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"A new study led by Mount Sinai researchers in collaboration with scientists from Cornell University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has found higher prenatal exposure to phthalates—manmade chemicals that interfere with hormonal messaging—to be connected with disruptive and problem behaviors."
Washington Toxics Coalition tested nine pregnant women, from Washington, Oregon, and California, for chemicals including bisphenol A, phthalates, mercury, and “Teflon chemicals.”
"Results from this study reveal that children spend their first nine months in an environment that exposes them to known toxic chemicals."
"Compared with an adult, a fetus might respond to a chemical at 'onehundred-fold less concentration or more, and, when you take the chemical away, the body is nonetheless altered for life.'"
"Infants may seem fine at birth but carry within them a heightened sensitivity to hormones and hormone-like chemicals only revealed later in life, often in puberty, when endocrine systems go into hyperdrive. This increases the adolescent’s or adult’s chances of falling ill, getting fat, or becoming infertile." -The Toxicity Panic, April 7, 2011
"Scientists have become increasingly worried that even extremely low levels of some environmental contaminants may have significant damaging effects on our bodies—and that fetuses are particularly vulnerable to such assaults." -Toxins All Around Us, October 10, 2011
"Some studies show correlations between these abnormalities and mothers who have greater exposure to these chemicals during pregnancy, through everything from hair spray to the water they drink." -It's Time to Learn from Frogs, June 27, 2009
“A much cited study showed higher exposure to some phthalates in mothers correlates with reduced 'anogenital distance' in newborn boys.” -The Dirty Truth About Plastic, April 18, 2008
"Our babies are being pre-polluted." -The Chemicals Within, January 26, 2006
“Study: Food packaging, shampoo make it tougher for women to conceive.”