Scary - 99% of pregnant women in the US Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals Including Banned Ones, Study Suggests
Totally eeks me out. Seriously.
Read something like that before. Makes me so sad.
I'm not all that surprised. What's even more scary to me is that with few exceptions whatever I'm going to be exposed to, my baby is also going to be exposed to. She'll be eating the same as me within the next few years during some of the most crucial years of her development and be going to the same places, in contact with many of the same things.
Well that is scary.
That is scary. My godmother is a vet, which I realize is an animal doctor, not a human one, but she's science minded in any case, and she told me that she's read about fire retardants which apparently are in EVERYTHING (carpet, furniture, etc) and are SUPER bad for you. They are basically impossible to avoid, but, are seriously toxic. It's really scary what a toxic world we live in these days.
It's gross yes, but scary? I'm not inclined to be as horrified by it as the article suggests. Only because well, that's life now. It can't be avoided unless you move to an uninhabited island. And I'm unsure as to why they only tested pregnant women? Clearly if the results are so staggering, they can reasonably assume non-pregnant women and men and children are positive for these as well.
Make the best of what healthy things we can do and hopefully it counterbalances it a bit.
And I'm unsure as to why they only tested pregnant women? Clearly if the results are so staggering, they can reasonably assume non-pregnant women and men and children are positive for these as well.
The article says, "Exposure to chemicals during fetal development has been shown to increase the risk of adverse health consequences, including preterm birth and birth defects, childhood morbidity, and adult disease and mortality." The purpose of the study was to find out just how widespread fetal exposure to these things is. Also, since pregnant women usually get their blood drawn a few times, it's a lot easier to get someone to agree to just take another vial than it is to get people to come in just to take their blood for this purpose, but I think with these findings there will be a wider study in the near future.
It is a bit unnerving, but I also think our bodies are smart & if we take good care of ourselves while we can't avoid everything & yes we will be affected, I also think our bodies filter a lot too. I wish society in general would be more mindful, it seems the all mighty dollar is more important than life itself & that is sad. So we do what we can do & we live as well as we can - it's easy to stress out about all the awful things out there so I try not to.
On the Forbes list (http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/09/home-foam-teflon-technology-ecotech-toxins_slide_2.html)... the top of the 10 most toxic products is:
Baby Care Items! (http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/09/home-foam-teflon-technology-ecotech-toxins.html)
Baby care products – Flame-retardants are used in the foam found in products like cribs, high chairs, strollers and nursing pillows. The chemicals involved are PBDEs or other retardants with bromine or chlorine, which have been linked to sexual and neurological disorders. Vinyl flooring and shower curtains – Phthalates are used to soften the plastic that goes into vinyl flooring and shower curtains. This chemical has been associated with causing harmful effects to growth and development in children, and impacting brain functions like learning, behavior and memory.Nonstick pots and pans – There's some controversy over the effects of the coating on nonstick pans, commonly known as Teflon. The Teflon chemical, PTFE, is thought to be harmless. But non-stick pans heated past 500 degrees Fahrenheit, or that have started to flake, can emit toxic byproducts of PTFE that can cause flu-like symptoms in humans.Consumer electronics – This category can be a toxic cocktail. Phthalates are found in the power cords of devices or controller cables of game consoles. Brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which have been linked to impaired brain development and cancer in humans, are added to circuit boards and plastic casings.Hard plastic bottles and containers – Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in many plastic bottles and containers. Recent studies have shown that BPA could have effects on the brain, behavior and prostrate gland in infants and young children.Insulation – BFRs are added to housing insulation materials to meet fire safety codes. These chemicals can accumulate in the body over a long period of time and have been linked to impaired brain development and cancer in humans.Air fresheners and cleaners – Sprays or even some scented candles that "freshen" the air often use phthalates to spread the fragrance.Cosmetics – Phthalates can also be found in perfumes, deodorants and hair sprays, as well as nail polish.Carpets – Carpets, and some furniture, are also treated with the same non-stick chemicals, PTFE, used in Teflon. When PTFEs break down, one of the byproducts is a carcinogenic chemical, PFOA, also linked to infertility and birth defects in humans.
I just took a class last yer and they said that the most toxic item that people actually pick up in their home is DISHWASHER SOAP. It makes a huge difference (I'm told) if you switch to a "green" brand.
The vinyl flooring is annoying to me - I have a ton of that in my house. ugh.
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health
Science is full of stories about daring researchers who will go to almost any length to prove a point. When it is unethical, expensive, or just plain unfeasible to use animals or other people as test subjects, some intrepid souls have used their own bodies – sometimes with fatal results. Self-experimentation of the wiser kind frames Slow Death by Rubber Duck. Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie voluntarily ate, drank, breathed, and absorbed commonly encountered toxins, then measured samples of their blood and urine for intake levels. Their brief adventures in planned self-toxification led Smith and Lourie, both Toronto-based environmental professionals, to conclude that “Pollution is now so pervasive that it’s become a marinade in which we bathe every day.” The duo’s experiments involved a brief period in which the “guinea pig” attempted to cleanse a specific toxin from his body, followed by steps to maximize its uptake. For example, to test for the highly neurotoxic element mercury, Lourie ate expensive tuna steaks and sushi several times a day for two days. His readings went off the charts. Other experiments involved such seemingly benign activities as sitting on upholstery (flame retardants) and using microwave popcorn bags (Teflon), soft plastic (bisphenol A), shampoo (phthalates), and anti-bacterial soap (triclosan). In most cases, with even brief exposure, their levels of toxicity rose significantly. The stunt science, if you will, may be the book’s key feature, but what really stands out is the solid writing. Though chock-full of Canadian and international statistics, the book never sounds preachy or dense. Considering how undeniably depressing their findings are, the authors manage to stay this side of apocalyptic without sounding flippant. Not only is the book scary, it’s hard to put down. The take-home message from this excellent volume is that we don’t have the luxury to wait for governments to impose limits on chemicals. It is up to us, as consumers, to stay informed, so that we stop being guinea pigs ourselves.