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
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.
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