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From 1953 to 1954, he served his family practice residency in the Lallie Kemp Charity Hospital in Louisiana. Twenty-five percent of the women admitted had toxemia. They had something in common -- they were poor and malnourished. Later, as he worked in family practice in the more affluent community of Fulton, Missouri, he rarely saw problems with toxemia.
At Contra Cosa Hospital in Martinez, California, (between the years of 1963 and 1976), Brewer completed a retrospective study of 5,615 births. He did not see one case of convulsive toxemia in the mostly high-risk group of women who followed his diet throughout their pregnancies. Each women was counseled in nutrition at each prenatal visit and asked what she was eating. Mild toxemia was present in fewer than one percent of the women studied. Toxemia is preventable, says Dr. Brewer.
Prevention is the key to a healthy pregnancy, a good birth and a healthy baby. Dr. Brewer believes that by eating properly during your pregnancy, you will help to protect yourself and your baby from many complications such as:
- Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy (Eclampsia)
- Premature Rupture of Membranes
- Low birth weight or premature baby
- Placental abruption
- HELLP Syndrome
- Babies who are prone to illness
Dr. Brewer Answers Your 7 Most-Asked Questions
1. What is the best advice you have for a newly pregnant mom?
Diet is the most important thing that you can take care of. In clinical practice, I would assume that everyone was undernourished, and then would I would set about educating them about the nutritional requirements for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. We need someone with the authority of a physician to speak with every pregnant woman. But, even today, not much time is spent educating doctors about nutrition in medical school.