Endocrine System and Things That Block it
The endocrine system is responsible for producing hormones that regulate various bodily functions. These hormones are essential for proper growth and development, as well as metabolism and immune system health. Endocrine blockers are chemicals that prevent the endocrine system from working properly, leading to a host of potential health issues. Petroleum based products are some of the most well-known endocrine blockers.
We are exposed to endocrine blockers through our environment and products we consume every day. That’s right, to put it plainly – the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe all contain endocrine blocking chemicals in them. We also encounter these chemicals through products like plastics, beauty products, cleaning supplies, paints, pesticides and more.
The good news is that there are things you can do to strengthen your endocrine system and reduce exposure to these damaging chemicals. For starters, make sure to buy organic foods whenever possible as they are free of petroleum-based pesticide residue; use natural cleaning agents; avoid plastic packaging when possible; only buy beauty and personal care products without parabens or other endocrine blockers; and switch to natural fiber clothing.
Even small changes can make a big impact in your health and the health of your entire family. Don’t let endocrine blockers be the cause of your health problems – take steps now to reduce your exposure and protect yourself and your loved ones. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Make sure to take action now – it will be worth it in the end.
What is the Endocrine System
The Endocrine System is a complex network of glands that regulates hormones in the body. Glands secrete specific hormones that circulate in the bloodstream until they reach target cells. Hormones determine a range of bodily functions, including growth and development, metabolism, mood, sleep, and reproduction, to name a few. Hormones are essential for maintaining balance in the body, and when they’re disrupted, the disruption can cause significant health problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency Website, The endocrine system is something to be considered because of environmental influences and their impact on several cancers, including breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, are directly hormone-dependent, which means they grow and spread using the body’s hormone signals.
When we think of cancer growth, we often focus on the tumor and its growth. However, cancerous growth goes beyond the tumor itself. It also involves angiogenesis, where the cancerous cells establish their own blood supply to fuel further growth. Hormones can play a significant role in development and treatment of cancer. For example, they provide a signaling system to our body about its needs. Hormones can promote the growth of new blood vessels and they can manipulate the immune system to allow cancer cells to evade being attacked by the body’s defense mechanisms. This is why it is important to understand which hormones to activate and which to deactivate when targeting cells, whether they are healthy or not.
Since the endocrine system plays such a vital role in regulating the body’s hormones, it’s essential to approach any whole-body treatment from the endocrine angle. Scientists have known this for years. Hormone-blocking agents are used in pharmaceutical cancer treatments to prevent the growth and spread of hormone-dependent cancers. However, these agents can come with many unpleasant side effects, including the death of healthy cells. Natural solutions are welcomed by those who want to take a more wholistic approach.
For example, phytoestrogens are natural plant compounds that mimic the effect of estrogen in the body. They can help regulate estrogen levels, when done right can help prevent the growth of cancerous cells thriving on high estrogen levels.
Endocrine health is critical in fighting cancer as it plays a significant role in regulating hormones in the body that can spur the growth of cancerous cells. By taking care of our endocrine system, we can have a better chance of preventing or fighting cancer and reducing its spread. Assistance comes to those who reach out, and there is an army of researchers and natural health practitioners testing natural solutions that can help in this battle against cancer.
Glandular system is your Endocrine
The reason the endocrine system is so important is because cancer usually spreads through your gland system. The glandular system is called the endocrine system. You have dozens of glands. Here’s a quick list including this long list:
Your Skin, tongue near tip, lungs, penis, base of your ear, your eye, esophagus in your throat, mucosa around the tongue, pancreas, stomach, coccyx near the tip, your digestive tract, respiratory tract, eyelids, middle portion your intestines, the surface of mucous membrane spongy portion of the urethra, your abdomen near the back, breast, eyelids, mammary areola, cervix, nose the olfactory region, small intestine, mouth, lymphatic glands, around the urethra just below the urinary bladder, stomach, lymph nodes, vulva, vagina, posterior nasopharynx, and uterus.
This Wikipedia page shows the endocrine system., in the upper body. It extends all the way to male and female organs. As you cann see the pituitary gland is responsible for numerous hormones in the body having various affects. The Hypothalamus is the other
Disrupters to the Endocrine System
Disruption of the endocrine system is often what leads to the development of cancer cells in the first place. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Website some of the most common endocrine disruptors include chemicals that are in every day items. These are chemicals that have been allowed into our food, water and breathing environment. Following is a list of these chemicals. You may note that virtually all of them are petroleum-based chemicals.
Bisphenol A (BPA) — used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, which are found in many plastic products including food storage containers
Dioxins — produced as a byproduct in herbicide production and paper bleaching, they are also released into the environment during waste burning and wildfires
Perchlorate — a by-product of aerospace, weapon, and pharmaceutical industries found in drinking water and fireworks
Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) — used widely in industrial applications, such as firefighting foams and non-stick pan, paper, and textile coatings
Phthalates — used to make plastics more flexible, they are also found in food packaging, cosmetics, children’s toys, and medical devices
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) — used to make flame retardants for household products such as furniture foam and carpets
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) — used to make electrical equipment like transformers, and in hydraulic fluids, heat transfer fluids, lubricants, and plasticizers
Triclosan — may be found in some anti-microbial and personal care products, like liquid body wash
Basically, NIH site states “People may be exposed to endocrine disruptors through food and beverages consumed, pesticides applied, and cosmetics used. In essence, your contact with these chemicals may occur through diet, air, skin, and water.”
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When our Hormones are Out of Balance
Apparently when our hormones are out of balance the changes can influence how our cells are developed and how fast. If we want to avoid the chemicals that cause cancer, it starts with awareness. Some other actions you can take include the following:
a) Remove food wrapped in plastic as soon as possible. Wash fruits and vegetables in an organic fruit and veggie wash. Then, you can store them fresh in another vessel. They will probably last longer too.
b) Find plant based products for food storage. The plant based plastics have come a long way. Indeed there is that option or glass, which is my favorite. I save all glass jars, sterilize and reuse them for food storage. After all, that’s what was stored there in the first place!
c) Replace your health and hygiene products like facial creams, sunscreen and deodorant with plant based, petroleum-free options.
This process of cleansing out these toxins from your environment can take weeks or months to achieve. It takes time to adjust to new habits. Best of luck!
Natural Remedies Help Fight Cancer
This blog post is filled with natural options for slowing cancer. In particular we speak about the use of Lavender with cancer patients. Some other natural remedies that have been hailed to fight cancer include medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, chaga, and cordyceps. These mushrooms have potent anti-cancer and immune-boosting effects. Reishi mushroom contains beta-glucans that modulate the immune system. It can help improve the body’s natural defenses, allowing it to better target and eliminate cancerous cells.