PREGNANCY AND CHEMICAL EXPOSURES
We have an
epidemic of infertility in couples. In
addition, the number of stillborn or
developmentally- or birth-damaged babies has
increased. One major cause of this
infertility is the massive unavoidable
exposure to chemicals in our air, food,
water, homes, schools and workplaces. These
chemicals are found in the blood, urine,
fat, semen and breast milk of most humans
including young children. These chemicals
can unquestionably adversely affect a
developing infant. (In one study there was a
70% increase in stillborns if mothers were
exposed to one pesticide in the first three
months of pregnancy.)
hiccup and kick a bit, but some pregnant
mothers notice that their unborn infant will
suddenly start to hiccup or kick so
violently that they are in pain and cannot
sleep. Sometimes the mother's abdomen can be
bruised or black and blue from the inside
because of the severe kicking. These mothers
should think back to what was eaten or
smelled before the over-activity began.
Foods might take a few hours to cause a
change but chemicals can affect infants in
minutes. Mothers often detect allergies to
specific foods or sensitivities from
exposures to chemicals prior to the delivery
of an infant.
baby is born, these same foods and chemicals
can cause similar sudden bouts of extreme
present time the amount and the quality of
the sperm of many men has diminished. The
sperm can be contaminated with chemicals
that can potentially seriously damage the
baby at the time of conception. Men who were
in Viet Nam, for example, can have semen
that still contains dioxin or Agent Orange.
months unborn babies float and are exposed,
inside and outside their bodies, to
chemicals such as DDT, lindane, and PCBs in
the uterine fluid. Their first bowel
movement contains these same toxins. The
babies often are then fed breast milk, which
is indubitably the best food for infants,
but many mothers' milk contains DDT, lindane,
PCBs or other chemicals.
human breast milk can contain up to ten
times the amount of chemicals that are found
in a mother's body, because breast milk
is one way that nature enables a mother to
excrete toxins from her baby. In Japan the
chemical content in some breast milk was
found to be so high that there was mention
they might consider it to be a toxic waste.
If a milk
or soy formula is selected to replace the
breast milk, it routinely can be put into
plastic bottles and then heated in the
microwave. Micro waved food loses important
nutrients. Heat in the microwave enables the
chemicals (phthalates) in the plastic to
enter the milk and then the baby. These
chemicals can cause sexual changes
particularly in male babies and early
puberty in the form of breast development at
6 to 8 years of age in girls.
potential problem concerns diapers. Babies
are typically wrapped in disposable diapers
for one to several years. These can contain
a chemical in the plastic called bis-phenol
A which again can affect the sexuality
and/or sex organs of boys.
Mothers Can Do about
Avoiding Chemicals Prior to Pregnancy:
For at least six months prior to conception:
only organic food as much as possible.
Ask your spouse to also do this. (A 1998
USDA report stated that nearly 55% of
7,000 fruits and vegetables contained
pesticides.) Current methods of
detection are not completely accurate
and believed to miss up to 60% of
pesticides in foods. It is reported that
one single apple can contain as many as
10 pesticides from a possible 37
different chemicals commonly found on
Try not to eat any genetically-engineered or irradiated
Eat mainly fresh fruits and vegetables. Milk, soy and
corn tend to be genetically engineered at the present time. Animal
studies indicate pigs can become cripples and blind, cows die
earlier and have arthritis and more stillborns, and rats develop
thyroid cysts and prostate abnormalities from genetically engineered
foods. We do not have adequate studies showing the safety of these
products for human adults or infants.
Drink only purified water in glass for at least six months before
attempting to become pregnant. Ask your husband to do likewise.
Eat nothing stored in plastic or Styrofoam.
Check your urine, blood, and possibly semen, for toxins before
you attempt conception. Call AccuChem Lab 800.451.0116. The average
number of chemicals in blood is 99, but some single blood samples
can contain up to 700.
Check your breast milk for chemicals near the time of delivery.
Call AccuChem Lab at 800.451.0116.
Don't use heating pads or electric blankets when pregnant.
Don't sleep on a body/form-fitting synthetic mattress or pillows
which contain chemicals.
Don't sleep between polyester sheets
(formaldehyde) that have had fabric softeners used on them.
Use only organic cotton or wool blankets, no synthetic fibers
or cotton that does not require ironing because it contains chemicals.
Don't sleep in a bedroom
that contains freshly dry cleaned clothing or mothballs. Wearing
freshly dry cleaned clothes increases your chance of cancer.
Use only natural cleaning products for dishes, floors,
laundry, disinfectants and deodorizers. Use no scented sheets
in the dryer. Use Bon Ami polishing powder for scouring powder.
Use no aerosol or pine smelling cleaning materials or anything
that contains phenol.
only natural personal body products and
cosmetics, and use "Essential" sanitary
napkins. Buy at health food stores
or call N.E.E.D.S. 800.634.1380.
Do not use fingernail polish or remover.
natural food dyes.
Don't eat fish from the Great Lakes or
other lakes where the water is heavily polluted with chemicals.
(If such fish are eaten two to three times a month, the babies
can have a smaller heads and brains than normal. Those with
elevated PCBs can be delayed developmentally so they talk and
walk late, and some have significant learning problems.)
Don't wash your dog with a flea pesticide solution
or put a pest collar on your dog because this can cause a six
fold increase in your unborn child's chance of developing some
form of cancer (leukemia or lymphoma) by the age of six or seven
Avoid cigarette or tobacco smoke and alcohol in all
Avoid all obvious chemical odors. Be the first in the
beauty parlor on a slow day, before it is too heavily polluted.
Use your own non-allergenic hairspray, such as "Clinique."
Do not dye your hair. If you do, use entirely natural
dye from health food store.
Do not use any pesticide inside or outside of your
house unless you are certain the chemicals used are entirely
safe. Avoid all pesticides. In one study when pregnant women
were exposed to PCBs, their infants had smaller penises and
increased behavior problems. In other studies, as PCB exposed
children grew older, they tended to developed thyroid disease
and learning problems. Other studies have shown similar
changes in animals exposed to PCBs. (Get Set at 800.221.6188
has a helpful book entitled The Bug Stops Here that can be downloaded
at no charge from www.thebestcontrol.com or www.getipm.com.)
Avoid all habit-forming addictive type drugs, such
as cocaine, Ritalin, etc.
Don't cook in Teflon
under high heat. (The chemicals given off can kill birds and
we do not know what it does to infants or humans.)
Do not personally lay a synthetic carpet. Hard wood
or hard tile flooring and non-toxic glue are much preferred.
Non-toxic carpet is available: call 716-875-0398.
Do not paint or remodel your baby's room unless you
use allergy-free paint.
Decorate with cotton fabric and try to use only genuine
hard wood furniture. Use no plywood or particleboard because
it contains formaldehyde. (N.E.E.D.S., P.O. Box 580, East Syracuse
NY 13057. 800.634.1380.)
Be wary of a moldy smelling home or room for an infant.
Molds can seriously harm infants in many ways.
Baby Is Here:
Use only natural organic cotton for clothing.
Use washable or totally organic disposable cotton diapers
or disposable Tushies (800.344.6379).
Do not use any chemical-smelling wipes.
Try to breast feed. It was created for babies. (It
takes two to six hours for the foods a mother eats to reach
the breast milk so you can often easily detect food allergies
if a mother eats a food to which her infant is sensitive. Chemicals
can pass into the breast more quickly than foods.)
If you can't or won't breast feed, heat non-genetically
engineered milk or soy in a glass bottle in a pot of water.
irradiated foods or milk. They can cause
a 20 to 80 % decrease in nutrients.
Irradiation can cause a sevenfold
increase in benzene in irradiated beef.
This solvent is a cause of leukemia in
children. In animal studies, heart
lesions developed in 83% of 25 animals
in 85 days when they were fed uncooked
irradiated milk. Control animals had no
heart lesions. I know of no studies to
verify the safety of irradiated products
in the human fetus, newborn, or
Heat nothing in plastic and nothing in a microwave.
(It decreases the nutrient and energy value of foods and can
contaminate the heated food with the dangerous or harmful chemicals
found in plastic.) Do not freeze or heat anything in plastic.
Feed your infant only organic food that you prepare,
or natural baby food from health food stores. (One study showed
that 76 non-organic baby foods contained 16 different pesticides.
Every day 77,000 infants are fed commercial non-organic foods
that contain unsafe levels of pesticides.
Give your baby
only natural organic vitamins.
Visit Sherri Tenpenny's website entitled www.osteomed.com
before you make any decisions about immunization with vaccines.
Many studies indicate infant damage because of many trace metals,
such as mercury, found in most vaccines.