Conventional wisdom says
: One of the most effective ways for expecting mothers to prevent birth defects is to take prescription vitamin supplements, especially calcium for the baby's bone density.Now The Calcium Lie reveals
Expectant mothers can prevent birth defects most effectively by making certain they have sufficient levels of all essential minerals in their bodies, in the right balance, and by taking only vitamins that come from whole foods.
Here's some additional information you'll learn about birth defects by reading The Calcium Lie
by Dr. Robert Thompson and Kathleen Barnes.
- The March of Dimes estimates that 120,000 babies are born with major birth defects in the U.S. each year. According to Dr. Robert Thompson, based on his work with thousands of patients in his obstetrics and gynecology practice, 98% of these birth defects could be eliminated with a simple trace mineral supplementation program for every woman. To be most effective, that program should begin even before the woman becomes pregnant, as most birth defects occur in the first months of pregnancy, often even before a woman is even aware she is pregnant.
- An aggressive approach of mineral supplementation and balancing offers the key to dramatically reducing, and possibly even eliminating, the tremendous human suffering associated with birth defects in the U.S. No intervention in health care history could have a great impact on life and death, eliminating pain and suffering that lasts a lifetime - as well as drastically reducing our nation's healthcare expenditures.
- Many major birth defects are associated with genetic traits and others are caused by spontaneous chromosome abnormalities. Both of these causes can be addressed effectively by nutritional changes that emphasize a proper balance of essential minerals.
- There has been great success in reducing birth defects in farm animals though proper mineral balance, and the same opportunity exists to reduce birth defects in humans. By ensuring that farm animals have access to an appropriate amount of natural sea salt, a 98% reduction in birth defects has been achieved, and the potential exists for eliminating 70% of human birth defects by similar attention to mineral balance.
- In recent years, great attention has been focused on folic acid as a key to reducing neural tube defects in infants. Research found that a deficiency of folic acid often inhibits the proper development of the central nervous system in human embryos. An immediate public cry went out, stressing how important it is for women of childbearing age to have an adequate supply of folic acid, through prenatal vitamins and a variety of foods. As a result, in just over ten years, the number of infants born with this birth defect dropped by 25%. Similar attention to the importance of having a proper supply and balance of minerals offers an even greater opportunity to reduce other birth defects that are even more common.
- The importance of an adequate supply of minerals in the proper balance as a key to preventing birth defects is underscored by the fact that the likelihood of birth defects increases when a woman has had multiple pregnancies, and her body's supply of essential minerals is depleted.
To learn more about birth defects, read The Calcium Lie