Autoimmune thyroid disease is a growing epidemic that leads to hypothyroidism and ultimately to low energy, mood problems, stubborn weight gain, and more in an ever-growing number of women.
Common contaminants in certain types of plastic, certain can linings, and dental amalgams (specifically bisphenol A and phthalates) have been shown to be a major cause (if not the major cause) of the growing prevalence of thyroid issues and other health problems in women worldwide.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it mimics hormones in a damaging way. It mimics the actions of estrogen in the body, causing sometimes profound hormonal dysregulation that lead to collateral damage including autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) and hypothyroidism. BPA also interferes with pregnenolone and progesterone processing, and is associated with weight gain, diabetes, and a wide array of other modern health issues such as childhood behavior and attention problems. Additionally, BPA directly inhibits thyroid hormone binding at the cellular level (thyroid resistance), and it also can skew immune system function, leading to autoimmunity and hay fever.
Wow. Plasticizers help make nice plastic, but is it really worth screwing up humans as a side effect? The good news is that we can do something about it and we can get the plasticizers out of our bodies.
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- Meeker JD, et al. Relationship between Urinary Phthalate and Bisphenol A Concentrations and Serum
- ThyroidMeasures in U.S. Adults and Adolescents from NHANES 2007-08. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Jul 11.
- Engel SM, et al. Prenatal phthalate exposure is associated with childhood behavior and executive functioning.Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Apr;118(4):565-71