Alicia Silverstone Sparks Outrage With Parenting Book — Controversial Opinions on Vaccines, Tampons, Diapers and More
Alicia Silverstone has released a parenting book, and its controversial claims are provoking outrage among critics.
The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning implies that vaccines are dangerous, suggests that postpartum depression is a product of diet, calls breast milk a “cure-all,” and advocates against the use of diapers and tampons.
In the book, Silverstone raises doubts about vaccinating children. “While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-’em-up schedule,” she writes, “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.” The actress adds, “And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way.”
As for postpartum depression, Silverstone writes, “Some women experience the blues after giving birth,” although it’s “less common among kind mamas,” meaning those who avoid eating processed foods in favor of a natural diet based around plants.
What should women eat? Silverstone’s 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.” They can also “demolish your need for pharmaceutical drugs, especially for the treatment of things like depression, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension.”
In her estimation, breast milk might be most important of all. Silverstone calls it “the ultimate cure-all for almost every ailment that might come up in baby’s early days. It’s a natural antibiotic and has almost otherworldly power to both soothe and heal.”
She warns against the use of diapers, which come from an industry “field by corporate-backed pseudoscience.” The actress says babies benefit from early and instinctual potty training, and are “much more content leaving their business in the grass than having to sleep and eat accompanied by their own pee and poo.”
And what is her beef with tampons? They might make women infertile, suggests Silverstone. “[Y]our chichi is the most absorbent part of your body,” writes the star. “Unfortunately, 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.”
Silverstone’s beliefs and prescriptions are coming under attack in the press. Slate, for instance, used the publication for a story called “Celebrity Quack Moms Are a Terrible Influence on Everyday Parents,” while The Daily Beast sniped, “From Clueless to Clueless.”
Many of her critics believe that Silverstone’s parenting tips are not useful for low- or middle-income families, while others believe that they’re medically dangerous. What do you think?