For what it’s worth, actress Alicia Silverstone has decided to throw herself into the ring regarding the vaccination debate for children. Always a controversial and heated issue- Silverstone has decided to break down her own beliefs on the subject in her new parenting guide, ‘The Kind Mama.’ She appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to discuss the book and her experience as a mother to her two-year old son, Bear, who she shares with her husband, musician Christopher Jarecki.
Alicia Silverstone has revealed that her two-year-old son Bear has never been vaccinated for the usual run of childhood diseases including chickenpox and measles or had a ‘drop of medicine’ because she prefers a natural approach.
The 39-year-old vegan actress writes in her new parenting guide The Kind Mama that she believes a ‘plant-based diet’ is an ‘essential part of well-being’ and works with a doctor who shares these views.
She speaks further:
She continues: ‘I’m not against Western medicine. The problem is we’re using it as a first step for everything, even when it’s not needed.’
‘As far as critics, I’m very secure in the choices I make because I’m really informed and I trust my instincts and when I need help, I go to the people I see parent or birth or be pregnant in a way that was really inspiring me.’
She has plenty more to say in the interview here, and of course in her book. I’m sure she will get plenty of feedback, positive and negative. People are so defensive of their parenting decisions, which is understandable given the importance of the subject. It sounds like she is very well informed and is working closely with a doctor to make sure she feels she is doing best by her child- which is all any of us can do right? I don’t know if there are any right or wrong answers on the subject, you’ll feel plenty of guilt and uncertainty either way. I do think people are very quick to over-medicate these days- but then of course- modern medicine was developed for many good reasons too. Either way, Silverstone sounds like a caring, loving and passionate mom. Good for Bear.
She took to her official website at thekindlife.com to talk about the idea. She said:
A couple weeks ago, another mama I know gave birth to a son. She e-mailed to let me know how things were going, and she was beside herself. She’d tried to do everything so that this baby would have the healthiest, happiest start in life–she nourished herself during pregnancy with clean, kind foods; had a beautiful home birth; and planned to breastfeed from now until her son could say, “No thanks.” But because of a breast reduction surgery, she found she wouldn’t be able to make enough milk for him, no matter how much precious boobie time they spent together. She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made. And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby.
A lot of women unfortunately have a similar struggle, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to give their babies the most amazing start in life with clean, mean, glorious breast milk. And because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives. It’s why I’m starting the Kind Mama Milk Share, a way for moms to connect with other moms in their area. If you have milk to share–post it! If you are in need of milk–post it! Think of all the babies we can help raise together!
Kudos to her for starting a fabulous group of women who aim to help each other. Would you become part?
Who do you like more, Gwyneth Paltrow or Jessica Alba? They’ve both recently released lifestyle books giving tips for living healthier lives, and recipes, etc. The two actresses are obviously in competition with each other – but which woman do you prefer?
Well, Jessica Alba would like you to know that she’s much more down to earth than Gwyneth. Here she throws shade at Gwyneth, because of all that money she grew up with:
“Alicia Silverstone is a vegan, so she’s the extreme side of it. Gwyneth Paltrow probably lives a very similar lifestyle, but I didn’t grow up with a bunch of money, so my tips are much more grounded: Repurposing things and making things at home.”
Jessica really hopes her book ‘The Honest Life’ can help other people, and that it contains lots of tips that people can use quickly.
“I absolutely do these things. That’s why I wrote the book. There’s lots of options, like delivery services for fresh produce that is organic, if people just want to do a couple of things in the book that are supereasy.”
Here are some new pictures of Jessica at the launch of her new book! Take a look here – will you check out her new book?
Alicia Silverstone caused quite a stir by posting a video on her website that showed her feeding her 11-month-old son Bear Blu by chewing the food first herself, then spitting it into his mouth.
The actress is speaking out about the video now, saying there’s nothing wrong with what she did.
“People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years. It’s a weaning process,” Silverstone, 35, told reporters Saturday at a screening of her cult classic Clueless and upcoming film Vamps at the Brooklyn Academy of Art and Music.
“He attacks my mouth and I think it’s adorable … it makes me laugh every time he does it,” she says.
“He also knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food. When babies are weaning, he still breastfeeds. Some people think that’s disgusting too, which is insane.”
As for the critical commentary that followed, “Honestly, when I posted the video I was not thinking, so maybe I was like [Clueless character] Cher!”
Besides, she points out, it was a personal video posted on her website — hardly propaganda.
“I didn’t think I was inventing anything. I really wasn’t trying to tell anybody what to do,” explains the actress, adding that she was definitely not intending to “cause such a ruckus.”
What do you think? Would you feed your baby like this? I think it’s soooooooo strange, and the thought of actually doing it really grosses me out. But hey, to each his own!