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Avoiding Endocrine Disruptors

More and more, The MEANS to an End Lifestyle™ is getting the attention it deserves. The least recognised of its five pillars and one of the unfortunate realities of the world today is the ‘A’ in MEANS… Avoidance.

Chemicals are everywhere around us, often in places we least suspect. This inundation of foreign materials to our bodies can have serious consequences to our health. These are especially detrimental to children due to the higher concentrations due to their smaller body masses.

Endocrine Disruptors

Your endocrine system regulates hormones in your body. Hormones are chemical messengers that send signals from one cell in your body to another. Good communication amongst the many hormones is importance to overall body function. To disrupt the communication is to disrupt the normal and proper operation of your body.

Chemicals known as endocrine disruptors (EDs) do just that… they mess with this communication process and disrupt normal functions within the body. They do this by increasing or decreasing the production of certain hormones. They can imitate hormones. They can mutate one hormone into another.

How do EDs mess with your body? They are known to be linked to a variety of health problems, including obesity, thyroid conditions, low sperm count, and cancer.

Where do we find these EDs? In many common household products, including plastic containers, fragrances, and food cans. You will find them in other common chemicals, not just the known toxic ones like lead and mercury.

EWG Endocrine Disruptors Download
EWG Endocrine Disruptors Download

EWG to the Rescue

Recently, the Environmental Working Group, or EWG, published its ‘Deadly Dozen’ List of Endocrine Disruptors. Done in conjunction with KeepABreast.org, it lists the 12 nastiest EDs and how to avoid them. Compiled by researching the scientific literature and noting the most widely-used and most hazardous EDs in the environment today, you need to familiarise yourself with these twelve items… for your sake and the sake of your family.

Click here or on the photo to view and/or download EWG’s Dirt Dozen today!

The Endocrine System: Hormonal Control

The endocrine system provides organic chemicals called hormones to assist in coordinating the activities of tissues throughout the body. Hormones are made from amino acids or steroids. They are released from various endocrine organs, called glands, at specific times in precise amounts to various parts of the body. The quarterback of the endocrine system is… Continue Reading