health

Do Nearly All Pregnant Women Have Dangerous Levels of Pollutants In Their Blood?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: pregnant women, pollutants, blood

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises

Delicious
(NaturalNews) The majority of women of childbearing age have higher-than-average blood levels of at least one pollutant that can damage infant brain development, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brown University and published in the journal Environmental Research.

The study focused on blood levels of lead, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). All three pollutants are widespread and are prone to accumulate not just in the environment but also in people's bodies. In addition, all three can cross the placental barrier, can be transmitted through breast milk, and are known to damage the developing brains of fetuses and infants.

Researchers reviewed data on 3,173 women between the ages of 16 and 49 who had participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between the years of 1999 and 2004. The survey was designed to comprise a representative sample of the overall U.S. population of women of childbearing age (134.5 million women).

In addition to reviewing participants' body burden of the three pollutants, the researchers also examined a wide range of demographic and health-related information on the women, in an attempt to determine risk factors for higher pollutant levels.

A history of exposure

The researchers found that 55.8 percent of all women had blood levels higher than the median for two or more of the pollutants studied, while almost 23 percent had higher-than-median levels of all three. Only 17.3 percent of women did not have higher-than-median blood levels of any of the three pollutants.

Increased age was the greatest risk factor for having higher-than-median levels of two or more pollutants. Women between the ages of 30 and 39 were 12 times more likely to have such a body burden than women between the ages of 16 and 19, while women between the ages of 40 and 49 were 30 times more likely. Much of this effect can be explained by the fact that all the pollutants studied accumulate in a person's body over time.

"We carry a history of our environmental exposures throughout our lives," lead author Marcella Thompson said.

In addition, Thompson noted, many of the women in the oldest age group were born before the passing of many landmark environmental laws in the early 1970s.

Recent fish consumption and heavy drinking also increased women's risk. Fish are known to accumulate high body burdens of many toxins, so that finding was not surprising. The researchers were unaware of any reason; however, that alcohol consumption might be associated with increased toxin load.

The only factor that decreased a woman's risk was recent breastfeeding - because the pollutants had moved into the breastfeeding child's body instead.

The fact that so many women and their children are exposed to multiple pollutants is especially troubling, because little research has been done on the ways that different pollutants interact in the human body.

"Our research documents the prevalence of women who are exposed to all three of these chemicals," Thompson said. "It points out clearly the need to look at health outcomes for multiple environmental chemical co-exposures."

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121128143944.htm

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com 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 NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

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

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

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 NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

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.