On Monday, September 28th 2015, the endocrine society released a big, new consensus paper about the impact that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have on our health.
Since big agriculture companies and food manufacturers have already been pooh-poohing the facts discussed in the statement, it’s important that you know the details.
Access the full text paper titled, Executive Summary to EDC-2: The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
In brief, endocrinologists at the Endocrine Society are urging physicians, pediatricians, and parents to be cognizant of how these chemicals are getting into our bodies and what we can do about them.
Here are my top tips for avoiding these compounds:
– Grow your own vegetables (or purchase only organic vegetables and get to know a local farmer). The more color the better, as the phytonutrients kick-start cellular detox pathways.
– Familiarize yourself with the Environmental Working Group’s app (for cosmetics Dirty Dozen foods).
– Avoid shellfish (shellfish concentrate pollutants) and commercially prepared meats/pork. Remember, animals bioaccumulate environmental compounds.
– Exercise more often. Sweat releases environmental toxins.
– Weight training helps burn fat better than cardio, so weight train 3-5 days per week.
– Avoid running outside near freeways or during rush hour (when car exhaust is high).
– Lower your body fat (many EDCs are found in body fat).
– Eliminate major EDC sources in the home—mattresses, pillows, chairs, and couches—that contain flame retardants. These are nasty and persist in your body for years. Buy organic and flame-retardant–free materials.
– Get a filter for your shower and tap water (we use http://www.custompure.com/ in Seattle, WA).
– Open the windows in your home and car.
– Consume sulfur-rich foods (eggs, whey protein, garlic, ginger, brassica vegetables, onions)
– Get to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This will help regulate the bowel’s circadian rhythm and purging of toxins dumped in the stool.
– Meditate and/or learn HeartMath. This will help reduce inflammation and increase motility in the GI tract so your body can better eliminate toxins.