Is Your Breast Milk Contaminated?
Re: Articles Seen in Wall
Street Journal and USA Today
Testing is now available for Flame Retardant Chemicals
(PBDE's) in breast milk, blood, or through a fat biopsy. Also available;
testing for pesticides and solvents.
What are PBDE's?
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE's) are a class of fat
soluble chemicals, stored in fat or secretions in breast milk. PBDE's have
replaced polychlorinated biphenyls and polybrominated biphenyls as fire
retardants and are used in electronics, electrical cables, carpets, furniture
and textiles. Because of their widespread use, typical Americans come in
contact with them daily. The environmental rate of increase in the
concentration of PBDE's is increasing exponentially, doubling every 2 to 5
years. Researchers in Sweden found a 60 fold increase in the concentrations of
PBDE's in breast milk between 1972 and 1997. Starting next year, they will be
banned in Europe. In 2008, they will be banned in California.
What are the effects of PBDE's?
Potential health effects of PBDE's have only just begun to
be studied, but they have been shown to cause permanent brain damage to fetuses
exposed in utero and to be thyroid disrupters. Recent animal research has shown
that exposure to low levels of PBDE's can cause permanent neurological and
developmental damage including deficits in learning, memory and hearing,
changes in behavior, and delays in sensory-motor development. What can be done?
Have your breast milk analyzed to determine infant exposure
and your body's content. Blood and adipose tissue (fat) analysis is also
available to provide meaningful data pertinent to the fields of environmental
toxicology and environmental medicine in determining the body burden.
Call Johnson Medical Associates today for your consultation