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"Our Toxic World"

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by Doris J. Rapp, M.D.

How Bad Is It Mom, and What You Can Do About It?

How Bad Is It?

 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.)1
  All babies 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.2
After the baby is born, these same foods and chemicals can cause similar sudden bouts of extreme hyperactivity.
  At the 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.1a,3 For nine 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.1b,4 In fact, 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.1c,
5 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. Microwaved 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.1d
  One last 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.1e,6

What Mothers Can Do about
Avoiding Chemicals Prior to Pregnancy:

 For at least six months prior to conception:

  Eat 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 apples.1f

  Try not to eat any genetically-engineered or irradiated foods.1g 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 bodyform-fitting synthetic mattress or pillows which contain chemicals. Don't sleep between polyester sheets (formaldahyde) 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.

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Doris J. Rapp, M.D. •
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