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Your Environmental Toxicology Report

From eNewsletter 1/20/2020

DID YOU KNOW that adherence to a healthy lifestyle (equal to or more than 2 healthy lifestyle components) is associated with lower risk of colorectal polyps?

According to a European Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, components most strongly associated with lower odds of colorectal polyps were maintaining a healthy diet and abstinence from smoking.


Bonnie and Steve: Assessing and addressing your environmental toxicology, or your toxic load, is one of the main tenets to begin this new decade. Here's why:

JAMA Internal Medicine study suggests higher exposure to pyrethroid insecticides was associated with a higher risk of death from all causes or cardiovascular disease over 14 years of observation. PREVENTIVE TIP: Eat organic.

A JAMA Pediatrics study found that maternal exposure to specific persistent pollutant mixtures may reduce fetal growth, and this association is apparent even at low levels of exposure. PREVENTIVE TIP: Eat organic.

Research presented at American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2019 Annual Meeting suggests that common chemicals affect reproductive health. For example, lifetime and uterine exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a compound frequently used in plastics and food packaging, has the potential to affect female organs and fetal brain development.

Occupational exposure to BPA has also been shown to cause sexual dysfunction in men, and the endocrine-disrupting chemical plays a role in the obesity epidemic. 

Other compounds include flame retardants, phthalates, and bisphenol S, the BPA replacement commonly found in products labeled BPA-free. The lead researcher was surprised to discover how high her own levels of bisphenol S were when she had her urine analyzed. PREVENTIVE TIP: Decrease exposure by not microwaving food in plastic containers, eat freshly prepared food with a lot of organic fruits and vegetables, and when you buy furniture, ask if it is treated with flame retardants.

Personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, cosmetics and other personal care products often contain toxins. PREVENTIVE TIP: Switch to certified organic and/or homemade personal care products. Cut down on the number of personal care products you use every day. Avoid antibacterial soaps, wipes and sanitizer gels.

Your drinking water may be contaminated with atrazine, glyphosate, arsenic, perchlorate and/or fire retardant chemicals. PREVENTIVE TIP: Filter your water, both at your tap and your shower/bath if possible, using a high-quality water filtration system.