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National Institute of Health of the US Government Says Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals are a Problem

Posted by Peter Eckhart, MD on

There have been some agitation from a minority of my customers that I am making up these endocrine disruptor concerns.  I am just repeating and refining the information provided by the National Institute of Health of the US Government, or NIH (nih.gov).  On this link the NIH, says that Endocrine Disruptors are no joke, and that we need to be concerned about the long term and short term effects on human health.  According to the NIH, these include certain cancers, and decreased fertility.  Their words, not mine.

Here is a nice graphic on how Endocrine Disruptors work:

A hormone is simply a "Chemical Messenger".  Normally, normal hormones produced by the human body attach to Hormone Receptors in the cell.  

However, a Hormone Mimic may actually attach to the cell receptors instead.  The Hormone Mimics are the purple diamonds in the picture above.  Note that these Hormone Mimics are NOT the original Normal Hormones.  The Hormone Mimics do NOT appear on the blood or saliva test.  This means that doing a hormone test by saliva or blood canNOT detect Hormone Mimics.

In the third picture, chemicals and herbs may also be Hormone Blockers.  These Hormone Blockers block any Cellular Response of the cell.

Here is a very nice video of an explanation of Endocrine Disruptors in our daily life.

  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • National Institute of Health