Have you ever wondered why?
- Men are giving competition to women in “boobs”
- Why your “women” is getting crankier on those five days with each passing month
- Why men and women are losing hair faster than Mr. Modi losing his followers
- What’s the secret of those dense moustaches and beard on your gf?
Behold.The answer may shock you.
Dum dum dum…(soliloquy effect of drums)
It is plastic.
Yes , this durable,convenient , handy and enviro-nemesis plastic.
In my previous video.(in which you all slept and scientists are claiming it to be a cause of insomnia), I have mentioned the four plastics which are detrimental to human health.
These plastics on
- Prolonged exposure to food or water
- Exposure to acidic food
- Exposure to Sunlight (UV rays)
Leaches out harmful chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalate. These chemicals are also known as Endocrine disruptors
Let us understand what is meant by Endocrine disruptors. According to Public Broadcasting Service:
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel throughout the body coordinating complex processes like growth, metabolism, and fertility. They can influence the function of the immune system, and even alter behavior. In response to a signal from the brain, hormones are secreted directly into the blood by the glands that produce and store them. These glands make up what is known as the endocrine system. Chemicals that interfere with the function of hormones are therefore known as endocrine disruptors.
Acc. To National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,these harmful chemicals or endocrine disruptors.
- Mimic or partly mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens (the female sex hormone), androgens (the male sex hormone), and thyroid hormones, potentially producing overstimulation leading to weight gain and hormonal imbalance.
- Bind to a receptor within a cell and block the endogenous hormone from binding. The normal signal then fails to occur and the body fails to respond properly. Examples of chemicals that block or antagonize hormones are anti-estrogens and anti-androgens.
- Interfere or block the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled, for example, by altering their metabolism in the liver.
Let’s discuss each of these endocrine disruptors:
BPA is often added to plastics (plastic+BPA=Durability) to make them more durable, but it was once given to animals like cows and chickens to cause them to gain weight before slaughter. BPA is known to disrupt hormones and can mimic the effect of estrogen in the body, leading to weight gain and hormonal imbalance.
From The Journal of the Yale School of Environmental Studies:
There is also now abundant research that links BPA and phthalate exposure to such human health concerns as
- deformities of the male and female genitals
- premature puberty in females
- decreased sperm quality
- and increased breast and prostate cancers
- type 2 diabetes
- rare vaginal tumors
- testicular growth among those exposed in utero
- heart disease
- liver problem
- and neurological problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD.
It is widely known that plastics from food packaging can leach into food and enter the body. The CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that over 92% of people who were tested had detectable levels of BPA and other plastic chemicals in their bodies (including newborn babies).
“Estrogenic chemicals found in many common products have been linked to a litany of problems in humans and animals.
- According to one study, the pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs female.
- DES, which was once prescribed to prevent miscarriages, caused obesity, rare vaginal tumors, infertility, and testicular growths among those exposed in utero.
- Scientists have tied BPA to ailments including asthma, cancer, infertility, low sperm count, genital deformity, heart disease, liver problems, and ADHD.
“Pick a disease, literally pick a disease,” says Frederick vom Saal, a biology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia who studies BPA.”
Phthalates are also found in many plastics and in high levels in indoor air. The European Union banned them in 2005 and many other countries have banned them as well.
Phthalates are considered to be especially harmful to men and boys, especially those exposed in utero. They are linked to immune system impairment, reduced testosterone, infertility in men and many other problems.
No doubt plastic is convenient, durable and user friendly. It has become an inextricable part of our life and so are the health impacts associated with it. When I first read about its detrimental effects, kneejerk reaction was to make my life plastic free. With a tad bit success, I realized that going plastic free in present status quo is quite a cumbersome task and lifestyle will take a while to adapt to “plastic free” consciousness. In the meantime, we can pursue a smart approach. In brief, follow this thumbrule:
- Not consuming anything that is served hot in plastic e.g. packed food containers, edible items microwaved in plastic containers etc
- Not consuming anything that is exposed for longer durations to plastic walls i.e. drinking water bottles, cold drinks etc
- Not consuming anything in plastics which are exposed to UV rays/Sunlight.
- Avoiding acidic foods served in plastic containers.
Research studies have also specifically mentioned that the impact is more pronounced on pregnant women and prenatal lives. So, its imperatively essential not to take any chances in this case and keep your wedding vows/promise i.e. Protect her from any harm , both seen and unforeseen.
All the best.