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How to stop the chances your child will have low IQ?


Phthalates are common chemicals. They are found in plastics, shampoos, air fresheners and dryer sheets. Unfortunately exposure to these chemicals can have an unintended consequence.

Women who are exposed to phthalates show this chemical in their urine. 

A study done between 1998 and 206 measured the level of phthalates in women’s urine. It then looked at their children’s IQ scores at age 7. The results were alarming.

Those women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine had children with lower IQ scores. They found that specific areas such as speed of processing information, ability to understand nonverbal communications and their short term memory were effected.

How can this happen

Phthalates may disrupt hormones. It may affect the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Estrogen is important for brain development. It may also affect the production of the thyroid hormone which is also responsible for brain development.

Prenatal exposure to the chemical may also cause disruptions to dopamine. This can lead to hyperactivity.

What can you do?

If you are pregnant or trying to conceive you should reduce your exposure to plastics, especially in the microwave. Switch to glass containers. Avoid scented shampoos, air fresheners and dryer sheets. 

Choosing products that say they are phthalate free is a good first step, but the chemicals that replace the phthalates might not be better. 

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