Tom Ballard, ND's blog

Antibiotics and Birth Defects
February 25, 2010, 8:40 am
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A recent study looking at 2300 postpartum women is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it showed that women taking antibiotics during pregnancy had two to three times the risk of delivering babies with birth defects. The defects included brain and heart problems, shortened limbs, and cleft palate.

Antibiotics are sometimes necessary and even life saving, but this report adds more weight to the argument that antibiotics should be the prescribed judiciously (the growing problem with antibiotic-resistant bacteria is another reason to view antibiotics with caution).

The second interesting revelation of this study is that it was hailed as “the first large analysis of antibiotic use in pregnancy”. In other words, for all the drug company claims of “scientific medicine”, they have not done proper testing of antibiotics. This is not surprising, since it has been estimated that fewer than fifteen percent of drugs have had thorough, unbiased, large-scale studies on humans.


Credit Card Health Debt
February 18, 2010, 10:04 am
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Using a credit card may be dangerous to your child’s health.

Researchers have linked exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant women to behavioral changes in their newborn children. Girls became more aggressive and boys became more anxious and withdrawn.  One researcher noted that the magnitude of these changes was similar to the IQ drops attributed to lead exposure in children.

The richest sources of BPA exposure? Plastic food containers, cash register and credit card receipts.

This is another example of the thousands of ways we are exposed to toxic chemicals in our everyday lives and why we benefit from ongoing detoxification therapies.

Prevention: Don’t eat food that has been in contact with plastic, including the lining of metal cans. Avoid handling industrial chemicals. Hand washing isn’t just for killing germs, but also removes toxins.

Home Treatment: For daily exposure to synthetic chemicals, fortify your detoxification processes with antioxidants such as vitamin C, zinc, and phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables.

Airport body scanners and DNA
February 10, 2010, 2:25 am
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Airplane travel may soon become a whole lot more dangerous as more airports install whole body imaging equipment.

There have been no long-term safety tests of millimeter wave scanners. A study conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory showed that terahertz waves which are above the frequency of millimeter waves used in these machines could “..unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles… that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.”

According to, “…a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if our exposure is set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe.” No one knows, yet security officials are asking you to walk into them.

Some of us may remember that in the 1950s shoe stores sometimes had X-ray machines for checking shoe fit. We now shudder that the public could be so ill informed. Yet here we are, 60 years later, allowing machines that have never been approved as safe for humans, have no FDA approval, be used to scan our bodies for the sake of “public safety.”

More than skin deep
February 1, 2010, 12:07 pm
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Accutane, the popular and profitable acne medicine, was quietly pulled off the market in Nov. 2009 because it doubled the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease. Accutane is also known to damage DNA and cause birth defects. Other side effects include joint and muscle pain, headaches, thinning hair, elevated cholesterol, liver toxicity, and depression. Some cases of teenage suicide have been associated with Accutane. Generic versions are still on the market.

Patients pay up to $150 per month for this treatment. Thirteen million people, mostly young adults, have used Accutane since it was approved in 1982. The manufacturer, Roche, has lost an estimated $33 million in judgments against them, but their profits from this one drug are estimated at $200 million per year.

This is a sad, but not unusual, scenario of drug-based medicine. Acne is a chronic health problem, a symptom of an underlying nutritional and toxic condition. It is successfully treated by safe natural approaches. Food allergies, poor diet, and digestive problems have all been researched and found to be associated with acne.

Unfortunately, few doctors read the research on natural therapies, and instead rely on dangerous drugs. An example of this comes from none other than the president of the American Academy of Dermatology who is quoted as saying, “It would be a true disaster if this medication (Accutane) would become unavailable.”  Yes, this is how they think – a “disaster” to take a drug off the market that causes severe health problems, even death.