Phthalates (plastics) Linked to Developmental Delays
I get overwhelmed by the big words and just too much information about things like phthalates, endocrine disruption, and developmental delays. Here’s the bottom line:
Plastics are a definite part of why we are seeing so much autism, developmental and learning disorders, anxiety and depression, and much of the brain related symptoms.
But I thought you said it was toxins like mercury, lead, arsenic, and pesticides? It is, but it’s all cumulative. Don’t get lazy now. In Europe, where they are much more careful and consumer protections are far greater, many studies are showing people are getting close to the toxic levels of these plastic chemicals.
If you MICROWAVE IN PLASTIC, you raise your exposure almost 10X. I can assure you just that alone will get you into brain altering levels and is SOMETHING YOU MUST NEVER do.
Phthalates, especially DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate), DBP (di-n-butyl-phthalate) and BBP (butyl-benzyl-phthalate) are known to cause reproductive and developmental toxicity. Sorry, I had to list these in case we search for them later. Levels of DEHP are already near the daily tolerable intake (DTI) for the population as a whole so you can imagine that our children are almost all toxic.
These chemicals have been shown to lower testosterone in-utero. YIKES! That’s that same important hormone for brain development, normal development of our boys and a hormone that is known to cause severe anxiety when too low. When you read developmental delay I hope you are thinking autism, autism spectrum, ADD, ADHD, learning and language problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and so forth.
These plastics are highest in the youngest children, meaning either that they are getting them in the womb and from breast milk, which they are, or they are getting them from their food which they most definitely are (formula cans and all cans in general are lined with plastics) and most baby bottles are plastic, pacifiers and bowls and spoons and toys that end up in the mouth -all plastic! If you microwave in plastic, you might as well put a plastic bomb in your child’s brain, and testes if it’s a boy.
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