The levels of arsenic, banned pesticides, and dioxins exceeded cancer benchmarks in each of the 364 children tested. Which foods were the primary sources of toxic pollutants for preschoolers and their parents?
California Children Are Contaminated
These findings should come as no surprise to those who saw my video Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue. For an overview, see CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure and President’s Cancer Panel Report on Environmental Risk.
Pollutant exposure may affect our ability to have children in the first place (see Male Fertility & Diet and Meat Hormones & Female Infertility). Such a delay, though, may allow us an opportunity to reduce our toxic burden through dietary change (see Hair Testing for Mercury before Considering Pregnancy and How Long to Detox from Fish before Pregnancy?).
During pregnancy, pollutants can be transferred directly (DDT in Umbilical Cord Blood), and, after pregnancy, through breastfeeding (The Wrong Way to Detox). Once our kids are contaminated, How Fast Can Children Detoxify from PCBs? The chemicals have implications for older children, too; see Protein, Puberty, & Pollutants.
I touch more on the presence of pesticides and other pollutants in dairy products in my video Preventing Parkinson’s Disease with Diet.
Seafood is not the only source of toxic heavy metals. See:
- Get the Lead Out
- Filled Full of Lead
- Heavy Metals in Protein Powder Supplements
- Some Ayurvedic Medicine Worse than Lead Paint Exposure
Videos on primary food sources of other industrial pollutants include:
- Food Sources of PCB Chemical Pollutants
- Food Sources of Flame-Retardant Chemicals
- Food Sources of Perfluorochemicals
There are some things we can eat, though, to counteract some of the toxins:
- Plants vs. Pesticides
- Eating Green to Prevent Cancer
- Counteracting the Effects of Dioxins through Diet
Update: I did a deep-dive into the arsenic issue in summer 2017. Here are the 13 videos in that series:
- Where Does the Arsenic in Chicken Come From?
- Where Does the Arsenic in Rice, Mushrooms, & Wine Come From?
- The Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet
- Cancer Risk from Arsenic in Rice & Seaweed
- Which Rice Has Less Arsenic: Black, Brown, Red, White, or Wild?
- Which Brands & Sources of Rice Have the Least Arsenic?
- How to Cook Rice to Lower Arsenic Levels
- Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
- Arsenic in Rice Milk, Rice Krispies, & Brown Rice Syrup
- How Risky is the Arsenic in Rice?
- How Much Arsenic in Rice is Too Much?
- Is White Rice a Yellow-Light or Red-Light Food?
- Do the Pros of Brown Rice Outweigh the Cons of Arsenic?
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