Lions, tigers, bears, and obesogens. Oh, my! What? Dorothy did not say “obesogens”. Let’s be honest, Dorothy was singing and dancing in Oz. In the real world, obesogens are chemicals in our environment that alter our endocrine system causing weight gain. Yikes! That is frightening.
So, where are obesogens and how are they avoided? Obesogens permeate our lives, which is thought to be a reason why two in three Americans are overweight and one in three Americans are obese. Obesogens are in plastic, non-stick coatings such as cookware, canned food, on produce (even organic), in our lotions, potions and creams, and synthetic upholstery and carpeting. Even cool stuff like Gortex.
A recent study found Roundup® in California wines, including organic wine. Short of being the girl-in-the-bubble, it is impossible to eliminate obesogens and, probably, even the bubble would be toxic. The good news is that huge reductions in toxic impact from obesogens can be achieved by changing exposure. Some ideas are:
Your body’s ability to detoxify obesogens and other harmful chemicals can be overwhelmed. Think of your toxic load like a bucket with a drain. If it fills too fast, the contents will spill over the top. Fortunately, there are some very smart people who are on it.
Environmental Working Group has a lot of information, including free phone apps. http://www.ewg.org
It seems that those crazy people wearing tinfoil hats, screaming that the government is poisoning them, are correct.
By: Linda Soloniuk, RN, MA
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