If you can’t get pregnant you may want to consider your pesticide exposure.
According to the study by the NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council) – pet owners who use flea collars on their dogs and cats expose themselves up to 500 times the EPA’s (The Environmental Protection agency) safe levels of pesticides! And for kids those levels can be up to 1’000 times higher. Each time you play with a pet wearing a flea collar you are being exposed to very high levels of pesticides. Children, babies and developing fetuses are the most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides on the nervous system.
Pesticides are designed to interfere with the normal nerve function by overexciting the nerves which leads to shock and death of an insect. They do this by blocking acetylcholine – an important brain messenger which sends crucial information from one nerve cell to the neighboring nerve cell. Build up of acetylcholine leads to over-excitation of the nervous systems and eventual death. Developing embryos, fetuses, babies and children are also very sensitive to pesticides as their nervous system is developing and growing. Scientists are concerned that the exposure to pesticides can not only lead to acute poisoning but also to long-term brain function problems, behavioral issues and other serious diseases.
Pesticides accumulate in the body, are hazardous to human brain, nervous system, disrupt hormonal function, affect the quality of eggs and sperm, predispose to infertility and can cause miscarriages and birth defects and long term exposure has been linked to cancer and other degenerative disease labels as ‘old age’ conditions. Which really makes you wonder how many of the ‘old age’ diseases are actually the result of slow long-term poisoning?
Pet products don’t have to go through the same rigorous testing as the products for human consumption do. And up until 1996 products for external use on humans did not have to go through the same rigorous testing food goes through. Even now, many products you’ll find on the shelves in your supermarket have not been properly tested for human or child use.
Aside from flea collars being bad for your fertility and baby’s health they are also very toxic to the pets – slowly poisoning them. Pets are not very good at telling you they don’t feel well and signs of slow poisoning are hard to detect. If you are a pet owner, you love your pet like a family member and do not want it to die prematurely.
What you should stay away from
Most flea and tick collars on the market are made from so called organophosphate insecticides or OPs, such as:
These nasties are not only used on pet products but also in household cleaning products and sprayed food. A lot of pesticides find their way into the meat and dairy as cattle graze on grass that’s been sprayed. Pesticides also find their way into our waterways. Cattle don’t drink filtered water which means they get exposed to these toxins through water as well. Not to mention that OPs are very toxic to the aquatic world poisoning the fish which may later land on your plate. And obviously all non organically grown fruit and vegetables will be sprayed with pesticides.
What to do
What are your thoughts on pet flea and tick treatments? Do you think you are being exposed to excessive amounts of pesticides as a result of your pet’s pest protection? Do you know of other effective natural alternatives for pets? Would love to hear from you!
Iva Keene is co-founder and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She has been a qualified, accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 13 years, holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Reproductive Medicine. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva's articles, videos, guides and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments and integrative reproductive health.