3 Endocrine Disruptors (And How To Avoid Them)

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According to Wikipedia, Endocrine disruptors are toxic chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormonal) systems at certain doses.

We recommend avoiding the following 3 Endocrine Disruptors wherever possible:

Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A (BPA) is found mostly in plastics labeled with the recycling codes 3 or 7. BPA is a key part used to produce polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is usually clear and shatter- proof, ( think water bottles ). Other uses of BPA consist of epoxy resins, which are used to coat the inside of food and beverage cans, ( think soup and tomatoe cans ).

BPA studies have been linked to obesity, neurological development delays in infants, thyroid disruption, developmental issues of sexual organs in infants, and sexual dysfunction in adults. Exposure to BPA occurs mostly through digestion of food and liquids that have been stored and heated in plastic materials.

Triclosan

Triclosan is an anti-microbial and preservative agent used in personal care products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, and hand soaps. Exposure occurs from use of these products in the home. Triclosan bio-accumulates in the body and is considered to block thyroid activity affecting metabolism and thyroid hormone signaling.

There really isn’t a true clinical measure of this thyroid dysfunction, but with high clinical suspicion, we can often improve hormonal function naturally, by avoidance of this product.

Source of Exposure:

  • Baby bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Food containers
  • Beverage containers
  • Plastic dinnerware
  • Thermal paper receipts
  • Medical and dental devices
  • Eyeglass lenses
  • Household electronics

Source of Exposure:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Children’s toys

4-Nonylphenol

Often used as a surfactant, 4-nonylphenol is found in industrial detergents, foaming agents, dispersants, and emulsifiers. Most exposure is through the skin. 4-Nonylphenol is also an endocrine disruptor, in other words-it inhibits or blocks normal hormone function.

Sources of Exposure:

  • Detergents
  • Pesticides

It is widely believed that toxicity often lies at the root of many chronic illnesses. Although there is growing evidence, we still do not have the ability to draw a straight line from cause to effect, but research suggests that toxicity can cause some of these medical conditions:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Brain fog
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Chronic bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Chronic neurological illnesses
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Development disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Early puberty
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Mood disorders
  • Neurological development disorders
  • Obesity
  • Reproductive system disorders
  • Thyroid disfunction/Hypothyroidism

Why Test for Endocrine Disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors weakly bind to estrogen receptors which can affect the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems as well as block thyroid hormone action. Exposure to chemicals that are xenoestrogens disrupt the proper function of the body’s endocrine system. Children and babies in the womb are most susceptible to hormonal and neurological development issues from exposure.

However, with the increasing use of water bottles, we do see significant lower levels of testosterone in men who tend to drink out of BPA-plastic water bottles.

For more information on testing and evaluation please contact us. 732-741-4628

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