Only recently have researchers begun closely linking environmental factors with developmental delays in our children. A host of studies show how environmental factors including diet, nutrition, air quality, clean water, heavy metals (e.g., mercury, lead, arsenic, and aluminium), xenobiotic (e.g., chemicals, pesticides, plasticizers, and perchlorates), pharmaceuticals, and vaccinations can change the inborn risk of our children.
This area of study is called epigenetics – the molecular changes in our DNA caused by environmental factors.
One of the most prominent studies in this area was completed published in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group.
In August and September of 2004, The EWG did a study on the toxicity in the blood of a group of 10 Americans. Members of the Red cross took samples of blood from the umbilical cord blood just after it was cut from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals.
They found as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies, including pesticides, personal care product ingredients, and toxins from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.
Of the 287 total chemicals detected in the blood,
- 158 Neurotoxins (Lead, mercury, PCB’s are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and have profound effects of developing child
- 151 cause birth defects or abnormal development.
- 130 Immune system toxicity
- 154 hormone disruption
- 186 cause infertility and
- 134 of these cause cancer,
Shockingly 212 of those industrial chemicals and pesticides that were found were banned over 30 years ago.
There are more health effects than chemicals, because many of these chemicals have multiple toxic effects and the dangers of exposure to this complex synergistic mix of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins has never been studied.
- Our Babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies.
- The placenta does not filter out harmful substances as previously thought.
- The Blood-brain barrier does not fully form until the age of around 2 years old.
“The question we need to ask is What might happens when someone has a specific genetic profile and perhaps a genetic vulnerability or susceptibility encounters a toxic chemical exposure or other agent that might trigger the expression of a gene that might lead to an adverse health condition” – Ken Cook, President and Co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
If you need any more convincing in this area about how environmental toxicity can impact the health of you and your loved ones, then you must watch Ken Cook’s 20 minute video ’10 Americans’ .
Ken reveals the shocking number of toxic chemicals EWG’s research team found in the umbilical cord blood of 10 American babies born in 2004. This landmark study affirms the negative impact that environmental pollution can have on human health, especially relating autism.