this is a letter i received from my LLL leader. it is from dr. brian palmer who is a dentist who has been doing research on the benefits of BFing for many years. so FYI, i thought some of y'all might be interested
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 23:32:12 EST
Subject: My final gift to you.
After 25+ years of research, and one year of
developing my website, I have just recently put up my
final presentation - The Importance of Breastfeeding
as it Relates to Total Health. It is a 268 slide
presentation in Acrobat Reader format. It is divided
in three parts for easier opening. Because of the
format, anyone in the world should be able to open it.
You can then download it to their own computer if
they wish (just have to click the little 'floppy disk
icon' in the upper left corner of the Acrobat Reader
window). The commentary can either be printed from
the site or saved to your computer by doing a 'Save'
command. By saving the presentation and commentary to
your computer, and possibly then to a CD, anyone in
the world can give the presentations to whomever they
want. You have my permission to use the material on
my site as long as it is for educational purposes
only. The information on the site is not to be sold.
I am hoping you can use the material to educate many
other health care providers, especially pediatricians.
In the presentation, I try to demonstrate how
breastfeeding reduces the risk of many health problems
in our society. Just by breastfeeding and
understanding the severe consequences of some infant
habits, millions of dollars in health care costs could
be saved. I have tried to address some of the
questions I know many of you have, such as: What are
rugae and what is their purpose during the act of
breastfeeding? What is Obligate Nose Breathing and
how does it impact bfing? Why is bfing important for
the proper development of the oral cavity and airway?
What are the consequences of a tongue thrust? What
are bubble palates and how can they impact
breastfeeding? Why does tongue-tie cause sore
breasts? What damage can excessive infant habits
cause? Why are breastfed babies prettier? How does
bfing reduce the risk of obstructive sleep apnea, long
face syndrome, SIDS, otitis media, abfractions,
obesity and cancer? All of these questions are
Once you have reviewed this final presentation, I
would encourage you to go back over the other
presentations and articles on the website, especially
the presentation on sleep apnea. Hopefully they will
have more meaning to you. Once the medical community
and the general public understand the importance of
breastfeeding as it relates to reducing sleep apnea,
breastfeeding will be elevated to a new level of
Over 40 years ago I promised myself I would try to do
something to make the world a better place. I feel my
website fulfills that promise. The burden of that
promise has now been lifted from my shoulders. I feel
I have done the best that I can. I only hope others
who have the funding will continue my research. It is
now time for me to play more golf and walk the beaches
with my lovely wife.
You have my permission to share this note with others.
For Better Health.
Brian Palmer, DDS