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Chemicals that Mess with Your Hormones
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"If I could pick only one treatment to cure my cancer, this would be it," says a top expert on alternative cancer treatments.
Too many connections between
chemicals and cancer
Humans and wildlife across the world are exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on a regular basis. EDCs get moved around the world through commerce and natural processes, like waterways, that carry pollutants to the ocean. And new sources of exposure are identified on a regular basis.
According to the WHO report, nearly 800 chemicals "are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis, or hormone conversion." As yet, scientists have only investigated a small fraction of these chemicals. In fact, "the vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all."
Other information from the report:
Many other diseases on the upswing in recent years, from Type II Diabetes to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to infertility, also show direct links to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Plus, there are other common diseases that likely stem from EDC exposure: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease, stroke, asthma, obesity … and the list goes on.
In fact, as much as 24 percent of human diseases and disorders are estimated to stem from environmental influences.
The bodily system you don't want to mess with
Let me explain why your endocrine system is so easily disrupted by these chemicals that too often lead to cancer.
Hormones released by your endocrine system influence just about every process in your body. They regulate mood, growth and development, and sexual and reproductive processes. Your endocrine system is also in charge of tissue function, metabolism and essential body processes, like cell growth.
Think of the endocrine system as your body's chemical messenger system. Picture different tissues that "talk" to each other using molecules (hormones). Endocrine glands release over 50 major hormones and hormone-related molecules directly into your bloodstream. From there, those hormones get transported to cells throughout your body and are responsible for a wide range of basic body functions.
Despite the high number of hormones circulating in your bloodstream, each one affects only the cells genetically programmed to receive and respond to a specific hormonal message. Those hormonal messages are influenced by things like stress, infection, and — our main topic today — endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are substances that enter your body from the outside and mess up your endocrine system in different ways, nearly all of them bad. The scary part is, we don't know how they're affecting us — only that the effect is negative.
How to limit your exposure to
The World Health Organization report calls for improved testing for EDCs followed by government bans of the offending chemicals. Great idea, but what are the chances of that happening anytime soon? Answer: slim to none.
What you can do is take charge of your life and pursue chemical-free living: Limit your exposure, and detoxify yourself on a regular basis.
EDCs enter your body in three ways: inhalation through your nose, ingestion through eating, or skin uptake (absorption through the skin). Here's how you can limit your exposure:
And here's how you can work to get rid of EDCs already in your system:
Two other things we know: children (in the womb and during childhood) are at greatest risk. The most sensitive window of exposure to EDCs for the human body happens during critical periods of development, including fetal development and puberty.
Even if exposure doesn't cause direct birth defects or immediate disease development, it can make a person more likely to develop other diseases throughout his or her lifetime. So speak up and intervene for the younger people in your life.
Overcome this worldwide health failure
The scariest thing about it all is that we don't know the true extent of the chemical risks we face. There are still significant knowledge gaps when it comes to EDCs and endocrine-based diseases. Right now, there's a strong association between EDC exposure and endometrial and ovarian cancer, but health policy makers are waiting for "proof."
There's a worldwide failure when it comes to addressing these health concerns. Even if we did know more, our current healthcare system isn't capable of managing these risks and dealing with these disorders, and won't be any time soon.
So while we wait for the government to reduce exposure through bans and restrictions (don't hold your breath), the best we can do is independently limit exposure and detox regularly. I'll add to the tips above in the coming months.
Lee Euler, Publisher
"7 Simple Ways to Detox Your Diet and Your Home." MSN Healthy Living: Wellness. Viewed 9 March 2013.
"Chemicals Lurking in Your Food? Detox Your Diet!" Post by Extension Blog. 29 Dec 2011.
"Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement." By Diamanti-Kandarakis, Evanthia, et al. Endocrine Reviews, June 2009, 30 (4): 293.
"Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Associated Disorders and Mechanisms of Action." By Sam De Coster and Nicolas van Larebeke. Journal of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 713696, 52 pages.
"Endocrine disrupting chemicals under fire." By Rebecca Trager, 25 February 2013, for Chemistry World, RSC.
"Environmental causes of cancer: endocrine disruptors as carcinogens." By Soto, AM, and Sonnenschein, C. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2010 Jul;6(7):363-70. doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2010.87. Epub 2010 May 25.
"Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Cancers: WHO/UNEP Report." Posted by News Editor in At Risk, Latest News, RSS, Toxics on February 19, 2013.
"State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012: Summary for Decision Makers." Edited by Bergman, Ake, et al. Published by United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization, 2013.
"Toxins and Detoxification." Integrative Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center. Viewed 9 March 2013.
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