More people are becoming aware of the damaging effects man-made synthetic chemicals (environmental toxins) are having on our earth. We are seeing these results in extreme weather conditions, the shrinking of the ice caps, animal species dying out and the poisoning of oceans, lakes and waterways. But few people seem to even care that these same man-made chemicals are directly affecting the health of every man, woman and child – and this will have far reaching consequences. Once in the body, these chemicals settle into the tissues where they remain.
In the last 40 years we have seen a dramatic increase in:
- Cancer rates
- Immune disorders
- Chemicals sensitivities
- Infertility in both men and women
- Children born with genital deformities
- and a general increase in undiagnosed un-wellness.
Of the 70,000 synthetic chemicals commercially in use today, only a handful have been tested to determine their effects on humans or other life forms. Yet over 200 widely used chemicals have already been identified as “hormone disruptors” and only time will reveal what their effects will be on future generations.
Hormone Disruptors attack our body’s delicate balance in two primary ways.
1. They alter and damage the DNA, and
2. They alter the oestrogen in our body
These Hormone Disruptors are known as Xenoestrogens, (Xeno = foreign) acting directly or indirectly like oestrogen, one of the main female hormones. These Xenoestrogens are concentrated (excess oestrogen) endocrine disrupting chemicals, and are being found to accumulate in living tissue at much higher concentrations than our own natural hormones.
The Endocrine system is made up of a dozen or so glands. These glands control the hormones – or chemical messengers that orchestrate and regulate many of the body’s internal functions that we take for granted – such as growth (height & weight), metabolism, sexual development, fertility and emotional balance. Disrupt the messengers, and we see an increase in ‘un-natural’ body functions.
What begins as mild symptoms (perhaps seen as a small inconvenience) in younger years, often becomes moderate in our mid to late 30′s; and severe by the time a person reaches their mid 40′s.