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PREECLAMPSIA – Is It Preventable?
Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Simone) – A pregnant woman who develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine late in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy has preeclampsia. There is a “standard of care” list of possible causes, risk factors, and treatment options as per the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000898.htm).
But little is acknowledged about the research of Dr Tom Brewer who says he virtually eliminated toxemia and decreased the incidence of low-birth weight infants as shown in his published medical papers and books.* Dr Brewer says that toxemia is preventable because it is a disease of malnutrition. He was instructed by Dr James Henry Ferguson at Tulane University who taught the classic syndrome of toxemia: high blood pressure, edema, protein in the urine, headaches, spots in front of the eyes, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coma or convulsions or both, heart failure, kidney and liver damage, and even death. Dr Ferguson worked with Dr Dieckmann who reviewed the work of Dr Pinnard, a French physician who showed in 1893 that milk could prevent seizures in toxemia. In 1958, Dr Brewer trained to be an Ob-Gyn specialist in Miami, FL under the direction of Dr Ferguson.
Dr Brewer found that women who had toxemia were malnourished, having little intake of milk, eggs, or meat. Their serum proteins were low preceding the classic protein loss in the urine that occurs late in the course of the disease. A Harvard faculty member, Dr Bertha Burke, showed that women who consumed over 60 grams of protein per day did not develop toxemia. But even then, the standard of care was to give diuretics, restrict salt, and encourage weight loss by restricting intake of calories. However, Dr Brewer routinely put pregnant women on a good diet that included high amounts of protein supplemented with magnesium and vitamin B6. Their blood pressures normalized and the protein in their urine went away. Speak to your physician about this.
* Dr Brewer’s books: Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy: A Disease of Malnutrition (Keats Publishing, New Canaan, CT, 1982); The Brewer Medical Diet for Normal and High Risk Pregnancy (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1983); co-authored What Every Woman Should Know: The Truth About Diet and Drugs in Pregnancy (Penguin Books, New york, 1985).
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