Friday, December 7, 2007

we can learn from the animal world

Mothers with low B vitamin levels before conceiving tend to have fatter male offspring at greater risk of high blood pressure, suggests new research with sheep.

The findings are important for species with two legs, since the pre- and post-natal development of sheep is approximately the same as humans, state the researchers in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Diogenes said...
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Diogenes said...

I remember having this sort of chat with Jan ages ago - that farmers and feed merchants do a huge amount of research into nutrition - not just for maximum growth of the animal prior to slaughter - but for the optimum health of the animal and for optimum nutrition during pregnancy.

Doctor's nutritional knowledge is minimal. Folic acid in pregnancy, B12 or Iron in anaemia, calcium for osteoporosis and that is pretty much it. As an ex pig farmer, our nutrition went much further than that - right down to weighing the food right the way through pregnancy, just prior to farrowing (birth) and right the way through lactation.
We knew the optimum amino acid mixes for different stages of life. We knew the minerals and vitamins needed for optimum health.

Yet for some reason, nutrition seems to be overlooked in humans except for the dedicated few health professionals.
I wonder when allopathic medicine will wake up to the nutritional needs of the human. Perhaps there is too much money to be made in ill-health!

Rob