MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY RATES IN THE USA ARE A TRAGIC EMBARRASSMENT
Excerpted from an article by Dr. Mercola 10/6/16
(This article confirms:
1 The wretched state of health of our young women – mainly due to horrible diets.
2. The failure of modern medicine in the important area of maternal and infant mortality.
3. The insanity of vaccination.
- Dr. Wilson)
Global rates for maternal mortality have fallen by close to one-half, except in the U.S., where the number of women who die related to their pregnancy has significantly increased.1
In a similar fashion, infant mortality rates are higher than any of the other 27 wealthy countries reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).2
Cost for medical care in the U.S. is the highest in the world. Unfortunately, high medical expenditures do not translate into better outcomes for mothers and infants. In fact, the number of infant deaths in the U.S. for every 1,000 live births is higher than in Bosnia, Slovenia, Cuba and Belarus.3
According to data released from the Institute of Health Metrics, there are 28 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in the U.S.4 This number is a drastic 22 percent increase, up from 23 deaths in 2003.5Compared to 1990, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than DOUBLED.7
Why Are so Many New Mothers Dying?
In analyzing the data, it appears the death rate from hemorrhaging during birth, and eclampsia, a maternal condition involving dangerously high blood pressure, has remained stable over the years. Instead, the number of deaths related to chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, has risen.
Maternal deaths are counted even if the new mother dies six months after she's given birth and the death is related to the pregnancy. Some argue the increase in number is related to better tracking. However, Callaghan, who is intimately familiar with the statistics, believes the rise is real.
The director of maternal and child health research at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Dr. Nicholas Kassebaum, originally believed the statistics were an error in the data processing, but now believes the U.S. may be experiencing the fallout of obesity ahead of other countries.
U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems have become quite adept at handling life-threatening situations, but fall short in adequately dealing with chronic health conditions. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) reports a rising number of freestanding emergency centers.
The growing number of independent freestanding emergency departments and off-site hospital-based emergency care speaks volumes about the direction medicine takes toward treating the emergencies chronic health conditions create.
The rising epidemic of obesity fuels cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke in new mothers and the general population. To make a significant impact on the number of maternal deaths, it is essential that evaluation and prevention of chronic health conditions be put at the forefront of public health policy.
Statistics for maternal mortality include women
from age 15 to 49 years. Kassebaum reported an increase in the number of women over 40 who were achieving pregnancy, but found this new trend was not the driving force behind the increasing maternal mortality rate.
The mother's immune system plays a critical role in the development of her unborn baby, including the baby's neurological and immunological systems. Prenatal infections activate the maternal immune system and trigger an inflammatory response. While researchers have identified specific infections that trigger damage to an unborn baby, ANY immune activation can trigger a response.
Brain function and behavior of your child are impacted by prenatal insults to your immune system. Activation of the maternal immune system upregulates inflammatory cytokines in the brain of the baby, and infection and activation of the maternal immune system have been linked to schizophrenia, cerebral palsy and autism in the child.
This is a unique health risk attributed to even the virusthat causes the common cold. Interestingly, active replication of the virus in the mother's body is not necessary for the inflammatory response that triggers the damage. It is the mother's immune system, not the pathogen, that is responsible for the changes in the baby's brain.
The inflammatory response in the maternal body is also associated with preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Multiple studies have associated both inflammationand specific infections with these outcomes. Both of these factors contribute to the infant mortality rates in any country.
This leads directly to the doorstep of vaccinations. Avaccineworks by triggering your immune system. According to the National Vaccine Program Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:"Vaccines teach the immune system by mimicking a natural infection."
Natural infections trigger an inflammatory response in the mother's body, which in turn trigger potential neurological and immunological deficits in the unborn child and increase the risk for low birth weight or preterm birth. Low birth weight not only increases your child's risk of mortality in the first year, but has also been associated with a number of different health conditions in later life.
According to the March of Dimes, babies born weighing less than 5 pounds 8 ounces are at higher risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.40 Unfortunately, the March of Dimes also reports that 1 of every 12 babies born in the U.S. have low birth weight.
Before routinely accepting the CDC recommendations for vaccination during pregnancy,41 it is important to understand the risks to yourself and your unborn child. Researchers found the number of childhood immunizations given in the first year of life had predictive value on infant mortality rates. A higher number of childhood immunizations given resulted in higher rates of infant mortality.43
The U.S. vaccination schedule specifies 26 doses of vaccination before age 1, the most of any country! Using linear regression, scientists compared results from 34 countries and found those countries with the lower number of vaccines given also had the lowest rates of infant mortality.44 Of the 34 countries, 33 had lower infant mortality rates than the U.S.
Vitamin D is particularly important for infant and maternal health. Having a vitamin D level of at least 40 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) has been shown to reduce the risk of premature birth by 50 percent. For a refresher, please see my previous article, "New Campaign Aims to Resolve Vitamin D Deficiency Among Pregnant Women and Children."