Release Date:16 March 2009
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Why do some babies develop faster than others? Even siblings can differ greatly in appearance and developmental milestones. Searching for answers, after an unusual pregnancy delivered an out of the ordinary baby. Jeanette Bolvary discovered research published in 2007 about copper. This nutrient potentially fatal in excess amounts, is also responsible for the development of the hippocampus and dentate gyrus (the higher learning and higher thinking areas in the brain).
The discovery in 2007 of a gene and its transporters, responsible for the delivery of copper to an unborn baby, provide us with the information we need to help our baby develop the higher thinking and higher learning areas of the brain, increasing a baby’s intelligence before he is even born.
In Born Smart you will find:
How to help your baby increase the higher learning and higher thinking areas of the brain.
How to help your baby attain optimal health during the mapping of his Epigenome.
The environment you can create after birth to help your baby develop high emotional Intelligence and why.
Things to avoid that can negatively influence your baby’s Epigenome during pregnancy.
And how to avoid varicose veins and stretch marks during your pregnancy.
Both folk wisdom and modern medical science agree. The health, diet, and behavior of the expectant mother is critically important in giving birth to a properly developed and healthy baby. What is new in the discussion of good fetal development is the role of genetics. In "Born Smart: Unlock The Potential In Your Baby's Genes", Jeanette Bolvary explores the impact that proper nutrition and maternal activity has with respect to a baby's genes during pregnancy -- effects that, for good or ill, can last a lifetime. A key message in "Born Smart" is the possibility of increasing a baby's intelligence prior to birth by regulating the supply of copper to an unborn baby gestation and thereby enhancing the development of the hippocampus and dentate gyrus (the higher learning and thinking areas of the brain). Of special interest to expectant mothers is the practical advice dealing with the avoidance of varicose veins and stretch marks. Simply stated, "Born Smart" is informed and informative, thoroughly 'expectant mother friendly', and very strongly recommended reading for all expectant parents.
Reviewed by: Margaret Lane
, for Midwest Book Review
How Mouldable or Changeable are Human Beings?
Not too long ago, we still believed that the genes passed on to us from our parents were exact copies of their genes and that these genes functioned unchanged throughout our lives—our parents proudly paraded their little replicas. However, after the mapping of the human genome, scientists have made some significant discoveries and a very different picture has been emerging.
An article I read in Newsweek's Bulletin magazine helped the first piece of the puzzle fall into place for me. In her article, A Changing Portrait of DNA, Mary Carmichael (2007) told of the discovery made by a university biologist, Prof Randy Jirtle.
Prof Jirtle carried out an experiment on two groups of mice that gave birth to identical pups, i.e. babies carrying the same genes. Although the pups were then raised in the same way, they looked completely different from each other. The first group of mice pups were the colour of rancid butter, overweight, and prone to cancer and diabetes. The second group of mice pups, in contrast, were beautiful: lean, healthy, and brown. 'Same nature, same nurture, radically different outcomes' (Carmichael 2007). The differences between the two groups of pups were explained by the mothers' diets. Mary Carmichael (2007) goes on to say:
Almost immediately after conception, while the embryo is still made of just a few cells, it begins to pick up on subtle cues in its environment. It then canvasses its own genome, switching genes in different cells on or off according to the signals it receives.
What is happening here is that, while you inherit your genome from your parents and it remains unchanged throughout your life, shortly after conception your cells start to map, what scientists now call, your epigenome. Prof Jirtle describes the difference between the genome and epigenome as 'the difference between the hardware and software of a computer. The hardware determines the basic properties of the computer, but the software largely determines how the computer's capabilities are used; which features you activate and which you do not' (Jirtle cited in Chameides, The Greengrok blog, posted June 11, 2008).