Last post we went over our system and what disrupters are. This time, lets discuss the actual chemicals and how to identify them in our products. The first chemical and endocrine disrupter I want to discuss is found in cosmetics, children's products and even medical devices. This disruptor is called Phthalates. This chemical is a bit tricky to find in products, because nothing is going to say "our product is phthalates free". Unfortunately, it's not that simple with this one, but we still need to look for it. We do this by checking the labels of our cosmetics and items that we purchase. When searching to ensure this chemical isn't in our cosmetics, we will read the label and look for the following
a. DEP - which stands for diethyl phthalate
b. DMP - which stands for dimethyl phthalate
c. DBP - which stands for dibutyl phthalate
If it doesn't include these three phthalates, there is a good chance that there aren't any phthalates in that product and it's safe to use in that regard.
Another disruptor you may have been subjected to is called Triclosan. This is found in some antimicrobial and personal care products. To identify this disruptor, it is as simple as reading the label of your toothpaste, body wash, shampoo etc. Whatever products you use, read the labels to ensure there is no Triclosan. If there is, you may want to consider another product.
A very controversial phthalate is PCB and dioxins which can be found in what product? Pesticides! Most of us are familiar with the lawsuits and issues surrounding pesticides causing cancer. Finding natural ways to kill your weeds is ideal. For commercial food (because not everyone is a master gardener) try to choose organic and of course always wash your produce before you eat them (with water and white vinegar) to minimize your exposure to these particular chemicals.
This next one is a little trickier to avoid, but still good to be aware of. This little bugger is called Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDE as most of us will refer to it, as that looks difficult to pronounce and remember, doesn't it? This phthalate is used in flame retardants. This chemical is found in plastics, paint, furniture, even your food (most notably meat, eggs and dairy) and someelectronics. It's almost unavoidable, but unfortunately it messes with our thyroid glands so we do want to minimize exposure as much as possible.
This next one annoys me to no end because I have family members who refuse to stop exposing themselves. I have a strong personal issue with this particular endocrine disruptor. This annoying guy is called Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances aka PFAS. This chemical is most commonly found in non-stick pans, paper and textile coatings. The best way to avoid exposure is to avoid non-stick pans and use stainless steel and/or non-coated pans. Throw out the non-stick pans and don't use them. It seeps into everything you eat and it is so easily avoidable.
One of the final endocrine disruptors I am going to discuss affects women more than men. It is called Perchlorate and it is found in drinking water, pharmaceuticals and fireworks. The best way to avoid this disruptor, is to distill and filter your drinking water and limit the pharmaceuticals that you need to take.
Last but not least parabens. These are most commonly found in cosmetics and skin care products, but they can be found in all sorts of interesting places. Many products will state "paraben free" but not all. So always check the labels and look for parabens. Some examples are butylparaben, methylparaben etc. This is most likely the easiest disruptor to identity, which is great for us. Lots to know and look for, hopefully this helps you in identifying them and doing your best to limit yours and your families exposure to these harmful chemicals. Next post lets discuss and review our home,
Until next time,