“Live green” is a concept that each of us perceives with a different meaning. For one, it’s biofuel for a car, another sunbathing on the roof of a house, some more food without GMOs. Someone rides a bike, another chooses natural cosmetics, while another builds a house made of straw and clay. And it’s all “green.”
But even if we very conscientiously read the labels for all the foods we buy in the store and try to bypass the various substances E, and live in a house built energy-efficient on the seashore, the environmental impact on us does not end there. All sorts of chemicals are the right ones for us.
Why do gynecologists worry about this? Very many chemicals have hormonal activity, which adequately affects everything that is our daily field of work. It is known that in recent decades not only the infertility of women and men, the incidence of various congenital pathologies of pregnancy and fetuses, but also the number of a wide range of oncological diseases, diabetes mellitus and obesity patients have increased significantly.
One of the best known “embodiments of evil” is bisphenol A, which is a basic component of consumer polymers and is part of both baby bottles, food packaging and household, sports and medical supplies. What’s wrong with that? In small doses, BPA is released from the packaging into the products, thus effectively ‘poisoning’ them. BPA is not the only one, of course, and during our lifetime we collect high doses in this way, which has a significant impact on health.
Scientists have been talking about the effects of BPA on the human body 20.gs. In the 1930s. It has been shown to have a weak estrogen effect. Analyzing each chemical compound individually, their concentration in the human body is irrelevant, but summing up the effects appears disruptive and in their hormonal activity far exceeds such a “defector” of a woman’s health as a hormonal contraceptive pill (by which I do not want to say that the wallpaper has no effect, but this is a certain evil against this virtually unknown and underestimated).
The effect of these substances is especially significant on the body of a pregnant woman, since practically all chemicals that enter the mother’s body pass through the placenta, as well as are excreted in breast milk. Thus, various harmful chemical compounds affect the health and development of the baby long before birth. A growing number of scientists believe that chemical substances used in everyday life are largely responsible for the fact that the incidence of various congenital pathologies in children has increased significantly in recent decades.
Women have another stumbling block in this matter – beauty. Beauty is never too many different cosmetics to enhance beauty, just like that. However, they contain a huge amount of a wide range of chemicals, of which only ~10% have been fully tested for their harmful effects on the human body. Chemical compounds accumulate in the body over time. In the end, beauty will not save the world, but kill a woman.
From the presence of chemistry and its products in our lives do not escape us. It remains only to think to where, how and to what extent we meet with it – in the name of our health and life. You’re going to ask me what I’m going to do? When I got acquainted with this information, I seriously audited the children’s plastic dish rack, bought a ball for laundry and critically reduced and “natural” my cosmetics shelf. Of course, such advice for patients has also changed.
P.S. Thank you very much for inspiring reflection on my colleague Dr. Eva Barkāne