Xenohormones: Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (Part I)
What are Xeno-hormones?
Xeno-hormones sometimes called xeno-estrogens are a category of EDC’s, Endocrine Disrupting Compounds that are industrially made chemical compounds which disrupt communication within the bodies’ endocrine/ hormone producing organs. Xeno-hormones are a group of man made laboratory synthesized chemicals that are hormonally active agents that differ from phyto-estrogens (estrogenic substances from plants).
“Estrogen like” substances from a variety of sources may have a cumulative effect upon living organisms and we come into contact with them on a daily bases. Once you know where and what they are you can avoid them or not use products that contain them. There has been extensive research on the connection between xeno-hormones and hormone disruption, which leads us to fertility issues and hormonal imbalances.
Common sources of Xenohormones
Synthetic estrogens and progestin’s, as are found in oral contraceptives and conventional synthetic hormone replacement therapies.
All American-grown, non-organic livestock, which are fed estrogenic drugs to fatten them. Also, the grains they are fed are laden with chemical sprays that accumulate in animal tissue and promote hormone disruption in the person consuming them.
Petro chemically-derived pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. People use these in their garden on their lawns and in the sprays you may use in your house or basement for pesky animals or mold growth.
The chemical Bisphenol A (aka BPA), is used in plastic bottles, containers and almost all food-can liners. The studies have shown that the exposure to BPA increased incidence of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.
Solvents found in fingernail polish and polish remover, glue, cleaning supplies have been found to have the same cell proliferative properties and endocrine disruption.
Car exhaust is a real problem, if you live in a city or area where you are constantly exposed to this you should have a plan how to clear this from your system. Otherwise your doctor will be chasing symptoms with one diagnosis and drug to the next and next.
Emulsifiers found in soaps and cosmetics can be a big problem. Your skin being the largest organ is very capable of transferring chemical through the membrane at a highly efficient rate, in most case better than your gut. Find an organic source for this or one that you believe is the least harmful.
Almost all plastics, especially when plastics become hot or are heated. Studies have also shown that recycled plastics contain residues from their previous contents like dangerous herbicides, pesticides, poisons and chemical solvents. Don’t buy food that is stored or packaged in plastics, your risking that the plastic is not harmful, but in a body that is biologically active and which these chemicals accumulate even very small doses over time are harmful. A solution would be to transfer anything bought in plastic to something more stable, like a glass container.
Avoid drinking tap water. Industrial wastes such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins that may leak into the ground water and contaminate your drinking water. Always drink clean and purified water.
Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/research)