“Endocrine disorders” are a mystery to many of us. However, they are an integral part of our daily lives, as harmful substances that cause endocrine disruptors are found in water, food and cosmetics.
These substances affect the endocrine system, which means that the body’s systems that secrete hormones (such as the ovaries, testicles, thyroid gland, and others…) are damaged, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.
These substances interfere with the functioning of the body and can cause abnormalities in the genital organs, the growth of malignant tumors or disorders of the nervous system.
These new toxins began to attract the attention of scientists in the 1950’s, but only in the last 20 years have they dominated the media scene with the Distelbeni scandal (1).
More recently, in January, a newspaper revealed that 60 million consumers of various diaper brands contain some of these toxins.
However, the question here is how do we avoid and reduce exposure to the dangers of these substances in our daily lives?
In this report published in the French newspaper Le Figaro, Remy Slava, an environmental epidemiologist at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, provides some answers.
in the diet
According to environmental epidemiologist Remy Slava, “You should wash and remove the skin from the fruits and vegetables that you consume.”
It is known that fruits and vegetables contain traces of pesticides that lead to an imbalance in the work of the endocrine glands, and for this reason, washing and peeling them is essential.
As for fruits and vegetables that do not have peels (such as those used in making salads, which are directly exposed to pesticides), it is generally preferred that we control what we eat, by buying fresh and organically produced products if possible, and avoiding industrial products, as this significantly reduces significant endocrine disruptor, while Remy pointed out that we must not generalize.
Cosmetics contain many chemicals, many of which have not yet been sufficiently studied to know their side effects on health. According to the specialists, “we can also refer to the substance triclosan used in the manufacture of some soaps and toothpastes, as it is a very harmful substance.”
Here, Remy Slava explains that we should put a question mark about the materials used in the manufacture of cosmetics, which are widely used, in order to simplify daily life. “All cosmetics are not necessarily dangerous. The problem is, we don’t yet know enough about the chemicals they’re made of.”
in household products
The case also applies to products used at home, and they often consist of complex chemicals, which greatly cause endocrine disorders, and to avoid this and reduce it as much as possible, we must use simple manufactured products instead of using chemically advanced products, for example White vinegar is an effective and safe disinfectant, says the expert.
Bisphenol A, a chemical compound used in plastics, is an endocrine disruptor, and in France it is banned from use in the manufacture of any food containers since 2015.
But unfortunately we still have some of the old plastic containers that are still being used. “As a precaution, it is always best to use glass containers and also eat in glass dishes,” advises Remy-Slava.
Pregnant women should pay special attention to this problem, because their immunity during pregnancy is weak, and everything that the mother eats is transmitted to the fetus, especially the use of medicine, as some medicines have an effect on the work of the endocrine glands, so the mother must consult a doctor before using any medicine , including paracetamol (a widely used analgesic and antipyretic), according to Remy.
It seems impossible to compile an exhaustive list of these endocrine disruptors, as they are everywhere, and sometimes difficult to avoid.
“We can find it, for example, in the air (pollution, fuel exhaust, etc.) or in some hormonal treatments, which are sometimes fatal,” Remy says.
Awareness and precautions are a good thing, but Remy Slava insists that “actions taken by governments to indicate the presence of these substances in consumer products must be urgent.”-(Huffington Post)