Why Wasn’t This Already Known?
[Editor’s note: The Dismal Political Economist will be experiencing the birth of a child (well indirectly as male pregnancy is not yet possible) and expects to advise the delivery team to wait at least three minutes before cutting the umbilical cord. He also expects upon making this request. to be kicked out of the delivery room and be told to quit advising the experts]
|An unkind cut?|
When the children were four months old, Dr Andersson re-examined them and took a blood sample. Those babies whose umbilical clamps had been applied after three minutes had, on average, iron levels 45% higher than those whose cords had been clamped immediately. Put another way, only 0.6% of them were anaemic, compared with 5.7% of the rapidly clamped.
But the question remains as to why this is just now being understood. Why haven’t all the billions of dollars spent on medical research discovered this. Maybe that’s the problem, this type of study didn’t require high priced researchers and millions of dollars, so why do it?