Hidden Threats in Plastics (phthalates)

HIDDEN THREATS IN PLASTICS

Yet again plastics and their hazards are in the news. In an article in “The Week” a weekly news magazine, it was reported that phthalates (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity) are more harmful than has been revealed. It seems they disrupt hormones in the body. Clearly – not a good thing. A developmental deformity of the genitalia of baby boys is reported on the increase. Endocrine disruptors are responsible for interference of steroid hormones like estrogen and testosterone for example by binding to specific cell receptors. These plastic chemicals often have a very close molecular structure to our own natural hormones and cause a disruption to the normal function and/or growth of cells. In the case of baby boys, the formation of the penis is dependent on testosterone, but the look alike chemical is interfering with nature.

Where are these soft plastics found? They are in baby bottles and toys, water bottles, plastic dishes people microwave their food in, lipsticks and other cosmetics, some pharmaceutical pill coatings. It is most important to know that heat causes increased release of the phthalates.

We cannot depend on our government or the EPA to be our protectors nor can we rely on the food industry for safety. As an individual you must educate yourself and take action for you and your family’s health.
Here are some simple places to start:
• Avoid plastic water bottles. Get a good home water filtration system and use stainless steel or glass containers only to carry around water.
• Never microwave food in plastic – never.
• Purchase only natural cosmetics. Any product you put onto your skin and lips, consider yourself ingesting it. It is going into your bloodstream.
Theo Colburn PhD first wrote about the problem of endocrine disruption more that 15 years ago and has an updated website:
http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/New/newstuff.htm

Information on these chemicals are found in scientific journals, books and research.1

1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19245819?ordinalpos=5&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Pamela Sky Jeanne ND

Portland, OR

Ten Americans

TEN AMERICANS

How Safe is the Environment?

There’s a non government watch dog group for chemical safety in America.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) based in Washington DC monitors safety (or the lack of it) of chemicals in our environment. Over the last decade information has been trickling in from various sources about what our bodies are being exposed to daily. Ken Cook president and founder of EWG does research and analysis of our national policy debates dealing with toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution, and the environmental impacts of modern agriculture
This video (link below) is a compelling and shocking exposure delivered with facts and humor about the state of our exposure.
It is imperative to understand the comprehensive solutions to this serious toxic soup we now find ourselves in. As a health care practitioner I recommend Orenda products with unique formulas that assist in detoxifying at the cellular level and supporting healthy cell function. The cell is truly where health begins and ends. Everyone who owns a computer and does internet searches would be foolish to do so without a comprehensive anti-viral program for protection. The same idea applies to the body. What are you doing to protect and deal with toxic chemical exposures on the cellular level? Even if you do not have an illness it does NOT mean you are safe and healthy.
Link: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4414655/11837407

Proactive health care is now necessary to stay healthy.

Pamela Sky Jeanne ND

Being in Nature

Welcome to Wellness Aging’s  blog launch. We endeavor to offer education and tips to stay healthy in the aging journey.

Today’s tip comes from nature – the greatest healer of all. Taken for granted in this fast pace world being in nature is a great reminder to heed.

“Naturopathic Doctor News and Review” June 2009 contains an article worth mentioning. Could it true that a simple remedy to some of society’s ills can helped by just being in “nature”?  The article’s title “Natural Medicine: The healing effects of exposure to nature.”1 by Dr. Kurt Beil reveals the obvious.

The first example sites a study with college students and their performance on cognitive tests. They performed significantly better in a classroom with a park view rather than a parking lot view. No surprise there.

This next study is the best:

Children diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) were monitored and assessed after playing in one of three settings. 1) Indoor playground. 2) a “built” outdoor playground with asphalt and no greenery, 3) an outdoor playground with grass and trees.

You guessed it – the green and trees helped improve their symptoms significantly.

We innately know how good it feels to be in natural settings and it really helps our general wellbeing.

Sometimes we miss the obvious. To keep healthy and strong there are a lot of remedies, and the best medicine may be just taking the time to be in natural settings. The greener the better. Old family doctors would advise their patient to go the mountains for a rest or reside by the sea to become well.

Where is your nature spot?  Carve out your place and time regularly and you do not need a doctor’s order.

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