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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 13:20 PM   11
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My job involves going into laboratories all over through country which are using and making a whole host of nasty things and I've been fine. unless you're doing something similar i really wouldnt worry



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 14:47 PM   12
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The idea is cool but if I'm being completly hohnest I couldn't be arsed! Nowadays absoloutly everything is bad for you or gunna give you cancer or something tbh the stress of worrying about everything I eat or touch would probably be more harmful to my baby than the actual food or chemicals themselves. Since being pregnant iv done nothing differnt at all and I don't plan to!



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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 15:20 PM   13
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I'm one of those. I'm not too extreme though. I buy organic produce when I can and buy organic or natural or wild caught meats most of the time. I'm also avoiding all deli meats any meats that have nitrates like bacon. I am avoiding artificial sweeteners and corn syrup (which I do normally). I have not painted my finger or toe nails and avoid caffeine and alcohol. I also switched my deodorant to a natural and aluminum free product. Although I still do wear conventional make up some days so I'm not totally guilt free here. I stopped using a salicilic acid based face wash and stick only to regular non-antibacterial soap and my sulfur spot treatment.
I really miss painting my nails drinking coffee and having a beer wine or margarita! but that's ok. It's much better for baby that way.



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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 15:24 PM   14
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I think if you pay attention to all the 'this is bad for you' investigations that go on now, you may as well invest in a safe plastic bubble for you and your baby once it's born. I'm sorry but there is healthy, and there is 'bubble wrapped kids', to me it's no way to live, my babies will experience life with feet in the grass and the odd dirt handful that gets tasted accidently. I will feed my children healthy food with the occasional treats, and of course not let them touch the chemicals under the sink.



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 18:00 PM   15
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My job involves going into laboratories all over through country which are using and making a whole host of nasty things and I've been fine. unless you're doing something similar i really wouldnt worry
I really dislike this type of comment. I'm not trying to pick at you or anything, just think that this is no reason to be negligent when it comes to your own health. I am a chemist and work every day in a chemistry lab. Honestly, sometimes it's a safer alternative to people's homes. We work with gloves, fume hoods, and other safety precautions in place. It isn't as though I go dipping my fingers in dichloromethane. I would get much more exposure to bad stuff by cleaning houses with bleach every day. And, there is simply no reason to expose yourself to a lot of the stuff that's in commercial products because even if the studies are thusfar "inconclusive" that doesn't mean they always will be. Many previously FDA-approved substances have been pulled. You can find individual things, but if anyone finds a list that would really stand out. Artificial sweetners, diet drugs and BPA come to mind instantly. Probably none of you would use BPA-containing baby bottles right now, yet only a few short years ago you would have felt justified and safe. Let me assure you, they were no safer with that "seal of approval" on them.

Also, just because you expose yourself to something and don't SEE an acute effect that does not mean that there ARE no effects to chronic exposure. And, even if you do get sick eventually, it may be impossible to trace it to anything particular that you've done, although you may have mutated some of your cells and caused yourself cancer. People have this perception that someone is protecting them from everything. That isn't true. You have to be the first on the front line to protect you.

If you want to throw your hands up and say, "bah, I feel fine" that's your choice, it's your body, but try not to encourage other people to do this. Especially if you're a scientist. You have a duty to the population to not say things that people with lesser education will perceive as truth or an excuse to be negligent.



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 18:12 PM   16
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The idea is cool but if I'm being completly hohnest I couldn't be arsed! Nowadays absoloutly everything is bad for you or gunna give you cancer or something tbh the stress of worrying about everything I eat or touch would probably be more harmful to my baby than the actual food or chemicals themselves. Since being pregnant iv done nothing differnt at all and I don't plan to!
Let me assure you, not "absolutely everything" is bad for you. You will notice that most of the bad food additives are jumbled together in the same junk products. You can start screening for one nasty and by avoiding the products containing it you are likely avoiding other nasties, too. A good example right now in the US would be "partially hydrogenated" oils, high fructose corn syrup and red #40. If you start to scan labels just for these couple of things you'll notice that you end up weeding out junk food products. It only takes a second to scan a label. In fact, if it takes too long the product has enough ingredients that I'd be suspicious of it being labeled as a food anyhow. Eventually you'll stop picking up most of the obviously marketing-hyped junk products because they are just not healthful, contain a list of 1000 ingredients, have stuff in it you wouldn't feed your children, etc.

As far a personal care products, I screen all products for parabens. Now, right away many crappy commercial products end up on the no list. It's also easy to peg these as they're at the end of the lists since they are a preservative. They have been linked to estrogenic effects among other issues, so for me it's a no-brainer to buy the competing products.

Let me assure you that I in no way find this stressful. I would feel much more stressed having the attitude of "everything is bad for you', it would make me feel helpless. But, I am not helpless. I can buy food with fewer ingredients that are wholesome, PCPs that I don't feel concerned about my body sopping up bad chemicals from, and cleaning products that I'm not worried about inhaling. It's actually much less stressful, at least for me.



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 18:50 PM   17
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I think the thread starter simply asked for opinions from ppl on how they handle things. Giving your opinion is one thing, but why pick apart others comments and opinions? Im sorry but it just seems as though you wish to pick a fight or sound superior to others. We are all entitled to our opinions including you. Let's just share and be respectful



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 18:55 PM   18
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I think the thread starter simply asked for opinions from ppl on how they handle things. Giving your opinion is one thing, but why pick apart others comments and opinions? Im sorry but it just seems as though you wish to pick a fight or sound superior to others. We are all entitled to our opinions including you. Let's just share and be respectful
I do not think I was disrespectful. But, when someone says they are in the lab all the time and fine, I find it distasteful to post up on a forum saying that because people will think "oh, she works in a lab and she's fine, I guess that means that there are no problems with chemicals." I'm not saying all people think this way, but some do and you don't want to leave them with such an impression.

In any case, I gave my opinions. You gave yours, too, and surely someone could construe them as disrespectful. Heck, I could say to that "so, just because I read labels I am considered to have bubble-wrapped kids?". I do find that a bit offensive, but I would not have picked it apart. fwiw, though, OP never said her kid couldn't have its feet in the grass, etc. Reading labels is not bubble wrapping. Cheers,



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 19:05 PM   19
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Okay obviously you do not wish to be kind so I refuse to respond anymore to this. I was simply trying to play peacekeeper. Enjoy picking apart my comment/personal opinion as terrible if it makes you feel good. Since this thread now includes bullying I am unsubscribing.
To the rest of you good luck with you choices and all the best. Peace



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2012, 19:13 PM   20
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Okay obviously you do not wish to be kind so I refuse to respond anymore to this. I was simply trying to play peacekeeper. Enjoy picking apart my comment/personal opinion as terrible if it makes you feel good. Since this thread now includes bullying I am unsubscribing.
To the rest of you good luck with you choices and all the best. Peace
So when you pick at me, that's okay, but when I remind you that even your own comment is not benign I am labeled a bully? I think you're reading a tone that isn't there. Honestly. People an perceive undertones that simply aren't there in forum chat. I was in no way being hostile. In any case, best to you with your own choices as well.



 
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