DHA for Smart Babies

Here is more great information from Dr. Chaney

Every mom wants the best for their kids. Every mom
would like to be able to give their kids an edge in
life if they could.

According to a recent study there is one very simple
thing that every mom can do to give her kids an edge.

A study published in the June 2009 issue of the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that when
expectant mothers supplemented with DHA during
pregnancy their infants had better problem solving
skills at 9 months.

This was the very first study to look at the effect of
DHA supplementation during pregnancy on problem solving
skills at such a young age. Basically, the results of
the study just mean that when the moms supplemented
with DHA their kids were smarter – and were smarter at
a very early age.

First, let me give you a little bit of background.

Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid
that occurs naturally in fish oils. It is found in
particularly high concentrations in specific regions of
the brain, including the cerebral cortex, synapses and
retinal rod photoreceptors.

DHA consumption is especially important during
pregnancy, especially during the third trimester when
DHA accumulates in the fetal brain at a very high rate.
It is during that third trimester that the fetus forms
the majority of brain cells that they will have for an
entire lifetime.

In order to support brain development in the fetus, the
recommended level of intake of DHA during pregnancy is
300 mg per day. Yet in the United States and Canada,
DHA intake during pregnancy is only 10-15 mg/day,

Unfortunately, many food sources of omega-3 fatty acids
in the American diet, even many omega-3 fortified foods
and supplements, are primarily composed of the omega-3
fatty acid linolenic acid, and the conversion of
linolenic acid to DHA is extremely limited.

Now let’s look at the clinical study in more detail:

It was a double blind, placebo controlled study (the
best kind of study) and was performed at the University
of Connecticut.

The women were divided into two groups. The placebo
group was consuming only 10-15 mg of DHA/day (normal
for the American population). The other group received
an additional 300 mg of DHA/day.

The women were given the placebo or DHA supplement
starting at 24 weeks of gestation and continuing
through delivery.

A two-step means-end problem-solving test was presented
to all of the infants in their own homes at nine months
of age to evaluate their ability to execute a series of
steps to retrieve a toy. The steps involved pulling a
covered toy within reach and uncovering the toy.

The UConn researchers found a statistically significant
difference between the problem solving abilities of the
two groups, with the infants whose mothers had consumed
a DHA functional food during pregnancy faring better.

Michelle Judge, the scientist who conducted the study
said: “Our finding of better problem-solving abilities
in the group of infants whose mothers consumed a
prenatal DHA supplement supports the idea that DHA
plays an important role in the development of attention
required for infant goal-directed behavior and suggests
that DHA consumption during gestation is particularly
important for infant cognitive development.”

She went on to point out that: “These findings support
previously published studies that have established
links between prenatal DHA consumption and/or infant
DHA consumption and improved attention and eye-hand
coordination in toddlers and higher IQ later in
childhood.”

Of course, I always recommend a holistic approach to
health. DHA alone won’t substitute for good diet,
avoiding potentially toxic substances and a holistic
approach to prenatal supplementation.

However, if you are looking for that one additional
gift that you could give your baby, DHA appears to be
it.

To your health!

Dr. Stephen Chaney, PhD

Keep your medicine cabinet locked

Here are two great articles with different reasons to keep your medicine cabinet locked.  Or better yet, use alternative treatments when possible… rest, lots of water, sunshine (vitamin D), healthy eating, good nutritional supplements.  This can all do a lot to help you stay healthy.  If you do need prescriptions or over the counter medicines, keep them inaccessible from your children.  The first reason is to keep your kids from being poisoned.  And the second was something that I never thought of – finding prescriptions in mom and dad’s medicine cabinet can be the gateway to future drug use.  I was with some young women today who confirmed this is exactly what they have seen with their peers.


Medications Pose High Poisoning Risk for Children

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/health/13poison.html?_r=1

CHANGING LANES: Gateway drugs in our medicine cabinets

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hingham/homepage/x592693964/CHANGING-LANES-Gateway-drugs-in-our-medicine-cabinets

Interesting study on the calcium and colon cancer

This is from Dr. Stephen Chaney

Some clinical studies have a few dozen subjects – some

a few hundred – some a few thousand. But a study
recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine
should win first place as one of the biggest studies
that I have seen.

A study co-sponsored by the National Institutes of
Health and AARP, investigators analyzed the calcium
content of the diets of more than 500,000 people aged
50 to 71 and followed them for 7 years to see how many
of them developed colon cancer.

The answer was clear-cut. Men who consumed the most
calcium (~1,500 mg/day) were 20% less likely to develop
colon cancer than those men who consumed the least
amount of calcium (~500 mg/day).

The story was similar for women. Women who consumed the
most calcium (~1,900 mg/day) were 30% less likely to
develop colon cancer than those men who consumed the
least amount of calcium (~500 mg/day).

And it didn’t matter whether the calcium came from
dairy products or supplements.

This study definitively proves that calcium protects
against colon cancer.

But, there are two questions that you might ask:

1) Why has it been so difficult to prove that calcium
reduces the risk of colon cancer in previous studies?

After all, one day you would pick up the paper and read
a headline saying “Study shows that calcium reduces the
risk of colon cancer”.

And the next day you’d pick up the paper and read a
headline saying “Calcium intake has no effect on colon
cancer risk”.

Why has there been so much confusion on this topic?

The answer is simple. The previous studies just hadn’t
been large enough to reliably measure a 20-30% decrease
in risk.

In spite of the best efforts of the scientists running
those studies to randomize the study group, it is
always possible for a few individuals in the study to
skew the results if the overall study population isn’t
big enough.

2) Your second question might be:”Why bother? Is a
20-30% decreased risk of colon cancer even worth doing
something about? Some of the “experts” would tell you
that it isn’t.

This is where you need to start thinking about holistic
approaches rather than thinking of single nutrients as
magic bullets.

You see a major study a few years ago showed that a
lifestyle that includes weight control, exercise, low
fat intake, high fiber intake, adequate calcium,
adequate B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids reduces the
risk of colon cancer by more than 60%.

That same study showed that it was very difficult to
show that any of those factors reduced the risk of
colon cancer by themselves.

So what should be the take-home lesson from these
studies?

So should we wait until there are 500,000 person
studies with each of the nutrients proving that they
reduce the risk of colon cancer individually before we
add them to our holistic health program?

Some experts would have you believe that.

But 500,000 person studies are very expensive. We may
never have studies that large to prove that each
component reduces the risk of colon cancer by itself.

And we already know a holistic approach that includes
all of those components dramatically reduces the risk
of colon cancer!

My recommendation is to follow a holistic approach that
includes diet, weight control, exercise and holistic
supplementation.

That’s a winning combination!

To your health!

Dr. Stephen Chaney, PhD

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