Endocrine Disruptors- The Key to Health

baby sealChemicals in our world (man-made direct toxins and endocrine disruptors) represent the largest threat to our health and survival as a species.  This isn’t something that just affects the rare, poor unfortunate ones. This is affecting everyone, and if you live in the USA or many developing countries lacking regulations, we are all affected and our health is suffering. Do you know anyone with neurological issues, fertility issues, cancer, or endocrine/hormone issues?  We are at just the tip of the iceberg.  Everyone is affected.

The important thing to realize is that we can do a lot to minimize personal exposures (eat organic, avoid plastics, avoid flame retardants, avoid pesticides and herbicides) and as a society we must work together to regulate these toxic chemicals. When we removed lead from gasoline in 1972, the lead levels in the USA population went to near zero in most people over the next couple of decades.  We have not been so fortunate with DDT, which can still be found in high levels even in the arctic animals.

The WHO report “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – 2012” published last year (you can read it here… ) is a great overview with graphs and pictures making this topic easy to understand.  I have included a few paragraphs below:

“This Summary for Decision-Makers, together with the main document, State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals—2012, presents information and key concerns for policy-makers on endocrine disruptors as part of the ongoing collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to address concerns about the potential adverse health effects of chemicals on humans and wildlife ”

 

  • “Many endocrine-related diseases and disorders are on the rise.

    • Large proportions (up to 40%) of young men in some countries have low semen quality, which reduces their ability to father children.

    • The incidence of genital malformations, such as non-descending testes (cryptorchidisms) and penile malformations (hypospadias), in baby boys has increased over time or levelled off at unfavourably high rates.

    • The incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth and low birth weight, has increased in many countries.

    • Neurobehavioural disorders associated with thyroid disruption affect a high proportion of children in some countries and have increased over past decades.

    • Global rates of endocrine-related cancers (breast, endometrial, ovarian, prostate, testicular and thyroid) have been increasing over the past 40–50 years.

    • There is a trend towards earlier onset of breast development in young girls in all countries where this has been studied. This is a risk factor for breast cancer.

    • The prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased worldwide over the last 40 years. WHO estimates that 1.5 billion adults worldwide are overweight or obese and that the number with type 2 diabetes increased from 153 million to 347 million between 1980 and 2008.

  • Close to 800 chemicals are known or suspected to
    be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion. However, only a small fraction of these chemicals have been investigated in tests capable of identifying overt endocrine effects in intact organisms. “

This issue is one of those key fights for our generation, and losing this one will be disastrous. Generations to come will look back on this period as one of the most insane of all time.  Hopefully there will be such generations. Unfortunately, companies that are guided by profit do not have a conscience.  For your own family and personal health, paying attention to this one issue could mean the difference between life and death.

Sorry for all the heavy words.  Don’t blame the messenger.

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

One comment

  • Anonymous

    Dr Paul,

    Thanks for the message. I do have a question that relates to one of the points mentioned related to healthy eating (or drinking in this case). You emphasize on drinking clean water. Here in Oregon, the quality of tap water is very good. I used a TDS meter that gave me a value of ~14-18 at different times. Do you think we still need to use a RO filtration system?

    Please advise.

    Thanks.

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