Did too much iron during pregnancy…

…play a role in Nicholas not being able to detox the toxins from his vaccinations?

I have to wonder……(please note: I am ‘thinking out loud’ here while reading a ton of research and just posting my thoughts so I can keep them straight)

So, the one time in my life when I religiously took vitamins could be the worst time I could have chosen to take them. What’s worse, I know more about vitamins now than I did then – and I just took the rx my ob/gyn gave me and had them filled without doing any research on the amounts of each ingredient that was in them. I’m sure I’m not alone, but it just doesn’t make me feel any better.

The CDC says that pregnant women should take 27 mg of Iron per day. I took Vitafol-Ob which has a whopping 65 mg per day – more than double the RDA. Not to mention that I also took Slow Fe (an additional 47.5 mg of iron per day) because I appeared to be deficient (yeah right) – so wow – I got a total of 112.50 mg of Iron PER DAY. OVER FOUR TIMES THE RECOMMENDED DAILY AMOUNT.

Vitafol-OB ingredient listing
CDC Chart: How much Iron do I need?

So, since I was taking these LONG before I was pregnant, so, let’s just figure that the average gestation is 180 days. So 180 days times 85 extra mg per day = 15.39 grams (15390 milligrams, which is 25 TIMES… 25 TIMES the amount that the US FDA has said could be fatal to an infant) of Iron over the RDA during the course of my pregnancy. (Not including the iron which was consumed via food/water) Interesting that breastmilk supplies babies with 1 mg of iron per day. – I guess our bodies don’t know how to appropriately nourish our babies that we needed mega-doses of supplements to do it for you.

Iron and insulin modulate each other. If higher body stores of iron are known to increase a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, then, since I got so much extra iron, could this be why I had gestational diabetes? …which went away after Nicholas was born and I stopped taking the prenatal vitamins?

Insulin is apparently a natural metal detoxifier. Given this, would having gestational diabetes be a way for my body to have dealt with the toxicity from the mega dose of iron?

During week 28, fetal blood is supposed to switch from 2 alpha + 2 gamma proteins to 2 alpha + 2 beta proteins. In moms with gestational diabetes, the switch is delayed to week 36-39. The switch involves the globin part of the infant’s blood, which is the part of the blood tied to immune system functions. Was the switch delayed because beta cells appeared to be succeptable to metal toxicity?

So, if the immune system is delayed 3 months, and he received all vaccinations on time – and his immune system was not yet caught up and then add in all of the extra iron – sounds like a recipie for disaster to me. It only takes 1 gram of iron to cause severe poisoning in a child under 2 and 3 grams is considered a lethal dose. The USFDA has said a 600mg dose of iron could be fatal to a child.

Boyd Haley said, “A single vaccine given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day. Include in this the toxic effects of high levels of aluminum and formaldehyde contained in some vaccines, and the synergist toxicity could be increased to unknown levels. Further, it is very well known that infants do not produce significant levels of bile or have adult renal capacity for several months after birth. Biliary transport is the major biochemical route by which mercury is removed from the body, and infants cannot do this very well. They do not possess the renal (kidney) capacity to remove aluminum. Additionally, mercury is a well-known inhibitor of kidney function.”

Another thing that is relevant here is that Nicholas had slight jaundice when he was 2-3 days old and spent a day in the nursery under the bilirubin lights. Bilirubin is one of the body’s strongest defenders against oxidative assault. “So potent an antioxidant is bilirubin that it displaces glutathione, the molecule believed for 80 years to be the most important cellular antioxidant” (Solomon Snyder, director of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins School of medicine) Scientists have found that while it takes one glutathione molecule to consume an oxidant, a single bilirubin molecule can take care of 10,000 oxidant molecules. So, the bilirubin is a good thing, not a bad thing. Nicholas having jaundice was clearly a sign of oxidative stress, no doubt brought on by all of what I have written above in addition to the hep vaccine he received when he was born.

So after we got home, I had a major worse-than-labor gall-stone attack and ended up having my gallbladder removed when he was 7-8 weeks old. Before getting pregnant, I never had an issue with gallstones. I had a few minor attacks while I was pregnant, but we did not know specifically what they were until afte Nicholas was born. Since we store toxins in fat, and gallstones are primarily cholesterol (a fat), could this be our body’s mechanism for getting rid of toxins?

Another thing I have stumbled upon. I have suffered on and off for years with ridiculously heavy periods. I have had D&C’s to stop the bleeding at times, that’s how bad it was. After Nicholas was born, I started taking metformin and noticed that if I took it on the 1st few days of my cycle, the bleeding ceased without other drugs, without having to have a D&C. Could the heavy bleeding been my body’s way to getting rid of all of the extra iron? (You lose iron when you donate blood, through your menstrual cycle, etc.) Was the metformin stopping my bleeding evidence of that iron/insulin connection?

To recap this hypothesis:

Too Much Iron during pregnancy
which modulates insulin
which in turn caused gestational diabetes
which caused the late fetal blood switch
which caused Nicholas’s immune system’s development to be delayed
add the high levels of iron he received while I was pregnant with him
and add the Vitamin K shot he received at birth
and that he had jaundice before we left the hospital
which is a sign of oxidative stress
he was put under bili lights to reduce his bilirubin
vaccinations given on time on top of apparent oxidative stress and a delayed immune system

Related Links:
The Truth about Iron Overload
Iron Overload & and Hemochromatosis: Signs and Symptoms

*Will be posting links to research shortly

Note: this is not medical advice and should not be perceived as such – I am not a doctor. These are only my thoughts based on research I have been reading.

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