"Mark Henderson, Science Editor - Chemicals found in food packaging, pesticides and household items may be linked to lower fertility among women, new research has suggested.
A study of 1,240 women has found that those with higher levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in their bloodstreams tend to take longer to become pregnant than those with lower levels.
The findings, from scientists at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), raise the prospect that exposure to the chemicals could be contributing to infertility. The study is published in the journal Human Reproduction."
Yvonne Bishop-WestonFertity Expert says - "These findings, although welcomed extra evidence, are not 'news' to the experts that work in the field of natural fertility and pre-conceptual care. One study of samples of blood and urine taken from volunteers(a) found 171 industrial pollutants including chemicals with possible links to birth defects and developmental delays, immune system toxicity with an average of 56 carcinogens
A major concern is Phthalates found in personal care products such as nail polish, cosmetics, soap and shampoo which could have profound estrogenic effects and affect fertility. It's thought by some there is no safe level. A few leading lights such as Lush Cosmetics, Green People and Yaoh are seeking to banish or minimalise these and similar chemicals but overall few manufacturers are acting as responsibly.
Levels of pollutants have allegedly previously been found in Sea Mammals that would apparently qualify their bodies as hazardous toxic waste - which if, as suspected, the problem is widespread there is then a very good argument for eating as low down the food chain as often as possible.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is another concern. In one study, as long ago as 1994, it was estimated that 97% of our daily intake of PCB's came from food with 71% coming from saturated fat rich animal products such as meat and dairy
* Foods for Lifenutritionists recommend women planning a family avoid fish or only small amounts of oily fish lower down the food chain food small - instead recommend brain boosting and cell protecting omega 3 fats from carefully purified fish oil or better still from sustainably sourced natural Algae products.
* Yvonne Bishop-Weston's First response'Eat Right to Conceive' food wheel plate already considers all these problems. It assists expectant mothers in making informed choices to reduce saturated animal fat in the diet - instead gleaning essential plant based fats from a more plant orientated nutrient rich diet - helping to reduce your risk from these potential harmful agents
* A Foresight Preconceptual Care Study showed that nutritional therapy can be over three times more effective at assisting with conception (healthy baby born)than traditional methods such as IVF in couples diagnosed as infertile