Last month we talked about medical procedures that seem to be innocuous but can contribute to Traumatic Birth Syndrome and create Vertebral Subluxations in your baby’s spine. And these, as you know by now, will affect the developing nervous system of your munchkin. Not a good thing!
Oxytocin VS Pitocin drip: While I’m on the subject of birth, let’s talk about Pitocin the synthetic hormone used in order to stimulate labor. Are there problems with the use of Pitocin? Yes! How did you guess?
Oxytocin, your body’s natural hormone used to promote labor, is secreted in bursts. However, when you as a mom are given Pitocin, you are placed on a regulated intravenous pump to regulate the amount of Pitocin to a steady flow. Therefore, Pitocin-induced contractions are entirely different from your body’s own natural contractions in both strength and effect. With Pitocin the force of the contraction may decrease uterine blood flow (this also occurs during a natural contraction, but not for as long of a period and not as close together) therefore reducing the oxygen to the baby.
You may not be aware of this but a class action lawsuit was filed in Tennessee a few years ago against the manufacturer of Pitocin. The lawsuit alleged that it is “dangerously defective” and may be linked to the deaths of several mothers during childbirth and health problems with some babies. One doctor said he was “shocked” at the news of the lawsuit. “I’m sure someone has a legitimate concern, but this is really surprising to me,” Dr. Peter Marks said. “All the hospitals, obstetricians and gynecologists use it almost every day. I wouldn’t know how to practice without it, it’s useful.”
Marks did say that the drug can sometimes be overused. The lawsuit alleged that the drug itself isn’t causing the problems; rather it is a preservative in the mixture called chlorobutanol which is said to cause these dangerous side effects. In addition to possibly causing deaths of mothers during childbirth, some suggest its use may be linked to autism in some babies and low oxygen levels in others. The manufacturer of the drug say there are some health risks for some women given the drug.
I’ll bet you are feeling better already.
The greatest difficulty we, as chiropractors, have with all these procedures, is that they create the possibility of Vertebral Subluxations being formed in your baby’s spine – not a good thing! And because these procedures and rituals are so commonly used, I am adamant about checking your children to make certain their spine is functioning optimally, their nervous system is allowed to control their body as was designed, and they have the best of health. That is my mission. So please, talk to me – let’s get your kids checked!
I’ll conclude with Part IV next month.
Dr Daniel Bronstein is the clinic director of Beacon Chiropractic in Grover Beach CA and specializes in the chiropractic care of children and pregnant mommas. He is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.