Endocrine Disruptors: Staying safe and healthy in a toxic world

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Daily practices such as avoiding plastics can reduce your overall toxin burden

The science is firm and sound. Low-dose exposure to chemicals from the environment is linked to a woman’s lifetime of health and disease. A growing body of research indicates that numerous chemicals, referred to as “endocrine disruptors”, are known to cause harm to our health. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with our hormone systems in some way- either by imitating our own natural hormones or by increasing or decreasing our hormone production. We now have scientific connections relating exposure of these chemicals to the development of breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, abnormal periods, PMS, early puberty, infertility, miscarriage, premature births, and PCOS.

Men are not spared from these effects either. Though scientists are still sifting thru the evidence, there is suspicion that endocrine disruptors may be linked to a worldwide drop in sperm quality and quantity. Sperm health accounts for 40% of cases of infertility for couples!

We have exposure to endocrine disruptors on a daily basis thru our diet, skin, air, and water. These are found in everyday products including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, home furnishings, food, toys, cosmetics, skin and hair products, and pesticides. The Environmental Working Group has assembled the Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors, which is an excellent resource for understanding the sources for the 12 most hormone-altering chemicals and how to avoid them.

So this all starts to sound very overwhelming and scary, but there are many ways in which we can be pro-active here. The first step is a lifestyle that involves education and avoidance of the most concerning chemical exposures. This is a dedicated effort to live more “clean and green”, which can take time initially but really has the most pay-off for the health of our bodies, our pets, and our planet. Take a look around your home, test your water…there may be daily exposures to you and your family that are really easy to change.

The second step is to consider some testing to identify if your body may be sequestering any of these chemicals that may be harmful to you, and if they are causing harm. There is valuable testing available to examine heavy metal toxicity,  your personal detoxification capabilities, hormone levels, as well as personal toxin and chemical levels including solvents, pesticides, and other chemicals.

And last, but certainly not least – remove the toxin burden by doing a detoxification program. A medically supervised detox program is truly the best way to rid your system of any toxin overload and “tune-up” the systems that are naturally responsible for removing these toxins. It is also an excellent, safe means to lose weight, eliminate cravings, improve physical and mental stamina, and dramatically change your health.  I have been medically supervising patients on individualized detox programs for several years now. After a cleanse, folks experience greater hormone balance, a clearer mind, restful sleep, and improved energy. When I am on a cleanse,  I am always renewed by the resulting stamina, mental clarity, and overall sense of well-being that is the basis of health.

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