Chemicals & poisons are everywhere and headed for...
THE TOXIC WASTE DUMPING GROUND
INSIDE YOUR BODY
Bisphenol A, phthalates, perfluorochemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls——the names don’t exactly roll off the tongue, but you don’t have to be able to pronounce them to be hurt by them.
These and other chemicals are making you fat, sick, weak, and, maybe one day, dead. They’re turning men into ladies and boys into girls, to the point where some of these “shemales” should start wearing bras.
In women, they’re causing premature menopause. In children, developmental problems. And in everyone, these toxic ingredients are just the recipe for cancer, heart disease, sexual dysfunction, and more.
And they’re inside you... right now... as you read this.
You can’t get rid of them all. Even if you cut off all exposure——even if you moved to a remote island (not a bad idea)——what you have in your body already can linger for years.
But there are steps you can take right now to limit your exposure——and limit the damage——without booking a one-way Pacific cruise. Here’s what you need to avoid...and more importantly, how to avoid them:
BPA: This hormone-like chemical is absolutely everywhere. It’s made so many headlines that you probably know it’s in microwave food containers, plastic food packaging, and in the linings used for canned foods and drinks.
But you might not know it’s in glass jars of food, too——it’s in the liners used in the lid to make the jar airtight. It’s also in dental sealants. It’s even in recycled paper products——including toilet paper——and thermal receipts, and when you touch them the BPA can actually penetrate your skin.
Once inside your body, BPA mimics estrogen. It’s such a good chemical clone of the hormone that your body thinks it’s getting a little boost——and along with the obvious sexual problems, this phony estrogen has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more.
Best way to cut your exposure short of ripping out your teeth and stocking the bathroom with a roll of leaves is to stick to fresh natural foods——and if you need to store anything, use glass jars and stainless steel containers.
One study found that switching to fresh organics and using glass and steel for storage slashed BPA levels in urine by 60 percent over three days. That’s not 100 percent, but it’s a good start.
And BPA isn’t the only chemical estrogen inside your body.
Phthalates: Can’t tell the boys from the girls these days? It’s not just the increasingly confusing fashions——it’s that boys raised on exposure to the phthalates found all over the home grow up to be chubby, weepy girlie-men.
In addition, phthalates have been linked to stupidity in girls and motor skills delays in boys——bad for kids, sure, but wait ‘til you see what this stuff does to YOU.
One recent study found that phthalates double the risk of diabetes in seniors. Other research links this chemical to all the usual suspects that work in cahoots with diabetes——including insulin resistance, high blood glucose, weight gain, and increased abdominal fat.
Since phthalates are everywhere, avoiding them is practically a full-time job. They’re in just about anything scented, especially the overpriced candles sold in malls. (Who enjoys those anyway? You may as well burn dollar bills.)
You’ll also find them in perfumes, shampoos, cosmetics, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, and many common soft plastics.
These aren’t the only dangerous chemicals scattered (or hidden) throughout your home.
PFCs: Ah, the smell of popcorn from the microwave. It smells like...disease???
It’s not the popcorn itself, although it may as well be——there’s nothing like a greasy sack of plant oils to make you ill. No, in this case it’s the bag, which is made with perfluorochemicals.
You’ll find various PFCs in anything wrinkle-free, stain-resistant, heatproof and no-stick. In other words, everywhere——and even worse, once they’re inside you they’re going to hang around for a while.
The half-life of a PFC called PFOS, for example, is FIVE YEARS. That means five years after you’re exposed, half of it’s still inside you. Unlike BPA, you’re obviously not going to get rid of 60 percent of your PFCs over the weekend. But since PFCs have been linked to hypothyroidism, immune system disorders, reproductive problems, cancer, and more, you want to slash your exposure wherever possible.
Start by trashing the Teflon and breaking out grandma’s cast iron skillets instead. Then, over time, replace the other PFC-containing items in your home and wardrobe with safer versions (don’t try to do it all at once——you’ll go bankrupt).
PCBs: No, I’m not going retro——the fact that PCBs were banned decades ago hasn’t stopped them from turning up in your food and water.
Since PCBs were dumped——often secretly——practically everywhere, they’re still found practically everywhere, especially in water and the fish that live in those waters, like salmon.
One 2003 study found that farmed salmon had 16 times the PCB levels of wild salmon. Obviously, you want wild salmon, right? Not as easy as you think, since farmed salmon is routinely sold as wild to jack up the price.
Like PFCs, PCBs have a very long half life in the body——between 10 and 15 years——so a little bit of exposure can turn into the gift that keeps on hurting. Think cancer, immune system damage, reproductive problems, and more.
And in kids exposed in the womb, this poison can cause brain damage.
You didn’t get exposed to PFCs, PCBs, phthalates, BPA and the rest of the poisons overnight, so you’re not going to get rid of them overnight either. Make it a long-term project, especially if you plan to hang around for the long term.