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The Critical Role of Iodine and Vitamin D
in Reflux, Rickets and Reproduction

by Donna Voetee (AKA Granny Good Food)

(The Best Years in Life) Summary: Acid reflux and infantile rickets are signs of the same nutritional deficiency. Standard of care is to switch to soy formula and give an antacid. Relief will not be seen and there will be reproductive issues in the child’s later life. This is sheer madness.

If your baby spits up frequently, your pediatrician may diagnose Gastro-Esophageal Reflux (GER). He may suggest that you switch to soy formula and possibly include an antacid.

Don’t do it! (not to be construed as medical advice, but nutritional wisdom).

Conventional Prescription for GER: Soy and Zantac

Soy is a gender-bender phyto (plant) estrogen. In fact, soy is given to women at menopause to increase estrogen. And yet, soy formula is fed to babies. Are we to believe that soy works one way in women and another way in babies?

Dr. Joseph Mercola says that giving babies soy formula is like giving them five (5!) birth control pills a day. A baby boy has testosterone spikes at certain times as an infant that equal the levels of a grown man, and soy formula hinders that natural occurrence. Nothing seems wrong -- until the boy hits puberty, and then he has developmental issues such as smaller penis size, man breasts, and flabby muscle tone that make him question his sexuality.

One day I got a call from a desperate mom in Tennessee. She was shocked to see that her five-year old son was developing a breast. I asked if they were eating soy. Yes. They had switched from cow's milk to "healthy" soy milk. When she stopped the soy, the boy returned to normal.

Girls are also affected by soy. About 1 percent of all girls experience what is called “precocious puberty,” or show signs of puberty before the age of three, with 15 percent of White girls having breasts or pubic hair at age eight. For Black girls, this percentage rises to a horrifying 50 percent. Free WIC food often includes soy formula. Perhaps free food is not without a heavy price, after all.

The remedy for precocious puberty is to give the drug Lupron. This is the same drug given to male sex offenders and used for in vitro fertilization purposes. It is a mixture of estrogen and progesterone, intended to arrest early sexual development in the child. But it does far more: heart troubles, obesity, infertility, hormonal imbalances, cancer, and even early death are the lot of a child given this drug. Dr. Mercola says, “It is my experience and belief that this drug causes permanent neurological damage.”

Both boys and girls are affected by soy-based formula in other ways. Reports include extreme emotional behavior (are we giving our children PMS??), asthma (#1 reason for absenteeism), immune system problems, pituitary insufficiency, thyroid disorders (obesity) and irritable bowel syndrome. Soy must be fermented so that is does not bind minerals and enzymes. No soy formula is fermented, thus it is, in itself, indigestible.

Zantac is an antacid that works by blocking the histamine receptors that make stomach acid. Babies are given the syrup form. Here is the ingredient list from the FDA: Each 1 mL of ZANTAC Syrup contains 16.8 mg of ranitidine HCl equivalent. ZANTAC Syrup also contains the inactive ingredients alcohol (7.5%), butylparaben, dibasic sodium phosphate, hypromellose, peppermint flavor, monobasic potassium phosphate, propylparaben, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium chloride, and sorbitol.


Let’s look at a few of these ingredients closely –

  • Zantac is 7.5% alcohol by volume, meaning that it is more potent than my husband’s Lone Star Beer (4.6%), and about equal with the Guinness Imported Black Label Extra Stout (7.5%) that we give the dogs for heartworms (that’s another lesson). Alcohol is known to cause stomach discomfort.

  • Butylparaben and propylparaben mimic estrogen and cause endocrine (hormone) disruption.

  • Monobasic potassium phosphate, also known as phosphoric acid, disturbs the absorption of calcium. Studies in Germany in 1957 showed that phosphoric acid in the diet (by 5%) led to arrested development, diminished fertility, and decreased lifespan. (Soda drinkers may want to take note that phosphoric acid is a major ingredient in sodas to give a sharpness of flavor.)

  • Saccharin is carcinogenic for the urinary bladder in rats and mice, and most likely is carcinogenic in human beings.” -

  • Dibasic sodium phosphate is used as a thickener and pH balancer in many foods such as milk, sour cream, pickles, and beer. It is a known irritant of the skin and mucous membranes.

  • The active ingredient, ranitidine, is a histamine blocker that reduces the amount of stomach acid made by the body. Stomach acid is one of the frontline defenses against pathogens, so any reduction creates a welcoming environment for disease. Reduced stomach acid also means that minerals essential for growth will not be absorbed properly. An infant’s bone growth during the first year is almost linear, so any interference with calcium absorption could have tragic results. Brittle bones lead to emergency room visits, which may lead to CPS nightmares.

Your baby’s indigestion is not caused by a soy formula deficiency, nor a lack of Zantac. Nor will it be solved by other formulas that are advertised for this problem, such as the “#1 selling brand” Enfamil AR, which can only claim a 50% reduction in spit-up. Fifty percent, which means it doesn’t work half the time. If I have a car that is dependable only 50% of the time, I’m going to get rid of it. Enfamil AR is made with nonfat milk, vegetable oil (palm olein, coconut, soy (!), high oleic sunflower), rice starch, an array of complex sugars, and toxic, synthetic vitamins. Palm olein, a cheap substitute for palmitic acid in breast milk, is associated with osteopenia (brittle bones, E.R. visits, CPS nightmare) or diminished mineralization. No child can grow properly on non-fat milk. The brain needs saturated fat from animals as a source of cholesterol. Without saturated fat, the protein from milk is not assimilated, leading to allergies.

Nutritional Wisdom’s Solution for GER: Iodine and Vitamin D

If you don’t ask the right question, you will not get the right answer. Hawkers of soy formula, antacids, and anti-spit-up formula have a vested interest in not asking, “What is the cause of GER in infants?”

Two nutrients are critically low in the general population, and especially in pregnant women and babies: IODINE and VITAMIN D.

Iodine is necessary for the parietal cells of the stomach that make hydrochloric acid; without iodine, digestion is not optimal (iodine is critical for intelligence, as well), whether in babies or adults. Almost a century ago, Dr. Weston Price found that isolated peoples always sought out iodine-rich seafood for their pregnant women, traveling great distances when necessary to obtain the seafood. Even without the benefits of modern science to identify iodine as the desired nutrient, they saw with their own eyes that there was something about seafood that made happier, smarter, healthier babies.

Conventional thought says that the stomach has too much acid, so it needs to be reduced. As it happens, the core issue is often not enough stomach acid. Low stomach acid causes food to ferment and bacteria to grow. This causes bloating and distending of the abdomen, or Intra-Abdominal Pressure. The bloating pushes open the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), which is at the bottom of the esophagus and top of the stomach. This allows acid to escape the stomach into the throat. Sufficient iodine supplementation will cause the body to produce proper stomach acid so that bacterial growth is hindered.

What amount is sufficient iodine supplementation for an infant? Formula may contain only 15 mcg per serving, in order to reach the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 50 mcg daily for infants up to twelve months. “Iodine doctors” like Drs. Mark Sircus, David Brownstein, and David Derry say that “Adequate Intake” is 110 mcg up to six months old, then 130 mcg daily from seven to twelve months. RDA amounts are set by the government in order to prevent goiter, not bestow all the other health benefits of iodine, such as digestive health, brain function and higher intelligence, protection against pathogens, and as a defense against halogens like bromide (bleached flour), fluoride (water additive and pesticide), and chlorine (municipal water, swimming pools, sucralose).

Reflux is a classic sign of Vitamin D deficiency. The LES mentioned above is a valve that is controlled by smooth muscle which is dependent on calcium for proper function. Lack of Vitamin D means that dietary calcium will not be absorbed. Without calcium, the muscle cannot open and close properly.

If there is reflux, there will be rickets to some degree. Rickets is an old disease that we are not supposed to see in such an advanced time. In fact, doctors are not taught about the brain bleeds, choking, spontaneous closing of the airway, and the enlargement of the head with subdural hemorrhage that are signs of infantile rickets. To them, these are signs of abuse and a shaken baby. Simply putting a child in a car seat, or changing a shirt, could give fractures that an E.R. could – and does – interpret as abuse. CPS will be called and arrests may be made. Briefly I was a tutor at a foster agency and saw three siblings who were in the system for multiple broken bones in the youngest, a toddler. I say briefly, because when I brought up the possibility of infantile rickets instead of abuse which filled the bed$, I was no longer of value to that organization.

Pregnant mothers were tested for Vitamin D sufficiency. The average was 18-19 nanograms per ml, or in the deficient range. Babies born to them had even lower levels of Vitamin D, about 60 to 70 percent of the mother’s, which means the babies had 13 to 14 nanograms per ml. These mothers were also low in calcium for reasons that included smoking, poor diet, high caffeine consumption, and not surprisingly, high antacid intake. Yes, Tums, that OTC heartburn remedy that brags about its content of bone-loving calcium, contains calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate binds with phosphorus, prevents bone mineralization, and is the very substance that was fed to lab rats (1920s -1950s) to produce rickets.


Breastfeeding moms can consume Vitamin D-rich foods, which includes raw, whole milk and butter from pasture-fed cows, and get plenty of sunshine. Do not wear sunscreen, which not only blocks the beneficial UVB rays, but increases the estrogen / endocrine disruptor load. Take iodine in sufficient amounts for health.

Formula-fed babies, with proper amounts of Vitamin D and iodine, should not have a reflux issue. There are options to commercial formula. Many sites and blogs offer recipes for homemade formula that are based on raw milk or even goat’s milk. One of the best resources for information and recipes is the Weston A. Price Foundation, named after Dr. Price who studied the effects of the “Modern” diet on isolated people around the world. Their president, Sally Fallon Morrell, is the author of one of the best cookbooks for those wishing to feed children according to the “Traditional” diet that Dr. Price espoused. Her recipe for homemade infant formula has been re-copied to countless blogs.

Save your child’s sexuality. Refuse to feed soy formula (not even “organic” soy!). Have your baby’s Vitamin D level checked if he spits up. Your future grandchildren will thank you.


See also:

Why You Need Iodine and Which Kind is Best

New Study Shows Genetic Link between Vitamin D and Disease Prevention

Let the Sun Shine on Your Health by Chris Beckett


Sarjeant, Doris and Evans, Karen. Hard to Swallow, The Truth about Food Additives. Alive Books. 1999.
US FDA website, ZANTAC.
Weston A. Price Foundation
Dr. David Ayoub, interviewed by Dr. Joseph Mercola. Child Abuse or Rickets?

About the Author:

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Donna Voetee is a Doctor of Naturopathy and Counselor of Natural Health. She is the great- granddaughter of Grampa Owen, about whom she knows only two facts: he had lactose intolerance, and he was a country doctor who drove his black buggy around the backwoods of Little Rock, and often getting paid with chickens, fresh bread or moonshine. She studied diabetes with Weimar Institute, women’s hormones and adrenal physiology. Dr. Donna has been a beautician, ham radio operator, literacy teacher, homeschool mom, health store owner, and author of books on grammar, politics, and health. Today she still writes and teaches, having forsaken the ham radio (she does no pork) and all hopes of ever cutting ladies’ hair just the way they like it. As "Granny Good Food" at Facebook, she teaches parents to feed their children REAL FOOD for LIFE. Besides Michael, her steadfast groom since 1974, her heroes are Drs. Weston Price and Francis Pottenger. Dr. Donna teaches classes based on her work, Supermarket Survival, and would like nothing better than to thoroughly destroy any iota of trust you have in Big Pharma, vaccines, fluoride, margarine, and Diet Coke.

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