As someone who recently had a daughter, trust me, this is a serious issue. EVERYTHING is considered dangerous. I can’t count how many times I had to point out that Asian women eat tons of fish without a negative mercury effect to my wife.
I think the reason is a sinister plot to boost profits of the ‘baby health’ industry. If you can’t eat common foods without putting your baby at risk, you have to go to a baby store to buy items specifically made to prevent harm … at a steep markup of course.
Unfortunately, in the US, science is less about science and more about advocacy for profit of certain industries. Climate science is about taxes, power, and funding grants. GMO research is about increasing the cost of common foods to steer consumers to more expensive organics that provide no additional health benefits. Years ago, the push for soy consumption (which was very dangerous) was about appeasing big agriculture. And so on, and so forth.
Anytime someone says to not buy something because it can be harmful, and then tells you to buy their product instead, is usually selling snake oil.
Take the recent release from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Society for Reproductive Medicine, trumpeting the dangers of chemical exposure for pregnant women. It goes far beyond encouraging doctors to assess a patient’s lifestyle for a real risk of high-level exposure to dangerous chemicals. Rather it encourages doctors to suggest that common foods and products are dangerous and women ought to eliminate them from their lives or risk injuring their unborn babies. The release describes embracing a “precautionary approach,” essentially assuming everything is a danger until proven otherwise.