Daily Exposure To These Chemicals Is Making You Sick And Broke

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Daily Exposure To These Chemicals Is Making You Sick And Broke

Written by: Lindsay Sibson

There is something about songs and scents that has the power to take you back to a moment in time where you can vividly recall a certain memory.

For me, MmmBop takes me back to middle school when I was jumping on my friend’s backyard trampoline and also smothered my body with Cucumber Melon lotion after every shower. Back then I didn’t think twice about what I put on or in my body.

Yet, these daily actions you do everyday could be drastically harming your health by overloading your body everyday with hazardous endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

A recent analysis of a survey has shown that exposure to chemicals are dangerous to hormone function and burdens Americans with hundreds of billions in disease costs!

MAJOR (And Expensive) DANGER

The U.S.A. has a major multi billion dollar HAZARD on its hands that is putting the health and safety of its citizens at risk – EACH AND EVERY DAY:

  • Annual healthcare costs and lost earnings from daily low-level exposure to hazardous chemicals exceeds $350 BILLION (as reported by an economic analysis by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center)
    • This amount is more than 2.3% of the U.S.’s gross domestic product! 

WHERE are these hazardous chemicals lurking? Unfortunately, E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E… they are in:

Plastic Bottles Detergents Metal Food Cans
Cosmetics Toys Pesticides

The Analysis

As shared in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology online October journal, these estimated medical costs are the result of MORE than 15 medical conditions that have been previously linked to a buildup of these toxic, endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

And what is even MORE disturbing is that it has been known for decades that these chemicals pose a threat to human health, yet they are still widely used! The danger of these chemicals is that they can interfere with natural hormone function, such as:

Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Commonly used to line tin food cans
Phthalates
  • Used in manufacturing cosmetics and plastic food containers
Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB)
  • Found in pesticides and flame retardants (in furniture and packaging)

The researcher’s analysis is the FIRST U.S. assessment of costs linked with routine endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure. After three years of examination, the results of the damage caused by these chemicals has been associated with increased rates of:

  • Neurological and behavioral disorders
  • Male infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Birth defects
  • Cancer 

And it doesn’t stop there… this chemical exposure has also shown to diminish IQ scores!

Lead investigator, associate professor at NYU Langone and health epidemiologist, Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, says:

“Our research adds to the growing evidence on the tremendous economic as well as human health costs of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

“Based on our analyses, stronger regulatory oversight of endocrine-disrupting chemicals is needed, not just in Europe, but in the U.S. This oversight should include not only safety tests on the chemicals’ used in the manufacture of commercial products before the chemicals receive government approval, but also studies of their health impact over time once they are used in consumer products.”

The Study

To document the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the participants for the new study, the team at NYU Langone reviewed blood samples and urine analyses of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The survey has been annually gathering information from 5,000 volunteers since 1999. To project disease totals originated from chemical exposure as well as calculate the estimated health costs and lost income for each disease, the researchers used advanced computer models. The model’s analysis shows that:

  • Yearly exposure to highly toxic chemicals and pesticides accounted for nearly two-thirds of the TOTAL endocrine-disrupting chemical disease burden
    • Mostly from neurological damage in the unborn
    • Exposure to fire-resisting PBDE chemicals and has accounted for:
      • 11 million lost IQ points in children
      • An additional 43,000 cases of “intellectual disability”
      • As associated disease burden of $266 billion +
    • Pesticide exposure has has accounted for:
      • 1.8 billion lost IQ points
      • 7,500 MORE disability cases each year
      • A total health cost of $44.7 billion 

And sadly, it doesn’t stop there.

Not only are PCB-like chemicals widely available in the U.S. (compared to Europe’s more strict regulations), but also attribute to:

  • $100 billion in health costs
  • An estimated 1,500 cases of autism
  • 4,400 cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 

In regards to the damage that phthalate exposure contributes:

  • 1,300 cases of diabetes
  • 86,000 cases of endometriosis
  • 10,700 early deaths from heart diseases (and other vascular diseases)
  • A $47 billion health cost 

Note: Trasande stated that the statistical modeling used in the analysis significantly lowered disease numbers, the calculations are on the “low end of the scale” and if total disease numbers were fully noted, then cost estimates for the actual health costs of endocrine-disrupting chemicals would be much higher.

Simple And Safe Step To Keep Your Family Safe

To minimize your family’s exposure to these endocrine-disrupting chemicals, Teresa M. Attina, MD, PhD and senior study investigator suggests:

1. Do NOT microwave food in plastic wrap or containers

2. Wash plastic containers by hand instead of using the dishwasher

3. Avoid using plastic containers

      • Never use containers with the number 3, 6 or 7 inside the recycle sign on the bottom (indicated phthalates used)
      • Switch to natural or fragrance-free cosmetics 

4. Buy ONLY organic produce (fruits and vegetables)

To learn more about how to “Stop Counting Calories and Start Counting Chemicals,” watch this quick 8 minute video where Drew talks about the danger of chemicals.

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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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