How xenohormones influence your body

How xenohormones influence your body

To understand how xenohormones (xeno means "foreign") influence your body, think of your cells as having unique combination locks that open doors to specific genes. Once these doors are open and the genes are activated, the cells are given instructions to carry out very specific functions such as replication. Through the millions of years of human evaluation there have been very restricted numbers of substances that have the combination to each lock; your genes are very selective about "whom" they will allow to give them instructions. One of these combination locks is opened by the estrogens, including your own natural estrogens like estradiol and a few phytoestrogens found in foods you eat. Overall, this system worked fine for millennia, until the twentieth century came along and introduced countless numbers of new synthetic petrochemicals that mimic estrogen in some way--and thus have the combination to the estrogen lock.

Petrochemical pollutants and products are those made from petroleum oil. All plastics, virtually all pesticides and herbicides, solvents, glues, detergent breakdown products, many cosmetic ingredients, gasoline and diesel fuel and their resulting exhaust, and many industrial chemicals such as PCBs and dioxins [and non-prescription and prescription drugs] are petrochemically based. Alcohols and formaldehyde are also petrochemicals. [so are over the counter and prescription drugs].

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