Unborn babies at risk of arsenic poisoning

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by: Raw Michelle
Tags: unborn babies, arsenic, poisoning

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
(NaturalNews) New scientific evidence has emerged, linking rice to harmful levels of arsenic. A recent study coming from Darmouth University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds new light on arsenic sources in the diets of healthy pregnant women.

Arsenic effects on health

Arsenic is a naturally occurring mineral that is highly toxic to all multicellular organisms. It works by interfering with enzyme production within cells, and disrupting their natural energy system. Consequently, arsenic poisoning can induce a vast array of medical conditions, including headaches, confusion, hypertension, cancer, stroke, as well as skin, liver and kidney toxicity that may cause the organs to shut down. Arsenic can commonly be found in groundwater, with numerous cases of arsenic contamination having been reported across the world over the last few years. According to data provided by the Darmouth Medical School, in the United States alone, as much as 20% of all wells in some areas may be contaminated with yet unknown levels of arsenic.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has set a limit of 10 micrograms per liter of drinkable water, there is scientific evidence that even at low concentrations, arsenic can have devastating effects on human health. A Johns Hopkins University study showed that low levels of inorganic arsenic may play a role in type II diabetes incidence, while a Michigan study managed to link low levels of arsenic to 23 kinds of diseases.

Rice - source of fetal arsenic exposure

Rice is currently under scientific scrutiny because of its ability to draw arsenic from contaminated soil. Dr. Margaret Karagas, head of the Darmouth science team, warns us about the far reaching implications of arsenic contamination. "Arsenic exposure during pregnancy is a public health concern due to potential health risks to the fetus," she explains.

Dr. Karagas is also head of the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center at Dartmouth and has studied the impact of arsenic on human health for over 15 years. During her vast experience in the field, she has been able to link arsenic to bladder cancer and other potentially fatal conditions. Data from other studies reveals that arsenic plays a role in infant mortality, reduced birth weight, poor immunity, and the likelihood of developing cancer at later stages in life.

Dr. Diane Gilbert-Diamond, who worked on this paper, reveals that the study used a sample of 229 pregnant women from New Hampshire, whose urine was tested for arsenic concentration. Women who had consumed rice up to two days before the examination were grouped together. The tap water in the women's homes was also tested for arsenic. "This enabled our team to separate the potential for exposure to arsenic from drinking water from that of rice," explained Gilbert-Diamond. The women who had consumed rice showed an average of 5.27 micrograms of arsenic per liter of urine, whereas women who hadn't consumed rice showed only 3.38 micrograms per liter. While China has imposed a statutory limit of arsenic concentration in rice (0.15 micrograms per kilogram), the United States and the European Union have yet to address this matter.

The researchers found further alarming evidence that New Hampshire water supplies are not safe: over 10% of the women who participated in the study consumed water containing arsenic well above the WHO limit of 10 micrograms per liter. "We strongly recommend that all homeowners who use a private well have their water tested regularly for arsenic," concludes professor Kathryn Cottingham, who co-authored the study.

Sources for this article include:

About the author:
Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straight forward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general. >>> Click here to see more by Michelle

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Unborn babies at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.