Maybe Baby: Chemicals & Kids

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This deeply personal post by David at Daily Green, about his and his wife’s difficulties conceiving a child, only reaffirms my belief that corporations are fronts for aliens who are systematically wiping out the human race by steadily curtailing our fertility.

He says:

One 1992 study cited in the report showed that sperm count fell 50 percent between 1940 and 1990, while the incidence of testicular cancer progressively rose. Infertility today affects 15-20 percent of couples, compared with 7-8 percent in the early 1960s, the report said.

“On average, a typical Western man produces half the sperm his father or grandfather did,” it said.

Whether this was precipitated by extraterrestrial intervention or not, you can pin lagging fertility on our flagrant and indiscriminate use of synthetic chemicals, the production of which took off like venturesome baby bald eagles during World War II. Patriotic chemists churned out pesticides, solvents, degreasers, and other materials to bolster weapons arsenals and increase crop production to feed hungry soldiers. And because this was WAR, forsooth, safety was dismissed in favor of efficacy.

From “Bad Chemistry” by Gay Daly in the Winter 2006 issue of OnEarth:

In peacetime, these same labs helped fuel the economic boom of the second half of the twentieth century, formulating new chemicals manufacturers needed to create cheaper, smarter products.

Federal regulation was fragmentary at best, and manufacturers were allowed to provide their own proofs of safety, a situation that remains true today. There are now more than 100,000 synthetic chemicals on the market, and these chemicals are everywhere. They enter our bodies and those of other animals through every possible route of transmission. They are in our food supply, so we eat them. They drift in the air, so we breathe them. (Carried on thermal currents, they have long since reached the Arctic, so polar bears breathe them too.) Present in landfills, they leach into the water supply, so we drink them. Released as effluent into lakes and rivers by factories, they affect the habitat of fish, frogs, and all aquatic life, right down to plankton. Ubiquitous in cosmetics, they are absorbed through our skin. Pregnant women pass them to their fetuses; mothers feed them to their newborns when they breastfeed.

In 1991, a team of world-class scientists from the fields of endocrinology, biology, immunology, toxicology, psychiatry, ecology, anthropology met and concluded that man-made chemicals, which had not evolved with living organisms over millennia, had the potential to wreck havoc with hormone activity in humans and animals “by mimicking the activity of a hormone, by blocking it, or through other mechanisms.” Comparing notes, the scientists realized that many wildlife populations had already been affected.

Even more disturbing, they emphasized that the fetus and newborn are at greatest risk, and that the effects might not be manifested until the animal was mature. Perhaps the greatest bombshell was the statement that “the concentrations of a number of synthetic sex hormone [disruptors] measured in the U.S. human population today are well within the range and dosages at which effects are seen in wildlife populations.” Suddenly, this was not about cleaning up a few lakes; the health of all the creatures in our care was at stake—including the health of our unborn children.

Fifteen years later, researchers are discovering an average of 200 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, including seven dangerous pesticides, some of which were banned in the U.S. over 30 years ago.

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With such odds stacked against us, what recourse do we have? Here are just some things you can do to undermine the efforts of nefarious little green men:

1. Eat organically grown or raised foods. Researchers have found that children who switched to organic diets for only a few days “dramatically and substantially lowered the amount of toxic pesticides in their bodies.”

2. Use VOC-free paints.

3. Phase out your use of household chemicals, antibacterial disinfectants, and synthetic pesticides. According to various studies, exposure to household pesticides is associated with an elevated risk of childhood leukemia and childhood brain cancer.

4. Avoid PVC/vinyl like the plague.

5. Avoid pressed wood products, such as particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium density fiberboard (MDF), because the glues and adhesives used offgas formaldehyde even at room temperatures.

6. Don’t drink bottled water. A 2005 study found that the level of toxic plastic molecules leaching into food and beverage containers—and accumulating in our bodies—was higher than previously thought. Fetuses can be exposed while still in the womb, and babies during breast-feeding.

7. Don’t smoke! Also, try to keep your children away from second-hand smoke because endocrine-disrupting pesticides lurk within those poisonous plumes. (If paying companies to kill yourself isn’t evidence of alien mind-control, I don’t know what is.)

And, as always, vote with your dollars to keep polluters in your community, their toxic emissions, and their DASTARDLY galactic genocidal agenda at bay.

Further resources:
1. “Elements of a green nursery,” GreenHomeGuide.com
2. Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family by Philip Landrigan et. al.
3. “Why children may be especially sensitive to pesticides,” EPA
4. “Pesticides and child safety,” EPA
5. Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Own Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? by Theo Coburn et. al.
6. “Body burden—the pollution in newborns,” Environmental Working Group

11 Comments »

  1. kyrie said,

    May 9, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    thanks for this post, jasmin- lots of stuff i knew, but never really put together in one place. it’s good to have a reminder that stuff like eating organic and not using chemicals in our home makes a (big!) difference.

  2. Severine said,

    May 10, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    This article is very informative, very scary, and leaves me with a renewed feeling of damn-I-shouldn’t-bring-a-kid-into-this-world…
    But besides that, I still wonder what water we should be drinking here in the city of Los Angeles….
    It might be a very stupid question because you probably already covered big cities, but I haven’t seen it, and it’s a daily concern in my family.

    There is Biota which uses compostable bottles, but I don’t believe they go in the recycling bin (somebody prove me wrong!!), and it takes something special for them to actually biodegrade (also, what other toxic stuff is there in this one?).
    Then I don’t want to drink Fiji water for the normal reason readers here wouldn’t.
    That leaves me with the tap water, which I understand has more regulations than bottled water, yet I can’t get myself to do it. Not only is it disgusting tasting (chlorine tasting mostly) but I read somewhere else that the water situation here is disastrous…
    So without using the un-dead plastic bottled water covered in toxic waste, the ever polluting filters, or the unsure state of our tap water in this city, what’s a family to do?

  3. Liz said,

    May 11, 2006 at 9:46 am

    Great info here, Jasmin. What I find most interesting is how someone like Daily Green who is environmentally-aware, discovers that industry has poisoned his body, yet still goes through any means necessary to bring a child into a (known) polluted world. I know the pull of reproduction is strong, but it is still somewhat startling to me. (and this also makes my decision not to have children much easier to justify to others…maybe we’re sterile and don’t know it.)

    As for Severine’s question: Have you considered a in-tap or reverse osmosis water filter? I don’t personally have one (we have deep well water), but if I lived in a city, I would definitely filter the water from the tap instead of relying on bottled water.

  4. The Purloined Letter said,

    May 11, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    I’ll be passing this around to my friends. Great info.

  5. EarthEcho » Blog Archive » Carnival of the Green #27 said,

    May 15, 2006 at 9:38 am

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  6. aleta said,

    May 15, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Hear, hear! Excellent post. I’d be interested in learning more about wood processing, with tips especially on what to do with old, used wood (how to dispose of it properly, or is it safe to recycle?). Is there a cheap alternative? We’ve got a lot of pressed wood around the house that my roommate wants to reuse to make garden boxes and a compost bin, but I’m trying to convince him to stay the hell away from the stuff, lest the toxins re-enter the environment through water drainage, and critters (including ourselves) interacting with and/or eating the plants.

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  11. Mike said,

    February 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    What about vinyl windows? the vinyl gets recycled to manufacture replacement windows and if they’re using the right materials, they go with the green theme since it lowers energy costs.

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