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Why You Could Benefit From Delaying The Cutting Of Your Child’s Umbilical Cord

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These days, many expectant mothers are delving into alternative methods for birthing, searching for the best way to produce a happy, healthy baby (and, in turn, a happy, healthy mommy, too). Iran, for example, has seen a dramatic decrease in infant mortality rates in the last year, and this is believed to be directly correlated to the rise in mothers choosing natural child birth. In the U.S., on the other hand, the national cesarean rate has increased seven-fold: about one mother in three gives birth by cesarean section, making it the nation’s most common operating room procedure. Despite these figures, it does seem as though modern medicine is beginning to recognize traditional and ancient birthing methods. In 2014 the World Health Organization published a document explaining that delaying umbilical cord clamping by 1 minute can improve maternal and infant health and nutrition outcomes, along with providing many other benefits as well. This document outlines alternative birthing methods that highlight the importance of the umbilical cord-placenta connection.

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The Study 

A few years ago, a trial was conducted from April 16th, 2008 through May 21, 2010 which included 263 healthy Swedish full-term newborns who had been randomly assigned. Half the participants were to have their cords clamped more than three minutes after birth, while the other half were clamped less than 10 seconds after birth. Children were invited to return for a follow-up at 4 years of age.

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The purpose of this study was to determine if any long-term effects would be evident after 12 months. Previous studies had examined babies in infancy and determined that infants who had been subjected to delayed cord cutting displayed higher levels of iron in their blood.

The study found that the children with delayed cord clamping showed a higher score in social skills and fine motor skills. Dr. Heike Rabe, a neonatologist at Brighton & Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom, said that “the results in term infants are consistent with those of follow-up in preterm infants.”

Dr. Scott Lorch, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, explains that the study’s results, while promising, are not concrete, since the study involved a mostly homogenous population and excluded infants born in distress. Delayed cord cutting has not been tested “in high-risk populations such as the low socioeconomic population, racial and ethnic minorities and those at higher risk for neurodevelopment delay.”

Previous research, on the other hand, focused mostly on preterm infants, who in fact benefit more from delayed cord clamping. They showed to have needed less drugs to support blood pressure and fewer blood transfusions, demonstrated less bleeding into the brain, and had a lower risk of necrotizing enterocolitis.

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“There is growing evidence from a number of studies that all infants, those born at term and those born early, benefit from receiving extra blood from the placenta at birth,” said Rabe. When you delay the clamping of the cord, more blood is able to be transferred from the placenta to the infant, increasing the infant’s blood stores by up to a third in some cases. This in turn increases the infant’s iron stores, which are essential for healthy brain development. “The extra blood at birth helps the baby to cope better with the transition from life in the womb, where everything is provided for them by the placenta and the mother, to the outside world,” Rabe said. “Their lungs get more blood so that the exchange of oxygen into the blood can take place smoothly.”

Mothers who choose to go the natural route in the birthing process are familiar with the importance of the placenta. In fact, there is a method called Lotus Birthing which specifies the importance of the child naturally disconnecting the umbilical cord on their own.

Lotus Birthing

A Lotus Birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut, so that the baby remains attached to the placenta until the cord naturally separates at the navel, exactly as a cut cord does 3-10 days after birth. This practice is relatively new, having begun in 1974 with a woman named Claire Lotus Day. She studied the work of primatologist Jane Goodall, who noticed that chimpanzees did not chew or cut their offspring’s cords but instead left them intact; when they moved in the trees, the placenta would naturally detach. Sarah Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, explains:

Lotus birth is a beautiful and logical extension of natural childbirth, and invites us to reclaim the so-called third stage of birth for our babies, and ourselves and to honour the placenta; our babies’ first source of nourishment.

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This practice is not for the faint of heart and inhibits the mother and baby from engaging in a lot of activity. Dubbed the “babymoon” — the post-birth period when the mother and baby should be together exclusively, bonding and cocooning — it is thought to be greatly beneficial for both mother and child. Lotus Birth advocate and midwife educator Mary Caellaigh believes this non-traditional practice can help with the mother and baby’s health. Keeping the umbilical cord intact can lessen the chance of infection and allows the baby to receive an extra 50-100ml of their own blood: a complete transfer of placenta/cord known as the placental transfusion. This blood contains iron, red cells, stem cells, and other nutrients which will benefit the baby through the first year. “When one cuts the cord, the naval does not heal for at least two weeks,” Ceallaigh explains. Lotus believers say that letting the umbilical cord fall off naturally results in a perfect belly button and completely healed naval skin area.

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“After six days of healing and bonding, we woke up one morning to find our baby Ulysses had gripped hold of the cord and detached it by himself, leaving a neat and healthy-looking belly button.” – Adele Allen

Unfortunately, this practice isn’t backed by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Their official stance is that, “If left for a period of time after the birth, there is a risk of infection in the placenta which can consequently spread to the baby. The placenta is particularly prone to infection as it contains blood. At the post-delivery stage, it has no circulation and is essentially dead tissue.” They strongly recommend that any baby who undergoes lotus birthing be monitored closely for infection.

This process not only entails that you carry the placenta with your baby everywhere the two of you go, but also that you ensure the placenta leaves the body naturally after child birth. In most cases it can take up to an hour or more for the placenta to leave the body, which is why an injection of syntometrine is administered once the cord has been cut. This lessens the risk of post-partum haemorrhage, which was once the most common cause of death in childbirth. Most natural birth advocates, however, believe administering syntometrine is no longer necessary, as women today are healthier, have smaller families, and are less likely to be anaemic. Gina Cox-Roberts, a natal hypnotherapist from Telford, decided to try Lotus Birthing after having an overwhelming sense that the placenta was part of the baby’s body. “The placenta and the child came from the same cell,” she says. “Her placenta was as much a part of her as her hands or her heart.”

The Placenta

The placenta is part of the ovary wall and helps to nourish and maintain the fetus through the umbilical cord. It provides oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and removes waste products from the baby’s blood. In continuing with the process of the Lotus Birth, many debate that the best part is deciding what to do with the placenta when the umbilical cord detaches.

Traditionally it is said it should be buried, and there are many theories for how this should be done. Burying the placenta under a tree is very popular and apparently makes for good fertilizer, but be sure to bury it deep enough that it can’t be dug up by an animal intruder. In some cultures, the placenta is buried to the right side of the front door for a male and to the left side for a female.

Placentophagy, on the other hand, is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after birth. British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall took this one step further by frying a placenta with shallots and garlic before spreading it on focaccia. You can eat it on pizza, in a smoothie, or the old fashioned way: raw. I personally think the best way to eat your placenta, should you choose this route, would be through a placenta encapsulation service, where the placenta is baked, ground into a powder, and converted into pills to be swallowed.

So why would anyone ever eat their placenta? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, placentas were being consumed as early as the 1500s, and the practice is believed to make a huge difference to a new mother’s mental health, recovery, and well-being. There are claims it supports lactation and prevents postpartum depression, though there is no concrete evidence to support this. But a survey was conducted by American medical anthropologists at the University of South Florida and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to test this out. Among the respondents, about 3/4 claimed to have positive experiences from eating their own placenta, citing improved mood, increased energy, and improved lactation.

More and more expectant mothers are beginning to look into alternative methods of birthing. Ricky Lake, made popular by her show The Ricky Lake Show, felt that she was cheated of her first time birthing experience and so decided with her second child to go absolutely all natural with a home birth. You can watch her experience and learn more about modern birthing practices in her documentary, The Business of Being Born.

It’s important to be vigilant with your health and the health of your baby. Arm yourself with knowledge and don’t allow yourself be coerced or pressured into making decisions you are not comfortable with. If any of you have had a natural child birth, a lotus birth, or even ate your own placenta, let us know about your experience below. Would you do it again?

Sources

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/26/409697568/delayed-umbilical-cord-clamping-may-benefit-children-years-later

Lotus birth – a Ritual for our Times

http://www.lotusbirth.net/index.php/the-value-of-a-lotus-birth

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2307117/The-rise-lotus-births-How-mothers-leaving-babys-umbilical-cord-ATTACHED-falls-days-later.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_birth

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/nov/28/lotus-birth-umbilical-cord-placenta

http://easybirth.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=258

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placenta

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placentophagy

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/placenta-encapsulation/

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Psycho-Acoustic Medicine: Science Behind Sound Healing For Serotonin Production

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  • The Facts:

    A number of studies and experiments have shown that sound can be used as medicine for various ailments and diseases.

  • Reflect On:

    Is our modern day medical industry truly interested in the health and well-being of people, or do profit and control take more priority?

Mental illness has reached an all time high in the world, and yet the modern day medicines to relieve symptoms have gained controversy. This is, in part, why people have dug up the past to better understand alternative ways of healing.

Sound, for instance, has been a tool for promoting the physical and emotional health of the body for as long as history can account for, deeply rooted in ancient cultures and civilizations. The ancient Egyptians used vowel sound chants in healing because they believed vowels were sacred. Tibetan monks take advantage of singing bowls, which they believe to be “a symbol of the unknowable” whose “vibrations have been described as the sound of the universe manifesting.”

“Our various states of consciousness are directly connected to the ever-changing electrical, chemical, and architectural environment of the brain. Daily habits of behavior and thought processes have the ability to alter the architecture of brain structure and connectivity, as well as, the neurochemical and electrical neural oscillations of your mind.”

Psychoacoustics is the scientific study of the perception of sound, and it has fueled researchers paths to better understand how it can be used as medicine. For instance, in 1973, Dr. Gerald Oster, a medical doctor and biophysicist, proved, in his research paper, “Auditory Beats in the Brain,” how sound affects the how the brain absorbs new information, controls mood, sleep patterns, healing responses, and more, and how quickly. Thus, specific frequencies of sound and music can be used to generate neurotransmitters such as serotonin.

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To understand the fundamentals of sound in healing, we must first understand our brain waves. The nucleus of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, is the communication between neurons. Brain waves are generated by way of electrical pulses working in unison from masses of neurons interacting with one another. Brain waves are divided into five different bandwidths that are thought to form a spectrum of human consciousness.

The slowest of the waves are delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz), which are the slowest brain waves and occur mostly during our deepest state of sleep. The fastest of the waves are gamma waves (25 to 100 Hz), which are associated with higher states of conscious perception. Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz) occur when the brain is daydreaming or consciously practicing mindfulness or meditation.

According to Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., a speech-language pathologist:

Research shows that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones… create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears. Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain. For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz (The difference in 210 Hz and 200 Hz is 10 Hz). Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres of the brain (left and right hemisphere).

It is thought that different brain wave patterns are connected to the production in the brain of certain neurochemicals linked with relaxation and stress release, as well as better learning and creativity, memory, and more. Such neurochemicals include beta-endorphins, growth factors, gut peptides, acetylcholine, vasopressin, and serotonin.

A series of experiments conducted by neuro-electric therapy engineer Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Ifor Capel, revealed how alpha brainwaves boosted the production of serotonin. Dr. Capel explained:

As far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.

Additional research upholds the beliefs of mind-body medicine in this sense, stating that brainwaves being in the Alpha state, 8 to 14 Hz, permits a vibration allowing for more serotonin to be created.

It’s important for us to come to terms with the fact that there is science behind age-old medicinal practices that do not require putting unknown substances in our bodies to alleviate issues like stress, depression, anxiety, and more.

But even more intriguing is to think something as simple as sound, as music, which we have come to treat as utterly pleasurable entertainment, has not only been used to promote healing and well-being, but has proven to work through research as well.

If your mental health is of concern, try listening to a binaural beat to generate alpha waves between 8 and 14 Hz to produce more serotonin. Another option is to take advantage of music that promotes a relaxed alpha state in the brain such as classical music.

Related CE Article: Research Shows We Can Heal With Vibration, Frequency & Sound

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Study: Short Break From Cosmetics Causes “Significant Drop of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals”

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  • The Facts:

    A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions leads to a large drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this industry so poorly regulated?

A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas has demonstrated how taking even a short break from various cosmetics, shampoos, and other personal care products can lead to a substantial drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals present within the body.

The results from the study were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers gave 100 Latina teenagers various personal care products that were labeled to be free of common chemicals including phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These chemicals are used regularly in almost all conventional personal care products such as cosmetics, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products, and animal studies have shown that they directly interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals,” said study lead author Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. “Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”

Results

After just a three-day trial with the girls using only the lower-chemical products, urine samples showed a significant drop in the level of chemicals in the body. Methyl and propyl parabens, commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44% and 45%, respectively, metabolites of diethyl phthalate, used often in perfumes, dropped by 27%, and both triclosan and benzophenone-3 fell 36%. The authors of the study were surprised to see an increase in two lesser common parabens, but, being minor, could easily have been caused by accidental contamination or a substitute not listed on the labels.

Co-director of the study Kimberly Parra explains why having local youths participate in the study was of particular importance:

The results of the study are particularly interesting on a scientific level, but the fact that high school students led the study set a new path to engaging youth to learn about science and how it can be used to improve the health of their communities. After learning of the results, the youth took it upon themselves to educate friends and community members, and presented their cause to legislatures in Sacramento.

Included in the CHAMACOS Youth Council were 12 local high school students who helped design and implement the study. One of the teen researchers, Maritza Cárdenas, is now a UC Berkeley undergraduate majoring in molecular and cell biology.

“One of the goals of our study was to create awareness among the participants of the chemicals found in everyday products, to help make people more conscious about what they’re using,” said Cárdenas. “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”

The researchers noted that cosmetics and personal care products are not well-regulated in this country, and that getting data about health effects from exposure, particularly long-term ones, is difficult. But they say there is growing evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to neurobehavioral problems, obesity and cancer cell growth.

What Can You Do?

Well, you can be sure to check the labels on any products you purchase. Most personal care products contain a list of ingredients, but unfortunately many cosmetics do not. If you use a particular brand that you really love you can try contacting the manufacturer directly and asking them for an ingredient list.

You can also opt for more natural and organic products, but be sure to keep in mind that in the industry of personal care products, the words “natural” and “organic” are often meaningless. A safe bet would be to buy these products from a health food store and be sure to read the ingredients or ask the sales clerk. Generally, when products do not contain specific chemicals, the manufacturers are happy to label them as such.

The less demand for these chemically-laden products there is, the less these chemicals will be used. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR! We have the power to create the type of world we want. Be the change.

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Three Eminent Epidemiologists Explain Why They Strongly Oppose Lockdowns For Covid-19

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  • The Facts:

    Three eminent epidemiologists explain why they, and many others, believe the response to the pandemic should be much different than what it is.

  • Reflect On:

    Are government health authorities really doing the right thing? Are they really protecting us? Has there been conflicts of interest? Are they really concerned about our health and well being or is something else going on here?

Censorship of information by Big-Tech, all of whom have strong connections to Department of Defense agencies and big politics, is at an all time high. Not only has a sitting president had his social media accounts completely wiped out,  but thousands of doctors, scientists, journalists and people have had the same thing happen to them. Regardless of your views and what you believe, whether you are “left” or “right”, this is quite concerning. This type of censorship comes under the guise of good will, claiming that freedom of speech is causing harm, but this, in many cases, simply isn’t true. We’ve see academic thought, opinion, evidence and research removed from social media, especially when it comes to Covid. Any information that opposes the narrative that’s constantly beamed out by mainstream media or government health authorities seems to come under a watchful eye. A political scientist like Dr. Anthony Fauci is given free reign, instant virality and air time yet other renowned experts in the field have their voice silenced and never get a chance to speak to the masses. This has many people questioning what’s really going on here? Open scientific discussion is being stifled.

Over the last few months, I have seen academic articles and op-eds by professors retracted or labeled “fake news” by social media platforms. Often, no explanation is provided. I am concerned about this heavy-handedness and, at times, outright censorship. – Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH (source)

Because this article is presenting a discussion of three renowned scientists who oppose government measures, I am also concerned that it will be “flagged” and perhaps labelled as “fake news.” When this happens, not only is the discussion and article completely censored from our followers but our social media accounts, like our Facebook Page, is punished. As a result of the “flag” our algorithms are adjusted and anything we post with this “flag” on our page is essentially blocked from our followers. This is why we are moving away from Facebook and asking people who wish to keep in touch with us to join us on Telegram, and/or our email list.

Below is a video of Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician and epidemiologist where the initiators of the declaration. Together, they created The Great Barrington Declaration. The declaration has an impressive list co-signers, and has also now been signed by more than 50,000 doctors and scientists and more than 700,000 concerned citizens, which is pretty impressive given the fact that it’s received no attention from mainstream media.  Follow their twitter account here.

The declaration explains why these health professionals and scientists strongly oppose lockdown measures, and also brings up the topic of herd immunity. In the video below they explain their belief of why there should be a different response to the pandemic.

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