Women born between 1950 and 1972 whose mother smoked and who struggle today in 2021 with Obesity, Diabetes or Breast Cancer have a high evidence-based probability that their life-threatening illness was caused by genetic damage that DDT in their mother’s cigarettes did to them before they were born, while they were still in the womb.
Equally relevant, women born 1950-1972 whose mother smoked cigarettes and who now have their own daughters need to make their daughters aware that their grandmother’s DDT exposure and the resulting epigenetic damage through smoking carries a high risk of Breast Cancer, Obesity and Diabetes to them. A grandmother who smoked cigarettes 1950-1972 should be treated as a high risk factor that needs pro-active attention by their young granddaughters today.
We now know that the even tiniest exposure to DDT in the womb leads to a wide range of drastic illness later in life. In links to published research later in this post you can see straightforward evidence that beginning with the 1950s the tobacco industry was gathering medical and scientific evidence on the toxicity of DDT, Toxaphene, Heptachlor, Endrin, Chlordane, and many more bioactive insect and fungus-killing chemicals in those miraculous Marlboros and every other brand pitched to all those irritable Mommies who needed a smoke to calm down and stay slim.
Now here is published hard evidence from the CDC that lets us say with certainty that DDT and many other organochlorine pesticides were heavy contaminants of all cigarette brands from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Check these short excerpts from an obscure 2022 CDC document showing clear institutional awareness of DDT on Tobacco products as far back as 1961.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2022. Toxicological Profile for DDT, DDE, DDD . Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.
Toxicological Profile for DDT, DDE, and DDD
“Djordjevic et al. (1995) assessed the chlorinated pesticide residues in U.S. and foreign cigarettes manufactured from the 1960s to the 1990s. Since 1970, the concentration of DDT analogues decreased by >98%. Concentration ranges of DDT-related compounds in samples of cigarettes manufactured between 1961 and 1979 and between 1983 and 1994 were:
(1961–1979 levels) 1,540–30,100 ng/g (Ed. note: 30,100 ng/g is approximately equal to 30.1 ppm.)
(1983–1994 levels) 12.6–99.7 ng/g;
(1961–1979 levels) 396–7,150 ng/g,
(1983–1994 levels) ND-19.0 ng/g;
(1961–1979 levels) 720–13,390 ng/g, (Ed. note: 13,390 ng/g is approximately equal to 13.99 ppm)
(1983–1994 levels) 19.7–145 ng/g;
(1961–1979 levels) 105–1,940 ng/g;
(1983–1994 levels) ND-88 ng/g;
(1961–1979 levels) 58– 959 ng/g,
(1983–1994 levels) 6.6–15.8 ng/g;
(1961–1979 levels) 92.7–2,110 ng/g,
(1983–1994 levels) ND–27.5 ng/g.
“The transfer rate from tobacco into mainstream smoke amounts to 22% for DDD, 19% for DDT, and 27% for DDE.” (p. 332)
“Until 1970, tobacco smoke contributed significantly to the intake of DDT by humans, but since then, the amount of DDT in tobacco has dropped markedly and today, cigarette smoke is a minor source of human exposure (Djordjevic et al. 1995).” (p 385)
I’ll show you more hard evidence of this supertoxic contamination, concealed from your Mother and every other smoker, and every smoker’s child, for over 50 years. I will also show you hard evidence that your Obesity, Diabetes or Breast Cancer, if those are your burdens, was likely caused by genetic damage to you from DDT exposure while your Mother was pregnant with you – even if she paused her smoking while she was pregnant. It was already too late – the DDT was already circulating in her blood and stored in her tissues waiting for that fertilized egg that was you.
That’s bad enough news, isn’t it? But the really sinister part is that the cigarette industry and, as you can see above, the US government knew then, and they’ve known all along since then, that tobacco products are heavily contaminated with DDT and many, many other insecticides and fungicides, and there was enough evidence that this was a serious human health threat beginning in the 1950s. In 2021 there is zero doubt about what DDT does to the human body, especially the developing unborn human body, nor is there any doubt what inhaling combinations of these chemicals do to human genetics. This is a story that takes a bit of telling but it begins with simple awareness on the part of anyone who realizes that this may be their story too.
First let me ask you to reflect – has anyone ever mentioned DDT or pesticides to you in anything you’ve ever heard about smoking and health? You may not even have heard of DDT at all – many people today haven’t. I can tell you for sure that you haven’t heard about the health consequences of inhaling DDT or all the other pesticides in cigarettes from any doctor, public health official, or anti-tobacco advocate. There are some very good reasons for that incredible “omission” in public health information, but here’s a sampling of new research just on the links between maternal exposure to DDT and the daughter’s (and grand-daughter’s) Obesity, Breast Cancer, and Diabetes. This information reflects what every government regulator ought to know, and what every Tobacco Cartel scientist and executive already knows. Why do you think they work so hard to keep the lid on?
OBESITY & CIGARETTE DDT
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Vol. 30, Aug 2021
“Grandmaternal Perinatal Serum DDT in Relation to Granddaughter Early Menarche and Adult Obesity: Three Generations in the Child Health and Development Studies Cohort”
F0 o,p’-DDT was associated with F2 obesity [Odds ratio (OR), 2.6; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.3–6.7; tertile 3 vs. 1), among normal weight F0 (70%), but not among overweight and obese F0 (Pinteraction = 0.03), independent of other DDTs. F0 o,p’-DDT was also associated with F2 early menarche (OR, 2.1; 95% CI, 1.1–3.9, tertile 3 vs. 1) and this association was not modified by F0 BMI.
Ancestral exposure to environmental chemicals, banned decades ago, may influence the development of earlier menarche and obesity, which are established risk factors for breast cancer and cardiometabolic diseases.
International Journal of Obesity, Vol: 44 (2020)
Association between maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and risk of obesity in middle age
“Maternal o,p’-DDT was positively associated with a 26% (95% CI: 6–49) to 31% (95% CI: 6–62) higher risk of overweight and the same magnitude of additional risk for obesity…”
“These data indicate maternal DDT exposure is significantly associated with increased obesity risk among middle-aged women independent of the obesity definition, confounding, and obesity risk factors.“
BMC Medicine 2013 11:228
“Ancestral dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) exposure promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of obesity”
“Observations indicate ancestral exposure to DDT can promote obesity and associated disease transgenerationally. The etiology of disease such as obesity may be in part due to environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance.”
BREAST CANCER & CIGARETTE DDT
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2015)
DDT Exposure in Utero and Breast Cancer
Maternal o,p′-DDT predicted daughters’ breast cancer (odds ratio fourth quartile vs first = 3.7, 95% confidence interval 1.5–9.0). Mothers’ lipids, weight, race, age, and breast cancer history did not explain the findings.
This prospective human study links measured DDT exposure in utero to risk of breast cancer. Experimental studies are essential to confirm results and discover causal mechanisms. Findings support classification of DDT as an endocrine disruptor, a predictor of breast cancer, and a marker of high risk.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2019)
DDT and Breast Cancer: Prospective Study of Induction Time and Susceptibility Windows
“Conclusions: p, p’-DDT was associated with breast cancer through age 54 years. Risk depended on timing of first exposure and diagnosis age, suggesting susceptibility windows and an induction period beginning in early life. DDT appears to be an endocrine disruptor with responsive breast targets from in utero to menopause”
Breast Cancer & DDT Exposure
Evidence suggests that breast development is sensitive to other exposures, with the strongest evidence for the now-banned pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane(DDT), ionizing radiation from the nuclear bombs in Japan, the accident in Chernobyl, and medical radiation treatments.
Is that enough to show that a Mother inhaling DDT a few hundred times a day through smoking contaminated cigarettes might be putting her children at risk for Obesity and Breast Cancer? OK, if it is, then let’s proceed.
There’s lots more similar research. Just search for ‘DDT obesity” or “DDT endocrine” or “DDT Breast” or DDT Diabetes” and you’ll get the point very fast.
By the way, if you’re thinking “Well, how much harm could a little bit of DDT in cigarettes do and why would it be causing me to be Obese, have Diabetes, or have to deal with Breast Cancer?” – please understand that in the case of DDT exposure of a developing child through the mother’s blood in the mother’s womb, dose doesn’t matter.
Timing is everything, and if Mom is inhaling even a few nanograms of DDT with every puff then it will be there when the egg and sperm come together and the new human life begins. Here’s some of the new science:
Toxic effects of pesticide mixtures at a molecular level: their relevance to human health
There are really two stories here. The first concerns women today who were born anytime between 1947-1972 to mothers who smoked then, and the second story concerns women smoking certain brands from then through to today in 2021. In this post I’m staying with the first story, although here’s a look at what today’s smokers are inhaling.
To summarize and put it bluntly, Tobacco products from 1947 through roughly 1972 were very heavily contaminated with DDT and other organochlorine pesticides and everybody in the industry and the government knew it. Very little of the original research is available today, but you can get an idea of what was going on in those days – while your mother or grandmother was smoking – by looking here and here and here and here and here.
Even glancing through these scientific journal sources, paying special attention to all the references, is there any question that the Tobacco industry knew then what was going on? Can you see how much effort went into looking at DDT and other pesticides in cigarettes? Do you imagine the Tobacco Cartel knows less about pesticides in their products today? So I would ask again – have you ever heard one mention of pesticides as a health hazard to smokers?
So, putting that old and long-concealed data above together with the 2020 Obesity/DDT research also above, it looks like if your mother was exposed to DDT with every puff of her cigarettes 1950-1972, then if you become obese due to genetic damage then it doesn’t matter what or how much you eat, or how much you exercise, or anything else you can do. There’s a 30-60% chance that your body’s drive to become and stay obese was programmed in by DDT damage to your mother’s DNA in the egg that became you, as well as directly to your own cellular being while you were becoming a human being inside your mother’s DDT-contaminated body.
If you are not struggling with obesity, good for you, but unfortunately as I said in the beginning there’s also a lot of solid research linking maternal DDT exposure to their daughters developing middle-age Breast Cancer (see also here and here and here) and Diabetes among many other equally terrible outcomes like birth defects in babies exposed to DDT in today’s cheap flavored little cigars.
By the way, a large body of published research says that if your Father was exposed to DDT, like maybe he was a smoker too, then the little sperm that also became you along with that damaged egg was also DDT damaged. Double jeopardy. And if you’re a male child of a smoker from 1950-1972, then testicular cancer is only one of the risks you’ve inherited from the cigarettes that Mom thought were OK to smoke while she was pregnant.
DDT is one of about 20 known Human Obesogens, chemicals that cause breaks in the human genome that are proven to lead to both current and next-generational obesity that isn’t controlled by diet. Good thing that DDT has been banned worldwide except for Malaria control since 1972, right?
Except it hasn’t, not for the Tobacco Cartel. They have a special pass from the US government. A long and carefully concealed story there.
But in a pregnant human body it can’t stay put in any tissues or cells. Some of that stored DDT is always oozing out making its way into the blood and lymphatic systems of a pregnant woman, and the reason it is so dangerous is that it can totally defeat the body’s defenses against toxins, slide across the protective placental barrier and go straight for the developing child.
By the way, that’s what it was designed to do to baby bugs when it was first refined from the original compound in Germany in the late 1930s, and after all these years it is still one of the world’s most effective bug killers. It’s so good that it’s banned worldwide for use on anything but Malaria mosquitos, where it’s the only chemical that can control Malaria epidemics. No other pesticide is as good at destroying life in as many things or in as many ways. Neurological, endocrinological, reproductive systems and more – DDT covers them all, and at molecular levels where dose doesn’t matter.
So if your mother was a smoker 1950-1972, and you’re struggling with obesity today in 2021, that’s quite likely what was going on with you while you were developing into the human being you are today.
The research says that children of smokers who were born 1950-1972 are far more likely to become obese in middle age regardless of their diet or lifestyle. In other words – nothing they can do about it. The DDT in the tobacco products their mother smoked has permanently altered their genetics. It did exactly what it was designed to do, attack the developing life inside the mother, except that mother was supposed to be a bug or rat or beetle. DDT wasn’t ever supposed to be literally infused into an unborn human child.
Except – it works so well on Tobacco, killing everything in the field without any hand labor. It is very, very profitable. And it is used today by companies in the global Tobacco cartel – completely illegally of course, but the fix is in.
While DDT was phased out on US tobacco crops in the 1970s, American manufacturers moved their growing operations to friendly countries like India and Brazil that don’t ask questions. Since the fix is also in with US authorities this DDT-contaminated tobacco is being imported and used today in American tobacco products.
I’ve only been able to test a few brands privately, but so far DDT contamination of popular tobacco brands is running 20%. That’s just DDT. Of course that’s very illegal, and it’s doing to pregnant smokers and their babies exactly what it was doing 70 years ago, but who cares? More important – who knows? The Tobacco Cartel all know, every one of them. But do they care? Sure they care, but what do you think they care about?
And also the FDA, EPA, USDA, CDC, Surgeon General, Truth Initiative, and SmokeFree Kids all know about pesticides in cigarettes, but they also know that if the public ever figures out that it isn’t smoking Tobacco that’s killing smokers and crippling their babies. then the anti-smoking game is up.
If people ever become aware that its inhaling what the Cartel uses simply to grow their Tobacco more profitably that is responsible for so much suffering and death, and that everybody involved has agreed to keep quiet about for decades, then the anti-tobacco game would be up. And then it wouldn’t be long before people started asking how it’s possible that all these agencies and organizations have been taking Billions of dollars in taxes and donated money and spending it on – what? Propaganda they knew was actually distracting people from seeing the truth.We know they knew because they all, every one of them, very suddenly and mysteriously all stopped talking about pesticides in cigarettes around 1972. Fifty years ago. Whole scientific journals had been devoted to tobacco and cigarette pesticide research since the 1940s and then – nothing more published.
Again, you can see samples of what was being published here and here and here and here and here. Look at the reference sections of these papers – you’ll see that there was a whole research universe devoted to examining pesticides in Tobacco and Tobacco products.
This all literally disappeared right around the time that the world was waking up to DDT – first banned worldwide in 1972. And now it’s 2021, and women born to mothers who smoked during those years are discovering they can’t lose weight no matter what, and they have Diabetes, and they have Breast Cancer, and not a single woman has yet connected what’s happening to her to what the DDT and other toxins Tobacco companies left in her Mother’s cigarettes after fumigating their fields and warehouses, using chemicals instead of labor without regard for the health of millions alive and smoking and many many millions yet unborn.
If that’s you or someone you love, they are the victims of a crime committed in full knowledge by the Tobacco Cartel and then concealed for 50 years by everyone with that knowledge.
Would your Mother have smoked those cigarettes if she had known they were drenched with DDT, after reading or hearing about Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”, which everyone in 1972 was talking about? DDT was all over the nightly news in those days. My guess is that neither your Mom nor millions of other women who were smokers in the 1970s would have taken another puff if they had just known about the DDT – much less the dozens of other equally dangerous pesticides.
She never had the chance to make a choice because the information was either somehow just overlooked, by everyone, or it was deliberately concealed, by everyone. Take your pick. And please take a look.