Woodford Files — The Risks of Modern Medicine

With the incidence of childhood asthma, autism, and obesity now reaching alarming levels, scientists are starting to look in new directions for clues to curing these conditions. And some of their findings are disturbing. For example, on August 22, researchers at New York University’s School of Medicine published the results of a new study showing that babies given antibiotics before the age of six months have a greatly increased risk of becoming obese children. “Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories,” said study co-author Leonardo Trasande, “and exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria that influence how we absorb nutrients into our bodies that would otherwise keep us lean.”

In another instance, CBC’s The Nature of Things recently aired a segment called “The Autism Enigma.” In it, David Suzuki pointed to research exploring the question of whether autism starts in the gut. This question arose because 70% of kids with autism also have severe gastrointestinal problems, leading to the “Bacterial Theory” which posits that disturbed microbes in the gut can cause developmental disorders in children. Several scientists were interviewed, along with a mother who believes that the overmedication of her infant son with antibiotics caused ‘bad bacteria’ to overgrow in his intestines and cause developmental disorders. She is now giving her autistic son massive doses of probiotics (“good” bacteria) daily because she has found that they keep his autism symptoms under control.

In our feature this month entitled “Vaccination Controversy,” writer Susan Fletcher reports on the work of numerous scientists, including immunologist Hugh Fudenberg who found that multiple vaccinations can disrupt a child’s immune system so severely that they become prone to “recurrent viral infections, especially of the ears, as well as yeast and fungal infections.” As well, recent studies have shown a high correlation between autism and the aluminum adjuvants common in childhood vaccines.

All things considered, it would appear that the drugging of our children with antibiotics and vaccines is having such a serious impact on their health that one wonders if ‘modern medicine’ may in fact be the cause of these epidemics of chronic disease.

For those seeking alternatives, this month we bring you an epic feature by Dr. Zoltan Rona entitled “Boost Your Immune System.” In it, he captures the best of nature’s pharmacy, as well as lifestyle strategies to make you strong. Probiotics take a lead role here, because if the intestines are populated with friendly bacteria, the body is not easily invaded by foreign pathogens. I have found such green medicines to be powerful allies, and love to play with various combinations on a regular basis (i.e. garlic, elderberry, andrographis, probiotics, oregano). Call me old fashioned, but I haven’t had a vaccine or antibiotic in 40 years.

Julia Woodford, Editor ~ Vitality Magazine