By Teri Arranga
Kirkman Group, Inc.
“Molecular and cell fetal remodeling derived from exposure to mitochondrial toxins in utero may have long term consequences of unknown severity.” This was the conclusion reached by researchers in Spain about potential danger to unborn babies from environmental toxins. In layman’s terms, it means there is a significant health risk to an unborn child from toxins unknowingly absorbed by the mother.
An article published in the September 2014 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,, titled “Mitochondrial Toxicity in Human Pregnancy: An Update on Clinical and Experimental Approaches in the Last 10 Years”1 states “ [there is] an association between exposure to mitochondrial toxic agents and pathologic conditions [such as] fertility defects, detrimental fetal development and impaired newborn health due to intra-uterine exposure.” In other words, there is a clear link between exposure to toxins at the cellular (mitochondria) level and health issues in the unborn.
Mitochondria are a cellular component often referred to as the powerhouse of cells. They are essential to energy supply, and essential for life. Mitochondrial illnesses can either be inherited or acquired through biologic agents (i.e. viruses), drugs (i.e. anesthetics and alcohol), toxic gases (i.e. carbon monoxide) and chemicals (i.e. pesticides).
Certain pesticides can be very detrimental to mitochondria. These include herbicides, insecticides and acericides, which are used to kill members of the arachnid subclass Acari, such as ticks and mites. Symptoms may not happen immediately and could occur after prolonged, low-dose chronic exposure.
It is possible for a healthy pregnant woman to acquire mitochondrial toxicities during the gestation of her fetus, and since the newborn can suffer adverse health outcomes, it is best for pregnant women to avoid mitochondrial toxins, including those pesticides considered potentially harmful. The article further states, “Currently, it is best to avoid exposure to all of the above mentioned toxic hazards.”
How Can We Reduce Exposure to Pesticides in Our Daily Living Choices?
There are items we use in our daily lives that may contain pesticides, but we can make healthful choices to reduce potential exposure.
Common sources of pesticides are foods not grown organically, water and air. Soil where things grow can become contaminated as well. An article in the New York Times in 2010 references a Congressional investigation, with a report by the Government Accountability Office that found many vitamin supplements were contaminated with pesticides.2
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