Miscarriage Risk

Posted by Kat (New Mexico) on 12/13/2007

Kat from New Mexico writes: just wanted to comment on a reply were you stated that vitamin c can help prevent miscarriage. ascorbic acid (synthetic vit c i believe) is actually and abortificient in early term pregnancy, so you should be sure to note that unless a woman is trying to terminate a pregnancy, she should never take ascorbic acid while pregnant (ascorbic acid is the main ingredient in most off brand and lower priced vit c supplements.)

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

This information was based on large scale research done years ago comparing a woman taking vitamin C and no vitamin C and its abortion rate. However, it should be assume that all other factors remain constant (no OTHER vitamin deficiencies is apparent - 'other things being equal') that found woman who took vitamin C had lower incidence of miscarriage.

My own mother had miscarriage regularly and the reason why I was born was she ate a lot of oranges by the basket during early pregnancy otherwise I wouldn't be here answering earthclinic questions. The surgical on her abdominal healed very quickly as a result too, from past appendectomy. It was unusual that before I was born as my mother also fell out of a motorcycle on the hill about 20 meters and she should have miscarriage then and there and I wouldn't be alive or perhaps I am just lucky.

The type of vitamin C I prefer has never been ascorbic acid. It has always been sodium ascorbate, or sodium ascorbate with some rose hips. It should also be noted that there is a huge differences between ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate. Ascorbic acid is a prooxidant, while sodium ascorbate is an antioxidant. You can prove this to yourself with an Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) meter to test its antioxidant and oxidant level.

The ascorbic acid is an oxidant (which causes cellular degeneration from the acidity), while the alkaline (especially with added baking soda) is a powerful antioxidant) which helps cells heal.

So the reason for the conflicting information may be, intentional or unintentional, fact that scientist today are ignoring the acidosis issue (lactic acidosis might also lead to heart problems too), which is quite prevalent amongst pregnant mother, which can cause spontaneous abortion.

Any acid will cause a collagen and other things to digest itself from the excess acidity from toxins generated by the baby to the mother. That's how our stomach digest foods and in general acids are tend to breakdown the proteins and may be related in someways to problems during pregnancy.

In case you want to know what the other factors are that prevent miscarriage, it's likely to be the folic acid and the vitamin B6, which is directly related to fetal development, and lack of it can result in the same problem.

It should be also noted that nearly all canned foods and even in plastic containers and saran wrap, today are coated or made with a plastic lining made from female hormone estrogen, called Bisphenol-A, which well known for inducing spontaneous abortion in rat and guinea pig studies. So it's quite possible to fudge the research in giving nursing mothers with vitamin C rich packaged foods, such as tomatoes, and oranges. So while vitamin C is high, the Bisphenol-A induces term pregnancy too, while researchers ignored the estrogen levels high in many packaged foods now being served in supermarkets lined with Bishenol-A, which as an accumulative effects just as well.

If you are lost on this information overflow and confusing array of research (whether there is a conspiracy theory) it should be noted that spontaneous abortion are lower in livestock animals that are fed with multivitamins and minerals under the care of veterinarians than in humans under the care of doctors using antibiotics, steroids and x-rays.

It is therefore best just to avoid the toxins FIRST as is also true in pseudoestrogens that are found virtually everywhere, in fragrance, canned foods, plus one major issues that present medical practice is avoiding: the issue of spontaneous abortion in acidosis mother, which seems to be the prevalent issue, at least from my own experience, and the avoidance of the fact that ascorbic acid is an oxidant, while sodium ascorbate is an antioxidant. Conspiracy is hard to cover up if you just have a pocket Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) meter to measure their antioxidant level and proved to yourself as well as being sure that the body is in an optimum pH that is preferably alkaline rather than acidosis that causes the body to self-digest proteins that just might remotely lead to spontaneous abortion.

In case you don't believe in this controversy of fudge research, I take an example of a British Study that says using headphones does not emit EMF microwave radiation during the use of cellular phone. I thought it was true, but of course, I purchased an EMF detector available at a local cellular phone shop just to be sure.

As it turns out the headphones on all cellular I tested that connects to mobile phone became a microwave transmitting antenna that emits a large amount of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF), that using the headphones can damage the brain (an autopsy of rat's brain you can see the morphological damage within a month using normal cellular use), and hence I try to use hands-free mode instead, being a safer choice, or perhaps a bluetooth receiver, might at least reduce the microwave emissions to the head. Interestingly you can also cook boiled eggs using two mobile phones within an hour or so.

One other thing concerning miscarriage. All the woman friends I know that had miscarriage operates a microcomputer (during the days of CRT), but some study also found the use of microcomputer increases the chance of abortion, perhaps from the stress of using the computer, I don't know, but I am certain of the radiation emissions from CRT can had an effect too.


Folic and B6 reduces miscarriage:

Title: Preconception folate and vitamin B(6) status and clinical spontaneous abortion in Chinese women. Author: Ronnenberg, Alayne G : Goldman, Marlene B : Chen, Dafang : Aitken, Iain W : Willett, Walter C : Selhub, Jacob : Xu, Xiping Citation: Obstet-Gynecol. 2002 Jul; 100(1): 107-13 Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between preconception homocysteine and B vitamin status and risk of clinical spontaneous abortion in women from China. METHODS: All women were aged 21-34 years, had never smoked, and were primigravid. Patients (n = 49) were women with a clinically recognized pregnancy who experienced a fetal death before 100 days' gestation. Controls (n = 409) were women who maintained a pregnancy that ended in a live birth. Homocysteine, folate, and vitamins B(6) and B(12) concentrations were measured in plasma obtained before conception. RESULTS: Mean vitamin B(6) concentration was lower in patients than in controls (34.0 versus 37.9 nmol/L, P =.04). In addition, the risk of spontaneous abortion tended to increase with decreasing plasma vitamin B(6) and folate concentration (P for trend =.06 and.07, respectively), although the significance of these trends was further reduced in logistic models that included age, body mass index, and both vitamins. The risk of spontaneous abortion was four-fold higher among women with suboptimal plasma concentrations of both folate and vitamin B(6) (folate less than or equal to 8.4 nmol/L and vitamin B(6) less than or equal to 49 nmol/L) than in those with higher plasma concentrations of both vitamins (odds ratio 4.1, 95% confidence interval 1.2, 14.4). Homocysteine and vitamin B(12) status were not associated with spontaneous abortion risk. CONCLUSION: Suboptimal preconception folate and vitamin B(6) status, especially when they occur together, may increase the risk of clinical spontaneous abortion. Additional prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings and to determine whether antenatal B vitamin supplementation reduces spontaneous abortion risk.

Vitamin C and miscarriage:


Vitamin C Causes Sterility

The proposed hypothesis in the mid-1970's that Vitamin C might prevent conception and thus reduce fertility in women has not been substantiated, and has been refuted by physicians such as Abraham Hoffer(54). In fact, in experiments carried out in Ireland(54), it appears that Vitamin C may actually INCREASE fertility and aid in conception, in addition to regulating ovulation and controlling spontaneous abortion in pregnant women(166).

On the male side, research indicates that Vitamin C may enhance male fertility. A placebo controlled trial with 30 men conducted by Dawson and co-workers(66) indicated that Vitamin C improved sperm in terms of total count, viability, motility and reduced sperm agglutination.