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Prenatal Phthalate Exposure and It's Effect on Children

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2019 12:54:43 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi

A recent article from CNN reports that prenatal exposure to phthalates can cause language delays in children. 

What are phthalates? They are chemicals found in personal care products, food processing/packaging and many household items. Items including: toys, vinyl flooring, wall covering, nail polish and perfumes according to the US FDA. According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics and reported by CNN, they could be linked to delayed language development. 

The research conducted in both the United Sates and Sweden looked at levels of phthalates in pregnant women in relation to language development in their children. The tem found that women with high exposure were twice as likely to have a child with language development delay. Researchers controlled for other factors such as age of the mother and child, educational level of mother and child etc. finding results from both populations very consistent.

For anyone trying to avoid phthalates try buying personal care products labeled "phthalate-free", eating a healthy diet and avoiding foods that have been overly processed and packaged.  Also, phthalates in the home can become a part of general household dust so have a good dust control protocol or forego the vinyl.  

Exposure to phthalates is wide spread in the United States and The American Academy of Pediatrics has spoken out about reducing children's exposure to phthalates and other food additives.  Earlier this year, the organization released recommendations to help children avoid over-exposure to the chemicals, which it said could "affect male genital development, increase childhood obesity, and contribute to cardiovascular disease." (CNN) 

Here are some other tips to protect yourself from endocrine disruptors like phthalates:

  • Many companies make toxin free cosmetics.
  • Always read the label on your cosmetic products! Avoiding lists with multiple synthetic ingredients.
  • DO NOT always believe the label that claims the product is natural or organic
  • DIY is always fun or simply research the products before purchasing!

Don’t forget! Cosmetics are NOT regulated by the FDA so be careful, read your labels and stay fabulous this holiday season and every season! 

If you are concerned about elevated levels of any of the metals listed above and more, we test and treat heavy metals.  We offer low slow gentle chelation and I.V. therapies when the levels need to come down quickly. We are your Detox Experts!

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Thomas, N. (2018, October 29). Prenatal exposure to phthalates linked to language delays in children, study says. Retrieved from
Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

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