Frog Blog

March 4, 2011

“Triball, this is the tower speaking. Please report your flight status.”

What? Frogs in flight? Of course – exclusively on FrogTV. Triball will go to any length to bring you a new look at current environmental and health issues, and in today’s webisode he invites you to take a high level view of birth defects followed by a deep dive.

The issue is exposure to environmental toxins from the time of conception through the early stages of fetal development.

Some scientists and medical researchers are finding that babies conceived in springtime or early summer are at a higher risk of birth defects.

Note the recent study, “Agrichemicals in surface water and birth defects in the United States.” Read the full report here or news summaries by Reuters and Indiana University. Quoting from the Indiana University news release:

Studying all 30.1 million births that occurred in the U.S. between 1996 and 2002, the researchers found a strong association between the increased number of birth defects in children of women whose last menstrual period occurred in April, May, June or July and elevated levels of nitrates, atrazine and other pesticides in surface water during the same months. Source.

Clearly, it’s a troubled landscape we live in, and you can see it for yourself by joining Triball in-flight at “10,000 Feet.”

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February 25, 2011

Obesity. You can’t open a newspaper, turn on the TV or surf the Web without hearing the topic discussed and debated. You can certainly see it nearly anywhere you look in America today. Too many people, unfortunately, are too heavy.

Is it just lack of exercise? Or too much of the wrong kind of food?

Some scientists are taking a look at deeper contributing factors, and one possible explanation may be exposure to toxins in the womb.

Familiarize yourself with the term, “endocrine disruptor.” When you think endocrine system, think hormones – chemical messengers within our bodies produced by female ovaries, male testes, the pituitary gland and thyroid among others. An endocrine disruptor is anything that messes up this finely balanced system, and you can learn more from the United States Environmental Protection Agency here and here.

A wide range of environmental toxins function as endocrine disruptors, and there is growing concern that exposure in the womb could trigger life-altering changes later in life.

FrogTV isn’t the only news outlet reporting on the topic. The Washington Post did as well in an article, “Chemicals May Play Role in Obesity.”

For an in-depth look and practical dietary steps you can take to reduce and even eliminate exposure from food sources, download That First Step.

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