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Born 1950-1972? Struggling With Obesity, Diabetes or Breast Cancer? Did Your Mother Smoke?

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.

These women, who may or may not be smokers themselves, may or may not have been damaged by the tobacco in their mother’s cigarettes, but they were definitely damaged by the DDT contaminating the tobacco in those cigarettes. 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 straight from the labs evidence from the period that the tobacco industry knew all about 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.

If this situation describes you or anyone you care about, in this post I’ll show you published hard evidence that we can say with certainty that your Mom’s cigarettes were heavily contaminated with DDT, because DDT contaminated every cigarette and cigar brand in the period 1950-1972, and that DDT contamination persists even up to this day in many brands. 

I’ll show you 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 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

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…”

Conclusions

“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” 

Conclusions

“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

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

https://www.bcpp.org/resource/low-dose-effects-and-timing-of-exposures/

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.  

<p class="has-black-color has-text-color has-medium-font-size" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">So those female children born to women who smoked American tobacco products beginning in 1950 were bathed in DDT in their mother’s blood for nine months before they were born. That includes all women below around 75 today whose mother smoked before they were born, even if she stopped before pregnancy. That’s because once it enters the human body DDT is stored in tissues, organs, fat cells, intestinal walls – anywhere the body can put it to get it out of the blood and lymph systems and keep it away from the reproductive system at all costs. So those female children born to women who smoked American tobacco products beginning in 1950 were bathed in DDT in their mother’s blood for nine months before they were born. That includes all women below around 75 today whose mother smoked before they were born, even if she stopped before pregnancy. That’s because once it enters the human body DDT is stored in tissues, organs, fat cells, intestinal walls – anywhere the body can put it to get it out of the blood and lymph systems and keep it away from the reproductive system at all costs. 

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 designed in Germany in 1939, 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.


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Obesity & Obesogens: The Toxic Chemical Connection

Toxicologists have just designated a new class of chemicals, aptly naming them Obesogens. With chronic exposure, or with exposure before birth at a critical development point, these chemicals initiate body processes that lead directly to childhood, teen and adult obesity and the range of related diseases.

Tobacco products are full of Obesogens, far more of them in far greater concentrations than in any other environmental or consumer product source. Yes Obesogenic chemicals are everywhere, and yes they are in every diet, but their presence as heavy contaminants of tobacco products is a unique kind of hidden health threat whose proportions are unseen.

The data above displays some of the pesticides we just  identified in our tests of tobacco brands popular with kids.  Our tests were the first ever of off-the-shelf tobacco brands for pesticide Obesogens. We’re especially concerned about the concentrations of some of the azole fungicides we found, in addition to the DDT.

Kids who smoke these tobacco products are being exposed to a pesticide cocktail with each inhalation, 50-100 times a day. This is a level that is unmatched by any other type of exposure to Obesogens or to any class of pesticides. None of the studies of obesogenic chemicals look at what happens to young people who are dosing themselves with a cocktail of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals every waking hour, but it’s pretty easy to see what researchers will find when they do the science.

Here’s some of what is already known.

“Obesogens disrupt the molecular mechanisms controlling the development and maintenance of adipose tissue. This disruption has the potential to produce larger and more numerous fat cells, which could in turn lead to obesity and related complications. Obesogens can also alter programing of metabolic set points, appetite, and satiety.” https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/EHP2545

Consider the extreme concentration of DDT we found in the Swisher Sweets (in the data above). This brand is #1 in popularity among child and teen little cigar smokers in marginalized communities. Keeping the Swisher Sweet DDT concentration of 0.816 mg/kg in mind, check this out:

Cano-Sancho G, Salmon A G, LaMerrill M A. 2017. Association between exposure to p,p0-DDT  and its metabolite p,p0-DDE with obesity: integrated systematic review and meta-analysis. Environ Health Perspect 125(9)

Obesogenic chemicals trigger complex responses by human endocrine and immune systems. Pesticides that persist in body tissues like DDT and Carbendazim are particularly powerful Obesogens that operate 24/7, so even when a child is sleeping these Obesogens are at work deep in their tissues.

Pesticide researchers are hard-pressed to study the effects of a single pesticide thoroughly, and when it comes to the multiplying effects of combined pesticides they pretty much throw up their hands – although they do it sounding very scientific and technical. But whatever brand a child or teen is smoking, when you look at the dozens of Obesogenic pesticides that are being inhaled puff after puff as a toxic cocktail we can be sure that the potential for inflammatory obesity is multiplied.

The cheaper the tobacco product the more Obesogens it has. Notice the progression from American Spirit Blue cigarettes to Swisher Sweet little cigars in the data table above. In a new variation on an old story, the very communities where the cheapest tobacco products are marketed are communities of children and adults who are most genetically vulnerable to inhaled pesticides and their Obesogenic effects. Hispanic, African-American and Native American children and teens seem to be particularly susceptible to Obesogenic chemicals. These communities also have the highest rates of both smoking and obesity. I think we have the connection in Obesogenic pesticides.

Unfortunately all the research on inhaled pesticide exposure so far is either on exposure through diet or through environmental causes – accidental releases, agricultural drift, etc. Nobody has ever studied the health impact of inhaling a pesticide cocktail 50-100 times a day, but when it comes to dosing yourself with Obesogens that sounds like a pretty dramatic way to do it.

Janesick A S,Blumberg B. 2016. Obesogens: an emerging threat to public health. Am J Obstet Gynecol 214(5):559–565, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26829510

Heindel J J, Newbold R, Schug T T.2015. Endocrine disruptors and obesity. Nat Rev Endocrinol 11(11):653–661, PMID: 26391979, https://doi.org/10.1038/nrendo. 2015.163

My concern is that those fruity, sweet, cheap and heavily marketed “Little Cigars” that are especially appealing to Hispanic and African-American children and teens who smoke are the most heavily contaminated with obesogenic pesticides of any tobacco product category we’ve tested so far. Obesogenic pesticides in these cheap tobacco products being marketed to dietarily and genetically vulnerable youth may account for some of the increased incidence of obesity among children and young people in these communities.

Of course, it isn’t just pesticides in cheap tobacco products making poor marginalized people obese – there are obesogenic chemicals in everything that people incarcerated in marginalized communities have available to eat and drink, and in virtually everything in their toxic environment. It’s just that tobacco products are the most concentrated source of the worst possible kinds of pesticides all blended together into a toxic cocktail that you inhale rather than drink, and that as one of its main side-effects makes smokers obese.

Eskenazi B, Chevrier J, Rosas L G, Anderson H A, Bornman M S, Bouwman H, et al. 2009. The Pine River statement: human health consequences  of DDT use. Environ Health Perspect 117(9):1359–1367, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2737010/

The big difference between tobacco products as an Obesogenic chemical source and all other sources is that illegal obesogenic pesticides in cheap tobacco products are 100% preventable as a contributing factor to childhood obesity.

Black and Brown kids are forced by economics and corporate marketing to choose only from among the lowest quality, most contaminated, most “Obesogenic” tobacco products. That’s all you find for sale in marginalized communities. 

Kids are being subjected to these hidden, unregulated obesogenic chemicals for just one reason – they mean higher profits for the tobacco manufacturer. Tobacco companies take the cheapest possible tobacco trash swept up off the dirt floors of their factories in Third-World countries and ship it to the US by the freighter-load to make into those sweet, fruity little treats that teens love to smoke. (What happens to the actual tobacco leaf is another long story.)

More importantly, the obesogens in tobacco products are inhaled, not eaten. This is absolutely critical. All the research on the toxicity of pesticides shows much higher toxicity for the most hazardous chemicals when inhalation is the route of exposure, even though there is no research on what happens when pesticides are inhaled regularly every day, every waking hour.

Roots Of The Atrocity

Tobacco has always been an extremely profitable crop, but a very tough crop to farm. The problem is that bugs love tobacco more than just about any other plant. Tobacco is so high in every kind of sugar and high-quality protein that every bug, animal and worm in nature is irresistibly drawn to munch on those extremely tasty, extremely valuable tobacco leaves. So, for centuries growing tobacco meant prodigious hand labor in the tobacco fields day and night by black and brown people, with great wealth accruing of course to White people who used that wealth as the basis for early American economic development, and for hundreds of years Tobacco steadily built the foundation of American wealth along with cotton, sugar and alcohol of course.

But all that tobacco wealth, with all the power that it conveyed, wasn’t a real industry until agricultural chemicals came along, and then when they did tobacco was one of the earliest and strongest adopters of pesticides. That was because they saw immediately that $100 worth of chemicals could increase profits $500 an acre because of the extra tobacco not eaten by bugs, and $10,000+ for the manufactured products from that extra tobacco. So really, from the tobacco companies’ point of view, using those chemicals was and still is largely a business decision. If smokers die early well, that’s why they advertise so heavily to kids. The industry actually uses the term “Replacement Smokers”.

With the chemical revolution came highly effective Organochlorine pesticides that sprang directly from WWII Nazi poison gas experiments, and virtually overnight the tobacco companies switched from human labor in America to ever-diversifying chemical “crop protection agents” in the Third World that let them grow tobacco at a fraction of the cost of human labor, increasing their already insane profits even more. The difference in profit between growing tobacco using hand labor and using chemicals is what has made the tobacco industry rich beyond imagination since 1950, and they’ve used that wealth to make sure that no government gets in the way of their use of those extremely profitable chemicals.

As a result, chemical contaminants that are totally banned on any other consumable product are not regulated at all on tobacco, and the tobacco industry is continually coming up with new exotic chemicals to use on their fields of GM tobacco and all those chemicals are winding up in the lungs of poor smokers and vapers.

Those little cigars that are being marketed so successfully to young Latino and Black kids are loaded with the residues of the chemicals used to control bugs on the tobacco because they are made with the waste from higher quality tobacco products made for sale in wealthier communities. Tobacco leaf, which is relatively less contaminated then the trashy parts of the plant, goes into the expensive cigarettes. Again, check the data at the top of the post and ask yourself – which gets sold at the suburban mini-mart and which gets sold at the bodega?

White smokers get to choose the cleaner, higher quality tobacco leaf if they’re informed enough to do so while Black and Latino smokers get little cigars made with the trash swept up off the tobacco factory floor and don’t have any choice except other equally contaminated cheap shit.

Here’s why the trashy parts are the most contaminated parts of the plant. The tobacco industry pays huge bucks to its scientists to design chemicals that will kill the bugs on the tobacco leaves and then trans-locate into the stems, stalks and roots of the plant so that they don’t affect the flavor of that precious tobacco leaf that’s going into the premium smokes. The contaminated trash parts of the tobacco plant – after the leaf is removed – is what goes into making all those cheap, fruity smokes that poor Black & Latino kids are being trained to love.

So that’s it. Poor young Black and Latino people who fall for the tobacco companies’ propaganda are being sickened, poisoned and made morbidly obese all simply because the tobacco companies can make more money using chemicals that happen to be Obesogenic, and carcinogenic, and teratogenic, and just plain xenobiotic on their crops that they don’t have to account for when they are selling their trash to kids in poor communities around the world.

It doesn’t really matter to the tobacco companies if their smokers get sick and obese and diabetic and have cancer and die young as long as they (1) keep smoking and (2) create at least a couple of replacement smokers before they die. It’s all just a numbers game to them.

But as for us? All it will take to answer this arrogance with finality is for one communities to act to investigate their local tobacco product supply. Then if they find it contaminated, and especially if some of that contamination is from banned substance like DDT, they can then pass local ordinances that impose reasonable pesticide residue standards on tobacco products being sold in their community. 

If a child struggling with obesity has a smoking mother, both mother and child should be tested for Obesogenic pesticide poisoning which if found could lead to treatment. Anyone struggling with obesity who smokes, especially little cigars, should get their blood tested for Obesogenic pesticides. As long as the body is carrying a burden of Obesogenic chemicals, especially if they’re being constantly replenished by smoking or breathing second-hand smoke, no amount of dieting, pharmaceuticals or surgery will help.

I believe that those states where Cannabis is legal and where pesticide residue standards have already been put in place with lots of careful consideration will be the first where communities will insist on these reasonable standards. Our federal and state agencies and legislators have largely been compromised by tobacco industry stealth tactics over the past 50 years of carefully tended regulatory loopholes, exemptions and curious omissions. Local community officials have not been so compromised because the tobacco industry likes to work from the top down – they think of themselves as too wealthy and powerful to be accountable.

They just haven’t met the right Justice of The Peace or Magistrate yet who has a dear niece who can’t stop smoking Swisher Sweets and who is obese, diabetic, and has one child with leukemia and another with ADHD. Show the judge that list of Obesogenic and Xenobiotic pesticides in what his niece has been smoking and ask him if he’s OK with that.