Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

In this edition of the journal the focus is on the prenatal and perinatal time frame and health, that is, the relationship of this developmental time frame and medicine. Michel Odent, M.D. begins with current essays from his Primal Health Research Center beginning with his views of the epidemic of Cesarean section and childhood asthma. Written in his typical passionate, yet scholarly style, he carefully takes the reader through evidence for the explosion of childhood asthma with studies from around the world. As always, his work is well grounded in science and with a balanced reporting method.

Three other of Dr. Odent's essays follow: 1) Autism from a Primal Health Research Perspective with a brief review of the genetic contribution but here again, he points to a relationship between perinatal risk factors and this debilitating condition. 2) Is Promoting Breastfeeding as Useless as the Promotion of Love? This article addresses the connections between the behavior and the physiology in birth and lactation. 3) The final essay is entitled, Mercury Exposure during the Primal Period. Here, a brief overview and objective account of what is known about the dangers of this substance are offered and how levels of the mercury reach the unborn, and post-natally through mother's milk.

Dr. Antonio Madrid continues his scientific interest in the area of asthma and attachment in his article entitled: Improving Asthma Symptoms in Children by Repairing the Maternal-Infant Bond. In this study the mothers of their asthmatic children were given brief treatment around their own issues to repair the bond between themselves and their children. The results indicate improvements to the children's asthma symptoms, where again, no intervention to the child was given.

A scholarly essay on, The Effects of Antepartum Bed Rest of the Pregnant Woman and her Family is offered by Holly Ruhlig, R.N., B.S.N. Here the rarely talked about issues of the effects of prescriptive bed rest on the woman and her family (physically, emotionally, financially, socially) are offered. …

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