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Lack of Prenatals May Increase Autism Risk

The “Concept of Fertility” is far more complex than most people appreciate. It is more than just being able to become pregnant. Indeed when looking at family planning and pregnancy, women should start taking a good prenatal vitamin at least 6 months prior to trying to conceive.

The goal is simple, to create fertile ground for implantation of the cells that will develop into a fully developed baby. I describe it this way to my patients, you do not plant a tomato seed in poor hard and rocky soil with the idea that “I’ll get around to tending to breaking up the hard soil and fertilizing later.”

My patients routinely will take a prenatal, along with extra omega 3 fatty acids, six months or longer prior to conceiving. Now the latest research re-enforces that is a VERY GOOD idea. Women who didn’t take prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy had an elevated risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder, U.S. researchers now say. They discovered that: “Mothers of children with autism were significantly less likely than those of typically developing children to report having taken prenatal vitamins during the three months before and the first month of pregnancy,” reported Dr. Schmidt, a professor at the University of California, School of Medicine. Women with a particular high-risk genetic makeup who reported not taking prenatal vitamins, had a 7 fold higher risk of the having a child with autism than in women who did report taking prenatal vitamins, but who had more favorable gene variants.

Bottomline:
A woman’s body needs extra nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy and nourish her own body. Something as simple as taking a good prenatal 6 months or longer prior to trying to conceive can possibly help hedge the risks associated with autism. In some states in the U.S. there are reports of a 1 in 88 risk of having an child with autism.

You Better Get up and Take a Break or Believe-it-or-Not It May Actually Kill You

You might know this, but you can “sit yourself to death”.
Read on if you wish to minimize your risk or the premature death of a friend, family member or co-worker.

A recent study found that office workers who sat for several hours without getting up were more likely to form a deep-vein thrombosis (blood clot in a vein deep in the leg). Now why the news reporters aren’t reminding us to get up and move our bodies I can’t expalin. But what I can tell you is that sitting for hours either at work, a train, plane, car or at your computer can KILL YOU..!
How much risk are you at?

Well look at it this way: Together, deep-vein thromboses and pulmonary embolisms (clots the break away and move to the lungs) kill upwards of 100,000 Americans each year. That is equal to the TOTAL NUMBER of deaths associated with from breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined.

Bottomline: Every 30 minutes you need to ideally get up and move your body. Even if it is just to walk down the isle of an airplane or walk to the water cooler in the office or on a television commerical break walk to the bathroom or get a glass of water. If you are a wanting to get in shape and you have some privacy, get up and move your body more than not. Do some squats, a push up or two, a sit up or just touch your toes, and if you are hardcore, run in place or do a jumping jack or two. FACT – it may just save your life. Also on long trips, with your doctors approval take an aspirin before, during your time away from home and for a few days after you have returned.

The Anti-Aging Nutrient for the Joints

Each and every day when we walk, roll over in bed, bend over to tie our shoes, etc., we are creating wear and tear to our joints.
Like I tell my patients; Aging = (Wear+Tear) – Repair. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, then decreasing wear and tear may be tough to achieve, so increasing your body’s capacity for shock-absorption and also supporting natural restorative processes is vitally important.

Well, an amazingly powerful nutrient called “HA”, which is the abbreviation for Hyaluronic Acid is a must. Yet, what you really want is not just any HA, you want High Molecular Weight HA. That means it is a better shock absorber and when delivered in the form of an oral lozenge, it can bind onto specialized receptors (portals) that allows it to go systemically to the joints. What is really cool, is the cartilage cells called chondrocytes have receptors (CD44 receptors) that bind HA that helps fuel production of cartilage.

My comprehensive approach for supporting joint health for my patients, is to use 1 HA lozenge per day, hold it in their mouth until it dissolves and avoid liquid or food for 20 minutes afterwards. The goal is to keep doing this for a good 8 to 12 weeks to allow your body to be fueled, then see how you are doing. My patients will stay on a successful program for another 6 months to a year and then see if they can then back off slightly from their dosage routine. Of course working with your personal healthcare provider is always vitally important.

Bottomline:
Don’t settle for suffering from years of accumulation of wear and tear without investing in your body an equal amount of repair. It has taken awhile for the damage to occur, so being patient and tending to your body and allowing mother nature the time to work is important. The fact is that with the passage of time we don’t make as much HA and the quality of the HA we make decreases dramatically, so supplementing your body’s natural reserves of HA is critical.

http://www.vrp.com/hair-skin-and-nails/ha-lozenges

http://www.vrp.com/bone-and-joint/nutri-joint

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