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Old March 26th, 2012 #1
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"Parents should recognize that having their babies cry unnecessarily harms the baby permanently," Commons said. "It changes the nervous system so they're overly sensitive to future trauma."

Also, "Research has shown that infants who are routinely separated from parents in a stressful way have abnormally high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as lower growth hormone levels. These imbalances inhibit the development of nerve tissue in the brain, suppress growth, and depress the immune system."

Letting babies cry it out harms them permanently.

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Old December 23rd, 2012 #2
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Well you have to think about it from the point of view of living under natural conditions. Letting a baby cry in the wild would result in attracting predators and enemies. So it can't be natural for humans to let their babies cry it out. Parents let their babies cry it out because they are afraid of spoiling them and being manipulated. And the first instinct for a mother is to go pick up a crying baby. So it is best to just follow your instincts rather than fight them. A quiet and undemanding baby is considered a good baby, but a quiet baby is really a baby that has learned that when he/she calls for someone that nobody cares to come. If babies cry when they are not hungry they are seen as being manipulative. But really they are often just crying because they are lonely and want to be with you.
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Psychosocial short stature (PSS) or psychosocial dwarfism,[1][2] sometimes called psychogenic or stress dwarfism, or Kaspar Hauser Syndrome,[3] is a growth disorder that is observed between the ages of 2 and 15, caused by extreme emotional deprivation or stress.

The symptoms include decreased growth hormone (GH) secretion, very short stature, weight that is inappropriate for the height, and immature skeletal age. This disease is a progressive one, and as long as the child is left in the stressing environment, his or her cognitive abilities continue to degenerate. Though rare in the population at large, it is common in feral children and in children kept in abusive, confined conditions for extended lengths of time. It can cause the body to completely stop growing but is generally considered to be temporary; regular growth will resume when the source of stress is removed.

Children with PSS have extremely low levels of growth hormone. These children possibly have a problem with growth hormone inhibiting hormone (GHIH) or growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). The children could either be unresponsive to these hormones or too sensitive.

Children who have PSS exhibit signs of failure to thrive. Even though they appear to be receiving adequate nutrition, they do not grow and develop normally compared to other children of their age.

An environment of constant and extreme stress causes PSS. Stress releases hormones in the body such as epinephrine and norepinephrine, engaging what is known as the 'fight or flight' response. The heart speeds up and the body diverts resources away from processes that are not immediately important; in PSS, the production of growth hormone (GH) is thus affected. As well as lacking growth hormone, children with PSS exhibit gastrointestinal problems due to the large amounts of epinephrine and norepinephrine, resulting in their bodies lacking proper digestion of nutrients and further affecting development.

While the cure for PSS is questionable, some studies show that placing the child affected with the disease in a foster or group home increases growth rate and socialization skills.

One case was a child who was admitted to a hospital with an extremely low weight. One nurse took over his care and he began to rapidly gain weight and his growth hormone levels increased during this time. The child was so dependent on the nurse emotionally that when she left, his levels returned to what they had been when he was admitted to the hospital, and once she returned, they stabilized once more.[4][5]

When a police raid in 1987 released the children held by an Australian cult known as The Family, one twelve-year-old girl weighed under 20 kg (44 lbs) and was under 120 cm (4 ft) tall. She grew 11 cm (4 in) in the following year and her growth hormone levels returned to normal.[6]

Writer J. M. Barrie has been speculated to have experienced PSS. His brother died when Barrie was six years old, and their mother – mourning the loss of her favorite child – neglected him for a time afterward. He was famously shorter than average (5 ft 3˝ in. according to his 1934 passport), and his marriage was reportedly never consummated, prompting speculation that he was in some ways physically immature.[4] He is most famous for his story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.
 
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What is in formula? Corn Syrup is one of the main ingredients in Similac and other top brands measuring at 35-40% of the total volume of formula. Corn Syrup is the main cause of diabetes in America. A top ingredient in the Soy based formulas is soy protein Isolate, which is derived from a hexane chemical extraction process, and 90% of soy products in the US are from GMO (Genetically Modified) crops. The DHA in infant formula is extracted from fermented micro-algae and ARA is extracted from soil fungus. These are new to the food industry and their longterm effects of these puedo ingredients is not known. To extract these ingredients from the fungus, a petroleum refining product called Hexane is used. Hexane is also a known neurotoxin and air pollutant.

As a parent you have the right to know what your baby is eating. Whey, one of the main ingredients in almost all formulas, is a waste by-product of producing certain dairy products, particularly cheeses. It’s been said often enough, but if you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t something you want to put into your body. Reading the ingredient labels on formula can be daunting:

magnesium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, inositol, choline bitartrate sodium ascorbate, alpha tocophyeryl acetate, naicinamide, calcum pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, phylloquinone, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, taurine, L-carnitine… the list goes on

How does Formula work? Formula attempts to dump an overload of calories and nutrients into a baby’s system in hopes that they will be able to filter through it all and extract what they need out of it. For this reason, formula fed babies need much more in volume than breast fed babies in order to get what they need. It is also a very rough process on baby’s tummy to treat it like a garbage disposal system, often overwhelming baby’s digestive system causing colic, diarrhea, upset tummies and bad bacterial growth in the gut.

Potentially Dangerous Ingredients:

Reuters.com states that trace amounts of melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, have been found in baby formulas and were found in one type of baby formula sold in the United States. While several babies in China were sickened by or died from melamine poisoning, no babies have gotten sick in the United States as of January 2010.

ABC News reported in 2009 that perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, was found in 15 brands of baby formula in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the amounts of this chemical that were present in the infant formula were considered safe, but the Centers for Disease Control said that there was still some concern, especially in areas that had high levels of perchlorate in the water.

Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a chemical that is commonly found in certain plastics. It can affect the brain and reproductive organs of humans, and has been found in infant formulas.
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Why is cupric sulfate -- a known herbicide, fungicide and pesticide -- being used in infant formula? And why is it displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious ingredient?

Used to kill fungus, aquatic plants and roots of plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish and snails, as well as algae and bacteria such as Escherichia coli, cupric sulfate hardly sounds fit for human consumption, much less for infants.
Also for many formulas, the FIRST ingredient is sugar.
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This was a recommended strategy in the fifties. They said babies needed to learn to soothe themselves otherwise they would become "spoiled". I don't know how a mother could resist the instinct to not pick up her crying baby. Now look at us. I guess I should just speak for myself.
 
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