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#1 of 3 Old 04-10-2010, 08:21 AM - Thread Starter
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Here is a link to an article my best friend (and pharmacy student) sent me a while back. I felt like I had to share with everyone, in case they hadn't heard about this. I'll briefly quote below, for those who dont want to read the whole thing!

"In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.

This study represents the first reported cord blood tests for 261 of the targeted chemicals and the first reported detections in cord blood for 209 compounds. Among them are eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles — including the Teflon chemical PFOA, recently characterized as a likely human carcinogen by the EPA's Science Advisory Board — dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants and their toxic by-products; and numerous pesticides.

Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied."

THIS IS HORRIFYING!!!! Now, its only 10 babies, so it wouldnt be considered statistically significant. But if you're like me, I change for the safer at the first sign of something bad, not after 10 years of studies being reproduced!

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I remember being horrified when I first read this. It certainly cemented my move towards making all our food from scratch, not using chemical's in our home (cleaners) and garden (herbicides), getting rid of our mattress, purifyng our water, no carpets in the home, no cosmetics unless they are made from natural products, no plastic shower curtain or plastic food/water storage etc. Ie nothing in or on our bodies that are made with modern chemicals.

Rationally I know the dose makes the poison, and it is not necessary to freak out just at the *presence* of a scary chemical/element - but, yeah. I would rather minimise our overall family exposure. Of course, I cannot control what my family, friends and neighbours use in their homes. I can do the best I can without totally obsessing. For instance, I have found it better to slowly make new choices. Like when we needed a bigger bed, we bought a cotton futon. When I needed more food storage, we bought glass instead and slowly slowly over a period of about two years, our home and lives look much different.

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Thanks for sharing!

You have to figure as much. There's a reason we try to avoid things in pregnancy- because everything we are exposed to the baby is as well. Makes sense that that would include environmental pollutants and such.

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