Wake up call: Baby diapers contaminated with over 60 toxic chemicals including glyphosate
(NaturalHealth365) No doubt, health-conscious consumers are very concerned about glyphosate in the food supply. And, parents are rightfully upset about the toxic chemicals in vaccines. But, now, glyphosate and other highly toxic chemicals have been detected in baby diapers.
The French safety agency ANSES has conducted tests on disposable baby diapers over the past few years, and the results have been consistently disturbing. In all, 60 different chemicals have been identified, including glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup.
Other pesticides detected in baby diapers included lindane, quintozene and hexachlorobenzene, which have been banned by the European Union for more than 15 years.
Baby diapers tested positive for cancer-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors
Disturbingly, the testers also detected a number of synthetic fragrances like benzyl alcohol and butylphenyl as well as VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
The VOCs included styrene, naphthalene, toluene and dichlorobenzenes. PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) such as dioxins and furans were also found – these are the nasty chemicals found in diesel engines and cigarette smoke.
Many of these toxic chemicals are carcinogenic in addition to being endocrine disruptors.
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And, while some may argue the ‘external use’ of products like baby diapers minimize the effects of any chemicals they contain, this is simply not the case. Why? Because the skin is the largest organ of the human body and does absorb substances it comes in contact with.
The first few years of life should NOT be this dangerous
In addition to a range of skin problems, prolonged exposure to chemical-infused products can raise a child’s risk for cancer and other illnesses, over time. In all, 23 samples were tested between 2016 and 2018.
One disturbing fact: potentially dangerous chemicals were even found in disposable diapers labeled as “ecological.”
As we all know, babies wear diapers almost constantly during the first few years of life. In fact, it’s estimated that each child wears about 4,000 diapers between birth and age three.
And, while ANSES was not specific, they concluded that health risks “could not be excluded” related to the long exposure to synthetic diapers. The agency called for the removal of these substances as well more restrictive regulations for these products.
While some of the compounds such as fragrances are included by the manufacturers intentionally, clearly the presence of glyphosate, VOCs, PAHs and other dangerous and toxic chemicals is highly problematic.
Action step: Washable organic cotton baby diapers provide a safer alternative
At this time, washable cloth baby diapers are only used by about 5 percent of parents in the Western world. While they have not been tested by organizations such as ANSES, they are no doubt far safer than diapers made from chemical-infused plastics.
To ensure safety and good health, parents should consider using organic cotton diapers for their children as an alternative. And, of course, consumers can minimize exposure to herbicides, like glyphosate, by shopping and eating organic food – as much as possible.
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