Environmental Medicine Part III: Limit your exposure to the toxic effects of Phthalates and Parabens


Phthalates:

Phthalates are chemicals used to make medical packaging, food packaging, and toys. The use of Phthalates has steadily increased since the 1950s. Recent studies have proven that Phthalates migrate out of food packaging materials and into the food, particularly when put in a microwave. (“A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives” by Ruth Winter, M.S.)

Heath problems arise because of chronic exposure to Phthalates. Recent research has found that exposure to Phthalates causes adverse health effects, including:

  • Preterm deliveries
  • Fetal malformations
  • Behavior, emotional and mental ability problems
  • Premature sexual development in young girls
  • Low sperm counts in males, causing reduced fertility

Studies have also shown that women with high Phthalate levels were 2.2 times more likely to develop breast cancer!

Food is the major source of Phthalates exposure, but Phthalates can also be found in

  • Fragrances
  • Hair products
  • Personal care products

Parabens:

Parabens are the most commonly used antimicrobial preservative in the U.S. It is estimated that 75-90% of cosmetics use Parabens. Parabens behave like the hormone, estrogen, in the body. High levels of estrogen contribute to abnormal cell growth, which often results in cancer.

Parabens can be found in products such as

  • Shampoos
  • Hair products
  • Make-up
  • Lotions
  • Deodorants
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Foods
  • Beverages

Read labels and ingredient lists on product packaging to determine if Phthalates or Parabens are included. If they are, choose to use different products!

The research continues on ways the environment affects our health. We all need to consciously make choices to live cleaner lives. If you feel toxic or have had an environmental exposure, please contact me to receive treatment to correct chemical imbalances you may be experiencing!

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