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Posted @ 11/15/2010 2:09 PM By Terri Wiebold
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
- Hair products
- Personal care products
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
- Hair products
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!
Posted @ 11/8/2010 1:54 PM By Terri Wiebold
The President’s Cancer Panel has made recommendations for ways we can minimize the toxicity of our living environments. Below is a summary of these recommendations:
- Eat organic foods and wash other, non-organic foods to remove residues
- Eat free range / natural or grass-fed meat to reduce exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones and toxic run-off from livestock feedlots
- Choose “green” household cleaners
- Choose “green” garden products
- Be aware of and reduce exposures to toxic environments while pregnant
- Ensure children’s play areas and toys are free of toxins
- Select medicines and medical tests for children that limit toxins
- Remove your shoes before entering your home
- Wash work clothes separately from other laundry
- Filter tap or well water at home
- Use only stainless steel, glass or BPA and phthalate-free containers
- Microwave food in glass containers – not plastic (I would recommend not using a microwave altogether, as it reduces the vitamin and mineral content in food)
All of these recommendations are helpful, easy to accomplish, and should be taken very seriously. Another recommendation I have to eliminate a toxic environment is to read labels in order to discover any chemical additives. Next week’s blog will have ingredients to stay away from in your foods and cosmetics. Call me for an appointment to discuss additional ways to adapt your lifestyle to live in a cleaner personal environment.