Monday, August 07, 2006

Ultrasound: Safe for Developing Babies?

Ultrasound is not safe for the 6% of developing mice who ended up with neuro deformities. (No behavioral studies have yet been tested to see if the neuro deformities result in behavioral differences.) I've wondered about ultrasound. Is there a corrolation between ultrasound and autism? All my kids were scanned at least once. (And the Doppler heart monitor is a form of ultrasound, too.)

My son, and his twin who died, both hated the ultrasound. It seemed to cause them physical pain from what I observed. They became agitated. It is known that the amniotic fluid warms up at least a degree from the ultrasound.

Remember, ultrasound is what Physical Therapists and Chiropractors use on recovering joints to deliver penetrating heat therapy to an injury. If left in one place too long, more than a couple seconds, the patient will suffer a burn. What happens to a developing baby?

My favorite part of the article though, is where doctors say that it's unsafe to get the 3-D ultrasounds, but safe to get ultrasounds in their offices. Ha! No one likes competition it seems. They are either safe or unsafe, is my point. If unsafe, no one should use them. If safe used sparingly, how sparingly is safe? Set up some recommendations.

Generally, doctors rely too much on obstetric technology. No one knows how to palpate anymore. No one knows how to deal with challenging deliveries and use dangerous C-sections to substitute. For the convenience of everyone but the baby, moms are scheduled for sections. Most interventions have little science to back up their supposed efficacy and are used to cover the doc's dangerously exposed ass. Doctors work entirely against nature. Nature rebels. Interventions follow. And a "successful outcome" means that no one was sued because the baby and mother survived the ordeal.

For more on the pox that is modern Obstetrics read Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf, The Complete Book of Pregancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger, and Ina May's Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.

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