Posted by: Chris Maloney | February 11, 2012

Anencephaly: What Can You Do To Prevent It?

Anencephaly Lateral

Anencephaly Lateral (Photo credit: gliageek)

Recent news has brought anencephaly to the forefront.  The incomplete formation of the brain is often lethal, although pundits on both sides of every issue are evidence that in mild cases it doesn’t necessarily prevent people from living full lives.

Once it has happened, there is little one can do about it.  But in terms of prevention, this is one where diet plays a HUGE role.  Stanford researchers found that pregnant women who had “lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains were 50% less likely to have a baby with anencephaly.”  These weren’t organic, or locally raised, just basic whole foods.  So, where are the grants for the research on what a really great diet would do for infants?  Wouldn’t that be a more fruitful path (pun intended) for us to follow rather than trying to reverse disease once it has begun?

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