Alicia Silverstone's Kind Mama parenting book is taking the Internet by storm, and not in a good way. If you haven't heard about it, here's a synopsis:
In Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone claims to have the answers regarding how to avoid things like cancer, thyroid conditions, diabetes, infertility, and depression.
Basically, her answer is "eat more plants." She calls them "kind foods" but that's it in a nutshell. And she sort of comes off sounding like a big ol' nut. See?
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 that are snuggling up to your hoo-ha.
Eat well, get healthy, then ditch all the planning and trying and just let it flow. There's no better way to make a baby than with yummy, soulful sex!
Kind foods supercharge fertility; reduce your likelihood of miscarriage; infuse breast milk with all kinds of nutrient goodness that make your kids smart and healthy; and help stave off diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes.
[Kind foods] can demolish your need for pharmaceutical drugs, especially for the treatment of things like depression, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension.
You wouldn't want to bring your baby into a junk-filled house with a leaky roof and backed-up plumbing, right? Meat, dairy, and processed foods are tracking toxic sludge through your baby house.
Though it's less common among kind mamas, some women experience the blues after giving birth.
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.
Because [Bear's] body is a super-clean, healthy machine it can defend itself and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn't as kind.
Infants who are left in their diapers all day get out of tune with their bodies ... because they get used to walking around in a toilet...So step away from the Pampers.
If you listen to Alicia Silverstone, you need to:
- Stop using tampons because your "chichi" will absorb phthalates.
- Practice the "kind mama" way to avoid postpartum depression.
- NOT vaccinate your kids because of anecdotes, which, FYI are NOT science.
So maybe she's on to something with the chemicals in tampons, but tampon manufacturers probably aren't out to get us. And any woman who calls her vagina a "chichi" loses any and all respectability points.
If you can't say "vagina" in public, maybe don't be talking about them. Shailene Woodley, who is not a mom, has no trouble saying the word vagina out loud. And she's pretty open about what she lets hers absorb.
Silverstone REALLY riled up the postpartum support community with her comments that "kind mamas" don't typically get postpartum depression.
According to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog IN THE WORLD on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, 1 in 7 women will experience a postpartum depression and/or anxiety and that's only the cases that get diagnosed.
1. In. 7.
Telling moms who've survived what she herself was lucky not to experience that if only they'd done things her way they wouldn't have suffered is, well, a load of crap.
And finally, but certainly not the least offensive thing to come out of her book, Alicia Silverstone doesn't believe in vaccinating her children against childhood and now-eradicated diseases. (Diseases which were eradicated because of vaccines...)
Perhaps we shouldn't be taking parenting advice from someone whose biggest claim to fame remains a film she made in 1995 where she played a ditzy high school student eager to lose her virginity.