by annegarrett (2525 Posts), Thu Nov 22, 2007 01:07 pm
Thank you Cheryl.
The truth of the matter for me is my best friend had all four of her babies at home, in a bathtub and I absolutely envy her. We tried--I even had hypnobirthing classes--but I'm afraid the childbirth is natural line doesn't work for me. (If I'd tried to have babies in the in-room jacuzzi I would have died of electric shock--I was hooked up to so much equipment keeping both of us alive!)
Of course childbirth is natural. Illness is natural, death is natural. We need only look at the incidence of women dying in childbirth in Africa (1 in 7), or even our mother's generation in the USA, to understand how very natural death in childbirth is/was. I'm not saying we ignore a good diet--but I've been quite familiar (personally, professionally and anecdotally) with preeclampsia for 23 years and I can tell you every single theory I've read about has been disputed, refuted, revived, killed, revived, etc. I sit in medical conferences hearing the debate on how to take your BP, how to test for proteinuria, whether to give you magnesium sulfate, rage on and on and it infuriates me that no one can agree.
I just know I ate the diet. I was religious about the diet because I did not want to try to die--AGAIN--and I did. So for me, I can't believe it.
One thing I did want to also mention is that the incidence of this disease/syndrome internationally is ubiquitous--you find it happening at the same rate in populations like Japan with protein-rich diets, and in India where meat protein in particular is hard to come by. The Farm, in our own country, promotes a meat-free diet which is in part based on the work of Dr. B. They claim a low-incidence.
I just know for me--the "B" diet failed me. And it wasn't about my not doing it right, I was working with a midwife and the hypnobirther and they were shocked when I went into kidney failure because I had been a model patient. It shook them to their core and the midwife now no longer recommends that diet as a "cure all". I do have a good friend who swears by this diet--so I know women who share your passion--but I don't. I'm afraid my experience was just too **** frightening and frankly horrific for me to be "cool" with recommending it to other women.
My world for the past eleven years has been all about preeclampsia--even as I worked "real" jobs, this has been my dinner conversation, I go to conferences, I talk to doctors, I get invited to seminars. My crowd (per se) is not just this group of amazing women--it includes a lot of researchers and midwives and nurses and of all of these literally thousands of folks--I only know the ONE (a mom who had a healthy 2nd pregnancy) who thinks this diet works.
I can't argue research as well as Caryn--and frankly, like I said, I've seen it all come and go and then come back again, but I can say that the people who study nothing but preeclampsia (not folks like you and me who occasionally meet someone with it) want NOTHING MORE than to be able to say they cured this disease. There is probably a Nobel Prize waiting and in fact at the University of Chicago, in their Nobel Prize hallway, they have a blank award hanging that says: "for the person who discovers the cure to preeclampsia". These guys (and women) are competetive as * and if they thought they could secure that place in history--they would be jumping on top of one another to get to it.
I believe in taking extra Vitamin C when I have a cold, in not drinking alcohol or caffeine when I feel under the weather, in juicing, in organic and whole foods, I'm even a recovered vegan. Trust me--I'm about as open-minded as you are going to find (just back from a couple days in Sedona,AZ) and so I really really want to believe, but I can't. But you know, I believe in angels and I know a lot of people who love me to death who think that's nuts. So there you go...
I'd love to see you all publish a book of amazing recoveries, on women who turned it all around...I think that's of interest but the truth is, you're never going to convince me that it works--because for me, it didn't and at the end of the day, that is all that really matters to me. Sorry to sound so harsh, but I can't recommend it to my friends when I can't even recommend it for myself.