For immediate release:
September 25, 2003
advised not to diet while breastfeeding
of CHEMICAL SOUP UNIDENTIFIABLE
Dr Vyvyan Howard, advised mothers NOT to go on a low fat diet while
breastfeeding because low fat diets release fat stores into the body, and into
the milk supply given to the young child.
Dioxins and other toxic substancas attach themselves to fat molecules,
and increased fat released into the body results in a higher level of
contaminated fat in breast milk passed on to the infant.*
Dr Howard was
speaking in the Imperial Hotel at a public meeting organized by CHASE (Cork
Harbour Area for a Safe Environment) at the weekend.
stressed that dioxins were only the tip of the iceberg as far as contaminants
from incineration were concerned.** “95%
of the chemical soup that comes out of the stack of an incinerator is
Mr Sean Cronin
said, “Just because contaminants are unmeasured does not mean that they are not
harmful. Just because they are
unidentified does not mean that they do not exist. To think that they are not dangerous is
foolish, to ignore them is suicidal.”
The meeting was
attended by concerned members of the public and public representatives, and was
chaired by journalist Roz Crowley.
* When breast-feeding first starts with a first child, a build up of
contaminants is released to the child through the milk. This build up is greater the older the
mother. Dr Howard stressed that
despite this breast milk is still considered the most suitable
first milk for babies.
** Dioxin measurements measure chlorine dioxins, and do not measure
bromine dioxins, which are on the increase, and are just as harmful. Among many other unmeasured compounds is PAH,
(polycyclicaromatichydrocarbons), found in soot and one of the main
carcinogenic constituents in cigarette smoke.
PAH is extremely dangerous and is produced en-masse during incineration.
For further information contact:
Linda FitzPatrick, CHASE PR Team
Mobile: 086 8181025
For comment contact:
Sean Cronin, Chairperson, CHASE
Mobile: 087 6777358
CHASE is the umbrella group for anti-incinerator organizations in Cork,
and now represents: Ringaskiddy & District Residents' Association Ltd;
Carrigaline for a Safe Environment; Crosshaven for a Safe Environment;
Monkstown & Passage for a Safe Environment; Mothers and Children Against
Incineration, Ringaskiddy; Cobh Action for Clean Air; Kinsale Environmental
Group; East Cork for a Safe Environment; Middleton and East Cork Environmental
Association; Youghal Action for a Safe Environment
CHASE is supported by the Irish Doctors Environmental Association and
the Irish Midwives Association, and is currently finalizing the support of a
number of other large Irish organizations.