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Metabolic Health, Bridging the Gap between EDCs and Current Trends in Medical Complexities, and the question of 'Is Organic Really Safer?' A look into the reality of the harm in low dose exposure to EDCs

My name is Danielle Haller, and I am majoring in Sustainability & the Environment at Florida International University and my concentration is in Public Health.

During my final teachings of this semester, I came across a lesson that I found to be important to share with you all because it is something that we as the people hold the power to change.

Therefore, the intention of this article is to raise a consciousness about the issue of the increasing exposure to EDCs in correlation to the rising rate of patients diagnosed with metabolic and cardiovascular diseases and associated comorbidities.

I'd also like to bring awareness to the possible interaction with EDCs and our genes, specifically in the nature of development and in the context of rare diseases.

Many of the acquired health conditions associated with EDCs can be prevented with more ethical regulation of low levels of exposure to toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals within the environment and on a daily basis in our home and care products. This will have to be done by popular demand of, you guessed it, the people.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

My most recent lecture was on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in the environment through the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, soaps, detergents, and beauty products. I would like to bring focus to the correlation between EDCs and the health and function of our Endocrine System, which is vital for homeostasis, along with EDCs proven negative effects on the trophic food chain, including:

  • killing off important pollinators
  • killing off pests (native species)
  • poisoning aquatic and wildlife ecosystems up the trophic food chain
  • limiting the sustainability of our crops & land for future natural habitats by causing soil erosion and arid conditions

Prevalence of EDCs and the Correlation with Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease

This information is alarming because of our daily use and contact with EDCs. Unbiased studies show that it is undoubtedly, strongly correlated with the current trend of women’s, men’s, and children’s metabolic and cardiovascular health issues. My goal is to bridge the gap between environmental exposures from development to adulthood and within rare diseases and medically complex conditions that have overlapping symptoms, such as:

  • women's health
  • diabetes
  • thyroid disease
  • kidney disease
  • neurological disease
  • connective tissue disease
  • cancer

I also intend to explore how these chemicals interfere with those who already have rare genetic mutations and look for potential of exacerbating rare or medically complex conditions in ways that have been either understudied or overlooked.

Each time that we come into contact with substances and materials that contain EDCs, we are receiving a disrupt in our own hormonal mechanisms, i.e., too much or too little estrogen from inhibition or prohibition of the chemical production or release of estrogen due to mutations and chemical reactions in the hormones from EDCs.

But that's not all; this recipe for metabolic disease and PCOS is synergistic between not only our genetic predispositions, but also our diet, amount of activity, daily exposure (hormones are most often disrupted in low to moderate amounts of exposure), through our consumption, which we often can mistake as responsible, and through our inadvertent environmental exposure – which can be in the form of the soap and shampoo we use or the household products we keep our homes spic and span with. Maybe it’s time to start paying regard to those warning labels after all.

Just because something is labeled as “Organic” does not make it safer by means of exposure to toxins.

Is Organic Truly a Safer Option?

This brings me to another really central point that I want to share. Just because something is labeled as “Organic” does not make it safer by means of exposure to toxins. I know this is the very last thing any of us wanted to hear or believe but it’s true. Organic herbicides are still harmful to us and to the environment, to ecosystems and wildlife.

Below is a table of organic compounds used in high concentrations for crops, land, urban development and in home gardens. The trouble is that the exposure doesn’t appear to do harm immediately, but unbiased studies show low doses over time show worrisome outcomes.

Infographic of Hazardous Organic Chemical Compounds

Daily Exposure to EDCs

It is clear that exposure to EDCs are as often as multiple times throughout the day depending on which "organic" substances are being used, consumed, or even in the vicinity of. What is not clear is how significant the long-term effects are.

What we do know is that we can find EDCs within vaccinations as preservatives, in disinfectants as saponifiers, in tobacco as nicotine - and furthermore in insecticides called neonicotinoids that are harmful to bees, mountain lions, and other wildlife, while leaving toxins behind from seed to fruit in plants.

Monsanto, GMO, and Roundup Ready Crops

Who is Monsanto and why do they create genetically modified crops and medicines anyway?

Monsanto is the largest American Owned agrochemical and agro-biotechnology corporation, and since 2018, is owned by Bayer.

Monsanto produced Agent Orange a carcinogen that was used as part of the US Military Herbicidal Warfare in the Vietnam War. They also produce Round-Up which contains glyphosate, the main contributor to celiac disease and other IBD. Monsanto has a history of selling DDT, PCBs, and many other extremely toxic chemicals for profit under the pretense to farmers that it is necessary to have herbicide resistant crops for larger yields.

Fortunately, science has proven in studies that the yield doesn't differ with or without Monsanto products.

Question is: Can we get it off the market?

Monsanto now combined with Bayer is such an enormous corporation as a pharmaceutical and agricultural company. I'm sure that it is not an option to remove them from the market, however, what I do think is important is consumerism and what we choose to consciously support the purchase of.

As the people, we create supply and demand.

So what are we going to do about it?

First things first, we must educate ourselves and each other on toxins, how they affect us, how they affect our environment, how we are exposed to them, and what we can do to limit or lessen our exposure.

Limiting Exposure to EDCs

It's up to us to read labels and learn the ingredients to the cleaning products that we choose to use in our homes, the expensive "must-have" products we use on our skin and hair, and actually understanding why there are side effects for our medicines.

It's up to us to identify what foods are already unhealthy and which ones can contribute to more metabolic or cardiovascular diseases and comorbidities and be sure to avoid them.

Grow your own food.

It's up to us to question the safety and efficacy of our vaccines, medications, request safety data, and read and update VAERS (vaccine adverse event reporting system) data.

It's up to us to stop making the purchase for pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, regardless of if they are organic or not, and go for a less toxic option. One that won't seep into the groundwater and contaminate the supply. One that won't thin out the shells of bird eggs. One that won't eliminate biodiversity in its natural habitat.

Try Diatomaceous Earth, Dr. Bronners Castille Soap, Neem Oil or Citrus Oil for an Eco-friendly option

Regardless of what we do individually, we still have the collective to contribute as well. We have power in numbers and we must come together to consider environmental sustainability and public health.

If we don't, who else will?

Check out my latest collaboration project with the Rare Advocacy Movement.
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