Chemical soup threatens healthy pregnancies? [BEWARE]

It’s finally happening…

More studies are coming out alerting us about just how toxic all of the chemicals are in our surrounding environment.

(Not that the threat will go away anytime soon. That will likely take decades. But still, knowledge is power.)

And the latest gut punch is particularly concerning for women in their childbearing years…

Thousands of preterm births

Over the last decade, premature births have been on the rise.

Now, study authors are saying phthalates could be to blame.

Phthalates are considered “everywhere” chemicals, as they’re found in nearly all plastic items—from food containers to cosmetic packaging, and more.

And it turns out, these nasty chemicals could be linked to nearly 57,000 preterm births—those that occur before the 37th week of pregnancy—each year.

So, what do the study authors do?

Call on the manufacturers to seek an alternative chemical for phthalates. But they’re really missing the forest for the trees here…

Replacing one chemical with another isn’t the answer. That just creates a different threat.

And believe me, I get it—chemicals have transformed our lives. But science shows they are genetically altering our bodies.

So, I find it hard to believe that we can’t find alternate solutions. Like simply reducing the use of plastic altogether whenever possible.

Plastic hijacks health in many ways

In addition to the premature birth threat, it turns out that 8 percent of all babies born in the U.S. have a low birth weight.

And while you might be thinking, “So, what? They’ll catch up eventually”—being born prematurely and underweight are two factors that are known to predict health problems in the short- and long-term.

In fact, studies suggest these babies have a heightened risk of poor academic performance later in life, as well as heart disease—a leading cause of death—and diabetes.

So, not only do we have to grapple with a horrendous food supply causing these diseases… now a good chunk of our population is born behind the eight ball?! No wonder we are in such a horrific healthcare crisis!

Many folks are starting to understand the role of chronic inflammation in disease…

Well, these chemicals—which again, are everywhere—are KNOWN to cause inflammation and oxidative stress! Can you see the forest through the trees yet?

All I can say is this…

Please, look for any way you can decrease the amount of plastic in your life, regardless of your age. Plastics affect us all.

Reducing your plastic exposure will take a bit of detective work at first, but just like most anything else, it will become an easier habit with time—and your overall health will benefit tremendously.

Source:

“Foods we eat are covered in plastics that may be causing a rise in premature births, study says.” CNN, 02/06/2024. (cnn.com/2024/02/06/health/preterm-birth-phthalates-study-wellness/index.html)

 


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