Read or listen to this podcast at Enviromental Health Perspectives (EHP) interviewing Drs. Tracey Woodruff and Rachel Morello-Frosch on the Chemical Body Burden in Pregnant Women.
I really enjoyed the common sense approach to reducing unwanted chemicals in our lives given by Dr Woodruff:
One of the things that’s a little bit challenging about this research is it does make you start to think about all the things in your house and whether you are doing the things that can maximize the health of your family. So I know from my own personal experience we didn’t do this like, one day I got up in the morning and tried to accomplish everything that we recommend in our own fact sheets, because that actually would be too difficult. That’s just not realistic.
So it kind of evolved over time, but I stopped microwaving in plastic, then I switched out some of my containers. We don’t have any pesticides in our home. We clean more often because there’s a lot of—OK, that’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but . . . There’s a lot of chemicals that are in dust, so the more you keep dust levels down in your house, wash your hands more often . . . There’s some very simple things you can do to actually reduce some of your exposures to different types of environmental chemicals. And then slowly over time we buy certain foods organic, slowly over time we’ve made lifestyle changes that have been borne out in many different studies to show that you can reduce your exposure to some of these different environmental chemicals.
People don’t have to do all these things at once or even in sequence. Even things like I said, like washing your hands and keeping your house clean, can actually lower exposures to a number of these different chemicals. Also, eating a healthy diet can help mitigate effects of exposures to environmental chemicals. So people can take things slowly, and they can still see results over a certain time period.
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