As long as mainstream medical researchers base their studies of the role of nutrition in pregnancy and its role in various
complications, such as pre-eclampsia, on the premise that women need to be on the ACOG diet to be healthy and protected, those
studies will be tainted and skewed and invalid. As long as they keep those women on their "antihypertensive therapies"
concurrently with whatever watered-down version of Brewer's recommendations they are testing, their results will be compromised
and unreliable. ACOG "antihypertensive therapies" often include diets which are low in salt and calories. Remember
that without adequate salt and calories in the mother's diet, the addition of a little protein or IV albumin is likely to
be ineffective. Take care to not accept at face value any mainstream medical studies that claim to disprove the recommendations
of Brewer and the researchers who came before him and those who confirmed his findings in his own time. Watch for the ways
in which ACOG researchers bring their own biases and assumptions with them, biases and assumptions which they don't even realize
that they have. Remember that the "standard of care" isn't always the best of care or the most effective care.
Consider ACOG's track record. We have seen over and over in the past 50 years that the mainstream medical "standard
of care" in childbearing has resulted in endless complications from endless unnecessary interventions in labors that
would otherwise have remained normal and uncomplicated--interventions such as confining laboring women to bed, disallowing
food during labor, the use of Cytotec and Pitocin to speed up labor, and the over-use of inductions and C-sections, among
many others. Ironically, ACOG doctors are often credited for rescuing the very mothers and babies that their "standards
of care" put in jeopardy to begin with. Consider the fact that under ACOG's leadership and "standards of care,"
the U.S. now (as of 2008) has the dubious distinction of having a worse infant mortality rate than 41 other countries in the
See Infant Mortality Rates here
See here for details from several studies regarding the link between nutrition and pre-eclampsia
"Preventing Toxemia of Pregnancy", by Bob Filice, MD
"Fish Can't See Water", by Marsden Wagner, MD
"Technology in Birth: First Do No Harm", by Marsden Wagner, MD
"What Every Midwife Should Know about ACOG and VBAC", by Marsden Wagner, MD
"When Research is Flawed: Critiques of Influential Research Studies", by Henci Goer
Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, by Henci Goer
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, by Jennifer Block
Articles on Childbirth and Obstetrics by Robbie Davis-Floyd
"The Maximin Strategy in Modern Obstetrics", by Dr. Brody & Dr. Thompson
"The international standing of the U.S. [in terms of infant mortality rates] did not really begin to fall until the mid-1950s.
This correlates perfectly with the founding of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) in 1951. ACOG
is a trade union representing the financial and professional interests of obstetricians who has sought to secure a monopoly
in pregnancy and childbirth services. Prior to ACOG, the U.S. always ranked in 10th place or better. Since the mid-1950s the
U.S. has consistently ranked below 12th place and hasn't been above 16th place since 1975. The relative standing of the U.S.
continues to decline
even to the present."
(Stewart, David, International Infant Mortality Rates
--U.S. in 22nd
NAPSAC News, Fall-Winter, 1993, p.38)
Now in 2008, 15 years later, the U.S. is in 42nd place.
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