Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Flame Retardants Might Pose the Greatest Risk to Our Children's Brain

Flame retardants now represent a greater risk to cognitive development than lead, mercury, and pesticide."

We all know that there are no safe levels of lead exposure for the developing brains of children- but according to the scientist behind a new study published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology-  the same is true for methylmercury, pesticides, and flame retardants.

The good news is: While still  a concern, lead and mercury exposure has dropped in the last 2 decades, thanks to laws eliminating lead from paints & gas and knowledge about mercury in fish. 

The bad news is:  2 new chemicals are taking their place: pesticides and flame retardants.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin Without Lead, Pesticides nor Plasticizers: No Easy Feat

Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

Millions of excepting women are told to take their prenatal vitamins every day during and after pregnancy.   

We trust our doctors/ friends/ favorite bloggers to advice us on the ‘best’ prenatal  but, how ‘clean’ and ‘non-toxic are these vitamins and who is regulating them?

No one. 

The vitamin industry is self regulated. In the US the FDA doesn’t review prenatal vitamins for safety and effectiveness before they go to market. The FDA relies on manufacturers to test their own products and only takes action if a dietary supplement is adulterated or misbranded once it’s on the shelves.

The ABC affiliate from Washington DC, WJLA, recently tested more than 220 brands of prenatal vitamins for  heavy metals including lead, pesticides and plasticizers like BPA, BPS and phthalates.

The Results were not great.