Harmful toxins in our environment
We are surrounded by toxins every day. We ingest them, we inhale them, we absorb them through the skin … every day … all day long:
Ingredients in cosmetics, hygiene products and household cleaners, additives and various pesticides or antibiotic residues in food, fumes from paint, carpets or new furniture, electromagnetic pollution from computers, mobile phones and mobile phone towers, light pollution through artificial lighting, toxins leaking into our food from plastic containers, et cetera, et cetera. The list could go on forever. And yes, it is scary.
That these toxins can be harmful to our health is no news. There are numerous scientific studies that prove this fact and very regularly topics such as “microplastics in toothpaste”, “aluminum in deodorants” or the “sick building syndrome” receive a lot of media attention.
Hormonal issues have increased due to endocrine disruptors
For the past few decades it has been observed that hormonal health issues have increased. The sperm quality of young men in Europe is decreasing. Girls are reaching puberty at increasingly lower age, both in the US and in Europe. The number of people suffering from breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and testicular cancer is increasing. (Source)
The World Health Organization (WHO) took this opportunity to take a closer look at this matter and published a report on endocrine disruptors in 2012, calling it a global threat. (Source)
Endocrine disruptors are hormonally active substances with deleterious effects. They may be of natural origin (e.g., as phytoestrogens in soy) as well as artificially produced (e.g., BPA bisphenol A, phthalates, etc.). Because these substances are hormonally active, they can bind in the body in places that are actually intended for the body’s own substances. They can also block the binding sites of hormones in the body and interfere with production, degradation or transportation.
"EDCs [Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals] have the capacity to interfere with tissue and organ development and function, and therefore they may alter susceptibility to different types of diseases throughout life.
This is is a global threat that needs to be resolved."
World Health Organization (WHO), State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012
But what can we do?
Should we leave our homes and spend the rest of our lives in a mountain village far away from any civilization – without any digital media, without toiletries and without artificial lighting? Of course not.
The goal cannot be to avoid everything that could pose a potential threat to our health, but to be aware of these toxins and to change what can be easily changed, without feeling anxious about it.
My health coaching services include this very important area of health care. During the initial meeting we will discuss your personal situation regarding toxins and include measures to minimize them as necessary.
I look forward to talking with you to learn more about your health journey, and how I may best support you. Contact me via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone +43 650 535 77 08, or via the contact form below.