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A recent study links exposure to flame-retardant chemicals and reduced childhood intellectual development. The study was conducted by the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS). It looks at fetal and childhood exposure to PBDE flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). PBDEs are ubiquitous in the environment. They are found in clothing, furniture, electronics, dust, mother’s milk, red and white meat.
The effect on children (and potentially adults) is significant, and there is a connection with red meat. How? And why?
This important study suggests that PBDEs adversely impact neurobehavioral development. More than likely, the problems are permanent, and may extend into adolescence and adulthood, affecting intelligence, fine motor skills, and thyroid function. Since PBDEs are found everywhere, and degrade slowly (if at all), avoiding core sources of this neurotoxin is probably wise.
Another recent study analyzed 2003-2004 NHANES data for food intake and PBDE in blood. Since this study focused on participants 12 years and older, it is relevant for adolescents and adults. It found that poultry fat was the greatest contributor to the body burden of PBDEs. Red meat intake was also strongly associated with high PBDE levels.
A simple bottom line: reduce red meat, and even white meat consumption, and tend towards a vegetarian diet. It’s good for your heart, your brain, and your outlook on life. And if you’re a mother, it’s probably good for your children.
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