12. Abnormalities Of Pregnancy
12.1 Spontaneous Abortion (Miscarriage)
About 20 to 30% of women bleed or have cramping sometime during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy; 10 to 15°/o actually spontaneously abort. Since in 60% of spontaneous abortions the fetus is either absent or grossly malformed, and in 25 to 60% it can be found to have chromosomal abnormalities incompatible with life, spontaneous abortion may be a natural rejection of a maldeveloping fetus. In other words, it is a response of the body to things that are abnormal.
But if the woman is healthy, miscarriages will not occur and the fetus will not maldevelop. According to the Merck Manual, "Maternal factors that have been suggested as causes of spontaneous abortion include an incompetent, amputated, or lacerated cervix; congenital or acquired anomalies of the uterine cavity; hypothyroidism; diabetes mellitus; chronic nephritis; acute infection; or severe emotional shock. Many viruses, mostly notably cytomegalo-, herpes-, and rubella viruses, have been implicated as causative."
Diabetes mellitus cannot be considered the cause of miscarriages as diabetes is a symptom in itself. The same is true of all the so-called "causes" listed by this manual. The underlying causes of all these disorders is toxicosis and that is also the cause of spontaneous abortion. Likewise, viruses are not the cause of any so-called "disease." They are lifeless particles of waste materials and cannot "cause" anything.
Anemia during pregnancy is defined as a hemoglobin concentration of less than 10 grams per 100 ml of blood. (Normal averages 14-16 gm/100 ml.) Most anemia during pregnancy is said to be due to dietary iron deficiency, to normal loss of iron in blood with menses which approximates the amount normally ingested each month, so iron stores are never built up, or to previous pregnancy.
Dietary deficiencies of iron could easily occur on the "junk-food diet" that many women eat. Food that is so processed and overly cooked is either devoid of iron completely or this mineral is so changed that it is unusable. Certain foods will interfere with the absorption of iron. Good examples include onions and spinach.
Where does the Hygienist get iron? From just about everything eaten! When you eat your food raw and in compatible combinations, the iron that you receive is readily absorbed and utilized by your body. A large raw salad every day will supply adequate amounts of iron. Other sources high in iron include pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins, Brazil nuts, filberts, dates, figs and to a lesser extent all other fruits, vegetables and nuts. The Hygienist need not worry about this dietary factor.
Iron-deficiency anemia is often treated with supplements of inorganic iron. However, it is quite obvious that the body cannot handle iron in this form. This is evidenced by the toxic symptoms upon ingesting this drug.
12.3 Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
Preeclampsia is accompanied by the development of hypertension, albuminuria (excess protein in the urine), or edema between the twentieth week of pregnancy and the end of the first week postpartum. Eclampsia is accompanied by coma and/or convulsive seizures in the same time period.
Physicians consider any pregnant woman who develops a blood pressure of 140/90, edema of the face or hands, or albuminuria of 1+ or greater to have preeclampsia. This condition will not occur if you live healthfully. Only a very toxic individual will experience signs and symptoms of preeclampsia or eclampsia. Both of these disorders are symptoms of toxemia.
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