Since couple years I am continuously reading a lot of books and articles about food industry, and watching documentaries in regard to this topic. My interest concerns not only food but also daily life products such as cosmetics, packaging, dyes, electronics, toys, and clothing! I am terrified with the negative health effects that these items have, including high amount of people with cancer. This seems to be the most common “killer” of today’s society. I bet all of us know at least one person who has/had cancer.
I’d like to shed some light to scientific jargon and then show you the list of products containing EDCs.
The reason of many new, serious civilization diseases are among others EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) such as: brominated flame retardants, well known Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates (four types: Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) and Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)- these are luckily already banned by REACH* in toys and children’s products and will be restricted in electrical equipment by RoHS** from July 2019). Unfortunately the list continues and there are even more substances listed by the EU as Category 1 potential EDCs including several other phthalates, tributyltin compounds, Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), nonylphenols and their ethoxylates, octylphenols, Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCP) and several metals including aluminium and copper.
Let’s focus now a bit on a definition of endocrine disruptor, the definition developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and widely used on a global basis: “An endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub) populations”. These harmful effects on humans (and animals) are: sexual dysfunction, loss of fertility, cancer, hindrance in natural hormone production resulting in destructive effects on metabolism, hair loss, obesity, growth and development, sleep and mood… Shall I list more?
As you see, in the marathon for more, cheaper, smaller/bigger, whatever you think of… in the race for better future we kind of forgot about our health and the natural environment.
Luckily there are great initiatives such as the one started by a group of young researchers from Gdańsk, Poland (my hometown:)), owners of Detoxed Home LLC business, an initiative called “Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge” . Their mission is to show and implement recommendations for reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in daily life. Their challenge is to change the lifestyle into free from EDCs, without sacrificing the benefits of the civilization. If you want to read more about Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge I encourage you to subscribe to their page, here. I fully support their mission and join the challenge as well.
To make this story more real, I’d like to list some of products containing EDCs:
- Canned food (containing Bisphenol A)
- Plastic containers (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)
- Plastic bottles (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)- the smaller the bottles, the worse because the proportion of EDC to liquid is high
- Plastic bags (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)
- Cosmetics (containing Bisphenol A, Phthalates and Parabens)
- Electronic devices (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)
- Clothes/textiles (containing brominated flame retardants)
- Thermal printed receipts (containing Bisphenol A)- yes, the receipts you get in a shop or restaurants…
- Eye lenses (containing Bisphenol A)
It’s not possible to avoid all products… But you can try to make at least small steps, same as I did.
I’m not able to escape from electronic devices… and I will not resign from cosmetics but I try to choose the most natural ones, without parabens and the ones that have the least ingredients possible. I switched from cremes to natural oils, etc. I minimised using plastic bags and try to use material or paper ones instead. I hardly eat/drink canned products. Whenever possible I try to store my food in glass containers instead of plastic ones, like in below example…
Just look how simple that is… empty jam glass jar can make your food look more attractive and of course more healthy :):):)
Are you with me? Will you also join the “Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge” and detox your home, relatives and environment? You can start to change now…
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Regulations and Directives:
* REACH- European Union regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
** RoHS- European Union directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment
- C2P Newsletter Alert „EU: Endocrine Disruptors and Legislation” on 21 FEB 2017
- ChemicalWatch Newsletter Alert “BPA added to REACH candidate list” on 20 DEC 2016