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Best Health for Breast Feeding

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 04:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: As a breast-feeding mother, are there supplements I should take in higher doses to help strengthen my baby’s immune system?
— Cherilynn T., Seattle, Wash.
A: The most important thing for pregnant women to do is take vitamin D3 at 2,000 IU a day during pregnancy. During breast feeding, increase the dose to 5,000 IU a day. This has been shown to significantly strengthen the immune function in both the mother and the baby.
Magnesium supplementation during pregnancy is also vital to protecting the baby’s developing brain. Vaccines such as flu shots have been shown in large studies to offer no protection to a baby or small child. But the adjuvants used in the vaccines are powerful brain toxins.
Q: I am 56 and obese, and have heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. I take omega-3 and other supplements, but I read somewhere DHA should be much higher than EPA. Yet others sell stuff where EPA is higher. What do you recommend?
— Michael H., Henderson, Nev.
A: Most manufacturers have moved to compounding omega-3 supplements containing more EPA than DHA based on one popular writer’s books. But there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that DHA is the essential component and is much safer than EPA, especially for a diabetic.
EPA can worsen diabetic control, is associated with bleeding problems, and is an immune suppressant. DHA is the only component used by the brain, and has most of the anticancer effects.
The only time I recommend EPA is for anticoagulation and to treat autoimmune diseases.
Q: My husband had a very mild heart attack that was surprising because his blood tests showed perfect health numbers except for LDL of 123. He has very low blood pressure and is not even near overweight, and never has stress. We agree that he should stay on Plavix. What can we do?
— Norma Friedemann, Evanston, Ill.
A: Your husband is a perfect example of the type of person who does not fit the cholesterol theory of atherosclerosis. Where this condition is concerned, there are a number of issues on which I differ from the medical establishment.
Plavix is a very dangerous and expensive medicine and is no more effective in anticoagulation than is many natural supplements such as high-EPA omega-3 oil, garlic, and ginkgo biloba. Magnesium not only prevents excessive blood clotting, it also improves blood flow, reduces inflammation, and protects the heart and brain.
Curcumin, quercetin, high-gamma vitamin E and tocotrienol also significantly reduce fatty accumulation in the arteries and, more importantly, the hard plaque.
Studies have shown that extreme lowering of LDL cholesterol increases the likelihood of brain hemorrhages and death. Meanwhile, raising HDL cholesterol has been shown to offer no protection against heart attacks.

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