Tom Ballard, ND's blog


Antibiotics and Birth Defects
February 25, 2010, 8:40 am
Filed under: Research | Tags: , ,

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.

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