Preconception Medicine: Optimal Pregnancy Outcome and Healthy Baby

The health of the mother is very important and can determine whether her child-to-be will be healthy, or not. We offer comprehensive testing and treatment prior to conception so that your child will have the best chance for a bright and healthy future!

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Why this? Why now?

Holistic Fertility Enhancement

Prevent common mistakes many reproductive endocrinologists make:

The biggest oversite is not to lower the ROS (reactive oxygen species). This can be done with Alpha Lipoic Acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine. Taurine supports development. Resveratrol is NOT helpful. Vitamin C, Carnitine and Acetyl L Carnitine are useful, as is CoQ10. This must be done six months before pregnancy and not ‘just before’ pregnancy.

Progesterone in the vagina for three months may be helpful. Melatonin is also helpful as is Human Growth Hormone taken three months in advance of a pregnancy. Peptide therapy such as DSIP promotes fertility as does low dose Naltrexone.
With skyrocketing rates of Autism Spectral Disorder, once considered a unique disorder in the 1940’s, and now affecting 1 in 110 children and 1 in 63 males; Celiac Disease now afflicts 1 in 133 children, and cancers incidences on the rise, we ask why are these things happening. Research by the Environmetal Working Group (Visit Link) has found hundreds of chemicals in umbilical cord blood. Prenatal exposure to pesticides has been linked to lower IQ scores: (Visit Link)).  Sadly, the questions are typically asked after the fact. As a society we can not afford to wait until ‘after the fact’ to ask these questions. The answers are not so simple, but what is clear is that the environment, and our unique biochemical individuality interact to create these issues. New information shows that autism begins in pregnancy (Science Daily article, March 2014). Air pollution has also been shown to be linked to autism. It has been stated at a medical conference that I recently attended that in the next 10 years, if the rate of increase in autism spectral disorder does not change, in the year 2025, 1 out of 2 children born in the United States in 2025 will have autism.

You can not afford to wait. Act now. But what is the right kind of action? The science is rapidly developing and it certainly is helpful to ‘tune up’ both a woman and a man perhaps a year before she becomes pregnant. We can identify nutritional deficiencies, some genetic abnormalities, toxic heavy metals and environmental toxins that can alter factors, your computer softward, that can influence health before conception.

Approximately 90% of pregnant women are deficient in choline.

Having low pre-pregnancy iodine levels is associated with low IQ. View link. 

NEW: We are now offering to EVERY PATIENT gene testing screening for the MTHFR polymorphism (a gene mutation or change) because a one gene mutation affects over 40% of Caucasian and Hispanic Americans, 14% of Black Americans and 35% of Asians. It’s a simple bood test offered by Genova and Spectracell labs. If you have this mutation it can affect you and your child, and your yet-to-be conceived child. This is so important, so if you have it, your kids have it. Why test for MTHFR? This gene mutation acts throughout our biochemistry, and can play a  major role health or disease.  The main thing to know is that the gene mutation is treatable. We can not change your genes, but we can impact on how they express. PEMT snips affect fetal development. Choline in the form of  Alpha-GPC or Phosphatidylcholine ( PC ) can help.

The identification of abnormal genes, the removal of toxic heavy metals, and environmental toxins, eg, mercury, lead, pesticides, bis-phenol A (BPA), reduce EMF and RF -restict cell phone use and use only low EMF cell phones, do not use cordless phones in the house (causes thickening of blood) and particularly when pregnant, do not place a lap top computer on your lap- and correction of nutrient deficiencies, and hormone imbalances  may lower the risk of disease or physical defects to your yet-to-be-conceived child.

Toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium can cause considerable harm. How? Toxic metals disrupt endocrine function either directly or indirectly. They act as endocrine disruptors meaning they activate or block specific hormone receptor sites. “Toxic metals: cross the placenta, are teratogenic, are fetotoxic, and are present in breast milk. Very low levels of Arsenic disrupts hormone signalling in regulation of a wide variety of biological processes: stress response, blood vessel formation, cancer suppression, embryo development, skin and lung development, bood glucose levels, and are associated with increasing diabetes mellitus. Arsenic may increase the risk for prostate cancer. Cadmium has been linked to the development of prostate cancer.  Mercury has demonstated impaired nervous system development, impaired brain and nervous system function, Mental Retardation, blocks thryroid hormone binding sites.” Charles Masur, MD, Doctors’ Data.  A4M Conference, 2011 Conference, Orlando, FL. References available upon request.

Chemicals that cause interference with our hormones are called endocrine disruptors and can interfer with the natural signals controlling fetal development. Learn more by viewing this link called, “Our Stolen Future”, for up-to-date information:  Click here to view

Foreign estrogens also known as xenoestrogens have been implicated. One example is BPA (bis-phenol A):  ‘Both boys and girls showed reduced levels of alertness and orientation if Mothers levels were elevated.’ (Engle, S: Neurotoxicology 2009).  In recent news (October 2011), exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A before birth could affect girls’ behavior at age 3. New evidence about BPA exposure increases risk for development of cancer. Click here to view

Pregnant women exposed to PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) have children that have increased cognitive defects, poor gross motor function, decreased visual recognition memory, lower IQ’s,  and increased rates of hyperactivity. (From: Toxicology of Persistant Organic Pollutants, Pamela Smith, MD, (c) 2011). Chemicals to avoid during pregnancy (article published in 2014). Click here to view.

If a pregnant woman has enough choline during pregnancy, her child may go through his/her entire life with out cognitive decline, according to Dr. Ben Lynch. Approximately 10% of pregnant woman have sufficient choline. Giving choline helps and can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease before a child is even born! This is preventative medicine at its finest.

Consider this: We can not alter your genes, but we may be able to influence factors (the epigenome) to modify the expression/ manifestation of these genes (meaning what the genes produce). If you consider your genes to be the hard-drive of a computer, the epigenome is the software that programs the computer. We can influence the epigenomic programming through nutrition, bioidential hormone balancing, and removal of environmental toxins and toxic heavy metals. The important thing is that you become nutritionally, hormonally, and ecologically balanced to have the best chance of having a healthy baby!

It’s important that women in the last trimester of their pregnancy take a high quality fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids) for better brain (DHA is a key constituent in the brain) and gut health (decreases inflammation, ie, TNF alpha and other inflammatory mediators), and also take probiotics. Probiotics, specifically Bifidobacter infantum, given during pregnancy and during breast feeding can reduce the risk for childhood eczema by improving immune modulation and promotes immune maturation. If the microflora is off /imbalanced in the first 6 months of life it can create an increased risk (life long risk) of allergy.

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