Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are agents that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system.They produce adverseneurological, developmental, reproductive, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.These chemical disruptor may be found in many everyday products– including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.Human exposure to EDCs occurs via ingestion of food, dust and water, via inhalation of gases and particles in the air and through the skin.
There are a total of 12 worst and most well-known commonly exposed hormone wreckers.
It can be found in water, paints, toys, pottery materials, and cosmetics
The most common illnesses you can suffer from it is lead poisoning and other nervous system problems. Signs and symptoms include, headaches, weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, constipation, metallic taste in mouth, nausea and vomiting, poor appetite, learning curve difficulties, and slowed growth.
This mineral is known to interfere with fetal brain development. It can bind to a hormone that regulates woman’s ovulation, and may damage cells in our pancreas, the organ that produces the hormone insulin. It is advisable to consume less of these seafood canned light tuna, salmon, Pollock, and catfish in order to minimize the possible risks of acquiring diseases especially in pregnant women.
This element is naturally found in our environment.It is present in some pesticides so it can find its way into our food and drinking water. Inorganic arsenic is well known carcinogen, and prolonged exposure to low levels of it has been linked to increased risks of bladder, lung and skin cancers.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Is found in canned foods, plastics, and dental sealants. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked with obesity, early puberty and miscarriage.
Are widely found in foods. They mostly accumulate in animal fatty tissue. They have been linked to lower sperm count and other reproductive system effects, and of cancer.
Commonly used pesticide that can contaminate drinking water
The chemical has been linked to growth tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation, and is known to turn male frogs into females
These chemicals are used in plastics to make the material more flexible, such as raincoats and even personal care products, such as soaps, shampoos and nail polishes. Exposure to these chemicals usually targets the reproductive system.
This chemical is used to produce rocket fuel and other explosives, and it can be found in many produce and milk products. Too much perchlorate can affect the ability of the thyroid gland to make hormones.
Fire retardants (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers)
Flame retardants are added to certain products in order to meet anti-flammability standards and reduce the risk that the material will catch fire. Sadly, most of these products are made for our young ones such as nursing pillows and car seats. The presence of these chemicals have been linked to development of cancer, however hazards directly made to our infants remains unknown.
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)
These chemicals are widely found in non-stick cookware. They have been linked to lower sperm quality, low birth weight and thyroid disease.
Exposure to these pesticide chemicals has effects on brain development, behavior and fertility, and can affect testosterone levels. Most of the disease associated with organophosphate poisoning are cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, ocular and genitourinary diseases.
These chemicals are used as solvents in paints and cleaning products and have been concomitant to lower sperm count in especially in painters. It has also been interrelated to cause asthma and allergies in children.
After knowing all this risks and effects of all these harmful chemicals knowingly sold in the market for your convenience, surely you’ll try to reconsider having an alternative way of cleaning, and maintaining a toxin free environment.
Sure there are alternative and much safer ways to make your own personal care and household cleaning products, using coconut oil or vinegar for example. Baking soda is another inexpensive basic product that can replace multiple cosmetic or personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste or deodorants. Eat fresh or raw, pick the ones that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.Maybe it’s time to replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.Switch over to organic brands on the last aisle of stores. It is easy, all you have to do is simply your life.