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Back to the discussion that was started yesterday. To wrap up medications and over-the-counter drugs, we simply have to look at the common sense aspect. Should we put something into our bodies to make our bodies act differently to cover or mask a health issue? For the most part, pills do just that. They alter the body to temporarily relieve you of your current ailing symptoms. Think about that. You take aspirin to relieve you from a headache that was started by what? Stress, work, anxiety, dehydration? All items that you have the power to control and decrease or eliminate. I’m not saying for those of you who have severe health issues to never use pain medication or take your bipolar meds. You know your body better than anyone. Be honest with yourself and ask yourself if you or a toxin brought on your headache, backache, or anxiety and then determine what the best course of action is to take.  Try pressure points, seeing an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, drinking more water, and breathing calmly. Get rid of the toxins in your life that all could be contributing to your aches and pains and depression, both mentally and ingested. We already know there is a link to kids eating dyes and hyperactivity. We know that if we are addicted to caffeine that when we stop drinking it daily we get headaches from withdrawal.  Could you have eaten something that your body is telling you was bad for you and giving you a warning to not eat it again?  Remember, you have control over yourself and the way you feel. If you dwell on the pain, you’ll only have more. You have to come to terms with what you want with your health and choose how you are going to make a positive change occur. Especially, if you are wanting to get pregnant. When you are pregnant you shouldn’t take any over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs unless advised by a doctor. So why not curb your pill popping now? You’ll thank me once you are pregnant and need an alternative to ridding yourself of a headache.

The same holds true for alcohol and tobacco. Most people recognize the common sense aspect of why you shouldn’t use these two toxic drugs. Both alter your mind, mood, and physical abilities. While tobacco is a stimulant and increases your heart rate and metabolism, and kills your brain cells, alcohol is a depressant and slows down your motor skills, can slur your speech, kills brain cells, and can damage your liver and kidneys. I understand the peer pressure reasoning around drinking and smoking, especially in the late teens and early twenties. In our society it’s almost a right of passage. Dads tell their sons about that one party when they woke up somewhere and couldn’t remember how they got there. Moms are usually less likely to do this, but the stories are still passed down from friends and acquaintances and your kids end up hearing them whether you want them to or not. It might be a right of passage to some but we all know the harmful effects of these toxins.

Tobacco, whether smoked or chewed, is a cancer causing toxin. From mouth cancer to lung cancer, there is no good quality to this drug. It also leads to dysfunctional arteries, strokes, heart attacks, and emphysema.

“Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including…cyanide, lead, and at least 60 cancer-causing compounds. When you smoke during pregnancy, that toxic brew gets into your bloodstream, your baby’s only source of oxygen and nutrients.” (

Two specific toxins that can cause a fetus the most harm are nicotine and cabon monoxide. They account for most of the smoking-related complications during pregnancy. When you smoke, you are limiting the amount of oxygen your baby gets. Complications from these toxins can result in low birth weight, premature delivery, and stillbirths.  (

Alcohol is not much better. It is recommended that you refrain from drinking during pregnancy due to the risk of physical, developmental, and functional problems that the baby can be born with. While they say that having a glass of red wine or a glass of Guinness once in awhile in your third trimester can be beneficial, there are a handful of women who drink throughout there entire pregnancy. Heavy drinking while pregnant can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Complications from drinking too many toxins can lead to developmental delay, facial abnormalities, epilepsy, learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and more (

So why risk it? You wouldn’t think women would choose to ingest any of these three obvious toxins in today’s society while pregnant, but they do. Out of the three, medications tend not to be as widely publicized as being so harmful. Just look at what our government and health care providers are trying to push on pregnant women right now, the H1N1 vaccine. How ridiculous is that? Testing on the vaccine isn’t 100% complete and the side effects are still unknown. Then to push that onto an expecting mother and guilt her into getting the vaccine for the baby’s sake when they don’t know for sure all of the long term affects of the shot or what the toxins in it could do to you or the baby. Don’t get me started on this. I’ll save that for another blog.

I hope that I have shed some light on these toxins so that you can make better informed decisions about your health in general and your health while you are pregnant. You know the saying, “You can’t help someone who won’t help themselves.” This just comes down to you deciding what you want to control with regards to your health, as well as paying close attention to the ingested toxins that you can limit, which can lead to a longer and healthier life.

Peace, love, and prosperity to all,


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