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    99 Out of 100 Pregnant Women Tested Positive for Harmful Chemicals in Their Bodies.

    There have been a few developments in the past week that indicate that we should probably pay more attention to the chemicals we are collecting in our bodies and what their impacts might be.

    A study published last week in Environmental Health Perspectives looks at the presence of chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women, finding that 99 to 100 percent of pregnant women tested positive for a number of potentially hazardous chemicals. These include DDT, flame retardants, substances used to make non-stick pans, and phthalates, a variety of chemicals found in many beauty products and plastics. Tracey Woodruff, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco, conducted the study using data from the Centers for Disease Control.

    While the study does not investigate how much risk those chemicals may pose to the women or their children, Woodruff notes in the school's release that her results should encourage other researchers to take a closer look at the individual and cumulative impacts of the chemicals humans are exposed to on a daily basis:

    "It was surprising and concerning to find so many chemicals in pregnant women without fully knowing the implications for pregnancy. Several of these chemicals in pregnant women were at the same concentrations that have been associated with negative effects in children from other studies. In addition, exposure to multiple chemicals that can increase the risk of the same adverse health outcome can have a greater impact than exposure to just one chemical," Woodruff said.

    The New York Times' Andy Revkin has a good post on why some of the headlines on this study may have been a bit misleading. But it's certainly worth highlighting the need for additional research.

    In a similar vein, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences held a three-day summit last week looking at the role of environmental chemicals in the development of obesity and diabetes. The meeting was designed to plan a research agenda on the subject.

    Several studies in the past year have investigated potential links between chemical exposure and obesity. (See this study exploring the impacts of prenatal exposure to the "obesogen" tributyltin for one example.) Jennifer McPartland, a scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, examinedsome of the developing science in this area in a blog post Wednesday, "Do these chemicals make me look fat?"

    Are we sure that there are negative effects from all the chemicals we are exposed to? Of course not. But we're also not sure that they're safe—particularly not when you're considering the potential cumulative and compounded effects.
    Source http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2...-in-our-bodies

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    Its very hard to know what exactly you should and shouldn't be exposed to when you're pregnant, its a complex world we live in. Many things I imagine are impossible to avoid, such as certain plastics or chemicals from touching the door handle on a car, things of that nature. Its something people should think about more when they are thinking of having children. There are certain toxins that are proven to have harmful effects on the baby though, such as cat poo, but doctors warn about those. I'm sure chemicals on everyday items that the mother touches and the fetus is exposed to that are unknown to cause harm can be responsible for predispositions to certain things like ADHD. There is a huge increase in the number of children with this, and I would hypothesize that its from being exposed to toxins in the womb that are on plastics, cleaning products, and cosmetics that pregnant women use or touch.

    I can't imagine how you could detox your body from all of these chemicals, wouldn't they stay in you for a while even if you stopped being exposed to them when you got pregnant? If that is the case its pretty much impossible to avoid, everyone should just use as few iffy plastic or decorative items (paint on sculptures and things like that can be very toxic), cleaners, and questionable cosmetics (ie.hair dye) as possible.

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    Yeah. It's all the crap they put in food and cosmetics.
    The best way to detox I find is by drinking plenty of water or cranberry juice. It washes any crap out of your system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    Its very hard to know what exactly you should and shouldn't be exposed to when you're pregnant, its a complex world we live in. Many things I imagine are impossible to avoid, such as certain plastics or chemicals from touching the door handle on a car, things of that nature. Its something people should think about more when they are thinking of having children. There are certain toxins that are proven to have harmful effects on the baby though, such as cat poo, but doctors warn about those. I'm sure chemicals on everyday items that the mother touches and the fetus is exposed to that are unknown to cause harm can be responsible for predispositions to certain things like ADHD. There is a huge increase in the number of children with this, and I would hypothesize that its from being exposed to toxins in the womb that are on plastics, cleaning products, and cosmetics that pregnant women use or touch.

    I can't imagine how you could detox your body from all of these chemicals, wouldn't they stay in you for a while even if you stopped being exposed to them when you got pregnant? If that is the case its pretty much impossible to avoid, everyone should just use as few iffy plastic or decorative items (paint on sculptures and things like that can be very toxic), cleaners, and questionable cosmetics (ie.hair dye) as possible.
    Any germanic woman that is pregnant by a germanic man should not have to worry. Most germanic men take care of their girl, especially during the pregnancy. For my future mother of my children, I will make it like a vacation. She will have everything catered to her by me & will not have to stress herself over un-necessary things that could be added on to the stresses of being hormonal.
    We must be educated in our books & family. We must train hard. We must shoot true & straight. We must carry on our name & heritage. We must protect our women. We will win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    Its very hard to know what exactly you should and shouldn't be exposed to when you're pregnant, its a complex world we live in. Many things I imagine are impossible to avoid, such as certain plastics or chemicals from touching the door handle on a car, things of that nature. Its something people should think about more when they are thinking of having children. There are certain toxins that are proven to have harmful effects on the baby though, such as cat poo, but doctors warn about those. I'm sure chemicals on everyday items that the mother touches and the fetus is exposed to that are unknown to cause harm can be responsible for predispositions to certain things like ADHD. There is a huge increase in the number of children with this, and I would hypothesize that its from being exposed to toxins in the womb that are on plastics, cleaning products, and cosmetics that pregnant women use or touch.

    I can't imagine how you could detox your body from all of these chemicals, wouldn't they stay in you for a while even if you stopped being exposed to them when you got pregnant? If that is the case its pretty much impossible to avoid, everyone should just use as few iffy plastic or decorative items (paint on sculptures and things like that can be very toxic), cleaners, and questionable cosmetics (ie.hair dye) as possible.
    It's scary. It's literally all around us, and there really is NO WAY to avoid it. It's in our clothes, our water, our food, etc, etc. Even on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific, there are plenty of synthetic chemicals in trace amounts. I personally have a grudge against anyone who uses pesticides on their lawns. Pesticides and other lawn-care (utter bs by the way) chemicals are the worst. They are fat-soluble, which means they will accumulate in your body fat, and perhaps get released when you get stressed, causing major damage. Something like this happened to me three years ago when I was under stress form school and work. I experienced neurological symptoms (my doctor called them psychosomatic - from the stress and anxiety) such as tingling, tinnitus, lethargy, etc... I've been exposed to lawn-care poisons since childhood.

    Some things I learned over the past few years on my quest to make myself more healthy.

    1. Avoid things that are anti-bacterial (especially if they contain the chemical triclosan)
    2. Avoid non-stick pans, and non-stick products altogether (teflon, the most popular non-stick chemical is has a very long half-life, which means it can hang around almost forever)
    3. When buying plastic food containers (water-bottles, ketchup bottles, etc), note that there is a small recycling number on the bottom, remember this mantra: "4, 5, 1, and 2, all the rest are bad for you"
    4. Avoid carpets (they contain the fire-retardant bromine), avoid all products that are fire-proof in general. Bromine is another nasty chemical.
    5. Limit your fish consumption (especially large fish like tuna). Fish and fish products contain mercury which is one of the worst neurotoxins known to man, from past and current factories worldwide. Strangely, all fish (including farm-raised fish) contain mercury, so it's best to limit your fish consumption to a few small fish (there's less mercury accumulation in smaller fish) once every blue moon.
    6. Avoid pharmaceuticals unless you absolutely need them. Avoid psychiatric drugs at all costs.
    7. Avoid fluoride. Fluoride, contrary to what you might have heard, is not good for your teeth and bones, and is actually quite detrimental to mental development.
    8. Chlorine is not good for you either. I always felt really lethargic and nauseous after drinking a nice glass of pool-smelling tap water.
    9. Eat organic food if you can afford it. It's not a miraculous alternative to conventional (chemically induced) food, but it's closer to what our recent ancestors ate than the crap they serve at the local Jewel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Astrid Runa View Post
    Yeah. It's all the crap they put in food and cosmetics.
    The best way to detox I find is by drinking plenty of water or cranberry juice. It washes any crap out of your system.
    They add new chemicals to the mix every year. It's no longer survival of the fittest, it's survival of the chemically tolerant/immune.

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    Oh, and I almost forgot. Avoid everything that has the words "parfum" or "fragrance" listed in the ingredients. That usually indicates the presence of pthalates - nasty little chemicals, but chemicals that have a short half-life which means you could clear them from your body fairly quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest King View Post
    Oh, and I almost forgot. Avoid everything that has the words "parfum" or "fragrance" listed in the ingredients. That usually indicates the presence of pthalates - nasty little chemicals, but chemicals that have a short half-life which means you could clear them from your body fairly quickly.
    Oh dear, that means I should get rid of pretty much all of my cosmetics. When my parents let me start wearing makeup at 14 I went absolutely nuts. I was wearing loads of lipstick, mascara, and powder every day because I was trying to look older. I was a pretty girl, but it was disgusting the amount of makeup I was wearing. It was this competition among the freshman to look as dolled up as possible and it was very distracting. As a result I didn't concentrate on anything in class. After I had worn it for maybe a couple of months, I started hallucinating (becoming overly sensitive, losing touch with reality, sleepwalking and doing weird things in my sleep but not seeing or hearing things). I also had very poor mental ability/memory temporarily (normally I was an honor/gifted student). This is why I think school uniforms are good, they may seem draconian and unnecessary, but they really take the focus off of silly competitive teenage girl politics. The toxic makeup I had been piling on was making me go nuts, especially since I was being bullied by the math teacher every day at the time and my seasonal affective disorder was making an impact also. Now I don't wear anything on my face unless its a special occasion, only natural mascara and eyeliner around my eyes. If I didn't wear something I would just look like a slob.

    I also wonder if my acne treatment, soap, feminine hygiene, and facial wipes are somewhat toxic also. I drink a lot of bottled drinks too, I don't see any way to avoid it because water fountains are very gross and taking an open cup is too much of a pain. I try not to eat any leftovers or any snacks packaged in plastic.

    I get really pissed when I remember the way my parents abused me when I was little. They didn't really mean to but some of the things they made me do were just ignorant. One thing they made me do is clean up greasy dog poop from the dog pen and wash the dog dishes/fill them. They lured me with paying me $3-5 every week. That probably exposed me to some really bad toxins when I was little because I'm sure dog food products have a lot of bad chemicals in them because the companies can get away with it. I don't know about how others feel on this subject, but I don't really think you should make your child do chores, unless its cleaning up their room or doing something that teaches them life skills like helping with laundry or washing dishes and even then it should be their own choice/motivation. I've seen parents who force their children to do things, and it just doesn't work. It will make them build up a lot of anger and resentment.

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    9. Eat organic food if you can afford it. It's not a miraculous alternative to conventional (chemically induced) food, but it's closer to what our recent ancestors ate than the crap they serve at the local Jewel.
    Have never eaten any non-organic food, maybe you mean ecological?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    Oh dear, that means I should get rid of pretty much all of my cosmetics. When my parents let me start wearing makeup at 14 I went absolutely nuts. I was wearing loads of lipstick, mascara, and powder every day because I was trying to look older. I was a pretty girl, but it was disgusting the amount of makeup I was wearing. It was this competition among the freshman to look as dolled up as possible and it was very distracting. As a result I didn't concentrate on anything in class. After I had worn it for maybe a couple of months, I started hallucinating (becoming overly sensitive, losing touch with reality, sleepwalking and doing weird things in my sleep but not seeing or hearing things). I also had very poor mental ability/memory temporarily (normally I was an honor/gifted student). This is why I think school uniforms are good, they may seem draconian and unnecessary, but they really take the focus off of silly competitive teenage girl politics. The toxic makeup I had been piling on was making me go nuts, especially since I was being bullied by the math teacher every day at the time and my seasonal affective disorder was making an impact also. Now I don't wear anything on my face unless its a special occasion, only natural mascara and eyeliner around my eyes. If I didn't wear something I would just look like a slob.

    I also wonder if my acne treatment, soap, feminine hygiene, and facial wipes are somewhat toxic also. I drink a lot of bottled drinks too, I don't see any way to avoid it because water fountains are very gross and taking an open cup is too much of a pain. I try not to eat any leftovers or any snacks packaged in plastic.

    I get really pissed when I remember the way my parents abused me when I was little. They didn't really mean to but some of the things they made me do were just ignorant. One thing they made me do is clean up greasy dog poop from the dog pen and wash the dog dishes/fill them. They lured me with paying me $3-5 every week. That probably exposed me to some really bad toxins when I was little because I'm sure dog food products have a lot of bad chemicals in them because the companies can get away with it. I don't know about how others feel on this subject, but I don't really think you should make your child do chores, unless its cleaning up their room or doing something that teaches them life skills like helping with laundry or washing dishes and even then it should be their own choice/motivation. I've seen parents who force their children to do things, and it just doesn't work. It will make them build up a lot of anger and resentment.
    Did you eat a lot of fast food when you were in high school? The crap (mono-sodium glutamate, or MSG for short) they put in fast food, "TV dinners", etc, etc, can give you acne, brain-damage, make you obese, and a lot more.

    Some people think I'm a weirdo because I don't use cologne, hair gel, shaving cream, etc, but that's their problem. I know it probably won't make that much of a difference (our generation is expected to live slightly shorter lives than our parents, just because of the air we breathe) but what can I do? It's my way of fighting back. I guess I do feel a little better since cutting all artificial sweeteners (which cause MS by the way) and MSG from my diet.

    As far as acne treatments are concerned, I found that they didn't really help at all. I tried about 4 or 5 acne products to no avail. I ended up using rubbing alcohol to treat my acne, which had almost unbearable fumes, but had at least some effect. I have to say, I agree with you about the chores.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    Have never eaten any non-organic food, maybe you mean ecological?
    In America the tern "organic foods" refers to foods that have been exposed to little or no synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Obviously, there is no such thing as "inorganic food", but the word "organic" took on a new meaning when people began complaining about chemicals in their food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest King View Post
    Did you eat a lot of fast food when you were in high school? The crap (mono-sodium glutamate, or MSG for short) they put in fast food, "TV dinners", etc, etc, can give you acne, brain-damage, make you obese, and a lot more.

    Some people think I'm a weirdo because I don't use cologne, hair gel, shaving cream, etc, but that's their problem. I know it probably won't make that much of a difference (our generation is expected to live slightly shorter lives than our parents, just because of the air we breathe) but what can I do? It's my way of fighting back. I guess I do feel a little better since cutting all artificial sweeteners (which cause MS by the way) and MSG from my diet.

    As far as acne treatments are concerned, I found that they didn't really help at all. I tried about 4 or 5 acne products to no avail. I ended up using rubbing alcohol to treat my acne, which had almost unbearable fumes, but had at least some effect. I have to say, I agree with you about the chores.



    In America the tern "organic foods" refers to foods that have been exposed to little or no synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Obviously, there is no such thing as "inorganic food", but the word "organic" took on a new meaning when people began complaining about chemicals in their food.
    My parents were were very against fast-food and I wasn't allowed much spending money (anything I got was spent on clothing). I probably at fast food once or twice a year at most. I didn't/don't have much acne, just normal teen stuff and I use special soaps and creams to minimize it. It was most definitely influenced by the makeup, I wore colorful lipstick (not every day but often) and that has been proven very toxic.

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