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Pregnant Women & Children

For many reasons, babies and children are disproportionately exposed to environmental toxins compared to adults.  Their metabolism is faster, meaning that relative to their size, they consume more food and water, and breathe more air than adults. Children spend more time on the ground or floor, in closer contact with the toxins that may accumulate in soil and house dust, and they explore the world by placing objects in their mouth.  An infant or child's brain absorbs more electromagnetic radiation (EMFs) from electricity and wireless communications than an adult due to a smaller head, thinner skull, and higher conductivity of brain tissue (Hardell and Carlberg, 2015).  

The unborn fetus, as well as a child's brain, nervous system and other organs are developing rapidly, making them especially vulnerable to damage.  Furthermore, the protective mechanisms and detoxification pathways which will serve them as adults are not yet fully developed.  

 

Exposures begin early - pesticides and many other toxins from our environment have been found in umbilical cord blood, amniotic fluid, and breast milk (although breast milk is still considered to be, by far, the best food for your baby).  And our modern lifestyle exposes children, even in the womb, to unprecedented levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

 

Research indicates that environmental exposures during key developmental windows in pregnancy, childhood and adolescence, can cause long term damage (Heyer and Meredith, 2016, and Diamanti-Kandarakis et al, 2009, ).  For example, one study showed a greater than 70% increase in childhood asthma correlated with high prenatal exposure to phthalates - chemicals found in plastics, detergents and personal care products (Whyatt, 2014).

 

Another study found that children of mothers with the highest occupational exposure to magnetic fields while pregnant had more than double the risk of developing leukemia (Infante-Rivard and Deadman, 2003).  And preliminary research suggests that cell phone use before the age of twenty (the age at which the brain reaches full development) may carry a significantly higher risk of certain brain cancers than beginning use later in life (Hardell and Carlberg, 2009).

There are many changes we can make around the home, yard, garden, lunch box and dinner table, and in the way we use technology, to benefit the precious children who depend on us to protect their health.  It's never to late to start, but when possible, it is advantageous to create a healthy environment for you and your baby before getting pregnant.

References

Diamanti-Kandarakis, E. et al (2009) “Endocrine-Disrutping Chemicals: An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement,” Endocrine Reviews, Vol 30, Issue 4; June 1. URL: http://press.endocrine.org/doi/full/10.1210/er.2009-0002

Hardell, L., and Carlberg, M. (2009) Mobile phones, cordless phones and the risk for brain tumours, International Journal of Oncology Vol 35:5-17 doi: 10.3892/ijo_00000307 URL: www.researchgate.net/publication/26279874_Mobile_phones_cordless_phones_and_the_risk_for_brain_tumours

Hardell, L., and Carlberg, M. (2015) Mobile phone and cordless phone use and the risk for glioma – Analysis of pooled case-control studies in Sweden, 1997–2003 and 2007–2009, Pathophysiology, Vol. 22, Mar, pp. 1-15. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pathophys.2014.10.001   URL:  http://www.pathophysiologyjournal.com/article/S0928-4680(14)00064-9/pdf

Heyer, D.B. and Meredith R.M. (2016) Environmental toxicology: Sensitive periods of development and neurodevelopmental disorders, Neurotoxicology, Nov 4;58:23-41. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.10.017, URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27825840

Infante-Rivard C, Deadman JE. (2003) Maternal occupational exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields during pregnancy and childhood leukemia. Epidemiology. 14(4):437- 41.  doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000078421.60231.bc  URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12843769/

Schafer, K.S., and Marquez, E.C. (2012) A Generation in Jeopardy How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence, Pesticide Action Network North America.  URL: http://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/KidsHealthReportOct2012.pdf

Whyatt, R.M., et al (2014) Asthma in Inner-City Children at 5–11 Years of Age and Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates: The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health Cohort, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 122, no. 10; Oct.  DOI:10.1289/ehp.1307670 URL: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/122/10/ehp.1307670.alt.pdf

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