Endocrine Disruptors: The Silent Killers

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Thank God I have Grit to write for now. They gave me a venue to write about my greatest passions: passing on information about truly living. (That means not being sick.)

There are dangerous toxins lurking in our everyday products.

I found out the hard way. Most of these things are cancer causing, and I had cancer many times. I also had major problems with my neurological system, my female reproductive system and a lot of other organs. I lost 200 pounds by 2009, and the healthier I ate, the sicker I became. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011 (when I first started college). When I started drinking a lot more tap water, I got sicker. I switched to bottled water and read that some of the major companies lie to us and most of their water is tap water. I also found out that the plastic in the water bottles is bad for you. It usually has bpa (bisphenol a) and other harmful chemicals.

It’s cheaper to buy sustainable, natural products. One example: I use Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap. I use it for my hair, body wash, dishes, cleaning, laundry, I can even use it as toothpaste if I run out. ) Castile soap is not only versatile, but it’s cheap and lightweight. I get a 32 oz bottle from ThriveMarket.com and it’s under $15. I can take 1/8 of that bottle and put it in a sports water bottle, fill the rest with water and that’s my soap, hand soap, shampoo and laundry soap for the next week (or more). I don’t have to carry as much stuff, and it is much much lighter. Best of all, I know I’m worth it and I don’t have harsh chemicals on my skin, inside me or in my air.

When I became a member, and subsequently a partner with Thrive Market their magazine article reminded me about this stuff. They offer natural products besides food, like make up, body wash, everything. You can go on their website to read the full article, along with plethora of health-empowering information and recipes. I got my recipe for the superfood fudge from their holiday magazine.

Isn’t your family worth the time and effort to read the labels? Shouldn’t we be informed about what we’re paying our hard earned cash for, and what we’re bringing into our households?

Check for these endocrine disrupting hormones on your labels:

These are some of the endocrine disruptors mentioned in Thrive’s magazine, from site source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

1) Bisphenol A — otherwise known as “BPA” so look and buy “BPA Free” stuff. An estrogen mimicking chemical that’s used in some plastics. It’s in some canned goods, thermal paper used for receipts, polycarbonate plastics with recycling label 7. (Check the bottom of your water bottles etc.)

2) Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCS) chemicals added to nonstick cookware, clothing, upholstery, tents and more for their ability to repel water and and resist stains. One compound, perfluoroctanoic acid, is completely non biodegradable and has been linked to kidney disease, low sperm count, thyroid disease, and other illnesses.

3) Atrazine: an herbicide used on corn crops — (and consequently our drinking water) that has been linked to the feminization of male frogs. (Even low levels turn male frogs into egg-laying females.)

4) Organophosphate pesticides — toxic to the nervous system of insects. They’ve been linked to decreased testosterone and altered thyroid hormones in humans. Most conventionally farmed produce (that’s why we want organic …)

5) Glycol Ethers — solvents — studies show people exposed have lower sperm counts. Find them in paints, cleaning products, cosmetics — they’re in the laundry detergent you use for your kids’ clothing, towels and stuffed animals, etc.

6) Arsenic — (aka “rat poison”) It’s a toxic chemical found in cortisol and insulin and has been linked to skin, bladder and lung cancer. It’s lurking in drinking water and processed foods.

Products to check labels for these health destroying hormones:

• cosmetics
• toothpaste
• shampoo
• conditioner
• deodorant
• body wash
• soap
• food
• perfume
• body sprays
• lotions
• hand wash
• hand sanitizer
• dish soap
• laundry soap
• cleaning products of all kinds
• processed (packaged/canned) foods

I suggest if you want to stay away from them look up the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

It’s for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and it has tons of useful information. It’s your health, so you have to be proactive about it and do your own research. I don’t want you to just take my word for it. I didn’t just listen to one person or one source. I’ve done a lot of research and there’s so much good information out there, I’m still learning. It’s a lot of information to take in and at this point in our lives, we’ve been so brainwashed by the man and his commercials, it’s pretty hard to digest.

I was having a lot of these symptoms, which is why I feel God gave me this wisdom, to change my life and the lives of those around me. I want to give as much money and time to you as I can to help you. I believe God allowed me to go through all this cancer stuff and other health problems to empower you with the knowledge and encouragement to fuel your victories! “Give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.” Thanks so much for your support! Let’s spread the word! Power to the people!

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