In our cabinets lurks a danger we would never suspect. Every day we are shown by ads and marketing agencies how impressive a product is in taking stains away or in removing odors but little do we know that the ingredients in those products are making us sick.
Are you suffering from any of these, know someone who is?
- Sleep disorders
- Developmental problems
- Weaker immune system
- Reproduction problems, including infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome
- Heart disease
- Neurological problems
- Thyroid disorder
- Not to mention that each of these creates a host of issues of their own…
Start by looking no further than the personal care products you have in your own home! Research the products you use every day, ingredients in them could be disrupting your endocrine system, your body’s chemical messenger system. Your endocrine system sends messages to your body to release hormones to digest your food, to bring you down from stress, to level your hormonal unbalance among a myriad of things. When this system is messed with, all these messages get delivered incorrectly or not at all, thus why you have any of the issues listed above.
Do you or have you come in contact with any of these items:
- Bisphenol-A (BPA), found in plastics and in the lining of canned goods.
- Triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and other products.
- Parabens, popular preservatives used in personal care products.
- Phthalates, plasticizers found in hair spray, nail polish, plastic food containers, and vinyl.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh cleanser found in many personal care products.
- Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon, Gore-Tex, and other stain-resistant products.
- Dioxin, a byproduct formed during the manufacturing process of many personal care products.
- Fire retardants, found in foam furniture (like couches), carpet padding, and house dust.
- Arsenic, a toxin lurking in some food and drinking water.
- Mercury, a toxic metal found in some fish.
- Pesticides, used widely in farming as well as in home gardens and lawns.
These are just some of the items and or ingredients that are endocrine disruptors. Do a search of your personal and household care items through http://www.EWG.org and see how your product scores in a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst) or A-F (F being the worst), also look for mentions of endocrine disruptors (see example below):
The Endocrine Society published the following in their Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement citing a number of studies:
- Because of the shared properties of the chemicals and the similarities of the receptors and enzymes involved in the synthesis, release, and degradation of hormones, no endocrine system is immune to endocrine disrupting chemicals. (In simple terms this means that no hormone is spared from these synthetic chemicals).
- The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and metabolism, and insulin and glucose homeostasis. (Unfortunately this means just what it says, there is evidence that these chemicals lead to all the diseases listed above).
- Furthermore, we now know that DES exposure in key developmental life stages can have a spectrum of effects spanning female reproduction, male reproduction, obesity, and breast cancer. (Same as above ).
- They found a significant correlation between BPA concentrations in urine with cardiovascular disease and abnormal concentrations of liver enzymes.
- Individuals and populations are exposed to ever-changing patterns of production and use of these compounds. They also tend to be released into the environment as mixtures, rather than individual chemicals. Therefore, it is important to understand the effects of simultaneous coexposures to these chemicals, which may interact additively, multiplicatively synergistically), or antagonistically. (In simpler terms, we come in contact with so many products which have endocrine disruptors at any given time in different stages of our lives that it will be hard to fully understand the extent of the damage they are causing to our system for some time to come).
If you find that you have products which contain endocrine system disrupting ingredients, and we urge you to educate yourself and replace them right away. Feel free to check out replacement ones at http://www.MyToxicFreeClub.com or look for better alternatives through http://www.ewg.org, but either way do something to change what you are using. If I knew then what I know now, regarding endometriosis and how it can be aggravated by such ingredients, I would have made the switch to toxic-free a long time ago and would probably still have the ability to have children…