Intolerant Bodies: a history of immune research

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, breastmilk, Child Health, Food Intolerance, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Reviews by MM

Intolerant bodies: a history of auto immunity. Anderson W, Mackay IR. (Johns Hopkins Press 2014) A focussed partial review and commentary.. This readable and illuminating text by an historian and an immunologist outlines the historical process of uncovering the workings of the immune system. Finding this book was for me finding a missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is … Read More

Formulas for obesity and altered development: an excerpt about cows and soy formulas

Maureen MinchinBottle Feeding, General News, Growth, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters

An excerpt about formulas and obesity, from pages 37-49 of Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder. Also e-book Infant formula and modern epidemics: the Milk Hypothesis Author note: The previous section of this first part of the 800+ page book discussed the ways that breastmilk directs and supports normal infant development. The subsequent pages after this extract discuss other … Read More

Hard to swallow: a book review

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Bottle Feeding, Child Health, General News, Infant Formula, Reviews by MM

Swallow This: serving up the food industry’s darkest secrets by Joanna Blythman (Fourth Estate London 2015) There are many interesting books on food. There are few fascinating detailed readable ones on food processing. This one is a must read for those feeling brave or curious. It is not a reassuring one for those who believe that regulators guard our food supply, … Read More

Mixed messages mislead mothers: Danone does it.

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, General News, Infant Formula

Some time ago I checked the Amazon page for my book Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder, curious to see what sponsored advertisements might turn up. I was not very surprised to find advertisements for three infant formula companies. A Danone link listed what seemed like 10 positive facts about breastmilk. How factual where the statements made and what … Read More

LEAPing to conclusions: when to introduce foods

Maureen MinchinGeneral News

LEAPing to conclusions about timing of widening the diet. Background Any society’s most common food allergens reflect both the immunological characteristics of the foods, and the cultural use of those foods. The most common western allergens are cows’ milk, egg, peanuts, and wheat, with cows’ milk protein allergy/hypersensitivity negatively affecting (and indeed killing) more children than either egg or peanut … Read More

Milk supply regulation

Maureen MinchinGeneral News

Milk production: an outline mums need to understand The basics: appropriate hormonal stimulation + emptying of milk from breast So, obviously 1. you need to allow baby to feed as needed, little and often to start; 2. feeding must be effective with no obstacles to milk drainage. Stimulation creates and maintains a basal level of prolactin, essential to getting increases … Read More

Research shows what parents have known for decades

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Child Health, General News, Immunology, Infant Health, Pregnancy

OK, here’s what’s been in the news. http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/8/321/321ra8 “Now, Zhang et al. report that infants who later developed food allergy had altered immunity at birth. Cord blood from these infants had more monocytes compared with CD4+ T cells and decreased numbers of regulatory T cells. Moreover, the monocytes from food-allergic infants secreted more inflammatory cytokines than those from healthy infants. These … Read More

I’m going nuts about peanuts: or are other people?

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Child Health, General News, Infant Health

The LEAP trial looking at prevention pf peanut allergy in Jewish children in the UK and Israel is interesting, but is being widely misquoted in the media and by health professionals as justification for 4 rather than 6 months for the introduction of solid food. Why is this inappropriate? Where to start… Inclusion criteria were children between 4 and 11 … Read More