Why did I write this article?
I personally feel its our duty as parents and parents to be, to create the healthiest environment for our children and that starts in the health of our womb. In this article I will be sharing with you ways to help avoid toxins and also to detox the ones that you will have already in your body.
Don't be fooled into thinking that even if you are a healthy eater and use non toxic products that you won't need to pay attention to this, as I am sorry to tell you but the air quality alone, from all of the toxins such as lead and mercury is enough to create an unsafe environment for an unborn child. It's simply not enough just to eat well.
If you want to carry a pregnancy to full term and to avoid miscarriage then you will need to remove as many chemicals as possible from your body. Sadly, 1 in 4 pregnancies will not survive and despite this as being seen as 'just the way mother nature is' by the medical community, it makes sense to look at what is in the body that could be causing the baby to abort. Toxins are dangerous chemicals that are seen by the body as an enemy and are also known as poisons.
To a delicate fetus, these toxins can easily cause stress, malformity and be the direct cause of a miscarriage.
And, If you want to your child to be as healthy as possible (which should be every mothers desire and responsibility) and to avoid learning difficulties (and therefore decrease the chances of an ADHD or ADD diagnosis) then you must get heavy metals and other toxins out of your body and their body too.
There are 70,000 known chemicals and 2-3000 of those are being added to this amount every year with only a handful ever being tested for safety and a tiny amount of those show the effects are proven to harm brain or physical development - many tens of thousands have unknown effects as yet which is an incredibly scary fact. How will we get them banned if they are not tested? How will we all be rightly informed by the mainstream media/medical community that they are poisonous, if they don't have the facts?
There are so many chemicals that we are affected by, but we only have limited information on a select few. Lead, mercury, arsenic, organophosphates ( used in pesticides) pharmaceuticals medications, recreational drugs including alcohol are the worst of a very bad bunch that we know of. In regards to the recreational drugs, extensive studies are showing alcohol being the worst, and that's out of cocaine use too! - So despite NHS guidelines saying its ok to have a drink or two a week - I want to urge to mothers that you should not have any.
There are too many other toxins we have to worry about, why purposely add to the amounts that are already in the body?
With exposure to toxins in the womb, or early life, babies are more likely to suffer with neurological problems in childhood, or suffer with asthma and other 'seemingly normal' problems in this day and age, that were never seen years ago.
Depression is affecting so many people today as well as anxiety conditions - these are all neurological problems and in a balanced individual you do not suffer from these - sad and low energy days are few and far between. It's seen as normal today to get diagnosed with a mental disorder and to be put on antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs and these are very toxic to the body too. So, whilst a small few may think these tablets are helping them, they are actually only adding to their already toxic load in the body and later on, after being on them for years, will only add to a risk of other serious disease such as cancer.
Logically, if the adult had of avoided absorbing toxins from within the mothers womb many years ago, their chances of developing severe depression, may have been minimal.
And it's thought there may even be an increased risk of predisposition to autism due to heavy metals absorbed from the mother, (such as mercury from fish) and when given the typical vaccines later on, then the chances of that child having severe neurological problems will rise dramatically. I personally lived down the road from a huge autism only school in London, which years ago there would have been no need for schools of autistic children. Years ago Doctors only saw very few and far between cases.
Another reason to avoid as many toxins as possible, is that when the child is fully grown and wishes to have children of their own, the toxins which affect the hormones (known as endocrine disruptors) may cause their reproductive glands to simply not work. Too many young women these days are having IVF and even then it may sometimes not work for a percentage of women. This is not normal and a sign that something is not right with the body.
Childhood cancers are on the rise and so many kids are getting diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.
We need our Doctors to start testing for heavy metals! They don't unless you can say that you had a direct accident with one of them, for example if a thermometer broke or an energy saving light bulb broke but information is showing that the mercury from the air we breathe actually affects the brain in a more severe way.
What can expectant or planning to get pregnant mums do to avoid this happening?
You can improve the diet, eat organic whole foods, minimise meat intake and stay away from fish completely (I really think that even organic farmed fish is not good), eat foods that are known detoxifiers such as certain herbs. Change to eco products - cosmetics and cleaning ones, do some form of regular exercise, use a sauna, add chlorella and spirulina to daily diet. Take milk thistle drops. But the easiest thing, fast acting to try is Pure Body Zeolites!
How does it work? Is it safe?
Yes it's completely safe - animal studies carried out on zeolite (pure body was not tested on animals) showed absolutely no signs of toxicity.
Dr Gabriel Cousens, also conducted studies on pregnant women with zeolite and showed their heavy metal levels before and after.
Touchstone essentials are required by law to say that pregnant women and babies should not use zeolites. This is because the FDA require them to say this.
''Unfortunately we have to comply with the law and that includes advising people to check with their healthcare practitioner, not using a supplement as a substitute for a varied diet and so on. You will notice every company has to take this position by law.
As with all dietary supplements, the label directs people to consult with their health care practitioner before using.
Just like a health care practitioner would advocate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, once they see the whole food ingredients (real food, with nothing artificial added) they are sure to approve.
I also came across this article from Natural News advocating whole food supplementation during pregnancy. http://www.naturalnews.com/035730_prenatal_nutrition_pregnancy_supplements.html
As for zeolite, while it is a natural mineral, people are also advised to check with their health care practitioner.
If someone contacts customer support, we have to comply with the law and will always do so, as will any of our staff. I am sorry but this is unlikely to change. I know you are familiar with this but as we are an all natural product range, we are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Here is an article written by midwife and health practitioner Vicki Latham:
Vicki Latham, PA-C speaks out on what men and women of childbearing age need to know about environmental toxins.
As a midwife and women’s health practitioner for over 30 years, my mission was to help mothers deliver healthy babies. I’m not delivering anymore, but today, bringing healthy babies into this world is still my purpose and my passion.
A lot has changed over the past 30 years. Years ago, parents would simply breathe a sigh of relief when they saw 10 fingers and 10 toes. No more.
Today’s parents are concerned with whether their child will be the one in every 88 diagnosed with autism; or if their daughter will be among the alarming number of children with premature puberty. The age of menarche is now 10 years old; a century ago it was 16!
What has changed? In the span of just two generations, an onslaught of an estimated 80,000 chemicals has been released into our environment.
Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sheds light on some of what ails us. A2009 bio-monitoring report by the CDC found the average American has 212 different damaging toxins (tested from blood and urine). Where do those toxins go and what do they do?
Those not eliminated by your body’s defenses—your liver, kidneys, bowel and skin—get stored in the body, most often in the fatty tissues. These toxins can wreak havoc on your health, including your reproductive health.
Are environmental toxins having an effect on fertility?
The reality is that infertility is becoming increasingly widespread. A recent USA Today report highlights younger couples having difficulty as they try to conceive.
Plastics, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals are known endocrine (hormone) disrupters. Many of them mimic estrogen in the body, creating imbalance in a delicate system that requires precise hormones for a woman to ovulate and get pregnant.
These endocrine disrupters affect guys too. Bisphenol-A (BPA) can disrupt a man’s ability to produce healthy sperm. BPA is found in water bottles, store receipts, and the lining of many canned goods. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health found those eating canned soup saw a 1,200% increase in BPA! It is everywhere!
There can be no doubt the accumulated exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals are having an effect, as detailed in this recent European Environment Agency report.
And what are the risks when women do get pregnant?
While the medical community used to believe the placenta protected a baby, a landmark 2005 study showed over 200 toxins found in the cord blood that a baby depends on for nourishment.
These chemicals pose a risk to the developing baby, who does not yet have fully formed defense mechanisms such as a detoxifying liver or mature blood-brain barrier. According to the CDC, one in 10 women of childbearing age has mercury levels high enough to cause harm to the neurological development of baby. And a recent study showed exposure to pesticides during pregnancy is associated with lower birth weights and an increase in birth defects.
In an increasingly toxic world, what can you do?
More and more research shows the way to keep baby healthy is by keeping mom healthy. In our toxic world, living a healthy lifestyle is important, but not enough. Our body cannot rid itself of all these toxins on its own—we must detoxify—and thanks to a natural mineral zeolite known asclinoptilolite, now we can.
This natural mineral features a cage-like structure, and is negatively-charged, making it a perfect match for positively-charged toxins. It is inert in the body—so it is never metabolized or stored—simply passing through in four to six hours, taking toxins with it.
Studies show positive outcomes in the offspring of pregnant animals supplemented with clinoptilolite. My own daughters have used clinoptilolite to detoxify through five pregnancies, and my grandchildren amaze me with their verbal skills and aptitudes.
You only get one chance to grow a healthy baby. One day, everyone will know that detoxification is essential to creating the best possible environment for baby to grow. Today, with the clinoptilolite product Pure Body, you don’t have to wait.
For anyone looking to decrease their toxic exposure, I recommend Pure Body for its unprecedented third-party testing for purity, safety and efficacy. And at less than $25 a month for Members, it is affordable for every family, and perhaps the most valuable gift you can give to your future child.
Vicki Latham, PA-C
As a licensed midwife, Vicki Latham delivered more than 500 babies. A board certified OB/GYN Physician Assistant, Vicki has dispensed health advice to thousands of women throughout her career. A passionate supporter of the importance of detoxification and whole foods in creating healthier outcomes for mom and baby, Vicki uses and recommends the products of Touchstone Essentials for their purity, value, and efficacy.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. The views expressed are those of Vicki Latham, and she has not been compensated in any way for this article. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and any products referenced are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It’s just the good inside.