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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Child Publishing; 1 edition (Nov. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982021313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982021316
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Killeen on Nov. 13 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are planning to have a child, be sure to read the book, "Healing Our Children." Mr. Nagel's book includes unique information that you will not find in other maternity or parenting books, including details about the child rearing habits of our ancestors. Tribal man had the knowledge to ensure that our children were raised in a healthy, nurturing environment. Unfortunately, our busy lives have distanced us from the primal needs of our children (optimal nutrition, care, nursing, love, good feelings, attention, appreciation, holding, bonding and closeness).

Aside from providing parenting tips, "Healing Our Children" also includes in-depth information about the importance of eating a nutrient-dense diet which includes adequate amounts of the critical fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. The diets of indigenous cultures provided adequate amounts of these vitamins and they enjoyed excellent health and fertility. Unfortunately, since our modern diet is deficient in these critical nutrients, we are seeing increased rates of infertility, birth defects and other health problems.

"Healing Our Children" will help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy but also contribute to the health and wellness of your entire family.
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I bought this book because I truly believe that you are what you eat and what you manifest for your children in your behaviour. The book has some interesting statements and case studies, but no real empirical data to back it up. They use traditional ways as ones to emulate and advocate we return to an agrarian society, essentially. Though it has the right motive, it's a little different in the ideas it promotes.
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103 of 111 people found the following review helpful
NOT to be associated with Weston A Price Aug. 1 2010
By Mindy - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm hoping that the many positive reviewers didn't have the time to fully read this book, and instead skimmed just the nutrition information, which borrows heavily from Price's work.

I may have enjoyed this book if Nagel had stuck to writing what he allegedly knows about, tooth decay and nutrition, and left out his conspiracy theories, parenting theories, and especially his extreme generalizations that offended even me. I'm a strong Raw Milk and Nourishing Traditions advocate in my community, I didn't vaccinate my children, intend to home-school, and have a healthy distrust of western medicine. I found this book a disservice to all those areas and many more.

I would have been less turned off if Nagel wrote the book in a voice and tone that matches what it is: an editorial. Instead, however he presents most everything in the book as absolute fact and for credibility provides occasional references which (aside from Price's work) are weak. His tone throughout the book is condescending at best, egotistical and extremist at worst.

Here are just a few of the claims I found very offensive:

"Vaccinating a baby is a way to inflict pain while the parent remains unfeeling and numb. If you did not feel pleasure moving through your body you would not be able to perform the action; there would be no motivation for it." p. 278

"Infertility is an aspect of our karma, as it has to do with our present and past actions and unresolved life patterns." p. 118

"The HIV virus is created by a scientist for biological warfare." p. 284

In bold print on p. 284:
"The purpose of vaccinations, besides providing immediate profit, is to cause cancer, AIDS, and lowered intelligence.
Want Some Cancer? Get a vaccine."

p. 297
School teachers your child to expect a miserable, silent, monotonous and confined life. The purpose of school is to train your child to become a malleable and spiritless automation that can be controlled and manipulated.

p.187 - 188
Grotesque image of a mother intentionally ignoring her disturbed baby.
Then Nagel tells a fictional story in which a mother isn't able to immediately respond to her baby's cry and Nagel hypothesizes that the baby is in deep pain and distress resulting in permanent and deep emotional withdrawal.
It's this exact propaganda that is causing extreme stress, depression, and health problems in many new mothers. The notion that they must, at all costs to themselves, other children, their marriage, their finances, their health, respond immediately to attempt to placate every single cry without any delay ever. And if they don't their baby will be permanently and severely emotionally damaged. I'm not talking about prolonged intentional crying (cry it out, etc). I'm talking about not hearing the monitor right away because the volume is too low, or helping another child who is ill, etc.
What data is the theory that "not responding to every single cry will result in serious emotional damage" based on? And how is this even remotely realistic, even for the most dedicated mother? And so when she, inevitably, doesn't hear the monitor or sleeps through a cry b/c of sleep deprivation she is now laden with guilt on top of this impossible responsibility.

These extreme beliefs and generalizations make this book dangerous, especially to new mothers who are highly influence-able and struggling for support and encouragement. i wouldn't let my friends read it, let alone buy it for them! Instead I'd offer to babysit for them and make them some home-cooked food using Nourishing Traditions recipes. Oh, and I'd give them as much emotional support and encouragement as possible that they are doing a wonderful job!!!
67 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Yikes! Wacky Hippies Co-opt Weston A. Price! Jan. 31 2009
By Glacier Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an uneven yet inspired parenting book in the spirit of Pearce's "Magical Child," and while it incorporates an embarrassment of riches in terms of practical information on nutrition, vaccination, fluoride, sun exposure, etc., there is a way in which the book jacket is disingenuous; if you are looking for a concise, clear manual on babycare, you should know that the book's strengths lie elsewhere: the book is a gem as a discourse on the profoundly spiritual nature of parenting, and as such, it is messy, rich, and emotional.

What amazed me is that Nagel rounded up the exact same group of idiosyncratic (yet logical) sources that I've taken to heart (though pragmatically I've rejected some) in my 6 years as a parent, including Price's "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration," Liedloff's "Continuum Concept," Pearce on the idea of mother as matrix, unschooling, (unattended) homebirth, and natural infant hygiene. I thought I was the only one! When my second child was a newborn, I remember seeing a flyer around town for a meeting of the "wholistic moms club" that read, "Come and find your tribe," and I thought to myself, "Yeah, right, I've found my tribe, and it's a tribe of 1." The women in that group seemed to me to be the "attachment parenting" types who feel free to ignore their kids (we are NOT child-centric!) because they co-sleep and breastfeed on demand, and hey, isn't that enough?, and whose kids have plump, rosy cheeks from breastmilk and dental caries from a vegetarian diet of hummus and organic pretzels. You know the type?

I began to think of my parenting style as "evolutionary parenting" and have since refined it to "empathetic" parenting. In particular, I thought Nagel excelled in his riff on the continuum of infant experience, necessary because anthropologist/therapist Liedloff never became a mother; I've seen her work conveniently interpreted by the "attachment" folks to mean that a lack of maternal interaction is OK as long as you use a sling. I've begun to feel like the last parent on earth who plays-plays-plays with her kids, and the feeling is creepily reinforced every day after I drop my 6-year-old off at school, then watch the neighborhood turn into a ghost town.

My toddler and I go across the street to the playground and play imaginative games for an hour or so before walking home through more deserted neighborhoods, in which the only sound is that of the leaf-blowers and neurotic, lonely dogs pent up in backyards. Actually, there's a small clump of moms with toddlers, and they stay and chat with each other for about twenty minutes, but they never come to the playground, and for some reason that evades me, they always stand (whatever the weather) in the middle of the driveway where the school lunch truck backs up, narrowly avoiding the toddlers. I finished reading Nagel's book with a feeling of being blessed and confirmed, and perhaps most importantly, I felt a rush of compassion for my 6-year-old, her first tooth just loosening, from whom I often expect too much in terms of that cultural mandate to early independence, and I took her in my arms and just held her like a baby for a second or two, `til she struggled to get away.

But folks, there are problems. "Healing Our Children" has that kind of loose, naïve, from-the-hip writing style I associate with hippies like Ina May Gaskin, and from time to time, Nagel's wife Michelle pipes in with her 2-cents, with all the aplomb of a wife reminding her husband to pick up bread at the market. The book starts with a retelling of Weston A. Price's research but fuzzes it up, in my opinion, with frequent invocations of the divine mother and father and a sort of collective walking-the-stations-of-the-cross to grieve the plague of "white" culture. I've often wondered why Price's brilliant research has been neglected, and the conclusion I came to was that it was too painful. Sure enough, it's no fun to look in the mirror and say, wow, I bear the deformities of my cultural inheritance, the astigmatism and narrow palate. But, my point is, I'd already made my peace and thus felt annoyed by Nagel's promptings.

In my favorite, awful part of the book, Nagel writes, "Just to warn you, as there are good energies and good spirits, so there are also bad ones...This book, by the way, also has a deva spirit. If you want to understand the book several times faster than you would normally, think of and communicate with its spirit, or with my writer deva spirit while you are reading." Thanks for the invite! I began to wonder if all books and periodicals have deva spirits, including the crumpled, sticky French Spider Man comic on the floor of my car; I began to think, wow, deva spirits...who needs the Internet? Mostly, I began to think, Weston A. Price, who was a rigorous man of science, would be horrified. A small matter of phrasing could help here; just saying, "I believe in" instead of "there are" could pacify people like me who get squeamish about deva spirits. Then there was this little wonder: "Most of the time while in the womb the baby's spirit is not in its body. The spirit may pay brief visits and its physiology may be imprinted." Say what?? I'll share one more: Though I thought Nagel's section on vaccination provided excellent info, I was uncomfortable with his statement that germs do not cause disease. I'm pretty sure germs do cause disease, as for example when healthy, indigenous North American populations came into contact with European settlers and were decimated by plague. Nagel boldly declares that there is no such thing as a virus, but I'm pretty sure, for example, that the ebola virus would lay anyone low.

The section on prevention of childhood diseases toward the end of the book seems rushed; the discussion of colic, for example as an easy fix with a bit of infant probiotics, largely avoidable through proper prenatal nutrition, lacks the sort of complexity and precision I generally admire. I'm prompted to think of Nagel's book, as personal and idiosyncratic as it is, as bearing the imprint of the estimable yet sometimes brittle Weston A. Price Foundation. I love the WAPF for the intelligent, hard-to-find, counter-cultural info they provide, and I'm grateful to the WAPF for their prenatal dietary guidelines, as I followed them during my second pregnancy and must say that my second daughter has a notably wide palate, etc. and both of my daughters are vibrantly healthy; yet, at its worst, the WAPF can sometimes (understandably) become strident. For all the astounding research they conduct, creating a homemade infant formula with a lipid specialist, for example, or unveiling Price's "Activator X" as Vitamin K-2, they sometimes adopt a tone that goes like this: feed your kids a WAPF diet, and they will sleep through the night, be calm and cheerful, period, end of story.
When I began the book, I thought to myself, do I want to share this with my little sister, the Ivy League graduate, pregnant with her first child? No way, I thought, she'll think I'm a complete wacko, and Weston A. Price's research (which I'm always pressing on my vegetarian sister, who now drinks real milk instead of soymilk) will lose credibility. By the end of the book, I'd changed my mind; now I don't want to part with it, because, however wacky, I've found my tribe.

I almost forgot to mention my favorite part of the book, which treats the assumption of individual and parental responsibiity (especially within the continuum of care) vs. social pressures to abdicate such responsibility. The pressures to leave a baby or toddler with a stranger, to allow strangers moral authority over a child, etc. are enormous, even for a mature adult, and I've never come across a book that so beautifully emphasizes the importance of the parental role in protecting a child. This alone is worth the price of admission!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
My Number 1 book on pre and post-pregnancy. Feb. 16 2010
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I ( the wife of S.Morris) was drawn to this book when I began researching preconception health to become pregnant. I've read over 12 books on this topic and this is my number one book to the extent that it's become my bible, in that I've read it over 5 times and my husband has also read it.

It's an easy read and extremely informative into why nutrition before pregnancy, during and after can make such a huge difference for your baby to be or child's health, disposition, intelligence and well being. I now feel confident that my Husband and I are looking after ourselves really well and preparing the best we can for pregnancy, birth and life with a content, healthy baby. I also feel that by following Ramiel's health and lifestyle guidelines, that we are both giving our child the best start in life possible.

The recommended foods, based on Weston A. Price's anthropological research, are exceptionally yummy and satisfying. After years of eating conventional food, we are now eating large amounts organic and grass fed foods, especially raw butter, raw milk, organic cream and grass fed organic meat with the fat...always with copious amounts of organic vegetables too.

I personally haven't put on any weight and feel a lot happier as my period and hormones have normalized. My husband and I have also started eating fish and organ meats (which are mainly hidden in mince meat, but have lots of chicken liver pate bleneded with herbs and spices and raw butter). Ramiel's book really helped us along this journey and I can't recommend this book enough. It's truly is life changing!!

If you are going to buy a diet / nutritional / lifestyle book for pre-pregnancy, pregnancy or for children, this book would be my number one choice.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Labor of Love Nov. 13 2008
By Pamela Killeen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are planning to have a child, be sure to read the book, "Healing Our Children." Mr. Nagel's book includes unique information that you will not find in other maternity or parenting books, including details about the child rearing habits of our ancestors. Tribal man had the knowledge to ensure that our children were raised in a healthy, nurturing environment. Unfortunately, our busy lives have distanced us from the primal needs of our children (optimal nutrition, care, nursing, love, good feelings, attention, appreciation, holding, bonding and closeness).

Aside from providing parenting tips, "Healing Our Children" also includes in-depth information about the importance of eating a nutrient-dense diet which includes adequate amounts of the critical fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. The diets of indigenous cultures provided adequate amounts of these vitamins and they enjoyed excellent health and fertility. Unfortunately, since our modern diet is deficient in these critical nutrients, we are seeing increased rates of infertility, birth defects and other health problems.

"Healing Our Children" will help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy but also contribute to the health and wellness of your entire family.

Pam Killeen, co-author of the NY Times bestselling book, The Great Bird Flu Hoax: The Truth They Don't Want You to Know About the "Next Big Pandemic"
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Must read for anyone who's had a child, or been one Aug. 4 2009
By Globetrotter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has a child, plans to have a child, or used to be a child will be mightily enlightened and educated with this book!

Having read Ramiel's first book, "Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition (First Edition)", which revolutionized my knowledge of tooth decay - how it occurs, and how to heal it, I expected that this book would be a great read. And sure enough, it is! It is truly the most comprehensive, educational, comforting and empowering book I've read on parenting and nutrition - and that's saying a lot because I have been reading nutrition books since 1998!

It starts with teaching you about how to live well, to really take personal responsibility for your health - rather than walking through life being a victim. He then teaches you how to get as healthy as possible as parents (because both parents' health is important!) and how to raise a beautiful, vibrant, healthy child as well, and touches on the best and proven nutrition choices you can make for your whole family.

One of the most beautiful parts of this book is that Ramiel actually interacts with you in the book (even showing his modesty and humility, though he is truly a brilliant thinker) by making you ask certain questions about your many different areas of your own life (past and present, physical, emotional, mental), which really means helping you take the next step: To actually apply in your life the great and sacred wisdom he shares in this incredible book. In doing so, you will not only heal your own life, your own "inner" child, but that of your children, too - whether they are already here on earth or yet to be conceived.

The other wonderful feature of this book is that you get a glimpse of Ramiel's experiences and the knowledge he's gained for himself - it's not just `out there' - he's truly practicing what he's preaching and he shares in the book not only his own story but how he healed his daughter - aptly named Sparkle - whose teeth started decaying at the age of one. You see the result of his own personal work - it's very obvious in the brilliant picture of his vibrantly healthy family that he shares at the end of the book. The other very noteworthy fact about this book is it encourages you to live healthy even on a limited budget - Ramiel has done it, and so can you...and this economy, that's critical!

I encourage anyone who has wondered about reading this book to take the plunge and do it, because it will enable you to live a truly beautiful life...I plan on reading this book from cover to cover at least once a year because this is the kind of book that will you will keep learning from as you peel away the layers!

I know it's only a matter of time until Ramiel's message gets to Oprah and I can't wait for him to be on her show, so his beautiful message gets spread to even more people...and I can't wait for his next project to be complete!


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