Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Common antibiotics tied to birth defects

Study: Drugs to treat urinary infections could cause heart, brain problems
updated 1:06 p.m. PT, Mon., Nov . 2, 2009

CHICAGO - Researchers studying antibiotics in pregnancy have found a surprising link between common drugs used to treat urinary infections with birth defects. Reassuringly, the most-used antibiotics in early pregnancy — penicillins — appear to be the safest.


This article reminded me of when someone close to us had a bladder infection while pregnant. She used raw garlic and recovered. (For a infection like that I would use 5-10 cloves at a time.) She was dizzy and sick, I think with a flu, but with plenty of water, the garlic and rest she got better. While antibiotics are useful and lifesaving in the right context, it's helpful to know a remedy that is close by, inexpensive and safe, especially for pregnancy and breast-feeding.

1 comment:

The Dischers said...

That is interesting. Also interesting is the fact that more and more antibiotics are showing up in water supplies, so we may be consuming more than we realize. Yikes!

Mrs. Discher