Last night I received a call from an old friend to alert me to this article in the Vancouver Sun. My friend is a midwife who trained in Scotland more than 40 years ago with Prof. Ian Donald, the father of obstetric ultrasound. She was busy writing her letter of protest to the newspaper to let them know that her professor would be rolling over in his grave if he knew what sort of frivolous high jinks modern man has devised for this technology.
It really does boggle the mind that the reporter, who has enough brains to string some sentences together, can over ride warnings from all the professional bodies that ultrasound should be reserved for medical use. Perhaps it’s because those professional bodies have over-used the technology that parents don’t think anything of ignoring warnings.
I can remember when I was a child that we used to play on x-ray machines. Everyone thought that x-rays were benign. Our local shoe store had an x-ray machine as a sales gimmick for children’s shoes. Good mothers were encouraged to ask for an x-ray of how the child’s toes fit in their shoes. When my mother would take her pack of 6 children into the store, it was inevitable that we’d jump on that machine and push the button while looking at our bones. It took a few years before doctors realized that x-rays caused leukemia. I wish that story would cause modern parents to pause in their love of ultrasound (non ionizing radiation). We do know that ultrasound causes cellular changes in the brains of unborn babies. Experts have been warning the public for the past 25 years that cells behave in an aberrant fashion when exposed to ultrasound.
It annoys me that this “news” item is written in such a promotional manner. Portraying frivolous ultra sound as a growing business opportunity is not helpful to the health of the general public. I wonder how these “entrepreneurs” manage to keep their practice legal. City managers, provincial health ministries, professional colleges—aren’t you supposed to be there for the protection of the public? Please, get on this scam and close down these profiteers.�