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Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (Ages 0-6) Paperback – 15 Nov 2008

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Child Publishing; 1 edition (15 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982021313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982021316
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Mcalinden on 26 Feb. 2010
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This book really is sacred wisdom! Its a must for anyone who is interested in regaining or maintaining health.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Norstedt on 2 Feb. 2010
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Excellent tips, advice and information! I am following many of the advice in this book, and it seems my endometriosis is improving. Hopefully what I have learned from this book will make it possible for me to conceive, grow and raise healthy children.
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By Joseph Spendlove on 29 July 2015
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Outstanding book with practical advice,
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NOT to be associated with Weston A Price 1 Aug. 2010
By Mindy - Published on
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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!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My Number 1 book on pre and post-pregnancy. 16 Feb. 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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Labor of Love 14 Nov. 2008
By Pamela Killeen - Published on
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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"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Must read for anyone who's had a child, or been one 4 Aug. 2009
By Globetrotter - Published on
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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!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Finally, a book that makes sense! 2 July 2009
By Sierra Sullivan - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was extremely helpful and informative in that it tells you not only what foods are beneficial for the health of the baby and mother, but also why. It covers many different topics such as vaccines (not getting them and why), co-sleeping, natural birthing, etc. etc. If you lean toward this lifestyle, then this book is for you. I am so grateful to have come across all the resources that are included in this book.

The only thing I didn't care for was the author's spiritual and philosophical views and was a little new-agey for me. But that's only because I'm a Christian and don't necessarily subscribe to those types of beliefs. It simply didn't do anything for me, HOWEVER, it is a lot better than not having any spiritual views at all, IMHO.

I HIGHLY recommend this book as it will tell you FAR more useful and TRUTHFUL information about what is crucial for the healthy development of your unborn child, starting from before the baby is even conceived.
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