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Originally published March 27 2014

Scientists link pesticide exposure to premature childbirth

by Arpana Sagwal Chaudhary, Ph.D.

(NaturalNews) A study done by French scientists, published in a high-impact journal (American Journal of Epidemiology) conclusively reports that chlordecone (kepone), a heavily chlorinated pesticide, is responsible for decreased gestation periods and increased risk of premature birth by 60 percent. How can chlordecone possibly do so? It is believed that it mimics the function of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, and replaces them in biological processes involved in child maturation.

Facts about chlordecone:


Some studies have previously reported the effect of chlordecone on animals, but no effort was done for a scientific quantitative analysis on humans. This first-ever study done in humans concludes a direct dose-response relationship between levels of chlordecone (in blood) to preterm birth and decreased gestation.

They reported that gestation decreased by at least three days for 40 percent of women whose blood was contaminated by chlordecone (>0.52 g/L), which was also associated with a 60 percent increased risk of preterm birth.

The authors recommended protection of women from chlordecone exposure.

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http://aje.oxfordjournals.org

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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About the author:
Dr. Sagwal has a Ph.D. in Medicinal chemistry. She has worked on the drug design and discovery of antimicrobial and anticancer agents and has published peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. With a fascination for science, nature and its medicinal powerhouse, it is her passion to share and spread the knowledge from latest scientific discoveries. The information is based upon scientific experiments, facts, analyses and peer-review. We could use it to stay healthy, keep fit, prevent diseases or simply be happy.
Dedicated to all those who want to live an aware and informed life. Cheers!!

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Dr. Sagwal has a Ph.D. in Medicinal chemistry. She has worked on the drug design and discovery of antimicrobial and anticancer agents and has published peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. With a fascination for science, nature and its medicinal powerhouse, it is her passion to share and spread the knowledge from latest scientific discoveries. The information is based upon scientific experiments, facts, analyses and peer-review. We could use it to stay healthy, keep fit, prevent diseases or simply be happy. Dedicated to all those who want to live an aware and informed life. Cheers!! Follow her on Twitter @DrArpanaSagwal



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