We’ve been going on for years about phthalates, the chemical mixed in with vinyl to make it soft and pliable. We noted previously what it was doing to men; now a new study finds that they are not too terrific for women either.
(From Treehugger’s Michael Graham Richard (@Michael_GR)
Phthalates strike again
We’ve been covering the impact of phthalates for years . They are chemicals that can be found in many soft, bendy plastics that are used in all kinds of household products (shower curtains, PVC flooring, etc, and they also end up in some processed food). Part of the problem is that phthalates additives are not well bound to plastics, so they are continuously released into the air or food or liquid. That’s why bendy, soft plastic tends to age badly and harden, becoming more brittle over time.
As if these chemicals weren’t worrying enough already for other reasons, a new study shows that phthalates might be having an impact on the libido of women by disrupting hormone signalling (they are already known to affect sexual function in men through other hormonal interactions). To figure this out, researchers tested the urine of 360 pregnant women in their 20s and 30s to determine what concentration of phthalates was present in their bodies, and then asked them about their sex drive.
The result? The women with the highest level of phthalates were 2.5x more likely to have low libido than those with the smallest concentration. This was considered statistically significant, and hopefully with more research we can determine exactly what is going on. In the meantime:
[Dr Emily Barrett, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in New York] recommends that women trying to get pregnant should avoid processed and fast food as the more processing that food goes through the more chance it has to come into contact with the chemicals.
This is because phthalates are endocrine disruptors, and they affect testosterone and, it now seems, estrogen.
This might be another argument in favor of organic food, as these chemicals are sometimes used in pesticides. Even better if there’s no packaging!
Ian: For me it’s just another HUGE reason to institute and maintain my own antitoxin program, including greens, and molecular hydrogen with lots of pure UltraStream water to move those accumulating toxins on and out!
Suspected carcinogens in your tap water? It’s scary but true for many communities across the United States.
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I just found your blog and I love what I am reading. I have a long history of estrogen imbalance (PMDD)- severe menstruation disturbance 2-3 weeks out of the month; symptoms: cramping, mood swings, depression, my GYN wanted me to go on the BC pill because my personal relationships are disturbed severely- unable to keep commitments because I do not want to leave the house, fights with husband I know I am unreasonable.
It is like clock work- I am fine the rest of the month – 1-2 days during ovulation and 1 week prior to menstruation I am a mess. I have found the paleo diet to make sense to me but have yet to commit fully because I come form a vegetarian background.
I also have a chronic carb craving at night which I give into regularly when eating high protein/fat low carb during the day. I eat and have always A LOT of veggies like average 4-5 cups a day and drink water 2-3 liters a day- to keep me regular. I dont know if you have the answers but I thought I would try- thanks for the info.
Carb cravings can come from bad bacteria in your gut, they say ‘feed me’ and we obediently do, such little critters have such a hold!
Bad gut bacteria plus the high blood glucose really do cause abnormal hormonal swings and roundabouts.
The first way to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of eating carbs at night is to eat plenty of fats along with your proteins especially for dinner as this is really important to provide satiety so you won’t be hungry.
The second thing to do is to (but only if you can tolerate them and please soak them first!) eat unroasted nuts at night when you get the carb cravings. Almonds are the best as they are alkaline and a good nut. Chew them really well. You won’t need to once you are fully on this program as the cravings will disappear.
You need to kick the carb habit and doing these two things should help but really until you commit to this program you will keep getting the carb cravings.
If you aren’t used to eating meat and have problems with digestion then please make sure you start taking betaine hydrochloride until your digestion starts to work properly again.
Premenstrual tension is so much more common and worse in non meat eaters especially vegans.
This program really works so good luck and don’t hesitate to ask anything you might need to know!
Thank you so much! Can I have the link to the program?