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foo_bar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 07:13 AM
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15. I think western medicine basically concurs (minus the Gabriel stuff)
Since the 1940s, it had been known that human milk was deficient in protein, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, vitamins and trace minerals and would not satisfy the intrauterine requirements of the growing premature infant. <...> Despite this, in 1977, in its first statement on the nutritional needs of LBW infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that "the optimal diet for the LBW infant may be defined as one that supports a rate of growth approximating that of the third trimester of intrauterine life, without imposing stress on the developing metabolic or excretory systems" (AAP 1977 Citation ).

Although trace elements make up a small fraction of the total mineral content of the human body, they play an important role in numerous metabolic pathways. The infant born prematurely is at increased risk for developing trace mineral deficiencies. Premature birth is associated with low stores at birth, because accretion of trace minerals takes place during the last trimester of pregnancy. ("Textbook of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition")
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