Friday, 22 January 2010 10:43
With autism appearing rapidly on a national and international level, many theories have been made about how such a devastating condition can emerge so quickly. Due to the widespread prevalence, many “normal” procedures for pregnancy are being examined for potential neurological damage. One particular practice that is under severe scrutiny is the use of ultrasound. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have, on many occasions, published reports that stressed caution for the use of ultrasound, especially for nonmedical purposes. The major source of concern is the increase in temperature in the developing brain and nerve system from the use of ultrasound. Other high-temperature therapies, such as hot tubs and saunas, have been shown to cause neurologic disorders in fetuses. Autism, thought to be caused by misplaced brain cells, has a high correlation to ultrasound use; the cause is currently under examination. Take caution with your developing baby and limit (or eliminate) the use of ultrasound during pregnancy.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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