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A Fertility Doctor's Advice on Toxic Metals in the News

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a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, July 30, 2012

A study at the University of Albany this past month suggests that low level environmental exposure to mercury and cadmium may impair the success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Mercury and cadmium are found in water, food and air. Possible avoidable exposures include cadmium exposure from cigarette smoke and consumption of organ meats such as liver and kidneys.

Exposure to mercury comes from factory incinerators and from mercury in fish. Please see my earlier blog: Should I Eat Fish when I’m Trying to Conceive?

It surely seems prudent to avoid exposure to potentially toxic things that are in your control, especially if you are planning to conceive, considering IVF or are pregnant.

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