Baby Formula linked to Blood Pressure

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Baby Formula linked to Blood Pressure
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 3:01pm
This study was done on babies fed formula in the 1970's.

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Babies fed a dairy-based formula grew up to have higher blood pressure than babies who were breast-fed, British researchers reported on Thursday.>>

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=ECJUXZQBJSIMWCRBAELCFFA?type=healthNews&storyID=2796462

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 4:08pm
It's articles like these that are so annoying, mainly because of what they *don't* say and the sweeping generalizations they make.

"Babies fed a dairy-based formula grew up to have higher blood pressure than babies who were breast-fed, British researchers reported on Thursday."

Um, OK, does that mean they have *high* blood pressure that is considered dangerous, or is it within normal ranges but higher than BF people? How many people were studied? What other factors were taken into account? I was born in 1971 and was formula fed from the start. I have excellent blood pressure, even throughout my pregnancy. According to this article, that should not be so.

When articles like this are published, it just seems to me to be a scare tactic. It's careless reporting, and basically meaningless.


~Kim

"Becoming a parent means agreeing to allow your heart to go walking around outside of your body."

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 4:13pm
FF'd w/high blood pressure but I also have a huge family history of hypertension and it starts early (20's- young 30's) for us so genetics plays a huge roll imho. To me it is like allergies, bfing is a benefit to those but if genetically you are inclined to have allergies/asthma then you probably are going to whether ff/bf. You say well the effects would be less in bf? Hmmm. I disagree. My sil bf'd and her two kids have ever bit as horrible allergies as my brother and I who were ff'd and as our father who was bf'd.
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 6:09pm
I don't think these studies are meaningless, but I would like to have answers to the same questions you have. I also would like to know why they were taller.

Unfortunately, I'm not good at reading the abstracts of studies like these, and have to rely on the articles.

Due to the debate on ff risk and my point about ff affecting adult health, these studies interest me.

Sherry

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 7:38pm
Doesn't it all seem like hogwash?? I mean really. If we went out searching for the conclusions we were wanting regarding an array of things....we would most certainly find it.

Both my brother and I were ff'd from about 4-6weeks of age. And only ff'd for 6months...then straight to table food and whole milk. I have perfect blood pressure....generally around the 115/72 range...and I am 5'8".....my brother has the same perfect blood pressure and he is 6'3". Both our parents are tall and have great blood pressure....but I guess that would have nothing to do with it...eh??

I could send you some links regarding the use of everyday products that you probably use and their effect on your health. Take for one anti-perspirants causing breast cancer. Shoot....does anyone have a list of items that are the cause of breast cancer?? Or at least contribute to it?? It's gotta be atleast 100 items long...LMAO.

My point?? If something interests you..or concerns you....check into it!! By all means. BUT, believe me when I say that while the internet is a virtual gold mine. It is filled with misinterpretation and gross negligence. In otherwords, don't believe everything you read;)


christine


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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 8:13pm
"I have excellent blood pressure, even throughout my pregnancy. According to this article, that should not be so. "

Do you really think that's what it means? I'm thinking perhaps you don't understand what they mean when they say that a person who is in X group has more of A than person who is in Y group.

Say you have 5 bf people...one has BP of 120/90, #2 139/90, #3 160/100, #4 170/100 #5 170/90. 5 FF people: #1 BP 125/90, #2 140/80, #3 170/110, #4, 170/100, #5, 210/110

(ok, I'm not a nurse and don't know a lot about bp ok? ;-)). When they say the FF people have higher bp, it is in GENERAL. But look at this very small group and you'll see that 4 of the 5 FF people have BP that is the same as, or lower, than 4 of the 5 BF people. But that the AVERAGE is higher. It is much more meaningful on a larger sample of course (ie 1000 people rather than 5, LOL), but it still doesn't mean that YOUR BP won't be just fine, even if you were FF. Perhaps it would have been lower, perhaps not. But the RISK went up.

Just like the RISK of lung cancer goes up if one smokes...it doesn't mean that every smoker will get lung cancer now, does it???

Fio.

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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 12:11am
List of items that cause cancer.......

IF YOU WANT TO WORRY, WORRY ABOUT THESE:

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SUNLIGHT Solar radiation includes most of the electromagnetic spectrum. Of these bands, ultraviolet light is the most energetic and biologically damaging. The same goes for sun lamps and sun-beds. Studies show exposure is associated with cutaneous malignant melanoma.

MENSTRUATION Estrogen is a hormone secreted in higher quantities during a woman's period. It causes breast epithelial cells to divide, which may lead to DNA mutations. Because women now reach the age of menarche earlier and women put off bearing children until later in life, they have hundreds more periods than their grandmothers, raising their risk of breast cancer.

BROCCOLI Acetaldehyde, a human carcinogen, is the product of most hydrocarbon oxidations and is a normal intermediate in the respiration of most higher plants and is a natural component of apples, broccoli, coffee, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, mushrooms, onions, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples, raspberries, and strawberries.

NEW CARS Vinyl chloride is a colourless, flammable gas with a faintly sweet odor emitted by PVC plastic. The average daily intake of vinyl chloride by inhalation is expected to be essentially zero for of the population; however, new car owners are potentially exposed to relatively high levels due to volatilization of vinyl chloride from vinyl polymers within the car interior.

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CIGARETTE SMOKING Nearly 4,000 chemicals have been found in tobacco smoke, including acrolein, aromatic amines, benzene, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, urethan, radioactive elements, arsenic, nickel, chromium and cadmium. All of these are carcinogenic.

FLIGHTS AT HIGH ALTITUDE Airplanes flying at altitudes of 12 km and above encounter intense radiation, particularly over the magnetic poles, where the Earth's magnetic field funnels charged particles into high concentrations. The crew of a regular flight from Toronto to Beijing faces, according to some experts, a greater risk of skin cancer than crashing.

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PUNK HAIR A risk of potential exposure to Direct Blue 6, a human carcinogen, may have existed for people using hair dyes that contained the compound. In addition, ingestion of Direct Blue 6 may occur if food is eaten that contained residues from packaging in which the dye was used.

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PEANUTS Aflatoxins are toxic metabolites produced by certain types of fungi. The primary route of potential human exposure to aflatoxins is ingestion of contaminated food. Grains, peanuts, tree nuts, and cottonseed meal are among the foods on which aflatoxin-producing fungi commonly grow. Meat, eggs, milk, and other edible products from animals that consume aflatoxin-contaminated feed are additional sources of potential exposure. North Americans may consume up to an estimated 0.15-0.50 g of aflatoxins daily.

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CHLOROFORM Foods such as dairy products, oils and fats, vegetables, bread, and beverages might contain small amounts of chloroform. Drinking water supplies may contain chloroform as a by-product of chlorination for disinfection purposes. The concentration of chloroform in drinking water increases with time. Miscellaneous uses of chloroform (4%) include as a solvent in the extraction and purification of some antibiotics, alkaloids, vitamins, and flavors; as a solvent for lacquers, floor polishes, artificial silk manufacture, resins, fats, greases, gums, waxes, adhesives, oils, and rubber; as an industrial solvent in photography and dry cleaning; as a heat transfer medium in fire extinguishers.

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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 12:33am
As if I didn't have enough to worry about......lol;)


christine


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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 6:33pm
So, some things we can avoid, some things we can't. So since I can't avoid every cancer causing substance, I might as well not avoid any? I might as well smoke and spend hours out in the sun?

What I can do, I do. I can bf, so I bf.

Sherry

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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 6:38pm
I try to be open minded on all research that I read. Even research that shows bf in an adverse way. The phrase "don't believe everything you read" is kind of a put down. Kind of like "you read too much" I've been told that one too. What you are saying is that YOU don't want to believe it, therefor it is not true, and so I must be simple minded for believing it myself.

Sherry

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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 6:48pm
Oh, in addition, what I get from your post is that I should consider this study invalid due to two reasons: 1) your anecdotal evidence, and 2) you can't believe everything you read.

Sorry, but I need more than that. Now, if someone reads the abstract and comes up with a legitimate reason why the research is wrong, then fine, I would consider the study invalid.

Sherry

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