Chemicals and Birth Weight
Who would have thought, chemicals may be hazardous to humans—quick alert the rocket scientists! Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have determined that chemical exposure might lower birth weight. The Associated Press reports:
Dr. Lynn Goldman, a pediatrician and professor at the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health, said the study of 300 babies found "very small decreases" in birth weight and head circumference. The babies were born at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore between 2004 and early 2005. The mothers ranged in age from 14 to 43…I hate expressions like “normal ranges” or “acceptable levels.” I think it sends the wrong message to people, especially when it comes to children. Exposure to toxins is hot-button issue for Dr. Fuhrman. In Disease-Proof Your Child he encourages parents to keep chemicals far away from their kiddies:
…"Many chemicals were detected in the study's samples," said Dr. Robert Rickard, DuPont's science director, "and it is important to note that the observations from the study were very small and well within normal ranges."
We must be careful not to expose our children to chemical cleaners, insecticides, and weed killers on our lawns. Chemicals used in pressure-treated wood used to build lawn furniture, decks, fences, and swing sets have also been shown to place children at risk. When young children are around, we must be vigilant to maintain a chemical-free environment.
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