I should have included that we discussed folic acid and the lack of media attention given to its importance in lessening the incidents of neural tube defects, which spina bifida & congenital hydrocephalus are just two examples. Every women, of childbearing age, should know her folic acid levels and consult her physician (GP, OB/GYN) about what level should be maintained.
One of the main reasons for 'enriched' flour being used in so many of our prepared foods and ingredients like flour, is so that ALL women get additional folic acid. There are also a variety of whole foods that are easily accessible in the produce section that are higher in folate (folic acid) than other foods. I'll include a list later.