Endocrine Disrupting BPA and Phthalate Levels in Pregnancy Affects Children’s IQ

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Wish we knew then – what we know now. Chemicals are bad for our health PERIOD. And these chemicals plus heavy metals are found in the umbilical cord and they are affecting the neurological-endocrine-immune health of our children…. and that is before they even enter this world. What happens next is that they are barraged with more chemicals and vaccines. Where is the common sense? For those of you who are concerned about this – I am offering two products on site: the Touchstone Essentials Pure Body to detox heavy metals and BPA and other chemicals out of the body – and the EMPowerplus Q96 – 36 essential micronutrients for optimal brain functioning.

Our children deserve better. So do we. Rule #1 do not mess with Mother Nature. The only rule we really need.

Phthalates and BPA Linked to IQ Reductions in Children, but FDA Reasserts the Chemical’s Safety

Mercola.com
December 24, 2014
A number of chemicals found in plastic products are known to act as endocrine disruptors. Being similar in structure to natural sex hormones, they interfere with the normal functioning  Child head with education icons of those hormones.

This is particularly problematic in children who are still growing and developing, as the glands of your endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of your body.

Your endocrine system as a whole is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals have in fact been linked to a number of reproductive health problems.

Phthalates are among the most pervasive of all known endocrine disrupters. According to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency1 (EPA), more than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced each year.

They’re primarily used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible and resilient, but they can also be found in air fresheners, dryer sheets, and personal care products Endocrine and Autismlike shampoo, shower gels, and makeup. Their prevalence in personal care products is thought to be the reason why women tend to have higher levels of phthalates in their system than men.

Furniture, upholstery, mattresses, and wall coverings can also contain phthalates. They’ve even been detected in infant formula and baby food (likely because they migrated from the packaging materials).

Phthalates Now Linked to Reduced IQ in Children

While previous research has linked phthalate exposure to birth defects, low sperm count, polycystic ovary disease, and early or delayed puberty, just to name a few, recent research suggests prenatal phthalate exposure may also lead to reduced IQ in children.2,3

They also found an association between phthalate concentrations in the mother’s system during pregnancy and the child’s ability to concentrate, working memory, their perceptual reasoning skills, and the time it took for the child to process and retrieve information at the age of seven.

 

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.