A 32-year-old member asked:
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birth defects are on the rise. what could cause this?

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Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat.
Answered on May 16, 2014

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