I recently received the following question from a mom needing clarification from all the confusion out there on how to raise healthy, well-nourished children. This is a question I frequently get. This one came from Kelly M. in a Facebook message:
What I’d like to know is “Where is the science to the contrary?” How do you define “thrive?” It’s true that stupid veganism can lead to problems but so can a meat and animal food diet. It’s a neverending war of scare tactics intending to bring people into one’s own camp. We absolutely must follow compassion and prevention of the devastation of our environment. You can’t give your children animal flesh and heal the planet. There is too much research showing the vegan lifestyle is best for the future of our children and the earth. Please view the film documentary Cowspiracy to understand the scope of this health and environmental issue.
Some vegan parents have Vitamin B12-deficient children, and this gets a lot of rap from those promoting an animal food diet, even though B12 deficiency is seen across the board in all diets. In earlier times, our children would be getting enough dust and some tiny insects in their plant food, and the parents wouldn’t be washing the food obsessively like today, so the children would be getting adequate B12 in their food. A vegan diet for children must be made of organically grown whole plant foods, whereas most family vegan diets are made up of conventionally grown and processed foods, which are unhealthy for child development and often contain genetically engineered ingredients, harmful pesticides and monosodium glutamate.
According to anthropology professor Dr. Robert Sussman of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri: “The idea of early man as a carnivorous hunter doesn’t jibe with evidence. You wouldn’t know it by current world events, but humans actually evolved to be peaceful, cooperative and social animals, not the predators modern mythology would have us believe.”
In his book, Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators and Human Evolution, Sussman goes against the prevailing view and argues that primates, including early humans, evolved not as hunters but as prey of many predators, including wild dogs and cats, hyenas, eagles and crocodiles.
Dr. Sussman says early man was not an aggressive killer: “Our intelligence, cooperation and many other features we have as modern humans developed from our attempts to out-smart the predator.” I hope this helps you get a more clear understanding of the historical, health and environmental aspects of raising healthy children. Thank you for your important question.
Following are only a few of the numerous comments I receive from parents telling me their health and healing stories of “raising healthy vegan and raw vegan children.” There is also below a note from a 10-year-old child who had a severe mucus condition for many years in which she was bedridden and coughing chronically. After becoming a raw vegan, she healed in a short period of time.