Actress Alicia Silverstone shares some controversial parenting advice in her upcoming book The Kind Mama.
Silverstone, who has a 3-year-old son, claims she has never given her son a "drop of medicine" in his life because he is protected by a vegan diet.
"Of course, he's never been sick-sick - just feeling a little off from time to time, maybe with a stuffy nose - but then it passes. Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine, it can defend itself against and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn't as kind... He's never had a drop of medicine," Silverstone writes in her book, noted the Toronto Sun.
Silverstone also warns about the dangers of childhood vaccinations, which have been debunked for years by the Centers for Disease Control, The Journal of Pediatrics and the British Medical Journal, noted CNN.
"While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-'em-up schedule, there is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was 'never the same' after receiving a vaccine," writes Silverstone. "And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way."
Silverstone also advises parents to potty train their child in the yard and share a bed with their baby.
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For women struggling to have a baby, the actress advises a vegan diet, not eating sugar and avoiding tampons.
"Unfortunately, feminine-care manufacturers aren't required to tell you what's in their products, which means that no one's talking about the potential pesticide residues from non-organic cotton and the 'fragrances' containing hormone-upsetting, fertility-knocking phthalates," writes Silverstone.
While tampons do contain chemicals, Elle magazine reported on a study by the National Institute of Health that said the levels of "dioxins from tampons are approximately 13,000-240,000 times less" than the levels in people's diets.
According to another study at the Yale School of Medicine, tampons and sexual activity may actually help protect women from endometriosis, which causes infertility.
Silverstone says in her book that women do not have to follow her advice, an option that readers are (hopefully) already aware of.
Sources: Toronto Sun, Elle, Centers for Disease Control, Yale School of Medicine, The Journal of Pediatrics, National Institute of Health