Prenatal Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Asthma, Allergies in Children

 by David Gutierrez (NaturalNews ) Women who eat a Mediterranean diet while pregnant appear to reduce their children’s risk of developing allergies and asthma, while those who eat more red meat appear to increase it, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Crete, Greece, and published in the journal Thorax. Researchers […]

Pregnancy and Gestational Vitamin D Deficiency

In the last 10 years, an increasing amount of research suggests that some of the damage done by Vitamin D deficiency is done in-utero, while the fetus is developing. Much of that damage may be permanent, that is, it can not be fully reversed by taking Vitamin D after birth. This research indicates Vitamin D […]

Vitamin A and Pregnancy

 Vitamin A – what is it and what does it do ? Vitamin A (retinol, retinal, retinoic acid) is found in apricots, carrots (through its precursor betacarotene), fish liver oils (cod, salmon, halibut), green leafy vegetables, kohlrabi, liver, mint, egg yolk. It is a fat soluble antioxidant and therefore requires fats for proper assimilation and […]

Is Your Monthly Cycle Controlling Your Life?

Does it make you feel “out of control” and emotional? Many women accept premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as a normal part of life that they just have to deal with. This monthly mayhem does not have to be a part of life though! These monthly changes in mood, appetite, energy and sleep patterns are an annoying […]

The Danger of Trans Fats may be Passed from Mother to Child through Breastfeeding

    by David Gutierrez (NaturalNews) When a breastfeeding woman consumes trans-fats, she may be harming not only herself, but also passing on health problems to her child both as an infant and as an adult, according to a study conducted by researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and published in the […]

Steroid Hormones Explained

Glossary Estrogens ESTRONE E1 ESTRADIOL E2 ESTRIOL E3 PROGESTERONE TESTOSTERONE CORTISOL MELATONIN DHEAS Estrogens Estrogens are a group of Female Sexual Steroid Hormones produced in the Ovaries and (to a lesser extent in males) the Testes. Estrogens raise HDL Cholesterol levels and lower LDL Cholesterol levels. Estrogens improve Blood Circulation to the Brain (and thereby […]

Maternal Exposure To Folic Acid Antagonists

    ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2008) — Exposure to folic acid antagonists during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of placenta-mediated adverse outcomes such as preeclampsia, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction or fetal death reports a retrospective cohort study.Folic acid antagonists include a broad range of drugs used to treat epilepsy, mood disorders, hypertension […]

Maternal Obesity Can Program Fetal Brain To Induce Adult-onset Obesity

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 4, 2008) — Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that fetuses of obese mother rats were programmed in utero to develop obesity in adulthood. Moreover, they have shown for the first time that the metabolic programming occurs in the fetal hypothalamus, the area of the brain responsible for maintaining […]

Soothing Music Reduces Stress, Anxiety And Depression During Pregnancy

  ScienceDaily (Oct. 6, 2008) — Music therapy can reduce psychological stress among pregnant women, according to research just published in a special complementary and alternative therapy medicine issue of the UK-based Journal of Clinical Nursing. Researchers from the College of Nursing at Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, randomly assigned 116 pregnant women to a music […]

Mother’s Diet Can Affect Genes

  ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2008) — A pregnant mouse’s diet can induce epigenetic changes that increase the risk her offspring will develop allergic asthma, according to researchers at National Jewish Health and Duke University Medical Center. Pregnant mice that consumed diets high in supplements containing methyl-donors, such as folic acid, had offspring with more severe […]

Pesticides Linked to Miscarriage

  About 19,000 foetal deaths occur in the United States each year, and the causes remain a significant public health problem. Among known risk factors are smoking, advanced age among pregnant women and previous history of fettle deaths. In the past, few epidemiological studies of pesticide exposure and birth defects have considered timing of possible […]