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Pyrodoxine hydrochloride, or B6, was in the original compound that made up Bendectin. Vitamin B6 alone will help alleviate B6 because it helps the body absorb and metabolize proteins.
My nephew was a lawyer for the drug company in Cincinnati, Ohio that manufactured Bendectin. He said there was quite a bit of time spent fighting those lawsuits and some unusual legal procedures as "trifurcation" of evidence. The pictures of the babies were shown without the faces and only the affected limbs were shown to dehumanize the child, was one manuever
As for it being used for decades in Canada, so were X-rays and DES which are no longer used on pregnant women. You would not recommend those for a pregnant woman, would you?
Yes, I know plenty of women who took Bendectin and had healthy babies. But I would not want to be the one who took the drug and had a baby with defects only to be told that there is no higher incidence of birth defects in moms who took this drug over those who did not. As an expectant mother, I would want, and have wanted in four pregnancies, to give my unborn child the very best chance at a healthy productive life as free of physical defects as possible.
In pregnancy, there is no "better living with chemistry".
"One can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato