February 22, 2010
from NaturalNews Website
Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which the intestines, and sometimes other organs, develop outside the fetal abdomen and poke out through an opening in the abdominal wall.
Long considered a rare occurrence, gastroschisis has mysteriously been on the rise over the last three decades. In fact, the incidence of the defect has soared, increasing two to four times in the last 30 years.
So they began investigating to see if the increased incidence was due to some kind of environmental exposure in that area.
The condition can lead to poor function of the bowel after delivery and potential long term feeding problems.
Bottom line: babies with this birth
defect must undergo the trauma of surgery right after birth. And
while most survive, some babies with gastroschisis have
significant damage to the bowel due to direct contact between the
intestine and amniotic fluid or because the intestine was twisted.
These infants may develop a condition known as "short gut" which can
lead to stunted growth and a host of feeding and other problems.
It turns out the chemicals
2, 4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid
were heavily sprayed in the area.
Those are the months when use of the
chemical is the most prevalent.
It is used most heavily in the
Midwest on agricultural crops but it is also applied to
residential lawns, particularly in Florida and the
Unfortunately, the EPA has done little to address the mounting evidence that atrazine is harmful to humans as well as animals. Last fall the agency announced it was going to start a new assessment of the chemical in 2010 that could take months to years to complete.
In the meantime, tons of atrazine will
continue to be sprayed on crops and lawns - and mothers and their
unborn babies will continue to be exposed to this chemical now
linked to a serious and potentially deadly birth defects.