Hello and Happy Friday! And how are you? We celebrated our 1-Year anniversary of moving to Tennessee with a fun dinner at a restaurant called the “Catfish Cabin” … doesn’t get more Southern than that, do you think??? All that was missing was Dolly Parton singing to us! Come and visit us and we’ll take you there for their fabulous coleslaw and hushpuppies :0) What a year it’s been!
For all of us, no matter where we live, it’s been soooooo hot! Don’t forget you can beat the summer heat with the best healthy lemonade in the world! Just add a bit of lemon juice to your tea, the natural sweetener of your choice, lots of ice and VOILA! We love it this way.
Whether you’re still having babies and growing your own family, or treasuring grandkids and the cute young families around you, today’s article is SO interesting and might be of great value for dear ones in your circle of love and influence.
Enjoy both today’s article and the weekend! Never forget how you’re always in our thoughts! Love,
Woo-Hoo For Rob, Sheri, Linda and Elly!
Back in 2008, our first year with the tea and people were finding our first website, a lovely nurse called and ordered some for herself and her young adult daughter. This daughter had one of the experiences where she just kept passing massive amounts of nasty stuff in the potty and lost 30 pounds in the first month. “Mom, where did you GET this stuff!” she kept saying to our new friend.
Just as important, or maybe more so, was her own research in medical journals available to her on what toxins can do to the body. Sadly, she was not able to send me anything written. One of the most fascinating conversations with her was that pregnant women pass on poisonous toxins to their unborn babies …. And that these toxins may be responsible for the rising number of children with behavioral problems, ADD, ADHD, etc.
Feature Article: Pregnancy and Prenatal Toxins
I am constantly asked about the tea and pregnancy …. (Yes! It’s safe! Next week I’ll create a page on my website for you to save).
But Today’s article, about toxins that the mother can unknowingly pass on to her unborn baby, is one that I have finally found some documentation for. I’m so happy to have this information for you now.
It comes from a website that I did not know about until recently: EWG.org. The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. I encourage you to visit their website! www.EWG.org.
Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns
Is someone you love pregnant or hoping to be soon? I hope you’ll consider passing this along. The tea is perfectly safe for pregnant women, and after reading this, may be just as important as prenatal vitamins and extra iron.
From the www.EWG.org website:
In the month leading up to a baby’s birth, the umbilical cord pulses with the equivalent of at least 300 quarts of blood each day, pumped back and forth from the nutrient- and oxygen-rich placenta to the rapidly growing child cradled in a sac of amniotic fluid. This cord is a lifeline between mother and baby, bearing nutrients that sustain life and propel growth.
Not long ago scientists thought that the placenta shielded cord blood — and the developing baby — from most chemicals and pollutants in the environment. But now we know that at this critical time when organs, vessels, membranes and systems are knit together from single cells to finished form in a span of weeks, the umbilical cord carries not only the building blocks of life, but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as readily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol. This is the human “body burden” — the pollution in people that permeates everyone in the world, including babies in the womb.
In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.
This study represents the first reported cord blood tests for 261 of the targeted chemicals and the first reported detections in cord blood for 209 compounds. Among them are eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles — including the Teflon chemical PFOA, recently characterized as a likely human carcinogen by the EPA’s Science Advisory Board — dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants and their toxic by-products; and numerous pesticides.
Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied.
You can read the full article at the EWG.org website HERE.
Next week I’ll provide some interesting information from the Harvard School of Public Health about toxins and brain development in children.
While I doubt that there will ever be clinical tests involving our amazing tea, and how it eliminates these toxins and poisons from our system, all we really have to go on is our faith and intuition that if the REST of our bodies are responding in healthy ways to ridding ourselves of the toxins, it would make perfect sense that a healthy, toxin free mommy will nurture and foster a healthy toxin-free baby.
Have a great weekend! I’ll be back next week with Weekly Winners and more information on toxins and our precious little ones.