Articles by natural health author Donna Voetee (aka Granny Good Food)
May Get Pregnant This Month
(The Best Years in Life) “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night,” says the old song. Statistics tell us that it must have been a mighty fine kiss: more children are born in September than any other month, confirming a December conception.
If there is any chance that the mistletoe may work its power over you this month, you might want to consider some tips on a healthy pregnancy.
Part I: Your Baby’s Health Depends on Grandma
Your mother’s diligence with her health while she was pregnant with you factors in to your child’s (her grandchild’s) health. Think about this, dear Mother-To-Be: unlike your husband who makes sperm continually, you were born with all the eggs in your ovaries that you are ever going to have. What your mother ate, what she was exposed to while you were in her womb, has affected your health. One of those eggs in your ovaries will become your child, and that egg was inside you, while you were inside your mother.
Scientists have a terrifying triptych phrase, “Epigenetic transgenerational inheritance,” meaning that future generations are more at risk for disease depending on what ancestral generations were exposed to. Was your grandmother pregnant post-WWII, with the plethora of chemicals now surrounding us that the world has never seen before? Did she live in an agricultural area that was sprayed with DDT, atrazine, defoliants, herbicides, pesticides? Was she, along with millions of her peers, prescribed the drug DES, allegedly to prevent miscarriage? This may solve the mystery of your own hormonal struggles -- heavy periods, endometriosis, PCOS, or mood swings, for instance.
These harmful chemicals are called “endocrine disruptors,” or “xenoestrogens.” We’ve heard the bad news about the most famous xenoestrogen, DDT, but its replacement, methoxychlor, was just as bad. A rat study showed that methoxychlor caused kidney disease, ovarian disease, and obesity even in third generation offspring (great-grands), with multiple disease in the third generation. Even the fourth generation rats, both male and female, showed markers of disease stemming from the female germline. (1)
Babies in the womb are being exposed to toxins their mothers are breathing, and over 200 chemicals have been found in their cord blood from their mothers’ shampoo, cosmetics, plastics, cleaning products, even the dust in their homes. (2)
Is there any hope? Can you undo some of the damage, and make a better start for your own grandchildren? Actually, yes.
1. Sauerkraut. Polish women seem to be immune from breast cancer when they eat their native diet that is based on that wonderful rotted cabbage, sauerkraut. Making sauerkraut is not a complex mysterious process; just chop some cabbage, add a bit of salt, put it in a jar. In a few days, you have kraut. Adding it to your daily diet may be the tricky part, as the American palate is not geared for fermented foods. For posterity’s sake, I will disclose my secret to amazing spaghetti sauce: yes, sauerkraut. A few spoonfuls give the sauce a depth of flavor that is not readily identified as kraut, but very tasty.
2. Whey. Whey is full of amino acids and glutathione, critical nutrients for enabling the liver to clear toxins. Whey is a most nutritious food for pre-pregnancy cleansing as well as adding extra protein during pregnancy. Raw milk is an excellent source of quality whey.
3. Progesterone. Progesterone protects the body from xenoestrogens, and even excess natural estrogens. Most women are deficient in this hormone due to constant stress that steals the adrenal glands’ master hormone, pregnenolone, to make cortisol instead of progesterone. Progesterone supplementation during pregnancy may prevent miscarriage, as well as contribute to better life-long health in the child. More on that in Part 4.
4. Fats. Fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E, and K keep the body “oiled” so that when exposure to oil-based xenoestrogens occurs, they are not absorbed readily. Raw milk, egg yolk, full-fat cheeses, and liver are sources of these vitamins, as well as the retinoid form of Vitamin A that is critical for successful pregnancy.
5. Glass, not plastic. Whenever possible, use glass instead of plastic, which is made from crude oil.
6. Sweat. You were made to sweat. Infra-red sauna is one method (the best, actually) used by cancer clinics to clear out xenoestrogens; remember, though, that you must do saunas before pregnancy, not during. Lacking a sauna, you can still cooperate with Nature by using non-aluminum deodorant instead of anti-perspirant, one of the most dangerous personal care items of modern society. Here’s how an anti-perspirant works: 1. Freezes nerve endings in sweat glands, and stops the body from responding to changes in temperature. 2. Forms a plug that blocks sweat duct. 3. Constricts muscles at end of sweat duct, closing pores. Imagine doing that to your colon so that you don’t have a stinky bowel movement. Shudder. Hint for the best and safest deodorant: Milk of Magnesia, right out of the bottle. Be sure to get the plain variety, without “sodium hypochlorite,” which is bleach. I like to add a bit of rose water to it, but that is my preference.
There are many more practical actions you can take to protect yourself and your children from the sea of toxins surrounding us. Continue learning at these articles:
Safe cleaning products: http://www.tbyil.com/Safe_Home.htm
Next up: Part 2, Lessons from 900 Cats on a Healthier Pregnancy
About the Author:
Donna Voetee is a Doctor of
Naturopathy and Counselor of Natural Health. She is the great- granddaughter of
Grampa Owen, about whom she knows only two facts: he had lactose intolerance,
and he was a country doctor who drove his black buggy around the backwoods of
Little Rock, and often getting paid with chickens, fresh bread or moonshine. She
studied diabetes with Weimar Institute, women’s hormones and adrenal physiology.
Dr. Donna has been a beautician, ham radio operator, literacy teacher,
homeschool mom, health store owner, and author of books on grammar, politics,
and health. Today she still writes and teaches, having forsaken the ham radio
(she does no pork) and all hopes of ever cutting ladies’ hair just the way they
like it. As "Granny Good Food" at Facebook, she teaches parents to feed their
children REAL FOOD for LIFE. Besides Michael, her steadfast groom since 1974,
her heroes are Drs. Weston Price and Francis Pottenger. Dr. Donna teaches
classes based on her work, Supermarket Survival, and would like nothing better
than to thoroughly destroy any iota of trust you have in Big Pharma, vaccines,
fluoride, margarine, and Diet Coke.
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