The overabundance of man-made chemicals on our planet is nothing new. These pollutants permeate virtually every living creature. The consequences of this insidious invasion is not only affecting the animal population (and plants from polluted soil and water) but now it seems to be effecting humans as well.
In the book, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, she describes how exposure to chemicals, which animal experiments have proved to be poisonous and dangerous, could effect the human population now and at birth.
This “Time Healthland” article questions whether these chemicals could be harmful to newborns. Absolutely! Studies of human breast milk and body fat have confirmed the extent of our exposure to these chemicals, many of them of which have been banned for decades.
Unfortunately, when a new mother breast feeds, she not only gives the baby love and nourishment, but also high dose of persistent chemicals.
It has been 3 decades since health researchers have discovered that DDT, PCB’s and other harmful chemicals are accumulating in human body fat and breast milk, as well as in every other part of our environment. How is this affecting a babies brain and neurological development? How is it affecting out immune system? Is this related to the growing numbers of allergies from our foods and our environment?
One thing we do know from this article: “The U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 hasn’t been updated since its creation, says Woodruff, which is reason enough to demand an overhaul. The law allows chemicals to be distributed in products without first being declared safe.”
Pretty absurd and scary….
This is why the recommendations for locally grown organic foods, and organic fats, clean skin/hair products, and clean spring water are so crucial.
Reference: Colborn, T.,Dumanoski, D. & Myers, J. “Our Stolen Future”, 1996.