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From Dr. Dean Raffelock

Over the past years many women have emailed us to ask specific questions related to our clinically tested postnatal nutritional program called After Baby Boost and also questions about various pregnancy, postpartum, and general natural health care concerns. Some very good questions have come as a direct result of reading my book. This has been gratifying. My wife Stephanie and I have been pleased to answer these questions as time has allowed. Now with the addition of Sound Formula’s blog to our website, we can answer questions that others may also be interested in reading, post up research, new information, and also you can share helpful information with each other.

Please be aware that I can not give individual diagnosis or prescribe individual treatment on this blog but often can offer suggestions that you may want to explore with your own health practitioners or in some cases on your own. Obviously I can not take responsibility for any health choices you make if I am not your doctor but sometimes in sharing my clinical experience, previously unknown health options are brought to light that may be helpful. For those of you who are interested, I can act as a health consultant via phone calls. You can email my wife Stephanie at sraffelock@aol.com if this is something that you would like to do and want to know the particulars involved in doing this.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my background, I have earned board certifications in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, and applied kinesiology and have been in practice for 30 years as of 2006. I have taught research based clinical nutrition for many years for various medical groups and symposiums and have written the book A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH Avery, Putnam, Penguin 2003 which focuses predominantly on the need for postpartum women to replenish their depleted nutritional reserves that their own bodies donated to form their baby’s body ( and placenta). Nutritional science, bio-identical hormones, brain chemistry, and leading edge laboratory tests are discussed as well. For those of you who decide to purchase this book on our website, I will be happy to sign the book for you if you would be so kind to let us know you’d like this when you order it.

From time to time we will do our best to have other doctors, medical and alternative, add their knowledge to this blog. So please keep posted for these developments.

We hope to make this blog as informative as possible and we look forward to your participation!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Dean Raffelock

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS #1

A very commonly asked question is:

Q-WHY DO I NEED A POSTNATAL NUTRIENT PROGRAM? 

A-The short answer is that your body has donated lots of its nutrient reserves to make your baby’s body and placenta and you want to replenish your nutrient reserves so that you can enjoy the miracle that is your new baby and be healthy yourself. Also, it is very important to prevent immediate and future health problems by taking a high potency postnatal nutrient program to replenish these nutrient reserves. Most doctors recommend just continuing to take your prenatal vitamin after giving birth. In our experience, prenatal vitamins do not contain enough high quality nutrients to replenish postpartum nutritional needs.

Here is the more detailed answer from our articles section:

THE DEEP NEED FOR A POSTNATAL NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM FOR ALL POSTPARTUM WOMEN.

by Dr. Dean Raffelock

Throughout the past 30 years in private practice, hundreds of women have told me they felt that their current health problems started soon after the birth of their child. The child may have been her first or fifth, and might now be a teenager or even a grown man or woman, but the mother remembers the postpartum onset of her symptoms as if it were yesterday.

The symptoms that usually start within the first to twelfth postpartum months vary widely among mothers. A few of the most common are depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, lack of confidence, loss of sex drive and passion, muscle and joint pains, unhealthy skin and hair, digestive disturbances, bladder problems, heart disease, asthma, and a host of troubling emotions and moods swings. A woman can be puzzled, frustrated, even embarrassed when she reveals symptoms that have plagued her for years. She may have shared these self-observations with doctors only to find that they were not worthy of an acknowledgement or comforting comment from her physician. Any attempt on her part to connect the birth of one of her children with those symptoms may have been met with skepticism or passed over. Yet, she can’t shake the feeling that something about that particular birth began her health decline.

Her observations do have validity and merit. What most mainstream medical practitioners don’t fully take into consideration is that a baby’s body is formed and made entirely of nutrients donated by the mother’s body. Her child’s brain, eyes, muscles, bones, organs, glands, nerves, skin, tissues and fluids are completely comprised of the nutrients taken from its mother’s bloodstream via the placenta.

If there is a lack of vital nutrients, the mother’s body is the first one that is deprived because her developing baby is Mother Nature’s priority. All mothers need to consciously replenish their lost nutritional and energetic reserves during the postpartum period. If this isn’t done, they might end up spending the rest of their lives wondering why they “just haven’t felt the same since the baby was born.”

The energy demands of caring for a newborn can further drain and deplete the mother’s nutrient reserves, especially if she is breastfeeding and sleep-deprived. If a woman has lost a great deal of blood while birthing her baby, the need for replenishing the nutritional components of blood is even more critical. Women who undergo Cesarean section also need to restore nutrient reserves; not only have they become mothers, they have had to have major surgery in the process. Women who lose a good deal of blood during the birth process and who don’t replenish key nutrients might experience light-headedness and throbbing headaches, along with extreme fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression.

A new mother is also faced with the stress of integrating the intense needs of a new baby into her lifestyle while tending to her mate and perhaps other children and returning to work. All of these responsibilities that women – and those who are cared for by them – have taken for granted for millennia demand high-quality nutrients. Our food supply presently contains only half the nutrients that food contained in the 1940s due to the nutrient depletions in our soil. This fact makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for a mother to fully replenish the nutrient reserves her body donated to make her baby’s body solely from the food she eats. Eating highly refined and processed “junk” foods further depletes vital nutrients, which deepens the need to replenish postnatal nutrients even more.

Every physiologic process in the human body depends upon nutrients. The most important time to consciously replenish postpartum nutrient reserves begins immediately after giving birth and extends to 24 months postpartum. The failure to do this often sets the stage for chronic health problems that may last for decades.

There was a time that women throughout the globe would be given their placenta in some edible form to consume directly postpartum, much like dogs and cats do instinctively. The placenta contains highly concentrated amounts of the nutrients that the mother has lost through giving birth. The fact that eating one’s placenta is now culturally distasteful further supports the need to make a concerted effort to consume the appropriate nutrients and nourishing foods necessary for rebuilding and replenishing the new mother’s donated nutrient reserves. A high potency postnatal nutrient program is now essential to help a postpartum woman replenish her nutrient reserves.

Presently, about 30 million Americans take anti-depressant drugs. The majority of these are postpartum women! Many doctors prescribe Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and a host of other anti-depressant drugs before considering whether the mother’s depression, fatigue, or lethargy might be caused by postpartum nutrient depletion. Postpartum nutritional depletion can cause a physiological depression that is far too often misdiagnosed as a mental/emotional depression. All the brain neurotransmitter chemicals (like serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and GABA) that deeply affect one’s emotional states, energy, and most of the physiologic processes in the body are made from nutrients! This is a medical short-sightedness that needs to change so that postpartum women will receive better care. A postnatal nutrient recovery program should be the very first thing a doctor thinks of and prescribes for postpartum women presenting these symptoms; especially with women who have no history of depression, anxiety, or fatigue prior to giving birth. If one does  need the assistance of antidepressant drugs (and certainly some women do), these drugs contain no nutrients, so the need to replenish nutrient reserves still exists and should be addressed to prevent other health problems. It is fine to take AfterBaby Boost postnatal nutritional program and an antidepressant medication simultaneously. The need for high potency postnatal nutrients is greater now than ever before because the pace of life keeps getting faster, more complex and stressful.

Omega-3 oils are robbed from the mother’s body at a very high rate via the placenta to help form her baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, and cellular membranes. Breast feeding robs even more Omega 3 oils from a postpartum woman’s body because it is removed from her body to form the milk her body is producing. Many studies show the importance of Omega 3 oils to relieve depression, dry skin, thin hair and nails, fatigue and prevent heart disease in postpartum women. Omega 3 oils are an essential ingredient in a good postnatal nutrient program to assist a mother to replenish her nutrient reserves.

All the major nutrients are taken from mother’s body to help form baby’s body. Alpha Lipoic Acid and coenzyme Q10 are essential for the body to make energy. Without enough of these two essential nutrients the energy producing mitochondria in our cells will often make only 2 units of ATP (cellular energy) instead of 39 units of ATP per cycle. These two deficiencies are major causes of postpartum fatigue and mood swings. These two nutrients along with B vitamins, minerals including calcium and magnesium are also essential nutrients to help a mother replenish her postpartum nutrient reserves and should be included in a good postnatal nutrient formula. The postnatal nutrient program offered contains these essential nutrients in very high quality form.

Postpartum mothers require a nutritious diet, adequate sleep, moderate exercise and a high quality postnatal nutrient program. Prenatal vitamins do not adequately supply all of the nutrients that new mothers require after bringing new life into this world. A high quality postnatal nutrient program should be an integral part of the pregnancy recovery program required for all postpartum women to replenish their nutrient reserves. This can assist new mothers to not only regain their health and prevent later health problems, but also to allow her the best chance of happily raising her family and having other healthy pregnancies and healthy children if desired.

We at Sound Formulas are proud to offer the first and only clinically tested postnatal nutritional program called AfterBaby Boost.

Dr. Dean Raffelock is the lead author of A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH published by Avery, Putnam, Penguin in 2003. Dr. Raffelock has  taught research based clinical nutrition for numerous medical organizations over many years, formulates nutritional products for a number of nutritional companies (including Sound Formulas), and has a holistic practice in Boulder, Colorado. Along with his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree (1976) he has earned board certifications in Clinical Nutrition (DACBN), acupuncture (Dipl. Ac./L.Ac.), and Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK). He has also been certified as a clinical nutritionist (CCN) from the International and American Association for Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN).
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS #2

Q-Another frequently asked question is: WHAT WAS USED AS THE PLACEBO DURING THE DOUBLE- BLIND CLINICAL TRIAL THAT SHOWED THE EFFECTIVENESS  AND SAFETY FOR BOTH NURSING AND NON-NURSING MOTHERS OF AFTER BABY BOOST POSTNATAL NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM ?

A-The answer is that a leading prenatal vitamin was used as the placebo. We chose not to use an inert substance but instead to use a prenatal vitamin. The reason for this is that many doctors suggest to postpartum women that they just keep taking a prenatal for their postnatal needs. We thought that this suggestion, though better than nothing, would prove to be inadequate for a truly effective postnatal pregnancy recovery period that would help mother fully replenish her drained nutrient reserves and prevent many postpartum symptoms. We are pleased to say that we were right.

The results of the clinical study lead to two important conclusions. (1) After Baby Boost was far more effective for relieivng all the common postpartum symptoms that were measured such as anxiety, sleeplessness, mood swings, fatigue, dry skin and hair, joint pain, vaginal dryness, etc. and (2) taking a prenatal vitamin during the all important 24 month postnatal “pregnancy recovery” stage is not adequate to fully replenish a mother’s lost nutritional reserves which were donated to form her baby’s body.

The added postnatal stress of loss of sleep, caring for other family members, perhaps breastfeeding and going back to work all use up nutrients at a high rate which slows down the nutrient replenishment phase for a mother unless one is using a high potency postnatal vitamin. After Baby Boost is the only clinically tested postnatal nutrient program on the market. It is safe for both nursing and non-nursing mothers.

Based upon years of very extensive nutritional blood lab tests ( fatty acids, amino acids, intracellular minerals, antioxidants, Kreb Cycle nutrients, inflammatory heart related chemicals, and hormones) on postpartum women, we highly recommend taking AFTER BABY BOOST for the full 24 month postnatal recovery period. This time frame recommendation is very consistant with the wisdom of indigenous people all over the world. They know that two years is the minimum period of time needed to replenish nutrient energy reserves and have another baby if desired.

DR 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS #1

One of the most frequently asked questions is:

 Q-CAN AFTER BABY BOOST POSTNATAL NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM  BE USED AS A PRENATAL NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM? 

A- The answer is yes! Taking After Baby Boost would be far superior nutrition for both mom and developing baby than any prenatal vitamin. Prenatal vitamins hardly have enough nutrients for baby and certainly do not have adequate nutrition for mom as well. We recommend just reducing the #1 multiple vitamin/mineral formula from 4 capsules per day to 3 capsules per day while pregnant and increasing back up to 4 capsules per day for the 24 month postpartum period. Other dosages stay the same… 2-4 of the #2 Omega 3 oils per day depending upon skin and hair dryness, fatigue, moodswings, joint pain, etc. and 4 of the #3 Calcium/Magnesium citrate formula. We have had many mothers take the product this way as a prenatal with excellent results for themselves and their babies. In my opinion, based on many blood tests that measure key nutrients, prenatal vitamins are lacking in or significantly deficient in many key nutrients that help mother and baby avoid health problems due to nutrient deficiencies. Omega 3 fatty aids are a glaring example of this in that they are excluded from prenatal vitamins yet studies show that DHA and EPA are essential for both developing baby and mothers health as well. Alpha Lipoic Acid and Coenzyme Q 10 are other glaring omissions in prenatal vitamins along with lower overall potencies than what both mother and baby need during this important developmental period while baby’s body is forming. Our new complete prenatal nutritional program, Before Baby Boost, should be available by April 2007. Natural ingredients have been added to help the symptoms of “morning sickness.” 

DR

MORE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Moms

Q: How soon after giving birth can I start taking AfterBaby Boost?
A: If you have had a normal vaginal birth with no complications, you may start taking AfterBaby Boost #1, #2 and #3 immediately after giving birth. If you have had a cesarean section or other complications, you can take AfterBaby Boost #1 & #3 immediately and wait 5 days to start AfterBaby Boost #2.

Q: Is the product vegetarian?
A: AfterBaby Boost contains all vegetarian ingredients in the #1 multivitamin and #3 nighttime minerals formulas. The capsules are gelatin. The Omega 3 gel cap has a small amount of animal protein ( gelatin) and contains fish oils. In our experience, based upon years of testing fatty acids on blood tests, vegetarian sources (algae) of the Omega 3 oils DHA and EPA are inadequate to meet the pre and postnatal nutritional needs for these oils. Vegetarian sources for alpha linolenic acid (flax, walnut, soybean, hemp, and pumkin seed oil) do not easily convert into DHA and EPA.

Q: I’ve heard that fish oils can contain mercury? How do I know that your product does not contain mercury?
A: The AfterBaby Boost fish oils are tested and, if necessary treated, before they are encapsulated to assure purity. We have been provided certification by our source supplier that our Omega 3 oils contain no heavy metals or PCB’s. Our fish oils also contain 4 antioxidants ( Rosemary oil, acorbyl Vit. C, Vit. E, and lemon oil) to prevent rancidity. Most fish oils on the market go rancid pretty quickly because they do not contain enough of the right kind and amounts of antioxidants to prevent these essential oils from going rancid.

Q: Can essential fatty acids, like fish oils, make you fat?
A: Each Fish oil capsule contains only 10 calories. The daily dosage of two capsules contains 20 calories which is a small fraction of one’s daily caloric intake. These oils are essential to human health and should not contribute to weight gain at the recommended dose. In fact, these oils often help the body burn fat more efficiently.

Q: Is AfterBaby Boost safe for nursing mothers?
A: AfterBaby Boost went through a year of clinical trials and was shown to be safe for nursing mothers and their babies.

Q: How do I know that the vitamins in AfterBaby Boost won’t get into breast milk and harm my baby in some way?
A: Some of the vitamins do get into breast milk; fat soluble vitamins – like A, D, E and K, and water soluble vitamins, which are somewhat diffused when they get into breast milk and are less likely to concentrate there. These vitamins benefit your baby. There is nothing in AfterBaby Boost that is harmful to the nursing baby as shown by clinical trials.

Q: What vitamins do new mothers seem to be the most deficient in?
A: New mothers tend to be the most deficient in the omega 3 oil DHA, the oil that is crucial for brain, nerve, eye, skin, and cell membrane development and health. Nursing mothers give up even more DHA and this is why the replenishment from fish oils, which contain DHA is so important. New mothers are often deficient in all the nutrients contained in the After Baby Boost nutritional program. This is based upon years of nutritional blood testing and why we developed the first and only clinically tested postnatal nutritional replenishment program for women.

Q: How long should I take AfterBaby Boost?
A: We recommend taking the product for 24 months, although many women like the way the product makes them feel so much, that they continue taking it as a vitamin regime after the 24 month period. AfterBaby Boost products provide the essential vitamins and minerals women need, after birth and thereafter, to stay healthy.

Q: My doctor told me to stay on my prenatal for awhile after I had the baby. Can I take the prenatal and AfterBaby Boost together?
AThis is not necessary. After Baby Boost will be far superior nutritionally.  The nutritional needs of a postpartum woman are even greater than pregnant woman. AfterBaby Boost formulas were formulated for after the baby comes. We recommend that you take just the AfterBaby Boost formula for 24 months postpartum.

Q: Can I take AfterBaby Boost as a prenatal vitamin?
A: Yes, just reduce the dosage of the ABB #1 from 4 capsules/day to 3 capsules/day. The dosages for AfterBaby Boost #2 and AfterBaby Boost #3 stay the same. Our new complete prenatal program, Before Baby Boost, (also three bottles in a set) should become available in April 2007. We have added some natural ingredients to help prevent the nausea of “morning sickness” .

Q: If I get pregnant while I’m taking AfterBaby Boost, could it hurt me or the fetus?
A: No, if you get pregnant while taking AfterBaby Boost just reduce AfterBaby Boost #1 from 4 to 3 capsules/per day. All other dosages stay the same. You can begin taking our complete prenatal nutritional program, Before Baby Boost, when it becomes available in April 2007.

Q: Will this product help me if I am depressed?
A: Some depression may be caused by nutrition depletion ( especially Omega 3 oils, magnesium, B-vitamins), some is caused by neurotransmitter imbalance, and some depression is caused by hormonal imbalance. These are all gone over thoroughly in A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH. If you have serious symptoms of depression, like wanting to hurt yourself or your baby, please see your physician as soon as possible and follow the advice given to you. Even if you do need to take an antidepressant medication, we strongly recommend that you still replenish your nutrient reserves for 24 months by taking After Baby Boost along with your antidepressant drugs. Antidepressant medication contain no nutrients and it is fine to take the much needed nutrients in After Baby Boost and these medications together. We have heard from women with depression that increasing their dosage of the Omega 3 oils from 2/day to 6/day has been very helpful. In serious cases of depression. please consult your doctor immediately.

Q: How do I know that your product is safe?
A: AfterBaby Boost was put through clinical trials through an independent third party. The product was given to both nursing and non-nursing mothers. When taken according to directions, AfterBaby Boost proved to be not only safe, but effective in helping mom regain energy and vitality after birth.

Q: Is there something I could read about nutrition and postpartum?
A: We recommend Dr.’s Raffelock and Rountree’s book “A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health,” from Avery Publishing.

HEALTH POINT RADIO INTERVIEW WITH DR. DEAN AND STEPHANIE RAFFELOCK

Hello and welcome! This is Mike DeLuca for Health Point Radio, the radio show that gives you the latest and greatest from the world of health. Today’s show is about a subject that’s not discussed or paid attention to anywhere near as much as it should be. And the ladies out there who are pregnant or just had a baby—or someone close to you who has—you are going to be very happy to hear what we have to say today. Even those mothers who still have symptoms that began after having your last baby years ago will want to listen closely. We’re gonna talk about pregnancy recovery. 

Listen–why is it that everybody knows that a new mother has expended and lost an enormous amount of her body’s nutritional resources in the process of forming her baby’s body and giving birth, but no one seems to think much about its aftermath? Ya know, things like post-partum depression, loss of sleep, loss of mental alertness. Well, ya know, maybe these are things a young mother is expected to go through. Just live with it, mom!Well, let me tell ya, that kind of thinking is ancient history. Our guests today are Dr. Dean Raffelock and his wife Stephanie who are founders of a company called Sound Formulas. They have developed a formula called After Baby Boost—actually a 3-step postnatal nutritional program developed especially for new mothers. It’s the first and only product of its kind. The After Baby Boost formula provides the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils a mother needs to regain what she lost during pregnancy and birth. It relieves many common postpartum symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, worry, irritability, mental fogginess, sleep problems, dry skin, and brittle hair and nails—all the things that so many new moms have been resigned to having—up to now. Dr. Raffelock has been practicing and teaching clinical nutrition for over 30 years. At the present time, he has a holistic multidisciplinary practice in
Boulder, Colorado. He’s published many articles, is a noted lecturer and author, and he appears frequently on TV and radio to discuss natural health care. He is the lead author of a new book on pregnancy recovery called A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH published by Avery, Putnam, Penguin in 2003. He has many positions, but one that is particularly relevant to this program is that he is the Vice-President for Research and Development for his company Sound Formulas, which is dedicated to formulating nutritional products for women. It was Dr. Raffelock who formulated the After Baby Boost postnatal nutritional program
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Stephanie Raffelock is also a teacher and frequent guest speaker and lectures on the politics of women’s healthcare and women and their place in religious traditions. She is the President of Sound Formulas and administrates the practice of her husband.If you are a new mother or know someone who is, you’re gonna wanna know more about After Baby Boost.  Your host today is Jennifer Daniels, a new mom herself. So let’s join her as she discusses the new After Baby Boost formula with Dr. Dean and Stephanie Raffelock. JD    Thanks Mike and welcome to our show, Dr. Raffelock and Stephanie! DR: Thanks, Jen—we’re happy to be here. JD:  OK—boy, after listening to Mike’s introduction I’d say you make almost the perfect team to talk about post-pregnancy issues in women, aren’t you? SR: Well, we’re perfect in the sense that both Dean and I are passionate about women’s health care and most especially the area of postpartum health. Our company, Sound Formulas is dedicated to helping women and I don’t think that there is a more important area of women’s health care than pregnancy recovery!   JD: That’s for sure! Well, could you tell us a little bit about what led you to develop your new After Baby Boost formula?  SR:  A few years ago I was watching Oprah and her guest was Marie Osmond, who was talking about postpartum depression.  And it really struck me because Marie Osmond is wholesome, all American mommy material and here she was talking about this major health crisis in her life. And I began to see how we have perpetuated a myth in this culture that if your baby is healthy, then you should be healthy too. So women feel guilty when they have postpartum problems and they don’t talk about them much.  And I began to wonder about postpartum health and what it meant from a nutritional perspective.  Were we doing enough for these women? JD:  OK, how about you Dr. Raffelock? DR: Jen, right after Stephanie heard about Marie Osmond’s postpartum suffering on Oprah, she became very passionate about the need to support postpartum women in a new and much needed way. She asked me to write a book on the subject, which is now in publication. It’s called A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH and in it we wound up coining the phrase Pregnancy Recovery as it relates to postnatal nutrition. We define pregnancy recovery as the deep need for all postpartum women to fully replenish the lost nutrient reserves that their bodies donated to form their baby’s body. Pregnancy recovery requires a good diet, plenty of rest, and a high quality postnatal nutritional product. Continuing to take just a prenatal vitamin after giving birth is just not enough because prenatal vitamins don’t contain the right kinds and amounts of vital nutrients for mother’s to fully replenish their postpartum nutritional reserves. JD:  You mean a new mom needs more than that? DR: A lot more, Jen. Besides donating all the nutrients to form their baby’s body and the placenta, a new mother’s body has continuing drains on her nutrient reserves.  The extra energy needed to care for her new child requires high quality nutrients. And, other factors like sleep loss, blood loss from surgery or tissue tearing, breastfeeding, continuing to care for other family members, and perhaps going back to her job also continue to drain nutrients from a new moms already depleted nutrient stores. The pregnancy recovery period is 24 months, which is the amount of time most cultures on earth recommend women wait before having another baby. It takes about this long to fully replenish a mother’s energy and nutrient reserves; enough to for her to have the best chance of staying healthy herself long-term and being able to have other children if desired. JD:   So that’s how you were inspired to develop a product like After Baby Boost? DR:  That’s right Jen. The next step was formulating the world’s first postnatal nutritional product. I couldn’t believe that nothing like it existed!  In my clinical practice I’d been looking at blood levels of key nutrients like essential oils, minerals, B-vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acid proteins in women for many years. These are all the nutritional building blocks a mom’s body needs in abundance in order to build a healthy baby’s body. There was no question in my mind that women who have had children were usually the ones most deficient in these key nutritional building blocks and that they needed a safe, effective, clinically tested product to assist their pregnancy recovery process. We formulated a postnatal product that included all key nutrients necessary for moms to recover their lost reserves and then put it through a double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial. We then tested it against a leading prenatal formula. JD:   What happened? DR: Jen, our product After Baby Boost, relieved all the postpartum symptoms we tested for much, much better than just continuing to use prenatal vitamins after giving birth. A mother’s nutritional needs are different and in many ways greater postpartum and a real postnatal formula is what is needed to help mom’s fully replenish their nutrient reserves. Now that we know that After Baby Boost is safe and effective, even for breastfeeding mothers, we have just made it available for women everywhere. JD:  Ok, well, let’s talk about what some of the post birth problems are. I’m sure that most women who have had babies are very familiar with them, but aren’t there many young mothers who don’t know what causes them?  DR: Well, I’m sure as a new mother, Jen, you can speak to that. As was mentioned earlier, many of these symptoms are taken for granted—like you’re supposed to experience them, like some kind of penance.  But there are real nutritional reasons that produce these symptoms. And there are real nutritional solutions, too.   JD:  Well, let’s talk about the causes first, OK?  DR: Jen, every system in the human body is dependent upon an adequate amount of essential nutrients for its function. Every brain and nerve cell, every bone, every muscle, every organ and gland, our skin and hair, and all of our cells and fluids are made of nutrients and need a continual supply of these nutrients for optimal functioning. These nutrients need to be replenished every day. When something comes along that drains our nutrient reserves, there is a strong chance that there will be some form of malfunction in one or more body system that will eventually cause physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. JD:   It’s a very demanding event, isn’t it?  DR:  Jen, Pregnancy and the postpartum period drain more nutrients, by far, than any other normal human physiologic process. A mother’s body donates all the proteins, vitamins, and minerals to form her baby’s muscles, organs, and bones, and her body also donates all the essential oils to form her baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, and cell membranes. Her baby’s body is nature’s first concern so if there aren’t enough nutrients to go around for both mom and baby, mom’s body goes without. And mom’s health can really suffer long term because of these nutrient shortages. The Standard American Diet, acronym SAD, is typically very deficient in many of the most important vital nutrients that moms need to replenish their own nutritional reserves. The lack of these nutrients leaves moms susceptible to many physical and emotional symptoms that can seriously affect their own health and their ability to take care of their family. JD:   Like what, Dr. Raffelock? DR: For example Jen, 60% of the human brain consists of fat.  The main structural fat that gives the brain its weight and size and the main cognitive fat that helps us think clearly, remember where we put our car keys, and remember to defrost tonight’s dinner, is the Omega 3 oil DHA. The vast majority of moms are very deficient in this essential oil. A lack of DHA oil can cause mood swings, baby blues, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, dry skin, brittle hair, mental fogginess, and quite a few other serious symptoms. The placenta will remove DHA oil from the mother’s blood like a vacuum cleaner so baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, skin, and cell membranes can be properly formed. Failure to replenish a new mom’s DHA oil supplies can cause any of the symptoms we just mentioned and these symptoms can remain, plaguing a mother for years after she gives birth. It’s never too late for a woman to replenish her lost postpartum nutritional reserves. Our After Baby Boost formulas supply DHA oil and EPA oil which helps to relieve pain and inflammation. It also contains many other essential nutrients to help mothers fully replenish their postpartum nutritional reserves. JD:   Well that helped clear up some things for me, and I’m sure for many of our listeners, too. Listen, we have to take a break here, but when we come back, we should provide some details about your After Baby Boost formula, which I understand is a three-step nutritional supplement program. Right?  DR: That’s right, Jen. JD:   OK—so we’ll want to talk about that and also about some of the other victims of post partum problems, and they’re sometimes among the forgotten, too. So, stay tuned and we’ll be right back after this commercial break.

JD:   OK, folks, we’re back. This is Jen Daniels, your host for Health Point Radio today, and I’m here with our guests Dr. Dean Raffelock and his wife Stephanie who have developed a new postnatal nutritional formula to help new mothers get through those difficult early months after childbirth. It’s called After Baby Boost. Just how long do those difficult times last would you say? Stephanie?  SR:      Well, Jen, let me ask you. How old is your child? JD:   My daughter is 17 months old. Why?                                    SR:  And are you still experiencing some of the post-partum symptoms we talked about? JD:  Well, I confess I am—mostly loss of sleep, lack of energy and fatigue—things like that. SR:  How about depression or stress? JD: Well, I did have the “blues” for about the first year because it was all so overwhelming I think, but I’m getting used to it. My daughter’s older now and more manageable—but not always! But there’s some stress still, now that she gets into things. SR:  I didn’t mean to put you on the spot, Jen, but you are a perfect example. It takes a time to recover from pregnancy.  And our society has changed a lot.  You know when my mother had me she stayed in the hospital for almost three weeks.  When she first told me that I asked her if I had been a difficult birth and she said “no, that was just the way they did it then.  You had a baby and then you stayed in the hospital and rested for a couple of weeks.”    JD: Yeah—my mom told me the same thing! SR:  Well, now here we are some 50 years later and let’s not forget that it took a mandate of Congress in the 1990s to allow women to stay in the hospital for just 48 hours after a normal vaginal birth. Also the near-by extended family has pretty much disappeared from the landscape and women don’t get the same kind of familial support that they used to. Your life has completely changed, your schedule is crazy, your relationships have been impacted. To deal with it all, you need some sort of help for a long period of time.  And while nutritional help can’t replace family help and rest, it can and does make a difference in how your body handles all of these new stresses. Moms who don’t get nutritional help may never get back their pre-pregnancy level of health and well-being. After Baby Boost really addresses all of these issues. DR: Jen, if I can jump in here for a second about depression and new moms. There are now over 300 million Americans and close to 30 million Americans on antidepressant drugs, that’s one out of ten Americans! What’s very interesting about this to me is that the vast majority of those taking these drugs are women and most of these women taking antidepressant drugs have had baby’s! So there’s a good chance that these moms have depleted nutrient reserves. Antidepressant drugs are usually the very first thing prescribed to women by their doctors when they start to have almost any postpartum symptoms. I think the thinking here needs to change, especially with women with no prior history of depression. I think that doctors have to begin thinking like this.” Hmmm. Your body has donated an enormous amount of nutrients to form your baby’s body and the placenta. Let’s replenish your nutrition reserves with a good postnatal formula first and see how you do.”  Jen, we are not saying that these drugs are never needed but we are saying that none of these drugs contain any of the nutrients that new moms need to replenish their reserves. So even if a mom does need anti-depression drugs, she still needs a high quality postnatal formula to help her through her 24 month pregnancy recovery process! JD:  Well, let’s get into exactly what your After Baby Boost is and what it’s ingredients are. Let’s take it right from the top: What is After Baby Boost?  SR:    After Baby Boost is a three-step program involving three different supplement formulas. One is a special, complete multi-vitamin/mineral formula that contains key ingredients for replenishing energy lost helping you recover your stamina and strength. The second step helps to replenish the key essential oils to help with brain function and it has anti-inflammatory properties to help with those aches and pains that new mothers have. And keep in mind that if you’re nursing, these benefits pass to the baby. The third step is a supplement that provides the minerals calcium and magnesium in a very absorbable form that provides for bone growth and strength and helps with sleep. These three steps also help with the intangibles such as mood swings and the ability to handle the increased stress of being a mom. JD:  And there’s no other product on the market that does these things? SR:  No. You can find some of the pieces of this program here and there and certainly some prescription drugs that deal rather heavy-handedly with some of these problems, but none that are the comprehensive, all-in-one postnatal formula that often helps with the whole range of post-partum problems that After Baby Boost is.   JD:  Sounds really good! So let’s get into what the ingredients are, OK? SR:  I’m going to pass this one on to Dean. DR: Jen, as I said before, I’ve had the advantage of looking at blood levels of these key nutrients in postpartum women for many years. So I already knew what the most common nutritional deficiencies new moms suffered from and what special nutrients needed to be included in After Baby Boost to make it the most effective postnatal nutritional product possible. JD: So did you make sure to include these in your After Baby Boost formula? DR: Absolutely, Jen. Included in After Baby Boost bottle #1 are very absorbable forms of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s a complete multiple formula. However, I we’ve also included key energy producing nutrients like Co-enzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic acid. CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic acid are not included in most multiple vitamin/mineral products, and certainly not included in prenatal vitamins, because either the knowledge isn’t there or because they are very expensive. However, they are essential for human energy production so we included them in After Baby Boost. The lack of either one of these can cause faulty energy production and the resultant fatigue, mood swings, irritability, and feelings of being overwhelmed that new moms are all too familiar with. CoQ10 is essential for good heart function, muscle endurance, overall energy, and even helps prevent gum disease. Alpha Lipoic acid helps the little energy producing batteries in our cells called mitochondria produce 36 units of energy per molecule of sugar. If Alpha Lipoic Acid is deficient in a mom’s body, many mitochondria can only make 2 units of energy per molecule of sugar! That’s a huge difference in energy production Jen. So a deficiency in Alpha Lipoic Acid can really cause a lack of energy that can affect moms physically and emotionally. That’s why these two key ingredients had to be included in After Baby Boost.  JD:  OK—so what’s in the second step? DR: After Baby Boost bottle #2 consists of the essential oils EPA and DHA. These oils have been donated to make baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, skin, and cell membranes. A deficiency in them can cause a mom to suffer from moods swings, fatigue, dry, scaly skin, dry lifeless hair, constipation, achy joints, dry mucous membranes, frequent colds, forgetfulness, high blood pressure and other health problems. We have formulated these essential oils with the proper amount of antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Rosemary oil to keep these essential oils fresh and from becoming rancid. Breastfeeding moms need to take extra DHA oil so that there will be enough in her milk to support her baby’s brain and eye development and some left for her own body’s needs too! It is essential that moms take these oils on a daily basis. JD: It sounds like you’ve pretty much covered the bases, haven’t you? DR:  Well, Jen there’s more—and it’s very important. JD:  Oh, that must be the third step then, right? DR: Right. After Baby Boost bottle #3 consists of a 1:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium in a very absorbable form. This helps restore better sleep and calmness in moms and helps to replenish these key minerals that may be lost in breastfeeding. Moms need extra calcium to help prevent osteoporosis (soft bones) and magnesium helps moms to relax, eases muscle aches and pains, helps energy, and is needed in over 300 important body functionsJD:  Well we have to take another commercial break here; folks so when we come back we’ll talk about those forgotten victims of the post-partum period and also about the clinical testing. Please stay tuned!

 

JD: Ok! We’re back. This is Jen Daniels and I’m here with Dr. Dean Raffelock and his, wife Stephanie and they are the co-founders of a women’s nutritional company called Sound Formulas and the developers of a great new postnatal nutritional formula called After Baby Boost that deals with post partum problems in new mothers. Dr. Raffelock, we’ve reported that After Baby Boost has been clinically tested and this is really important to our listeners. Can you give us some of the details?  DR: Sure, Jen. After Baby Boost was subject to a double- blind, placebo controlled series of tests that compared our postnatal product to a leading prenatal vitamin. We chose a prenatal formula for a placebo because many doctors recommend that women stay on their prenatal vitamins after they give birth. Based on all the blood testing we did, I thought that just staying on a prenatal after giving birth wouldn’t even come close to meeting a mother’s need for nutritional replenishment during her 24 month pregnancy recovery phase. We were right! Our postnatal formula After Baby Boost was far more effective for relieving postpartum symptoms including improved energy and stamina, improved sleep, less nervousness and worry, improved moods, greater ability to concentrate, healthier skin and hair, less joint pain, less water retention and even less breast tenderness.   JD:  Hold it, Dr. Raffelock. Better tell our listeners what double blind, placebo-controlled means, would you? DR: Sure Jen. It is a way to ensure that there is no tainting of the test results because neither the person taking the supplements nor the person administering the test knows who is taking which formula. After Baby Boost was tested for all the symptoms we just listed. Four of these symptoms are very common for most new moms. You must know about them, Jen! They are mood swings, joint pain, sleeplessness and fatigue. JD: Actually I know about all four of those!   So—what were the results? DR:   Mood swings improved 60% in the test group taking After Baby Boost compared to the placebo group just taking the prenatal vitamins. Sleeplessness improved 44% with After Baby Boost. Overall energy and the ability to do many activities improved 90% with After Baby Boost. And After baby Boost improved joint pain over 500%! We’re very proud of how After Baby Boost really helps new moms feel better Jen! JD: Those are very convincing! I wish I had known about it 17 months ago. In fact, I’m glad I know about it now! DR: Well, for those lingering symptoms we talked about Jen, I’m sure you would find After Baby Boost very helpful. Remember that the recommended pregnancy recovery period is 24 months!  JD: I’m on board for that! Dr. Raffelock, earlier we mentioned the forgotten victims of post partum problems. Who are they and what does your formula do for them?  SR: I’ll take that one, Jen.  A mother’s lack of good postpartum health impacts the entire family; in fact I think it can impact an entire community.  Dads have stresses as a new father too.  He’s got another mouth to feed, more responsibilities…and dads today are much more involved in taking care of kids and home than they were in my mother’s generation.  And if his wife is not up to task that this new gift of life brings, it can create disharmony in the marriage and in the home.  I mean look at your outlook on life when you are rested and feeling good and your outlook when you are so tired and maybe even a little blue…it’s like who wants a cranky mom and who wants to be a cranky mom.  That’s another important reason for keeping your energy reserves up through nutritional replenishment.  And you know that when mom is taking her After Baby Boost nutrients she becomes a role model to her children who get the idea that it’s good to take your nutritional supplements and it’s good to take care of yourself.  And don’t we all want to raise children who feel that taking care of their own health is a good thing?  Having a baby is a life changing experience and when you have a sense of health and well-being in your own life I would venture to say that having kids is one of the ultimate experiences in life!  JD:   Yeah—it can be a pretty tough time. I learned that. But it isn’t all bad, is it?  SR: You know today, we are addressing an area of women’s health care, pregnancy recovery, that doesn’t usually receive a whole lot of attention, so we have spent quite a bit of time defining the problems in this area. What is amazing is that more often than not even mothers who feel the worst kind of postpartum will still tell you that nothing is as great or wonderful in her life as her children.  And I hope that we have inspired some hope for moms out there that there is a solution, which is postpartum nutritional replenishment.  Something to help your body deal with the challenges and stresses that often accompany childbirth.  The bottom line is we are talking about a product that has the potential and possibility to enhance and enrich the experience of being a mother by helping you to feel better. JD:   Well, on that very positive note, we’ll take a break for a reminder how our listeners can find out more about After Baby Boost. And when we come back we’ll have some final words from the Raffelocks. Stay tuned folks we’ll be right back after this commercial break.

JD:    This is Jennifer Daniels back with Dr. Dean Raffelock and his wife, Stephanie, the developers of what sounds like a wonderful new formula for new mothers called After Baby Boost. This has been quite a session, folks, and quite honestly as a new mom of 17 months I learned a heck of a lot. We covered a lot of ground, so can we try to summarize what we talked about before we leave the air? First we talked about what some of the problems that new mothers have. Could you go over them again? DR:   Jen, the most common problems that new moms suffer from are fatigue, mental fogginess, moods swings, feelings of overwhelm, irritability, sleeplessness, dry skin and hair, and joint pains.    JD:    And your After Baby Boost formula helps relieve these problems. How? DR:   After Baby Boost bottle #1 contains a very high quality complete multiple vitamin and mineral formula including antioxidants, B-vitamins, Vitamins E, C, D, minerals and key energy producing nutrients like C0Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid. After Baby Boost bottle #2 contains the essential oils DHA and EPA that help mom’s moods, energy, heart, skin and hair, and relieves joint pains. After Baby Boost bottle #3 contains a 1:1 ratio of highly absorbable calcium and magnesium to help moms bones, energy, ability to relax, sleep, and stay calm. It also helps muscles to relax. JD:   And these come in capsule form. And what is the dosage? DR:     Jen, taking After Baby Boost is simple. Four capsules of After Baby Boost #1 per day. These can be taken all with breakfast or two with breakfast and two with lunch. After Baby Boost #2 is two capsules per day. These can be taken two with breakfast or one with breakfast and one with dinner. And After baby Boost #3 is four capsules of our cal/mag product that can be taken 2 with dinner and 2 just before bedtime.   JD:    Well, that’s a lot of information in a very short time, but we have just about a minute left for a wrap up. I’ll turn the mike over to you for that. Who’s gonna start? DR:   I will Jen. First thank you so much for having us on your show. I hope there are a lot of new moms, and expectant moms who will feel encouraged and relieved that they don’t have to carry on the old legacy of suffering postpartum symptoms in silence. There is finally a safe, effective, clinically tested, postnatal nutrient program to help them feel and function much better at a time when they really want to be enjoying and taking care of that wonderful new baby!   Also Jen, Stephanie and I hope that before we leave this earth that the concept of Pregnancy Recovery including all women taking a high quality postnatal vitamin program will be as common as taking prenatal vitamins. New moms need many nutrients that aren’t contained in prenatal vitamins to relieve their postpartum symptoms and that’s why we’ve produced After Baby Boost. We know that it is safe and effective for nursing and non-nursing moms. Even women who had their last baby years ago and still have the symptoms we’ve talked about today can benefit from taking After Baby Boost.  Stephanie, would you like to finish?  SR:   Sure. Just like I hope and pray that every woman in
America who is pregnant takes a
prenatal vitamin, I hope that these same women will recognize the importance of taking a postnatal supplement too.  Mothers are really our national treasures.  They mold and shape the lives of tomorrow’s adults.  From my perspective, mothering has to be the most important job in the world and I believe passionately that mothers in all phases—pregnancy, postpartum and beyond deserve the very, very best in healthcare and support.  And if you are a grandma out there today listening to this, or a caring friend, remember that postpartum nutrition makes for the ultimate gift for a new mom.  
 
JD:   Well, thank you Dr. Dean and Stephanie Raffelock.  I guess the key question now is how can our listeners purchase your product After baby Boost? DR: Our website is pregnancyrecovery.com and the phone number is 303-541-9019JD:Listeners, that’s our show today   and I hope you’ll follow the Raffelock’s advice and look into this exciting new product called After Baby Boost. I know I’m going to order it! This is Jen Daniels for Health Point Radio. Goodbye until next time and be well out there!