Last week, Alicia Silverstone told us her son is never sick because she refuses to give him medicine.
 
The actress is currently promoting her new book The Kind Mama, which offers parents lots of advice about how they should be raising their kids.
 
After her revelations about the evils of medicine, we took a look at her book to see what other gems she had to offer. Here are five illuminating recommendations in the book that may make your mind boggle.
 
1. You’ll be less depressed if you buy her book.
Alicia says depression is “less common among kind mamas” and if you want to prevent postpartum depression, you should just avoid eating certain foods like processed sugars, “which makes us feel unbalanced”.
 
2. Your baby should ‘leave their business in the grass.’
Alicia claims her child was potty-trained at six months because she used her maternal instincts to read his facial expressions and other “cues about his need to pee or poop”. This is called ‘elimination communication’ and Alicia says EC-trained babies are “much more content leaving their business in the grass than having to sleep and eat accompanied by their own pee and poo". Because our child pooping in the garden is what we’re aiming for…
 
3. Nappies are a “pseudoscience”
Benefits of encouraging our little ones to relieve themselves outdoors is that we won’t be giving our money to the “multibillion-dollar” disposable nappy industry, which is “fueled by corporate-backed pseudoscience”...
 
4. Making your baby sleep in their own bed is tantamount to neglect.
Alicia acknowledges that making your baby sleep in the same bed as you “sounds like some kind of trippy holdover from the peace, love, and barley casserole notions of the commune-happy sixties.”  However, according to The Kind Mama, you’re only other option is forcing your helpless baby to sleep “in a barred-in box completely alone,” which may well amount to child neglect that will foster an unhealthy parent-child relationship.
 
5. Eat plants instead of medicine.
Eating plants during pregnancy, says Alicia, can “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”. The Kind Mama diet “can demolish your need for pharmaceutical drugs, especially for the treatment of things like depression, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension".
 
So as well as making us better parents, Alicia can also cure diabetes and prevent cancer - what a woman!

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