Stop Endocrine Disruptors

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What is an endocrine disruptor and why should we be concerned about them in our environment?the endocrine system and disruptors

Our endocrine system is a finely tuned machine, important to the inner workings of our bodies.  After a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, cancer, or hyperthyroidism the impact of an endocrine malfunction is glaringly obvious.  When our machine begins breaking down the impact reverberates body wide.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Our endocrine or hormone system is made up of:

  • Glands in various places in our bodies.
  • Hormones are made by the glands and released into the bloodstream or fluid around cells.
  • There are receptors in tissues and organs that identify and react to the hormones.

“The endocrine system regulates all biological processes in the body from conception through adulthood and into old age, including the development of the brain and nervous system, the growth and function of the reproductive system, as well as the metabolism and blood sugar levels. The female ovaries, male testes, and pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands are major constituents of the endocrine system.”

BPA’s (bisphenol A) and glyphosates are present in our environment from cleaning products and processed foods to our water supply.  Care must be taken in the products we consume and the environment we live in.  These substances and hundreds of others are creating havoc with our bodies.  The possible changes we see  in our hormone or endocrine system is in due thanks to these endocrine disruptors.

According to Jill Ettinger, in From BPA to Glyphosate: What Are the Risks of Endocrine Disruptors?

“Glyphosate, the toxic pesticide best known as Monsanto’s Roundup, is present in nearly 80 percent of processed foods, as well as showing up in air and water.

What do these environmental exposures mean to us today?  As for type 1 diabetes and its onset, we know you must have an environmental impact and a genetic predisposition.  When we see an influx of the diagnosis in a single family it personally makes me scratch my head about the environment.  Because we are talking about the endocrine system, the diseases we see may vary widely.  However, seeing the remarkable increases in diagnoses of diabetes and obesity the issues are pushing to the forefront.

How do we keep ourselves out of this tornado spinning around us?  Because we need to eat, drink and breathe we need to control the controllables.  These disruptors are in our everyday life from the baseball field to food storage containers.  There are many exposures we can’t control and others we can certainly limit.

According to Jill Ettinger:

“BPA is found in plastic baby bottles, soda and soup can linings, register receipts and countless more plastic substances. Glyphosate has been sprayed on genetically modified crops, mainly corn, soy, canola and cotton. Other pesticides are routinely applied to lawns and gardens, public parks and schools. But, choosing a diet rich in fresh organic foods can help.”

Eating a whole food diet, low in genetically modified foods, avoiding pesticides and household chemicals looks like it is ideal. Perhaps you bring your own bags to the grocery store and leave those plastics out of your life too…

 

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