Poisonous Cord Blood
In the last month of gestation, the mother’s body pumps at least 300 quarts of blood each day through the umbilical cord to the baby inside the placenta.
Scientists had thought the placenta is able to filter most undesirable substances in the environment except residues of cigarette and alcohol.
Not any more. It is now known many industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides can cross the placenta easily.
In the US, a study by the Environmental Working Group and Commonwealth found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies. The cord blood was collected by the Red Cross.
In the blood were pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, petrol and garbage. (See list below).
This toxic cocktail can hurt the child in many ways, from retarding brain development to cancer. The effect can take years to show. In China, millions of children born in vastly more polluted environment than the U.S. carry in their bodies the seed for future illness. Many are likely to die of various forms of cancer. Their treatment will cost the state untold billions.
Toxins Found in the Cord Blood and their Effect on the Body
Sources: Coal-fired power plants, Industrial processes and functions, Accumulates in seafood
Effects: Retards brain development
POLYAROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (PAHS)
Sources: Burning gasoline & garbage, Accumulates in food chain
Effects: Linked to cancer
POLYBROINATED DIBENZODIOXINS & FURANS (PBDD/F)
Sources: Contaminants in flame retardants, Plastic production & incineration, Accumulates in food chain
Effects: Toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system
PERFLUORINATED CHEMICALS (PFCs)
Sources: Teflon, Scotchgard, fabric & carpet, protectors, food wrap coatings; Accumulates in the environment & food chain
Effects: Linked to cancer & birth defects
POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZODIOXINS & FURANS (PBCD/F)
Sources: PVC production, industrial bleaching & incineration
Effects: Very toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system, Persists for decade in the environment
ORGANOCHLORINE PESTICIDES (OCs)
Sources: DDT, chlordane & other pesticides; Largely banned in US but found in breast milk of HK and China mothers; Accumulates up the food chain to human beings
Effects: Causes cancer and numerous reproductive effects
POLYBROMINATED DIPHENYL ETHERS (PBDEs)
Sources: Flame retardant in furniture foam, computers & televisions; Accumulates in food chain & human tissues
Effects: Adversely affects brain development & the thyroid.
PLYCHLORINATED NAPTHALENES (PCNs)
Sources: Wood preservatives, varnishes, machine lubricating oils, waste incineration
Effects: Liver & kidney damages