As children age, we encourage them to eat well, battle to get them to eat their vegetables and avoid sugars -- all to give them the best start in life. But our children's health prospects may have been determined long before all the hard work. A growing body of research suggests the first 1,000 days of a child's life -- the nine months in the womb and the first two years out of it -- are vital to their long-term health.
That's one of the biggest reasons to avoid toxicity of any kind, in or out of the womb. That period can permanently affect everything from a child's chances of developing diabetes or having a heart attack in old age, to their future weight and life expectancy.
Many have developed theories after decades of research such as Professor David Barker and his colleagues at Southampton University who found there are a series of critical stages in a child's development. If conditions are not perfect at each step, problems can occur later.
According to Dr. Buchwald, "the reason vaccinations are promoted with such intensity is to prevent people from realising that vaccines do not protect and also in the event of an outbreak or an epidemic the vaccinated are as much at risk of becoming infected as the unvaccinated. The truth can be kept hidden if people's vaccination status remains unknown and if everyone is vaccinated, making a comparison with unvaccinated people impossible. This is also the real reason for the relentless push to vaccinate as many children as possible." That's all changing.
Being Proactive While Pregnant
- Don't drink alcohol while pregnant
- Don't smoke - that applies to all second hand smoke
- Avoid Soy
- Avoid ultrasounds and Xrays wherever possible
- Avoid any kind of vaccination regardless of perceived threats
- Avoid gluten wherever possible
- Avoid cell phone use
- Avoid fish high in mercury
- Avoid stress and consume folate in generous amounts before getting pregnant
- Avoid eating for two while pregnant and avoid processed, and sugary foods
- Get down to your ideal weight before conceiving
Many of these danger points lie when the baby is still in the womb. Toxins and poor nutrition for a mother affects both the unborn baby's weight and how well the placenta works.
Professor Barker believes many health problems can be traced back to poor growth in the womb.
He has shown that the lighter a baby is at birth, the higher its odds of heart disease in later life. On average, a baby weighing less than 5lb 7oz is twice as likely to die from a heart attack than one born at 9lb 7oz.
It is thought that when toxins circulate in the womb, it is channelled to the fledgling brain, leaving the heart weakened. The seeds of diabetes may also be sown before birth, as the pancreatic cells which make insulin develop in the womb. Conditions in the uterus can also affect weight for years to come, studies suggest.
Four groups of chemicals are found in virtually 100 percent of all U.S. pregnant women, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products.
Professor Barker said many of these early effects are 'set in stone' and cannot be undone. He added that the key to health is ensuring women eat well throughout their lives. There is no doubt that minimizing exposure to toxic substances through our environment, diet and medical system play a large role in the brain development.
He said: "It is about building a body that the baby can live off. The baby lives off the mother's body -- not what she snacks on during pregnancy. What we are seeing is a window of opportunity where we can make better people."
Not only in the womb but it's imperative to avoid vaccination in the first few years of life.
A study published in the Human and Experimental Toxicology journal has found a direct statistical correlation between higher vaccine doses and infant mortality rates. It is a confirmation that many anti-vaccine advocates have long awaited and further establishes and adds to preliminary evidence that vaccinations are toxic poisons having no place in the human body.
The study, Infant mortality rates regressed against number of vaccine doses routinely given: Is there a biochemical or synergistic toxicity?, was conducted by Gary S. Goldman and Neil Z. Miller who has been studying the dangers of vaccines for 25 years.
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is one of the most important indicators of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of a country. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year--the most in the world--yet 33 nations have lower IMRs. Australia and Canada are a close 2nd and 3rd respectively with 24 vaccine doses.
Some countries have IMRs that areless than half the US rate: Singapore, Sweden, and Japan are examples. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The relative position of the United States in comparison to countries with the lowest infant mortality rates appears to be worsening. "
"A single vaccine given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day. Include in this the toxic effects of high levels of aluminum and formaldehyde contained in some vaccines, and the synergist toxicity could be increased to unknown levels. Further, it is very well known that infants do not produce significant levels of bile or have adult renal capacity for several months after birth. Bilary transport is the major biochemical route by which mercury is removed from the body, and infants cannot do this very well. They also do not possess the renal (kidney) capacity to remove aluminum. Additionally, mercury is a well-known inhibitor of kidney function. "--Boyd Haley Ph.D.
In a shocking study virology researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a regular flu vaccine in children actually worsens a key aspect of their flu-fighting immune system. This research was not conducted by vaccine-disliking scientists. Rather, it was conducted by pro-vaccine researchers who have spent their careers trying to develop better vaccines. Lead author Rogier Bodewes delivered the sobering message as he explained that flu vaccines “have potential drawbacks that have previously been under appreciated and that are also a matter of debate.”
It involved highly advanced scientific evaluation of the immune system. The researchers collected blood from 27 healthy, unvaccinated children with an average age of 6 years old, and 14 children with cystic fibrosis who received an annual flu shot. The unvaccinated children were found to have a superior immune response, giving them broader protection against what they might face in an actual flu season, including pandemic strains.
A German study with 17461 children between 0-17 years of age (KIGGS) showed that 4.7% of these children suffer from asthma, 10.7% of these children from hayfever and 13.2% from neurodermatitis. These numbers differ in western countries, i.e. the prevalence of asthma among children in the US is 6% whereas it is 14-16% in Australia (Australia's Health 2004, AIHW). The prevalence of asthma among unvaccinated children in our study is 0.2%, hayfever 1.5% and neurodermatitis 2%.
According to the KIGGS study more than 40% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 years were sensitized against at least one allergen tested (20 common allergens were tested) and 22.9% had an allergic disease.
KIGGS showed that 12.8% of the children in Germany had herpes and 11% suffer from otitis media (an inflammation of the middle ear). If you compare this to unvaccinated children you can see that herpes among unvaccinated children is very rare (less than 0.5%).
"I observed that my unvaccinated children were healthier, hardier and more robust than their vaccinated peers. Allergies, asthma and pallor and behavioral and attentional disturbances were clearly more common in my young patients who were vaccinated. My unvaccinated patients, on the other hand, did not suffer from infectious diseases with any greater frequency or severity than their vaccinated peers: their immune systems generally handled these challenges very well."--Incao's Hepatitis B Vaccination Testimony
Unvaccinated kids are five times less likely to have asthma than the vaccinated, 2.5 times less likely to have skin problems and 8 times less likely to be hyperactive.
Vaccinated children are up to 14 times more likely to have asthma than the unvaccinated and up to nine times more like to have skin problems.
The long-term question which vaccine advocates persist in asking is what will the general health of this unvaccinated population be like? Well, from what we can deduce from the data so far, there is a strong indication that unvaccinated children will likely make up the healthiest populations in the world someday.
Studies on male rats born to mothers whose diet during pregnancy included genistein, a chemical found in soybeans,had lower testosterone levels and a larger prostate as adults and, at puberty, smaller testes, compared with rats whose mothers had none of the chemical in their diets, the Johns Hopkins researchers found.
"We found that these males were de-masculinized," says researcher Sabra L. Klein. "This raises questions as to the effects that [genistein] can have on the developing fetus." Genistein appeared to have the greatest effect on the developing fetus. The study was reported in the Journal of Urology.
The effects of genistein continued long after the rats had been exposed, suggesting exposure to the chemical during development of a human male's reproductive system could cause long-term damage, the study concluded.
A very large percentage of soy is genetically modified and it also has one of the highest percentages contamination by pesticides of any of our foods. Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It's a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals - calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc - in the intestinal tract. Analysis shows that calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc are present in many plant foods eaten around the world, but the high phytate content of soy- and grain-based diets prevents their absorption.
The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume that has been studied,16 and the phytates in soy are highly resistant to normal phytate-reducing techniques such as long, slow cooking. Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans and it's the primary reason that only fermented soy should be consumed, if consumed at all.
Avoid Cell Phone Use
Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity.
"There is experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior," said senior author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a developmental disorder associated with neuropathology localized primarily to the same brain region, and is characterized by inattention and hyperactivity.
"We have shown that behavioral problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb," said Taylor. "The rise in behavioral disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure."
Taylor said that further research is needed in humans to better understand the mechanisms behind these findings and to establish safe exposure limits during pregnancy. Nevertheless, he said, limiting exposure of the fetus seems warranted.
Avoid Ultrasounds and Xrays
Studies published in medical journals Lancet and the Canadian Medical Association Journal show that an ultrasound may affect fetal growth, resulting in babies with lower birth weight. In addition, children are twice as likely to have delayed speech development if they were examined via ultrasound as a fetus.
In 1995, a study done at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that low-frequency ultrasound increases the permeability of human skin, allowing proteins to pass through more easily. Ultrasound definitely affects the body’s tissues, and especially more so to a developing and fragile fetus.
Furthermore, correlations have been shown between the number of abdominal X rays a mother had received in her lifetime and the birth of a baby with Down’s syndrome.
Modern medicine is responsible for about 90% of our exposure to radiation. And about 90% of that radiation is from diagnostic X rays. Dr. John Gofman, one of the world’s leading authorities on radiation damage, presents a compelling argument in his book Radiation from Medical Procedures in the Pathogenesis of Cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease for reconsidering how we understand disease and death rates in our society. His years of research caused him to conclude that medical radiation was probably the single largest cause of cancer mortality in the twentieth century!
Avoid High Mercury Fish
Pregnant women should limit consumption of swordfish and tuna due to high mercury levels which can cause brain damage in unborn children, the EU's food safety authorities have warned.
"EFSA recommends that women of childbearing age...select fish from a wide range of species, without giving undue preference to large predatory fish such as swordfish and tuna," it said in a statement. However, there are several other species of fish such as marlin, grouper, mackerel, bass, bluefish, ocean trout, halibut and several other which presented usually high levels of mercury when tested. Here Are The Top 10 Best and Worst.
People are exposed to methylmercury primarily through their diet, especially through the consumption of fish and other marine species, as well as through the consumption of rice when it is grown in a methylmercury-rich environment.
In sufficient doses, methylmercury can affect the developing nervous system in the developing fetus and in growing children. In adults, elevated methylmercury exposure can lead to neurological problems, such as memory loss and tremors. Recent studies show that methylmercury exposures can also lead to cardiovascular and immune effects.
Research in Environment International Journal shows that women with higher levels of mercury exposure are more than twice as likely to have elevated levels of antibodies that are associated with autoimmune disorders such as arthritis and lupus.
The FDA lists on its Web site the average amount of mercury found in different types of fish. Most types of tuna have relatively high mercury levels. Unfortunately, according to Consumer Reports, the FDA may be underestimating the danger.
It's known that some people have a predisposition to diabetes either through mechanisms including toxicity in utero, or shortly after birth, but there's something which triggers it that is happens from outside the body.
Quite a bit of controversy among researchers has centered on whether this trigger might be the protein in cow's milk or wheat gluten, the concentrated form of the protein contained in wheat flour that's sometimes used in infant cereals. Two previous studies appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association seem to point the finger at the latter.
There are as many health risks associated with the consumption of wheat as there are nutritional benefits claimed by the wheat industry. Many are asking why there continues to be such a strong emphasis on the development of wheat and gluten-based products all over the world when there are so many adverse and crippling effects such as neurological impairment, dementia, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis and visceral fat accumulation, not to mention the full range of intolerances and bloating now experienced by millions of people?
These islet cells are responsible for producing insulin, the hormone that ushers glucose into individual cells. The immune systems of people with type 1 diabetes -- formerly called juvenile onset diabetes -- mistakenly attack these islet cells so they are no longer functional. Autoantibodies to the islet cells are often present for years before the islet cells themselves are destroyed. This is called islet autoimmunity (IA).
Specifically, those children who were fed cereals both with and without gluten before 4 months of age had a four times greater risk for IA, and those who were first fed cereal at 7 months or older had a five times increased risk, the study found. Both of these groups were compared to children in the 4- to 6-month age range, which is when U.S. pediatricians generally recommend introducing solid foods, especially cereals.
Babies who ate gluten before the age of 3 months have also been found to have a fivefold higher risk for developing the autoantibodies, compared with those who ate gluten after 3 months of age.
Now, preliminary mouse data in a new study published in the journal Diabetes, suggests that mouse mothers can protect their pups from developing type 1 diabetes by eating a gluten-free diet.