Why are Babies Being Born Toxic …
and What Does This Mean for YOU and Your Family?
Babies, who represent what is most innocent and pure about humanity, are being exposed to high levels of chemicals while still in the womb. Sadly, this chemical exposure leads to babies being born toxic with greatly heightened potential to develop chronic diseases much earlier in life.
Babies are exposed to an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants while still in the womb.
The findings were revealed by an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study of the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborn babies in the United States. The umbilical cord is a good measure of contaminants because it pulses the equivalent of at least 300 quarts of blood each day back and forth between the placenta and the child.
While it was once thought that the placenta acted as a shield, protecting the baby from most chemicals and environmental pollutants, EWG found this is not the case. Researchers wrote in Body Burden – The Pollution in Newborns executive summary:
“Not long ago scientists thought that the placenta shielded cord blood -- and the developing baby -- from most chemicals and pollutants in the environment.
But now we know that at this critical time when organs, vessels, membranes and systems are knit together from single cells to finished form in a span of weeks, the umbilical cord carries not only the building blocks of life, but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as readily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol.
This is the human "body burden" -- the pollution in people that permeates everyone in the world, including babies in the womb.”
How Toxic are Babies at Birth?
EWG’s study found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in babies’ cord blood, including pesticides, consumer product ingredients and wastes from burning coal, gasoline and garbage. Also found in the babies’ cord blood samples were:
Eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles
The Teflon chemical PFOA, which has been called a likely human carcinogen by the EPA's Science Advisory Board, was among the eight perfluorochemicals detected.
Dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants and their toxic by-products
Further, out of the 287 total chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood, EWG reports that:
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
“The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied,” EWG’s report stated.
EWG further shared their shocking findings with the data that follows:
Chemicals and pollutants detected in human umbilical cord blood:
- Mercury (Hg) -- tested for 1, found 1
Pollutant from coal-fired power plants, mercury-containing products, and certain industrial processes. Accumulates in seafood. Harms brain development and function.
Pollutants from burning gasoline and garbage. Linked to cancer. Accumulates in food chain.
- Polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBDD/F) -- tested for 12, found 7
Contaminants in brominated flame retardants. Pollutants and byproducts from plastic production and incineration. Accumulate in food chain. Toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system
Active ingredients or breakdown products of Teflon, Scotchgard, fabric and carpet protectors, food wrap coatings. Global contaminants. Accumulate in the environment and the food chain. Linked to cancer, birth defects, and more.
- Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PCDD/F) -- tested for 17, found 11
Pollutants, by-products of PVC production, industrial bleaching, and incineration. Cause cancer in humans. Persist for decades in the environment. Very toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system.
- Organochlorine pesticides (OCs) -- tested for 28, found 21
DDT, chlordane and other pesticides. Largely banned in the U.S. Persist for decades in the environment. Accumulate up the food chain, to man. Cause cancer and numerous reproductive effects.
Flame retardant in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulates in the food chain and human tissues. Adversely affects brain development and the thyroid.
- Polychlorinated Naphthalenes (PCNs) -- tested for 70, found 50
Wood preservatives, varnishes, machine lubricating oils, waste incineration. Common PCB contaminant. Contaminate the food chain. Cause liver and kidney damage.
Industrial insulators and lubricants. Banned in the U.S. in 1976. Persist for decades in the environment. Accumulate up the food chain, to man. Cause cancer and nervous system problems.
Dr. George J Georgiou, a clinician, researcher and author of the book titled “Curing the Incurable with Holistic Medicine” with a particular interest in toxicity says:
“It is truly amazing how many chemicals and toxic metals can pass from the mother into the developing fetus -- it really does explain how the prevalence of chronic disease in younger people is escalating quickly as these toxins are capable of damaging many tissues and organs of the body.”
Dr. Georgiou continues:
“One may think that this level of toxicity in infants is only present in developing countries but when one looks at the research it is clear that strong winds and storms can carry these chemicals thousands of miles as they were found in the Inuit eskimo babies, again in cord blood, in the Disko Bay area in the North pole.
It would not be an overstatement to say that there is not a living soul amongst humans and animals on this planet that do not have a certain element of toxicity. This leads us to the conclusion that it is not only the avoidance of toxins that will help our health, but the elimination of the toxins that we already have accumulated. This is what led to my HMD™ research discovery -- a natural, toxic metal chelator with the scientific studies to back it.
In clinical practice I always recommend to mothers-to-be to detoxify their bodies BEFORE getting pregnant -- there are various levels of detoxification, but an important one is to remove a load of toxic metals BEFORE getting pregnant. The less toxic the mother, the less toxic will be the child and this pre-conceptual care is probably going to be a new science in the near future as a big part of preventative medicine.”
Babies are Extremely Vulnerable to Chemical Exposures
A 1993 report from the National Academy of Sciences explained just why children are so at risk from exposures to environmental chemicals:
A developing child's chemical exposures are greater pound-for-pound than those of adults.
An immature, porous blood-brain barrier allows greater chemical exposures to the developing brain.
Children have lower levels of some chemical-binding proteins, allowing more of a chemical to reach "target organs."
A baby's organs and systems are rapidly developing, and thus are often more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposure.
Systems that detoxify and excrete industrial chemicals are not fully developed.
The longer future life span of a child compared to an adult allows more time for adverse effects to arise.
The EPA also concluded in 2003, after reviewing 23 studies of early life exposures to cancer-causing chemicals, that carcinogens average 10 times the potency for babies than adults, and some chemicals may be up to 65 times more powerful in babies.
Potential Health Effects to Early Chemical Exposures
No one knows for sure what the result of these toxic exposures will be, however there are already signs that signal the dangers. For instance:
Kids who were conceived in June, July or August have, on average, test scores for math and language that are 1 percent to 1.5 percent lower than scores of kids who were conceived during other months. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine found this correlation is due to the increased pesticide exposure the fetus receives during the summer months. Aside from lower test scores, birth defects are also more common between April and July, as are premature births.
Girls appear to be reaching puberty at younger and younger ages, and studies suggest that environmental chemicals that mimic hormones might be involved in this phenomenon. Specifically, those chemicals include DDE, a breakdown of the pesticide DDT, and compounds used to make plastics, including bisphenol A, or BPA, and phthalates.
A study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that babies born to mothers who live near landfills have a greater risk of birth defects.
These findings have implications not only for women who are pregnant right now, but also those who may become pregnant in the future. They also apply to families with young children right now … and any adult who wishes to keep their own chemical body burden to a minimum.
“As a Rule”: What is good for a pregnant mother and her baby is good for us all!
What Can You do to Lower Your Chemical Exposure and Help Detox Those You’ve Already Had?
There are many strategies available to help you keep your chemical exposure to a minimum, both in the immediate future and the long term:
Buy organic produce, meats, eggs and dairy products as much as possible to reduce pesticide exposure.
Eliminate chemical cleaners from your home. Opt for natural varieties like the all-natural and highly effective Enviro-Rite line of cleaning solutions instead.
Use safe, natural brands of cosmetics and other toiletries. Most health food stores carry chemical-free varieties of everything from shave cream to moisturizing lotion. Two favorites here at Sixwise.com are the all-natural Aloe Castile Liquid Soaps -- which can be used for hands, bodywash, shaving, oily hair shampoo and general-purpose cleaning -- and, if you prefer bar soap, Vermont Soap's Organic Country Bars.
Replace the need and cost for most household toxic chemical cleaners with antimicrobial cleaning products used in hospitals that do NOT require toxic chemicals.
Use proper precautions, including masks, gloves, protective clothing and adequate ventilation, when exposure to chemicals cannot be avoided.
Avoid using synthetic air fresheners, laundry detergents and fabric softeners, opting for the Static Eliminator, a 100% safe, non-toxic dryer sheet system, instead.
Choose glass storage containers for your food and drinks when possible, and avoid heating your food in plastic containers or covered in plastic wrap.
Be especially diligent in avoiding chemicals, such as paint, new carpeting (which outgases chemicals), pesticides, hair color, etc., while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Avoid using synthetic pesticides in your home or yard.
Dispose of chemicals properly to reduce environmental contamination.
Filter your home's air to remove airborne pollutants. Sixwise highly recommends the PIONAIR Air Treatment System, as unlike most air purifiers, the PIONAIR™ Air Treatment System doesn't wait for pollutants to contact a filter or plate. Instead, the PIONAIR generates air-purifying technology that migrates through the area and neutralizes organic odors, microbes & molds at their source. As a result, the PIONAIR produces fresh clean air throughout your home uniformly, by addressing the pollutant source -- without the use of fans, filters, or plates!
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If you currently rely on tap or bottled water to get you through the day, you can replace expensive and unhealthy bottled water that has Bisphenol-A (BPA) toxins by filtering your water right out of the tap while on the go via one of two safer, and many times less expensive solutions or both:
Wellness Stir Filter Wand The Wellness Wand is a portable stir device that is ideal for use at a restaurant or on vacation, where high chlorine levels can be a health concern and add undesirable tastes and odors. Reduces Chlorine, Chloramines, taste and odors by simply stirring in a glass of water for 15 seconds.
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So instead of buying bottled water, you can filter and get superior water on the go. To take it on the go, simply fill with still tap water and you're set with clean water -- without having to worry about BPA and other toxins.
How to Detox Toxins in Your Body Right Now
A Safe Detox for Baby and Women Trying to Conceive
HMD™ (Heavy Metal Detox) from DrHMD.com is a unique natural oral formula that helps to effectively eliminate heavy metals from you and your child, without any side effects.
You should not use any type of chelator, even the gentle HMD™, when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the mobilization of metals in the mother will go through the placenta into the baby. However, it is highly recommended that women detoxify before pregnancy and after breastfeeding finishes -- you can then give the baby a couple of drops of HMD™ to help the little one detoxify too.
For complete dosage guidelines for babies, infants and children, click here.
Learn More and Order HMD Now!
There are many ways of removing toxic chemicals such as heavy metals from your body, but most of them involve expensive treatments where a doctor injects you with drugs or vitamins intravenously via a drip. Many of these drugs will also strip the good minerals from your body, something that is not recommended since it is difficult to replenish (or replete) these important substances.
A better and safer way is to take some drops of a natural tincture a few times per day -- it simply goes into water or some juice. This is the beauty of using HMD™ -- it’s literally as simple as drinking a little water, and it’s safe and cost-effective.
Like other chemicals, heavy metals can accumulate in your body from silver dental fillings, contaminated seafood and other foods, cosmetics, pollution, contaminated water, vaccines and other sources, so it would be wise to disarm this potential “time-bomb” now before it causes serious illness in the future.
At Sixwise we highly recommend that you use HMD™ (Heavy Metal Detox), the natural oral formula that helps to effectively eliminate heavy metals from your body, without any side effects.
HMD™ is actually the ONLY chelator that has undergone a $1 million, three-year double-blind placebo-controlled research trials with several hundred people! During these three years over 25 different natural products and combinations were tried but the synergistic components of HMD™ were the only ones that worked for all metals tested. It presently has a worldwide patent-pending.
Dr. George John Georgiou -- HMD™ Inventor and worldwide Patent holder -- has 9 degrees and diplomas, including two doctorates and has been researching natural heavy metal chelators for a number of years, after he discovered that he became ill himself with mercury poisoning after replacing 12 amalgam fillings with composites.
After a number of years of searching, Dr. Georgiou discovered a unique synergistic formula comprising three natural components: Chlorella Growth Factor, Cilantro or the herb Coriandrum sativum and a homaccord of Chlorella. None of these natural products worked when tested individually, but when combined there was a “magic” synergy that eliminated a large number of toxic metals, including the ones mentioned here.
It is not only a very powerful chelator of toxic metals, but a very gentle one too. It has been tried and tested in many thousands of people worldwide, including children with autism, with no side effects when used at the correct dosage. It has therefore been dubbed “The Gentle Chelator.”
Important Note for Pregnant Women and Women Trying to Conceive
Dr. Georgiou advises AGAINST using any type of chelator, even the gentle HMD™, when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the mobilization of metals in the mother will go through the placenta into the baby. It is recommended that women detoxify before pregnancy and after breastfeeding finishes -- you can then give the baby a couple of drops of HMD to help the little one detoxify too.
Due to many requests we are providing you more specific links to the DrHMD.com line of products. Click here to learn more about: DrHMD.com ULTIMATE DETOX PROTOCOL.
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