WHAT'S AN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR?
AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Endocrine Disruptors....What Are They? And Why Should I care?
A lot of you may have been seeing more articles and news stories about endocrine disruptors in our personal care products. If you are like me, you had no idea what they were, why I should care and what they could be doing to me.
"Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with endocrine (or hormone) systems. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors."
Ok, so what the heck does that really mean and should it really matter to me? First of all, I think taking a look at what your endocrine is exactly...Take a look at the picture below to see what is actually in it.....Hmmm...those are some things we definitely don't want to disrupt.
What Types of Products Contain Endocrine Disruptors?
- Personal Care Products (shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, nail polish, etc)
- Drinking Water (atrazine, arsenic & perchlorate)
- Canned Foods (BPA's)
- Conventionally Grown Produce (pesticides, herbicides & industrial run-off)
- CAFO Meat, Poultry & Dairy Products (antibiotics, hormones & other industrial chemicals)
- High Mercury Fish
- Kitchen Products (non-stick cookware & plastic containers)
- Cleaning Products
- Office Products (inks & toners)
What Can You Do?
A quick fix....
Here is a list of polishes you may want to avoid because they contain a pretty nasty endocrine disruptor. TPHP has been linked to obesity and potential risks to the reproductive system.
What to Look for in a nail polish.
- ethyl tosylamide