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Mother’s Nutrition **Before Pregnancy** May Alter Function of Her Children’s Genes

Epigenetics: Mother’s Nutrition **Before Pregnancy** May Alter Function of Her Children’s Genes

We’ve read a lot recently about how as a woman, your health means so much more than just being healthy for yourself. It’s about what you are going to pass on to your children. Not only does this mean that what you eat may be changing your DNA. Imagine that. You are not passing on the healthy genes your grandparents passed onto their children, because your eating habits are actually changing your DNA. A New Scientist article recently quoted a study that was done on rats. It showed how specific supplements injected into pregnant rats alter the DNA expression of their children. So too does injection of specific supplements change their behavior. You’ve probably seen some of this in your children with food coloring, etc.Back in your school biology class all of you probably learned that DNA is your genetic code. In other words it’s the cellular instructions to make proteins. When our DNA is damaged, we subject ourselves to numerous health problems. Our cells become inhibited in producing what our bodies need and our bodies become challenged in re-growing healthy cells.That being said, have you ever heard of Pottenger’s cats? O

ne particular question that Pottenger addressed in his study had to do with the nutritive value of heat-labile elements — nutrients destroyed by heat and available only in raw foods. Dr. Pottenger then devised a series of controlled experiments along with Dr. Alvin Foord, a professor of pathology at the University of Southern California and pathologist at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. In the first experiment, the cats were divided into two groups. A control group of cats was fed a raw food diet composed of raw meat, raw milk, and cod liver oil. A second group was fed a diet composed of cooked meat and processed milk (CFD) plus the cod liver oil. <br></br>The 1st through 4th generation of Pottenger’s cats were great, happy, lots of great little kittens. There was no 4th generation of CFD cats. No CFD cats of the 3rd generation could give birth to healthy offspring. Either the third generation parents were sterile or the fourth generation cats died before birth.

So what do you think now that we have given birth to the third or fourth generation of kids eating processed foods… what do you think we’ve done to them? These cats developed diseases and illnesses near the end of their lives. Then the third generation of cats began manifesting unhealthy conditions in the beginning of their lives and many died before six months of age. Like I said, there was no 4th generation of CFD cats. A really great article on the these bad bio-franken-created foods is here – http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/food-how-altered/When you switch over to a healthier lifestyle you will be moving to a mostly unprocessed style of eating, and you need to focus on organics when you use anything processed at all. Processed foods almost always mean genetically modified. Never forget that altering the DNA of your food directly affects the human or animal’s DNA that eats it. I love using the whole food capsules as a natural supplement, and then working with your doctor to get the added needed prenatal supplementation (keeping in mind talking about the folate vs folic needs for your personal genetics)

Sometimes a good complete protein shake can be helpful especially when you are busy, you may not be getting enough nutrients on the go. Pregnancy and work or motherhood can be taxing, right?

Your Thyroid Is Low – But Your Level Is Normal

Your Thyroid Is Low 

You know it, because you feel it. But let me share with you that “Normal” is just the opposite. This last week I had my annual exam. I brought my blood test results and cortisol tests because you know if I were in an accident, the person they are going to go to for your medical records is the primary care physician. I don’t like the idea of working with the left hand, and the right hand has no idea what you are doing.

Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen I Adding My Supplements to My Medical Sheet

She looked at every test result and said, “Well it all was in normal range.” as well as, “I don’t like to give women testosterone because you could start losing your hair, getting a mustache.” >>> OMG!! o_0 Did I hear you correctly?

You see there is a reality beyond the “normal” numbers that they teach in medical school. I’m thankful that the doctor I have been going to for testing my blood work was able to read the results and know what was wrong with me. I’m thankful that she cares enough about her clients to heal them. Now, follow me on this whole crazy notion… who do you think goes into the labs to get tested? Sick people. If a lab creates its “normal” range based on test results from sick people, is that really a normal range? Does that tell us anything about what the range should be for health? This is why I want to learn more, and help more people. This week the general physician told me that all of my prior tests were “normal”. So that’s why I now feel so much better… I just went out and got WEIRD!! I prefer weird then, give me the bioidentical, super food weirdness any day of the week. Are you with me?

My Thyroid Was Low

Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen I My Thyroid Was Low
Did you know that truly scientists believe that up to 40% of the population are effected by low thyroid levels. My levels apparently are “normal”, but not by Dr. Tami’s levels. What seems to be the norm is that a doctor may put you on Thyroid pills, probably not compounded, which we know is better used by the body. When they test you they’ll see after adding thyroid supplementation your TSH level is low, which means too much thyroid. That is only because you are being supplemented. A doctor that has not had the appropriate will think you are on too much thyroid and lower your dosage. Here’s the thing.. you would know if you had too much thyroid in your system. You’d suddenly start seeing hand tremors, racing heart beats, and quick weight loss. 

Since I had my blood work done about six months ago I’ve been feeling better every day. In fact I’m starting to wake up early again, and not horribly tired all day. I am working out again, mostly hitting the yoga mat and some weight lifting, but it feels BLISSFUL!!

So let me share what my test results were, I don’t know if it will be helpful to you, or anyone else. I shared it recently on my Facebook page, and hopefully you’ll realize that just because one doctor says your levels look fine, you can keep searching for someone that knows that you do need supplementation.

How my levels were

Ferritin (which is our stored iron) was 8. It should be 90 or higher. Ferritin is the fuel for the entire hormonal system so let’s say you are taking thyroid but seeing no results. It could be because you have low ferritin. I started with 1 iron supplement a day, and each week increased another until I got up to 4 capsules a day. I’m not taking the Food Based New Chapter Iron. I take the iron with the Whole Foods Acerola Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg – 2 with it, and 1 later in the day.

My Thyroid was TSH 2.680 and Triiodothyronine, Free was 3.0. I was put on 15 mg of Armour initially and then increased after 30 days to 30 mg of Armour.

My Free Testosterone was 0.3 – I do 1.5 ml of yam based testosterone cream a day.

My Progesterone was 4.3 – I do a pediatric dose of compounded progesterone (regular progesterone pills have peanut proteins in them) each night until a couple days before my period.

My estrogen was great, she recommended taking DHEA but it gave me major zit face. So I stopped. My vitamin D was 30.0 – I started with 5,000 IU a day, went up to 10,000 IU a day and am now back to 5,000 IU a day. It should also be up at about 100.

I did the ZRT Laboratory Cortisol spit test. The results are easy to read and you can order this test from Amazon to do on your own, or go through True Health or your local doctor’s office. Shows you exactly when you are low or high – which of course is exactly what you need to do for using any supplementation. I take 1/2 of the Cortisol Manager each night at bed time since that is when my cortisol was low.

The last few weeks I’ve started doing a full vegan plant based food nutrient complex, cellular vitality complex each day. I am now also doing the detox blend twice a day – morning and evening. Cleansing is an important component of preparing for pregnancy. Fertility cleansing consists of supporting the livers natural ability to cleanse itself as well as supporting uterine health and circulation. This in turn supports hormonal health and encourages a healthy uterine environment. I did a cleanse several months ago, and then did last month a 10 day cleanse as soon as I got back from vacation because I was pooped, I was craving nothing but sugar all day long.

Also this detox and the other whole food and cellular supplements I can take for prenatal throughout pregnancy, so that make me feel great if I get pregnant. I was told it could help with decreasing nausea taking the detox supplementation. I’ve seen the recommendation of using the 100% whole food Baby and Me from Mega Food but I am taking the B supplement below and so I don’t want too much Folic because it’s been linked to asthma in the first trimester if you have too high of amounts – so that is another reason why I feel better about taking the whole food nutrient supplement I have chosen.

I do the Stress-B-Plus capsule and then for the selenium I’m doing Ecological Formulas Kelp. It has great levels of selenium, very bioavailable and has the iodine and kelp. Contains no corn, soy, yeast, etc.

I use essential oils, and a lot of women should think about it. I’ve had quite a few friends using a blend of essential oils and these while doing IVF. The one I like is a proprietary blend of 11 Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including clary sage, lavender, bergamot, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa, and vitex.

I’m now doing clary sage and geranium with fractionated coconut oil daily. I have a few blog posts on different essential oils.

The recommendation is to not apply at the same time you do your iron. So I usually do this when I take my thyroid pill. The blend that was shared for those with PCOS was:

10 drops of clary-sage essential oil
10 drops of fennel essential oil
7 drops of geranium essential oil
3 drops of rose essential oil

Option 1: Add these amounts to 2 tablespoons of EVOO or Coconut oil and gently rub over the abdomen
once a day.

Option 2: Make the synergistic blend using these proportions and use 6 drops to a bath.

Option 3: Make the blend and use 5 drops synergistic blend to 1 teaspoon EVOO or Coconut oil or place in a vegetable capsule and take internally.

After reading more I determined that since my whole food complex has rose hips and fennel, I just use the clary sage and geranium oil externally every day – but instead of the abdomen I apply to the adrenal zone. Then I’m taking the metabolic blend oils just 5 drops under my tongue about five times a day. It helps with blood sugars during pregnancy and reduces anxiety, so it can be taken while trying to conceive and not be feared as something horrible to take if you do get pregnant. It helps your body to have a healthy insulin response, reduces oxidation and inflammation, reduces cholesterol, improves digestion and increases your energy. It does seem to help.

That’s been my only concern during this process, the what if I were to get pregnant. The only concern I would have is to stop the testosterone cream because it could increase the male hormones in a female embryo. But that’s the only item I’m taking that I feel I have to worry about at all.

I hope that within the next year I’ll be able to drop the thyroid supplementation as I’ve fixed the dietary issues. A lower carb diet, healthy real foods, good sources of omega-3’s, ferritin levels getting up to normal, vitamins and minerals should correct the problem.

One note: I am not in need of estrogen, but I’ve read that you should not take oral estrogen with oral thyroid. The oral estrogen binds T4 so it cannot convert usable T3, which would make you more hypothyroid. Just FYI as you are working on your own endocrine system balance.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product nor anything written about on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog is a purely entertainment practice. 😉 As Always… consult your doctor and enjoy my opinion as just that. 

Pregnancy, Children and Mercury Toxicity and How To Avoid It

Pregnancy, Children and Mercury Toxicity

Pregnancy, Children and Mercury Toxicity I Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo

Wow… amazing moment. You realize you are pregnant. Let’s celebrate. Get the family together. Have a celebration, maybe some cake and ice cream.

YOU… have just introduced your little seedling to many new toxins, including High Fructose Corn Syrup.

What? HFCS is not a toxin, it’s just not the greatest ingredient.

This is where we are dead wrong.

For most of my life having been educated early on corn due to my allergies, I have know that high-fructose corn syrup is a big offender in our society. It’s the major culprit in the nation’s obesity crisis, it’s cheap so used frequently and we all had it in our favorite treats, as well as our regular foods throughout most of our lives. In 2009 there were two studies done and almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where corn syrup is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient. This study was requested by the FDA according to files on the iatp.org site, and yet I’ve not seen a recall on using HFCS in the United States.

How scary is that?

Now given that a single vaccine with mercury in it given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day, what do you think giving your body, and that little fetus mercury every day is doing to their development. And then to our children as they have not fully developed their immune system until about age six. Mercury can be the cause of cerebral palsy, limb defects and mental retardation.{Lanphear, Vorhees & Bellinger 2005}

So how toxic are we? 

A report on Yahoo that I recently read stated:

The United States, as just one example, emits about 100 metric tons of mercury into the air each year because we use coal as a fuel source to create the power we need. The National Wildlife Federation has released warnings which state that mercury contamination has reached almost every habitat and ecosystem, stream, river and wetland in our country. More than 40 species of animals, fish and birds have been found to have high levels of mercury in their systems. 

Recently there was some research done with just nine women from California, Oregon and Washington. It was a first of it’s kind. These women had blood and urine samples taken during their second trimester of pregnancy.

They measured levels of five chemical groups: phthalates, mercury, perfluorinated compounds or bisphenol A, tetrabromobisphenol A. The results showed that even in the womb, children aren’t safe from known toxics. The researchers found 13 toxic chemicals in the bio-fluids of the pregnant women. Our bodies can detox on it’s own, but with the overwhelming toxins I really believe we need to do more to support our system, and stay away from these items as we are caring for ourselves, our child and share this information with others.

So how can you do this? One way is to supplement with detoxifying healthy, safe food ingredients throughout your pregnancy, I’ve also had friends go through the reset during pregnancy. During this they of course checked with their OGBYN to see if it was something approved. They used the men’s portions, continued to eat the brown rice and quinoa {again if you are not eating any grains – then you would need to talk to your doctor about an appropriate substitute to use for this program} throughout the 21 days and did not dip below 1400 calories at any time. Also the “detox” supplement wasn’t used. I personally if working with a client would also recommend not using the Soothe during pregnancy because of the curcumin in it, although it’s a small amount, I still wouldn’t risk it. The wonderful thing is that you can give your body nutrition and give your baby (and family if you are cooking for more than yourself) such a rainbow of food that is nourishing and also keeps those cravings for the toxic filled foods at bay. Educate yourself and learn how healthy you can your baby and children can be.