Birth Defects Cause and Origin

The mainstream thought pattern claims to be ignorant of the cause of most birth defects. Without knowing their cause, we are powerless to prevent them.

Intention: To learn a real cause of birth defects so we can prevent them.

The cause of birth defects is not a mysterious secret and in fact is even understood by some perceptive doctors in other countries. For example, Foresight, the association for the promotion of preconceptual care in England, has worked with high risk couples over a period of ten years, and has been able to reduce the rate of birth defects in that group to 0.47%. Compare this figure to the national average for birth defects in England of 6%. That is over a 1200% reduction in the rate of birth defects. If doctors can do it in England, shouldn’t it be front page news here? The headline would shout “Birth Defects Are Preventable!” You can download free preconception resources at Foresight’s website, .

It is now commonly accepted that pregnant women must have sufficient dietary folic acid in order to help prevent the birth defect of spina bifida in their babies. As with this straightforward example of cause and effect, so it is true with most other birth defects: a lack of nutrients or the presence of toxic substances in the sperm, the egg, or the mother’s body can produce a birth defect.

A recently released report from the US Centers for Disease Control states that:

Major structural or genetic birth defects affect approximately 3% of births in the United States, are a major contributor to infant mortality, and result in billions of dollars in costs for care… The causes of most major birth defects are unknown. (Emphasis added.)

With approximately 4 million babies born in the U.S. every year, about 120,000 of those children will suffer from serious birth defects. The infant mortality rate is the number of infants who die before the age of one; and in this country that number is 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births, or about 24,000 infants per year. Most infant deaths occur within the first four weeks of life. Think about those figures — they are staggering. When one child dies or is born with a serious problem, it causes great sorrow in the family. Now, multiply that single loss by thousands and you can see the tragic results of our modern lifestyle.

Birth Defects and “Modern” Civilization

If you reflect on Nature’s plan for a moment you will see that she doesn’t want any of her children to suffer from any type of physical disease. Disease is equated with failure to thrive and failure to survive. If Nature had designed humans or animals to suffer from disease, then we couldn’t have survived as a species for so long. Nature naturally selected out genetic defects millions of years ago; that’s why most people are born without noticeable defects. The modern theory of birth defects, including problems related to childbirth, places significant blame on genetics, which is something that is supposedly beyond our control. In light of that narrow assessment, let’s reflect on these words of far-seeing warning from Dr. Price, recorded after he visited Australian Aborigines living in desperate conditions and confined to reservations:

The rapid degeneration of the Australian Aborigines after the adoption of the government’s modern foods provides a demonstration that should be infinitely more convincing than animal experimentation. It should be a matter not only of concern but deep alarm that human beings can degenerate physically so rapidly by the use of a certain type of nutrition, particularly the dietary products used so generally by modern civilization. (Emphasis added.)

If you are willing to accept the fact that our bodies can quickly degenerate from a poor diet, would you be willing to take one small step further and consider the effects this malnourishment would have on reproductive health? The symptoms of physical degeneration could easily include deteriorated sperm of the father and the egg of the mother. What can be reasonably expected when life begins from unsound building materials? After conception and as the fetus begins to grow, the mother’s body lacks certain nutrients as a result of a poor diet, and this deficiency is passed onto the growing child; this could result in an improperly formed baby — in other words, a birth defect

The Indians of the Amazon

…share the belief of many peoples of the lower cultures that food eaten by the parents – to some degree of both parents - will have a definite influence upon the birth, appearance, or character of the child. (Emphasis added.)

With the coming of the “white man” and his modern ways, came birth defects. Birth defects became prevalent in several healthy indigenousgroups after the introduction of modern foods.


Above, this pig was one of fifty-nine born without eyeballs and with other serious deformities due to lack of vitamin A in the mother's diet. Offspring of these blind pigs when normally fed had perfect eyes and no deformities.


Foresight: the Association for the Promotion of Preconceptual Care,

“Update on Overall Prevalence of Major Birth Defects --- Atlanta, Georgia, 1978—2005.” MMWR Weekly, January 11, 2008 / 57(01);1-5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

CIA World Factbook, United States.

Price, W. A., Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 6 th Ed. La Mesa: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation; 2004: 174.

Ibid., 323

Ibid., 321

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