This past weekend I was at an expo sharing education about chemical-free living. What was most shocking to me is how many people could care less.
Do people genuinely not care that the chemicals are destroying our health?
Do they not believe it?
Do they not want to believe it?
I’m so confused. I’m really hoping you can offer some insight into this.
But first, let’s just all get on the same page.
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted from endocrine glands in the body such as the pituitary gland, pineal gland, thymus, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, testes, and ovaries. They are responsible for so many things - how we feel, think, act, grow, metabolize...you name it and there is a hormone behind it.
So it goes without saying that hormone balance is extraordinarily important for health. Slight deficiencies or excesses result in a multitude of symptoms or disease states.
How do chemicals affect hormones?
A certain category of chemicals, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s) interfere with our hormones by mimicking or blocking their signaling. This can lead to infertility, hormone related cancers, neurological issues, and many other health problems.
How prevalent are these chemicals?
People hear the words bisphenol A (BPA) or phthalates, maybe make an effort to get BPA free sippy cups for their toddler, and that’s about it. We need to do more.
BPA is only one of the many endocrine disrupting chemicals. It is found in can linings, plastic utensils, straws, water bottles, and even cash register receipts. (By the way, did you hear that common hand sanitizers cause to absorb more BPA from register receipts?)
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are so prevalent that everyone on Earth has been exposed to at least one. Cosmetics, plastics, pharmaceuticals, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, and pesticides are a few of the many everyday products that contain endocrine disruptors.
Is there proof or is this just fearmongering?
Well, let’s look at some statistics.
23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease
20 million Americans with a thyroid disease
35% of Americans are obese
29 million Americans have diabetes
Infertility, ADHD, Autism…I mean seriously, did you ever hear about these things 20 years ago the way you hear about them now?
Why is that? Something is changing. And that something is the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. It’s scary.
If the stats don’t do it for you, there are hundreds of research studies supporting that endocrine disruptoring chemicals are a serious risk to human health.
In 2009, the Endocrine Society made a statement describing the link between endocrine disrupting chemicals and health problems such as infertility, hormone related cancers, prostate conditions, thyroid disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Recently, they released another statement saying that diabetes and obesity, two of the biggest health threats of our society today, are also being linked back to endocrine disrupting chemical exposures.
The science is clear that we need to take chemical exposure more seriously. New chemicals are released into the marketplace daily without any testing for safety. If you value your health, your child’s health, or the health of the planet, you’ll want to take a serious look at the chemicals in your home and personal care products.
Take a look at how I very simply and easily swapped out all of the chemical cleaning products here and what I replaced my makeup and personal care products with here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you care about chemicals? Do you not? Do tell!