Holy Hormones Journal: Our exposure to toxic chemicals in user-friendly daily household items has not only damaged our bodies – but they are also threatening the health of the fetus. The contaminants may induce fetal heart failure, low cognitive ability, delayed development, and neurobehavioral disorders. New research has shown that pollutants in the mother’s blood are transported to the fetus through the placenta and cord blood. The contaminants include mercury, lead, cadmium, dioxins (PCDD/Fs, PBDD/Fs), dioxin-like compounds (PCNs, PCBs), and brominated flame retardant (PBDEs).
Samples of cord blood, and maternal blood blood were taken to determine the level of contamination. They found that even though contaminants are slightly filtered when passing through the placental barrier, all heavy metals easily pass through contaminating placenta and fetus.
“When environmental contaminants are accumulated in a pregnant mother, the fetus is also directly exposed to them, meaning the adverse effects of POPs and heavy metals last generation after generation” Dr. Yoon-Seok Chang, a professor of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea
These chemicals and heavy metals are cumulative, summative and additive. They are responsible for the high rates of chronic illness and neurological disabilities in our children. They are responsible for the high rate of Alzheimer’s in our elderly, and the alarming rate of cognitive decline in the elderly.
Now that we have this study, it is even more important to question vaccine science and medicine in general. Actually, we need to question even more – and it is being questioned as we speak. Our food sources, and the use of pesticides. The disposal of bio-sludge containing heavy metals and contaminants on public grounds and community parks.
This study certainly points out the fallacy in getting a flu vaccine or any other vaccine before or during pregnancy. Maternal health and fetal health are both vulnerable at this time.
What were these people thinking? Didn’t they know that this daily exposure would soon catch up with us? Did they think they could kill us off before we woke up? We are nothing more than the sum part of our toxic contamination.
Where are these toxic endocrine disruptors found?
Personal Care Products: Shampoo, conditioners, makeup, perfume, dryer sheets, suntan lotion; anything with a chemical in it is going to disrupt those hormone messages.
Drinking water: heavy metals and other toxicants are not thoroughly filtered out of the water supply. Getting a filter on your water tap is essential.
Canned foods: All those cans in the pantry – that you have stocked up for a rainy day contain BPA (now on California’s toxic chemical list) in addition to aluminum. Make sure you start looking for BPA-free cans.
Fruits and Vegetables: Pesticide exposure… another good reason to start eating organic – most preferably “certified organic.” Another good reason to eat locally and support your local farmers.
Meat, Poultry, and Dairy Products: Contain antibiotics, hormones and industrial chemicals.
Fish: High in mercury and in other contaminants and chemicals including pesticide leaching into the water that are ingested especially by scavenger fish like shrimp, crab and lobster. Airborne contaminant from pollution and smokestacks also cycle around and are found in soils and waters. Even though some pesticides and chemicals have been banned, they are still found in the elements that surround us. Some may take generations even centuries before they disappear.
Kitchen products: That aluminum foil has to go. Along with plastic storage containers and utensils. And teflon cookware. They are killing us. While you are at it get rid of the microwave as well….. that convenience is not providing any benefits. In fact, the dangers are becoming real and well-known.
Home and Office Cleaning Products: Ditch everything and replace with vinegar and water. There was a good reason our grandmother’s stuck to the basics when they cleaned. And it turns out that all those germs we try and kill – actually build our immunity. We need them to survive.
Office Products: Toners, solvents and ink cartridges. Handle with caution.
Bank and Register Receipts: Covered in BPA.
What’s a person to do?
Detox needs to be part of our daily lives. Detox and nutrition. Our body environment is being overwhelmed by toxins and is not getting enough nutrition to mount a defense.
I read somewhere this week, that the body will reach out for minerals first, and when that reserve is depleted, the second resource are the heavy metals in our body.
What if a mineral existed with physical properties that trap, inactivate and eliminate from your body toxins, heavy metals, and pollutants such as nitrosamines and nitrites? Who would benefit from such a mineral? You – and everyone you know.
Fortunately, Mother Nature provides protection against many of the toxic elements we encounter every day in the form of an amazing, natural mineral, called zeolite. The zeolite Clinoptilolite —a negatively-charged mineral—works just like a magnet, attracting positively-charged toxins, safely and gently carrying them out of the body within hours.* It will be excreted through your sweat and urine.
The zeolite Clinoptilolite helps remove heavy metals and positively-charged toxins and Volatile Organic Compounds including:
• Radioactive Metals
• Bisphenol-A (BPA)
And if you think this information pertains just to pregnant women, think again. Green Med Info came out with an article this week linking chemical exposure to early menopause… citing that exposure to chemicals may speed up the onset of menopause by four years. Eventually infertility will be an issue for those women who are watching their biological clock.
Chemicals may alter placenta genes, threaten fetuses
Environmental Health News
July 1, 2015
By Brian Bienkowski
Environmental Health News
“The placenta is vital for nutrient transport to the fetus, regulation of oxygen, transport of waste out of the fetal compartment … preventing infection.”-Jennifer Adibi, University of Pittsburgh
It is the first study to show that exposure to phenols and phthalates may alter how genes are expressed in the placenta of pregnant women and suggests that such exposures may hamper fetuses’ proper development and growth.
“Altered expression of a gene is of concern because we will have more or less of a protein,” said senior author of the study, Karin Michels, a professor and epidemiologist at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in an emailed response. “Proteins have essential function, for example, as hormones in the body.”
The researchers tested the urine of 179 women in their first trimester of pregnancy for eight phenols, including widely used bisphenol-A (BPA), and 11 phthalate metabolites, substances formed after the body processes phthalates. Then they tested how certain genes were expressed in the placenta. The women were enrolled in a study cohort at Harvard University.
They found that exposure was associated with altering certain molecules that regulate the expression of genes in the placenta. The study is concerning because the placenta is a lifeline for the fetus and properly functioning genes are crucial for the health of both the placenta and the growing fetus.
“The placenta is vital for nutrient transport to the fetus, regulation of oxygen, transport of waste out of the fetal compartment … preventing infection,” said Jennifer Adibi, an assistant professor and epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh who studies how chemicals impact placentas and fetuses.
“In the early stages, the fetus doesn’t have a functional endocrine system, it does not produce the hormones it needs to develop, and the placenta actually provides those,” said Adibi, who was not involved in the study.
Phenols and phthalates are widely used. Phthalates are used in vinyl products, in cosmetic as fragrances and in other plastics to make them pliable.
Phenols have a wide variety of uses including plastic resins, pesticides, and cleaning and personal care products. One of the most common, BPA, is ubiquitous and used to make polycarbonate plastic and found in some food cans and paper receipts.
Both phthalates and phenols are found in most people and the compounds are endocrine disruptors, meaning they interfere with people’s hormones. Disrupted hormones can lead to numerous defects and diseases.