This week’s podcast with Dr Mark Donohoe covered a range of topics, including a big issue of chemical sensitivity. This is an issue that Mark has been examining for over 30 years and working with patients to overcome their own sensitivities. Environmental stress and chemicals is a topic I cover in my book. It’s an issue that effects us all and something I am happy to see gaining more light. Previously on the podcast we discussed Professor Marc Cohen’s 10 toxic truths and Nicole Biljsma shared the synergistic effect of different chemicals. Reducing toxic exposure in our life is a huge task and one that is never ending. Along the journey it is important to remember that small changes can make a huge difference.
When it comes to reducing toxic exposure, plastic is perhaps one of the biggest and most challenging areas to reduce. Plastics are composed of several chemicals including Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, both hormone disruptors. There have been studies linking plastic exposure to lower testosterone levels in men, resulting in delayed puberty, increased oestrogen and feminine characteristics. Other chemicals in plastics have been found to be obesogenic, meaning they cause an increase in weight. Perhaps the most environmentally damaging aspect of plastic is that so much of it is used only once, before it is thrown away. Because of the nature of plastic it never fully degrades, it simply breaks down into micro plastic. Once broken down it can find its way into the food supply of many wildlife, including fish, which we then consume – essentially consuming the plastic ourselves. Motivated to make some changes?
This is a huge topic and it can quickly become totally overwhelming. The important thing is to start with small changes, an easy swap that is achievable for you and your family.