" Better Birthing does not lead to future drug misuse"

(as the patient),

Address for correspondence: Suzan Kardong-Edgren, RNC, MS, University of Texas at Arlingtony School of Nursing, Box 19407, Arlington, TX 76019.


Published research has suggested that infants whose mothers received opiates, barbiturates, or nitrous oxide gas during labor are significantly more likely to become addicted to opiates if they experiment with drugs in later life. Why has no one further investigated this hypothesis? What if these researchers are correct? In the future will there be class action lawsuits against the medical and nursing research communities for failure to follow up on this question? Is it time to change the research paradigm?

Written 1999

Nominated in Advocacy award category.

http://www.raynergarner.com and intuit.org.uk

An anthropologist who has discovered that mothers are unwittingly imprinting their young to become future drug abusers by undergoing anaesthesia when giving birth. He has also provided a non chemical method for alleviating pain and distress while giving birth.

His main research is visiting and living in cultures and comparing the various social and rearing policies that contribute to a violent as opposed to a non-violent culture.

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