Archive for November, 2008

Healthy Weight loss can be safe

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

 

weight loss can only be attained when the calories intake is lower than the calories outtake that is the universal law of the human body’s metabolism. When trying to cheat the body metabolism by such tricks as surgical gastric bypass, an individual puts herself at high risk of complications such as anemia, repeated vomiting, vitamins deficiencies and more serious effects potentially fatal. Furthermore, the human stomach is stretchable and will tend to regain its size if the person does not change her lifestyle habits.
Although it is crucial to eat Healthy food when desiring Safe weight loss, it is also as important to beware of what you drink. Many people swallow generous quantities of soda during a day which is full of carbohydrate and kilocalories. One also has to use caution when taking juice as they are made out of the sugar of the fruits if not just refined sugar. It is a good habit to always read the label of the juice you are drinking. Such terms as glucose, fructose are all synonyms with carbohydrate, hence calories.
A person should also beware of juices that proudly announce they are made of 10% real juice. This means that the other 90% is refined juice and will not help you attain Safe weight loss.

Weight loss after pregnancy: simpler than you think!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

What regular people do not see is the constant effort and often the dangerous starving these actresses put themselves through to lose weight fast after pregnancy.
When considering Slimming Down after pregnancy, a good rule of thumb is to consider the process to take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. A woman who is breastfeeding should also privilege the baby’s and her needs over her looks.
In instance to lose weight after pregnancy in a sound way, good common sense still applies. Consulting first with a qualified caregiver, eating sound food in reasonable amounts and Working Out at a comfortable pace are all good techniques.

free birthing: a definite NO!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

As a family doctor assisting childbirths, the hair in the back of my neck rose high when I first heard of birthing alone the new movement of individuals who want to give childbirthwithout any support.
My concerns were certainly not for the fact that this small trend would take work away from me as I could easily work 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the start. My main concern is for this silent little person who has no saying over something as important as the beginning of its life: the unborn baby.
Statistics say that 90 to 95% of the childbirths will go well and do not need any interventions but what happens in those 5 to 10% where the infant’s well being is at stake and there is no one around trained to face the emergency?
I am the first one to admit that pregnancy and childbirth are today are subject to too many interventions (the caesarean rate has never been so high in history) but I would not go back to the start where when something went bad we just raised our shoulders and said “c’est la vie!” (that’s life!- or not).
I have the opportunity to do medical missions in third world countries where women do not have access to any medical care and food supplementations and vitamins. In a regular medical mission day, I usually see between 100 and 200 youngsters in consultation. Among those youngsters, I can easily see 6 to 10 cases of cerebral palsies and adult females tell me their story about how the childbirth lingered and the infant got stuck or how they bled and almost died themselves. Another thing I hear commonly during a day is the many stories of term stillborn babies.
I am in no way saying that modern medicine is a cure all and that doctors hold the absolute truth about childbirth. After all, I have been in practice for 18 years and so many things that we held for “scientifically proven” have been proven untrue by other studies.
I am also in no way advocating an interventionist approach to pregnancy and birth. Mother nature knows her ways better than we do.
people have to realize that doctors and nurses are not the sole responsible for the high rate of intervention in obstetric today. How many times did I have to cool down adult females who demanded to be induced one month in advance because they were tired of being pregnant? I still can’t get over the time a husband almost jumped at us saying: “My wife has been having contractions every five minutes for over an hour. Do something!” A  later asked me: “Didn’t he read the “brochure?” that first infants take usually twelve of hours to be born.
On the other hand, I am glad that such aberration as caesareans on demand have not found many followers in the medical community.
Getting back to our strong couple who decided to live a great adventure on their own because they know what is best for their infant and they reject any external support, I can tell you that yes most childbirths are statistically due to go well. On the other hand, when things go bad, I would not want to be in their place. Are they really choosing what is best for their baby or more an cool adventure that will prove them they are able to pull such a stunt?
As for the argument that parents know best, I can tell you that in my care center a situation proved us the opposite. A woman giving childbirth to her fifth child, stood up when came the time to push and just forcefully pushed, without putting her hands to break the baby’s fall who landed head first on the bathroom tiles with a broken skull!
I have often attended births where the childbirthing mother, after the infant’s head was out, forcefully closed their legs pressing the infant inside. I am glad I was there in those circumstances. The histories go on and on but this is meant to be a short article.
Do I think that the intervention rate is too high during maternity and childbirth
birth? Yes!
Do I think that free birthing is the solution and is safe? No!
Such a phenomenon as free childbirth raises the delicate questions: how can we better fit together nature and the medical technology so that women and their spouse have a better experience and their baby is safe.
I strongly believe that if free childbirths grow in popularity, we will see sad cases of problems that could have been prevented if the proper caregivers (midwife, doctor or ob nurse) had been present with the needed equipment or medications.
In the order of thinking of free birthing, we might see such things as people changing their own breaks on their cars, playing with high voltage electricity or driving airplanes, etc
Worst, if all breaks loose, we might see individuals cutting their own hair! And that can be critical(wink).

Childbirth made safe

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I have the opportunity to do medical missions in third world countries where women do not have access to any medical care and food supplementations and vitamins. In a regular medical mission day, I usually see between 100 and 200 kids in consultation. Among those youngsters, I can easily see 6 to 10 cases of cerebral palsies and adult females tell me their story about how the childbirth lingered and the baby got stuck or how they bled and almost died themselves. Another thing I hear commonly during a day is the numerous stories of term stillborn infants.
I am in no way saying that modern medicine is a cure all and that doctors hold the absolute truth about childbirth. After all, I have been in practice for 18 years and so many things that we held for “scientifically proven” have been proven untrue by other studies.
I am also in no way advocating an interventionist approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Mother nature recognizes her ways better than we do.
people have to realize that doctors and nurses are not the sole responsible for the high rate of intervention in obstetric today. How many times did I have to cool down women who demanded to be induced one month in advance because they were tired of being pregnant? I still can’t get over the time a husband almost jumped at us saying: “My wife has been having contractions every five minutes for over an hour. Do something!” A nurse later asked me: “Didn’t he read the “brochure?” that first infants take usually twelve of hours to be born.

Babyyap.info is here!

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

My new Joomla site for pregnancy, babies and families is now live. You can see the first draft at www.babyyap.info  . You can also create your own profile and start blogging about your baby and upload pictures and videos and share with your friends and family.

See you there!