Healthy Healing 14th Edition - Exam 3

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When it comes to your health,
one size does not fit all: your
age, your circumstances
in life, your general health profile… these are all
incredibly important factors in determining the
proper approach to better health—and better life in
general. Even so, some people in special circumstances
need to be even more aware of the unique challenges
and opportunities that their situation provides.
For example, you would hardly use the exact same
techniques with a young child as you would with a
person in their golden years—it just wouldn’t work.
For that reason, we’ve written this section in order
to discuss the needs of some people with truly special
health needs.
Fertility Solutions
& Optimal Pregnancy
Pre-Conception Planning
In America today, 20% of married couples of childbearing
age have trouble conceiving and completing
a successful pregnancy. The latest statistics show that
almost one in five U.S. couples is “infertile,” meaning
that they have tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant
for at least one year. The U.S. fertility industry grosses
$4 billion a year! Sadly, current fertility treatments
have serious drawbacks.
Here is a short overview of some of the medical
fertility treatments in use today and what you can
expect from them:
• In vitro fertilization, introduced in 1978, is the
most common infertility treatment today. Its
success rates continue to improve. In the US today,
there are an estimated 400,000 frozen embryos. In
IVF, the egg and sperm are introduced for possible
fertilization in a lab. Eggs that are successfully
fertilized are transferred into a woman’s uterus,
with a 10-40% chance of progressing into a normal
pregnancy. Fertility drugs are used with IVF to
stimulate the ovaries to produce several eggs
for fertilization. There are precautions with IVF
treatments. A study in the journal Lancet shows
women treated with fertility drugs have twice
the risk of developing breast cancer - and over 5
times the risk for uterine cancer as other women.
Another study shows women who have never been
pregnant increase their risk for ovarian cancer 27
times when they use fertility drugs. Women report
drug side effects like mood swings and chronic
bloating. IVF treatments can also cause multiple
pregnancies with possible complications.
• Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), combines
eggs from a woman’s ovaries with a man’s sperm
in a flexible tube that is then injected into the
fallopian tubes, allowing fertilization to take place
more naturally in the woman’s body. However,
this type of fertility treatment requires a woman
to undergo two separate procedures, putting her
body under more stress, and, like IVF, GIFT can
result in multiple pregnancies.
lifestyle healing
programs for people
with special needs
• Zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), combines
the principles of IVF and GIFT. Eggs and sperm
are mixed outside of the body. The fertilized eggs
are then returned to the fallopian tubes, where they
travel to the uterus.
• Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI),
introduced in 1993 to help improve fertility for
subfertile men, ICSI used in conjunction with
IVF, and involves the injection of a single sperm
directly into an egg for placement into the fallopian
tubes or uterus. Some research shows ICSI may
cause abnormalities in embryos or even slow
development in children.
What Causes Infertility?
A common denominator for infertility for both
sexes is excessive free radical activity in the body
from chemical exposure, hormone disruption, and
poor nutrition. Infertility problems are about equally
divided between men (about 35–40%) and women
(over 35–40%). In about 25% of cases, both the man
and woman have fertility problems.
Today twenty million U.S. men are characterized
as semen infertile. Millions more are described as
semen sub-fertile. Poor sperm motility (rather than
low sperm count) affects 10% of infertile men. For
men, conception is affected by a zinc deficiency, a
fast food diet, long term exposure to solvents like
paint or printing presses, chronic infections and too
much alcohol.
For women, conception inhibitors are great
emotional stress, being seriously underweight, and
severe anemia. Hormone imbalance problems like
endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and
fibroids routinely lead to infertility in women. Nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like
ibuprofen, and milk consumption (rBGH milk shows
clear signs of hormone disruption) are also been
linked to women’s infertility.
Note: If you’re worried by the studies linking herbs
like St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba and echinacea to
infertility, know that the herbs were only tested in
a test tube on hamster eggs. It is highly improbable
that the same herbs used in a living animal or human
would have the same effect. Herbs, as gentle healing
foods, are processed by our enzymatic systems just
as foods are… neutralizing, in the majority of cases,
potential for toxicity.
Diet Is A Key To Successful
Conception… For Both Partners
I’ve seen over and over again that a good diet and
lifestyle is critical for at least six months before trying
to conceive for both partners. Nature tries in every way
possible to insure the survival of a new life…but the
poor nutrition and high stress of today’s culture seems
to be at the base of most fertility problems.
—A “virility nutrition” program for men includes
a short cleansing diet (See my 24 Hour Cleanse
on pg. 186 of this book). Then, focus on zinc-rich
foods like pumpkin seeds, shellfish and seafood,
protein rich foods, plenty of whole grains, with
minimal sweets and dairy foods. Organic foods
are important. A study in Lancet shows men who
eat organic foods produce 43% more sperm than
those who don’t! Healthy fats form a critical part
of sperm cell membranes. Eating more foods
rich in essential fatty acids like fish, flax seed,
and borage seed can improve sperm quality
and function. Unless you’re very overweight, a
weight loss diet may not be a good idea during
preconception. Severe food limitation has a direct
impact on the testicles. A study by Massachusetts
General Hospital shows that a man’s testosterone
levels fall by one-third after fasting for just one
week. A man’s fertility rise may take place in as
little as 2 months after his diet improves. Do not
smoke; avoid secondary smoke; avoid smog and
—A “fertility nutrition” program for a woman
emphasizes plenty of salads and greens, very low
sugars, and a smaller volume of whole grains
and nuts. Her diet should be low in saturated
fats and trans fats, moderate in Omega 6’s from
vegetable oils, but rich in essential fatty acids from
seaweeds and Omega-3 oils. We recommend fish
and seafoods during pre-conception and after
conception, rather than meat, (unless organic,
because much of America’s meat and poultry
is antibiotic or hormone laced). A British study
reveals women who eat more Omega 3 fatty acid
rich fish during their last trimester give birth to
bigger babies, who are less prone to problems like
high blood pressure later in life. New research
shows Omega 3 fatty acid supplements may help
prevent preeclampsia, postpartum depression,
and a score of other problems like osteoporosis
and breast cancer. Health from the Sun and
Barleans Organic Oils are high quality Omega
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3 fatty acid supplements that we’ve used with
good results. Severely underweight women may
risk premature births or low birth weight babies.
Both men and women should limit saturated fat
intake to about 10% of the diet. Especially reduce
sugary foods (artificial sweeteners like aspartame are
particularly hazardous for your unborn child) and
meats that are regularly laced with nitrates and-or
hormones, like red meats, and smoked, cured and
processed meats. For complete, step-by-step fertility
enhancing diets for both men and for women, consult
my book, Do You Want To Have A Baby? Natural
Fertility Solutions & Pregnancy Care, co-authored
with Sarah Abernathy.
Lifestyle Habits Are
Important When You’re Trying
To Conceive
Avoid or reduce consumption of tobacco, caffeine,
and alcohol. (Moderate wine is ok until conception.)
Get morning sunshine every day possible with
some deep breathing exercises, and take a daily walk
(together if possible). Take alternating hot and cold
showers, or apply alternating hot and cold compresses
to the abdomen or scrotum to boost circulation to
reproductive areas. Acupuncture and deep tissue
massage therapy sessions are very successful in
overcoming fertility problems for both women and
Herbs are a good choice for conception because
they address a multitude of infertility causes:
hormone imbalance, body toxicity, stress, female
obstructions and scarring. Crystal Star Conceptions
Tea is a broad spectrum formula that helps maximize
conception potential without the side effects or risk of
fertility drugs. (See stress, ovarian cysts, fibroids and
endometriosis pages in this book for information on
how to overcome these problems.)
Vitamins, minerals and herbs can help, too. There
is a link between infertility and low vitamin C in
both sexes. Today’s new ovulation tests can help you
determine your most fertile periods, too, so you’ll have
a better chance of becoming pregnant. Saliva and urine
fertility tests are both widely available today.
When Is It Time To Consider
An Infertility Workup?
While many formerly “infertile” couples have been
able to conceive after following natural therapies,
if you’ve been trying for over a year, an infertility
workup can help you target the problem and address
it better. A workup normally includes a complete
physical, sexual history, the man’s semen analysis,
the woman’s blood hormone evaluation, and a test
showing compatibility of the man’s sperm and the
woman’s vaginal secretions.
Note: Overusing NSAIDs (Non-steroidal antiinflammatory
drugs) like ibuprofen can induce
“luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome,” a syndrome
in which eggs are never released for conception.
Some “infertile” women have been able to complete
successful pregnancies after stopping NSAID use!
Fertility research and treatment has grown
leaps and bounds over the last thirty years. Today’s
treatments offer hope for couples who thought
they would never be able to conceive. New fertility
technologies have clearly opened new doors to couples
who want options for later life pregnancies. Still,
treatments are prohibitively expensive for most of
us, and are only beginning to be eligible for insurance
coverage. Be well-informed and use care. As with all
drugs and medical procedures, fertility treatments can
cause side effects and body trauma.
Optimal Eating for Two
During Pregnancy
A woman’s body changes dramatically during
pregnancy and childbearing. Blood volume alone is
increased by 25%! Clearly, her normal daily needs
will change, too. Her body takes care of some of these
requirements through cravings. During this one time
of life, a pregnant woman’s body is so sensitive to its
needs, that the cravings she gets are usually good for
her health. Every single thing the mother does or takes
in affects her child. Good nutrition for a child begins
before birth, actually even before conception. New
research shows that when a child reaches adulthood,
his or her risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
can be traced, not only to genetic factors, but also
to poor eating habits of the parents. The nutritious
diet suggestions in this section help build a healthy
baby, minimize the mother’s discomfort, lessen birth
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complications and reduce excess fatty weight gain that
can’t be lost after birth.
A good diet minimizes a woman’s pregnancy risks
like toxemia and high blood pressure, it also reduces
discomforts like constipation, hemorrhoids and
varicose veins, gas and heartburn, morning sickness,
anemia, even hormone adjustment. After pregnancy,
a good diet is important for sufficient breast milk,
reducing post-partum swelling, and healing stretched
Promise yourself and your baby that during the
months of pregnancy and nursing, your diet and
lifestyle will be as healthy as you can make it. A largely
vegetarian diet of whole foods along with seafood and
organic poultry provide a nutritional powerhouse.
Base your pregnancy diet on whole grains, leafy greens
and fresh fish. Avoid shark, mackerel, tilefish and
swordfish, suspect for high mercury levels dangerous
to a developing fetus; (eat canned fish in moderation).
Turkey, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables,
nutritional yeast (food-source B-vitamins), bananas
and citrus fruits assure good nutrition for the baby.
Note: Avoid large amounts of soy, especially in
the 1st trimester. High soy consumption is linked to
penis abnormalities.
Diet Keys
Eat small frequent meals instead of large meals.
1. Protein is important. Experts recommend 60 to 80
grams of protein daily during pregnancy, with a 10
gram increase each trimester. Focus on vegetable
protein—whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, seeds,
sprouts, with fish, seafood or hormone-free turkey
3 times a week. Take a high quality protein drink
3 times a week for optimal growth and energy.
It’s the quality, not the quantity of protein that
prevents and cures toxemia.
Try this proven protein drink: Mix ½ cup vanilla
rice milk, ½ cup yogurt, ½ cup orange juice,
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast, 2 tbsp. toasted wheat
germ, 2 tsp. molasses, 1 tsp. vanilla, one pinch
cinnamon. Two tbsp. high quality peanut butter
from the health food store also work just fine.
Note: Research shows that vegetarian women have
healthy pregnancies and healthy, normal sized
babies. In fact, vegetarian moms actually tend to
absorb nutrients more efficiently than women
who eat meat.
2. Have a fresh fruit or green salad every day.
Eat plenty of fiber foods, like apples, pears and
prunes for regularity. Have whole grain cereals
and vegetables like broccoli and brown rice for
3. Drink plenty of healthy fluids. Pure water,
mineral water, and juices throughout the day
keep your system free and flowing. Carrot juice
at least twice a week is ideal. Include pineapple
and apple juice. Good hydration improves daily
energy, helps prevent miscarriage, early labor,
hemorrhoids, excess bleeding and dry skin.
4. Eat folate rich foods: like fresh spinach, other
leafy greens, seaweeds, and asparagus for cell
5. Boost your essential fatty acids (EFAs): from fish,
spinach and arugula, flax seed, and especially from
seaweeds (2 tbsp. per day of chopped dry seaweeds
do the trick) for your baby’s healthy brain and
skin. Have about 12-oz of fish per week for extra
Omega 3’s for baby’s brain development. Some
research says this may raise development by three
6. Eat carotene-rich foods: like carrots, squashes,
tomatoes, yams, and broccoli for disease resistance.
7. Eat vitamin C foods: like broccoli, bell peppers
and fruits for connective tissue.
8. Eat bioflavonoid-rich foods: like citrus fruits and
berries for capillary integrity.
9. Eat alkalizing foods: like miso soup and brown
rice to combat and neutralize toxemia.
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10. Eat mineral-rich foods: like sea veggies, leafy
greens, and whole grains for baby building blocks.
Include silica-rich foods for bone, cartilage,
connective tissue. For zinc, consider foods like
pumpkin and sesame seeds. For collagen and
elastin formation, try brown rice, oats, green
grasses and green drinks. Calcium is especially
important. If calcium is in short supply, it will be
leached from the mother’s teeth and bones to help
support the fetus. Eat often, calcium-rich green
vegetables, cooked kale, carrot juice and yogurt.
Highly bioavailable calcium from herbs is a good
choice, like Crystal Star Calcium-Magnesium
Source extract and Floradix CALCIUM liquid.
Important Diet Watchwords
During Pregnancy And Nursing
See my book Do You Want To Have A Baby? for a
step by step pregnancy diet.
—Don’t drastically restrict your diet to lose weight.
Pregnancy experts in Obstetrics and Gynecology
recommend gaining 25 and 35 pounds through
the course of your pregnancy. Very thin women
or women pregnant with twins may need to gain
up to 40 pounds or slightly more; with triplets,
50 to 60 pounds! Don’t skip meals. Low calories
often mean low birth weight and increased risk
for complications for the baby. A highly restrictive
diet can affect your baby’s metabolism for life!
—Eat a wide range of healthy foods to assure the
baby access to all nutrients. Avoid cabbages,
onions and garlic. They upset body balance during
pregnancy. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onion,
milk and chocolate (the worst!) also aggravate
colic in nursing babies. Avoid red meats. Avoid
chemicalized, smoked, preserved, and artificially
colored foods.
—Don’t fast - even for short periods where fasting
might be helpful, like constipation, or to overcome
a cold. Food energy and nutrient content may be
— Exposure to alcohol is the most common cause
of mental retardation in the U.S. Avoid alcohol
to reduce risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, mental
retardation and motor-skill problems. Avoid
caffeine (5 or more cups of coffee daily is linked
to spontaneous abortion) and tobacco.
—Avoid chemical solvents, and CFCs like hair sprays,
and cat litter. Your system may be able to handle
these things without undue damage; the baby’s
can’t. Even during nursing, toxic amounts occur
—Don’t smoke. The chance of low birth weight, SIDS
and miscarriage is much more likely if you smoke.
Your baby, like you, metabolizes the cancercausing
tobacco residues. Smoker’s infants have
a mortality rate 30% higher than non-smoker’s.
Nursing babies take in small amounts of nicotine
with breast milk, and become prone to chronic
respiratory infections.
More Diet Watchwords
• During labor: Refrain from solid food. Drink fresh
water, or carrot juice; or suck on ice chips.
• During lactation: Add almond milk, nutritional
yeast, green drinks and green foods, avocados,
carrot juice, goat’s milk, soy milk and soy foods, and
unsulphured molasses, to promote milk quality
and richness. Fennel seed tea promotes breast milk
in lactating women and reduces colic in nursing
infants. Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid tea with
fenugreek helps increase breast milk quickly (good
results with our tester). Vitex extract drops also
improve poor milk quality. Wayne State University
studies show that exposure to pollutant PCBs
from breast milk can lower a child’s IQ score by as
much as 6 points. Your focus on organic foods can
minimize exposure.
• During weaning: Drink papaya juice to slow down
milk flow.
About Breast Feeding…
Mother’s milk is best by far. Did you know that
the U.S. incurs $13 billion in costs and suffers almost a
thousand preventable deaths each year because breast
feeding rates fall far below medical recommendation?
Breast feeding helps cement the bond between you
and your baby. Newborns can only see 12 to 15 inches,
about the distance between the mother’s face and
the nursing baby. Babies feel a sense of comfort and
security being so close to mom. Tests show infants
who are exposed to nursing pads soaked with breast
milk instinctively turn to the one that smells familiar.
Babies are actually able to distinguish their mother’s
milk through smell.
A baby who is not breast fed loses Nature’s “jump
start” on immune response, and may face health
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disadvantages that last a lifetime. Unless there are
unusual circumstances, your breast milk should be
your baby’s only food during the first six months of
life. Despite all the claims made for fortified formulas,
nothing can take the place of breast milk. 80% of the
cells in breast milk are macrophages, immune defense
cells which fight bacteria, fungi and viruses that
protect breast fed babies from illnesses, like botulism,
bronchitis, ear infections, flu, German measles,
pneumonia and staph infections. Mother’s milk also
contains special antibodies to diseases that are present
in the child’s environment for added protection.
Today’s pediatricians recommend breast feeding
your baby for up to a year. The first thick, waxy
colostrum is extremely high in protein, essential
fatty acids needed for brain and nervous system
development, and protective antibodies. A child’s
immune system is not fully established at birth, so
the antibodies in breast milk are critical. They fight
early infections and create solid immune defenses that
prevent the development of allergies.
Breast fed babies have lower risk of Crohn’s
disease, diabetes, eczema, lymphoma, obesity and
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breast-fed
babies also have less colic. Breast milk is loaded
with bifidobacteria, the beneficial micro-organisms
that make up 99% of a healthy baby’s intestinal
flora—extremely important for protection against
salmonella poisoning and other intestinal pathogens.
Communicable diseases like diarrhea are reduced
through breast feeding. Mother’s milk is also best for
boosting and balancing your baby’s fats. It contains
the full range of EFAs needed for proper development
of a child’s central nervous system, brain and eyes.
The Journal of Pediatrics says that breast feeding
your baby may even make him or her smarter,
giving your child an academic advantage! The
determining factor seems to be the high content
of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in breast milk, an
essential fatty acid which comprises over 50% of the
brain. DHA, vital to infant development, increases
3 to 5 times in the last trimester of pregnancy and
triples again in the first 12 weeks of life. Studies
show infants fed formulas supplemented with EFAs
score significantly higher on Bayley Scales of Infant
Development than infants who did not receive the
EFAs from formulas or breast milk. Visual and brain
development, and weight gain are all impacted
positively. Formulas with green algae-derived EFAs
(rather than fish), were the most effective.
Wait an hour to breast feed after workouts to
ensure that your baby gets the maximum nutrients.
Include extra vitamin D for protection; new studies
show breast fed infants don’t always receive enough.
Note: If you are unable to breast feed long term, try
to breast feed for at least the first 6 weeks to ensure that
your child benefits from colostrum and critical nutrients
that establish strong immune defenses.
Supplements Help Nutritional
Deficiencies During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, illness, body imbalance, even
regular supplements need to be handled differently,
even if your healing method is holistically oriented.
A mother’s body is very delicately tuned and sensitive
at this time; imbalances occur easily. Mega-doses of
anything are not good for the baby’s system. Doses of
all supplements should almost universally be about
half of normal, to allow for the infant’s tiny system
capacity. Ideal supplements are food-source complexes
for best absorbability.
Avoid all drugs during pregnancy and nursing —
including alcohol, aspartame (Nutrasweet), tobacco,
caffeine, MSG, saccharin, X-rays, aspirin, Valium,
Librium, Tetracycline and harsh diuretics. Even the
amino acid L-Phenylalanine can adversely affect the
nervous system of the unborn child. Especially stay
away from recreational drugs—cocaine, PCP, marijuana,
methamphetamines, Quaaludes, heroin, LSD.
Supplements That Can Help You
During Pregnancy
…A superfood green drink. A green drink is a good
nutrition “delivery system” during pregnancy,
because it so quickly absorbs with so little work
by the body. Crystal Star’s Energy Green Drink
Mix or caps contains seaweeds, grasses and herbs
full of absorbable, potent chlorophyllins, complex
carbohydrates, minerals, proteins, and amino
acids. Other good ones: Green Foods Vegg ie
Magm a; All One Multiple Green Phyto Base;
Green Kamut Just Barley.
…A good prenatal multi-vitamin supplement. Start
6 to 8 weeks before the expected birth. Clinical
tests show that mothers who take nutritional
supplements during pregnancy are far less likely to
have babies with neural tube defects. Your prenatal
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formula should have 350 to 500mg of magnesium.
Pre-eclampsia marked by elevated blood pressure,
fluid retention and protein loss through urine,
premature labor and poor fetal growth are all tied
to magnesium deficiency during pregnancy. Try
Pure Essence Mother To Be (highly effective), or
New Chapter Perfect Prenatal.
…A food source multi-mineral supplement- not
just calcium or iron. Nature’s Path Trace-
Min-Lyte or Crystal Star Calcium Magnesium
Source offer good body building blocks. Betacarotene
10,000mg, vitamin C 500mg, niacin
50mg, and plant base iron are better for skeletal,
cellular and tissue development than calcium
supplements alone.
…Calcium citrate with calcium ascorbate vitamin
C for collagen development. Studies show a link
between low calcium levels and pregnancy-related
hypertension. Low calcium during pregnancy may
cause more minerals like lead to be leached from
the bone - dangerous for both mother and child.
Studies show pregnant women with high levels of
vitamin D have babies with stronger bones. Try to
get 15 minutes of early morning sunlight twice a
week for vitamin D from sunlight.
…Extra folic acid, 800mcg daily to prevent
neural tube defects. Good timing is essential.
Supplementing folic acid after the first three
months of fetal development cannot correct spinal
cord damage.
…Vitamin B6 50mg for bloating, leg cramps and
nerve strength; also prevent proneness to glucose
intolerance and seizures in the baby.
…Zinc 10-15mg daily. Zinc deficiency results in
poor brain formation, learning problems, low
…Bioflavonoids daily. Over 50% of women who
habitually miscarry may have low vitamin C
and bioflavonoid levels. Bioflavonoids enhance
vein and capillary strength, and help control
bruising and internal bleeding from hemorrhoids
and varicose veins. Bioflavonoids are a “deep
tissue tonic” that support and maintain tissue
integrity, tighten and tone skin elasticity. They
minimize skin aging and wrinkling due to
pregnancy stretching. Bioflavs are fiber-rich for
regularity — a definite pregnancy advantage!
Take citrus bioflavonoids 600mg with vitamin
C daily. Bioflavonoids help control excess fatty
deposits, too. Herbs and citrus fruits, like apricots,
berries, cantaloupes, cherries, grapefruits, grapes,
oranges and lemons are some of the best bioflav
sources. Bilberry extract is one of the single
richest yet gentlest sources of herbal flavonoids
in the botanical world, especially helpful for
pregnant women suffering from distended veins,
hemorrhoids, weak uterine walls and toxemia.
…DHA, an Omega 3 fatty acid found in seafood and
seaweeds. Pregnant women transfer large amounts
of DHA in utero to their babies to ensure proper
brain and nervous system development. As a
result, many new moms are deficient, leading
to problems with forgetfulness and sometimes
postpartum depression. I recommend New
Chapter Supercritical DHA 100 to help meet high
DHA demand during pregnancy. It works! DHA
has special benefits for babies born prematurely.
Infants born about 1/3 of full term weight (less
than 1250g) fed a high DHA diet scored better
on the mental development scale, with a 40%
reduction in the difference of mild mental delay.
…Kelp tablets, 6 daily, or Crystal Star Ocean
Minerals capsules, for natural potassium and
iodine. A lack of these minerals means mental
retardation and poor physical development. Kelp
is widely used in agriculture (animal feed) to help
with fertility, healthy births and lactation. It helps
people, too!
…Natural vitamin E. 200-400IU, or wheat germ oil,
to help prevent miscarriage and reduce the baby’s
oxygen requirement, lessening the chances of
asphyxiation during labor. Discontinue 1-2 weeks
before delivery date.
…EFAs, (omega-3 rich flax, borage seed, evening
primrose oils), for baby’s brain development. Try
Udo’s Perfected Oil Blend.
Important Supplement Watchwords
…During the last trimester: Rub vitamin E or wheat
germ oil on your stomach and around vaginal
opening to make stretching easier and skin more
elastic. Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil and
Magia Bella Ultra-Intensive Anti-Stretch Mark
Concentrate (belly only) are recommended.
Begin to take extra minerals as labor approaches.
…During labor: Take calcium-magnesium to relieve
pain and aid dilation.
…During nursing: Continue nutrition supplements
like iron, calcium, B vitamins or a prenatal
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multiple during nursing. Increase dose slightly to
recover normal strength. Breast milk is a filtered
food supply that prevents baby from overdosing
on higher potencies. Apply vitamin E oil to ease
breast crusting. Apply a marshmallow fomentation
to relieve pressure in engorged breasts.
Herbs For A Healthy
Good and easy for you; gentle for the baby. Herbs
have been used during pregnancy for centuries to ease
the hormone imbalances and discomforts of stretching,
bloating, nausea and pain without impairing the health
of the baby. A study in Obstetrics and Gynecology
reports that 91% of the women surveyed were using
herbal remedies during pregnancy. Herbs are mineralrich
foods, perfect for the extra growth requirements
of pregnancy and childbirth. They are easily-absorbed
and non-constipating. Ideal supplements affecting a
developing child’s body should be from food source
complexes. Herbs are identified and accepted by
the body’s enzyme activity as whole food nutrients,
lessening the risk of toxemia or overdose, yet providing
gentle nutrition for both mother and baby.
Important note: Early pregnancy and later pregnancy
must be considered separately for herbal medicinals. If
there is any question, always use the gentlest herbs and
consult your health care professional.
Herbs You Can Take During
…Many women prefer body balancing teas during
pregnancy. They are the gentlest way to overcome
morning sickness and hormone adjustment. Take
two daily cups of red raspberry tea, high in iron,
calcium and other minerals; or Earth Mama Angel
Baby Morning Wellness tea (for nausea), or Earth
Mama Angel Baby Third Trimester tea (only for
third trimester) strengthen the uterus and birth
canal, guard against birth defects, long labor and
afterbirth pain, and tone the uterus for a quicker
return to normal.
…Iodine-rich foods are a primary deterrent to spinal
birth defects, and also help protect against mental
retardation risk. Take kelp tablets, a seaweed
sprinkle on your daily salad or rice or Crystal
Star Ocean Minerals caps.
…Many pregnant women need extra calcium and
iron, easily depleted during pregnancy. Herbal
sources of calcium and iron are one of the best
ways to get these minerals because they absorb
gently through the body’s own enzyme system.
Herbal minerals provide the best bonding
agent between your body and the nutrients it is
taking in. They are also rich in other nutrients
that encourage body uptake. Try Crystal Star
Calcium Magnesium Source, a calcium-rich herbal
compound with magnesium for optimum uptake,
and naturally-occurring, gentle silica from herbs
like oatstraw, nettles and dark greens to form
healthy tissue and bone —a prime factor in
collagen formation for connective tissue. Crystal
Star Iron Source drops in warm water, or Floradix
Iron Plus Herbs are non-constipating iron
sources with measurable amounts of calcium and
magnesium, and naturally-occurring vitamins C
and E for iron uptake.
…During the 1st and 2nd trimester, a mineral-rich
pre-natal herbal compound elasticizes tissue,
eases delivery. A good formula includes herbs like
red raspberry, nettles, oatstraw, alfalfa, chamomile,
peppermint, yellow dock root and dairy free
acidophilus like UAS DDS plus or Jarrow Jarro-
Dophilus with FOS.
…During the last trimester, I recommend a broad
activity herbal mineral compound, like Crystal
Star Ocean Minerals caps, or Calcium-Magnesium
extract loaded with highly absorbable plant
minerals, or Floradix Calcium-Magnesium liquid
with vitamin D, zinc and herbs.
…Five weeks before the birth date, an herbal
formula can help your body prepare for
parturition, aid hemorrhage control and uterine
muscle strength for correct presentation of the
fetus. It should contain herbs like red raspberry,
false unicorn, cramp bark, squaw vine and bilberry.
Herbs You Can Take During Labor
—Red Earth Herbal Drops Labor-Ease drops (use
with midwife guidance) Crystal Star PMS-eze
drops to relieve contraction pain fast. Put 15 to
20 drops in water and take small sips as needed
during labor. Try Crystal Star Stress Out drops in
warm water for afterbirth pain (excellent results),
an analgesic formula that helps lower back and
spinal block area, often within 20 minutes.
—For false labor, magnesium therapy helps. If there
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is bleeding, go to a hospital and call your midwife.
2 cayenne capsules can be helpful to curtail flow.
Herbs You Can Take During Nursing
—Add 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast to your diet, along with
red raspberry, marshmallow root, or fenugreek tea to
promote and enrich milk after the child is born.
—Take Vitex extract, Motherlove More Milk or
Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid tea to promote
an abundant supply of breast milk.
—Fennel seed, alfalfa, red raspberry, cumin, fenugreek
teas help keep baby colic free.
—For infant jaundice, Hyland’s Natrum Sulphuricum.
Herbs You Can Take During Weaning
—Parsley-sage tea to help dry up milk.
—Amazake rice drink helps wean from breast milk.
Safe Herbs You Can Use During
Take herbs in the mildest way, as relaxing teas, during
• Alfalfa: highly nutritive, rich in enzymes, full of
vitamin K to reduce postpartum hemorrhage
• Bilberry: strong, gentle astringent, rich in
bioflavonoids to fortify veins and capillaries. A
hematonic for kidney function and a mild diuretic
for bloating.
• Burdock: mineral-rich, hormone balancer, liver
booster. Prevents water retention and baby
• Chamomile: relaxes for quality sleep, lifts the spirit,
and helps digestive and bowel problems.
• Dandelion greens and root: a gentle diuretic that
reduces pregnancy-related water retention and
system sluggishness.
• Dong quai root: a blood nourisher, rather than a
hormone stimulant. Use in moderation.
• Echinacea: an immune system stimulant to help
prevent colds, flu and infections.
• False unicorn, black and blue cohosh: for final
weeks of pregnancy only, to assist child labor
and delivery. To avoid risks, use with midwife
guidance only.
• Ginger root: excellent for morning sickness; has
lots of needed minerals. At least 6 studies show
ginger is safe and effective for relieving nausea and
vomiting during pregnancy. Use by itself in a tea
or with spearmint, orange peel and chamomile.
In one study of women with severe morning
sickness (hyperemesis gravidum), just 250 mg. of
ginger taken four times a day reduced nausea and
vomiting for 70% of subjects tested.
• Kelp and seaweeds: exceptional sources of vitamins
and minerals to prevent birth defects and balance
• Nettles: High calcium to diminish leg cramps and
childbirth pain, too; vitamin K guards against
excessive bleeding, and iron guard against anemia.
Supports healthy kidney filtration, helps prevent
hemorrhoids. Enriches milk quality.
• Peppermint: use after the first trimester to help
digestion, soothe the stomach and overcome
nausea. Contains highly absorbable amounts of
vitamin A, C, silica, potassium and iron.
• Red Raspberry: the quintessential herb for
pregnancy - an all around uterine tonic. It is antiabortive
to prevent miscarriage, antiseptic for
protection against infection, astringent to tighten
tissue, rich in calcium, magnesium and iron to help
prevent cramps and anemia. It facilitates birth by
easing natural contractions, and is hemostatic to
reduce risk of hemorrhaging. Assists with plentiful
milk production, too. Note: Red raspberry does
not increase risk of preterm contractions or labor.
Many women report that taking red raspberry
throughout pregnancy significantly reduces labor
pain during childbirth.
• Slippery Elm: eases constipation, soothes mucous
membranes of GI tract. Helpful for morning
sickness, especially taken as a hot cereal when other
foods aren’t well tolerated. Use inner bark only.
• Wild yam: for general pregnancy pain, nausea or
cramping; lessens chance of miscarriage.
• Yellow dock root: improves iron uptake; small
amounts help prevent infant jaundice. Large amounts
have laxative activity and should be avoided.
• Vitex: normalizes hormone balance for fertility.
Discontinue if you become pregnancy.
• Aromatherapy essential oils of lavender and
chamomile alleviate nausea.
• Aromatherapy essential oils of fennel seed and
anise reduce heartburn.
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Herbs To Avoid During Pregnancy
Some herbs are contraindicated (cautioned against)
during pregnancy. If you’re unsure or considering an
herb or herbal formula not covered in this book, consult
a clinical herbalist or healthcare professional first.
—Aloe vera: can be too strong as a laxative. Dilute
aloe vera juice with 4 parts water if you decide
to use it, or use an aloin-free brand like Herbal
Answers Herbal Aloe Force juice.
—Angelica and rue: stimulate oxytocin that causes
uterine contractions.
—Barberry, buckthorn, rhubarb root, mandrake,
senna and cascara sagrada: too strong as laxatives.
—Black cohosh: can stimulate uterine contractions.
Blue cohosh also affects uterine sloughing. (Both
herbs can help child labor progress, but should be
only used with guidance from a clinical herbalist,
experienced midwife or naturopath.)
—Buchu, uva ursi and juniper: too strong diuretics.
—Licorice rt.: can exacerbate water retention and
high blood pressure in susceptible persons. In large
amounts, licorice may lead to preterm deliveries.
—Coffee: too strong in caffeine and heated
hydrocarbon source - a uterine irritant. In
extremely sensitive individuals who take in
excessive amounts, may cause miscarriage or
premature birth.
—Comfrey: pyrrolizides (carcinogenic) cannot be
commercially controlled for an absolutely safe
—Ephedra, Ma Huang: contains ephedrine alkaloids
that can overstimulate the heart.
—Horseradish: too strong for a baby.
—Male fern: too strong a vermifuge.
—Goldenseal, lovage, mugwort, southernwood,
wormwood: emmenagogues that cause uterine
—Mistletoe, thuja, tansy and wild ginger also act to
cause uterine contractions.
—Hyssop: its volatile oil is too strong for a developing
—Pennyroyal: stimulates oxytocin that can cause
—Yarrow and shepherd’s purse: strong astringents
and mild abortifacients.
Bodywork For Two—Exercise
During Pregnancy
1. Get some mild daily exercise, like a brisk walk for
fresh air, more tissue oxygen and circulation. Take
an early morning, or half hour sun bath when
possible for vitamin D, calcium absorption and
bone growth.
2. Consciously set aside one stress-free time for
relaxation every day. Yoga stretches and pregnancy
massage are especially helpful. The baby will know,
thrive, and be more relaxed itself.
3. If you practice reflexology, do not press the
acupressure point just above the ankle on the
inside of the leg. It can start contractions.
4. Rub cocoa butter, vitamin E oil or wheat germ oil
on the stomach and around the vaginal opening
every night to make stretching easier and the
skin more elastic during delivery. Many women
swear that it makes an enormous difference.
Gently stretch perineal tissues with your fingers
to prepare for the birthing experience.
5. Get enough sleep. Body energy turns inward
during sleep for repair, restoration and fetal
Preventing SIDS: Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome
Every year, 3,000 infants die of Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome (SIDS) in the U.S. SIDS risk begins at
about two weeks of age, decreases after a child reaches
3 months, and is very rare after the child reaches
one year old. Just putting your baby on his back to
sleep cuts SIDS risk in half because it helps prevent
accidental suffocation. Pediatricians now recommend
parents only place infants on their backs to sleep.
Avoid loose blankets and soft bedding that could
cause accidental suffocation. Don’t bed share with
other children in the house. Babies who share a bed
with other children in the house are at a higher risk. In
addition, don’t put hats on your baby on warm nights.
A baby loses excess heat through the face and head.
Covering these areas can cause babies to overheat,
another SIDS risk factor according to European
research. Wearable blankets are a safer choice.
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Are Toxic Gases In Mattresses To
Toxic gases may to be involved in SIDS. Research
done by Barry Richardson shows that toxic gases
emerge from the interaction between common
household fungi and chemicals like phosphorus,
arsenic and antimony in baby mattresses. These
gases may be a cause of suffocation. The risk of SIDS
increases when mattresses are re-used on a second
baby since by then, the fungus has become well
established. Using a chemical-free mattress cover like
Serendipity Crib Life Mattress Cover may help reduce
your child’s SIDS risk. (Call 800-528-0559 or visit
Other SIDS Risk Factors
• Exposure to second-hand smoke greatly increases
risk of SIDS because it reduces a baby’s ability to
withstand low oxygen levels if his face and head get
covered. Even when a baby is merely in rooms where
smoking occurs, SIDS risk can increase 800%!
• Respiratory infections may add to SIDS risk,
particularly if the child has a fever and is put to
sleep on the stomach.
• A heart abnormality called a “prolonged QT
interval” is one identified SIDS risk. It can be
detected by an EKG and treated with up to 90%
success rate.
• Differences in brain development could be to
blame. Findings reported in the Journal of the
American Medical Association reveal the brains of
SIDS babies are more likely to have abnormalities
in nerve cells that play a role in regulating breathing
and sleep than non-SIDS babies.
• Routinely feeding iron-fortified weaning foods to
prevent anemia may increase SIDS risk says British
Medical Journal.
• H. pylori bacteria, linked to ulcers may also be
linked to SIDS. Scientists say don’t transmit adult
saliva to very tiny babies to prevent H. pylori
• Boys are at higher risk of dying from SIDS than
girls, possibly due to their higher metabolism
and propensity to overheat. The newest research
suggests that male infants with the highest levels
of testosterone are at the greatest risk. Infants in
the research who died from SIDS had 50%-120%
higher testosterone levels in their blood than
infants who died from other causes. It is thought
that very high levels of testosterone may depress
breathing during sleep, increasing SIDS risk. SIDS
researchers believe that hormone monitoring in
infants may some day help prevent SIDS in infants
in this high risk category.
What Else Can You Do To Reduce
SIDS Risk?
First, try not to worry too much. SIDS is rare in
babies who sleep on their backs and are not exposed
to secondhand smoke. If you feel your child is at risk,
a high tech T-shirt that monitors the baby’s heartbeat
and breathing is now available. Second, give your child
a pacifier. Evidence from seven different studies shows
that babies who use pacifiers also have lower risk for
SIDS. Third, vitamin C has proven useful in reducing
SIDS risk in numerous clinical studies. If your baby
has a weak system, or poor lung tissue development
(signs of higher risk for SIDS), consider vitamin
C. Breastmilk is higher in vitamin C than formula,
especially if the mother takes a vitamin C supplement.
I like American Health Vitamin C chewables, taken as
directed. Giving the child a weak ascorbate Vitamin
C, or Ester C with bioflavonoid solution in water
daily is another option that you may want to explore
with your pediatrician. (The US RDA for vitamin C
for infants is 35 mg.) Fourth, if you’re pregnant, low
doses of carnitine (less than 100mg) during the last
trimester may help protect the baby from SIDS.
Special Problems During
Foremost, reduce standard dosage of any
medication, orthodox or natural, to allow for the
infant’s tiny system. Some of the most common
pregnancy problems are considered on the following
pages. To learn more about natural therapies for
special problems during pregnancy, please consult my
book, Do You Want To Have A Baby? Natural Fertility
Solutions & Pregnancy Care, co-authored with Sarah
Afterbirth Pain: Take Crystal Star Stress Out!
extract drops and Calcium Magnesium extract,
especially after a long labor, to relax uterine contractions
and pain; Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comf ort
tea to restore vitality, tone the uterus and reduce
tension; una da gato tea for quicker return to normal.
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Take bromelain, 1500mg to relieve swelling. For postpartum
tears and sore perineal muscles, use a sitz bath:
1 part uva ursi, 1 part yerba mansa root, and 1 part
each comfrey leaf and root. Simmer 15 minutes, strain,
add 1 tsp. salt, pour into a large shallow container;
cool slightly. Or use Motherlove’s Sitz Bath or Earth
Mama Angel Baby Postpartum Bath Herbs. Sit in the
bath for 15 to 20 minutes twice daily. Use Earth Mama
Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray to aid healing
from episiotomies and perineal tears.
Anemia: take a non-constipating herbal iron, like
Pure Planet Spirulina-Yellow Dock tea, Crystal Star
Iron Source extract (notable results), or Floradix Iron
Plus herbs. Have a green drink often, such as applealfalfa
sprout-cucumber juice, Green Foods Carrot
Essence. Add vitamin C and E to your diet, eat plenty
of dark leafy greens.
Bladder Infection-Yeast Infection: UTI’s and
yeast infections often go hand in hand during
pregnancy, usually because higher glucose levels in
urine trigger bacterial overgrowth. More urine also
collects in the urinary system, leaving women further
susceptible. Yeast infections are more common in
pregnancy than any other time in a woman’s life,
especially in the second trimester.
Avoid powerful anti-fungals and antibiotics for
these problems if you can. The simple home remedies
here offer rapid relief, but are not too harsh for
the baby’s tiny system. For UTI’s: the simple sugar,
D-mannose flushes out bacteria, and helps relieve the
pain fast: 1 teaspoon every 2-3 hours until symptoms
clear (ok for diabetics, too). Drink a lot of water, 48
to 64 ounces daily, and have cranberry juice with no
added sugar. For candida yeast overgrowth: Avoid
sweets, fruits and fruit sugars, and yeasted breads
until infection clears. Have organic yogurt daily and
apply plain yogurt topically to the external vaginal area
for itching relief. Probiotics fight candida. Research
shows probiotics enhance immune response during
pregnancy - may even prevent childhood eczema in
your baby. Try UAS DDS-Plus.
—for infected breasts: 500mg vitamin C every
3 hours, 400IU vitamin E, and beta-carotene
10,000IU daily; chlorophyll from green salads,
green drinks, or green supplements — Crystal
Star Energy Green or Green Foods Green Magm a.
For mastitis symptoms, like redness, fever, flu-like
symptoms, consult a health care professional.
—for caked or crusted breasts: simmer elder flowers
in oil and rub on breasts. Wheat germ oil, almond
oil and cocoa butter are also effective; or use
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple butter.
Peppermint water soothes, even helps prevent
cracked nipples.
—for engorged breasts during nursing: lie on your
back to drain excess flow. Allow baby to nurse
until breasts soften (if possible), and pump
breasts if you miss a feeding. Apply ice bags to the
breasts to relieve pain; or use a marshmallow root
fomentation with ½ cup powder to 1 qt. water.
Simmer 10 minutes. Soak a cloth in mix and apply
to breast. Try Motherlove Breast Compress or
Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes.
—for sagging breasts after weaning: Baywood Breast
Maximizing Lotion.
Constipation: Increase your fluid intake to 10 or
12 cups of water or other non-caffeinated drinks daily.
Add fiber fruits, like prunes and apples, and 1 tbsp.
ground flax seeds to your daily diet. Regular exercise,
especially yoga, can help. Make your own slippery elm
anti-constipation hot cereal. Take a small handful of
slippery elm (inner bark), and cover in a pot with
rice milk. Warm until it reaches the consistency of
oatmeal. Top with a little cinnamon and honey. (Bran
cereal also works well.) Red clover tea helps relieve
constipation gently. Kelp tabs lubricate and move the
bowels without risks.
False Labor: Braxton Hicks contractions are
relatively common during late pregnancy. A warm,
relaxing bath with deep slow breathing can help, but
call your caregiver if contractions grow longer stronger
and closer together. Catnip tea or red raspberry tea will
help. See also MISCARRIAGE pg. 505 in this book.
Gas and Heartburn: Take American Health Papaya
Chewables or papaya juice with a pinch of ginger for gas
relief. After meals, a weak tea with fennel, spearmint,
peppermint or chamomile, or Earth Mama Angel Baby
Heartburn Tea. Fermented dairy foods like yogurt
and kefir help neutralize an over-acid stomach. For
gas after meals, try a weak tea with fennel, spearmint,
peppermint or chamomile, or Transformation
Digestzyme. For fast relief of symptoms, consider
Earth Mama Angel Baby Heartburn Tea (highly
recommended). Try Xlear Spry xylitol chewing gum
to fight heartburn. Xylitol also reduces your child’s
risk for cavities later!
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Hemorrhoids: apply: Crystal Star Hemr-eze gel, or
Mother Love’s Rhoid Balm, or Earth Mama Angel Baby
Bottom Balm (all highly recommended). Keep topical
treatments in the refrigerator for the best results.
Insomnia: Crystal Star Calcium Magnesium
Source or Flora Calcium Magnesium. Nervine herbs
like scullcap, and passion flower or chamomile tea
help. A pregnancy body pillow can work wonders
for support.
Labor: 4 million women give birth in America
every year! Your body is uniquely designed for this
experience. Prepare a birthing plan in advance. Working
with a doula or midwife is highly recommended. See
my book Do You Want to Have a Baby? for more
information on your birthing options.
• During early labor, eat, drink and walk when you
feel like it.
• Hydrate with cool drinks or chew on ice chips
even if you feel nauseated.
• Prevent dehydration by sucking on fresh
cranberries periodically to help stimulate thirst.
• For nausea during labor, take ginger or raspberry
tea, or miso broth, or Alacer Emergen-C with a
pinch salt added.
• For labor pain, take crampbark extract, scullcap
or St. John’s wort extract in water.
• Try homeopathic Gelsemium to reduce fear
during childbirth.
• For nerve pain, apply St. John’s wort oil to temples
and wrists; or use rosemary/ginger compresses.
• For sleep during long labor: use scullcap extract.
(Scullcap may be used throughout labor for
• Labor bodywork: Changing positions helps (try
squatting or kneeling); take short walks or get
on hands and knees. Have a partner massage you
to relieve back stress. Try a warm shower or bath
(“aquadural”) to ease pain and contractions.
Midwives find this works especially well after a
woman has dilated to 4-5 cm.
• Biofeedback and massage have documented
success for reducing labor pain.
• Acupressure treatments during labor reduce
stress, pain and increase dilation. A personal
friends used acupressure during her labor with
good results.
• Hypnosis helps stop the flow of catecholamines,
stress hormones that hinder the birthing process.
For more information on HypBirth, check out or call 818-247-0200.
Morning Sickness: Ginger works in clinical trials:
1 gram daily. Use homeopathic ipecac and nat. mur,
add vitamin B-6, 50mg 2x daily; sip mint tea when
queasy. See NAUSEA page 513 in this book.
Miscarriage: for prevention and hemorrhage
control, drink raspberry tea every hour with ¼ tsp.
ascorbate vit. C powder added, and take drops of
hawthorn extract every hour. Avoid physical strain at
time of conception to aid successful implantation of
the fertilized egg. See Miscarriage program, page 505
for more information. According to John Lee M.D.,
transdermal progesterone 40mg. per day can help
prevent miscarriage caused by luteal phase failure.
Ask your healthcare professional.
Post-Partum Swelling and Depression: use
homeopathic Arnica. Make a post-partum cordial
with 4 slices of dong quai rt., ½ oz. false unicorn rt., 1
handful nettles, ½ oz. St. John’s wort extract, 1 handful
motherwort herb, ½ oz. hawthorn berries, and 2 inchlong
slices of fresh ginger. Steep herbs in 1 pint of
brandy for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Strain, add a little
honey. Take 1 tsp. daily as a tonic. Good results!
Depression is helped by B vitamins, Try Garden of
Life Raw B Complex. Progesterone deficiency may be
indicated. Consider progesterone balancing herbs like
sarsaparilla rt. and wild yam, or an herbal formula like
Crystal Star Pro-Est Balance roll on. Recent research
from the National Institutes of Health reveals that
women with low DHA levels are more likely to suffer
from postpartum depression. Consider New Chapter
Supercritical DHA100, 1 daily. Aromatherapy eases
“baby blues”- Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama
Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes
(Pprom): Preterm premature rupture of the
membranes that occurs before the 37th week of
pregnancy occurs in 2% of pregnancies. Premature
rupture of membranes is a serious concern because
it significantly increases risk of preterm labor and
infections for the mother and baby (chorioamnionitisplacental
infection). However, sometimes a suspected
premature rupture of the membranes is more of a
minor leak caused by a small tear in the membranes
which may heal over. If there is only minor leakage,
bed rest can help a mom carry the baby longer,
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so the lungs will be better developed when born.
Cigarette smoking, vaginal infections and membrane
weakness all play a role in premature rupture of
membranes. Check your risk factors. If your water
breaks or you experience leakage before you’re due,
seek medical attention right away. Vitamin C is a
specific for prevention through its collagen enhancing
activity, because it helps maintain the integrity of the
chorioamniotic membranes. In a study by the National
Institute of Perinatology, expectant mothers in their
20th week were given 100mg of vitamin C. Premature
rupturing of the membranes occurred in only about
8% of these mothers versus 24% of the placebo group.
Stretch Marks and Post
Pregnancy Tummy Bulge
Stretch marks can be one of a pregnant woman’s
biggest fears. Women long for the days when they
could wear bikinis and baby-doll t-shirts. Stretch mark
severity depends on genetics and nutrition. Pregnancy
stretch marks usually fade with time, and some
women don’t get them at all. Severe cases of diastasis
(postpartum tummy bulge when the outermost
abdominal muscles separate), benefit from an exercise
program, a lean plant based diet and thermogenic
herbs. Plastic surgery (tummy tuck) works well as a
last resort, but there are risks.
Improve your chances of a fit pregnancy by pacing
weight gain and eating collagen building vitamin C
foods like broccoli, cauliflower, citrus fruits, greens,
papaya and potatoes. Drink lots of water throughout
your pregnancy to prevent skin dehydration. Apply
wheat germ, avocado, sesame oil, vitamin E, or A, D
& E oil so skin stretches easier; or a comfrey-calendula
beeswax salve. Take vitamin C 500mg 3 times daily
to develop collagen. To prevent stretch marks: Earth
Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil, an herb-infused oil
(highly recommended), on belly, bottom and breasts
(used by Gwyneth Paltrow in her two pregnancies).
Mother’s Intuition Tumm y Honey is very effective
(great for moms expecting multiples). Magia Bella
Ultra-intensive Anti-stretch Mark Concentrate
helps prevent stretch marks during third trimester
For post pregnancy tummy bulge and weight
loss: After you wean the baby, try Crystal Star Tumm y
Control caps and Calcium Magnesium Source extract.
Pilates abdominal strengthening exercises help you get
back in shape. Julie Tupler’s Lose Your Mummy Tummy
is a good resource for dealing with post pregnancy
diastasis. Note: Don’t push yourself to lose pregnancy
weight too fast. Allow your body at least nine months
to stabilize and return to your pre-pregnancy weight.
Focus on a plant-based diet and regular exercise to
lose weight the healthy way.
Swollen Ankles: use Nature’s Apothecary Bilberry
extract in water (works after pregnancy, too).
Dandelion leaf (extract or tea) replenishes key minerals
while reducing leg and ankle swelling.
Toxemia - Eclampsia: Toxemia is caused by liver
malfunction and disease, when the liver can’t handle
the increasing load of the progressing pregnancy.
There is a marked reduction in blood flow to the
placenta, kidneys and other organs. Severe cases
result in liver and brain hemorrhage, convulsions
and coma. Toxemia is indicated by extreme swelling,
accompanied by high blood pressure, headaches,
nausea and vomiting.
Vegan women have less toxemia risk. Especially
avoid red meat and excess refined salt. Add vitamin
C 1000mg and E 400 IU daily - positive results for
reducing pre-eclampsia risk. University of Columbia
research shows supplementing with 650mg of calcium
and/or 450 linoleic acid helps prevent pre-eclampsia
for high risk women. Green drinks, like apple-alfalfa
sprout-cucumber or Green Foods Green Magm a offer
a “chlorophyll clean out.” Add dandelion greens as a
mild diuretic and iodine therapy via daily kelp tablets
3-4 times weekly. Hawthorn extract diluted in warm
water helps normalize blood pressure. Add vitamin C
500mg every 3 hours, 10,000IU beta-carotene, bilberry
extract in water, and B Complex 50mg daily.
Uterine Hemorrhaging: During and after
delivery, excess bleeding is a childbirth emergency
that requires medical attention. Seek professional
help immediately! Astringent herbs can be helpful to
curtail bleeding after delivery. Take bayberry/cayenne
capsules. Take bilberry extract daily for tissue integrity.
Use dong quai tea to normalize uterine contractions.
For post-partum bleeding, try shepherd’s purse,-false
unicorn-nettles tea, or yarrow infusion under the care
of a clinical herbalist.
Varicose Veins: take vitamin C 500mg with
bioflavonoids, 3x daily; or bilberry extract 2x daily
in water; or butcher’s broom tea daily (also helps leg
cramps during pregnancy). Natural Balance Great
Legs reduces leg heaviness and varicose veins (ask your
health care provider first). Try a witch hazel/comfrey lf.
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compress to relieve vulvar varicosities. Take Crystal
Star Vari-Vein caps to relieve spider veins after you
give birth. For dark spider veins postpartum, laser
ablation therapy (VeinWave or the 1064 YAG Laser)
may be useful. Check it out online for a provider
near you.
Note 1: Baby diapers have been a huge cause for
concern for mothers and families who are ecologically
minded. Most diapers are still non-biodegradable,
and most have chemical polymer salts that absorb
moisture. Use a diaper service, or your own washing
machine, or use all-cotton Rmed Tushies if you’re
Note 2: For more detailed fertility and pregnancyrelated
information along with natural baby care
tips, please consult my book, Do You Want To Have
A Baby? Natural Fertility Solutions & Pregnancy Care,
co-authored with Sarah Abernathy.
Alternative Healing
Options For Children
Healthy children develop powerful immune
systems in infancy. Unless unusually ill, a child
often needs only the body-strengthening forces that
nutritious foods, herbs or homeopathic remedies
supply, rather than the strong medications of
allopathic medicine which can have such drastic side
effects on a small body.
The undeniable ecological, social and diet
deterioration in America during the last fifty years
has had a marked effect on children’s health. We see
evidence of it in every aspect of their lives — declining
educational performance, learning disabilities, mental
disorders, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, diabetes,
allergies, chronic illness, delinquency and violent
behavior; they’re all evidence of declining immunity
and poor health.
Of America’s 73 million children,, nearly 1 out of 3
(almost 21 million) suffer from chronic disease; 58,000
are affected by cancer; 2.5 million live with birth
defects. 12 million have some type of developmental
disorder like autism or ADHD, and 6 million suffer
from asthma.
The infiltration of fast food into U.S. schools is
insidious. Fast food hamburgers and pizzas are school
lunch staples. Soda vending machines with high
sugar or aspartame-loaded products are still readily
available on most campuses. (Good news: Increased
pressure from the public and legislatures means the
beverage industry voluntarily stopped selling non-diet
sodas to most public schools in 2010.) Still, kids are
drinking more soda than ever… a clear risk factor for
osteoporosis and diabetes later in life. In fact, Type 2
diabetes and coronary heart disease, both related to diet
and lack of exercise, are on the rise in children.
One-third to one-half of all new Type 2 diabetes
cases are in children between 9 and 19 years old! Onethird
of all kids have high cholesterol! Autopsies reveal
that atherosclerosis begins in childhood. The problem
starts early: every day more than 25% of toddlers eat
French fries; 20% consume candy; and 44% consume
a sugary drink! Kids’ diets are comprised of at least
25% simple sugars! Getting obesity and diabetes under
control early with a better diet and regular exercise is
the best way to solve the downward health spiral in
today’s children. 50% of US kids bring a packed lunch
to school so it is easy for parents to provide healthy
foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. The benefits last a
Get help from the kids themselves in a health
boosting program. Kids don’t want to be sick,
they aren’t stupid, and they don’t like going to the
doctor any more than you do. They often recognize
that natural foods and therapies are good for them.
Children have strong natural immunity. A nutritious
diet and natural health enhancers like herbs help
keep them that way. Evidence shows that giving your
child the right nutrients can raise IQ and improve
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