A friend of mine shared this link earlier today in light of Pat Summit’s death from Alzheimer’s.
The Lord just reminded me of something I learned years ago at the Environmental Health Clinic in Dallas in 1999 where I was being treated for pesticide poisoning. I met a man there who had worked for the US Treasury in Ft. Worth and he worked with printing money. They had used some experimental ink to print the money and the chemicals in it made him very, very sick. When he began detoxing in the sauna, replacing nutrients, treating for allergies, he got better. When I came home, there was a friend of mine whose Dad also worked for the treasury department in Washington DC printing money. He developed Alzheimer’s. Along the same time there was a man in our church who was the printer there. He had retired as a printer and ran the print shop at our church. All of the sudden he was in the hospital diagnosed with dementia and he died not too long after that. His wife later told me that he had become sensitive to supplements and couldn’t even take a vitamin. When he developed dementia he had been put on a new medication which I believe caused his sudden onset of dementia.
When your body doesn’t detox well for a number of reasons and it is exposed to certain things such as ink or medication, pesticides, paint, hair dresser chemicals, aluminum, etc, there can be an onset of thinking problems., along with other problems. Adding medication to an already toxic and inflammatory situation only adds fuel to the fire. The solution is not to medicate, but to detox and replace nutrients…. simple but not always easy and it takes a while to reverse things that have accumulated in our bodies. Some things can be reversed much quicker such as an allergic reaction but you have to figure out what a person is reacting to. Who would suspect ink, or formaldehyde or a supplement? My body is sensitive to all these things. Thankfully not as much now as I used to be but I am.
A more recent example is tonight I was walking and the mosquito truck came in the neighborhood. Last year, the same thing happened and instead of seeking shelter immediately like i did tonight, i kept walking. My thinking abilities and nervous system was affected big time from the indirect hit I took from the neurotoxic mosquito spray. It took me quite a while, several weeks to get over it, even though I was taking things to detox my body and replace nutrients.
I read today that Pat Summit suffered from arthritis which can be because of a leaky gut and an allergic response. If she suffered from arthritis and took drugs to control the pain and arthritis, those drugs themselves can do great damage to the gut causing other issues such as dementia. There is always a cause for symptoms in our body and it’s not a lack of medication which poisons enzymes and causes a downward spiral in our health. Look for what’s going on in a person’s environment and their history to find the clues.
Pat Summit said she would trade her 8 national championships for her health and the health of others.
Last night after I wrote the post about Pat Summit and causes of her symptoms, God reminded me that Rodney D Soto MD shared at one of his educational talks, by the time you start having symptoms like dementia, the damage to our bodies is far more than the symptoms we are seeing. The symptoms are the tip of the iceberg. That is why it is SO important to be eating the right foods that Dr. Mercola recommended in his article I posted that contain glutathione and stay away from chemicals as much as possible.
What is glutathione? It is a very important antioxidant that helps keep our cells healthy and from aging by taking toxic chemicals out of our bodies. We all make glutathione but most of us can’t keep up with the onslaught of heavy metals and pesticides and air fresheners and perfumes and household cleaners, plastics, medications, etc. that we are around each day. Each time our bodies has to detox something, glutathione goes out the body with that chemical.
Read below how L Theacrine helps to produce glutathione in our cells and helps our LIVER and DETOX mechanisms!!! Ya’ll I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! I used to take glutathione through an IV each week to help my body detox and now I am able to help my body detox through a delicious pink drink and a few products. Also, if that weren’t enough, Dr. Mercola said in his article last night that Whey Protein helps glutathione production.
I wrote this to say… PLEASE don t wait until you are having symptoms to help your body detox. We all need to be doing something each and everyday because of the sea of chemicals we live around. Plexus is something simple and so affordable and comes right to your mailbox. I’d love to share more with you if you’ll message me. Thanks so much!
Improved Liver Function and Detoxification Mechanisms
After seven days of Theacrine supplementation subjects showed no signs desensitization
Oxidation is a naturally occurring process in the body, but too much oxidative stress has been linked to a number of degenerative health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. However, in order to combat the potential hazards of excessive oxidation, our bodies are equipped with a number of potent antioxidant defense mechanisms, including the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxification agent – glutathione. Glutathione, along with several other antioxidant enzymes, is produced in the liver.
Studies indicate that following seven days of Theacrine supplementation subjects showed elevated levels of glutathione inside cells, which suggest that the liver receives a secondary benefit from supplementation.
I would love to talk with you more about ways to detox your body. Contact me by email if you’d like to brainstorm with me. firstname.lastname@example.org
His Grace is Sufficient,
Mitzi Evans, RN
I just wanted to share with you this great article by Dr. Mark Hyman about the great importance of Glutathione in maintaining our health. I have been taking this for years by IV and by mouth, but last year was able to get off of the IV’s with the help of some wonderful all natural, non GMO products that help produce glutathione and do a whole lot of other great things to help our health. Please message me for more information! Would love to share them with you!
His Grace is Sufficient,
Mitzi Evans, RN
Faith already knows that everything that happens fits into a pattern for good to those who love God. An inconvenience is always, whether we see it or not, a blessed inconvenience.” Elisabeth Elliot, www.elisabethelliot.org
This is going to be a little different from the previous weeks, but more like my posts of old when i was in the trenches of trying to feel better each day because to be honest, i have been taken back somewhat to those days that i struggled so. I got sprayed by the mosquito truck a couple of weeks ago walking my dog, and I’ve been taken back down memory lane as I’m continuing to recover. Has not been a comfortable time, but it’s been a time the LORD has reminded me of my roots, That I can’t even walk with GOD holding my hand.
My friend, gospel singer Tony Greene, went to be with JESUS five years ago this week. GOD has taken down memory lane listening to some of the songs the Greenes sang that ministered so much to me during a difficult time of suffering in my life and continues to minister to me now. One song in particular was called, “I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand.” I remember the first time i heard Tony share the story how GOD gave the songwriter that song. It was during a very difficult trial he and his wife were going through. Like most things that really matter in our lives, they come through a time of difficult suffering, and that is when we hear GOD the most. I love the quote from C.S. Lewis that says, “GOD shouts to us in our pain, and whispers in our joy.” I can relate to that. I always know I’m in a trial when i hear the LORD’s voice through HIS WORD, and people and other means so much louder. So this week, i wanted to share with you that beautiful song that Tony Greene sang that night at Truth Baptist Church that first penetrated my soul and led me to go to the altar, one of many times, i went to the altar when i went to hear the Greene’s sing. The recording is not at Truth Baptist, but somewhere else Tony sang,it and I wanted you to get to hear the whole story and song. I pray that it ministers to your heart as it does mine.
“I Can’t Even Walk” sang by the Greenes
A few weeks ago, one of my friends asked me if she could interview me for a health and healing show she does on her blogsite called http://livehealthyandblessed.com/. Between her jammed packed schedule and my not feeling well at times, it took us several weeks to get to the interview and i really appreciate her being patient with me. GOD’s timing is perfect and finally one Tuesday night, it worked right for both of us! So below is the link you can watch and hear a whole lot of the health journey that GOD has led me on. I pray that it will be an encouragement and blessing to those who are looking for answers amidst very difficult health trials. I am very thankful that GOD has brought Plexus into my life at this point in my journey and continues to use it to help me regain my health. Thank you so much, Melissa Beshore for giving me the opportunity to share my journey:
“Joy, peace, and stability come from believing that every circumstance that touches our lives is part of a great eternal plan that He is working out in this world and in our lives.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss, www.reviveourhearts.com
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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
His Grace is Sufficient,
mitzi evans, RN
Last night, before I went to bed, I came across a very fascinating webinar from Genova Diagnostics. It was about the importance of the bacteria we have all over our body and particularly inside our intestines where we have anywhere from 2-5 lbs of different types of bacteria. I have often heard Dr. Sherry Rogers say many times, if our gut isn’t healthy, we won’t be able to get the rest of our body healthy. The webinar I listened to last night through Genova Diagnostics, helped me to understand more fully why this is true. Below is the link if you want to watch the full webinar taught by Dr. Robert Rountree, or feel free to scan my notes below.
The Human Microbiome: It’s Impact on our Lives and Health Dr. Robert Roundtree, M.D.
Gut bacteria affects digestion metabolism, neurology, and immunology.
Up to 500-1000 different species of bacteria in our gut.
30-40 species make up 99 percent of total population
Nose 10 g streptococcus
Mouth 20g streptococcus
Vagina – 20g lactobacillus
Skin 200 grams staph
Gut 1000g- 2-5 lbs of bacteria
The bacteria in our bodies out number own cells 10-1.
We get bacteria from Mom’s vagina,
Breast milk provides bacteria from Mom’s GI tract.
C Section increases Child’s Risk
Type 1 diabetes
Inflammatory bowel disease
Kissing for 10 seconds transfers an average of 80 million bacteria.
Couples who kiss more often have similar microbiota than
Less frequent kissers. Most pronounced in the tongue area.
GI tract- 100 trillion bacteria in gut
Heliopylori doesn’t have to be treated.
Proton pump inhibitors, pump not working right,
Anyone with irritable bowel has overgrowth of bacteria.
Functions of Gut Bacteria
Digestion and energy harvesting
Detoxification /bio transformation (hormones, toxins)
Chemical synthesis: SCFAs, amino acids, neurotransmitters, vitamins
Colonization resistance against pathogens, lines mucosa and prevents toxins from coming in. C.R.A.P.
Systemic immune modulation
Some of my best friends are germs.
Butyrate very helpful- antiflammatory protective properties.
Major Influences on Individual Microbiomes:
Type of birth: vaginal vs C section
Diet: fermented veggies are great! Sugar causes imbalances,
Probiotics and prebiotics
Medications: antibiotics, NSAID
Stress ( emotional, social)
Surgery ( gastric bypass)
Lack of gut species rich in diversity associated with poor health.
Excessive sterile environments, diets low in plant fiber, repeated exposure to antibiotics, aging all decrease microbial diversity.
Hunters have much more microbial diversity than westerners.
Antibiotics: stop the killing of beneficial bacteria. Even one course of antibiotics can cause disruption in the Microbiomes that some never recover from.
We are too clean and blasting out our good bacteria.
Reduced diversity of the intestinal microbes is associated with increased risk of allergic disease at school age. Allergy Clinical Immunology
Reduced bacterial diversity of the infants intestinal flora associated with increased risk of allergic sensitization, allergic rhinitis, and peripheral blood eosinophilia.
Overuse of antibiotics is fueling:
Type 1 diabetes
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
These diseases are going up dramatically.
People staying in ICU had complete ecological gut bacterial collapse.
What causes Dysbiosis ? (where you good bacteria is too low and bad is too high) not in balance
Early colonization birth in hospitals altered exposure to microbes, vaccinations and antibiotics, extreme hygiene
What has Gut Microbiota Disruption Led to:
Allergies and Asthma
Irritable bowel symptoms
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Fatty Liver Disease
Things that help put gut bacteria in gut:
Human Probiotic Infusion-Transplanting an entire ecosystem, good success
Dietary changes- mixture of foods, prebiotics and Probiotics. Dr. Roundtree
“Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.” Blaser
My comments: I have taken many, many probiotics in my health journey, and I’ve eaten some fermented veggies, drank Kombucha, ( a fermented beverage) and the last digestive test i had done from Genova Diagnostics, i still had dysbiosis. This webinar alludes to the fact that once the gut flora has been damaged it’s hard to fully recover. I was raised on antibiotics for ear infections, and continued that practice with my son until GOD showed me through the damage i had done taking antibiotics for everything. True to what the doctor shared on the webinar, my son was on antibiotics for ear infections until he was about two, then i started learning about olive oil and garlic, and we just stopped going back to the ENT because he always had fluid even though he had tubes in his ears, and the doctors just kept him on antibiotics. At 4, even though he hadn’t had antibiotics in a couple of years, he developed allergic rhinitis…i remember the first time it happened, we were at the rodeo here in town, and his eyes started itching and nose started running. I wish i had known then what I have learned in the school of very hard knocks. I could write a large book about my health collapse after taking antibiotics after my son was born, and my health was devestated for many years, and I continue to recover.
Thanks for taking time to read this…I truly hope this is helpful.
His Grace Is Sufficient,
I am currently undergoing heavy metal chelation, and frankly, i don’t have a lot left over to write on the blog. I certainly hope to get back on a regular basis posting updates from the health world and encouraging you spiritually but for now you can check me out on Twitter for health information i am learning as well as spiritual encouragement. I also have a FB page if you are interested in friending me. Thanks so much for reading the blog and i’m sorry for not being able to update regularly at this time…GOD bless you! mitzi
Chapter 3 A Healthy Pregnancy, by Sally Fallon Morrell and Thomas S. Cowan
Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep a Quiet Heart,” How to Keep Peace
(J.R. Miller, “Help for the Day”)
When we are strong, or deem ourselves strong–we are really weak, since then we trust in ourselves, and do not seek Divine help. But when we are consciously weak, knowing ourselves unequal to our duties and struggles–we are strong, because then we turn to Christ and get His strength.
Too many people think that their weakness is a barrier to their usefulness, or make it an excuse for doing little with their life. Instead of this, however, if we trust Christ, He will transform our weakness into strength. He says His strength is made perfect in weakness; that is, what is lacking in human strength, He fills and makes up with Divine strength.
Paul had learned this when he said he gloried now in his weaknesses, because on account of them the strength of Christ rested upon him–so that when he was weak, then he was strong.
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong!” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Ch. 3, “A Healthy Baby,”
The most obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed menstrual period. You can do a pregnancy test to find out for sure. These work by detecting a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) in the blood or urine. The embryo begins to produce HCG on implantation in the uterus: this helps maintain progesterone production, critical for a pregnancy in humans.
You can do an at home pregnancy test that measure HCG in the urine. They are very accurate if used correctly and at the right time-no earlier than one week after a missed period.
Fatigue is a common early sign of pregnancy. Get as much sleep as your body tells you it needs! Don’t be tempted by caffeinated drinks to keep yourself awake. She suggests a glass of raw milk or mug of broth or molasses and coconut oil in hot water. Important to get the sleep you need during the early weeks of pregnancy.
If you have prepared for pregnancy with the diet outline in Ch.1 you won’t need need to make any fundamental changes. However soft unaged cheeses-both raw and pasteurized-can carry Listeria monocytogene which can cause you to miscarry. These should be avoided during pregnancy. Another common source is deli and luncheon meats. For those who have taken care to build up healthy gut flora prior to pregnancy, the risk of serious infection from L. mono is low.
If you have discovered these dietary guideline after becoming pregnant, its important to implement them right away, eliminating refined carbs and processed foods, while incorporating as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as you can. However foods that may cause allergic or die-off reaction, such as kombucha, should be introduced very slowly if you haven’t consumed them before your pregnancy. If you are new to raw milk, start with one-fourth cup per day, sipped at room temperature, and build up gradually to the recommended one quart per day.
Same with animal fats if you aren’t used to including butter and other healthy fats in your diet. Start slowly and build up gradually.
If you crave fatty and sour foods, be sure to satisfy your cravings with foods of the best quality possible-butter, cream and egg yolks from grass-fed animals and true lacto-fermented condiments.
Morning Sickness-can rob you of an appetite during the critical early weeks of pregnancy. It is a condition that affects more than half of all pregnant women, to a greater or lesser extent. It is usually present in the early morning, but can occur at any time of day, often triggered by sensitivity to odors. The nausea usually tapers off at the end of the first semester. Morning sickness makes it that much more important to prepare for your pregnancy with nutrient dense foods to build up nutritional stores.
Theories that Cause Morning Sickness-
Increased hormone levels-estrogen may increase by up to one hundred fold during pregnancy. Studies find no consistent evidence of difference in estrogen levels between women who experience sickness and those who don’t. However those who experience morning sickness may lack the enzymatic mechanism for clearing the hormone.
Toxin theory-pregnancy sickness causes women to experience nausea when exposed to toxins that may harm the baby
Morning sickness seems to be rare or nonexistent among truly primitive peoples, so we can only assume that morning sickness is not a natural reaction to pregnancy.
My note, mitzi—seems like I have read that being low in magnesium can contribute to morning sickness. Not sure about that though.
She says that one logical explanation for pregnancy nausea is a lack of bile. The body m makes bile, needed to digest fats, from cholesterol as well. If not enough cholesterol is available to handle the excess requirements of pregnancy, them most available cholesterol will be sequestered to the production of estrogen and progesterone, with not enough available for the production of bile. In this situations, ingesting fatty foods could cause nausea.
Pregnant women should NEVER take anti nausea medications such as Zofran or promethazine, which in addition to unknown effects on you developing baby, can have some severe side effects for pregnant moms, including dizziness,p drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting and weakness.
Thalidominde tragedy-now discredited drug, in which thousands of babies were born with gross deformities of the arms and legs, originated in West Germany, where the drug was very developed and prescribed. It was withdrawn in 1961.
The days when physicians cautioned women to avoid all drugs during pregnancy have passed, but it is still the only safe policy for pregnant women to follow. That means avoiding all antibiotics, and all over the counter drugs like aspiring and Advil as well.
Important way to avoid morning sickness is to avoid low blood sugar by consuming plenty of fats and eating frequently enough to avoid having an empty stomach. If fats are causing nausea, take Swedish bitters (one half teaspoon in water) or an ox bile tablet with each meal. Be sure to eat fatty foods with sour lactofermented foods, which help digest the foods. If the lactofermented foods cause nausea, try squeezing fresh lemon juice on you food to provide a sour taste.
The most common alternative treatment for morning sickness are ginger, acupuncture, and supplements of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 tends to be marginal or low in women suffering severe morning sickness. Pyridoxal 5 phosphate (a form of vitamin B6) in sublinqual tablets may help, but you should first try obtaining the vitamin from food.
Two good sources of vitamin B6 are liver and bananas-banana might be more palatable than liver in cases of severe morning sickness, but a nicely seasoned liver pate consumed in the evening could be just the ticked for avoiding nausea in the morning.
Raw milk provides complete nourishment, including very usable vitamin B6, along with unadulterated fats that can stabilize blood sugar. For increased effectiveness, add some powered ginger and a little molasses to the milk, set the glass in simmering water and heat gently.
Also bone broth with added coconut milk or cream can be sipped to avoid nausea. Fresh ginger can be added or simply use in hot water, making a ginger tea.
Some women have reported relief with magnesium salt baths. Magnesium rich foods include nuts and legumes.
If you have been vomiting or unable to eat, it is critical to avoid dehydration. Sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon juice plus a generous pinch of salt is our best bet for quenching thirst and lemon juice and salt may help cut down on the nausea. Bone broth also works as a good hydrators.
Weight Gain: As a general rule, you should gain about five pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and one pound per week during the remainder. But if you gain more, and feel well, don’t worry. It’s better for your baby for you to gain a little too much weight than not enough. If you feel you are gaining more than a little too much, cut back on carbohydrate foods like potatoes and bread, but not on nutritious animal foods like raw milk, butter, seafood and meat.
Exercise During Pregnancy: It’s very important, but don’t over do-marathon running, contact sports, and extreme workouts are not a good idea, neither is diving to tag someone out on the softball field, like I did when I was pregnant with my son! (mitzi’s note)
I enjoyed watching a group of young Mom’s exercise in the park when I was in Panama City recently. These young Mom’s had their small children with them in strollers, and they walked briskly through the park, and then stopped and did stretching and strengthening exercises while their young children played.
Exercises that strengthen the abdomen and lower back will prepare you for the extra weight of the third trimester and make delivery easier. Be careful, with exercises that put stress and strain on the joints, such as excessive stretching and hanging. During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which is designed to loosen the joints and make delivery easier.
Swimming is a great activity during pregnancy if you have access to warm sea water, clean fresh water or a salt water-treated swimming pool. Another ideal activity during pregnancy is gardening because it involves squatting. Gardening strengthens all the muscles in a natural and relaxed way. Don’t forget sexual intercourse which stimulates labor and studies show decreases your chances of preeclampsia due to the immune factors in the father’s semen.
Treating Anemia in Pregnancy-Anemia in pregnancy not only makes the mother tired, but it can have adverse effects on the mental development of the child.
Eat grass fed liver often, sauteed, pate, or liverwurst
Make sure you are taking cod liver oil. Vitamin A is needed to absorb iron.
Avoid refined carbs and sugars
Take B12 Sublingual methylcobalamin tabs from Jarrow Formulas one daily
Floradix Iron Plus Herbs-digestive aid
Blackstrap Molasses is a good source of iron and makes a great afternoon pick me up-2 tablespoons in a mug with hot water. You can add a tablespoon of coconut oil, and a half tsp of ginger.
Check for Candida that can cause anemia, need to do that before pregnancy, and eat plenty of lacto fermented foods such as sauerkraut…check with a holistic doctor or integrative doctor or others to check or Candida and treat on that. It is of UTMOST importance to make sure your gut is healthy so you can absorb the full amount of nutrients and your baby can absorb the nutrients it needs.
Travel During Pregnancy- travel by airplane should be minimized, especially during the
first and third trimesters. Airplane cabin air, pulled from the engines, is poorly filters and may contain some nasty chemicals; on some international flights, passengers are sprayed with pesticides. Exposure to radiation while flying might have adverse effects, and cabin pressure changes trigger early labor, much like women who go into labor during hurricanes.
Visits to Practitioner:
Unfortunately, the condition of pregnancy provides fertile ground for interventions of every description-blood tests, physical exams, vaccinations, pharmaceutical drugs and high teach screening. The vast majority o these interventions are not only unnecessary, but they also carry some risk.
Pregnant women have lots of choices and in most cases the best choice is to just say no. There is no reason to rush into your first prenatal exam…most conventional doctors wait until at least two months for the first visit.
When making the kinds of decisions facing pregnant women, the Internet is your best friend. NEVER, NEVER submit to a medical procedure without researching the benefits and side effects, ESPECIALLY when you are pregnant.
See Autism Birth Induction Article:
Interesting Read about the Autism Birth Induction Connection from Thinking Mom’s Revolution-link to vaccines MUCH stronger connection to Autism, all can contribute to Autism.
Flu Shots for Pregnant Women:
Be ready to say “no” to that one. The flu is rarely a threat to a normal pregnancy and there is no convincing evidence that flu vaccines are effective during pregnancy anyway. Many flu vaccines contain the mercury based preservative thimerosal, which can cause birth defects, even those which don’t claim to have any have trace amounts. Toxic aluminum often replaces mercury as a preservative in vaccines.
he risks to anyone taking the vaccine:
fever, fatigue, painful joints and headache
most serious reaction is Guillain-Barre syndrome which most often occurs within two to four weeks of vaccine Guillaume Barre is an immune mediated nerve disorder characterized by muscle weakness, unsteady gain, numbness, tingling, pain and sometimes paralysis o one or more limbs or the face. Recovery can take several months and include residual weakness- Not something you want to risk while you are pregnant! All this for a shot that may not even tailored to the current year’s flu virus. According to one study, the shot covers only about 10 percent of they types of flu going around.
The flu during pregnancy is to be taken seriously. It depletes vitamin A, particularly if you have the flu with a high fever. If you get the flu, increase your dose of cod liver oil until all the symptoms are passed, stay in bed and take plenty of liquids, especially nourishing bone broths.
Ways below to build up your system to protect against the flu BEFORE pregnancy: My note: Be sure and check on oregano, essential oils, herbal teas. Some of these can be harmful during pregnancy. DO NOT DETOX YOUR LIVER or anything else during pregnancy!! Detoxing during pregnancy can definitely harm your baby!
These often lead to agonizing decisions based on incomplete knowledge. The book says that much of this testing is completely pointless unless the parents would choose to terminate the pregnancy. Our class and our beliefs as CHRISTians is that terminating the pregnancy is murder of a child created by GOD. HE is the one creating that child fearfully and wonderfully in it’s mothers womb, and any “defect,” HE allows can and will be used for your good, your baby’s good and HIS glory. Romans 8:28, and Psalm 139.
Ultrasound or Sonography is generally described as a “safe test.” because it doesn’t
use mutagenic ionizing radiation, which can pose hazards such as chromosome breakage and cancer development.
HOWEVER, in 2008, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine published a report which stated that ultrasound indeed poses some potential risks. Frequent exposure to ultrasound is associated with:
a decrease in newborn body weight
an increase in the frequency of non genetic left handedness
delayed speech and potential speech impediments from damage to the inner ear.
When pregnant mice were exposed to ultrasound, they manifested significant alterations in behavior, also negative effects on embryonic development, including impairment off adult brain function.
A study from Australia found that actively dividing cells of the embryonic and fetal central nervous system are most readily disturbed by prolonged ultrasound.
Another study found brain hemorrhages in mouse pups exposed to ultrasound at doses similar to those used on human babies.
Also study showed ultrasound causing a 22 percent reduction in rate of cell division and doubling of the rate of apoptosis of cells in the small intestine.
Other research has found ultrasound induces bleeding in the lungs among other mammals, including newborns.
Our book says the truth is that the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all advise against the routine or unnecessary use of ultrasound Therein lies the dilemma: is it really necessary to determine your baby’s sex, position, size and growth rate using ultrasound?
With the exception of sex determination, all this can be done by an experience physician using hands-on skills and a fetoscope ( a stethoscope designed to listen to the baby’s heartbeat). And sex determination can now be very accurately accomplished at seven weeks with an over the counter blood test.
When ultrasound reveals a potential problem in the fetus, parents find themselves on an emotional roller coaster. Ultrasound technicians are wrong as often as they are right, and when a family is told that their unborn baby has some kind of defect, they will spend the rest of the pregnancy worrying, crying and in some cases may abort the baby because they are told it has an abnormality. Remember, having an ultrasound does not reduce the risk of birth defects-only sound nutrition and avoidance of environmental toxins can do that.
The bottom line is these tests are not risk free, not completely accurate and definitely not something that makes life easier for prospective parents. They may be justified under certain conditions but their use in normal pregnancies is questionable.
Thoughtful parents can exert a lot of control over both diet and environment, and the more diligently they prepare for conception and pay attention to the diet during gestation, the better their chances for a normal and optimally healthy child.
Staying Cool During Pregnancy
Raised body temperature poses a threat to the developing fetus, this is one of the dangers of ultrasound, what about things like hot tubs, steam rooms, sauna and hot baths? In a report on the effects of heat on fetuses, researchers warned that “hyperthermia during pregnancy can cause embryonic death, abortion, growth retardation and developmental defects. A study published by in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who used hot tubs or sauna during early pregnancy face up to triple the risk of bearing babies with spina bifida or brain defects.
Hot tubs and prolonged hot baths present greater dangers than other heat therapies such a sauna and steam rooms, because the immersion in water foils the body’s attempt to cool off via perspiration. This doesn’t mean you can’t take regular baths and showers while pregnant; just don’t linger or make them too hot.
While fever plays an important role in childhood, it’s not a good idea during pregnancy. She mentions using a “Lemon Sock” to help reduce fever. To make a lemon sock, squeeze one lemon into a bowl of tepid water. Dip a large cotton cloth in the water and squeeze it out so it is just damp. Wrap one foot with the cloth, starting from the toes and going to mid calf, then cover with a large sock. Repeat for the other foot and get into bed. Leave the socks on until the damp cloth has dried completely. This should help the body assimilate the fever in a healthy way.
Homeopathic medicine for bringing down fever is Apis Belladonna from Weleda or Uriel Pharmacy. The dose is five pills sublingually every hour or two until the fever subsides.
Finally an herbal tea of elder flower, lime flower, ginger and yarrow encourages sweating and can help lower a fever quickly.
Fetal Heart Monitor
The device contains a probe to detect high frequency sound waves produced by your baby’s heart. To amplify the sound, a gel, oil or water solution is spread onto your belly. It is then moved around until the heartbeat is detected. There is sufficient evidence that multiple pulse ultrasound scans, or any ultrasound scan by an unskilled operator may cause harm. Why subject your unborn baby to anything that may cause damage when a fetoscope works just as well?
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. Mothers with gestational diabetes have an increased risk for high blood pressure during pregnancy. In severe cases, symptoms may include blurred vision, fatigue, frequent infections (especially of the bladder, vagina and skin), increased thirst, increased urination, nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Often, the blood sugar (glucose) level returns to normal after delivery.
These Mothers tend to have larger babies at birth-a baby over 10 pd always raises the suspicion of gestational diabetes. Having a larger baby can increase the chance of birth trauma because of baby’s large size; having a large baby increases the chance of delivery by C section.
This is puzzling…babies born to mothers following her nutrient dense diet tend to be smaller than average with denser bones. (My note, I thought she said earlier, they were bigger, like 8 pds?). Often when baby is weighted, she turns out to be two or more pds heavier than she looks.
Best protection against gestational diabetes is a diet low in refined carbohydrates, containing adequated animal protein and rich in healthy fats, along with moderate exercise, all of which act together to keep the blood sugar stable. The diet should also include the fat soluble vitamins, which our organs need to work properly. In particular, vitamin D is needed for insulin production. The requirements are increased in pregnancy, as vitamin D plays an important role in building of the baby. If your intake is inadequate, pancreatic function may be sacrificed to the needs of growing baby.
Gestational diabetes is becoming a growing problem so much that doctors routinely recommend an oral glucose tolerance test between twenty four and twenty eight weeks of pregnancy, and this test is much more risky than the casual plasma glucose test or Alc test. Don’t get the dangerous oral glucose test that can cause a sudden and sharp plummet in the pregnant mom’s glucose.
Sally Fallon says, don’t be afraid of putting loads of butter on everything you eat including vegetables, meat and seafood.
She said above all, it is important to ensure adequate intake of vitamin D, as vitamin D is critical to the production of insulin. That means consuming cod liver oil, grassfed butter and egg yolks, grassed lard and seafood like shrim and fish eggs.
Natural Treatments for Improving Glucose Tolerance:
Cinnamon- put on porridge or toast
Gymnema-Mediherb makes a tablet that can be taken one tablet two or three times per day to improve carbohydrate metabolism
Rosemary-herb taken internally or rosemary oil baths
Rubella and other Viruses
Most children and adults fully recover from rubella with few complications. However, rubella infection in a pregnant woman during the first three months of pregnancy can result in miscarriage, fetal death or a baby with a birth defect, such as deafness, eye, hear, liver or skin problems, or mental retardation-a complex of abnormalities referred to as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).
Conventional medicine treats the rubella problem with vaccines and if a pregnant women is determined to have no immunity, she is advised to avoid people who have rubella and get a shot after delivery. If it is offered during pregnancy in today’s vaccine-happy atmosphere, as with all medications during pregnancy, the safest response is still, “no.” The triple MMR vaccine-it is impossible to get a vaccine for rubella alone- has a long list of adverse side effects.
Taking COD Liver Oil with Vitamins A and D and other vitamin A rich foods is a better strategy then vaccines for preventing birth defects induced by the many known viruses.
Conventional advice on swelling includes the suggestion to reduce salt consumption, but you need salt for digestion, and baby needs salt for neurological development. Avoiding all processed foods, which contain not only salt but refined carbs, the wrong fats and plenty of additives is the first step for avoiding or reducing swelling. Raw milk sipped through the day is an excellent treatment for edema. However, if you are allergic to the milk, or can’t digest the protein, it’s not good. ( my notes). Foods rich in potassium, such as bananas or potassium broth can be helpful.
Preclampsia, Toxemia, and Eclampsia
Preeclampsia, characterized by sudden swelling in the hands and face, is caused by high blood pressure during pregnancy, often with accompanying toxemia-a decline in liver and kidney function. Usually edema of pregnancy happens gradually, but in preclampsia, abnormally high blood pressure causes noticeable facial and hand swelling; if you experience sudden swelling, contact your doctor. He or she will monitor blood pressure and test for protein in the urine.
Mild cases are ot dangerous but occasionally preclampsia develops into full blown eclampsia, characterized by what is referred to as the HELLP syndrome-hemolysis (breaking of the red blood cells), elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count. In addition to swelling, other symptoms can include headache, nausea and vomiting, upper abdominal pain and vision problems. This condition can have serious consequences, including permanent liver and kidney dame in the mother and death in the infant.
Most cases the preeclampsia is mild often manifesting simply as elevated blood pressure without any other symptoms. In these situations bed rest is advised until the baby reaches term. Treatment with Epsom salt baths may help bring the blood pressure down. Epsom salts contain magnesium which helps to bring down BP, among causing over 300 enzymes to activate in our bodies.
In a hospital setting, you may be treated with blood pressure lowering medication, and steroids to hasten development of the baby’s lungs. Doctors also may suggest treatment with IV mag sulfate to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of seizures and delay birth until the baby comes to term
As with all other problems in pregnancy, best defense is a good diet, devoid of junk food and rich in protein and saturated fats-saturated fats are highly protective of the liver. Preeclampsia is associated with low levels of selenium, vitamin D and protein.
Too much stress during pregnancy can use up vital nutritional stores, especially Vit. A. Worry and stress can be especially hard on the adrenal glands, leading to adrenal fatigue in both mother and baby….so set boundaries, and try to get extra rest. Pregnancy is not the time to take on new projects, launch a business venture, organize a conference, etc.
Chapter 2: Nutrition for Fetal Development
“We cannot always or even often control events, but we can control how we respond to them. When things happen which dismay we ought to look to GOD for HIS meaning, remembering that HE is not taken by surprise nor can HIS purposes be thwarted in the end.” Elisabeth Elliot
“I know of no greater simplifier for all of life. Whatever happens is assigned. Every assignment is measured and controlled for my eternal good. Decisions become much easier, directions clearer, and so my heart becomes inexpressibly quieter.”
Devotion from Keep a Quiet Heart, Elisabeth Elliot, “Ever Been Bitter?”
Last week we talked about how from conception to approximately the 8 week of pregnancy constitutes the most critical stage when all systems are undergoing important foundational development. This period of tissue differentiation during the first two months is when the growing fetus is most susceptible to damage from drugs and chemicals, viral infections, x-rays, electromagnetic radiation and poor nutrition. Much critical development takes place before a woman even knows she is pregnant, so nutritional and environmental preparation for pregnancy must begin well before conception.
We talked about Hypospadias, one of the most common congenital birth defects, that occurs in one out of every hundred twenty five live male births. Hypospadias is where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the shaft of the penis. Undescended testicles and inguinal hernia are the most common associated anomalies found in boys with with hypospadias. Hypospadias results when hormonal disturbances result in incomplete virilazation around the eighth week of gestation. Exposure to pesticides, plastics and industrial chemicals is a likely culprit, but so is exposure to estrogenic soy.
We talked about the importance of birth weight and that having a low birth rate baby increased the chances for insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and other health challenges later on in life. The use of Cod Liver Oil results in bigger babies, regardless of other factors. Trials have shown that folic acid supplementation also increases birth weight. Iron deficiency compromises fetal growth and a major deficiency in any vitamin or mineral is likely to do the same.
Optimal fetal development depends on a nutrient-dense diet. A generous intake of all nutrients-especially the fat soluble vitamins, essential fatty acids, biotin, folate, choline and glycine will supply the baby everything it needs for robust and vigorous growth and a long, healthy life to come.
Key Nutrients needed to support Development:
Vitamin A -according to Weston A. Price in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Vitamin A deficiency produces spontaneous abortion, prolonged labor and death of the mother and her offspring during labor; eye defects including the complete absence of eyes; defects of the snout, dental arches and lips; displacement of internal organs including the kidneys, ovaries and testes, and deafness due to degeneration of the nervous system.
Vitamin A is necessary for
the differentiation and patterning of all of the cells, tissues, and organs within the developing body. It’s especially important for the development of the communication systems between the sense organs and the brain-these systems are highly compromised in autism. Even mild vitamin A deficiency compromises the number of nephrons in the kidneys which could lead to poor kidney function in later life. The number of cells in the kidneys is highly dependent on Vitamin A status during embryonic and fetal development.
It is also necessary during fetal development and throughout adult life to maintain the presence of cells lining the lungs called cilia. These hairs sweep away debris and foreign material, protecting the lungs from pollutants and infectious diseases. Vitamin A is necessary for their continued growth.
Generous helpings of vitamin A-rich organs, cod liver oil and animal fats to support perfect fetal development will help to keep vitamin A levels at an optimum in mother and the baby.
plays a role in lung development
adequate levels protect newborn from tetany, convulsions, and heart failure
builds strong bones
Sally Fallon recommends 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D from cod liver oil, and additional amounts from fatty fish, fish eggs, shellfish and grassfed butter, egg yolks and lard. A study of over ten thousand infants in Finland showed that direct supplementation of 2,000 IU per day to infants in the first year of life virtually eradicated the risk of type 1 diabetes over the next 30 years.
Vitamin E-” In 1922 named Fertility Factor X” because rats could not reproduce without it, two years later researchers dubbed it “tocopherol” from the Greek tokos, meaning “childbirth,” and ferein, meaning “to bring forth.”
Is almost certainly essential to human reproduction, probably helps with the nutritional transport system of the placenta
Unrefined vegetable oils are high in Vitamin E, but they are also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which deplete the body of this nutrient.
Good sources of Vitamin E is grass-fed animal fats is four times higher than that of grain-fed animal fats. Butter can be an especially rich source if it comes from grass-fed animals. Nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables and freshly ground grains also contain Vitamin E.
Vitamin K-compared to vitamins A and D, very little is known about the role of vitamin K in embryonic and fetal development. The enzyme that uses vitamin K to activate vitamin K-dependent proteins first shows up in the skeletal and nervous tissue of the embryo. These proteins help lay down calcium salts in bone tissue and keep calcium of the soft tissues where it does not belong.
Example of the mother who took Warfarin during pregnancy. This drugs interferes with the normal clotting mechanism of the blood by creating an effective vitamin K deficiency. During the early development of the middle third of the infant’s face, the cartilage of her septum calcified; at birth, her nose was a stub. She also had cavities and plaques in her spinal cord; she required oxygen due to respiratory distress at birth; and she was quadriplegic by twenty months.
This tragic case of severe deficiency illustrates the essential role of K vitamins in the development of proper facial proportions and the much more important and fundamental development of the nervous system. This case also demonstrates the wisdom in avoiding all drugs during pregnancy.
Vitamin K2 has a higher rate of transport across the placenta than vitamin K1. Vitamin K1 is found in leafy greens, while Vitamin K2 is found in fermented foods such as natto and sauerkraut and grass-fed animal fats-goose liver, cheese, and to a lesser extent butter, egg yolks and fatty meats
DHA-omega 3 oils from plants and fish
may be necessary formation of neurons and the building of the brain lipid phosphatidylserine
precursor to an important compound that protects neurons when they are assaulted by oxidative stress
The baby hoards DHA from the mother, and it may be a contributing factor to postpartum depression.
DHA can be obtained from COD LIVER OIL and fatty fish and in small amounts from grass fed animal fats.
BIOTIN-deficiency in the baby caused an increase in limb and palate defects. These effects were reversed when biotin was added. This occurred in pregnant rats.
is primarily found in liver and egg yolks. Egg whites contain a protein that strongly binds to biotin and prevents its absorption. Cooking neutralizes this protein but not completely. Raw egg whites should be strictly avoid, and cooked egg whites should be consumed in moderation and never without the yolk. The addition of egg yolks to scrambled eggs, smoothies and ice cream help boost biotin status.
necessary for the production of new DNA, and new DNA is necessary for new cells. Growing life in the womb engages in constant cell division and the mother must expand her blood supply with the production of new red blood cells as well which demand a generous supply of folate.
Adequate folate intake prevents defects of the brain and spinal cord and increases birth weight
It may also prevent spontaneous abortion, mental retardation and deformation of the mouth, face and heart.
Synthetic supplements do prevent neural tube defects (brain and spinal cord defects). Pregnant women should use them if they aren’t going to eat folate-rich diets;whenever possible, it is best to meet the folate requirement from food, according to our book.. Folate rich foods include liver, legumes and dark green vegetables.
Choline is related to folate . A low intake of choline is associated with a four fold increased risk of neural tube defects.
Choline has a more direct role in the development of the brain. It is especially important for the formation of the neurons that use the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Rats fed three times the normal choline requirement during pregnancy give birth to offspring with very resilient nervous systems. These offspring have a lifelong 30 percent increase in visuospatial and auditory memory; they grow old without developing any age related senility; they are protected against the assaults of neurotoxins ( along with Vit. A and good bacteria in our gut). They have an enhanced ability to focus on several things at once; and they have a much lower rate of interference memory (when a past memory interferes with a present memory).
Choline protects the baby from chronic stress-related illness later in life. When mom is under stress during pregnancy, the levels of stress hormone in baby also rise, leading to reduced ability to deal with stress after birth. Extra choline during the third trimester protects against this unfortunate outcome.
Sally Fallon recommends 900 to 1200 mg for pregnant women to provide the baby with lasting benefits.
Choline can be obtained from liver, egg yolks, and high quality grass-fed dairy foods, and a lesser extend from meats, cruciferous vegetables, nuts and legumes.
An amino acid necessary for making protein in the baby, mother can obtain glycine primarily from collagen rich foods such as skin and bones or bone broths.
Glycine is depleted in the clearing of excess methionine, another amino acids. Eggs and meats are the main sources of methonine. It is important for the expectant mother to liberally match her egg and muscle meat consumption with glycine rich skin and bone broths and folate rich liver, legumes and greens.
Sulfer-it is essential for a woman to consume abundant sulfer containing foods during pregnancy. Of particular concern is taurine found exclusively in animal-based foods.
Taurine-plays an important role in the neural development of the fetus for protein building and for protection from oxidative damage.
Another crucial role sulfur plays in the fetus involves the safe transport of cholesterol, sex hormones and neurotransmitters to all the fetal tissues particularly the brain.
Cholesterol plays a crucial role in the developing brain. Serum sulfate deficiency is characteristic of autism and so insufficient cholesterol sulfate delivery to the fetal brain due to insufficient sulfate supply from the mother may be a significant factor in autism.
Sulfer is found in highest concentration in our two favorites, egg yolks and liver, along with cholesterol for which it has such affinity. These should be the premier foods during pregnancy, along with a good source of calcium such as raw milk or cheese. Other good sources of sulfur include onions and molasses
Saturated fats make up nearly half of our cell membranes, where they anchor
proteins to specific locations participate in signaling activities, and transport cellular components. They also form an important source of energy and of course, carry the all important fat soluble vitamins. Blood sugar and insulin were lower after the meal rich in saturate fat than after the meal rich in monounsaturated fat. The authors conclude that “saturated fat may be useful in controlling postprandial glucose.”
We cannot stress enough the importance of obtaining these nutrients and the requirements for all vitamins and minerals to be obtained from high quality natural foods, prepared in the home, starting months before pregnancy begins and continued throughout pregnancy, lactation and beyond.