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there are several things you can do to reduce the amount of dioxin: 1) reduce your intake of beef and pork, they contain the largest concentrations of dioxin of all food sources (high on the food chain). chicken doesn't contain as much so you don't have to be a complete vegetarian. 2) do not eat ocean or freshwater fish. 3) drink skim milk. dioxin is carried in fat. (studies have show that contamnation amount non-dairy vegetarians is much lower). cows ingest dioxin through contaminated grass and grains. 4) dioxin can be passed to the baby through the placenta so several years of a low-fat diet before conceiving before having a baby is a good idea (something i could do before my first, but unfortunately not my second :( ) most of what i read on the subject is that the amounts in breastmilk is small, but stored dioxins ARE released to the child to some degree. obviously a woman eating fish from a contaminated river is going to pass more on to her child and those who follow some sort of a vegetarian diet tend not to contain much of this compound in their system (and yes you CAN get enough protein). 5) Don't burn trash or buy plastics that contain chlorine. (perhaps someone can pipe in on how we can learn more about this type of plastic) 6) Join a local environmental organization, it appears that the next few political years the environment is going to need a lot of grassroots help: http://www.volunteermatch.org/scorecard/ carrie
One can order or read parts of their new report on the effects of toxic chemicals on children: In Harm's Way.
The Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility http://www.igc.org/psr/index.htm
What About Breastfeeding---article with extensive bibleography http://www.igc.org/psr/breastfeeding.htm
Sherry Reinhardt, RN,MPH,MOM
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