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Lifestyle behaviors associated with exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals in a Mennonite population

 

Old Order Mennonites adhere to a simpler lifestyle. They eat mostly fresh unprocessed foods, farm without pesticides, and use personal care products sparingly, if at all, and no cosmetics. For transportation they predominantly use bicycles and a horse and buggy. These practices made us think that they would experience lower exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals, including bisphenol A and several phthalates. Therefore, we studied a small group of pregnant women from this community and measured amounts of several of these chemicals. Over all levels were lower than those measured in the general public, and some were much lower. We conclude that this study, though small, reveals important messages about how to avoid or reduce our exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.