22 Mayo 2017 11:34
They didn't take him to the doctor because 'they never noticed anything unusual'
This is probably the saddest piece of news ever published in the food section of our magazine. A seven-month-old Belgian baby has died because his parents chose to feed him on a wholly unsuitable diet based on oat milk, rice milk, buckwheat milk, semolina milk and quinoa milk.
The parents did not seek medical attention, instead diagnosing the baby themselves and coming to the conclusion that he was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy. They fed him with products from their natural food store – particularly plant-based milk products which do not contain the necessary proteins, minerals and vitamins for a baby to survive.
The child, whose name was Lucas, became malnourished but his parents didn't take him to a doctor because, his father said: 'We never noticed anything unusual.'
When they did eventually decide to seek medical help, they drove halfway across the country to a homeopathic doctor who, upon seeing the condition of the child, urged them to seek immediate hospital care.
Lucas was declared dead on arrival to the hospital. The autopsy results showed that his stomach was totally empty.
'We never wished for the death of our son,' the boy's mother Sandrina V said in tears. Their lawyer Karine Van Miervenne explained that the parents thought Lucas had an eating problem: 'He got cramps when he was fed with a bottle and his parents tried out alternatives.' According to the public prosecutor, however, 'this equals intentionally denying food' to the boy.
According to nutritionist Jessica Gutiérrez del Pino, from SaludNutritiva, people should not assume they are allergic to gluten without getting medical confirmation first. 'The industry makes us believe that gluten is bad because it's in their interest to create another line of business. And the worst thing about this is that the majority of gluten-free products are highly processed and far from being real food.'
[Via Daily Mail]