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What To Know About Pregnancy
Eat a healthy, unprocessed, whole grain, low fat plant-based diet. Your diet should be rich in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and beans like tofu, lentils, and legumes.
Take a folic acid supplement as recommended by the American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. I will say, however, that if you eat a healthy plant-based diet, you will get all the folic acid you need through your diet. But taking a folic acid supplement is harmless.
Take a vitamin B12 supplement daily. This is important for everyone to do nowadays whether or not they are pregnant and regardless of diet.
Use vitamin D fortified plant-milks. Getting just 15 minutes of sun exposure every day can help add to your vitamin D levels....and it makes you happy.
Incorporate foods high in omega 3 fatty acids into your daily diet, like flax seeds. Vegans have no difficulty making all the DHA they need from the consumption of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids.
The Connection Between Meat and Vaginal Infections and Urinary Tract Infections
Bacterial vaginosis, vaginal yeast infections and UTIs are a big problem. A healthy vagina has lots of bacteria called lactobacillus. The lactobacillus produces lactic acid which prevents yeast and bacteria like Ecoli from overgrowing in the vagina. The lactobacillus also produces hydrogen peroxide which prevents the overgrowth of bacteria like gardnerella. Animal carcasses are washed with solutions of lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide (even organic meat) by the meat industry as a way of decreasing bacterial contamination. But doing this encourages the growth of bacteria that are resistant to lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide. When you eat the meat, these lactic acid resistant and hydrogen peroxide resistant bugs colonize your gut and vagina. Your body's natural defense mechanisms against these types of bugs no longer works. By eliminating meat consumption, you can, in fact, prevent your recurring vaginal infections and UTIs.ere.
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The Downsides to Iron Supplements
After the United Nations was developed in the 1950s, one of its most important missions was to improve maternal and infant health. In many developing countries and even in parts of the United States, anemia was a serious problem. The common causes for anemia in mothers and children back then were intestinal infections with tapeworms and malnutrition. It is important to keep in mind that the traditional diets of these developing countries w...ere naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and iron. Foods like green leafy vegetables, lentils, and even cumin seeds are rich in iron. So mothers and children were not suffering from iron-deficiency anemia because their natural diets were poor. Rather, they were suffering from iron-deficiency anemia because of poor sanitation and lack of food.
Efforts to increase iron included iron-fortification of processed foods, like cereals and grains. In addition, mothers and children were given oral iron supplements. The United States began recommending that many processed foods be fortified with iron. In addition, birth control pills sometimes have iron added to them and pregnant mothers are told to consume prenatal vitamins with iron.
The problem is that iron supplements do not contain the form of iron found naturally in plants. Iron in supplements and fortified foods is “free” iron whereas iron in plants like spinach is “bound” iron. Free iron causes damage to DNA, including the DNA in our colon cells. Studies have shown that such free iron may increase one’s risk for colon cancer. In addition, the bad bacteria in our guts can use the free iron more readily than the good bacteria in our guts. Studies have shown that ingestion of free iron alters our gut microbiome from a beneficial pattern to a pathogenic one. A pregnant woman’s gut microbiome is crucial in determining her developing baby’s microbiome. Alterations in gut micobiomes can set the stage for a host of problems like autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and obesity.
Chronic ingestion of iron supplements should be discouraged. We should recommend that patients eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, lentils, sweet potatoes, etc.
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Forks Over Knives (documentary)
The China Study (book)
How Not To Die (book)
Missing Microbes (book)
Epidemic of Absence (book)
The Blue Zones (book)
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Your Diet and Hospital- Acquired Super Bugs
I have begun to view our association with antibiotics as a torrid, love affair. It was brief; it was exciting while it lasted; but in the end we will be left devastated. I use to think antibiotic resistance was something we could fix or eliminate. Now I see it as battle we had lost from the very beginning. Antibiotic resistance has been around for a long, long time and many of our current health problems are due to the slow burn of the antibiotic age. While we may have eliminated major causes of death from acute infections that plagued us in the past, we have only replaced them with chronic conditions that might be linked to overuse of antibiotics and with infections from multi-resistant super bugs. Scientists have actually analyzed the bacteria from epidemics as far back as the 1920s and found that those bacteria contained the genes for resistance to antibiotics that had even been discovered yet. About 6 months after penicillin was first used, reports of penicillin-resistant bacteria were in the medical journals in 1940.
Bacteria have ALWAYS been several steps ahead of us in this game. What this means for us in our everyday lives is that we need to harness our own internal forces. Bacteria are powerful but so is a healthy immune system. Eating a low fat, whole grain, plant-based diet is the safest and most effective way to nurture our own good bacteria as well as our immune systems. This is especially important for people in hospitals. Hospitals are filled with bacteria, many of which are resistant to antibiotics. Some of these resistant bugs are due to overuse of antibiotics in patients but many of these bugs are from the meat and dairy that is served on the hospital tray. The vast majority of antibiotics used today are used on animals for consumption. If you or a loved one is in the hospital, then opt for a plant-based diet. This has no side-effects, causes no harm, may actually decrease your exposure to resistant bacteria, and may actually encourage some good bugs to grow in your gut. your paragraph here.
Dr. Padma Garvey
The plant-based Doctor Mom