Setting Up the Immune System: Perinatal Influences

setting-up-the-immune-system-perinatal-influences

PAPER FIRST PRESENTED AT THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL DEAD SEA CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 20-24, 1996, IN ZICHRON YAAKOV, ISRAEL.  THE TITLE OF THE CONFERENCE WAS:  “POTENTIATING HEALTH AND THE CRISIS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.”  Published by Plenum Press, NY-London, 1997. 

  1. ABSTRACT

The major factors influencing the development of the immune system in the perinatal period include:  the parents’ health;  the health, diet, drug and alcohol use of the mother during pregnancy;  the type of infant feeding at breast or bottle;  the child’s diet;  and the use of antibiotics and vaccines.  This paper presents a brief overview of the role of each of these influences, with some suggestions for maximizing immune system health.

Continue reading