Children, Chemicals + Cancer

There’s something that’s been on my heart for a long while now. It has to do with chemicals and kids. I read a quote not too long ago out of an internet article. For the life of me, I can’t find it again, so I can’t quote it exactly, but I can give you the gist of it.

The author raised the question of why children get cancer, babies and young children specifically. He made the point (which really grabbed at my heart) that chemicals were a major likely source.

Chemicals can and do pass from mother to baby. So if a woman is pregnant, whatever chemicals she’s exposed to also make it to her baby.

Since I have two pregnant daughters right now, this has been much on my mind. It’s heartbreaking to imagine the lives of my grandchildren possibly being effected and consumed by cancer.

Only a few years ago, some friends’ son had cancer. He was a teenager at the time. God was merciful, and he’s in remission now, but back then they had to go to St. Jude’s in the Midwest for treatment. They spoke often of how utterly heartbreaking it was to see young children and babies with cancer in that hospital.

They shared some of those stories. One was of a couple who truly felt God told them to have another child… and then that child came down with cancer when she was still a toddler. There were so many whys. Understandably so.😢

I couldn’t help but think of that story when I read the quote on chemicals passing in the womb from mother to baby. I’m not saying that’s what happened or that I know anything at all or am judging them in any way (I’m not perfect here), but I’d be lying to say it didn’t come to mind.

Another thing the article talked about was (paraphrasing) so what if you have a soap ring on your tub because natural cleaners don’t work as thoroughly as chemical cleaners. You might not have something that’s spotless, but at least you’ll be alive to use it.

Again, our children spend so much time in the tub. Are they bathing in chemical cleaners and soaps and shampoos? How about clothing? Laundry detergent is PACKED with chemicals. Wouldn’t it be better to have clothing that wasn’t the brightest white, with a few stains, than to be lying in a hospital gown with cancer? Chemicals are hiding everywhere, even in our food.

I know. I know. Why borrow trouble by thinking on it? I’ve been on the bandwagon of trying to eliminate all chemicals and live naturally, and there’s def a place to relax about it. A little, at least.

But …if it happens to you you’ll wish you’d thought on it. If it happens to your child or grandchild, you’ll wish even more that you’d thought on it and been more diligent.

We spend all our life thinking it only happens to the other family. Then one day……it happens to us.😭

Yes, it’s true. Getting rid of all the chemicals in your life is no guarantee you or your child won’t get cancer. But it’s a HUGE step towards health.

Much more than we know, I think.


First Published in Healthy Healing Digest #15, June 25, 2018


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