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From: Leslie (
Subject: Re: 20 mos old on dairy free diet for 6 wks
Date: June 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm PST

In Reply to: 20 mos old on dairy free diet for 6 wks posted by AM on June 5, 2005 at 7:57 am:

Just wanted to say that there are many, many alternatives to dairy that you can use. I'd stay away from soy for now, because soy is also a common allergen, although far less than dairy. Just as an example, I have a book which gives nutritional and supplemental advice for 150 different illnesses, of those 150, 1/3 suggest to eliminate dairy products. It's not such a bad thing to find alternatives . . .

That said, so I don't have to type on and on forever, check the vegan and then vegan issues board, I just posted some information about dairy alternatives, some of those are also soy-free and kids like them just fine. For cereal and such, I'd say you should perhaps try rice or almond milk, I personally don't care for rice milk, it's so thin, and probably not enough fat for a little one, but almond milk is delicious, I use the brand called Blue Diamond, it's excellent tasting, don't care as much for Pacific Brand.

For cheese you can use some of the alternatives I suggested, if you're interested Bryanna Grogan is quite generous with her recipes and you can most likely get the one for melty pizza cheese (which is soy-free) from her on New Veggies.

Good luck with your search, when my son was little he had chronic ear infections. I had a friend who suggested it could be dairy causing them and I at the time did not listen to her, maybe then there weren't so many alternatives, but I wish I had because he had round after round of antiobiotics, then tubes put in his ears and finally a collapsed eardrum and reduced hearing, since that time 1980's, I have read over and over that dairy is responsible for over 80% of childhood ear infections. It is entirely possible that I could have changed that outcome had I tried alternatives.

I urge you to find alternatives, and do your research on dairy, you might be quite surprised that it doesn't really "do a body good."

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