Nuclear Fallout

Nuclear Fallout

I have been contacted by many people regarding the “radioactive plume” headed our way from Japan.  Experts have said it won’t impact us at all and others say it is much worse than that.  The truth is, we have no idea how this will play out, so here are some tips:

1.)    Don’t stress.  Do what you can, but realize there is a potential danger, so be proactive and do what you can to minimize the effects.

2.)    Increase your supplements and/or foods high in Calcium and Potassium are very helpful in replacing it and helping it to eliminate Cesium 137 from the body.

3.)    Consuming natural iodine, such as in the seaweeds, helps prevent the uptake of iodine-131 while iron. (used in nuclear medicine), zinc inhibits zinc-65 uptake and sulfur is preventative for sulfur-35 (a product of nuclear reactors) incorporation by the body.

4.)     Increasing your multi-vitamin may help. Taking iron in the morning (away from calcium) inhibits the absorption of plutonium-238 and plutonium-239. Vitamin B-12 inhibits cobalt-60 uptake.

5.)    Glutathione (GSH) may help to detoxify and reduce the damaging effects of radiation.

6.)    Chlorella algae, a known immune system builder and heavy metal detoxifier, has also shown radioprotective effects. Because they bind heavy metals, algae should therefore be consumed after exposure to any type of radioactive contamination, like kelp, chlorella, spirulina.

7.)    Avoid sugars and sweets!!!!!!

8.)    Extra vitamin D is a very good idea at about 5,000iu per day for the next 2 weeks. Vitamin D is depleted by Strontium 90.

9.)    Vitamin C with Bioflavinoids like Rutin are essential. This is an easy combination if you have CBR at home.

10.)                        Taking iodine is a great idea, but this really only protects the thyroid, which is extremely important.

11.)                        Close all doors, windows, and fireplace dampers, as well as turn off A/C units      

that bring air in from outside.  Bring pets and their water inside.

12.)                        Take a BATH!  A 20-minute baking soda with sea salt (mixing half a pound of salt and half a pound of baking soda). Costco carries large bags of baking soda.

13.)                        Since we live so close to a San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, we ALL should have a 2 week supply of Potassium Iodide per person in our home. I understand people are selling this once cheap pill for a fortune, so the prices WILL come down.

14.)                        This is a good wake-up call to see if we have enough provisions and postassium iodide in the event WE have an emergency.  Do you have enough water for your family?  Do you have enough food that is not located in your freezer or fridge? Are YOU prepared?

Potassium Iodide (KI) – Many are reading about potassium iodide being handed out in Japan because of radiation levels.  Potassium iodide may protect just the thyroid gland against exposure to radioactive iodine that occurs when radiation levels increase.  KI will probably not help with radiation damage in other parts of the body.

The FDA has approved two different forms of KI—tablets and liquid—that people can take by mouth after a nuclear radiation emergency. Tablets come in two strengths, 130 milligram (mg) and 65 mg. The tablets are scored so they may be cut into smaller pieces for lower doses. Each milliliter (mL) of the oral liquid solution contains 65 mg of KI.

According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:

  • Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).
  • Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.
  • Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
  • Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
  • Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.
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SWINE FLU – Should you be as worried as the “news” channels are telling you?

 

“All of humanity is under threat.”  That’s what I heard on the news tonight. I did everything I could to not just laugh.  I have been inundated with phone calls and e-mails about what to do about this swine flu PANDEMIC. This is ridiculous.  Let’s not let fear take over and let’s use some logic for a minute.  Fear only exists where education and understanding doesn’t exist.  Fear makes smart people do stupid things, like what they did in Egypt today. The Egyptian government began slaughtering pigs today as a preventative measure to stop the spread of the swine flu. Over 300,000 pigs were to be killed immediately despite no reported cases of the pandemic in the country. Take a deep breath.  This is about sensationalism in the media and honestly, all I can do is shake my head.

 

SWINE FLU MYTHS

 

The swine flu is more contagious and deadly than the “regular” flu.

 

It has the same rate of death risk than any other flu or virus.  How many times have you had the flu and gone to your MD and they simply told you that you had the flu?  Did they EVER take a culture and have it tested in the laboratory?  Probably not.  The flu is the flu…whether it be swine, human or avian. 

 

In humans, the symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.

 

Oddly enough, and really think about this one – according to Wikipedia:

This outbreak in humans is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that derives in part from human influenza, avian influenza, and two separate strains of swine influenza. The origins of this new strain are unknown, and the World Organization for Animal Health reports that it has not been isolated in swine. It passes with apparent ease from human to human, an ability attributed to an as-yet unidentified mutation. The strain in most cases causes only mild symptoms and the infected person makes a full recovery without requiring medical attention and without the use of antiviral medicines.

 

So, let me get this straight, this new flu virus contains 4 different strains of THREE different species???  How on earth did that happen?  If you have taken ANY microbiology, you’d see that perhaps a laboratory might be involved.  I know that sounds kooky, but really???  This is nearly impossible, if not completely naturally impossible!

As well as persisting in pigs, the descendants of the 1918 virus have also circulated in humans through the 20th century, contributing to the normal seasonal epidemics of influenza. However, direct transmission from pigs to humans is rare, with 12 cases in the U.S. since 2005.

In 1957, an Asian flu pandemic infected some 45 million Americans and killed 70,000 (0.155% died). Eleven years later, lasting from 1968 to 1969, the Hong Kong flu pandemic afflicted 50 million Americans and caused 33,000 deaths (0.066% died). In 1976, about 500 soldiers became infected with swine flu over a period of a few weeks. However, by the end of the month investigators found that the virus had “mysteriously disappeared”, and there were no more signs of swine flu anywhere on the post (0% died). There were isolated cases around the U.S., but those cases were supposedly to individuals who caught the virus from pigs.  And most recently, in the 1988 “epidemic

A few years back, the media tried to scare everyone with a pandemic of avian flu and no one reacted.

 

Consider that Baxter Pharmaceuticals “accidentally” contaminated shipments of seasonal flu vaccines to 18 countries with live Avian Flu virus. If that “mistake” (how did that live virus get into the very secure vaccine factory?) had not been discovered, there would already be an Avian Flu pandemic… so now, having failed, we get the Swine Flu “incident…”

In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman was hospitalized for pneumonia and died eight days later. A swine H1N1 flu virus was detected (because it was actually tested because the woman DIED). Four days before getting sick, the patient visited a county fair swine exhibition where there was widespread influenza-like illness among the swine.

In follow-up studies, 76% of swine exhibitors tested had antibody evidence of swine flu infection but no serious illnesses were detected among this group. Additional studies suggest that one to three health care personnel who had contact with the patient developed mild influenza-like illnesses with antibody evidence of swine flu infection from testing, but no other deaths, including her husband who recovered.

An outbreak means many of people will die and a pandemic means millions will die.

 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) defines as an outbreak as TWO or more infections from the same source.  TWO.  TWO.  When people think of and outbreak, they think of hundreds or thousands. How many of you have gotten sick after a flight?  Well, if it were reported, it probably would be an epidemic!     Just like Barbara Ann Wieners and her husband who contracted the swine flu from pigs are now known as the 1988 Swine Flu Epidemic.  TWO or more infections from the same source.                                                    

 

PANDEMIC is a very scary word, if you have no idea what it really means.  It means that this virus is found in a larger regional area.  With all of our international travel, this is not a big surprise that diseases spread more easily.

 

This does NOT mean people will die from the swine flu, anymore than from our usual influenza A.

 

Eating pork products could make me sick and possibly get the swine flu.

 

You can not get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products are safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills the swine flu virus, as it does other bacteria and viruses.  I actually ate bacon today at RJ’s Café in Dana Point and we are still alive.  By the way, I love their Feta Avocado Scramble with well done potatoes.  Take a breath and go to breakfast…and tell RJ that I sent you.

 

I should get the vaccine for the swine flu, so I don’t catch it.

 

Sure.  Go ahead.  Be another person who gets a flu vaccine and then gets the flu FROM the vaccine, and then your MD can reassure you that the flu you acquired from the vaccine is much more mild.  Oh, and don’t worry about the aluminum and mercury that was just injected into your body without much, if any research.  Let me know in 20 years how that’s working for you.

 

On April 14th, the first case of swine flu showed up and they already have a vaccine for it??? That’s a bit suspect.  Viruses mutate, so how could they get the virus and make even one batch of this swine flu vaccine when it takes a MINIMUM of 4 months to make?

 

How is it that we already have a vaccine for healthcare workers (some of whom have reportedly died from the vaccine), but all you terrified people have to wait until September for your swine flu vaccine?

I don’t have make this stuff up people.  Why was THIS not on the news, but Octamom won’t go away????  Here’s some financial advice.  Invest in the company who is manufacturing the swine flu vaccine, since not everyone is going to be as smart as you.  😉  I wish I had invested in statin drugs before the once-normal cholesterol values were lowered cholesterol 20 points, which caused 64 million people to suddenly NEED cholesterol drugs.

Taking the anti-viral drugs will protect me from the swine flu and it’s perfectly safe, since it’s FDA approved.

FDA approval is a scary thing.  I won’t even rant on that one right now.  The only thing that really makes a huge difference is KEEPING your immune system up.  Aside from the terribly obvious like washing your hands, coughing into a napkin, etc…

I give Immuplex from Standard Process for viruses.  Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic for viruses…especially the flu.  It wouldn’t hurt to have some Oscillococcinum on hand and take 1 dose each week until this ridiculous drama is over.  If you get ANY flu-like symptoms, Immuplex is great at fighting it off.  Decreasing (or better yet, stopping) all sugar and anything else that suppresses the immune system would be a great proactive idea.  Vitamin C with bioflavinoids can help to keep your immune system up.  And don’t let me forget that getting adjusted by your wonderful chiropractor😉 is a HUGE bonus that most of you reading this are already benefitting from.

My medical doctor told me that chiropractic is not for swine flu, but for low back pain.

Really? The 1918 influenza pandemic has been labeled in history as one of the most devastating outbreaks in the history of the world with deaths estimated at between 20 and 40 million people.  Over 675,000 American citizens lost their lives due to this epidemic.  Why are we talking about this?

In Davenport, Iowa in 1918:

50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths.

150 chiropractors cared for 1,635 cases with 1 death.

In the same state, Iowa:

Medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths – a loss of 1 patient out of every 15.

Chiropractors cared for 4,735 patients with 6 deaths – a loss of 1 patient out of every 789.

1918 National figures show :

1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients with a loss of 54 patients – 1 out of every 859.

Yes, the medical profession was seeing a majority of the worst of the worst; however, one of the greatest statistics backing chiropractic care comes from the state of Oklahoma.  In addition to chiropractors treating 3,490 cases of influenza with only 7 deaths, chiropractors were called in to treat 233 cases where medical doctors had treated the patients and pronounced them as “lost” or beyond hope … Chiropractors took care of all 233 with only 25 deaths.

In the same epidemic, New York health authorities (who kept records of flu as a reportable disease) showed that under chiropractic care, only 25 patients died of influenza out of every 10,000 cases; and only 100 patients died of pneumonia out of every 10,000 cases.

“Through research, we know that chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B‑lymphocytes (white blood cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes,” noted Dr. McCoy.

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November/December 2008

Well, as you can see, having baby #3 has taken up any extra time I had to really sit down and write a current newsletter, but just before the end of the year hits, I wanted to touch base with everyone….and share.  The end of the year reminds us about who we love, who we are thankful for and with the state of the economy, many people will finally stop buying everything in sight and instead of spending money, will start spending more time with family and friends.  Really, in the end – who remembers the Christmas presents?  I remember lunch with Grandma. I remember a laugh over a good pasta dinner with an old friend.  I remember why I married my husband, because sometimes we do forget.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our life of details seems to over power our memory of WHY.  Now is your time to remember WHY you love your friends, your family, and even find something positive about those neighbors of yours.  Good luck.  ;)  – Dr. Jen

 

A COMPLAINT FREE WORLD

While I wanted to save this for January, I think we all could use some practice on this one before attempting it for a New Year’s resolution.  A wonderful patient of mine never has anything bad to say (at least to me) and she really never complains.  She simply states what her body feels like – as to inform me – but no complaining, no gossipping – nothing.  It’s very refreshing.  Try this.  Can you make it an entire 24 hours? Try being part of a complaint free world.

 

CHRISTMAS IDEAS

MASSAGE: Giving the gift of health is always my favorite thing.  I like when my mom gets me massage gift certificates, rather than something I need to dust – but that’s the minimalist in me.  I like the time to take off all of my responsibility hats and get someone to take care of ME – even if it’s just for an hour every so often.

SUPPLEMENTS:  Depending on how my friends choose to take care of themselves, I like to give gift certificates for supplements or just mail them a basket of supplements they most often use.  It may not be as yummy as a Harry and David basket, but it’ll last a lot longer and won’t add any extra pounds at the holidays.

EXERCISE: How do you give the gift of exercise?  You could write a check and in the memo section write: toward your gym membership. (Make sure they have a gym membership already or want one.) Gift certificates for yoga or pilates classes or personal training sessions.  A treadmill. A new bike. The possibilities are endless.

NUTRITION: Organic produce is always a great choice.  South Coast Farms is my favorite local place to buy gift certificates for people.  I figure if my family or friends don’t use it, then the money goes to a family-owned farm, rather than a large corporation.

BOOKS: I love giving books….especially to kids.  My kids are bookworms.  Michael and Nicholas love to read books and Anna loves to eat them. LOL Michael will sit down and read Nicholas a book.  I love those moments.  I feel that there are too many televisions in our homes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-television, but I think the kids are watching too much and too many age-INappropriate things.  It stiffles their imaginations….so I love books, which brings me to my next idea…

BUY ONLINE:  Save yourself the time and money from driving all over and standing in line this holiday.  I love shopping online, when I can.  The gifts arrive on time and wrapped, which leaves me HOURS of extra time to play with my kids.

RECYCLED ITEMS:  Ok, so I never really considered myself a crunchy granola-type person.  (I’m sure some of you have.)  I do recycle in the office and at my home, but I never considered buying used clothing, etc for my children.  A friend introduced me to Children’s Orchard and many of their things have never been used or are lightly used.  I have found near-new things for my kids for a fraction of the price if it had been new.  I even gave a gift card to a little girl for her birthday, when her mom asked for used items if a gift was to be given.

BAD GIFTS:  I’d like to say that there are no bad gifts, but there are bad gifts – or maybe gifts that are INappropriate for the recepient for that occasion.  Here’s a little humor about bad gifts…DOG HOUSE

 

ANIMALS ARE SMARTER THAN HUMANS WHEN IT COMES TO FEEDING THEIR CHILDREN

Humans are the only species on the planet who actually go out of their way to feed their children crap. All other animals instinctly seek out the best nutrition they can find. Birds find grubs, worms and insects to feed their young, honeybees painstakingly collect pollen and create a nutrient-rich superfood that gives rise to a living queen bee, and even dogs, cats and cows try to find the most nutrient-rich foods to offer their offspring.

But humans? Most of them “reward” their children with junk food, sugary sodas, candy laced with petrochemical coloring additives and refined sugars that promote obesity and diabetes. Most parents don’t even make any real effort to follow nutritional discipline at home — they simply buy whatever their children saw advertised on television, caving in to the all-powerful “nag factor” that junk food companies fully exploit when marketing to children….. click here to read more.

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May/June 2008

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and happy.  You may click on the bold and italicized words or sentences below to take you to sites for references or for more information.  Enjoy!  -Dr. Jen

 

 

TOP ANTIOXIDANT FOODS

(ORAC units per 100 grams – about 3.5 ounces)

Dark Chocolate – 13,120

Milk chocolate – 6,740

Prunes – 5,770

Pomegranate – 4,000

Acai – 3,871

Raisins – 2,830

Blueberries – 2,400

Blackberries – 2,036

Kale – 1,770

Strawberries – 1,540

Spinach – 1,260

 

BOHEMIAN BABY

Finally! Fresh, organic baby food delivered to your door! You may not always have the time (or energy) to make fresh baby food, but it is still available for your baby.

 

10 Reasons to STAY AWAY from sodas and energy drinks

1. Sodas have NO nutritional value.

2. According to Harvard researchers, the risk of childhood obesity increases 1.6 times with each additional daily serving of soda consumed.

3. Sodas add more sugar to a typical 2 year old’s diet than cookies, candies and ice cream combined.

4. Sugar and acids in soda may cause tooth decay.

5. A Harvard study identified a strong association between soda consumption and bone fractures in 14 year old girls.

6. An average can of soda has 35-38mg of caffeine and as much as 13 teaspoons od sugar.

7. Most energy drinks contain about 80mg of caffeine, along with other stimulants.

8. Certain energy drinks contain up to 280mg of caffeine – almost 3x the caffeine in a cup of coffee.

9. Energy drinks can boost heart rate, blood pressure, increase anxiety, dehydrate the body, cause insomnia and headaches.

10. Women who drink more than 1 can of soda each day, increase their risk of diabetes by 85% over the women who drank less than 1 can each day.

 

ANTACIDS AND HIP FRACTURES

A recent UK study has shown that people older than 50 who take PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) for more than a year, had a 44% increased risk of fracturing a hip than non-users.  That risk more than doubled when high doses were taken for extended periods of time.  PPIs, such as Nexium or Prilosec may inhibit the absorption of calcium.  US docs write more than 100 MILLION perscriptions for PPIs each year.

Lifestyle changes, diet and even a small soft tissue stomach adjustment can stop heartburn or decrease it significantly, at a much lower cost – to your hips and your checking account.

OC is recycling toliet water for drinking water. 

Who’s first?  We all are.

If you didn’t know, Orange County is one of the first places in the US to recycle toilet water into drinking water.  I might prefer ocean water and desalination plants, but that’s me.  All this after OC already increased the amount of fluoride into our water, as well.  All of this is for the good of the community, or is it?

 

Insurance Companies Rejecting Women with History of Cesarean


Some Companies Require Surgical Sterilization for Coverage;

Trend Gives New Imperative to Learn Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean

Redondo Beach, CA, June 1, 2008 – As reported in today’s New York Times, ICAN has begun tracking an alarming new trend of insurance companies refusing to provide health insurance for women witha history of cesarean surgery. In some cases, women are being rejected for coverage outright and in other case they are being charged significantly higher rates to obtain the same coverage as women without a history of cesarean. Withover a million women each year undergoing this surgery, this practice has the potential to render large numbers of women uninsurable.

This trend surfaces as the rate of cesarean surgery, including unnecessary cesareans, continues to rise. In 1970, the cesarean rate was 5%. In 2007, it was 30.1%. Experts often cite the incentives within the health care system for driving up the rate of cesarean unnecessarily, including physicians’ medical malpractice fears, better reimbursement for surgery, and lifestyle conveniences for care providers and staffing efficiencies in having more “9-5″ deliveries.”

 

   Women are caught in the middle of a dysfunctional system. Doctors are telling them they need surgery, even when they don’t, and insurance companies, who are tired of paying the bill for so many frivolous surgeries, are punishing women for the poor medical care of doctors,” said Pam Udy, President of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN).

The trend is highlighted in the cases of women like Peggy Robertson of Colorado. When she applied for health insurance coverage with Golden Rule, her husband and her children were accepted, but her application was denied. After multiple inquiries directed to the insurance company, she was finally told that she was denied because she had delivered one of her children by cesarean. “It was shocking. I assumed that as a woman in good health I would be readily accepted,” said Robertson. “When I finally found someone who would explain why my application was denied, they had the audacity to ask me if I had been sterilized, stating that this was the only way I could get insurance coverage with them.”

As the incidence of cesarean increases, the evidence of the downstream medical complications for women and babies, and the associated medical costs, becomes increasingly apparent. Risks of cesarean in later pregnancies include increased incidence of infertility, miscarriage, fetal deformities, overgrowth of scar tissue leading to bowel problems, and potentially deadly placental abnormalities in subsequent pregnancies.

And though most women witha prior cesarean are being encouraged and often coerced into having repeat cesareans by their doctors and hospitals that have banned vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), a pair of recent studies done by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal–Fetal Medicine Units Network demonstrates that women who deliver vaginally after a cesarean fare significantly better than women who deliver by repeat cesarean. (Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008;111:285-291, Labor Outcomes WithIncreasing Number of Prior Vaginal Births After Cesarean Delivery, Mercer et al, and Obstetrics & Gynecology 2006;107:1226-1232 MaternalMorbidity Associated With Multiple Repeat Cesarean Deliveries, Silver et al.)

Most women are looking to avoid cesareans. But physicians often make surgery difficult to avoid by insisting on non-evidence based practices,” said Udy. Practices that fail to improve the outcomes for mothers and babies and increase the risk of cesarean section include inducing for going post-dates, inducing for suspected large baby, requiring fasting during labor, requiring women to be confined to bed for continuous fetal monitoring, and failing to offer continuous support to a mother in labor. “These care practices serve the system well, but not mothers and babies” Udy added.

In fact, women and their babies may be paying a higher price than being denied health insurance. Last August, the Centers for Disease Control reported that, for the first time in decades, the number of women dying in childbirth has increased Experts note that the increase may be due to better reporting of deaths but that it coincides with dramatically increased use of cesarean. The latest national data on infant mortality rates in the United States also show an increase in 2005 and no improvement since 2000.  Internationally, the U.S. ranks 41st in maternal deaths and has the second worst newborn death rate among industrialized nations.

Women who are seeking information about how to avoid a cesarean, have a VBAC, or are recovering from a cesarean can visit ICAN for more information. In addition to more than 90 local chapters nationwide, the group hosts an active on-line discussion group that serves as a resource for mothers.

Women who want to reach their lawmakers can visit http://www.votesmart.org/.  Women who want to reach their state insurance commissioner can visit http://www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm .

About Cesareans: ICANrecognizes that when a cesarean is medically necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for bothmother and baby, and worththe risks involved. Potential risks to babies include: low birthweight, prematurity, respiratory problems, and lacerations. Potentialrisks to women include: hemorrhage, infection, hysterectomy, surgicalmistakes, re-hospitalization, dangerous placentalabnormalities in future pregnancies, unexplained stillbirthin future pregnancies and increased percentage of maternal death.

Mission statement: ICANis a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child healthby preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean. There are 94 ICAN Chapters across North America, which hold educational and support meetings for people interested in cesarean prevention and recovery.

Contact: Gretchen Humphries (734) 323-8220

 

 VAGINAL BIRTH OF TRIPLETS???? IS IT POSSIBLE? YES!!!!

Natural Birth – WOW how amazing!!????

 

WOW!!! How amazing, you had a natural birth!! Is something I have heard repeated since we welcomed Clancy, William and Tomas into the world on the 15th June 2007.

Yes we have triplets and yes I had a vaginal birth of all three.

I am extremely proud of myself: that I continued to question and reject the premise that my so called “high risk” pregnancy had to end in a caesarean delivery and grateful that we got the birth outcome I wanted for babies and myself.

At 19 weeks we had our first ultrasound as we thought there was the chance of twins due to my rapid growth. I still thought there was only one baby as I had very little nausea, no vomiting (don’t people with multiples getREALLY sick?) and the only symptom was the fatigue- which was considerable, but I was pregnant and that’s something I expected to go with the territory so I soldiered on. We had chosen not to have the earlier ultrasound; trusting nature was taking its course. The sonographer immediately pointed out two heads- “did you know you were having twins? There’s one head, there’s two. Hang on, count with me- there’s one baby, there’s two babies, there’s three babies….. YOU’RE HAVING THREE BABIES!”

“OH MY GOD” was about all I could say between bouts of laughter, Mick looked a bit pale and we were definitely shocked to say the least.

When we told each of our family members it took about half an hour to convince them we weren’t joking. We were extremely excited right from the start, even amongst the shock and few days of fear at the unknown of what we were in for.

The fear at whether all three of our babies would be healthy and whether I would be healthy was the initial thing to hit after the initial buzz wore off. This was not helped by the labelling of my “high risk pregnancy” in connection with my now hospital appointments and checkups (I had been planning to birth in the family birth centre with midwives).

I was (and am) healthy and fit and I reflected on this after I had started worrying. Up until then I was working full time; running my business, adjusting patients flat out, keeping up my regular exercise regime (at a slightly lower intensity than prepregnancy) and sociallife. Any one who knows me knows I like to be busy and am not one to sit around. It was at this point that I had a few stern words with myself,  as I knew I had to be aware of the possible risks but that I was not in the “average” category and my journey would likely be different than what I was reading and being told: (a)that I would be lucky to carry my babies to 32-34 weeks at which point a c-section would be scheduled and (b) that it would be lucky if my babies were all similar weights and healthy and thriving and not hospitalised for some time after birth.

I chose to believe and trust in the innate health of my body and the growing and so far thriving bodies of all three of my babies and my ability to continue to be healthy and strong. I continued to getadjusted regularly (of course): to ensure my nervous system was communicating with and co-ordinating the function of my body and that of my unborn children at their highest level, I meditated daily, used affirmations as well as guided imagery and hypnobirthingcd’s to keep my mind focused as well as read and watched as many positive natural birthexperiences as possible to mentally and emotionally prepare for the birth ahead, I continued exercising to my body’s ability, I followed my naturopathsadvice on diet and supplements, had massage, kinesiology, reflexology, facials, pedicures and shopping spree’s not all necessarily essentialbut spoiling myself had health benefits too.

I was determined to have a healthy pregnancy, natural birth and healthy babies and thankfully I did.

Once we knew it was triplets everyone assumed “so you’ll be having a c-section”, I was told by lay people, other parents of multiples and Dr’s that you wouldn’t risk a natural birthbecause the babies would be at risk of oxygen deprivation, brain damage and death. What about the risks associated with a caesareanand the loss of benefits that a natural delivery affords the newborn!

One of my sisters is a nurse and a naturopath and she asked people in the medical industry who the best specialist was for me to see. The ob/gyn maternalfetalspecialist who I transferred to as a private patient was a big factor in us getting the birthwe wanted. He is one of the best healthprofessionals I have seen in any field. The first impression I had of him was his positivity and caring nature, I trusted him from day one. He listened to me, he treated me as an individualnot a statistic and recognised my above average healthand the plus that was in any options we considered. He is an advocate for natural/vaginaldelivery and is actively involved in research into women’s health. That’s not to say there wasn’t any difference of opinion in planning the birth, there was discussion, sometimes debate and give and take on bothparts to reach a plan and ultimately an outcome we were all more than happy with. For the birth I also had a private Doula (birth support person) who was an enormous help in staying relaxed and focussed.

It seems that the benefits of natural birth have been forgotten and downplayed and the effort involved seems too much for many who see a c-section as a ‘normal’ option without downsides. Certainly there are some cases where a c-section is warranted, and in emergency situations medicine is in its element, knowing I had the backup of some 15+ medicalstaff on standby for me and my babies if needed was wonderful. (I think also seeing a natural triplet birth was a drawcard for many of the staff who went out of their way to be there til after midnight.)

However the fact that my natural birth is viewed as such an accomplishment and rarity is for me cause for concern. When did nature take such a backseat that by doing something my body is made to do has become such an occasion for fanfare?

Olivia Gleeson, DC in Australia

 

 

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March/April 2008

Ok, so this month’s newsletter is a little heavy into pediatric issues, but some of the information may serve even adults with grown children.  Perhaps it’s the influence of my impending birth?  Either way….it’s full of more great information.  Next issue, I’ll be focusing on our water quality and the local sewage treatment plant that is turning sewage into drinking water.  

-Dr. Jen

Chiropractic Care for Children is Safe and Effective

Two recent survey studies have shown chiropractic care for children is safe, gets results and offers children unexpected health benefits. Both surveys revealed that children experienced added health benefits beyond what they came in for. The three most common additional benefits were: improved immune system function, improved sleep and improved moods in the children. These studies provide practice-based evidence on the safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic. 

Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court

A recent court case has conceded that a case of autism was caused by vaccines, but also stated that vaccines are safe. This child received 9 vaccines (5 shots) in one day and within months regressed into autism due to a mitochondrial disorder. So, how does each parent KNOW if their child will be ok after each vaccine.  The answer:  They don’t. Do your research as a parent and don’t expect your pediatirican, or anyone else to give you all the information you are going to need to make an infomred choice regarding vaccinations. 

Take moment to listen to Don Imus interview David Kirby regarding vaccines.  It WILL open your eyes.

Don’t be fooled – Even though mercury (thimerosal) started to be removed in 2001 from vaccines, lots are allowed to be used/sold with the mercury-containing vaccines until they are all sold. How much mercury has your child received?

Generation Rescue – Are we poisoning out kids? 

Mercury. Aluminum. Formaldehyde.Ether. Antifreeze. Not exactly what you’d expect—or want—to find in your child’s vaccinations.Vaccines that are supposed to safeguard their healthyet, according to our studies, can also do harm to some children. The statistics speak for themselves. Since 1983, the number of vaccines the CDC recommends we give to our kids has gone from 10 to 36, a whopping increase of 260%. And,with it, the prevalence of neurological disorders like autism and ADHD has grown exponentially as well.

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The Medicated Child

Six million children are taking psychiatric drugs, but most have never been tested on children. Is this good medicine or an uncontrolled experiment?


American Collegeof Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Trying to Make Home Births Look “Trendy”

Being a home birther, I HAD to laugh. Last I checked we all birthed at home or at least in fields near our homes and after the turn of the century, birth with an OB became a thing of stature – having enough money to hire a man to attend your birth outside your home.  Midwives were and still are around, but the OBs started a great campaign to get themselves jobs.

For years there have been articles about being too posh to push and scheduling major abdominal surgery for the conveience of the mother and her schedule…and for other reasons, like the fear of tearing, as Christina Aguilera recently stated for her reason for scheduling her c-section.

Additionally, the ACOG tries to blame the increase of c-sections on women choosing them…and takes no responsiblity in pushing women into surgery due to litigious reasons.

The United States ranks at 33 in the world for infant survival rates among modernized nations…even with a 30% c-section rate.  How is that possible when we are constantly told that we have the best healthcare in the world?  Obvioulsy someone is feeding us a bunch of lies.  What’s that saying?  “The proof is in the pudding.”

It would do ACOG well to examine the facts instead of relying on biased opinion.

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January/February 2008

Give the gift of health

Give Well – a Visa debit card to be used for healthcare – including any doctor’s visits, as well as gym memberships, day spas, etc. You choose the amount you want to place on the card, anything from as little as $25 up to as much as $5,000, and the recipient chooses the health related expenses he or she desires. The card costs $4.95 plus shipping and handling and can be sent to you or straight to the recipient. Here’s the catch: 9 months after the Gift Card is purchased; there is a monthly maintenance fee of $1.50 per month, as long as the card retains funds.

Out with the old and in with the new

Sometimes just making one or two small changes can make a world of difference. After we bought our first home, we found out we were pregnant and we had to think about cleaners within reach of a toddler. I took a sigh of relief, realizing that I didn’t have much to worry about. We had a few things, like bleach for the laundry that was used very sparingly, but it was up in the laundry cabinet. In fact, when I hired someone to clean my home on a regular basis, she look confused when I explained that the floors are cleaned with distilled vinegar and water…and the proportions. She reluctantly agreed, of course, since this obviously was new to her. I don’t have to worry about my kids and my cleaning products…and you don’t have to either. Read this article for more information.

(You can add essential oils to any mixture of the above, especially when using vinegar, to cut the smell of vinegar.)

Save electricity and stop nagging the kids

We bought a motion sensor light switch for one of the kitchen lights – specifically over the table. Our home is set up interestingly. When we come in from the garage, there is no light switch, as it’s located across the kitchen. So when it’s dark and we walk in carrying sleeping kids or bags of groceries, the light automatically turns on and after 5 minutes of no motion, it turns off. You can also set it for longer or shorter increments, as well as turn it on like a regular switch. Sometimes, we have thought about putting one in the kid’s play room as well. You can find them at any hardware store, as well as the biggies – Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Try cutting back on corn

Do you have any idea that nearly everything we eat has corn in it? The most common ingredient is high-fructose corn syrup. It’s in jam, ice cream, cereal, bread, even McDonald’s Big Mac. The average American consumes 42 pounds of this economical sweetener each year. That’s 76,000 calories per year. Many, if not most, breastfeeding women need to cut corn out of their diet, as their babies either get fussy or end up with rashes. Many forget that corn syrup is indeed a corn product. How many people have skin conditions, etc that never clear up due to the high corn content in their diet, without even realizing it?

GLYCEMIC INDEX OF SUGARS

The glycemic index represents the rate in which the body absorbs sugar.The higher the glycemic index the faster sugar is absorbed.

Fructose 22

Agave Nectar 28

Pure Maple Syrup 54

Pure Honey 62

High fructose corn syrup 84

Maltodextrin 105

Maltose 105

Glucose 100

Sucrose 110

Dextrose 111

Corn Syrup is sometimes represented as Glucose, Fructose AND Dextrose.Corn Syrup carries one of the highest values on the Glycemic index!

According to the AMA – American Medical Association… The faster sugar is absorbed, the more likely one will be obese & risk getting diabetes and cancer.The AMA has recently stated that women in their 30s, child bearing years, who drink 1 ½ soft drinks per day have a 50% higher risk of getting cancer.

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January 2008 « Padrta’s Weblog

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