The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 3, 1996 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 3, 1996
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C2 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1996 HEALTH V WOMAN'S HEALTH Folic acid can prevent birth defects Many women are unaware that during — and even before — pregnancy they need folic acid, a nutrient that helps prevent a certain * type of birth defect known as a neural tube defect. Neural tube defects are malformations of the spinal cord or brain. Some of these malformations include spina bifida, where the spinal column does not fully enclose the cord of nerves that 4 runs through its center, and anencephaly, where the brain is missing or only partially developed. Spina bifida is accompanied by life-long disabili- FREDRIC D. FRIGOLETTO JR. OB/GYN ties, such as paralysis of the lower limbs and sometimes retardation. Infants born with anencephaly do not survive. It's important to take folic acid in the right amount at the right time. Unlike nutrients such as iron and calcium, folic acid cannot be "borrowed" from places where it is stored in the mother's body. Since your fetus's brain and nervous system are the first organs to develop (within six weeks after conception), adequate daily intake at the time of conception is crucial. This means watching your diet or taking supplements even before you get pregnant. Women who previously have had a fetus with a neural tube defect should increase their folic acid intake starting one month before they plan to conceive. Rich sources of folic acid are dark green leafy vegetables, liver, dried beans and peas, and dark yellow fruits and vegetables (especially citrus fruits and juices). Fortified cereals Breakfast cereals fortified with extra vitamins and minerals are another good source. Beginning in 1998, the federal government will require that all enriched foods, such as most flours, pasta and rice, be fortified with folic acid. Supplements are also available. If you are of average risk, you will need about 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams (400 to 800 micrograms) of folic acid daily. Most daily multivitamins contain 0.4 milligrams which, if combined with some dietary intake, should be sufficient. Do not take more than one milligram of folic acid daily except under a doctor's supervision. If you have a previous history of the problem and are therefore at greater risk, then your doctor is likely to prescribe a higher dose — about 4 milligrams daily. Not all neural tube defects can be prevented, but adequate folic acid intake can reduce their first- time occurrence by 50 to 75 percent — a real success story. Watching your diet when you are trying to conceive and early in pregnancy can help your fetus to develop properly. Single, free copies of the pamphlet "Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care" are available by sending a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Resource Center/AP056, 409 12th Street, SW, P.O. Box 96920, Washington DC 20090-6920. THE SALINA JOURNAL pum Were grown in Kansas! Eortho WATERS oervic VVr\l l_riW ^ GARDEN STO HARDWARE STORE -==- BOTH LOCATIONS 2106S.9tKSt 470 South Ohio Pot / It makes you stupid, paranoid FROM PAGE C2 ' Now, when she voices disapproval, her oldest son sometimes uses her admission as a weapon. He says that somehow we're being harder on him than we were on ourselves," Proctor says. ! Yet when she argues he's a much heavier user than she was — and much younger — he objects to the comparison. • "The point of view he's expressed to me is that our lives are so different, that the pressures on kids these days to become part of that marijuana culture are so much stronger at a younger age, that the two experiences don't equate very well in his mind." Denver therapist Neil Rosen- thai says parents may turn their prior drug use into an asset if they accept that adolescence is a time of rebellion and experimentation. Rather than adopting a strict zero-tolerance policy, it might be more realistic to use their own experiences to help guide their children to wiser choices. Marijuana, for instance, is infinitely preferable to cocaine or heroin, and kids need to know that. They also need to know it's never OK to drive under the influence of a drug, or to ride with a driver who is under the influence. And they need to know the possible penalties for their choices. "Don't moralize with your children about drugs," Rosenthal suggests. "Most baby boomers had their parents moralize with them about drugs and it didn't do any good at all. I don't think you should say 'Don't do marijuana because it's evil and bad.' That's what we were told, and we didn't buy it, either. But I would recommend talking about the pluses and minuses of marijuana." Vermont Castings Fall Stove S' $50 to $300 Off. • 10 - Wood or Gas Burning Modek • Easy To Install, Easy To Operate. • Direct-Vent, B-Vent & Vent-Free Installations. • Various Sizes &. Porcelain Color Choices. • Cast-Iron Durability & Detailing. • Efficient, Comfortable &. Affordable Heat. FOUR SEASONS GREENHOUSES Dfsiun & Ki'inmielin^ Ci'nU'rs 1900 S.Broadway OPEN: M-F 9-5 SAT. 10-4 (913)823-9500 Salina, KS Go on, admit it: Smoking marijuana felt good and it was fun. But there are a heap of negatives, too. For starters, it makes you stupid and paranoid. "Most baby boomers learned that, too, eventually," Rosenthal says. You may have a friend or two who can serve as an example of what happens when drug use goes on too long or too intensely. "I think it's useful to have kids have exposure to outcomes," Dolgan says. "The kids see they're slower on the uptake, just not as bright as they used to be. Not to scare kids, but this is to say, 'Here's what it looks like if you continue. Mr. So-and-so is a good example of someone who lost a lot of pieces cognitively and intellectually because he used drugs.' " Finally, for parents who continue to use drugs — or who have more than two alcoholic drinks T MALPRACTICE Brain-damaged boy awarded $23 million for botched birth By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A jury awarded $23 million to an 8-year-old boy for the botched birth that left him severely brain-damaged, with cerebral palsy and unable to speak. A jury determined Tuesday that Tristan Royal was the victim of negligent treatment his mother received when he was born prematurely in April 1988. The hospital, now called The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, said it would appeal because the jury obviously based its verdict on emotion. Thomas Moore, the family lawyer, said the medical staff had failed to diagnose a urinary tract infection the mother had suffered during pregnancy, resulting in premature labor. The mother also was not examined by a doctor until eight hours. after she was admitted." During those hours, she was seert only by a physician's assistant with three weeks' training in obstetrics. Moore said medical records were falsified to cover up for an inexperienced resident who performed the complicated Caesarean section delivery, severely damaging the child's head. per day — Denver psychologist Burton Rosenblum has this advice: "You're not in a good position to encourage your kids not to use substances. First, you need to dry out." comma w IN TOMORROW'S JOURNAL • GARGOYLES: Stone figures meant to ward off evil / Page A6 Classes have been scheduled on the following dates: October 8 November 12 December 10 7:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. CANCER PREVENTION, EDUCATION AND DETECTION PROGRAM To register for the class, please call 452-7037 Presentations can also be given to your club or civic group. Learn the proper way to examine your breasts. 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