave some room between the kale pieces, so that they crisp and do not steam.  You may choose to use 2 sheet pans to spread them out.

Bake about 20 minutes. Check at 10-15 minutes to be sure they are not burning (oven temperatures vary).

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Okay, so it's broccoli--but you get my point! Kids eat veggies! Hooray!

Enjoy! 🙂

P.S. don’t try to store these. They will lose all their crispiness, and then you’re left with limp kale!

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Chefs Move to Schools…The Revolution Continues!

Hello all,

Just wanted to share with you something I am thrilled to be a part of. The REAL FOOD REVOLUTION continues!!

Ruth Gresser, friend and chef/owner of Pizzeria Paradiso and I are participating in the Chefs Move to Schools initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. We are adopting Takoma Park Middle School and will be there all day Monday, Nov 30, teaching 6th, 7th and 8th graders about REAL food. ..and yes, we’ll be MAKING THE KETCHUP!!! Fermented ketchup, of course. Teaching about the difference between REAL food and fake food, LIVE food and dead food…My favorite subjects! HOORAY!

Look for an article in the Gazette-they’ll be interviewing and filming us that day. I am always happy when I get to do something to positively impact children and their relationship with food. I’ll keep you posted!

For more information about ferments, see the Washington Post article September 18, It’s Alive!

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