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Doctor insights on: High Levels Of B6 And Neural Tube Defects

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What nutrient prevents defects of the baby's spine and brain?

What nutrient prevents defects of the baby's spine and brain?

Folic acid: It has been shown that folic acid is critical to the development of the spinal column in a baby, and using a supplement with folic acid dramatically reduces the incidence if babies born with myelomengicele. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Neural Tube Defect (Definition)

Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. They happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows that she is pregnant. The most common neural tube defects are spina ...Read more


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Which of the following can be a cause of preterm premature rupture of membranes before 24 weeks of pregnancy? : high tsh, high prolactin, low dhea.

Which of the following can be a cause of preterm premature rupture of membranes before 24 weeks of pregnancy? : high tsh, high prolactin, low dhea.

None really: Hyperthyroidism is more assoc with preeclampsia with could result in needed premature delivery. Hyperprolactin is assoc with decreased fertility. Dheas. Is assoc with severe pcos but shouldn't cause prem rupt of membranes. ...Read more

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"Low levels of pvcs have shown no increased risk of heart damage or dysfunction in otherwise healthy hearts." My question: what defines "low levels?

"Low levels of pvcs have shown no increased risk of heart damage or dysfunction in otherwise healthy hearts."  My question:  what defines "low levels?

No one right answer: This has never been precisely defined to my knowledge. I would say (as a general rule of thumb) if someone has less than 100-200 PVCs in 24 hour period as ascertained by Holter monitoring, that's a low level. You have about 100,000 heart beats in a day. ...Read more

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Does folic acid help reduce the risk of fetal abnormalities?

Does folic acid help reduce the risk of fetal abnormalities?

Yes: It is especially important in treating or preventing brain and spinal cord defects that might develop during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Vitamin E can increase the risk of heart defects in babies. Prenatal one and dha of Rainbow Light are 60 iu of vitamin e. Is it safe to take?

Vitamin E  can increase the risk of heart defects in babies.
Prenatal one and dha of Rainbow Light are 60 iu of vitamin e. Is it safe to take?

Yes: This is a small amount of Vitamin E and the information may not be accurate. You are likely consuming more Vitamin E in your regular diet. All the best and continue your vitamins. ...Read more

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Estrogen level high at 1094 in wk 6 of IVF pregnancy. Does this affect gender development of brain and sex organs of fetus? Should I decrease estrogen

Estrogen level high at 1094 in wk 6 of IVF pregnancy. Does this affect gender development of brain and sex organs of fetus? Should I decrease estrogen

Follow instructions: Best follow your infertility specialist's instructions. Because of the medications you received to stimulate ovulation, it is not unusual for your estrogen levels to be high. ...Read more

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How (neuro) toxic and eventually life threatening is excess amount of tyrosine in the absence or very low presence of vitamin c?

How (neuro) toxic and eventually life threatening is excess amount of tyrosine in the absence or very low presence of vitamin c?

Confusion here: Tyrosine is an amino acid, helpful in certain brain and mood disorders when taken as a supplement. Vitamin c is a water soluble vitamin, rarely measured accurately, considered safe to 5000 mg/ day supplementation by a famous physician who remained healthy and researching until his late 90's. A low vitamin c level can be corrected immediately. Your problems sound vascular/ hormonal, not toxic. ...Read more

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What does high vitamin B6 levels in the blood mean?

What does high vitamin B6 levels in the blood mean?

Overdose intake: Vit b6 or pyridoxine is recommended for arthritis not to exceed 100 mg. Daily. Overdose could form stone in kidneys. ...Read more

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Open burning of waste increases dioxins which cause cancer, birth defects, immune deficiency?

Open burning of waste increases dioxins which cause cancer, birth defects, immune deficiency?

True.: Which is why we need environmental protections, to keep industry from doing things that hurt our health. They are motivated primarily by profit, it takes an epa to police them from releasing poisons. ...Read more

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How does metabolic influences of mitochondria processing of simple sugars during pregnancy effect the development of the corpus callosum in a fetus?

How does metabolic influences of mitochondria processing of simple sugars during pregnancy effect the development of the corpus callosum in a fetus?

Fetal development: Truth to say, we don't really know what effects the development of the corpus callosum in the fetus. We do know that about 10% of adults do not have a corpus callosum and are essentially normal. Partial absence of the corpus callosum is abnormal and associated with mental retardation. ...Read more

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Can smoking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Can smoking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Yes: An association between smoking during pregnancy and congenital heart defects has been demonstrated. This is one the many problems that can occur due to smoking during pregnancy. Smoking while pregnant also increases the risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome and other health issues. ...Read more

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Can drinking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Can drinking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Yes: The frequency of heart defects including a hole between the upper and or lower heart chamber is increased among those with fetal alcohol exposure. More intense exposure during the first weeks of pregnancy would be more likely to effect heart formation. These defects can also occur without alcohol exposure during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Causes of high palate and midline defects?

Causes of high palate and midline defects?

Many reasons: Missing teeth, mouth breathing and sinus problems may be contributors to high palate and midline issues. ...Read more

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Lasix (furosemide) 40 being given in condition of dilated cardiomyopathy, can proove fatal in low blood pressure and low sodium level?

Lasix (furosemide) 40 being given in condition of dilated cardiomyopathy, can proove fatal in low blood pressure and low sodium level?

Caution required: In dilated cardiomyopathy, the decreased ejection fraction (squeezing function of the heart) may cause "back-up" of pressure which can result in fluid retention and edema (lungs, legs, abdomen, etc). Lasix (furosemide) can be quite helpful for this. If blood pressure is low, Lasix (furosemide) can be harmful, because blood pressure can worsen. Independently, low sodium is a marker for worse prognosis in cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Is a Serum level of Copper of 61 µg/dL and an RBC level of 49 µg/dL of Copper low enough to interfere with Iron absorption and metabolism?

Is a Serum level of Copper of 61 µg/dL and an RBC level of 49 µg/dL of Copper low enough to interfere with Iron absorption and metabolism?

Follow up needed: In order to accurately interpret these labs results, one has to be sure of the normal ranges used by the lab. These results also need to be correlated with your overall health status Going by the info above, it appears like you've been seen by someone who ordered these labs, I will strongly recommend following up with him/her for further evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Turck
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Vitamin B6 (Definition)

Vitamin B6 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more