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Chemicals we eat are disrupting our endocrine systems revealed by research group

An annual list of endocrine disrupters released by Environmental Working Group (EWG) includes 12 chemicals related to our food management choices that could be providing great harm in Americans.

Recently samples of bluefin tuna sashimi contained high levels of mercury in several New York City restaurants.
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“There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies,” reported the health research organization. “Increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”

Four of these disruptors are revealed in this article.

May of our food cans are lined with BPA, which has been linked to things like “breast and others cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease, and according to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies!”

It’s best to avoid any plastic marked with “PC,” for polycarbonate, or recycling label #7.

“Not all of these plastics contain BPA, but many do – and it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to keeping synthetic hormones out of your body.”

Americans are switching to organic produce for good reasons. A toxic chemical called Atrazine has been linked to “breast tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation in animals, and some research has linked it to prostate cancer in people.”

“Researchers have found that exposure to even low levels of the herbicide atrazine can turn male frogs into females that produce completely viable eggs,” the report indicates. “Atrazine is widely used on the majority of corn crops in the United States, and consequently it’s a pervasive drinking water contaminant.”

Watch out with plastic food containers. Something called phthalates are included in them, as well as plastic wrap made from PVC.

“Studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates can trigger what’s known as ‘death-inducing signaling’ in testicular cells, making them die earlier than they should,” stated EWG. “If that’s not enough, studies have linked phthalates to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities.”

EWG recommends even checking our personal care products that might contain phthalates.

“Read the labels and avoid products that simply list added ‘fragrance,’ since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates.

Mercury, found in many seafood products, is especially a risk factor for pregnant women.

“The metal is known to concentrate in the fetal brain and can interfere with brain development,” says EWG. “Mercury is also known to bind directly to one particular hormone that regulates women’s menstrual cycle and ovulation, interfering with normal signaling pathways.”

The best choices for those who want to eat sustainable seafood are wild salmon and farmed trout.

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