Pregnancy, Foods and Supplements:
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
First of all let me dispel a myth. The myth is this: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Medical Assocition (AMA - which controls what your doctor knows and doesn't know), the March of Dimes, corporations, etc. can be relied upon to protect your health and the health of your developing baby.
If you depend on these organizations to protect your health, and the health of your baby, both you and your children may have a lot of health problems.
These organizations, and many others, are interested in one thing, and one thing only - your money. Quite frankly none of the organizations could care less about you or your baby. If you want a healthy baby YOU are going to have to do a lot of homework. As much as you may like and trust your medical doctor, remember that he or she was trained by medical schools that have been controlled by the pharmaceutical industry for many decades.
The things a mother eats, and doesn't eat, and puts on her body, both during pregancy and during breast feeding, can have a profound effect on the intellect, memory, mental problems, etc. of their baby. Early childhood problems such as ADD, ADHD, brain cancer, autism, etc. may be primarily caused by the things a mother eats, and doesn't eat, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
This is a partial list of the good, the bad and the ugly things. It is not a complete list, but it includes the things that seem to be the most critical. Don't forget to study the entire list and look at the links at the bottom of the article.
The Very Ugly Things For Babies
Did you know that Aspartame (e.g. NutraSweet, Equal, etc.) and Neotame can cause BRAIN DAMAGE to an unborn fetus? This brain damage can be manifest as mental retardation, Cerebral Palsy, autism, ADD, ADHD, brain tumors, and a myriad of other brain related disorders!
I am also convinced that aspartame, during pregancy or during nursing, is a major cause of brain cancer among many children younger than 1 year old.
In fact do not sweeten your food with any man-made substance, including Splenda. Use honey when you can, it is both antiviral and antifungal. (Note: Children under 2 should not be given honey, it is for mothers only.)
In adults, aspartame is known to cause brain cancer.
MSG, HVP, Cysteine
Did you know that MSG (monosodium glutamate) can also cause these SAME CONDITIONS because it has the same chemical properties (excitotoxins) as one of the chemicals in aspartame? It is particularly damaging when aspartame and MSG are consumed together!!
Did you know that hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) and cysteine can also cause these SAME CONDITIONS because they are also excitotoxins?
In fact MSG is in ALMOST EVERY PROCESSED FOOD YOU BUY. MSG is ADDED to over 30 different substances, thus allowing the food vendor to HIDE the fact that MSG is their product. Food vendors ADD MSG on purpose to make the food more flavorable and to make the food more addictive. However, they HIDE the fact that MSG is in their products because if they admitted it, no one would buy their products.
Here is a PARTIAL list of foods that contain MSG that the food industry does not want you to know about. The list was compiled by Shoshanna Allison, M.T.P.:
Food Additives That ALWAYS Contain MSG
Monosodium Glutamate [MSG]
Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG
Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins
For more information about MSG fraud, see:
Aspartame, MSG, etc. are unquestionably the main reason there has been an explosion in the number of miscarriages, premature births, and newborn children diagnosed with brain disorders.
Chemicals in Cosmetics and Toiletries
Numerous cosmetics and toiletries, such as perfumes, deoderants, hair spray, hair shampoo, toothpaste, etc. contains chemicals that are dangerous to a fetus and nursing infant.
Phthalates are just one of many chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and toiletries that is potentially very harmful to developing fetuses and infants.
Even the chemicals in toothpaste can be dangerous:
Rather than try to list all of the known dangerous chemicals in skin products, etc., consider this quote:
So what can you do? Try to use products that have few, if any, added chemicals. That is difficult to do becuase the chemicals in a product are rarely mentioned. It may require a trip to the health food store, but even there there may be hidden chemicals.
Cough Suppressant Linked to Birth Defects
From the well-known Dr. Mercola website I quote the following:
Incredibly the devastating effects of dental amalgam have been known about for several decades, yet nothing has been done by the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association or any of the government agencies. While dental amalgam is the greatest cause of mercury toxicity, don't forget that fish can also be a significant cause.
If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, do not get a flu shot or any other kind of shot, they are loaded with mercury!!
Aluminum and Fluoride
Consider this quote on fluoride and developing fetus brains:
How about aluminum? While aluminum is technically not a heavy metal, it is so toxic it is frequently listed as a heavy metal. Aluminum is known to pass through the placenta to the fetus. It is also known to be a major cause of Alzheimer's.
While it is true that fluroide and aluminum are independently bad for the brain of a developing fetus, it should also be known that the combination of aluminum and fluoride makes the damage of both items much, much greater!
There are also several other links at the bottom about fluoride and Down Syndrome. Fluoride can be found in many places other than your water.
In short, THROW AWAY all of your aluminum pots and pans, do not drink out of aluminum soda pop cans, etc. etc.
Use natural water, such as spring water, purified water or artesian well water. Just to show you how impossible it is to avoid aluminum, consider:
Obviously, if you eat processed foods, you will get plenty of fluroide and aluminum in your diet - far too much. Therefore, you must do everything in your power to remove these things from what you prepare for yourself!
Vaccinations For Mother or Child
All vaccinations contain either mercury or aluminum. Plus they contain other highly damaging chemicals, as well as live viruses. Note than when you get a "mercury-free vaccination" you are getting aluminum instead, which is just as bad!! But other chemicals in the vaccination are also very dangerous!!
Mercury passes through the placenta, so vaccinating the mother is no different than pumping highly toxic mercury (or aluminum) directly into the brain of the fetus.
Many babies are born with autism. You can rest assured this autism came from the mother's vaccinations or other exposure to mercury.
The best solution is to AVOID all vaccinations and to become familiar with these supplements which can all deal with viral infections. These products can PREVENT the flu or cure the flu if you get it:
It is beyond the scope of this article to talk much about this subject, but the Mercola website, and many other websites, talk about how mercury causes autism and other brain problems. Also see this article:
The Very Bad Things For Babies
Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) can cause extensive damage to a fetus, and even the brain of the developing fetus. TFAs are found in peanut butter, margarine, and virtually every other processed food. Trans-fatty acids are also called "hydrogenated oils" because the hydrogenation process is how TFAs are created. The hydrogenation process changes the chemical structure of certain fats and creates a monster of a molecule which can damage the brain of a fetus, cause cancer, cause Type 2 diabetes, and a whole host of other health problems:
Too Many Stored Potatoes
When potatoes are stored they get black spots on them. These black spots are caused by the fungi: Aspergillus and Fusarium. The mytotoxins created by these fungi are: aflatoxin and fumosium. In pregnant women who consume large amounts of potatoes, the two mytotoxins have been incriminated as a cause of spina bifida.
Alcohol causes "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome," which is actually several different diseases that can result in brain damage, caused by a mother drinking alcohol while pregnant. It has been shown that a single intoxication can cause brain damage to a fetus. Furthermore, alcohol can stay in the body for up to 3 months!
Chlorinated tap water has been associated with a slight increase in the incidence of spina bifida.
Need smoking even be mentioned? Or caffeine? All of these things are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of dangers to unborn children. The links below will discuss many of the more common substances that can cause serious or fatal damage to a fetus.
Here is a good generic quote:
A Warning About the Overuse of Ultrasound
While it is true that ultrasound is far safer for both mother and baby than X-Rays, ultrasound should only be used when absolutely necessary. There is a fad in some parts of the country where ultrasound is used indiscriminately, almost for entertainment. Ultrasound can be very dangerous to a fetus. The FDA has issued a warning about the overuse of ultrasound.
The Very Good Things For BabiesRegarding the things that should be eaten:
Choline (Do NOT confuse this with chlorine)
Non-animal, and therefore much healthier, sources of choline (which is one of the B vitamins) include: cauliflower, soybeans, grape juice, and cabbage.
The March of Dimes, which pretends to be experts in preventing birth defects, still recommends 400 mcg.
While all neonatal multi-vitamins contain folic acid, a pregnant woman should get half or more of her folic acid from natural sources. Natural sources include: eggs, yeast & brewer's yeast, mushrooms, oranges, orange juice, other citrus fruits and juices, leafy green vegetables, beans, peanuts, legumes, broccoli, asparagus, peas, split peas, lentils, barley, bran, brown rice, cheese, chicken, dates, lamb, liver, milk, mushrooms, pork, root vegetables, salmon, tuna, wheat germ, wheat and whole-grain products.
Omega-3: EFA and DHA
Another nutrient critical for fetal brain development is omega-3. The very long chain omega-3s can be obtained by eating fish, especially salmon. Sea algae is another source of the DHA. But perhaps the easiest way to get EFA and DHA is to take a teaspoon or more of very high quality cod liver oil which is high in EFA and DHA. Carlson's is such a brand and is available at most health food stores. See this book:
The less critical forms of omega-3 can be obtained from flaxseed (e.g. flaxseed oil) and walnuts. As long as you are at it, also make sure you MIX the liquid, refrigerated flaxseed oil with cottage cheese or yogurt, prior to eating. By mixing liquid flaxseed oil with one of these dairy products the omega-3 will become water soluble and much more usable by the body.
See this cancer article on how to create water-soluable omega-3, which is the best kind of omega-3:
It is impossible to underestimate the importance of methyl molecules to a new fetus. They are critical to cell development, the immune system, the nervous system and a host of other chemical reactions in the developing fetus.
Another critial substance for pregnant women is iodine. While a woman might think to get iodine from iodized table salt (which is refined salt and is bad for a person), it would be far better to get it from natural sea salt. Seasilver(tm), Coral Calcium(tm), supplements for trace minerals, and nutrients with kelp added, may also be good sources - check the ingredients. Other critical nutrients in these products are natural salts and trace minerals.
Natural Vitamin E
Virtually all neonatal multi-vitamins include Vitamin E. However, virtually all of them include synthetic Vitamin E. If this is what you are taking, you should go to a health food store and buy some natural Vitamin E and add this to what you are taking.
Sunlight (i.e. Vitamin D)
The lack of sunlight may also cause a baby to eventually develop Type 1 (i.e. Type I) diabetes. See this interview:
Alpha Lipoic Acid (e.g. Lipoic Acid)
Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the major antioxidants. But it is one of the few antioxidants that gets past the blood-brain barrier. This makes it ideal for both the mother's brain and the baby's brain.
However, that is not why I mention ALA. I mention it because it is one of the prime chelation nutrinets of mercury (i.e. it helps remove mercury from the body). So even though it would be ideal for a woman to have her dental amalgam removed, in reality most women will not do that, even though it will help them avoid Alzheimer's and dementia as they grow old.
ALA and raw apples (it is the fiber in the apples) are two of the many things that will help remove mercury from the body. But having it removed is by far the best choice. (Note: See my article on Alzheimer's to learn more about mercury and other heavy metals.)
Check with your doctor before taking any unusual supplements or unusually high dosages of normal supplements!!
Please read the articles in the links below:
|Website||Links to Articles On Aspartame, MSG, etc.|
|James Bowen, MD||Written by an MD with personal experience!!|
|Russell L. Blaylock, MD||Article by author of the book: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills|
|Russell L. Blaylock, MD||Another source for the book: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills|
|Pilgrims Rest||Suprerb article on Aspartame, MSG, HVP, cysteine, other important items|
|Joseph Mercola, MD||Very readable article on both aspartame and MSG|
|H.J. Roberts, MD||Two excellent articles on aspartame - read BOTH !!|
|Mark D. Gold||Yet another superb article|
|MSG Myth||Click on: "Children: ADD to Autism" Link|
|David Oliver Rietz||The ultimate aspartame site (1,800 printed pages)|
|Dr. Mercola||The Insanity of Hepatitis B Vaccines to Babies|
|Becky Singson-Zahar, MD||This article covers MANY pregnancy/fetus issues [Must Read!]|
|Healthy Eating Advisor||Lists a massive number of toxic food additives|
|George R. Schwartz, MD||Aspartame suspected cause of breast cancer|
|Aspartame Kills||Significant evidence aspartame related to breast cancer|
|Joseph Mercola, MD||Introduction to Brain Cancer, Aspartame, and FDA Corruption - 101 (Mirror)|
|Joseph Mercola, MD||Mercola discussing Splena (links to other articles)|
|Shaw Webspace||Teflon known to cause birth defects (DuPont is a VERY corrupt company!)|
|Millinium Debate||Chlorinated water increases birth defects|
|Mercola||One of MANY articles on the Soy Formula "debate" (yes, debate)|
|Cetos||Good article on mercury|
|IAOMT||Dental Amalagam, Vaccinations (search for: fetus) (Adobe Acrobat file)|
|Mercola||Blaylock and Mercola on Vaccinations|
|LDAC - Canada||Good article on pesticides, nutrition and other issues|
|Pregnancy Today||MINIMIZE exposure to UltraSound|
|CTV||Superb article on Trans-Fatty Acids and Pregnancy [MUST READ]|
|David Lin||Superb article on DHA (a type of omega 3), includes Trans-Fatty Acids|
|Franklin Institute||Excluding the nonsense about evolution, a SUPERB article on the brain and fats, including TFAs|
|Pregnancy Today||AVOID coffee, tea, chocolate (sorry), etc. - caffeine|
|Pregnancy Today||A good general site|
|Environmental Health||A Single Intoxication Can Cause Brain Damage|
|Mercola||Prozac can be toxic to fetus|
|CSPI||Good and bad food additives - good general article|
|Not Milk||101 Reasons to breastfeed (assuming you don't take aspartame, MSG, etc.)|
|CureZone||Omega-3 critical (i.e. GOOD) for baby's brain development|
|Prevention News||Two important nutrients for fetus brain development|
|Thyroid Manager||Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD)|
|Colorado State U.||Thyroid Hormones (related to Iodine - IDD)|
|Fluoride Alert||3 PhDs talk about the evidence between fluoride and Down Syndrome|
|Edelson Center||A broader scope of what causes Down Syndrome|
|Tracy Levine||A mother's perspective on fluoride|
|Fluoridation||An interesting article on fluoridation|