Can ultrasounds during pregnancy cause autism

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Ultrasound and Autism(NaturalHealth365) According to the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, ultrasound is a form of energy with effects in the tissues it traverses. Essentially, this energy (sound waves) can deform cells and of most concern are the cells associated with the formation of the cortex in the brain.

The journal states that ultrasound should be restricted to medical indications, by trained professionals, for as short a period and as low an intensity as compatible with accurate diagnosis.

Neurologist Dr. Manuel Casanova, at the University of Louisville, has been researching a possible link between ultrasounds and autism and believes there is a connection. Dr. Casanova states…

“Many people consider ultrasound taking a pretty picture. But really it’s invasive sound waves that have effects on cells within the body. If not used properly it can be harmful.”

Having a grandson with autism has led Dr. Casanova to explore the link between ultrasound and autism and he states that the FDA deregulated ultrasound in the early 90’s, allowing seven to eight times more energy to be used in the scans; mainly due to the obesity epidemic in this country. But, he states that since the deregulation, the number of cases of autism have continued to climb.

Dr. Casanova believes, in normal pregnancies, ultrasounds should not be used at all and only used sparingly in high risk pregnancies.

Studies demonstrate concern for the overuse of ultrasounds

Early studies show cause for concern and demonstrate the subtle neurological damage linked to ultrasounds. One study demonstrated an increased incidence in left-handedness in boys (an indication of a brain problem when not hereditary) and speech delays.

In 2006, Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Neurobiology released the results of a study where pregnant mice were given ultrasounds of various durations. The brains of the baby mice showed damage consistent with that of autism. NIH funded research associated ultrasounds with neurodevelopmental problems such as dyslexia, epilepsy, retardation and schizophrenia in children.

Keep in mind, the longer the exposure to radiation the greater the damage to brain cells.

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published a study stating that ultrasounds were unlikely linked to autism. They did however state that studies examining subgroups still needed to be conducted.

A warning about ‘Keepsake’ ultrasound videos and images

According to the FDA, ‘keepsake’ ultrasound video and images should be avoided. They state that performing prenatal ultrasounds without medical oversight can put the mother and unborn baby at risk. There is absolutely no medical benefit derived from the exposure and there is no control over how long the session will take.

FDA physicist Robert Phillips, Ph.D. states “Performing prenatal ultrasounds without medical oversight may put a mother and her unborn baby at risk. The bottom line is: Why take a chance with your baby’s health for the sake of a video?”

Sound the alarm about “ultrasound transducer error rates”

A study conducted in Sweden assessed ultrasound transducer error rates. On average 40% of transducers were defective and all companies had a minimum of 20% error rates. Obviously, it is necessary for diagnostic purposes that ultrasound machines perform as anticipated, however with faulty transducers, the technician may not be accurate gauging exposure levels.

Children find relief using CEASE therapy

In my practice, many children have been helped by the CEASE protocol and when ultrasound has been an issue for the child, we see gains after incorporating the homeopathic remedy ‘ultrasound’.

About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20149552
http://www.unboundmedicine.com/evidence/ub/citation/11679787/Sinistrality__a_side_effect_of_prenatal_sonography:_a_comparative_study_of_young_men
http://archive.truthout.org/article/ultrasound-can-affect-brain-development
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19728066
http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm095508.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18945726
http://corticalchauvinism.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/the-need-for-further-studies-on-the-safety-of-prenatal-ultrasound/

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  • Esther Wiley

    This is quite alarming. I had heard about this link through a friend who is a psychiatrist and when I mentioned it to my OB-GYN she states that she was already cutting back on ultrasounds. I’m so grateful that I was aware and am hoping that this article helps to educate other parents.

  • Melissa

    This article reminds me of watching the news… If we don’t know it’s remotely true, spin it and make it sound alarming. Then it’s news worthy and people will say: Oh, that’s quite alarming. (no offense Esther)

    Top doctors, universities, and research facilities have been spending millions upon millions since the 50’s trying to prevent, cure, and treat autism with very little outcome. I researched autism before having my kids and found (depending on which link you click on) that there are about 30 different “theories” of what “helps” cause autism. But the truth is that they are all theories.

    FACTS:

    A 2013 article written by Mayo Clinic (which I trust most when getting my medical information):

    Autism has no single, known cause. Given the complexity of the disease, and the fact that symptoms and severity vary, there are probably many causes. Both genetics and environment may play a role.

    Genetic problems. Several genes appear to be involved in autism. Some may make a child more susceptible to the disorder. Others affect brain development or the way that brain cells communicate. Still others may determine the severity of symptoms. Each problem in genes may account for a small number of cases, but taken together, the influence of genes is likely substantial. Some genetic problems seem to be inherited, while others happen spontaneously.
    Environmental factors. Researchers are currently exploring whether such factors as viral infections, complications during pregnancy and air pollutants play a role in triggering autism.

    Center For Autism & Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology Wrote: (June, 2013)

    At present, we do not know exactly what causes Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is certain that genetics plays a large role. However, we do not know what proportion of ASD cases have some inherited susceptibility nor do we know how large a proportion of autism cases are entirely caused by inherited genetic factors. Further, while genetic risk factors are important, this does not rule out a potential major role for non-heritable risk factors. That said, there is little conclusive evidence supporting a prominent role for any particular non-genetic risk factor. However, part of the reason why no other risk factors have been identified may be that genetic and non-genetic factors need to be studied together in order to get a clear picture. In other words, only when studying ASD cases with a certain genetic background may we be able to see that a particular non-genetic trigger was important. Studies like this are only just now getting underway.

  • There are always alternative solutions for a problem. For example, ultrasound adverse effects can be eliminated or reduced by the use of homeopathic remedies created for that purpose.
    We are bombarded by technology and chemicals in all areas of our life. The reason why there are so many problems with it all is that our new developments and discoveries about REAL living life are not being integrated into what is actually done or given to the majority of the population.
    No need to see this as more fear, but rather – learn from it and if you plan to have babies, use technology and chemicals with caution.

  • Caitlin Adair

    I have long suspected, mainly by intuition, that ultrasounds are dangerous to the brains of developing fetuses. Doesn’t that make sense? Sound waves powerful enough to create an image on a screen, aimed at developing super-sensitive embryonic brain tissue, how can that NOT have some subtle effect? I am tremendously relieved that at least preliminary research has been done on this topic. I suspect that eventually we will have a better idea of exactly which stage of pregnancy is the most risky time to do ultrasound. In the meantime, keeping them to an absolute minimum is the best approach.

    And it is not only Autism, but ADD and ADHD that will be shown to correlate with the sonic bombardment of developing brain cells.