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    Invisible Pollutants and the Tipping Point for Endocrine Disruption

    Invisible pollutants and the tipping point for endocrine disruption

    The introduction and inundation of hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals have literally changed – and damaged – the bodies and brains of millions of people.
    This is the story of how our physical environments in every community are currently under siege from endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our midst.

    It’s the story of how many of the diseases may not yet visibly affect adults but will impact their offspring a generation or more in the future.
    It’s a story that shows how the surface of the communities we call home – regardless of whether these communities are urban, suburban, or rural – hides a pernicious threat to the health and futures of our children and grandchildren.
    Is all this simply the result of First World living? Yes and no.

    Many of these diseases have been attributed to sedentary lifestyles; processed, sugar-laden hyperpalatable foods; lack of exercise; and lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Sequencing the human genome has made it possible to identify some of the origins of chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity; brain disorders such as ADHD and autism; and reproductive conditions including endometriosis, low sperm count, and both male and female infertility.

    However, the closer we look, the more complicated the picture appears. Studies have shown that environmental exposures can modify the expression of genes (without changing the coding sequence), leading to diseases and dysfunctions. This suggests that there are other factors, so far hidden, triggering such a profound increase in these so-called lifestyle disorders.

    What we now know, through rich and varied research from all over the world, is that among the hidden factors are environmental exposures to chemicals that have leached into our soil, farms, and food supply; cosmetics, hygiene products, and household furniture; and our outdoor spaces such as gardens, lawns, fields, and recreational parks.

    The evidence linking cause and effect is strongest for four major categories of chemicals, but we know of at least a thousand more chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. And this is an underestimate; many chemicals have not been tested and so fly under the radar of both scientists and the medical community.
    The chemicals with the strongest evidence of health effects are pesticides, flame retardants, plasticizer chemicals, and bisphenols, which are used to line food and beverage cans.

    At first it was thought that these chemicals had to persist in the body to cause harm, like a viral or bacterial infection. Now we realize that though the chemicals themselves are often excreted within a few days, they leave lasting effects.
    And here is the scariest piece: the effects of this chemical contact can reverberate years later and even be passed on to the next generation. This is the “hit-and-run” impact of these pernicious chemicals.

    They have been shown to have potent, long-lasting, life-altering effects on all of us, but especially babies and young children, whose organs are just developing, including:
    • lower IQs;
    • obesity;
    • type 2 diabetes;
    • birth defects;
    • infertility;
    • endometriosis;
    • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder;
    • fibroids;
    • low sperm count;
    • testicular cancer;
    • heart disease;
    • autism;
    • breast cancer.

    You may wonder how such a diverse group of conditions can have something in common. They do – and it’s a marker of endocrine disruption directly linked to any one or a mix of thousands of chemicals that are not yet regulated by the United States and that continue to be produced and used commercially in hundreds of products.

    Although we have not yet studied all of the chemicals that exist in our homes, food supply, and environment, research supports strong if not certain links between these four groups of chemicals and diseases in at least three systems that are essential for good health: the brain and nervous system, metabolism, and reproductive functioning.


    Personally I don't use microwave ovens... Not even for warming up food. Not at all.

    But plastic is hard to avoid, we have it everywhere... However, I avoid chemicals and chemical additives in foods as much as possible... Also, as mentioned in a previous thread about cleaning products (Cleaning Products As Damaging As Smoking 20 Cigarettes A Day), the cleaning products we use can also interfere with our foods and end up in out bodies...

    There's indeed a long list of chemicals all around us that we don't know yet what effects they may have on us... And the cumulative effects of all of these...
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    "There's indeed a long list of chemicals all around us that we don't know yet what effects they may have on us... And the cumulative effects of all of these..."

    I have a problem with "organic" foods. No matter how less pesticides and fertilizers are used, the plants still absorb whatever is in the air and the soil. May be 100% organic could be realized in a "clean room" with filtered air and verified soil.
    I used to grow foods in a greenhouse but always had doubts how clean the environment was.
    My wife switched from non-stick to cast iron. The pans have to be seasoned very well before usage. After cooking they can be cleaned without water and just wiped clean with paper towels.
    Microwaves are a No No if plastics are used as containers. Occasionally I heat up coffee in a porcelain cup, that might be OK. Microwaves may also kill the enzymes in food.

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