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Sunday, 11 May 2008

Toxicologist Professor Dr Mustafa Ali Mohd from University of Malaya is a MORON!

My BlackBerry blinks with lots of Happy Mothers' Day messages from family and friends.

However, my mood is now spoiled thanks to Toxicologist Professor Dr Mustafa Ali Mohd (the bald one in the pix) from University of Malaya and the comment publised in the NST's Focus article today titled 'Toxins in mother's milk'.


He has no proof - where is his data that show POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) are present in mother's milk? How big is the sample?

I hate men like this who make comments without facts. Obviously he was not breastfed and neither were his children.



UPDATE 20.05.08

My paeditrician Dr. Koe Swee Lee wrote a reply to the article above - WOO HOO!!!!!





2008/05/20

Breast milk: Contaminants aside, it's still the best for babies


By : DR KOE SWEE LEE, Malaysian Paediatric Association, Kuala Lumpur

THE report "Toxins in mother's milk" (Focus, New Sunday Times, May 11) is alarming to breastfeeding mothers who will be worried that they are contaminating and doing harm to their babies.

Dioxins produced during industrial processes and persistent organic pollutants (Pops) such as PCBs are of great concern because they remain in the body for a long time and contribute to the presence of contaminants in mothers and babies.

Research has shown that the foetus' trans-placental exposure to PCBs and dioxin (during pregnancy) adversely affect the neurological and perceptive development of children up to 10 years of age and growth up to 14 years.

The greatest risk period for adverse effects from environmental exposure is pre-natally, during pregnancy.
Breast milk may increasingly contain contaminants early in lactation but this decreases after the sixth month of breastfeeding.

The rapid growth of infants in the first year of life leads to growth-related dilution of contaminants in the first year of life.

Presently, it is not possible to reduce the toxins already in the environment to any extent.

It is reassuring to know that studies show that postnatal exposure to PCBs and dioxins through breast milk has not been shown to affect the neurological or perceptive development of infants and children.

A Dutch study (in 1999) of foetuses exposed to background environmental contaminants found a difference between formula-fed and breast-fed infants.

Although breast-fed babies were more exposed to environmental contaminants, the formula-fed infants demonstrated adverse neurological outcomes compared with breast-fed infants.

It is believed that substances in breast milk may have countered the negative effects of the toxins.

The World Health Organisation and Unicef and breast-feeding advocates have devoted much effort to promoting breast-feeding and the benefits of breast-feeding to the mother and baby.

There are thousands of scientific studies that confirm the short and long-term health benefits of breast-feeding to the baby.

To advocate formula-feeding in lieu of breast-feeding to reduce the exposure to environmental toxins is to ignore the weight of scientific evidence.

Not breast-feeding the child exposes him to repeated mild and serious life-threatening infections and increases the risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of childhood cancers.

Formula-fed infants have been found to have at least eight to 10 fewer IQ (intelligence quotient) points compared with breast-fed children.

Breast-feeding also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers and osteoporosis in the mother, not to mention the natural family-planning benefits.

The strong message to mothers is: continue breastfeeding your child. The components in breast milk have been found to protect your child from the effects of toxins and promote the best physical, emotional and IQ development of your child.




UPDATE 21.05.08 - Another intelligent Doctor in my books - YAY!

BREAST MILK: Focus on reducing toxins in food
DR BALKEES A. MAJEED, Penang

YOUR report "Toxins in mother's milk", (New Sunday Times, May 11), which may discourage mothers from breast-feeding their infants, is factually erroneous.

Breast-feeding is the recommended standard of the World Health Organisation (WHO) with regard to providing nutrition and nourishment for infants. This is also the stated policy recommendation of the Health Ministry of Malaysia.

It is well-established in scientific research that the presence of toxins in human milk arises from the food that the mother consumes or from the environment she lives in. These toxins are deposited in the fat cells of the mother or are passed on to the infant during pregnancy or through breast milk.

However, scientific research shows that the immunological and developmental benefits of breast-feeding outweigh the side effects arising from the toxins in the breast milk to both the mother and infant.

Anybody who is exposed to a contaminated environment or food is likely to have toxins in their body. Toxins accumulate in different parts, including adipose tissue, brain, bone blood, liver, placenta, semen and also breast milk. If we were to test infants born anywhere in the world, we would find in them industrial toxins.

The intake of toxins by breast-fed infants, as reported in a WHO study, is the same as or somewhat lower than that of infants fed on formula mixed with local water. However, your report argues to the contrary that formula-feeding is far safer than breast-feeding, though it is not substantiated or proven by scientific research.

Even Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail, whom the writer quotes on the issue of toxins in breast milk, acknowledges that "breast milk is the best as it provides components essential for infants' growth and development".

Rather than avoiding breast milk, our society must focus our attention on reducing toxins in the environment and in food, which is the most effective way of protecting babies and mothers from harm.

3 Comments:

Blogger Tboxmy said...

The devils are out to ensure that the milk powder industry can survive.

Just wrote on this, see
http://kidsandmotherhood.blogspot.com/2008/10/breast-feeding-is-still-social.html

Sunday, 12 October, 2008  
Blogger Prof Dr Mustafa said...

Aida reza,

I would like to inform you that I advice you to remove the blog that refers to Prof Mustafa as moron before the University authority takes any action on you. I was talking not on my own accord, but on behalf of the university and based on valid research finding.I have already consulted a lawyer and is fully ready to take legal actions on you if you fail to act. I would like to advice you that your accusation is totally wrong. I fully understand that for an uneducated person, this sort of confused interpretation may happen. But you are not supposed to condemn other people if you yourself failed to understand. I hope you can start learning and do not make conclusions when you do not have enough knowledge.

Professor Dr.Mustafa Ali Mohd,
Deputy Dean,
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Malaya.

Tuesday, 16 February, 2010  
Blogger aidareza said...

Hi Doc Mustafa,
After reading your comments and attack posted in Aida's blog, me and others are now really convince that you are not a moron... merely an idiot! Look up an english dictionary to know the difference of meaning..

"HOW CAN YOU GET TO BE SO THREATENED BY A VIEW OF A MOTHER OF A 5 YEAR OLD? YOU SHOULD TO TAKE ALL FORM OF CRITICISMS LIKE A MAN AND LEARN TO SEE THEM MERELY AS JUST BEING THEIR OWN PERSONAL OPINION."
Now I'm beginning to wonder how many others like Aida and readers from the medical community that thinks your published paper was inconclusive and lack credibility? (Again this is just my opinion and you don't need to loose sleep over this).

Best Regards,
Aida's other half

Sunday, 21 February, 2010  

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