Pesticides May Pose a Threat to Pregnant Woman
by Stephanie Ray
Many people take organic detox products to help combat the effects pollutants have on the body. While toxins are harmful for everyone’s health, they can be particularly damaging for pregnant women. According to a recent study from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, air samples from homes of Hispanic mothers-to-be contained multiple pesticides which indicate significant pesticide exposure.
These findings were published in the summer issue of the Texas Public Health Journal:
Researchers report pregnant women often spend 90% of their day indoors. This can be dangerous for the moms and babies. Some of the toxins they discovered in these dwellings have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders in children.
- 2/3 of the families involved in the study said they used pesticides to kill cockroaches and rodents.
- Air samples were taken in 25 homes, and 60% contained at least five pesticides.
- Nine other pesticides were identified in less than 1/3 of the other homes.
According to the scientists, when these pesticides are used outside of the home, the sun and soil work together to try to eliminate them from the environment. However, nature has a limited ability to protect the air indoors.
Pesticide Removal with the Detox Trio and Beneficial Foods
Pesticides are characterized by their broad spectrum insecticidal activity, long persistence in the environment, and their tendency to bio-accumulate along food chains. For the most part our body should be able to remove these toxins through our natural detoxification process, however when the levels are excessive, these toxins remain unfiltered in our system. For example, Lindane, a common pesticide, is an endocrine disruptor which is capable of imitating certain hormones in humans and thereby disrupting the bodily functions which these hormones control. Lindane has a particularly negative effect for women trying to become pregnant.
Lab tests show BioRay’s NDF (Natural Detox Formula) removes pesticides such as Lindane by 33%. One woman experienced a sense of well being and a restoration of healthy hormone levels after 2 months on NDF.
When removing pesticides it is important that the pathways these toxins leave through are functioning well. The following foods support detox pathways in the liver that assist the process.
Eat lightly cooked vegetables, especially dark green, orange, yellow, purple, and red colored fruits and vegetables. These foods contain living enzymes, fiber, vitamin C, natural antibiotic substances, and phytonutrients, which support the Phase I liver detoxification pathway. Sulfurous veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts assist the Phase II liver detoxification pathway.
Taking a well balanced organic herbal formula such as Liver Life supports both Phase I & II and is a super antioxidant that ensures the liver gets the nourishment it needs.
Another elimination pathway that is important to support is the gastrointestinal tract and colon. Pesticides cause inflammation of the mucosal lining and disrupt the healthy beneficial bacteria living here. The intestines are considered first line of defense against immune issues in Chinese Medicine. Taking a probiotic lysate such as CytoFlora will decrease mild to severe issues in the GI tract and colon and decrease ‘leaky gut’. A live probiotic supplement or foods high in lacto bacteria will flourish creating the positive environment we need in the gastrointestinal tract and colon.
Education is key
The scientists said that to combat this problem, women who are pregnant should use integrated pest management systems in their homes, instead of pesticides. This method of pest control involves installing screens and caulking doors and windows to keep out insects and rats.
"Once we educate our women of childbearing age about how they can safely and in a healthy manner diminish pests in their homes, they will feel empowered that they can make a difference in their family's life," said lead author Beatriz Tapia, M.D., M.P.H., lecturer at the UT Health Science Center - Regional Academic Health Center campus in Harlingen.
Researcher Claudia Miller, M.D., professor of environmental and occupational medicine with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas, said that planning for pregnancy should not only include a good diet and prenatal vitamins, but also implementing a strategy for avoiding potentially hazardous pesticides.
Including a detoxification protocol at least 3 - 6 months before trying to conceive is optimal for removing chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals.
BioRay’s Detox Trio is an easy, effective, and safe detoxification product line that can be taken everyday. BioRay’s has a history of successfully removing these toxins while sharing their protocols and healthy tips on www.bioray.com.