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Toxic Food Supply “Daily Poison to ourselves”

Our Daily Poison

We exposed ourselves to materials foreign to our system. They are unwanted to our physiological systems as well as dangerous. Materials can be group into the three main categories.

  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA)
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and other food additives

Interactions between chemicals that render the sum total more harmful than the risks associated with any given chemical in isolation.

In this article we will highlight the endocrine-disruptors or xeno-hormones. The other two groups of chemical will be covered in other series of articles. The main hormone disruptors or hormone mimicking chemicals are plastics or plasticizers, mainly ethylene in polyethylene of plastics. They are mainly estrogen mimicking chemical by disrupting the estrogen receptors(site for interaction between hormone and cell on the surface of a cell). Easily understandable effects are breast cancer, fibroid and breast lump (non-cancer growth) whereas in men associated with prostate problem including prostate cancer. Not only that, there are so many other manifestation of xeno-estrogen.

The effects on women are as follows:

  • Acceleration of the aging process
  • Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjogren’s disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
  • Copper excess
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression with anxiety or agitation
  • Dry eyes
  • Early onset of menstruation
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Foggy thinking
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hair Loss
  • Headaches
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Premenopausal bone loss
  • PMS
  • Prostate cancer (men only)
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Water retention, bloating
  • Zinc deficiency

In addition to the above (where relevant organs are concerned), the main effect in men are:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen that leads to full blown metabolic syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Foggy thinking
  • Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
  • Infertility or reduce fertility
  • Reduce sperm count
  • Irritability
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Memory loss
  • Prostate cancer
  • Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • Zinc deficiency with associated consequences

Most of us introducing these chemicals almost daily into our system. How? By buying hot food and “tapau” in plastics like hot tomyam and hot soup.  Polystyrene for hot mee and fot fried food are the same issue. Chemicals in plastic will leach into the food, more so when hot and by consuming them will disrupt our hormone system as little as one part per billion . There are called either xeno-estrogen or referred also to as “endocrine-disrupting chemicals” (EDCs) that are foreign estrogen mimicking hormone to human body.

They are known to cause feminization in all animals including fish!! If you “tapau” hot “tea tarik”  and later put in a glass and compare to directly prepared in a glass, the surface of the “tea tarik” from plastic, you can see many colours due to the chemicals. We are the victims of industrialization and so called modern lifestyle.

The Hormone-Wrecking Power of Plastics

A number of common household chemicals are endocrine disruptors, meaning, they alter the normal function of your hormones. A 2013 Environmental Working Group (EWG) report identified many of the best-known hormone wreckers; 12 of the worst are listed in the following table. I’ve written about many of these in prior articles, so for more information about any particular one, please follow the links.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) Dioxin Atrazine Phthalates
Perchlorate Fire retardants  

Organophosphate pesticides

Glycol ethers
Perfluorinated chemicals(PFCs)

 

Other hormone wreckers but not plastics chemicals are Lead, Mercury and Arsenic. Nevertheless they are associated with petroleum industry also.

A hormone’s job is to interact with the cells in your body, sending signals that instruct them to perform certain tasks, but EDCs interfere with this communication process. Small but repeated EDC exposures can mimic your natural endocrine system. Your hormones operate at parts per million and parts per billion concentrations. This is why many experts believe there is no safe level of exposure for many of these EDCs. There are more than 115 cholesterol derived hormones, six of which are commonly discussed because of clinical importance, they are glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, androgens, estrogens, and progestogens. Vitamin D derivatives are a sixth closely related hormone system with homologous receptors. Groups according to their functions.

Any of these end-hormones can be disrupted or potentially disrupted by chemicals in plastics .

Twenty five years ago the effect on rats and now, some 25 years later — being observed in humans. This includes early-onset of menopause in increasingly younger women. This effect was demonstrated in animal studies decades ago, and is now turning out to hold true in humans as well.

The fact that EDCs cause generational effects makes the proliferation of chemicals in pregnant women all the more disturbing. In a 2005 landmark study, EWG found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of infants born in the US, including pesticides, environmental waste chemicals, BPA, flame-retardants, PCBs, and even DDT. Some of these chemicals can cross the placenta and produce effects at very tiny doses. In an important 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report about endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the authors wrote:

“The diverse systems affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating metabolism and satiety. Effects on these systems can lead to obesity, infertility, or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, adult-onset diabetes, or cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”

Tips to Avoid Toxic Plastic Chemicals

  • Avoid processed and packaged foods are a common source of chemicals such as BPA and phthalates. Wash fresh produce well, especially if it’s not organically grown.
  • Canned food and drink in paper boxes are rich in xeno-estrogen. The resin that coated inside the can and the surface of inside drink in paper container are estrogen mimicking chemical.
  • Choose grass-pastured, sustainably raised meats and dairy to reduce your exposure to hormones, pesticides, and fertilizers.
  • Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity
  • Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic or cans, as chemicals can leach out of plastics (and plastic can linings), into the contents; be aware that even “BPA-free” plastics typically leach other endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are just as bad for you as BPA.
  • Use glass baby bottles. Never use plastic bottle for baby feeding.
  • Store your food and beverages in glass, rather than plastic.
  • Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware, or at least stainless steel.
  • When buying new products such as furniture, mattresses, or carpet padding, consider buying flame retardant free varieties, containing naturally less flammable materials, such as leather, wool, cotton, silk, and Kevlar.
  • Avoid stain- and water-resistant clothing, furniture, and carpets to avoid perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
  • Make sure your baby’s toys are BPA-free, such as pacifiers, teething rings, and anything your child may be prone to suck or chew on — even books, which are often plasticized. It’s advisable to avoid all plastic, especially flexible varieties.
  • Use natural cleaning products or make your own. Avoid those containing 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME) — two toxic glycol ethers that can compromise your fertility and cause fetal harm.
  • Switch over to organic toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and cosmetics.
  • Replace feminine hygiene products (tampons and sanitary pads) with safer alternatives.
  • Look for fragrance-free products. One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds — even thousands — of potentially toxic chemicals. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, which contain a mishmash of synthetic chemicals and fragrances.