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Think Ultrasound for Babies Is Safe?

Sunday, 23 November 2008 18:17

News Flash:  Research shows ultrasounded populations have a quadrupled perinatal death rate, increased rates of brain damage, dyslexia, speech delays, epilepsy, learning difficulties, and a 32% increase in left handedness (which is thought to be caused by brain damage).

  • Perinatal death rate quadrupled in ultrasounded group.  (2,475 woman study by Davies et al., 1993); Midwifery Today.
  • Ultrasounded babies more likely to develop epilepsy and learning difficulties.  Ultrasound Abstracts
  • Males babies exposed to two or more ultrasounds were 32% more likely to be lefthanded (which is thought to be caused by brain damage).  Ultrasound Abstracts
  • Four hours after ultrasound, cell death doubles and rate of cell division drops by 22% in mammals and researchers believe results same in humans.  Ultrasound Abstracts
  • Risk of miscarriage significantly increased among women who perform ultrasound more than 20 hours a week.  (Taskinen et al., 1990); Midwifery Today.
  • Babies who had serious problems and were ultrasounded died more often than non-ultrasounded babies with serious problems.  Midwifery Today
  • Ultrasounded babies who were growth retarded were three times more likely more likely to be admitted to ICU than non-ultrasounded babies who were growth restricted.  Midwifery Today
  • Preterm labor more than doubled in ultrasounded women.  (Lorenz et al., 1990); Midwifery Today
  • Researchers who developed ultrasound admitted possibility of hazard from ultrasound and said that it should never, ever be used on babies under three months.  Midwifery Today
  • Cells exposed to single dose of ultrasound behave abnormally ten generations after insonation.  Midwifery Today
  • Even if the above stats don’t give you pause, how about the fact that ultrasound measures 100 decibels in utero – that’s the equivalent of having your infant stand on a subway platform as a train comes roaring in and screeches to a halt – for the 20 or 30 or 60 minutes it takes for your doctor to do your ultrasound!!!  New Scientist.  As one writer notes, if you’ve ever heard of on opera singer breaking a sheet of glass with her voice, that is an example of what just one slow sound wave can do . . . but ultrasound uses ultra high frequency sound waves which bombard the child at an extremely high rate of speed.  New Scientist.

Perhaps most ironic and compelling is this quote from one of Yale’s MD elite (Dr. Kenneth Taylor, M.D., Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Chief of the Ultrasound Section at Yale University School of Medicine) who states:  I would not let anybody get near my infant’s head with a transducer [ultrasound wand] . . .”  A Prudent Approach to Ultrasound Imaging of the Fetus and Newborn by Kenneth Taylor, M.D.

Article by Leigh Dundass