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Endocrine Disruptors_Final

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>> Hi and welcome back. Now that you understand how the liver functions in detoxification, in this lecture, we're going to focus on a particular group of toxins that negatively affects hormone balance. Can you guess what they are? We're talking about a group of toxins that are known as endocrine disruptors, and they do just that. They disrupt the function of the entire endocrine system. These endocrine disruptors are found in plastics, skincare products, preservatives, foods, insecticides, medications, and building supplies. They can affect the thyroid, the male sex hormones, and estrogen. Endocrine disruptors can cause trouble via three possible mechanisms. They block the natural hormone from binding to cells as it meant to. The normal signal then doesn't get produced and the body is unable to respond properly. They mimic or partly mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens, androgens, the male sex hormones, and thyroid hormones, tricking the body into thinking it has more hormone than it does. And they interfere with the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled. For example, by altering their metabolism and the liver or keeping the body from producing enough of them. One of the biggest issues with endocrine disruptors nowadays is in pregnancy. If the mother has been exposed to them, the fetus may be affected. Babies may be affected by exposure through skincare products, cleaning products, tap water, baby formula, and air fresheners. It is especially important to avoid these early exposures to the endocrine disruptors as they can cause lifetime problems. For instance, significant exposure in the womb, in infancy and in early childhood, may have lasting effects on sexual development, birth weight, mental capacity, and immune system development. Let's look at the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on the thyroid, sex hormones, and fertility. For the most part, endocrine disruptors impact the sex hormones. There are, however, a few that few affect the thyroid. Most endocrine disruptors have been shown to cause hypothyroidism, with the exception of phthalates, which are known to cause hyperthyroidism. Some also may cause thyroid cancer. Disruption of thyroid function in early development may be the cause of abnormal sexual development in both males and females and may also affect early motor development and learning ability. The main thyroid disruptors are phthalates, which are plastic softeners found in water bottles, shower curtains, pill coatings, glues, vinyl upholstery, car interiors, and food containers. Benzophenone, which is an ingredient in many sunscreens, as well as moisturizer, foundation and body lotion. Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, which are produced in manufacturing and commonly found in ground water and soil. Flame retardants such as those found in pajamas, mattresses, and carpeting, and pesticides such as perchlorates, and DDT. Endocrine disruptors most commonly affect the sex hormones. These sex hormone disruptors can cause infertility, prostate cancer in men, autoimmune disorders, obesity, PMS, and PCOS. They can also cause developmental delays, sexual development defects, and learning disabilities in fetuses, babies, and young children. There are several kinds of sex hormone disruptors, including hormone blockers such as anti-estrogens and anti-androgens. Hormone production or conversion disruptors such as anastrozole, which is used for male infertility and to treat breast cancer. And xenoestrogens, which are estrogen mimickers. If this just sounded like a bunch of words to you, don't worry. Now we're going to walk through what this all means. Let's start with the sex hormone blockers, which are called anti-estrogens and anti-androgens. These interfere with receptors for sex hormones that are found in the cells. They may block them partially or completely. The anti-estrogens include medications such as tamoxifen which is used to treat breast cancer, and clomid which is used as a fertility drug. There are also foods are considered to be anti-estrogenic such as pomegranate, cruciferous vegetables, and mushrooms. This doesn't mean that these foods are bad for you. It actually means that they help the body detox estrogen more effectively. Eating in abundance of these foods can help both men and women with excess estrogen to naturally lower their estrogen levels and rebalance. Anti-androgens include the blood pressure medication, spironolactone, and a medication used to stimulate appetite called megace. You may be familiar with spironolactone because it is often prescribed for women with high androgens who have PCOS. Anti-androgenic foods and compounds include green tea, chaste tree, saw palmetto and reishi mushrooms. These foods are compounds that are commonly recommended to both men and women with conditions related to high testosterone in order to help them lower their testosterone levels naturally. Next, we have hormone production or conversion disruptors which keep the body from being able to produce or convert normal quantities of sex hormones. For example, they may affect the release of FSH or LH or they can reduce or even block the conversion of estrogen into testosterone. An example of this is lupron, a medication used to treat prostate cancer which keeps the body from being able to produce testosterone by affecting the pituitary, keeping it from releasing gonadotropin-releasing hormone or GnRH. This then reduces the release of FSH and LH causing the body to produce significantly lower quantities of both testosterone and estrogen. This drug is often prescribed for women who have had surgery to remove endometriosis, but it has serious side effects and should be considered very carefully by clients with their doctors. Similarly, chaste tree or vitex reduces production of prolactin which then affects gonadotropin-releasing hormone. This causes levels of LH and FSH to go up, which favors production of progesterone and decreases production and conversion of testosterone. Finally, we have estrogen mimickers, which are called xenoestrogens. Xeno means foreign as in not from your won body. These act like estrogen imposters in the body, often resulting in an estrogen dominance state. These xenoestrogens accumulate in the fatty tissues causing long-term consequences. Symptoms of this in women can include PMS, irregular periods, low sex drive, hair loss, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, mood swings, and fatigue. In men, symptoms may include low libido, prostate enlargement, gynecomastia or the development of breasts in men, reduced sperm count, fatigue, increased abdominal fat, and poor blood sugar control. The list of xenoestrogens is quite long, and unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to avoid exposure to them. They're found in household cleaners, foods, plastics, drinking water, and medications. They include BPA and other types of plastics, birth control pills, dioxins, pesticides including DDT, food dyes and flavoring agents, parabens, bleaching agents, sunscreens such as benzophenone and PABA, soy, flaxseed, and other beans. So to recap what we've covered so far, there are two main types of endocrine disruptors, thyroid disruptors and sex hormone disruptors. And there are three types of sex hormone disruptors, sex hormone blockers which consist of anti-estrogens and anti-androgens, hormone production or conversion disruptors, and estrogen mimickers or xenoestrogens. These disruptors are found in our everyday products and can cause a multitude of health issues and problems as a result of early and chronic exposure. Now that we've covered basics, let's talk about their impact on fertility which can affect both men and women. The presence of so many endocrine disruptors in our environment is having a massive impact on our collective health. Therefore, it is really not surprising that they can negatively affect fertility in both men and women. What does this look like for your clients? Imagine you have a couple who meets with you for a consultation. They're both in their early 30s and have been trying to conceive for the last 10 months. You ask them about what they've been experiencing lately in terms of their health. She reports difficulty losing weight, breast tenderness, and fatigue. Her periods are a little irregular. Some are 24 days and others are 36 days. She has significant PMS symptoms. He reports that he's trying to be interested in their sex life, but he's struggling. He too has gained some weight around the belly and his cravings for sweets are uncontrollable. After learning some more about their diet and lifestyle, you see that they both have significant xenoestrogen exposure on a regular basis, in particular, their exposure to plastic is very high. Every day they use plastic water bottles, plastic wrap, and plastic containers for food storage. And they eat a lot of foods that come in plastic-lined cans. Knowing that heavy and prolonged use of these products can create excess estrogen in the body for both males and females and seeing that they both seem to be experiencing symptoms that correlate with this, you can recommend that they avoid xenoestrogen containing products. It can benefit any client to limit their exposure to such products, so it's not like they need a diagnosis of estrogen dominance in order for you to make this kind of recommendation. What we're saying here is that you can practice safely from within your scope as a Health Coach by making these types of recommendation without going to a place of diagnosis. Returning to our example, you can discuss with them that exposure to plastics and other chemicals in the household can artificially increase estrogen levels. You share that for both men and women, elevated estrogen levels can cause low libido, which decreases their chances of conceiving. In women, these high estrogen levels can lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, both of which can interfere with their ability to conceive. In men, high estrogen levels can cause decreased sperm count and motility. Here you are educating without diagnosing. You make some recommendations to them about reducing their exposure to these fake estrogens and plastics as well as in the foods they're eating and in their drinking water. You also recommend that they focus on liver supporting foods and herbs which will help to clear the excess estrogen from their bodies. Three months later, they report that they've been following your recommendation to decrease their exposure to xenoestrogens and incorporating foods that support estrogen detoxification. They both report a renewed interest in their sex life, higher energy levels, and they're looking forward to getting pregnant. Six months later, they happily let you know that a baby is on the way. Situations like this are common. This is why it is so important to pay attention, not only to what people eat but to what they eat out of and to the products that they use in their day to day lives. It may seem odd at first to enquire about how your clients store their food or the specific products they buy, but these are often very important clues to hormonal and overall health that may otherwise go completely under the radar. So with that said, let's recap what we've covered in this lecture. There are a variety of endocrine disruptors lurking in a huge variety of products that many people use often and sometimes even daily. Not only can these impact your client's health, they can also have long-term developmental consequences for infants who are exposed to heavy amounts of these toxins. Sex hormones disruptors affect both men and women and high levels of xenoestrogen levels in dad as well as mom can negatively impact fertility. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out the liver cleanse protocol for guidance on how to do an effective liver cleanse, including how to detox the body of excess estrogen. Now without any judgment, take a look at the products that you use most regularly in your life. Do you use a lot of plastics or home and personal use products that contain endocrine disruptors? We can't replace everything we own overnight, so remember, for both you and your clients, to approach these shifts in incremental steps. What is one swap that you can make this week to reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors? Head over to the Facebook group and let us know. Thank you so much for watching.

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