Hormone Disruptors and Obesogens
More research will deepen our understanding of the hormone disruptors, obesogens, pesticides, and other chemicals we're all exposed to in our daily lives, and how they influence chronic health problems, fertility, and child development.
Several decades ago, if someone suggested that soap, air fresheners, plastics, household bug sprays, and common cleaners could cause cancer, developmental problems, and even obesity, they probably would have been laughed at. But well-respected researchers are today piling up data showing that the everyday exposures to household products are making us sick, and possibly setting up the next generation for infertility, health problems, and obesity! |
Cutting-edge research is starting to ID certain chemicals as obesogens, meaning they can impact development during critical windows of prenatal and early life in such a way that people are set up for obesity and obesity-related diseases like diabetes and some cancers much later in life.
The good news is that this flood of new research is going mainstream, and consumers now have more choices in plastic-free alternatives and safer personal-care products.
What it means for you: As more people learn about the links between everyday toxic chemicals and health, safer alternatives will become even more readily available. For instance, knowing that most canned food contains harmful BPA, consumers can opt to buy fresh or frozen food instead. As public interest gains steam, Congress will face an increased pressure to update the inadequate Toxic Substances Control Act from the '70s that has not protected the public. Meanwhile, the EPA is facing increased pressure from public health and environmental groups to ban the use of harmful substances, such as the antibacterial chemical triclosan, which has been linked to a rise in hard-to-kill superbug germs, allergies, and thyroid problems. While government agencies look at regulating these problems, it's up to consumers to continue to demand safer products, and the better alternatives will wind up on more store shelves.
The increasing amount of hormone disruptors in our environment is one of 7 key trends affecting our planet and our health.
What you can do: Limit chemical exposure by filtering your drinking water and making other protective changes.
What you can do: While government agencies investigate the hazards, avoid all plastic as much as possible.
What you can do: Buy organic strawberries or, to save money, grow your own using tips from Organic Gardening magazine.
What you can do: Veto vinyl, and consider making your own nontoxic cleaners using our easy "recipes."
What you can do: Drastically cut back on processed foods, and protect your family from a barrage of harmful everyday chemicals in makeup, food, soap, and plastic.
What you can do: Avoid triclosan-containing products by reading personal-care product labels, and stay away from certain marketing claims.
What you can do: Eat organic, evict hormone disrupting personal care products, and say no to unnecessary receipts and air fresheners.
What you can do: Forget "safe" plastics; keep your family's food far away from any kind of plastic wrap or container.
What you can do: Send a comment to the EPA; learn proper hand washing techniques; use simple, nontoxic, plant-based soap like Dr. Bronner's.
What you can do: Demand organic, support a ban on natural gas fracking, and keep out as much household plastic as possible to stop an assault on your hormonal system.