“When Conner lead me through the process of coming off artificial fragrances, the following month I had the easiest period I could remember. I had no noticeable symptoms or mood changes. I now have fewer migraines and I’m sleeping through the night. I’m blown away by how these chemicals were effecting me and how quickly my body changed.”
– Rebecca, Asheville
We are becoming plastic at the cellular level.
Plastics are ubiquitous. Using plastic utensils, food and drinking containers, and (most importantly) cosmetic products that contain plasticisers has become a normal part of everyday life.
I believe it is imperative, if you want to achieve better health (especially hormonal health), to take seriously the following.
Your body has a hard time telling the difference between certain plastic compounds and it’s own natural hormones. This means that the more of these chemicals you are exposed to, the more plastic you actually become. The two most notable of these compounds are phthalates and bisphenols, which are plasticisers – meaning they are added to plastic to make it both more durable and more flexible. The bisphenol with the most attention is bisphenol A or BPA. However, buying something that is “BPA Free” often means it has higher amounts of other bisphenols, like BPB, and may not be safer after all.
Compounds like phthalates and bisphenols are referred to as EDC’s in the literature (endocrine disrupting compounds). Their affects on fertility, reproduction, development, and oxidative stress have been studied and are undeniable [1, 2, 3, 4]. These compounds disrupt thyroid function [1, 2, 4], mitochondrial function , cholesterol metabolism , growth hormone production , sperm quality , and increase oxidation of fatty acids and therefore increases oxidative stress that leads to inflammation and aging. 
Many people are concerned about the xenoestrogenic effects of soy products (meaning they contain compounds that are recognized as estrogen but don’t naturally occur in the body). However, phthalates, bisphenols, and other plastics bind to hormone receptors with such great affinity that they are being implicated in the prevalence of estrogen dominance, thyroid disorders, and other hormonal dysfunction around the world.
One way to make an impact on a man is to tell him: “You are shrinking your testicles by wearing that cologne.” …or to a woman: “Your perfume is making your periods worse.“
So how do we get away from all these plastics? Where are they found? Unfortunately, they are everywhere.
Plastic mesh teabags
Perfumes, colognes, bodysprays
Soaps, shampoos, conditioners
Lotions, hairgels, etc.
Fake essential oils (esp. lavender)
Plastic water bottles
Receipts (don’t crinkle them up!)
Sea salt (contains plastic microparticles – use Redmond’s or Himalayan)
Lining of cans
Plastic containers (don’t heat your food in these!)
PVC pipes, water tubing
Breast implants [5, 6]
Other cosmetics and packaging
The things on this list are ubiquitous. Once you eliminate artificial fragrances and other EDC exposure from your life you are bound to notice a difference. When you do, you will become increasingly sensitive to the disruptive power of these compounds and hopefully feel inspired to tell those you know (or those you don’t know). Unfortunately, we can’t keep others from spraying whatever they want on themselves.
This is bound to be an unpopular opinion: the prevalence and strength of the perfumes and colognes that individuals wear is a public health hazard. By simply smelling another person’s artificial fragrance, your natural hormonal processing is being disrupted and your body is forced to deal with the oxidative stress. What is it doing when we spray it on our skin?
One of the simplest and most powerful steps you can take in cleansing plastics from your body is to drink (organic) green or white tea daily. When tea from the leaves of camelia sinensis are consumed regularly, your urine contains more plastics (as well as more heavy metals). This means they are being excreted.
The biggest step you can take in right direction is abandoning your products with fragrances and never look back! Here is a brief list of the fragrance-free products I have come to love:
- Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Liquid Soap (Baby Unscented, 32 Ounce)
- Desert Essence Fragrance Free Shampoo & Conditioner Bundle – 8 Fl Ounce – Unscented
- Schmidt’s Fragrance Free Sensitive Skin Natural Deodorant for Men and Women, 3.25 OZ
My objective is not to encourage my readers to wear tin foils hats (although really, by all means, I won’t stop you). However I think the more we extricate ourselves from the toxicity of the world we live in, the more our bodies and our families and our future selves will be happy and healthy.