Natural Health for Every Age
Interview with Lorna Vanderhaeghe
Interviewed by Lyle Hurd
November 12, 2009
Lyle Hurd: We prescribe drugs for babies, six months old, eight month old babies, sometimes two drugs. Those drugs have been tested on twenty-five year-old men to find out what the side effects might be and how much they can take. A, do you think that that’s kind of the proper thing that should be taking place? If not, what can we do about it? And B, when should we start to use a nutritional approach towards building that little child’s body through the rest of its life?
Lorna Vanderhaeghe: Okay. So when we look at research that’s being done in children or infants and pregnant women, I mean, we don’t wan to research in pregnant women for the risks of, you know, possible defects in babies, so there’s not a lot of that going on. An then when we look at infants, most mothers are not going to sign those consent forms to have their infant researched, and so yes, it’s a big problem when we look at pediatric medicine. I don’t think you get a single pediatrician out there who’d disagree that part of the challenge is with prescription medications in our babies, that the research often isn’t done on them, and so it is a big concern. And when we look at overall health of babies and infants and toddlers, it starts before the mum gets pregnant. And it starts with the mum and the dad, because we’re now learning, you know, just recently that the sperm that’s donated has to be in fine form as well, or else we’re going to see more problems in our offspring. And that’s just new, because up until recently we believed that it was really only the woman’s health that mattered. So I think we need to start nutritional help and health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy and carry it right through. And I’ve been an advocate of every single person being on a good multivitamin with minerals, with fatty acids that contain DHA, and the foundations of health along with the fabulous diet.
LH: So they should be taking their fish oil?
LV: They should be taking their fish oil, and if you’re not a fan of fish, then you want to look for things like vegetarian DHA and alternatives to fish oil, but also making sure that you’re getting good fatty acids like GLA. And omega-6 oils have really gotten a bad rep, and yet we need GLA-containing omega-6 oils for our skin, and they have an anti-inflammatory benefit, and for all the women who are listening and they’re going to want to take those GLA oils for beautiful skin.
LH: On the other end, there’s the phosphatidylserines and other things that- I think it was you or our friend Parris Kidd that told me that if you gave have the people in a nursing home phosphatidylserine and you didn’t give the other half phosphatidylserine and you came back ninety days later, you could pick out almost everybody that was getting it and everybody that wasn’t getting it. I mean that’s pretty interesting.
LV: Well he was the one who talked about that, and we can even look at the research where simply giving nursing home patients water every hour make the difference in their cognition. So we know there are some real super nutrients for us when we age, and phosphatidylserine is one of them, blueberries is another, and just good old water also goes a long way to improving cognition, things like DHA and fatty acids.
LH: So from preconception to a hundred plus, we really need to work as hard as we can to understand the benefits of natural health too.
LV: Right. I mean, we need just to get basic vitamins and minerals, and I’m talking about basic just to keep your body running, not to deal with disease, not to deal with aging. You need seven to ten half cup servings of fruits and vegetables per day, that is for basic vitamins and minerals. Most people are getting two, and one of those is French fries, and so as a result, we’re really lacking in regards to just the basics to keep your body running. For example, zinc, mineral zinc, your body has three hundred reactions that take place due to zinc, and if you’re deficient in it, then we’re going to start to see problems.
LH: We really appreciate your commitment. You contributed a lot, and let’s hope the next twenty-five years are as much fun.
LV: Oh, it’s going to be great.
LV: Thank you.