Folic Acid Pills Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth?

New findings in the journal PLoS Medicine claim moms who take folic acid supplements for one year prior to getting pregnant are 50% less likely to have a premature baby. Experts analyzed self-reporting of folate supplementation by 38,033 mothers and found premature delivery rates were cut up 70%. The drop was most profound for resulting in cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease and blindness. Here are Dr. Fuhrman’s thoughts on the study:

The need for folate is reflective of the inadequacy of the Americans dietary practices. The medical profession and everyone else it seems translate all these findings into the need to take a pill, instead of the lack of green vegetables in the diet.

Taking a pill is permission to eat the same crummy diet that causes child to get cancer, as well as moms. If instead, we stated the truth that a low-folate diet is dangerous and you must eat your greens every day. Then we would really see childhood cancers plummet.

Via EurekAlert!

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) - May 15, 2009 9:03 AM

Thank you for this! I wholly agree that we need to stop (or at least lay off) the supps as a way to compensate for lousy eating habits. Popping folic acid to prevent birth defects or premature delivery, L-glutamine for inflammation, valerian for insomnia... all of these remedies, though are more natural, are as allopathic an approach as taking any other kind of pharma pill. It is still not getting to the cause.

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