USA and Mexico, two neighboring countries, one rich, one poor, who blame each other for weapons and drugs, may be surprised to learn that they are not very different after all. Both countries share health crises.
- Breast cancer. In the USA, nearly 40,000 women die each year due to this type of cancer, being the second leading cause of cancer death1-2. In Mexico, it’s the first cause of death in women older than 25, with more than 5,000 deaths each year3.
- Infant mortality. The USA has the 7th highest infant mortality among the world’s largest economies (OECD), with a rate of 6 deaths per 1000 children, while Mexico has a rate of 17 per 10004-5.
- Obesity. The USA and Mexico are the most obese countries among the world’s largest economies (OECD), where 31.8% and 32.8% of their population is fat, respectively6-8.
- Diabetes. The prevalence of this disease is 9.4% in the US population and 15.6% in Mexico. Approximately, 183,000 American deaths and 73,000 Mexican deaths are related to diabetes, becoming one of the main causes of deaths in both countries last year9-10.
- They are part of the region with second highest rate of ovarian cancer in the world11. Every year, more than 14,000 American women and 2,500 Mexican women die due to this cancer12-14.
- Arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer. Millions of people in both countries suffer from these illnesses15-20.
Both governments have implemented some campaigns and actions trying to curb a little bit the existing crisis, but there has not been any plan to prevent these problems from the moment a new citizen is born. Because one thing is to try to solve a problem, when is already there, and another thing is to prevent it so it does not arise. For instance, there has been a lot of promotion of the pink ribbon in relation with the breast cancer early-detection, but there is really not much information about how to avoid the formation of the tumor itself. But, is it really possible to prevent these diseases?
Research demonstrates that there is a common denominator for all these illnesses: the lack of breastfeeding. Only 16% of American women exclusively breastfeed their infants at 6 months of age. In Mexico, only 14% does. In this regard, it is important to mention that the percentage in US has increased in the last years; however, Mexico unfortunately shows a decrement year after year21-22. Breastfeeding is linked to less breast cancer in mothers. Breastmilk protects infants from early death, and protects them as they grow from diabetes, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Because of its beneficial effects on gut bacteria and the immune system, breast milk should be an exclusive diet for at least 6 if not 12 months, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years or beyond23. Breast milk is beneficial for both the child and the mother:
- Reduces 50% breast cancer24-27.
- Reduces 45% infant mortality28-30.
- Prevents child obesity31-34.
- Prevents diabetes type I (infant) and type II (mother) 35-37.
- Prevents arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s (mothers) 38-43.
- Immunizes the new born from sickness and allergies44.
- Benefits the development of the baby’s brain45-47 (e.g., night breastmilk has tryptophan which is a precursor of serotonin, whose function is linked to intelligence and (not getting) depression).
- Besides all benefits, breast milk also represents love, closeness and bonds, keys for a better human development.
- Furthermore, breastmilk free and ecological.
Why is it then that breastfeeding rates are so low in both countries? The reasons are grave:
1. Breastfeeding-unfriendly medical establishments. …
2. Uneducated health professionals. …
3. Insufficient maternity leave. …
4. Cultural. …
It’s hard to believe such obvious medical arrogance and stupidity could be innocent when it’s so good for business. And in the context of the medically driven HIV epidemic in africa and covert WHO sterility campaigns around the world, the total picture is pretty sinister. To paraphrase stalin, individual child abuse is a tragedy, an epidemic of child abuse is just human resource management.