Babies Born ‘Polluted’

Dr. Mercola summarizes some disconcerting news at mercola.com:

The Environmental Working Group released the report and, based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical-cord blood (a reflection of what the mother passes to the baby via the placenta), found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including:

  • Mercury
  • Fire retardants
  • Pesticides, including DDT and chlordane
  • The Teflon chemical PFOA
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

    The actual effects on the babies are not clear, but what is known is that of the 287 contaminants found:

  • 180 cause cancer in humans or animals
  • 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system
  • 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests

    If there’s any good news to be had, it’s that the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment. This should also serve as a major wake-up call for pregnant women or those expecting to become pregnant, as there’s an urgent need for you to eat as clean a diet as possible.

    Reuters July 14, 2005