Link between antidepressants and birth defects confirmed – AGAIN

I’ve always said that if everyone ate as carefully as pregnant mothers, we’d all live to be 100.

You avoid alcohol… food additives…. extra sugars… and even some of your favourite spicy dishes. And it’s all because you know that anything you put into your body gets passed right on to your baby.

But millions of expecting mothers are ingesting highly toxic chemicals every single day… first thing in the morning… without ever realizing it. And those poisons are causing a lifetime of misery for their unborn children.

A new study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the latest to link popular antidepressants to an increased risk of serious birth defects.

The large study looked at health records for 28,000 mothers and found that moms who were taking Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine) during pregnancy were more likely to have babies with birth defects. In fact, babies born to mom’s taking Paxil and Prozac had two to three times the chance of being born with certain types of birth defects of the heart, brain, skull and abdominal wall.

Of course, the researchers aren’t ready to admit that antidepressants were causing the birth defects. But when you .look at the mounting evidence, you can’t reach any other conclusion — and this is a risk that all expecting moms need to take seriously.

A previous study out of Johns Hopkins found that boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy. And a Harvard study before that found that kids whose moms used antidepressants had double the risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The link between antidepressants and birth defects isn’t some crackpot theory. By now it’s a scientific fact that has been confirmed by our own government and at least two leading research universities.

Depression is a serious issue and pregnant women who are experiencing a variety of hormonal changes can be especially prone to the disorder. So I don’t think any doctor worth his salt would recommend leaving your depression completely untreated.

But as I’ve said before, it’s amazing to me how many people have been prescribed antidepressants without the benefit of simple blood or urine tests. I can’t tell you how many patients I’ve treated whose depression was caused by a vitamin deficiency, digestive problems, or a thyroid or adrenal disorder.

I always recommend that expecting mothers work with their doctors to understand the real cause of their depression, before committing to antidepressants that could harm both mother and baby.

Remember, depression is often a symptom of poor gut health or an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria. Sometimes a simple probiotic can have you feeling better quickly — all without posing any risk to your unborn child.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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