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Breast-feeding protects from arthritis but Dr Raj Baldev differs
Jun 19, 2007
A new study suggests that mothers, who breast feed their babies for
longer periods, keep their children away from the arthritis but Dr. Raj
Baldev, Cosmo Theorist from India, holds a different view.
The latest study says that there is a reduced risk of developing
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a chronic disorder that causes inflammation
of the joints and surrounding tissues, if mother feeds her baby for a
While previous studies have suggested that hormonal factors play a part
in the development of RA, the new study found that breast feeding for
13 or more months was associated with a reduced risk of developing RA
compared to women who had never breast fed.
The longer the breast feeding period, the lower the mother's risk of
developing RA in later life, according to the new data presented at
EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona,
The latest study was conducted using the data from a community-based
health study in Spain between 1991 and 1996, comparing health
information from 136 women, reported health portal Medical News Today .
Comparable use of oral contraceptives (OCs) or hormone replacement
therapy (HRT) did not show a significant effect on the risk of
developing RA, it said.
"This study specifically highlights the potential of naturally-induced
hormones in protecting individuals from developing RA in the future,"
said lead researcher Mitra Keshavarz, of Malmö Hospital University,
"It further adds to the growing body of
evidence in favour of breast feeding and its positive health
implications this time demonstrating its protective benefits for the
mother," he added.
But as per the experience of Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo
Theorist from India, “I have closely seen a case where two children
suffered from chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) despite their mother
fed them for a long period."
"The mother was advised not to breast feed the third
child and she complied with, and as a result her third child was free
from any disease whereas her two earlier brother and sister suffered
from RA and AR because she gave them breast feeding for long periods.
The child, who was not given any breast feeding, is a grown up man now,
quite healthy. What would the researcher like to say in this regard?
"There is no doubt that breast milk is perfectly suited
to nourish infants and protect them from illness but it perhaps does
not apply to the cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Atrophic
Arthritis (AR)," Dr. Raj Baldev said.
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