Environmental Chemicals Causing Thyroid Cancer: A wake up Call to Action

Environmental Chemicals Causing Thyroid Cancer: A wake up Call to Action

Environmental Chemicals Causing Thyroid Cancer: A wake up Call to Action

Environmental Chemicals Causing Thyroid Cancer: A wake up Call to Action

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Dr.Guttler’s Comments:

  1. Thyroid disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are chemicals that act the same as, block, or change the way that natural thyroid  hormones act in the body.
  2. These chemicals may be found in the air, water, and soil around the world as well as things used in everyday life day, including children’s toys, cleaning products, lotions, shampoos, and cosmetics.
  3. Pesticides (ie DDT, which stands for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
  4. BPA (Bisphenol A) used in certain children’s toys, plastic bottles, and food containers, food can linings, and cash register receipts
  5. Phthalates found in beauty products and plastics
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  7. Flame retardants used in certain furniture and floor coverings
  8. Triclosan used in antibacterial products.
  9.  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that more than 96% of Americans have this chemical in their bodies.
  10. Thyroid disrupting hormones have been linked to the following conditions: Thyroid cancer.
  11. Two Endocrine Distruptors Linked to Thyroid Cancer.
  12. Two common pollutants: bisphenol AF (BPA) and phytates (diethylhexylphthalate).
  13. In a study published in Chemosphere, the authors evaluated the blood levels of more than 14 EDCs and found a significant link between these two endocrine disrupters and thyroid cancer.
  14. The researchers identified 55 patients from five different medical sites across Italy who were seeking treatment for thyroid nodules; their blood was evaluated for levels of these EDCs.
  15. They found that in patients who had both BPA and phthalates in their blood, there was a dose-response effect regarding the development differentiated thyroid cancer.
  16. In fact, the risk of developing thyroid cancer appears 14-times greater in the individuals who have been exposed to low doses of these environmental toxins, according to Dr. Vincenzo Marotta, the lead study author, who is an oncologist from  IRCCS National Cancer Institute in Naples, Italy.
  17. The sooner you reduce your contact with these environmental endocrine disruptors the better, says Dr. Marotta.
  18. To lessen your exposure to BPA, for example, if you haven’t already purchased a BPA-free, reusable water bottle, do so, and keep it with you whenever you leave your home so you are not faced with having to buy a plastic bottle of water while out.
  19. 8 Tips to help you Avoid Your Exposure to Endocrine Distrupers 
  20. Avoid using anything made of plastic, including plastic shopping bags, and takeout food containers. Instead use glass food storage containers, and choose bottles and sippy/snack cups made of stainless steel, silicone, or glass, especially when microwaving food.
  21. Do not take cash register receipts, which contain  phthalates;  instead, they can be emailed, or patients can pay by credit card to have proof of the purchase.
  22. Look for phthalate-free beauty products and avoid plastic children’s toys
  23. Use cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans; skip the nonstick pans.
  24. Buy PVC-free (non-plastic) shower curtains, flooring, raincoats and rainboots, and outdoor furniture
  25. Check the label of canned foods to look for those with BPA-free liners. Choose canned products that announce they have BPA-free liners.
  26. This list changes often so keep checking as you shop.
  27. Companies that make BPA-free canned foods include Amy’s, Eden Foods, Bionaturae canned tomatoes, Bumble Bee tuna, Earth’s Best, Farmer’s Market, Health Valley, Hain Pure Foods, Westbrae Natural, and many others.
  28. Some companies like Trader Joe’s list what foods are in BPA-free packages.

 

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