Xenohormones: Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (Part II)
Disorders and disease related to xenohormone exposure
- Increase in reproductive-site cancers (breast, uterine, & ovarian)
- Decreased fertility in both male and females
- Estrogen dominance
- Increased incidence of prostate cancers
- Heart disease
- Diabetes type 2, adult onset
- Premature Ovarian Failure
- Uterine leiomyomas
- Prostrate Cancer
- Thyroid Disruption
- Testicular Dysgensis Syndrome
- Uterine Fibroids
You can absorb xenohormones by ingestion, inhalation and direct skin contact. They exist in every aspect of your daily life. The coffee you drink from that Styrofoam cup even the fluorinated city water whether ingested or absorbed by your skin. The glue used in the paper cup alternative. The plastic alternative for your traveling drink is just as toxic maybe even more. Xenohormones exist in the lining used on the inside on almost every can used for food found in your super market. To remove the sources of these endocrine disrupting agents you will have to search hard and not stop looking. Even your “safe” water supply contains chemicals meant to kill bacteria are now found in our ground water and are accumulating in your body. Another one that has become more pervasive is the thermal paper used at nearly every store for your purchase receipt today.
Our children also need to be protected from chlorinated pools, fluorinated drinking water, chlorinated tampons, shampoos, lipstick, hair spray, nail polish, perfumes and those sodas in the plastic containers. School food that chooses to use government subsidized lunches from farms that use non organic farming practices to expedite the rapid production of meats laden with fattening chemical compounds found in all modern farming practices other than organic.
What you can do to minimize Xenohormone exposure
- Avoid all synthetic and horse hormones (oral contraceptives and conventional HRT).
- Eat organic meat and dairy, and avoid the fat of non-organic meat and dairy (this is where the greatest amount of animal accumulation occurs, this is where xenohormones, xenoestrogens, endocrine disruptors will concentrate).
- Decrease or stop all conventional pesticides, lawn and garden chemicals, etc. (use something natural instead). Don’t contract with conventional lawn services that use these sprays (most do); they are extremely toxic and full of xenohormones and are endocrine disruptors.
- Wear protective gloves and clothing when in contact with any glues, solvents, cleaning solutions, etc., that contain xenohormones.
- Buy cosmetics without phthalates a known xenohormones.
- Avoid particle-board if you’re remodeling or building a new house, synthetic-fiber carpets and fake woods products are loaded with known chemical disruptors. Canned goods that are almost always lined with Bisphenol avoid as much as possible or transfer them to glass container or freeze them in the appropriate freezer bag.
- Ventilate properly when in contact with any of these materials. (Think ahead; for example, if you do install synthetic-fiber carpets, do so when the windows can be opened-it takes months to out-gas the chemical.)
- Drink filtered water from a high quality water filter, not “city water” that contains chlorine, fluoride, xenobiotics and other industrial, agriculture chemical like Atrazine.
- Use tampons and sanitary napkins made of organic cotton without chlorine. (The FDA detected dioxins and dozens of other substances in conventional tampons. Look for ones that contain no chlorine, fragrance, wax, surfactants, rayon, etc.)
- Purchase non-bleached coffee filters, use a french press or something equivalent. Napkins, toilet tissue, tampons, etc. should be purchased with caution. The EPA has determined that using bleached coffee filters alone can result in a lifetime exposure to dioxin that exceeds acceptable risks.
- Estrogen dominance is when your body has excess estrogen or estrogen like compounds in relation to the amount of progesterone. This almost always occurs when women have used birth control and are exposed to exogenous sources of “estrogen like” chemicals known as xenohormones. Estrogen dominance can be reduced by reducing your exposure to environmental xenoestrogens or other known xenohormones.
Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/research)