Links to Think: 12.03.12

December 3, 2012

Do Jews Have a Divine Right to Israel’s Land? – In light of the recent increase of conflict between Israel and Palestine, Christianity Today’s two-part article series from June proves a timely read.

“Do Jews have a divine right to the Promised Land? Are American pastors dismissive of Arab Christians in Israel? Should Christians treat the Israeli-Palestinian dispute differently than other conflicts? As pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, John Piper has been addressing these contentious questions for years. After he began informally discussing them with David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, we invited them to share some of their discussion with our readers. We begin today with Brickner’s response to some of Piper’s recent writings and sermons, and will continue…with Piper’s response.”

Why Ditch The Infant Cereals? – It seems the push for infant cereals is beginning earlier and earlier (though, it’s certainly not new; I’ve heard of stories of infants in my own and my parents era having cereal put into their bottles at just weeks old!), and the early introduction of food is usually done with grains. This article explains a few reasons why that is not a good idea and suggests alternatives. (Note: I do not advocate for all of the alternative starter foods given here, and prefer to primarily extend breastfeeding when possible; it is the first part of the article I concur with, rather than the latter half.)

“Undigested grains wreak havoc on your baby’s intestinal lining. It can throw off the balance of bacteria in their gut and lead to lots of complications as they age including: food allergies, behavioral problems, mood issues, and more.”

“If you feed your baby cereal or other grains, you’re doing more than simply sticking them with an indigestible food. You’re feeding them an indigestible food in place of something more nutrient-dense. You’re feeding them something their body can’t really use and starving them of the nutrients they need to grow a healthy brain, nervous system, and bone structure”

Meanwhile Justus has introduced himself to two-solids: tissue paper and magazines, neither of which I’d advocate for, either. 🙂

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  • Charity December 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I was told by the pediatrician with my fourth child (at 3 months of age) that if I didn’t began cereals with him that I wouldn’t be “giving him the proper nutrition that he needed”. That is the earliest I had ever been told by a doctor to introduce solids. Guess I shouldn’t let that pediatrician know that our son didn’t show much interest in solids until about 13months of age 🙂 I guess I’ve never understood why there is a “need” to begin solids at a certain time. Breast milk truly is the perfect food for them for quite a while and will change to suit the baby’s nutritional needs as he grows.

    Would love to see a Justus update soon. I can only imagine his growing preciousness. 😉

    • Keren December 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I haven’t heard direct suggestions myself (probably because we usually only have one or two visits in the first year, unless there’s sickness), but have heard many friends and acquaintances being given this advice.

      Heehee. He is growing, both in preciousness and the amount of energy required from his mother! I’ve been working on a Justus update, that I hope to post this week. (Actually, I hoped to post it last week, but extra travels and family funerals have pushed it back. Oh, and the 70-degree temps that have been keeping me outside. ;))

  • Pearl December 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Interesting links, especially the second. I never gave my kids rice or oatmeal cereals, though I didn’t have a specific reside why. . I just thought it made more sense to start them on the foods we were eating, and to wait until they were closer to a year old to wean them. Even with the baby I had to formula feed, I did this. No allergies for any but the formula baby, though I realize that isnt evidence enough for proof either way. Just found it interesting. I

  • Charity December 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    We’ve never done the “regular” pediatric visits either and this particular pediatrician we were giving a trial run, you might say, since we were new to this part of the state. The whole visit was terrible and had it been my fist baby I’m sure I would’ve left in tears. Can you guess how many times we went back there? 😉

    I’m so sorry about the family deaths. I do hope y’all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

    Is there a way I could contact you to ask you a few questions about homebirth? This is our fifth baby and although I’ve had natural deliveries each time they have been in a hospital setting, so this will be our first homebirth. I’d love to glean some wisdom from a seasoned homebirther, especially since I don’t know anyone who’s been down that road. 🙂

    • Keren December 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      I sent you a message using the e-mail contact info you entered for this commment. If it doesn’t arrive, let me know!

      • Charity December 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        I apologize Keren, I didn’t realize that my very old email was still in the contact form. This comment is left with our correct email. Thank you for your time!