Prenatal and infant exposure to pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children
Avoiding pesticides prior to conception and during pregnancy is a key factor in a preconception care plan and naturopathic prenatal care. This population based case-control study consisted of 2961 individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, including 445 with intellectual disability comorbidity. Researchers found an association between exposure to pesticides during pregnancy and autism spectrum…Read More
Is your teenage daughter on the pill? You might want to read this..
Many teenage girls are put on the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) in an effort to control heavy or painful periods. However, there are some big concerns around this. From menarche (a girl’s first period) the reproductive system takes 6-8 years to fully develop. At around 20 years of age, a woman’s neural and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG)…Read More
The relationship between general health and sperm quality
A study recently examined semen data from 9387 men evaluated for infertility between 1994 and 2011. It showed that there is a direct relationship between men’s general health and sperm quality. Men with diseases of the endocrine, circulatory, genitourinary and integumentary systems all had significantly higher rates of semen abnormalities. Medical director of Fertility Associates…Read More
Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent endometriosis
StaceyMissmer, A et al. 2010; 00(0):1-8. Human Reproduction. Most people know about the numerous benefits of eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. In this study, women whose diets were high in omega-3 were 22% less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis. What’s even more interesting is that women who ate the highest amount…Read More
Preconception care and pregnancy outcome
Ward, N. Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, 1995, 5: 205-208. 367 couples took part in a preconception health care program. Among the participating couples, 217 (59%) had a previous history of reproductive problems: 136 were infertile 139 had a history of miscarriages 11 had a stillborn 40 were small-for-dates 15 were low birthweight 7…Read More
Nonpharmacologic approaches to relieve labour pain and prevent suffering
Simkin & Bolding, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 2004, 49: 489-504. Adequate evidence of benefit in reducing pain exists for continuous labour support This includes baths, intradermal water blocks (sterile water injections), and maternal movement and positioning for natural pain relief. During my own labour, I managed labour pains and discomfort with heat packs,…Read More
Sperm motility and DNA fragmentation as a cause of recurrent pregnancy loss
Brahem et al., Urology, 2011, 78: 792-796. This study shows that the male partner of a couple who experience recurrent miscarriages have a higher rate of sperm cells with fragmented DNA and significantly poorer sperm motility than control donors with proven fertility. This highlights the importance of both partners following a preconception care plan for…Read More
Gestational iron deficiency and brain development
Lozoff B. & Georgieff, M. Pediatric Neurology, 2006; 13: 158-165. Iron deficiency is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in pregnant women and infants worldwide. Infants with iron deficiency anaemia test lower in cognitive, motor, social-emotional and neurophysiologic development than comparison group infants. Iron deficiency during gestation and lactation alters neurometabolism, neurotransmitters, myelination, and…Read More
Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study
Agarwal A, Deepinder F, Sharma RK et al. Fertil Steril 2008; 89(1): 124-128. This study investigated the effect of mobile/cell phone use on sperm parameters among patients undergoing evaluation at a male infertility clinic in the United States. Three hundred and sixty-one men were divided into four groups according to their self-reported active cell phone…Read More
Egg comes first says honoured scientist – Professor Peter Gluckman.
East & Bays Courier, N.Z. Wednesday 16th January 2008. Professor Peter Gluckman is leading a major international project. Made up of economists, scientists, and public health experts, they hope to determine the economic and social costs of an unhealthy start to life. For the past 15 years Dr Gluckman’s team has focused on how early…Read More
Effect of in utero and early-life conditions on adult health and disease – Pf. Peter Gluckman.
NEJM 2008; 359(1):61-73. In this paper, Dr. Gluckman reviewed the long-term influences of in-utero conditions on health. Gluckman agreed that the information passed to the foetus from the mother between conception and weaning: “is a summation of maternal nutritional experience, integrating a lifetime of signals from the mother and perhaps even the grandmother” The public…Read More