Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and potential EDCs are mostly man-made, found in various materials such as pesticides, metals, additives or contaminants in food, and personal care products. EDCs have been suspected to be associated with altered reproductive function in males and females; increased incidence of breast cancer, abnormal growth patterns and neurodevelopmental delays in children, as well as changes in immune function.
Many of EDC's are similar chemical compounds to Estrogens, and called Xenoestrogens. When they enter the bloodstream we respond as we do to estrogens worsening existing estrogen dominance or they may actually be the cause or hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance or excess estrogen.
The European Commission rolled out a strategy to identify and deal with EDC's, which lists over 432 candidate substances to study further for endocrine-disrupting properties. In order to prioritise efforts, the substances have been subdivided into a number of categories: The list of EDCs category 1, as the most dangerous group of chemicals you may read clicking here.
The most widely known and still used substance on this list is Bisphenol A (BPA), which is often replaced by Bisphenol B (BPB) nowadays. BPA-based plastic is clear and tough, and is made into a variety of common consumer goods, such as plastic bottles including water bottles, sports equipment, make-up products, water pipe linings and coatings on the inside of many food and beverage cans. In 2015, an estimated 4 million tonnes of BPA chemical were produced for manufacturing polycarbonate plastic, making it one of the highest volume of chemicals produced worldwide. As of 2011 the European Union and Canada have banned BPA use in baby bottles, ecolabel products and cosmetics. Next step is to ban BPA in thermal paper between 2016 and 2020.
While all this sounds promising, it happened just a bit too late. BPA became a "pseudo-persistent" chemical leading to its spreading and potential accumulation in a variety of environmental matrices. (See micro plastic in the oceans and seas. )
Besides, new and new chemical compounds come to the market, and to get to the bottom of all industrially used, wide variety, constantly growing number of chemicals, will take too long to protect us in THIS lifetime.
What you have is THIS life.
Replace as much synthetic chemicals in your household as you can to simple, natural coumpounds!
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