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Detoxification — clear and cleanse your body by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP and Dixie Mills, MD http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/default.aspx

http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/endocrinedisruptors.aspx

Our bodies are under enormous detoxification demands from all sides, and it can seem frustrating when we try to address them. And nowhere do our decisions seem more important than in our own homes! On the one hand, we’re advised to keep our kitchens clean and disinfected for fear of food-borne pathogens — but on the other, the cleaning solutions we’re offered in the supermarket are full of toxins. The good news is that you can have inexpensive, non-toxic cleaners for your household if you’re willing to do a little “home chemistry” using some simple ingredients. We’ve collected a bunch of useful tips on how to do this for our readers who are looking for ways to keep a clean house without polluting their environment or emptying their wallets. (more…)

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By Dixie Mills, MD http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/endocrinedisruptors-page2.aspx#disruptors

What are endocrine disruptors? An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic compound that mimics a natural hormone when it is absorbed by the body. It can turn on, turn off, or change normal signals. It can have the effect of altering normal hormone levels, triggering excessive action, or completely blocking a natural response. Any other bodily function controlled by hormones can also be affected. By Dixie Mills,M.D.

http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/endocrinedisruptors-page3.aspx#common

By Dixie Mills, MD http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/endocrinedisruptors-page2.aspx#disruptors

Recent studies of small groups of diverse volunteers (men and women) in Europe, the US and Canada showed that everyone, including the chief of a remote indigenous tribe in Northern Québec, had one characteristic in common: without their knowing, their bodies had absorbed a complex chemical cocktail of dozens of different synthetic substances.

So how did these chemicals get there? Very simply, as the accumulated by-product of a modern life, of breathing industrial emissions, eating treated food, and using endless consumer products — plastic microwave bags, fast-food containers, nail polish, computer casings, to name just a few. None of these volunteers were living near a toxic dump or exhibiting any unusual behavior or disease.

Of all the manmade toxins in our environment, we now realize that the most ubiquitous (the ones used to create plastics, pesticides, cleansers, dyes, flame retardants and white paper, among other products) may be the most worrisome. We identify these as endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDC’s), as they have been shown to mimic the action of hormones when absorbed by humans and wildlife.

These compounds interfere with the essential inner workings of our cells. Measuring how dangerous they are has been difficult not only because they interact in complex ways and at tiny concentrations, but also because literally every species has had some exposure — often in utero. Despite the fact that these chemicals are a relatively recent invention — over the past 60 years or so — endocrine disruptors are omnipresent and there appear to be no uncorrupted, or “normal” subjects for us to monitor as a control group.  (more…)

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