Detox your Body: Babies are born pre-polluted. Detox before pregnancy

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND March 02, 2010

The Earth is more toxic now than any other time in human history. We are a part of the Earth and anything that happens to the air, water, plants, and animals also happens to us. I believe that achieving optimal health begins with clean air, clean water, and clean food. What happens to one body of water happens to all, we are inseparable from our environment.

I became intimately aware of this connection as I embarked on my own environmental testing in the Fall of 2009. I expected to find some heavy metals, as I have been exposed to mercury through dental amalgam fillings, and through the consumption of mercury-containing fish. However, I was not prepared for what everything I was about to discover:

My testing for Heavy Metals revealed ( Doctors Data urine toxic metals) high levels of six metals: Thallium, Arsenic, Nickel, Cadmium,  Lead, and Mercury. These are all highly toxic metals that are detrimental to health. There are no safe levels of mercury in the body - it is always neurotoxic.

My testing for Chlorinated Pesticides in my blood ( Metametrix Accuchem pannel) found levels of:

  • DDE (breakdown product of the pesticide DDT, banned from use in Canada in early 1970's)
  • Trans-Nonachlor (used widely as an agricultural pesticide from 1953 to 1974, and as a termiticide until 1988)

My testing for Volatile solvents in my blood ( Metametrix Accuchem pannel) revealed some highly neurotoxic compounds:

  • Ethylbenzene (found in gasoline paints and inks)
  • m,p-Xylene found in gasoline)
  • Hexane, 2-Methylpentane, and 3-Methylpentane (solvent used in glues, adhesives and paints, also found in gasoline exhaust)

For me uncovering these toxins has started a year-long environmental detox, I'll write more about that in an upcoming post. I was expecting to find some toxins and am going to do the work to decrease my exposure, and decrease my body burden. But what about in my nieces and nephews, what about your children? The younger you are shouldn't your body burden of these toxic chemicals be zero to none? NO! Alarming work done by the EWG in testing 10 Americans has shown otherwise. These chemical are bio-accumulative, this means that they accumulate up the food chain. As Adult humans we are near the top of the food chain, and babies are on the very top and get the most concentrated toxin exposure.

With increased awareness, comes increased power for change. We can make a positive impact on the environment and our health. Please follow this link and watch the video below "10 Americans" from From EWG:

Babies are born pre-polluted. Let’s change that.

The human race is now polluted with hundreds of industrial chemicals – with little or no understanding of the consequences. Babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies when they enter the world.

"Ten Americans": We all know pollution and toxins are bad for you. But the Environmental Working Group has conducted perhaps the deepest analysis of this issue on the most vulnerable demographic on the planet.

 

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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