Experts agree that if the United States were to regulate the amount of toxicity allowed in our everyday environments, including our food, it would tremendously cut down on the amount of money spent on healthcare.
Daily exposure to these chemicals can cost $340 billion each year in both healthcare costs and lost productivity.
Dr. Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor at New York University Langone, has stated:
“Our research adds to the growing evidence on the tremendous economic as well as human health costs of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. This has the potential to develop into a much larger health and economic issue if no policy action is taken.”
These chemicals in question are known for disrupting the endocrine gland, which can cause a wide variety of health problems from daily exposure. These include, but are not limited to, diabetes, low IQ, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, birth defects, obesity and early onset puberty.
Flame retardants are one of the biggest threats to public health, as they are responsible for two thirds of the health problems tied to endocrine exposure.
Phthalates, however, are another common problem and are tied with things such as feminization of males and other such side effects. Phthlatates are plasticizers that are found in almost every household item from baby bottles to shower curtains to take-out containers. When found in the wild, they are hugely responsible for changing the sex of non-intersex animals.
These platicizers are also linked to autism, miscarriage, delayed puberty, polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems.
So how can people avoid these horrendous illnesses and not have to foot a huge hospital bill in the future?
There are several ways you can ensure that you and your family are not ingesting these toxic chemicals.
Firstly, you can purchase glass bottles and BPA free plastics to ensure that you’re not ingesting any plasticizers.
You can also purchase food directly from the source. Organic food is best, as is avoiding processed food with plastic packaging. Stick to food that has cardboard or glass packaging instead if you must.
Your family can switch to organic toiletries to ensure there are no phthlatates within the brand you currently buy.
Lastly, store all of your unused food in glass containers instead of plastic.