Doctor's Note

The reference to pollutants in mothers' fat is from Friday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue. The dozens of chemicals found in the bodies of pregnant Americans is explored in CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure. For more on which foods appear most contaminated, see yesterday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Food Sources of Flame Retardant Chemicals. I have 30 other videos on eating for healthy pregnancies, including Dangerous Advice From Health Food Store Employees, Preventing Childhood Allergies, and Pregnant Vegans at Risk for Iodine Deficiency. Even if we do pass a load of pollutants onto our babies, how long does it take their bodies to get rid of them? That’s covered tomorrow in How Fast Can Children Detoxify from PCBs?

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Protecting Our Babies From PollutantsApple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes, and Heading Shrinking from Grilling Meat

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  • http://nutritionfacts.org/ Michael Greger M.D.

    The reference to pollutants in mothers’ fat is from Friday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue. The dozens of chemicals found in the bodies of pregnant Americans is explored in CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure. For more on which foods appear most contaminated, see yesterday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Food Sources of Flame Retardant Chemicals. I have 30 other videos on eating for healthy pregnancies, including Dangerous Advice From Health Food Store Employees, Preventing Childhood Allergies, and Pregnant Vegans at Risk for Iodine Deficiency. Even if we do pass a load of pollutants onto our babies, how long does it take their bodies to get rid of them? That’s covered tomorrow in How Fast Can Children Detoxify from PCBs?
     
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    • DT

      Dr Greger, why didn’t you mention the following finding of this study “Vegetable consumption was also associated with lindane and fruit intake with endosulfan I.”?

      • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

        Consumption of vegetables can lead to ingestion of pesticides and other chemicals if the vegetables are not washed. See the nice post by R Ian Flett to help explain why you don’t find the fat soluble persistent organic pollutants inside plants. They transport material primarily by water whereas our blood stream has fats and is capable of transporting fat soluble substances to our fat cells. Looking at the big picture the consumption of an all plant diet eliminates greater then 95% of pollutants.. buying organic minimizes your exposure further and avoids GMO exposure as well. The latter subject is particularly worrisome due to lack of human studies, complexity of the issue, corporate interests, etc.. For more information on avoiding the latter you can go to http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/. Next Tuesday we in California have the opportunity to require labeling which will allow consumers to more easily avoid GMO foods. Jeffery Smiths organization, Institute for Responsible Technology, has produced a 1 1/2 hour movie, Genetic Roulette, which is available for free watching through November 6 follow link on website, http://www.responsibletechnology.org/. I’m not a fan of studies which use the term “Mediterranean Diet” since the diets consumed by folks who live around the Mediterranean Sea are varied.

  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    You down with DDT, yeah you know me.
    You down with DDT, yeah you mommy.
    You down with DDT, yeah you homie.

    Who’s down with DDT, every last baby!

    Sad but True.

  • http://nutrientuniverse.blogspot.co.uk/ JamesKB

    Nothing to do with this video, but could you ask your web designer to add a “play random video button”? That would be cool :D.

  • Thea

    The video says that these chemicals accumulate in fat.  I wonder if the researchers looked at a link between nut consumption and DDTs in the blood since nuts are high in fat. 

    Not that I would stop eating nuts.  I’m just curious how much of the DDTs are in nuts vs the animal foods.  Partly I’m thinking about another Dr. Greger video (which I wish I could find again – anyone?) that I believe talked about these chemicals getting more concentrated the higher you move up the food chain.  Based on that, I would guess ahead of time that nuts would not be as affected as meat, fish and dairy.  Just a guess.

    • R Ian Flett

      You raise a very good point. How do vegetable fats compare with animal fats in regard to toxin accumulation in general? The veggie fats are usually encased in a protective shell (nuts, avocados, legumes) so that toxins enter via the roots, whereas leaves can absorb them more directly. Animal fat is efficient at storing toxins, which is why it’s correlated with many cancers.
      When we burn off fat it’s like boiling off steam. We are left with higher concentrates of residues. It’s often said that rapid weight loss overloads the bloodstream with toxins stored in the fat and can trigger cancer. It’s better to lose fat slowly and let the body detox at a rate it can cope with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561366801 Alfred Tow

    Reminds me of the documentary “Homo toxicus”.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3w8bgaQpSE

  • David Paradine

    Could you post a link to your video regarding cleaning and getting chemicals off vegetables? I know I saw a title regarding this but I’m having no lick finding it. Thanks a lot for all your work.