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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Birth Defects, Bad Memory and Medicine

"Show me a drug with no side effects, and I will tell you that it is not a drug." - Dr. Eli Lily

This is true, perhaps a hundredfold, as a baby develops in mom.

Back when my wife was pregnant (my son is almost 27), all the moms were being told to take no drugs, prescription or over-the-counter, except where they were absolutely necessary to maintain life. Alcohol and caffeine were very strongly discouraged. Now, it seems the OB -GYN's have forgotten all that, and gone back to their evil, drug-crazed ways.

Have you seen the late-night lawyer ads, the ones about pregnant moms taking Zoloft and other SSRI's (the most popular class of anti-depressants), having babies with defects and disease as a result? Cleft palate, heart defects, lung problems, club feet, and a few that I can't recall. Terrible. Ask your prescribing doctor exactly the chemical/physiological pathways of drugs you are given as an adult, and about what side effects YOU will get, and they cannot honestly and fully answer you. Mulitply that manyfold when it comes to giving drugs to children. Multiply that lack of knowledge at least a hundredfold when it comes to giving drugs to pregnant women, that will be passed along to their developing babies.

The greatest fault lies with the OB-GYN's that take this great leap into a baby's unknown, that have forgotten Hippocrates' dictum, "primum nocerum"... "first, do no harm."

Fault also lies with the mothers who say "OK" like sheep, and the fathers who don't or won't speak up. Come on! Is it really "depression?' If so, can't you find ways to cope without risking your baby's health? Hey, if you didn't know, now you do!

Don't get offended; get smarter. Pregnant moms out there... if there was a way to get your brain and your nervous system right... functioning better... might that help with mood? Might that help with every other aspect of your health, since your brain and your nervous system runs every system, organ and cell in your body? Isn't your health your baby's health?

EVERY pregnant woman should get a chiropractic check-up, to locate interference to her nervous system. You want the best for your baby, right? Chiropractic care, now, for you, is how you start.

What do you think?

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate

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