FireRetardants (PBDEs): Compounds called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which are used as a fire retardant, have made their way into our groundwater, contaminating our food and water supply.
PBDEs and other toxic chemicals are used to prevent the spread of fire and are likely to be found in dozens of products in your home, from the padding below your carpet, to your bed, soft furnishings, your couch or television screen.
Your thyroid function suffers and the weight of your sexual organs changes. PBDE’s are so widespread that the #EWG believes legislative action is required to limit their use.
Atrazine straight from your tap and into your glass. Atrazine is a widely used pesticide, which means it often sinks into the ground and contaminates drinking water.
Atrazine is known to cause chemical castration! Oh dear! #Atrazine has caused feminization and chemical castration in frogs, an effect that applies in varying degrees to all vertebrates.
Buy pesticide-free produce, AND buy a good water filter!
While organophosphates have received less research attention than some of the other of our top 12 #EndocrineDisruptors I’m highlighting this week – early reviews suggest that these compounds can and do have neurotoxic effects on children, especially.
It’s best to avoid food that’s been sprayed with any toxic chemicals at all. At least look for ‘spray -free’. You’ll find produce like this at a local farmer’s market. Or in your veggie patch.
‘This is the name of a highly toxic group of chemicals found all over the world—both in nature, and also as byproducts of manufacturing—basically, everywhere!
The active ingredient in ‘Agent Orange’ known as Dioxin is a class of industrial pollutant that can accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals and humans.
90% of our exposure to dioxins is from eating animal products, which is why the EWG recommends limiting consumption of animal products in order to reduce intake.
Dioxins can increase stress hormone levels, hurt your immune system, and they can cause liver damage and skin lesions.
Because these toxins can be found in human breast milk, it’s a good idea to eat a varied diet, to minimize your exposure to any one toxin.’
BPA is a terribly harmful chemical, but a $10 billion industry stands in the way of banning it for good.
Plastics To Avoid – recycling codes – 3, 6, and 7.
Most plastic products are marked with a number that corresponds to the type of plastic it is made of. The number, known a as ‘recycling code,’ can be found within the triangular recycling symbol (see below) that recyclable plastics are marked with.
The plastics you want to avoid are numbers 3, 6, and 7 – these are the types that can release nasty hormone disruptors and carcinogens into your food and drink.
#3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) has di-2-ehtylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). DEHP is an endocrine disruptor and a likely human carcinogen.
#6 Polystyrene (PS) likely will leach styrene – which is another possible endocrine disruptor and probable human carcinogen- into your drink or food.
#7 Polycarbonate contains bisphenol-A, a the hormone disruptor. This chemical can leach out when it is heated or exposed to acidic solutions. This type of plastic is very common in sports bottles and is used in most baby bottles and 5-gallon water jugs – watch for this one!
VITAMIN C (Just to finish of from last week) Many lines of evidence suggest that oxidative stress, contributes to several aspects of endometriosis (Carvalho 2012; Augoulea 2012; Augoulea 2009; Gupta 2006; Sekhon 2013).
Therefore, it is not surprising that vitamins E and C, both of which possess considerable antioxidant properties, have been studied in the context of endometriosis.
In a study of 91 infertile women, those with endometriosis were shown to have lower levels of vitamin C in their follicular fluid (ie, fluid surrounding the eggs in the ovaries) compared to women who did not have endometriosis; women with endometriosis also had lower levels of the endogenous antioxidant superoxide dismutase in their plasma (Prieto 2012).
Other evidence suggests that lower intake of antioxidants, including vitamins E and C, selenium, and zinc, in women with endometriosis correlate with more severe disease (Hernandez Guerrero 2006).
These findings suggest that increasing consumption of antioxidants may benefit women with endometriosis. Accordingly, in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 59 women between 19 and 41 years of age were allocated to receive a combination of 1200 IU of vitamin E along with 1000 mg of vitamin C or a placebo each day for 8 weeks.
Following the 8-week treatment period, 43% of women who received the vitamin E and C combination experienced reduction in chronic pain, 37% experienced reduction in pain associated with menstruation, and 24% experienced reduction in pain during intercourse compared to the placebo group.