There is something strange going on in Washington State and newborns are paying the price. The state is suffering from a strange trend in birth defects and the medical officials are perplexed. Maybe the medical community can’t put their finger on the underlying problem but you can bet somebody knows. I think it’s time to call in Erin Brockovich.
In 2012 and 2013 there were 25 babies born with a rare condition called Anencephaly. This is 400 times the national average. Anencephaly happens when the top portion of the neural tube fails to close during the first month of pregnancy.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes this condition as follows:
“A baby born with anencephaly is usually blind, deaf, unaware of its surroundings and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a main brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining awareness of their surroundings. Reflex actions such as breathing and responses to sound or touch may occur. Most babies born with this condition die soon after they are born.
It should come as no surprise that a nurse was the first to connect the dots about there being a higher than usual rate of Anencephaly. In her prior 30 years of nursing experience she had only seen two other cases of Anencephaly so she was alarmed when she heard that her hospital had 2 cases of this rare condition back-to-back and then a third reported at a sister hospital. That was 22 babies ago and counting.
Although health professionals are scratching their heads (and attempting to keep things quiet), these numbers are far from coincidental. We may not be able to name the culprit yet but you can bet that the culprit is an environmental toxin and the problem is bigger and more wide-spread than you might care to imagine. Our government is well aware of the price we’re paying for environmental toxins…just read Reducing Environmental Risk of Cancer…What we Can do Now and you’ll see how big our problems are!
The nurse who first called attention to this “epidemic” is convinced that the problem stems from pesticides used in local farming. That’s a good possibility but water should not be ruled out either since it is filled with hundreds of chemicals known to cause disease. Either way, environmental toxins are killing babies at record speed. When is enough enough?
I sure hope the people in Washington State (and beyond) don’t dismiss this as a fluke and forget it ever happened. Not only will the babies have died in vain, but it’s just a matter of time before environmental toxins rob them or someone they know of health and (ultimately) life for generations to come.
These bizarre events were first brought to the public’s attention back in 2012. So far, no progress has been made in finding a cause. Go figure.
CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD LOOKS AT WATER…
ONE LIFE AT A TIME!