Environmental hormones and estrogens

  • Nature's Source

The world we live in is rapidly changing. Understanding environmental issues including global warming is now a priority for everyone. Diseases are developing at alarming rates and people are asking “Why?” and “What can we do about it?”

It’s said that in the year 2008, 1 out of 3 people will find out they have some type of debilitating health condition needing medical attention, or heavy metals such as mercury will be detected in some part of their body. Breast cancer, tumours, endometriosis, infertility, and low sperm counts in males have increased significantly over the past decade.

Wow! 1 out of 3 people will find out they have some type of debilitating health condition? That’s simply not acceptable.

What can we do to change and lower our risk factors?
More than 60 substances including dioxins, pesticides, and PCB’s have been identified as environmental estrogens and are linked to a long list of different types of health-related sicknesses, yet we are still using and promoting these products that contain these damaging chemicals.

Environmental estrogens, also known as xenoestrogens, are false estrogens found in chemicals that bind with estrogen receptor sites in the human body, causing cellular functions to change.

They are of a great concern to all sectors of public interest including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Did you know that as far back as 1999, the EPA initiated a screening and testing program to identify the potential endocrine-system impact of over 87,000 chemicals in commercial use?

Their results were very disturbing.
Environmental estrogens were being found everywhere. The EPA detected elevated levels of estrogen in our milk supply, our water supply, in birth control pills, dental sealants, plastics, cosmetics and antibiotics.

Further research would reveal another group of chemicals also with xenoestrogenic properties:

  • Parabens are widely used in the cosmetics industry and personal care products. Just read the labels on the back of any shampoo, moisturizer, shaving gel, cleansing gel, or personal lubricant on the shelf in any major department store and the list of ingredients will identify these parabens for you.
  • Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben are rapidly absorbed and metabolized through the skin. If you’re wondering why parabens are added, they are used as preservatives because of their bacteriocidal and fungicidal properties.
  • Xenoestrogens have being found in our cattle and chicken livestock. Hormones are used because they want to plump up the cattle to produce an animal that will retain water. Why? To produce meat that when cooked becomes heavy, tender and succulent - but not necessarily healthy.
  • Avoiding estrogenic agents and toxic chemicals is the best approach to improve on the quality of our health care:

    • Buy organic produce, dairy, and livestock grown without any pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.
    • Avoid plastic containers for storage, plastic bottles, wraps and utensils.
    • Avoid synthetic deodorants and cosmetics containing parabens. Use only organic products wherever possible
    • Eat more cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts (or use Indole-3-Carbinol supplement). These have been shown to inhibit the development of estrogen-enhanced cancers, including breast, endometrial, and cervical cancer.
    • Avoid birth control pills that contain a synthetic estrogen and progesterone substance called “Nonoxynol-9” – a known xenoestrogen.
    • Avoid consuming fresh fish or fish in capsule or liquid form that does not make a claim that they have been tested for PCB’s and other toxic chemicals.
    • Drink water from a glass or stainless steel container.

    Lastly, educate yourself. Read the labels and ask questions! Visit your local natural health store to find paraben-free and xenoestrogen-free products to protect your health naturally