In his book Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Fuhrman suggests feeding children organic food when possible, to safeguard them from chemicals and pesticides. More and more scientists contend that even low levels of contaminants pose a cancer risk. Patty Curtis of The Guardian Unlimited reports:
Liverpool University scientists argue that low levels of chemicals from pesticides and plastics could affect the development of babies before they are born and increase their likelihood of developing cancer later in life.The scientists suggest parents might consider going organic to avoid contamination.
The organochlorines also accumulate in breast milk, raising the possibility that babies are vulnerable while breastfeeding, Professor Vyvyan Howard and John Newby say.
We're talking about chemicals which could potentially cause cancer in children at parts per billion and parts per trillion levels, rather than parts per million and thousands," Professor Howard, who is on the government's advisory committee on pesticides, told the Guardian. "Preventative measures for these types of cancer have focused on educating the public about the danger of tobacco smoke, improving diet and promoting physical activity. We should now, however, be focusing on trying to reduce exposure to problematic chemicals."
In the end the study does not conclusively prove the link between low levels of pollutants and cancer in humans, but animal studies have confirmed a link.