Newborn Cord Blood Shows We Are Born Pre-Polluted, Canada Data and California BPA Study

toxicworldCanada published a study on cord blood samples taken by the Environmental Defense program. In the 3 Toronto area newborns 137 chemicals out of the 310 tested for were found, including PBDE’s (flame retardants), PCB’s (banned chemicals), PFC’s (non-stick chemicals), organophosphate pesticides, dioxins, furans, mercury, and lead. You can read the study here…

Environmental Science and Technology published a study 2013, “Bisphenol-A (BPA), BPA Glucuronide, and BPA Sulfate in Midgestation Cord Serum in a Northern and Central California population”.  BPA is known to cause neurological and behavioral symptoms and is a known endocrine disruptor, affecting hormones which can affect everything. You can read this study here…

This study tested the cord blood of 85 babies who were aborted and found BPA in every sample tested.  Many samples showed levels of active BPA at 1/100th to over 400 times the levels of other fractions of BPA suggesting that there is huge biological variability and vulnerability.  Some of the highest levels ever recorded were reported, far exceeding safe levels for animals or humans.  

If you are pregnant or might become pregnant some day, it is of utmost importance that you avoid plastics and BPA, eat organic foods, and drink filtered water to avoid pesticides and herbicides. Consider putting off that new car purchase which is high in the off-gassing of dangerous compounds (that new car smell) and consider a mattress low or absent in flame retardants.  

It is getting increasingly difficult to avoid all the toxins in our world, but this is an area where cumulative toxicity matters, so everything you can do to minimize your exposures, especially when pregnant, could make a world of difference for your unborn child. 

Environmental Health Perspectives alert on article “Prenatal Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Exposures and Neurodevelopment in U.S. Children through 5 Years of Age: The HOME Study”, correlated maternal blood levels at 16 weeks gestation with significant decline by age 5 in IQ by 3.3 points and increase in hyperactivity scores.  You can read this article here…

 

Read more about fetal BPA exposure here…

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

 

 

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