One of the greatest joys in life is to give life. Expectant mothers worry about a great many things, to include names for their child, how to raise their child, even college. All of this can and many times does occur from the moment of conception. What many mothers may be unaware of is that manufacturers of synthetic toxins have no documented concern for your health or that of your unborn child. A warning on the label of a pesticide that you may have purchased does little to reverse the environmental effects of the pesticide residue already inside your home or, sadly enough, already inside your body.
Research has shown the pesticides appear in mother's milk (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring 1962), (Jaipur, timesofindia.indiattimes.com January 5, 2009). Known carcinogenic organochlorine pesticides such as DDT appear in the blood and milk of lactating mothers.
According to a study by eap.mcgill.ca, Fat soluble materials such as the organochlorines, DDT and chlordane, can be stored for long periods of time in maternal body fat. Body fat mobilization and turnover are increased during lactation and fat soluble substances may also be mobilized. Fat soluble substances may be released from fat during weight loss, which typically occurs during lactation."
An article by Ruth M. Heifetz and Sharon S. Taylor revealed that human milk gets contaminated with pesticides such as organochlorines, DDT and chlordane since these chemicals can be stored for long periods of time in maternal body fat.
In another scientific study conducted by the Extension Toxicology Network, Pyrethroids 1994, the most common pesticides on the market contains pyrethroids, many of which are either known or suspected carcinogens. According to the study, the most severe cases of poisoning involves infants and small children that cannot metabolize and excrete pyrethroids through liver functions leading to paralysis, muscle fibrillation, diarrhea and death due to respiratory failure.
Symptoms of acute exposure in infants last only two days (Gary, infant death, and anaphylactic respiratory distress). Tests have shown latent traces of pyrethroids in muscle and fatty tissue even after limited exposure, such as putting a toy or food that has fallen in a treated area into a child's mouth, or absorbing the product through the skin from a treatment area.
Pesticide manufacturers go to great lengths to distance themselves from the harm caused to unborn children from the mother's direct or indirect exposure to their pesticides. In some instances, the pesticide industry attempts to blame birth defects on the mother's exposure to first, second or even third hand cigarette smoke (OpEdNews, Jon Jonik - "Pesticide Industry War on Mothers "January 22, 2009). This is so far reaching that no medical professional has ever publicly agreed with such wild and bizarre contentions made by the toxin manufacturers. However, what is at stake is billions of dollars in legal claims, punitive and exemplary damages, and healthcare issues for children with birth defects traceable to pesticides and particularly, a specific active ingredient.
A recent study by scientists at Rutgers University, in Piscataway, New Jersey, found that lingering (synthetic) pesticide residue on toys and other surfaces in a room that has been treated is likely to cause a child between the ages of three and six to ingest a daily does of synthetic pesticides that is sixty-nine times higher than the dose the EPA considers "safe." If the EPA considers a synthetic toxin safe in any dosage, a product designed to kill living organisms indiscriminately, then the EPA should be disbanded.
For younger children who put toys in their mouths, the dose could be as much as 211 times higher, and in a November 1997 report, research showed that children who developed brain tumors were twice as likely to have had prenatal exposure to flea-and-tick foggers and sprays containing pyrethroids.
In August 1997, researcher Jorma Jyrkkanen points out that the carcinogenicity of pesticide and chemical residues found in mothers' milk were noted by various researchers, and determined their probable contamination route, source and carcinogenic effects. It was concluded that carcinogens were present and these were probably causing cancers in humans. The main source of exposure in women was diet but occupational exposure may play a role for many. The primary candidate cancers for pesticidal origin are melanoma, lymphatic cancers, blood cancers and multiple myeloma. Other cancers also have a highly suggestive correlation with pesticide carcinogenesis, including breast cancer. Articles were discussed which suggest that synergism and immune system compromise may increase mortality. The concept of safe level was found to be based on erroneous arguments, which do not represent the real world. Inerts and their contaminants have a potential to explain a large component of carcinogenicity but have not been researched because they have been in use covertly. Epidemiology is largely after the fact of exposure and can lead to the conclusion that a product is unsafe after it has been used for a long time, thereby endangering many populations. It was found that most carcinogens in Mother's Milk were also endocrine and reproductive disruptors with hormonal impacts and involvement in development and carcinogenesis. Banning carcinogens at the source and using alternatives to pesticides are discussed as options to use of carcinogenic pesticides.
As an expectant mother and for father's to be, the chances of you interacting with pesticides outside your home is great as even traces of pesticides have been found in Antarctica. However, it is inside your home where the greatest dermal contact and inhalation contact through volatilization of pesticide gases occur because residential pest control has the least amount of governmental regulation in comparison to commercial establishments, schools, and restaurants. Thus, as your new pest management agency, we establish better guidelines that eliminate all dangers from pesticide poisoning, control insects and rodents without toxins, and help you to keep your home as toxin free as possible.
Our Professional Pest Control, Non-Medical Advice for Expectant Mothers:
- We will terminate your existing pest control company for you if they have ever sprayed a single drop of toxin on your property;
- We will decontaminate as much of your home as possible and remove as much toxic pesticide residue as possible;
- We keep keep unsanitary disease-causing insects away from you, your baby, and your family with our all-natural, non-toxic products that are effective at controlling all the same insect pests and "Safe Around Children and Pets";
- We suggest that you do not purchase or handle synthetic pesticides or other toxic chemicals;
- If a member of your family handles synthetic pesticides occupationally or otherwise, avoid contact with their clothes and have them wash their own clothes at high temperatures; always separate contaminated clothes from any of your garments or infant garments;
- If you have school-age children, be certain to keep them home on days when the school may apply pesticides or herbicides to school property;
- If you have synthetic pesticides in your home or garage, we will remove them and dispose of them for you at no charge.
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