cosmetics and toiletries, such as perfumes, deodorants, hair spray, hair
shampoo, toothpaste, etc. contains chemicals that are dangerous to a foetus
and nursing infant such as phthalates. See Hygiene and Health to find out how to make natural powerful cleaners from plants which are free from hazardous toxins.
prescribed medication and
recreational drugs, can seriously damage the foetus both
mentally and physically during development and should only be taken
in extreme cases with the health practitioner's advice. Dextromethorphan, the major ingredient in most cough
medicines, has been shown to cause birth defects and foetal death in
chicken embryos exposed to concentrations relative to those
typically taken by humans. Researchers found that dextromethorphan
causes defects so early in the development of the embryo that in
many cases the woman wouldn’t even know she is pregnant. Researchers
feel that a single dose is capable of causing a birth defect and
that, ultimately, it could be the cause for a woman to have a
Eggs: Avoid eating raw or runny eggs, as they may contain
salmonella bacteria. However, eggs that have the British lion
quality stamp are less likely to contain salmonella, as they come
from hens that have been vaccinated against salmonella. In any case
it is advisable to cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm, as
this destroys salmonella bacteria.
There is a substance in the raw egg whites called avidin that is a glycoprotein that binds with vitamin B7 (biotin) preventing its absorption.
Fish and shellfish:
Some types of fish and shellfish may have high levels
of dioxins and PCBs. These are sea bream, turbot, halibut,
dogfish (also called rock salmon or huss), crab
and sea bass. Limit these fish to two portions a week. Oily
fish is a good source of vital vitamins, minerals and protein, but
as oily fish can also contain environmental pollutants (PCBs), it's
best not to eat it more frequently than twice a week.
Women who may become pregnant, pregnant women and nursing mothers
should avoid eating too much deep sea ocean fish and shellfish.
For foetuses, infants and children, the primary health effect of
mercury is impaired neurological development. Mercury exposure
in the womb, which can result from a mother's consumption of fish
and shellfish that contain it, can adversely affect a baby's growing
brain and nervous system and have impacts on cognitive thinking,
memory, attention, language and fine motor and visual spatial
skills. especially avoid marlin, shark, swordfish and tuna as they can
contain unsafe levels of mercury. Consuming algae such as powdered
at the same time can chelate any
heavy metals present in foods and are a rich source of essential
vitamins and minerals.
NOTE: To still obtain the vital omega-3 fatty acids found in sea food, krill oil is a good alternative. Krill is very short-lived so does not have time to absorb mercury like other fish and molluscs etc so is a good addition when sea food should be limited because of mercury contamination.
Avoid all raw fish and raw shellfish, such as
oysters. Smoked salmon is considered safe as the curing process
listeria bacteria. However, if it hasn't been completely
cured or frozen before being consumed, listeria bacteria may remain.
Genetically modified (GM) crops and seeds contain the chemical glyphosate which have recently been linked to birth defects in birds, pigs and other animals and obviously could also be a great risk to the human foetus so should be avoided. Read more on the Pesticides page.
Meat other than liver are safe to eat, as long as they have been
cooked well. Take extra care if cooking barbecued meat, or
microwavable ready meals that contain meat. Processed meat should be
avoided such as parma ham, because of the small risk of
listeria. Pate, whether made from meat, fish or vegetables, may contain listeria bacteria, which can be harmful to the baby. Heat-treated or UHT pate is safe to eat, as long as it is not made from liver.
Mousse, homemade ice cream or mayonnaise from
delis or restaurants, as these may contain raw egg. Always check
that salad dressings and ice creams are made using pasteurised egg.
Potatoes: When potatoes are stored they they develop black spots which are
caused by the fungi: Aspergillus and Fusarium. The mytotoxins
created by these fungi are: aflatoxin and fumosium. In pregnant
women who consume large amounts of potatoes, the two mytotoxins have
been incriminated as a cause of spina bifida.
Phthalates are metabolized in humans once ingested or absorbed through
the skin. In pregnant women, phthalates pass through the placenta to be
absorbed by the foetus. In nursing women, phthalates are found in breast
milk, which means infants are ingesting these chemicals as they develop. In
male foetuses and infants the phthalates have been shown to cause testicular
atrophy and a reduced sperm count, among other serious health problems
tobacco can lead to early birth and an underweight baby and may lead to
learning difficulties and a lowered immune system for the child because
nicotine constricts the blood vessels and oxygen in the body is replaced by
carbon monoxide. See
antibacterial chemical triclosan (found in toothpastes and soaps etc)
can react with the chlorine in water to produce chloroform gas. Researchers
believe that over time, inhaled chloroform can result in depression, liver
ailments and even cancer. It must be avoided when pregnant.
Visit the following pages for information about why elimination is very
important before, during and after pregnancy and during breast
feeding and the early years of an infant.
NOTE: Do not attempt
raw juice therapy when pregnant without
consulting a health professional.
Lifting more than 20kg (44lbs) during pregnancy (especially during
the first trimester), obesity or being underweight increases the
risk of miscarriage.
FOOD ALLERGIES DURING PREGNANCY
Many people are unaware that they may be intolerant to certain compounds in popular food products such as wheat found in so many processed foods these days. During pregnancy it is wise to consider reducing or even eliminating these compounds as they can cause nutrient deficiencies, low birth weight of the infant and even miscarriages. Two of the nutrients that can be reduced by a food allergy are vitamin B9 and vitamin K. Both of these are especially vital to the healthy development of the foetus.
There are seven common compounds known to irritate the intestinal lining which can lead to a leaky gut where undigested proteins (including bacteria proteins) can escape into the blood stream and the absorption of nutrients, vital for healthy foetal development and the mother's health, is compromised. The undigested proteins, that have escaped into the blood stream, then trigger an immune response against them as they do not belong there, and then other similar protein tissues, which are part of the body (or the unborn foetus), are also attacked. Some bacterial and viral infections, such as herpes and influenza can cause damage to cells which can also increase susceptibility to allergic reactions to the following components in food.
The seven compounds to be most aware of are:
Lactose in cow's milk and dairy products
Lectins in beans especially navy and soya beans, dairy products (when cows are fed grains), grains especially wheat, some seeds and vegetables from the nightshade family.
More information on each of these and healthy alternatives can be found in the Food Allergies section.
It is of utmost importance, to the developing foetus, that the
mother takes care of her body and the environment that surrounds her
both before and throughout her pregnancy. Not
putting the health and future of the unborn baby first, can have a
devastating effect on the child for the rest of its life. Quality sleep and adequate rest with the feet raised during pregnancy is vital for the health of both mother and baby.
Alleles are different forms of a gene. They can be dominant or recessive.
There are four basic blood types, O, A, B, and AB. Blood type is determined
by the alleles inherited from parents. For the blood type gene, there are
three basic blood type alleles: A, B, and O.
We all have two alleles, one
inherited from each parent. The possible combinations of the three alleles
are OO, AO, BO, AB, AA, and BB. Blood types A and B are "co-dominant"
alleles, whereas O is "recessive".
A co dominant allele is apparent even if
only one is present; a recessive allele is apparent only if two recessive
alleles are present.
Because blood type O is recessive, it is not apparent
if the person inherits an A or B allele along with it. So, the possible
allele combinations result in a particular blood type in this way:
OO = blood type O
AO = blood type A
BO = blood type B
AB = blood type AB
AA = blood type A
BB = blood type B
You can see that a person with blood type B may have a B and an O allele, or
they may have two B alleles. If both parents are blood type B and both have
a B and a recessive O, then their children will either be BB, BO, or OO. If
the child is BB or BO, they have blood type B. If the child is OO, he or she
will have blood type O.
aloe vera gel on the scars after a
caesarean section can stop infection occurring and help with healing.
FALSE LABOUR PAINS
Boil a handful of
drumstick leaves with 2 teaspoons of
coriander seeds and
honey. Drink one glass. If the contractions are false, the pain
Powder the bark of
cinnamon and take half a teaspoonful with water or milk as and when required. If the pain persists, consult a health worker or go to a hospital.
REAL LABOUR PAINS
Black Cohosh can be used during labour and delivery to ease
pain but should be used with caution as it can cause an allergic
Blue vervain can hep to stimulate the uterus during labour but too much
can cause vomiting.
Drumstick leaf juice is very beneficial for pregnant women as it can
help them overcome sluggishness of the uterus, ease delivery and reduce post
Maqui berry is a Chilean 'super fruit' which contains the highest amount
of antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds than any other known natural
food which can reduce pain and inflammation. The leaves are astringent and
have cleansing properties. It is used by the
Mapuche Indians of southern Chile
during child birth.
Motherwort can stimulate uterine contractions and is a uterus tonic both
before and during childbirth.
Rhesus disease is also known as
haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn All pregnant women should
know both their own blood type as well as that of their unborn baby. When
the mother has rhesus-negative blood (RhD-negative) and the baby in her womb
has rhesus-positive blood (RhD-positive) the mother's immune system sees the
baby as "alien" and switches to "destroy" mode because these two blood
groups are incompatible, Women who are RhD-negative can receive the anti-D
inoculation to stop them making antibodies that could attack the baby or
choose to have an abortion if they are too frail to risk stopping their
system from making antibodies.
cells from a rhesus positive baby get into the rhesus negative mother's
bloodstream, her blood will react as if the baby's blood is a foreign
substance and will produce antibodies against it. This is not usually a
problem in a first pregnancy with a rhesus positive baby. However, the
antibodies that the mother produces stay in her blood, and if she has
another pregnancy with a baby who is also rhesus positive, her antibodies
can cross the placenta and attack the blood cells of the unborn baby. This
can cause 'haemolytic disease of the newborn'.
Haemolytic disease of the newborn can be very mild, but in a small number of
babies it can be more serious and cause the baby to be stillborn, severely
disabled or to die after birth as a result of anaemia and jaundice.
The most common time for a baby's blood cells to get into the mother's
blood, causing her to produce antibodies, is at the time of birth. However,
this can also occur at other times, for example during a miscarriage or
abortion, or as the result of having an amniocentesis, chorionic villus
sampling, vaginal bleeding, or turning the baby’s head down (external
cephalic version). These events are called 'potentially sensitising
injections contain a medicine called human anti-D immunoglobulin. People
whose blood type is rhesus positive (RhD positive) have a substance called D
antigen on the surface of their red blood cells. People whose blood type is
rhesus negative (RhD negative) are missing this antigen. Whether a person is
rhesus positive or rhesus negative is determined by their genes.
Anti-D prophylaxis is offered routinely to pregnant women who are rhesus
negative, unless they already have anti-D antibodies in their blood. (This
is tested by a blood test at the start of the pregnancy.) Rhophylac
injection is given as a single dose between 28 and 30 weeks of pregnancy.
The treatment is offered regardless of whether a sensitisation event has
occurred, in order to be absolutely certain that the mother does not develop
antibodies against the baby.
After the birth, a blood sample will be taken to test the baby's blood
group. If the baby is rhesus positive, the mother will be given a further
injection of anti-D immunoglobulin. (This is called postnatal anti-D
prophylaxis.) Another dose of anti-D immunoglobulin will also be given after
any sensitising event that occurs during the pregnancy.
Babies can be
safely breastfed after having this injection. There are no known harmful
effects on the nursing infant.
Anti-D prophylaxis may not be necessary for rhesus negative mothers if there
is certainty that she will not have another child following the pregnancy,
for example if she is to be sterilised after the birth. It will also not be
necessary if the father's blood type is also rhesus negative, as genetically
this means the baby cannot be rhesus positive.
Anti-D immunoglobulin may also be used if a rhesus negative individual is
given a blood transfusion of rhesus positive blood. This is to prevent the
individual forming antibodies against the transfused blood.
medicine is given within two to four weeks of having a live vaccine, such as
yellow fever, BCG or oral polio, the anti-D immunoglobulin may interfere
with the immune response to these vaccines. This could make them less
vaccines are needed after having an anti-D injection, they should be
postponed until three months after the last injection of this medicine has
A neural tube defect that develops during the first month of
pregnancy when the spinal column does not close completely. Up to 90
% of children with the worst form of spina bifida have hydrocephalus
(fluid on the brain) and must have surgery to insert a “shunt” that
helps drain the fluid.
The shunt stays in place for the lifetime of the person. Other
conditions include full or partial paralysis, bladder and bowel
control difficulties, learning disabilities, depression, latex
allergy, social and sexual issues.
RISKS OF HAVING A BABY
WITH NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS
A previous NTD-affected
pregnancy increases a woman’s chance to have another approximately
Maternal insulin-dependent diabetes.
Use of certain anti-seizure medication (Valproic acid/Depakene,
High temperatures in early pregnancy (prolonged fevers
and hot tub use).
Lower socio-economic status causing malnutrition.
Race/ethnicity. It is more common among white women than
black women and more common among Hispanic women than non-Hispanic women
To prevent spina difida in a baby, eat all these
natural foods which are rich in
vitamin B9 (foliate) both before conception and
throughout your pregnancy (steamed is best
HIGHEST SOURCES OF VITAMIN B9 PER 100 GRAMS
µg is one microgram.
Other sources of vitamin B9 in alphabetical order:
A good way to ensure you get enough
(foliate) in the diet is to grow your own sprouts and consume at
least one handful per day. See the
Micro Diet Sprouts page to find out how easy it is with just a
jam jar and a daily rinse of water.
Coconut oil (pure cold pressed) can help to stop stretch marks occurring
if applied to the stomach everyday. Use a teaspoon to scoop some into the
palm of one hand then rub fingers into the coconut and it will become liquid
due to the heat of the hands. Then rub this all over the stomach. It is
readily absorbed and has
properties and is good to consume whenever oil is required in cooking.
Honey is another good healer for cars and stretch marks. Melt some in a pan over very low heat, cool then spread onto the areas where stretch marks are. Leave for ten minutes then wash off.
St John's wort: When rubbed onto the belly and breasts during pregnancy, the oil of St John's wort may help prevent stretch marks and topical application is also useful to treat haemorrhoids and aching, swollen veins that can also occur during pregnancy.
SWELLING OF FEET DURING PREGNANCY
In case of swelling of feet during pregnancy, go for a medical check-up
and follow the doctor's advice as it could be a sign of an underlying condition that needs treatment. You can also do the following to reduce swelling:
Boil one teaspoon of palm sugar and two teaspoons of
fennel together in a glass of water until it is reduced to one half glass. Strain and drink three times a day till the swelling disappears.
Take a handful of
coriander seeds and boil in a cupful of water until it is reduced to half.
Drink it twice a day for three days.
A decoction made from
corn silk (the tassels of silk from the ear of maize) can help in reducing swelling of the feet. Boil a large handful of corn silk in a glass of water. Drink 1-2 glasses. This is not dangerous.
It is important to rest with the feet up as often as possible during pregnancy.
Taurine is an essential amino acid for a developing foetus and
newborn babies because they cannot make it themselves and yet the
development of their brain depends on it. In fact, taurine is the
highest concentrated amino acid in the brain of the foetus and
The foetus must obtain
it through the placenta and newborns can obtain it from breast milk
or formula fortified with taurine. Rich sources of taurine are found
cheese (hard pasteurised only),
eggs (hard boiled),
milk (pasteurised only),
organ meats (except liver),
If a pregnant mother has chronic (even low grade)
bacterial imbalances or elevated levels of mercury, lead
and cadmium (which create
zinc deficiency), it could lead to
taurine deficiency in the mother and baby. Algae such as
spirulina can help to chelate heavy metals like mercury from the
Placental absorption of maternal taurine can also be blocked if the
foetus is under stress from both mercury and microbial challenges.
This can set up a condition where the baby's detoxification pathways
are inhibited, which could lead to neurological problems, including
autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Taurine deficiency was found in 62%
of autistic children, according to one study.
Toxoplasmosis gonndiii parasite is found in cat's faeces more often than
not and especially if they have caught and eaten rodents, mice or
birds. Protective gloves must be worn when cleaning cat litter trays
or gardening in soil where cats may have defecated. Pregnant women
must especially avoid touching cat litter trays or contaminated soil, water
or sand as this
parasite can be transmitted to the unborn foetus and cause major defects including
neurological disorders, blindness and deafness and in rare cases death and
still birth. There are other ways to become infected by this parasite. Visit
the Nature Cures
Toxoplasmosis page to learn more.
the blood volume increases and the pressure from the growing uterus
on the mother's inferior vena cava, puts pressure on the veins in
the legs. It’s already harder for the blood to return to the heart
from the legs because of gravity, but add to that the increase in
progesterone, which dilates the veins and causes the blood to pool.
Varicose veins usually
develop in the legs but can also show up in the vulva or as haemorrhoids,
which are a type of varicose veins.
pregnancy can increase varicose veins and cause haemorrhoids, so drink lots
of bottled mineral water, limit salt intake and eat high fibre foods.
Foods that can naturally
relieve constipation are:
bicarbonate of soda,
black strap molasses,
The diet should include the following to help treat varicose veins:
Vegetables: tomatoes, beetroot, carrots and watercress.
Fibre: amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, psyllium husks, quinoa, rye and teff.
Fruit: berries especially blackberries, cherries, dates, grapes,
oranges, papaya, raisins and tangerines.
Herbs: borage as a tea.
Spices: black pepper and nutmeg.
Foods rich in the B vitamin complex can help to reduce varicose veins. See the Vitamin page to find out which ones.
VOMITING DURING PREGNANCY
cloves and soak in a glass of water for half an hour. Strain and drink this water as and when required
for morning sickness. This is not harmful and has no side effects.
One glass of
lime juice with a pinch of
cardamom powder taken as and when required. This is not harmful.
Other natural foods that can
relieve morning sickness
Fibre-rich foods: amaranth,
psyllium husks and
mango and mosambi juice.
chamomile, ginger, lemon balm, peppermint, slippery elm and spearmint.
Eating vitamin B6-rich foods may help reduce nausea and vomiting
such as: ashitaba, avocados, bananas, barley, beef, brewer's
yeast, brown rice, buckwheat, carrots, collard greens, eggs, oats,
potatoes, peanuts, pistachio nuts, poultry, quinoa, sage, soybeans,
spirulina, sunflower seeds, venison, walnuts and whole grains.
NATURAL FOODS TO EAT DURING PREGNANCY
Eating plenty of fibre, whole grains, fruit, seeds, nuts, legumes and
vegetables per day will provide the mother to be with all the
nutrients required to
take good care herself and the developing baby.
Expectant mothers consuming foods rich in
omega 3, during the course of pregnancy reduce the chances of
birth defects drastically. Defects related to the brain and spine
can be reduced and also the deficiency of
(foliate) in the mother’s body can be reduced. Consuming krill oil and a handful of
every day are advisable throughout pregnancy. Krill is very short-lived so does not have time to absorb mercury like other sea foods so is a good addition when sea food should be avoided.
The Omega-3 fats are necessary for the complete development of the
human brain during pregnancy and the first two years of life. The
Omega 3 fat and its derivative, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), is so
essential to a child’s development that if a mother and infant are
deficient in it, the child’s nervous system and immune system may
never fully develop and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained
emotional, learning and immune system disorders.
Foods rich in nutrients like
vitamin B9 (folic acid),
methionine, are key components of the methyl-making pathway.
Diets high in these methyl-donating nutrients can rapidly alter gene
expression and are essential, especially during early development of
the foetus, when the epigenome is first being established.
Hemp seeds also provide another nutrient vital to the
vitamin E. Premature babies are usually low in vitamin E.
Neonatologists often put these babies on lung machines and
respirators to help them breathe. Sometimes, too much oxygen can
cause oxidative stress because oxygen can produce free radical
damage when it’s administered through respirators. Vitamin E helps
premature babies fight off oxidative stress damage to the heart,
lungs and eyes and defend against destruction of red blood cells
that can lead to anaemia. Vitamin E is best absorbed, through
natural foods rich in this nutrient, by the mother and transported
to the foetus.
choline levels are critical for foetal brain development. Natural
sources of choline are:
beans, beef, calf’s liver, broccoli, cauliflower,
collard greens, eggs, navy beans, oily fish, organ meats,
peas, poultry, quinoa, rabbit, rampion,
is very important to the growing foetus also and can be found in:
fish liver oils,
Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the major antioxidants and one of
the few that gets past the blood-brain barrier. This makes it ideal for
both the mother’s and the baby’s brain. It helps remove mercury from the
body and though it would be ideal for a woman to have her dental amalgam
removed, most women will not do that, even though it will help them
avoid Alzheimer’s and dementia as they age. Consuming foods rich in
alpha lipioc acid as well as
apples are a few of the main ways to remove mercury from the
Micro diet sprouting, especially of
hemp seeds, is a good way to obtain high nutrition and essential
minerals without excessive bulk.
Try blending steamed vegetables listed
with the herbs and spices listed and serving as a potage soup.
Similarly blend a selection of the fruits together with nutmeg and honey to provide a tasty
nutritious 'smoothie' which will provide all the nutrients required.
Add organic live yoghurt to make 'smoothies' or soups creamy.
help gain good levels of the vital minerals, which the developing
baby needs, drink bottled mineral water instead of tap water and use
sea salt not table salt.
MEAT AND EGGS
(well cooked, at least 3 times a week)
Beef (lean low fat),
organ meats (except liver),
(2 times a week)
DAIRY (cheese 2/3 times a week,
milk and yoghurt daily)
(hard pasteurised only),
(pasteurised only) and
yoghurt (live probiotic)
(a selection of at least 5
different colours per day)
bell peppers (red, green &
(4 times a week)
red kidney beans,
soya beans and
WHOLE GRAIN AND PSUEDO-GRAINS
(at least 1 whole grain everyday)
barley, brown rice,
(a selection of at least 3 per day)
(pure, additive free, unsweetened - daily as often as possible)
(as snacks or
added to meals daily)
or added to meals daily)
nuts and walnuts.
(as snacks or added to
(pure cold pressed), cod liver,
(to be used as often as possible and in teas)
teas three cups per day)
(to be used as often as possible daily)
nutmeg and pepper corns (ground).
(to be consumed and used as desired)
Apple cider vinegar,
honey and miso.
FLYING WHEN PREGNANT
If the pregnancy is straightforward, flying is not harmful to the woman or her baby. Although everyone who flies is exposed to a slight increase in radiation, there is no evidence that flying causes miscarriage, early labour or a woman's waters to break. However, the side-effects of flying can be swelling of the legs due to a build-up of fluid, nose and ear problems caused by changes in air pressure and motion sickness making any pregnancy nausea a little worse.
Long-haul flights of four hours or more can increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, when a blood clot forms in the leg or pelvis, and pregnancy increases this risk even more. Having regular drinks of water can help prevent against deep vein thrombosis. Pregnant women should wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes, take regular walks around the plane and do exercises in their seat every 30 minutes. Avoiding drinks containing alcohol or caffeine and wearing elastic compression stockings can also help.
If a pregnant woman has an increased risk of going into labour before her due date, has severe anaemia, sickle cell disease, has recently had significant vaginal bleeding or has a serious heart or lung condition she should avoid flying altogether.
If more than 28 weeks pregnant, a woman should take her pregnancy notes, documents confirming her due date, a European Health Insurance card and any medication plus a letter from her medial practitioner. Many airlines have their own rules on when pregnant women can fly. For women with multiple pregnancies it is safest to fly before 34 weeks. A women can go into labour anytime after 37 weeks.
WEIGHT LOSS AFTER PREGNANCY
Between three to 12 months after birth is a
critical time for women to lose as much of the weight gained in
pregnancy as possible in order to avoid health problems that can
high blood pressure,
heart disease. See the Obesity and Sports Nutrition page to see how to lose weight safely. It is important not to lose weight rapidly or go without important nutrients especially when breast feeding.
WHAT TO AVOID WHEN
All essential oils if pregnant or breast feeding. Also not suitable for children under 5.
Allspice if suffering from stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis.
Almonds, cabbage and kale, plums and prunes if suffering from gout, bladder stones, gallstones or kidney stones, joint problems, osteoporosis or thyroid gland problems.
Aloe vera, cats claw, dandelion, Echinacea and astragalus if pregnant or breast feeding or have high blood pressure.
Angelica (dong quai), cumin, ginger, Japanese knotweed, motherwort and turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) hormone therapies and contraception or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Chinese rhubarb root is not recommended for long term use
and not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women, children under twelve years of age, those who suffer from colitis or have
an intestinal obstruction or have a history of
kidney stones or
urinary problems, or if taking
anticoagulant (blood thinning) medicine or aspirin.
Chlorella and spirulina if suffering from a seafood or iodine allergy, a metabolic condition called phenylketonuria (PKU), multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. If pregnant or nursing or have hyperthyroidism, consult a healthcare provider before taking spirulina. It may interfere with medications to suppress the immune system.
Devil's claw if diabetic or taking blood pressure or blood-thinning medications.
Ginseng if pregnant or breast feeding or suffering from asthma, emphysema, fibrocystic breasts, high blood pressure, clotting problems and cardiac arrhythmia
Goji berries if taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure or anti-coagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin or aspirin.
Grapefruit can interact with many types of medications, such as statins or blood pressure medications amongst others, by reducing or increasing their effectiveness.
Land caltrop can cause foetal miscarriage and must be avoided by pregnant or breast feeding women or individuals with breast or prostate cancer. Excess consumption of land caltrop can cause sleep disturbances and irregular menstruation and high doses may adversely affect the eyes and liver.
Linden if suffering from heart disease or are pregnant or breast feeding or if taking diuretics as it could increase the concentration of lithium in the blood.
if suffering from high blood pressure, a
heart condition, oedema or are taking certain medications such as warfarin or diuretics.
Marshmallow herb if suffering with diabetes, alcohol dependency or liver disease or if
pregnant or breast feeding.
Nettles if suffering from heart or kidney problems.
Reishi mushrooms if taking medication for anti-hypertensive, blood sugar lowering medications and anti-coagulants or are pregnant.
Rosemary if pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from high blood pressure.
Sage if pregnant or suffering from epilepsy.
Scutellaria if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Senega root if hypersensitive to salicylates or aspirin or pregnant.
Siberian ginseng if suffering from
high blood pressure or
Swiss chard if there is an existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problem.
Whole nuts and seeds if suffering from diverticulitis (grind to a fine powder first).
Motherwort may be habit forming.
Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.
Some nutritional yeasts, especially
brewer’s yeast, can also interact with medications. Those who are on Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs) medication are especially at risk. It is also best avoided by those carrying the herpes virus as it can induce a attack.
Try to avoid any foods with additives such as
aspartame, refined and processed foods,
coffee, fizzy drinks,
sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).
Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they
are organic because of the risk of
pesticides, herbicides and fungicides:
Mange toute peas
WARNING ABOUT MESH IMPLANTS
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are conditions that typically plague women after a hysterectomy, menopause or childbirth. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s pelvic muscles weaken and the pelvic organs (including the bladder, rectum and uterus) drop into the vagina. Transvaginal mesh is a net-like implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The product design and implantation technique contribute to serious complications, such as mesh erosion, mesh contraction and organ perforation. Read more
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