Did you know that cancer in children has been linked to exposure to radiation, solvents, paints, and pesticides?
Also, a new study now shows that 99 percent of pregnant women test positive for multiple chemicals, even banned ones. (Science News: University of California – San Francisco (2011, January 16). 99% of pregnant women in US test)
In addition, the plastic chemical BPA, which is used to make baby bottles and sippy cups, is an endocrine disrupter that can lead to chromosomal errors in the developing fetus, triggering spontaneous miscarriages and genetic damage, was found in 96 percent of the pregnant women tested. (Senate Fails to Vote of Food Safety-Bill, by Bill Tomson, Nov 2010 – the senate failed to vote on a bill that would ban the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups)
“The environment is a powerful determinant of human health, and there’s no group more vulnerable or susceptible to adverse influences in the environment than kids,” said Landrigan, professor and chairman of preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, explaining that children experience greater exposure to chemicals pound-for-pound than adults. (Children’s diseases linked to chemicals on rise, professor says; by Mark Johnson 2009)
Expectant mothers need to know the critical time for the prevention of disease is in the early months of pregnancy and beyond: “A recent review by government scientists of the “critical windows” of vulnerability reveals an urgent need for public health policies that recognize childhood sensitivity. Many of these windows of vulnerability are found in the early months of human pregnancies, when cells are multiplying and differentiating into specific tissues and organs. Exposures during these times can lead to permanent damage. But a child’s vulnerability continues long beyond early pregnancy: the central nervous system, immune, reproductive and endocrine systems, for example, continue to mature even after birth. As a whole, these windows facilitate more pronounced risks and effects for chemical exposures in childhood than adulthood. For example, a mother’s exposure to dioxins, mercury, or certain pesticides during pregnancy could measurably harm her baby, while affecting her own health perhaps not at all.” EWG report – Body Burden 2 report
Expectant mothers can take steps to help lower their toxic load:
- Reduce exposure to pesticides, fertilizers, and GMO by purchasing organic and free range products and meats; including milk
- Avoid farm-raised fish
- Use natural cleaning products in your home
- Use a cloth shower curtain
- Store your food in glass containers
- Do NOT use Teflon pots and pans
- Avoid processed foods, MSG, artificial sweeters and additives
- Do not use artificial or synthetic air freshners, dryer sheets, fragrances or fabric softeners
- Choose natural/organic skin care products, toiletries, toothpaste, and deoderant
- Install an effective water filter system. I recommend Dr. Mercola’s pure and clear filtration system
- Visit a doctor of Chiropratic that specializes in SOT(Sacro Occipital Technic). In the DFW area, Dr. Kathi Perry, Health By Hands Wellness Center, Arlington, TX. – Safe, Gentle, and Effective.
Many parents today are also becoming increasingly aware of the dangerous/toxic ingredients in shampoos, lotions, toothpastes, and soaps on the market for babies and children, as well as the cleaning agents, pesticides, and laundry soaps and scented dryer sheets used everyday around the house. Take the steps to purchase natural, wholesome products. You can search online for natural healthcare products and cleaning agents that are both safe and highly effective.
Stay informed. Eat well. Live well.
99 Percent of Pregnant Women in U.S. Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals — Including Banned Ones Dr. Mercola, 2011
Natural Cleaning Agents for Your Home Hub pages article and tips
Pure and Natural Products.com a helpful site created to help direct parents to products that are as pure and natural as possible