More on pesticides


Thank you for the excellent feedback from our last string of posts: “Top 10 ways to minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment.”

One of the tips that was covered in this list is to eat lots of fruits and veggies. I recommended eating a variety and to choose organic selectively by using tools such as EWGs “Clean 15” and “Dirty 12.”

Human fertility rates are declining. Although this was thought to be due to lifestyle changes and societal changes, could our environment be playing a role? Could environmental contaminants like pesticides in our food be contributing to infertility?

This study in China showed that women with high levels of organophosphate or pyrethroids exposure (common pesticides) took longer to conceive and were more likely to have infertility than couples that had lower levels of exposure.

What you can do:

  • Wash your produce for at least 20 seconds to minimize your exposure to pesticides.
  • Eat organic when you can and strategically by utilizing resources like EWG’s dirty list: certain items are worth the money of switching to organic (“Dirty 12”) more than other produce (“Clean 15”)

Doing IVF? Avoid artificial sweeteners

For decades, infertility patients have been told to avoid caffeine consumption when trying to conceive and during fertility treatments. As we have previously reviewed, moderate caffeine consumption is ok, and could even help! New data is showing us that what you put in your coffee, could be more dangerous than the caffeine itself

We have previously discussed this topic: You are what you drinkThis study looked at couples doing IVF and found that women who drank beverages with artificial sweeteners had lower pregnancy rates than women who did not consume these beverages. Similarly, any type of soft drink consumption (regular vs diet) was associated with worse outcomes: poor embryo development in the lab and lower pregnancy rates.

If you are doing IVF, avoid using artificial sweeteners or consuming soft drinks in order to optimize your chances of success.

Take home points:

  • Men and women should avoid sugary drinks when trying to conceive, but particularly if they are using IVF
  • Using artificial sweeteners is not necessarily a safe alternative to sugary drinks
  • If you can’t completely eliminate sugary drinks, consider limiting your intake to <1 beverage a day.

Top Ten Feedback

4F07EA9E-22E9-468A-B5FF-B6C616F8D891.jpegFor the next 10 days, I posted daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

How did I do with this list? What did I miss? What other topics would you like me to cover?

This picture was taken at my son’s kindergarten class. I was asked to talk about being a surgeon. My favorite part was when one of the kids asked if I had been in school for 99 years to become a doctor 😂

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10. Choose seafood wisely

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

10. Choose seafood wisely

C5BD835E-D42F-4DA3-A294-18552BDF7B58.jpegSeafood is incredibly confusing. On the plus side, seafood has healthy omega 3 fatty acids. But then we learn about mercurcy contamination and things get complex. OBGYNs recommend seafood consumption based on a study that showed that expecting moms who regularly consumed seafood had smarter babies. Fish and shellfish are low in fat, high in protein and good sources of iodine, vitamin D and selenium, often deficient in the Western diet.

But decades of industrial activity have released mercury and other pollutants into oceans and waterways; those contaminants end up in seafood.  My recommendation is that if you eat fish, consume one to two 4 ounce servings a week of one of EWG’s best bets like wild salmon.

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9. Know what’s in your makeup

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

9. Know what’s in your makeup.

2F2D34A0-F992-491E-B22D-CEDF792B5F95One of my research projects showed that women exposed to a handful of common chemicals classified as EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) go through menopause earlier than women who have less exposure. It gained a lot of media attention because several of the toxic chemicals I found in my study are common in makeup products. Think about it: we put makeup on our skin, makeup has chemicals, and then our skin absorbs the chemicals in makeup.  Even though you may be far from menopause, I think it is still important for you to consider how chemicals that you’re exposed to can be impacting your health. Women who go through menopause early are likely to have a shorter fertility window, meaning that they may use up their eggs at a faster rate than someone else their age. In the fertility world, this can translate to women who respond less to medications or are less successful with their use of assisted reproductive technology compared to others their age.

Use personal care products made without toxic chemicals. Avoid anything that contains phthalates, parabens, fragrances, or triclosan. Use the Skin Deep EWG and Safe Cosmetics for a list of responsible companies.

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8. Avoid tobacco smoke

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

4AFA33FC-C5C8-4ECE-B933-8CA9D801C60B8. Avoid tobacco smoke.

Quit smoking. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes; 40+ of them are known to cause cancer. There are hundreds of reasons to quit smoking but fertility is one of them. Did you know that smokers go through menopause 1.5 years earlier than non-smokers? So quit smoking. Avoid 2nd hand smoke. I also recommend avoiding e-cigarettes altogether because of limited safety data.

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7. Avoid lead

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

7. Avoid lead.

2A258F14-180D-4349-B7CC-E01FF7721F20Did you know that lipstick used to contain lead, because it made the product taste sweeter?! We now know that lead poisoning is associated with intellectual disability, behavioral problems, seizures, and even death may occur. Avoid lead at home by using lead-free materials for home products when updating your home. Talk to an expert if you suspect your older home has lead-containing products like paint. Make sure your lipstick is safe by looking into approved brands through “Safe Cosmetics.”

Picture is me preparing for surgeries this morning. Also, I’m realizing that all my lead free lipsticks are the same shade of pink. Can you tell it’s my favorite color?! 😂

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