(NaturalHealth365) Everywhere you turn, you are exposed to toxins that can interfere with conception, pregnancy, and the health of your future baby. Today, we are going to discuss the top 5 things to avoid before conception.
Number One: Ionizing Radiation
Ionizing radiation tops the list because it wreaks havoc on your cell’s DNA. It causes the greatest damage, in part because there is little the body can do to protect itself.
Ionizing radiation can come from all sorts of places such as x-rays, mammograms, and contaminated food and water (especially in the West). Dr. John Gofman, Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, estimates that “three quarters of the current annual incidence of breast cancer in the United States is being caused by earlier ionizing radiation, primarily from medical sources.”
Number 2: Heavy Metals
Heavy metals are the second most heinous enemy of human reproduction. Today, we are going to focus on mercury and aluminum. We are exposed to all different types of mercury from mercury vapor in energy-saving CFL lightbulbs, some vaccines, some sources of high fructose corn syrup, out-gassings from coal plants, vegetables sprayed with mercurial fungicides, dental mercury amalgam fillings, and contaminated fish.
Aluminum is found in aluminum cookware (especially Teflon® coated aluminum cookware), antacids, aluminum foil, and some vaccines, drugs, municipal water, and deodorants.
Number 3: Hormone Disruptors
Hormone disruptors are linked to birth defects, miscarriage, under-developed genitals, and male infertility come in third place.
Sources of hormone disruptors (including estrogen-mimicking chemicals and xenoestrogens) include soy, pesticides, soft plastics, vinyl lunch boxes, vinyl shower curtains, canned foods lined with plasticizers, cosmetics, skin care products, synthetic perfumes, out-gassings from plastic dashboards inside of hot cars, and birth control pills.
Number 4: Drugs (all kinds)
One study found that 65% of mothers of malformed infants had used acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or pseudo-ephedrine during pregnancy, compared with 18% of mothers with normal infants.
In addition, many prescription drugs such as birth control pills, Acutane®, amphetamines, steroids, thyroid medications, sleeping pills, tetracycline, and street drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines have been linked to birth defects.
And recent findings suggest that up to 75% of all street cocaine is being spiked with the illegal drug, levamisole, which leads to internal bleeding and scarring.
Number 5: High Fructose Corn Syrup
Beginning in 1985, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) slowly replaced sugar as the sweetener of choice – sending obesity (and diabetes) rates skyrocketing from 7% to about 25% of the population.
Since almost all of the corn in the U.S. in now manufactured from GMO seeds, making HFCS a GMO additive. Research published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences reveals that GMO corn has been linked to organ failure.
In addition, research found that a large percentage of HFCS contains mercury. The study found that the average American consumes 50 grams of HFCS per day. At that rate, Americans could be getting as much as 28 micrograms per day of mercury – twice as much as the amount found in vaccines that contain mercury.
How to protect our children from a toxic world
1) Ionizing radiation
Kombucha tea, purple seaweed (e.g. dulce), organic germanium, beta glucan, and fermented foods have been shown to provide some protection from ionizing radiation. Look into non-radiation based diagnostic tests such as breast thermography. Put off having dental x-rays done until after your baby is conceived and born.
2) Heavy metals
Avoid heavy duty chelators like DMPS and EDTA before conception and during pregnancy. Instead, take liposomal glutathione, liposomal and food-sourced vitamin C, and selenium. Increase your consumption of grass-fed organic dairy and omega 3 fatty acids. Work with a holistic doctor to get on a preconception-safe heavy metal detox program.
3) Hormone disruptors
Transition to hormone-free birth control (i.e. non-lubricated condom); use paper bags to pack your lunch and to pack produce and meat in at the grocery store; transition to non-synthetic essential oil-based scents; use natural cosmetics and make-up; air out your car with the windows down before driving; avoid soy-based foods and canned foods.
4) Drugs (all kinds)
Transition off of any medically unnecessary prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as street drugs. Work with a holistic doctor to determine the cause of any chronic pain, to avoid the need for pain medications.
5) High fructose corn syrup
Steer clear of grocery-store bought snacks with HFCS. Instead of soda, make your own fruit juice soda by blending a couple of ounces of refrigerated flash-pasteurized fruit juice with a natural sparkling water (packaged in glass) such as Gerolsteiner®.
About the author: Dr. Roy Dittman is author of Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child, a ground-breaking, three-book trilogy (first book due out in print in September 2012).
With over 30 years of experience in perinatal and longevity sciences, Dr. Dittman’s life-long commitment to transforming the way in which we conceive, birth, and raise children inspires couples to take action now to protect their future children’s destiny. You can follow him on Facebook, at BrightonBaby.com, and through his weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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