Hormones In Your Environment

“It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.” ~ 1970’s TV Commercial

Living in the 21st century isn’t easy.

There are lots of reasons to say this. But one that pervades most of modern life are chemicals that mimic hormones.

What are they?

They come in a variety of forms. You can find them in:

  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Food containers
  • Building materials
  • Computer products
  • Food & food preservatives
  • Cosmetics & personal care products
  • Household cleaning products
  • Prescription drugs

That’s a lot of exposure. Each of these can cause problems. But the issue is compounded because we are exposed to multiple sources every day.

The name for these chemical hormone disruptors is xenoestrogens. Xeno means foreign.

These chemicals are changing your health. And not for the better. When they get into your body they alter normal biochemistry.

In men, the effect is called feminization. This includes lower testosterone and male breast growth. It can also cause lower sperm count and reduced libido.

In girls they can cause early maturity. Adolescent body changes such as breast development can happen before age 8. Estrogen sensitive health issues are aggravated. Girls exposed early in life have an increased chance of various cancers.

For both sexes, normal development is altered. And the risk of future disease goes up.

What can you do about them?

First, think about ways to reduce your exposure. Use natural cleaners and personal care products. Avoid canned and bottled foods. Eat organic food.

Second, take supplements that remove the excess estrogen from your body. The two best are DIM (diindolylmethane) and I3C (indole-3 carbinol).

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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