Just had our baby boy, Friedrich "Fritz" Ward Rangitsch on the 15th. Fed up Paleo (85%) from before conception (41 year old Pop, 38 year old Mom). A very Paleo/Primal experience from start to finish.
My question is on PKU since it has been a topic for me of late. Not looking for a debate, or even to share our decisions in any of the vaccine/testing of a newborn.
PKU is the rare inherited reduction or complete lack of an enzyme to metabolize an amino acid, and can lead to a "poisoning" from that amino leading to neurological problems, etc. Seems the CW take is to follow a PKU diet that eliminates just about all protein, eliminated soy, seitian, red meat, eggs, milk, etc. It has occurred to me that the CW take to solve gout is to eliminate red meat and meats high in purines, when in reality Gout is mediated/cured by the elimination of fructose and reduction sugars in general. The CW take is to see all the excess purines and then move to eliminate them in the diet, but is it cause/effect or is the causality reversed? Our diets are very high in fat (70%+) and Fritz's is up there as well (breast feeding, so the natural proportions there)
As such, could PKU be of a similar bent? Perhaps the "cure" to PKU is to keep out such nasties as Aspartame, soy, setian.... which we will do as a matter of course, nothing whatsoever to do with PKU.
asked byTim_Rangitsch (4583)
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on April 17, 2010
at 04:31 PM
Congratulations on the birth of your son.
This is a situation in which to be very thankfull for modern science and medicine and the screening of newborn babies. The genetic mutation has been around for a long time and is present worldwide although Phenylketonuria is rare. Fortunately it is now known that avoiding all dietary sources of the amino acid phenylalanine prevents the negative consequences, in a similar way to avoiding all gluten in celiac disease, however much inconvenience (a lot) this creates. This has to take priority over any other food choices, sufferers of PKU are unfortunately the rare cases for whom meat, fish and eggs can be completely toxic.
Babies born without this enzyme at any time in the past suffered terribly from it. However by following your doctors adicve carefully PKU children can grow up just fine. The science on rare genetic problems is much clearer and more certain than that on general food and health (such as Gout).
Diet or environment is not envolved in causing mutations like PKU, they are simply a an occasional faulty result of the way our DNA works.
Best wishes to you both and your son.
on April 17, 2010
at 11:17 PM
Jimmy Moore reports from a Low Carb Conference in Seattle today that groups of people whose traditional native diet consists of mostly high fat grow maybe 5 inches taller than groups that eat mostly grains and carbs.
Masai are tall and healthy and a neighboring tribe eating grains are 5 inches shorter.
Fritz is going to be a giant. Sign him up for a multimillion dollar NBA contract!
And keep Fritz on breast milk for at least 3 years. There is no paleo formula!!
Contratulations on the birth of your son!