Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Theo Colborn's Suggestions

This is a few months late (I blame my laziness on hormone disruptors!), but here are some suggestions Theo gave us when my class teleconferenced with her in November.

For women who are wanting to get pregnant, are pregnant, or just gave birth:
-Avoid packaged food as much as you can, eat whole foods instead.
-Do not use microwaves (especially, do not heat up plastic containers)
-Don't get pregnant while on the birth control pill (as there are obviously high levels of synthetic hormones in them)
-Go off of the pill for 6-9 months before getting pregnant, to allow the body's hormones to return to normal levels.
-Eat organic meats, wild fish.
-Don't renovate anything yourself (paint, refinish furniture), or be around renovations.
-A couple of months after the first child is born, pump breast milk and throw it away. This will greatly lessen the total amount of chemicals in the woman's body that the second child will be exposed to.
-Avoid soy products, since soy is a natural endocrine disruptor (babies exposed to soy in the womb have higher rates of thyroid problems than those not exposed).
-Be aware of any new products, since endocrine disruptors are present in paper, clothing, glass, etc.
-Don't use sunscreen; cover up instead.


At 11:21 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

throw away breast milk?
what does the baby eat...donairs?

At 8:13 p.m. , Blogger Roxanne said...

Not being an experienced lactator, I'm not sure on the specifics, but my guess is that maybe something in the milk production process would make this the best time to put extra demand on the daily amounts. I have no idea. Ask your wife what she thinks.

At 12:59 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think she means pump and throw away extra breast milk. i doubt she'd recommend not breastfeeding (the alternative being processed formula).
however, this would result in increased milk production, temporarily larger breasts and perhaps leakage.

At 9:02 p.m. , Blogger Roxanne said...

Theo DOES NOT recommends NOT breast feeding. Breast feeding is necessary for the immune system. She recommends pumping extra, and throwing it away, to cleanse the mother's body. But this does not mean stopping breast feeding.


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