Babies act like little sponges for chemicals, soaking up the good - and the bad
Growing concern about the long-term effects of chemical exposure on our children
By ERIN ELLIS, Vancouver Sun November 2, 2012
Kilogram for kilogram, babies eat more food, drink more liquids and
breathe more air than adults, thereby taking in more toxins from their
environment. Blood tests regularly show higher per-kilogram chemical
loads in babies, but that falls as they age.
Babies are more likely to be on the floor, putting objects in their
mouths and ingesting more dust known to contain pollutants from
household plastics, treated fabrics, sprays and deodorizers.
At the same time, concern is growing over the cumulative effects of
chemicals found to persist in the body long after exposure. That?s why
industry watchdogs say there needs to be even more restrictions on
substances, such as phthalate plasticizers, that accumulate in humans.
While Canada has banned the hormone-mimicking chemicals bispenol A and
phthalates from plastic baby products, groups such as Toronto-based
Environmental Defence say there should be a complete prohibition to
reduce the number of toxic chemicals in the home. These critics site the
rise in chronic childhood health problems such as obesity, asthma and
autism to support their call for a complete ban....
see also: http://ewg.org Environmental Working Group for VAST info on how to protect your baby
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Photos: 8 chemical concerns for babies
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*Two films on this topic have been released recently by filmmakers with
• My Toxic Baby http://www.mytoxicbaby.com
by Min Sook Lee
• Toxic Baby http://www.toxicbaby.com
by Penelope Jagessar Chaffer.
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