HORMONE DISRUPTORS; JUST WHAT DO THEY DISRUPT?

Hormones are the chemical messengers that swim throughout our bloodstreams signaling every cell and organ what they are supposed to do to keep our bodies working the way they are supposed to. It’s not just that hormones are key to keeping us healthy. We simply couldn’t live without them. When something interferes with or disrupts how they function, we’re beyond out of luck. Endocrine disruptors (EDs) or hormone disruptors, are our bodies worst nightmares. These disruptors can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors.

CHEMICAL TRAINWRECKS

There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies:

  • Increasing or decreasing production of certain hormones
  • Imitating hormones
  • Turning one hormone into another
  • Interfering with hormone signaling
  • Promoting premature cell death
  • Competing with essential nutrients
  • Binding to essential hormones
  • Accumulating in organs that produce hormones

Can’t you simply avoid these man-made monsters?  Regrettably, no. They’re everywhere. They’re in our food (that supposedly healthy fish you ate), personal care products (that shampoo promising to leave your hair healthy and shining), cosmetics (not so beautiful), pharmaceuticals, pesticides (well, we all know those are baddies), plastics (that healthy H20 you pay more than a buck a bottle for), soil and even water. Worst of all; they can hang around for years.

EVEN THEIR NAMES SOUND NASTY

Here are the worst of the worst:

  • Organophosphate Pesticides
  • Ethynylestradiol
  • Fire Retardants (PBDEs)
  • Phthalates
  • BPA
  • Perchlorate
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Dioxin

THEY DO A BODY REALLY BAD

Specifically, endocrine disruptors like these may be associated with:

  • Sexual development
  • Impaired immune functions
  • Cognitive, behavioral, and other brain development problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Severe attention deficit disorder (ADHD)
  • Deformations of the body (including limbs)
  • Various cancers, including cancer of the breast, prostate,
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Lower IQ
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Spontaneous miscarriage
  • Changes in hormone levels

GET THE LEAD OUT

Yikes! Isn’t there something you can do? To a point:

  • Clean up old paint
  • Get a good water filter
  • Avoid canned foods when you can
  • Eat fewer animal products
  • Choose fragrance-free creams, cleaning products and laundry detergents
  • Go organic
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter
  • Eat sustainable seafood like wild salmon and farmed trout
  • Skip non-stick pans
  • Use containers like glass, steel, ceramic and aluminum
  • Try to avoid stain and water-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture and carpets

ATTACK BACK

Oh yeah, sure, real easy to follow some of the above suggestions. Like maybe near impossible? Besides, no matter what you do, it’s really not going to do the trick. What you can do, is stay on top of your hormone health. And the best and smartest way to do that, is to see the hormone experts at Denver Hormone Health. Keeping your hormones from hurting you, is a delicate balance. At Denver Hormone Health, they know everything there is about hormones and keeping them in balance to keep your life in balance. Because of their experience, they are more apt to recognize hormone imbalance symptoms you may be experiencing than your family doctor. They approach your overall health with a more trained eye. They start with a detailed evaluation. Then simple tests tell them exactly where your hormone levels stand.  This allows them to create a unique, individualized and comprehensive plan to get your hormones functioning at their optimal best. Which will allow you to feel your absolute best. Hormone disrupters aren’t going anywhere. If anything, they are increasing and becoming more invasive. Which means you need to be more aggressive in keeping their affects at bay. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. And don’t let anything disrupt you from doing it.

Hormone Disruptors – ASSULT WITH A DEADLY TOXIN

Hormone Disruptors

COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE

In case you weren’t sure, your endocrine system is constantly churning out hormones that control everything from your heart rate, to your metabolism, mood, sex drive, appetite, and more. Think of hormones as the body’s chemical messengers which allow your organs to communicate with one another and keep your system humming. But much of the time, bumming is more like it. We’re incessantly and cruelly bombarded with hormone disruptors, whose entire mission in life is to make us miserable. Laughingly mimicking our real hormones, tricking the body into thinking they’re the real thing. Oh, and the tricks they love to play…nasty. Like promoting premature cell death. (Couldn’t you just die?)

All-powerful, they’re everywhere.

That water bottle you just drank from? Yup.

The carpet you just sat on? Ditto.

The shampoo you just used? Without question.

The fish you just ate? They love it.

THE DIRTIEST DOZEN

These insidious interlopers aren’t just ruthlessly hazardous, even their names don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Get out your fingers and a couple toes, and let’s start counting:

  • BPA – Chemical used in plastic (93% of Americans have it in their body. Good chance you.)
  • Dioxin – Industrial toxin
  • Atrazine – Herbicide
  • Phthalates – Another plastic baddie
  • Perchlorate – Rocket fuel anyone? 4th of July fireworks?
  • Fire retardants – Stops fires, fries cells
  • Lead – Worse than the worst heavy metal music
  • Arsenic – Toxins lurking in your food and water (not just a way people slowly killed each other hundreds of years ago)
  • Mercury – Naturally dangerous
  • Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – Non-stick cookware cooks up nightmares (99% have accumulation in bodies. Without question, most likely you.)
  • Organophosphate pesticides – Target the nervous system of insects, and your brain, should you get bitten
  • Glycol Ethers – What paint, Windex, brake fluid and anti-wrinkle creams have in common. (No kidding.)

LOCKED AND LOADED

Disruptors aren’t just insidious and unpredictable, they are carcinogenic. And the results, aren’t pretty. Hope you’re sitting down, because here are just a few staggeringly treacherous things they are linked to:

  • Infertility in men-low sperm count
  • Slow brain development in children
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Reproductive problems
  • Brain damage
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney damage
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Lower IQ
  • Immune system suppression
  • Even breast cancer

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

Take a long, deep calming breath. There are some relatively simple things you can do to put some brakes on the damage:

  • Go fresh instead of canned (organic if you can get it or put some wiggle room in your food budget).
  • Eat fewer animal products (meat, fish, milk, eggs, butter).
  • Use less fossil fuel- carpool, take transit, walk, or cycle.
  • Filter your tap water.
  • If it’s plastic, avoid it like the plague.
  • Read the labels (Although they can really hide under seemingly harmless names).
  • Wash your hands. A lot.
  • Dust and vacuum. Often.
  • Clean smarter. (Cleaning supplies are notorious for disrupters.)
  • Keep it fresh inside the house-open windows, empty stinky trash cans, even keeping an open box of baking soda in the fridge can help.

ATTACK BACK

If you really want to put on the gloves and defend your body’s health, you should think about correcting the hormone imbalances disruptors cause. Fortunately, there is someone on your side in the Denver area: Denver Hormone Health. With a few simple tests, (that simple, no kidding), one of their experienced doctors in the field can get a clear read on what’s going on with your hormones. That allows them to create a unique treatment plan (no one-size-fits-all solutions here), to help get your hormones back in balance and put your life back on track.

So call for an appointment now.

Denver Hormone Health knows how to fight the good fight. And they’re here to do it for you.