Estrogenic Chemicals

Estrogenic Chemicals disrupt the endocrine system, a network of glands and hormones that regulate many bodily functions. These glands produce hormones that are released into the bloodstream, relaying information about growth, metabolism, sexual development, and egg and sperm development to different parts of the body.

Our bodies are continuously exposed to hundreds of estrogenic chemicals on a daily basis. Some are natural, while others are not. Those that are not are potential endocrine disruptors that interfere with our body’s normal functions. They can keep estrogen levels continually high and above the natural levels. When this happens, problems can surface.

 

Here is a list of Estrogenic Chemicals to be on the lookout for

 

8-prenylnaringenin

This chemical is found in the female flowers of the hop plant. It has long been used as a preservative and a flavoring agent in beer, but is now being found in some herbal preparations for women for breast enhancement. It mimics estrogen activity, increasing the production rates of human breast cancer cells.

 

Aluminum salts

These are a form of metal and work by blocking the pores that produce perspiration. They are found in antiperspirants and may be listed in the ingredients on the bottle as aluminium chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium. They can be measured in the blood following application to human underarm. They are endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with endocrine (or hormone system) in animals that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

 

Coal tar

This is a black, viscid liquid distilled from coal and used to make a variety of products, from dyes to pavements. It can cause cancer and may interfere with reproductive development. It can be found in shampoos, dandruff scalp treatments, and anti-itch rash creams.

 

Cyclosiloxanes

These are the building blocks for many silicones. Some widely used ones are: hexamethylcyclotrisiloxane (D3), octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6). They mimic estrogen activity, increasing the production rates of human breast cancer cells. They can be found in hair conditioners.

Formaldehyde

This preservative may cause cancer and interfere with reproductive development. It may be found in moisturizers, facial cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, eye shadows, mascaras, nail treatments, and flame-retardent products. It's harmful to the immune system and is a known human carcinogen.

 

Hydroquinone

This aromatic organic compound is an active ingredient in several skin creams that are used for depigmentation of melasma--pigmented areas--age spots and scars. It can be cancer causing and may interfere with reproductive development. It is often found in skin fader/lighteners, hair bleach and colors, facial moisturizer/treatments, and powders.

 

Miroestrol/deoxymiroestrol

These phytoestrogens, a plant-derived chemical that mimics the biological activity of the hormone estrogen, can be found in breast enhancers.They mimic estrogen activity, increasing the production rates of human breast cancer cells.

 

Parabens

These synthetic preservatives have been linked to breast and prostate cancer. They are considered an illegal ingredient in Europe.They can be found in cosmetics such as shampoos, conditioners, body washes, tooth whiteners, toothpastes, facial cleansers, sunscreens, moisturizers, and astringents.

 

Phthalates

These plasticizers, substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity, have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive developmental problems. They can be found in products including nail polish, moisturizer, eye shadow, and fragrances.

 

Sunscreens

These absorb ultraviolet light. However, they also penetrate the human skin and mimic estrogen activity increasing the production rates of human breast cancer cells. They can be found in sunscreens and cosmetics with sunscreen in them under the ingredients labeled 3-(4-methylbenzylidene)-camphor (4-MBC), octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA), bexophenome-3 (Bp-3) and homosalate (HMS).

 

Toluene

This is a clear, water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners. It is a common solvent, able to dissolve paints, paint thinners, silicone sealants,[9] many chemical reactants, rubber, printing ink, adhesives (glues), lacquers, leather tanners, and disinfectants. High amounts of toluene can lead to birth defects, developmental abnormalities, and cancer. It may appear on ingredients labels as phenylmethane, methylbenzene, or toluol and can be found in nail polish and treatments.

 

Triclosan

This antibacterial agent may block the metabolism of the thyroid hormone by chemically mimicking it and binding to the hormone receptor sites, blocking them, so that normal hormones cannot be used. It also contributes to antibiotic resistance and can be found in human breast milk, a cause of breast cancer. It is found in a variety of products, including moisturizers, hand creams, shampoos, conditioners, liquid soaps, antiperspirants, and toothpastes.