Alright, so get to the second paragraph and at least the journal is identified, so I have a starting point:
I think your condition will either get better, worse, or stay the same." Woodruff et al. report: "We found 0 to 100 percent of pregnant women had a detectable level across the individual chemical analytes."
The study authors then launch into a detailed discussion of the chemicals found. Going back to the abstract because of its brevity: "Certain PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, PFCs, phenols, PBDEs, phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate were detected in 99 to 100% of pregnant women. The median number of detected chemicals by chemical class ranged from 4 (out of 12 PFCs) to 9 (out of 13 phthalates). Across chemical classes, median number ranged from 8 (out of 17 chemical analytes) to 50 (out of 71 chemical analytes)."
Woodruff et al. provide a lengthy discussion and note that they "found that, generally, the levels in pregnant women were similar or lower than levels measured in non-pregnant women. Adjusting for physiologic factors that may influence levels of chemicals in pregnant women tended to increase the levels in pregnant women compared to non-pregnantwomen. This suggests that generally levels of chemicals in non-pregnant reproductive-age women
are reasonably representative of levels found pregnant women. However, for several chemicals, levels in pregnant women remain lower than those in non-
pregnant women." They go on to note the need for further research into the source of these exposures.
The authors note that they are not able to make any correlations between any neurodevelopmental problems in offspring and the chemical exposures in the pregnant women. It is well known that fetal development is susceptible to teratogens and that pregnant women should be careful to limit their exposures.
It may be that some exposures to potentially toxic chemicals are beyond our control. Future research into these various chemical classes will undoubtedly answer questions relating to exposure and to longterm outcomes.
But back to the SFGate article on the study. Instead of ending at reporting the results of the study, the reporter interviewed "Dr. Sarah Janssen, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco,[who] said the levels of exposure shown in the study were low, but she was concerned about fetal harm that could be caused by the mother's exposure to multiple chemicals acting together. Colliver quotes Jannsen as saying "unborn babies are exposed to a soup of chemicals," to which I'd like to say, really? And ain't we all? I know, she meant toxic chemicals and chemical compounds. Right? Soup. Sigh. Now I'm gonna picture the baby in soup with elemental symbols floating around and chemical compounds. Great picture. Can I get an H+? Can I get an Na+? Ah well. Ooooh and an NaCl? Salty! I know, I'm bad. Sometimes, we just have to go there. We do. There isn't anything we can really do about this overall (as exposure sources haven't been identified) and getting carried away and living with only vinegar and borax and wearing hemp isn't really a solution most of us are going to do.
Colliver closes her article with a list of recommendations to avoid exposures from various unidentified "health experts." Can't hurt to try them, but it would be nice to know who these health experts are. After all, if it's Dr Jay Gordon, Dr. Bob Sears, or Dr. Joe Mercola, I probably don't want to listen to them, do I?
There's no doubt we need to study the interaction of toxic chemical compounds on the environment and on our health and that we need to work to minimize our exposures to hazardous chemicals. And we also know the effects of some hazardous exposures on the developing fetus, but that for many more of these chemical compounds, we simply do not know the long term effects.
So, what do you do with this latest study? Well, you nod and go, shit. Okay. And move on. You do the best you can and accept that some things are beyond your control. Ah heck, and if you must, clean your windows with vinegar. Go out and get baking soda and borax, too. But don't for a minute think those aren't potentially hazardous, as well. My bottle of boric acid for treating yeast infections says poison on it.
Just saying. Dose does matter. And what you're doing with it.