Lie to your pediatrician and other words of wisdom from Sarah Pope, The Healthy Home Economist


What is it with natural parenting advocates and lying?

Homebirth advocates recommend lying to your obstetrician about planning a homebirth.

Homebirth midwives advocate lying to their patients about what medications and procedures they administer during labor.

A lactation consultant advises lying to new mothers about her vaccination status.

Now Sarah Pope, the Health Home Economist recommends lying to your pediatrician about feeding your children raw milk.

Sarah, whose nutrition credentials include a BA in economics and a Master’s in government administration (from an Ivy League institution!) has this to say:

You see, it is very risky to ever tell your Pediatrician, or any doctor caring for your child for that matter, that you feed your child raw milk. Whether that child is a baby, toddler, or adolescent, the American Academy of Pediatrics is becoming more and more hostile toward raw milk by the day and you risk having the Pediatrician tattle to Social Services if you choose to feed your baby or child this wonderfully healthy, traditional food that has nourished humans for millenia [sic]…

Can you believe it? Your conventional Pediatrician would rather you feed your baby GMO frankenformula never proven safe for human consumption instead of a homemade, nourishing formula made with raw milk from pastured cows or goats.

According to Sarah:

Pediatricians should be given information about what you do in your home on a need to know basis only.

And apparently they don’t need to know when you are putting your children’s life in danger by feeding them disease laden natural products.

Here’s what those evil folks at the American Academy of Pediatrics had to say about raw milk:

… [C]onsumption of raw milk or milk products has been associated with a fivefold increase in toxoplasmosis among pregnant women; listeriosis associated with high rates of stillbirths, preterm delivery, and neonatal infections, such as sepsis and meningitis6; and E coli O157–associated diarrheal disease and hemolytic-uremic syndrome, primarily among young children. Between 17% and 33% of all cases of invasive disease attributable to Listeria monocytogenes in the United States occur among pregnant women, unborn fetuses, or newborn infants, a 13- to 17-fold increase compared with the general population. Complications include a 20% risk of spontaneous abortion or stillbirth, with two-thirds of infants developing neonatal infection, including pneumonia, sepsis, or meningitis.

Silly pediatricians. Toxoplasmosis, listeria and E. coli O157 are natural. Pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis are natural. What could be harmful about anything natural?

Who would know better than Sarah, a Nutrition Educator and Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, a foundation devoted to the teachings of a dentist from the 1800’s?

Sarah offers this helpful disclaimer:

The information on The Healthy Home Economist ™ is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. You should not rely upon or follow the programs or techniques or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of this website for decision making without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice.

So be sure to ask your pediatrician whether you should lie to him or her before you do.

And who would think that offering recipes for baby “formula” made with raw milk constitutes medical advice?

What could happen if you don’t lie to your pediatrician about feeding your child raw milk (beside the fact that your child could get violently ill, spend days in hideous pain with severe vomiting and diarrhea, and die)?

Consider the recent nightmare of Alorah Gellerson of Brooklin, Maine who made the mistake of telling a doctor about the homemade raw goat milk formula she proudly and carefully made for her healthy, happy, three-month old son Carson.

Social Services quickly same knocking at the door after the doctor reported Alorah and threatened to take Carson away and put him in foster care unless Alorah switched to store bought commercial formula.

Imagine that! Social Services wanted to take Carson away for no better reason that to spare him a painful illness, hospitalization and even death. The nerve of those people.

Why might pediatricians and Social Service personnel be conspiring to prevent you from feeding your children disease laden milk? Sarah doesn’t say.

Why might Sarah Pope, the Healthy Home Economist, be promoting raw milk, which could kill your child?

Sarah does say:

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.

Surprise! Sarah links to the products needed to make raw milk “formula.” So she ends up with money if you feed your baby raw milk “formula.” You merely end up with a violently ill or dead child.