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This article continues the dialogue on the origins of heath as beginning in the womb. It points to the positive effects and changes that can occur when re-evaluating the importance of the pregnancy period for matters of public health. A brief review of the literature on dietary habits preconception/prenatally, and the intrauterine pollution of fat-soluble synthetic chemicals were offered. Followed by the description of a pilot study for the purpose of initiating a new generation of research. Results indicated preconceptional counselling must reflect new preoccupations based on the life-long effects of intrauterine pollutants.


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Editor's note: This study is reprinted with permission of Michel Odent, MD, Director, Primal Health Research Center in London and the newsletter Primal Health Research, published in North and South America by Birth Works, Inc., Medford, NJ. Contact information: Email for Dr. Odent is:

Acknowledgment: It is thanks to the precious suggestions, encouragements, and continuous advice of Vyvyan Howard that our study was possible. Vyvyan Howard is now Professor of Bioimaging, Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster. He is recognized as an expert in "feto-toxicology".

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