Environmental Toxins Worst for Babies


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I didn't read the President's Cancer Panel report, but they did at Harrison Patch and are scaring the crap out of me with their findings that children are most vulnerable to the effects of environmental toxins and the correlation to the rise in childhood cancers.

This article used disturbing, but sadly accurate, language in calling newborns "pre-polluted" because straight out of the womb, unhealthy levels of toxins that can cause cancer and other diseases are found in babies. The study outlined dangers in rural areas as well as industrial -- so you really can't win trying to move into the fresh country air.

Reading this article makes my stomach hurt and I know I'm going to wake up in the middle of the night and start obsessing about what's in my cabinets and in my air. Our recycling bin will be full by tonight.

Most frustrating, even as Canada has outlawed BPAs and many bottle and sippy cup manufacturers have removed BPAs, our government still hasn't taken steps to ban these disease-causing toxins. Who's holding up that legislation, I wonder? Harrison Patch points a finger:

"Yet in 2008, the FDA ruled that BPA is safe even for infants. Based on selected studies, some of which were industry-sponsored, and what is alleged to have been undue influence by industry lobbyists. The FDA's safety assessment was rejected by a March 2009 consortium of international experts from academia, government, and industry as incomplete and unreliable because it failed to consider all of the scientific work relating to BPA."

We can't clean up the air, but we can clean out our cabinets and check our mattresses, cosmetics, and anything else that soaks into our skin and bloodstream. Because obviously, no one else is going to do it for us.


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maine... mainemusicmaker

Scary stuff, but you're correct.  No one else is going to do it for us and, we certainly can't and SHOULDN'T rely on any government agency to police things such as this...especially with all the corruption and lobbyists....it's a nightmare.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

I agree with mainemusicmaker.  It is VERY SCARY but it's up to you do what you can to limit your family's exposure to BPA and other chemicals.  Not only is it in plastic bottles and sippycups, but it's in the lining on the inside of canned food, it's in children's toys (even ones that are supposed to go in children's mouths), etc.  Even the companies that make the toys make it hard to find out what types of plastics they use if you call and ask. :(    We've shunned companies like that and buy sippy cups and toys from companies that have proven themselves to be trustworthy.

frysh... fryshannon34

Wow very scary I never knew

Pishyah Pishyah

Incredibly frightening but I'm glad I'm not the only person who wakes scared into a frenzy over things like this.

sodapple sodapple

scary thing, that's one more item on the worry list.

clean... cleanaturalady

I'm sorry but the FDA has it head up its butt.  I guess it's only dangerous if you live north of the US/Canada border. *eyeroll*

ethan... ethans_momma06

I hate the FDA... they really suck. :( This stuff makes me sad and while I cannot do everything, I have been trying to limit my families exposure to toxins.

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tonya... tonyalynn

i agree, its scarey

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