By Scott Collins Naturopath and Founder of Grasses of Life
It could be said that hormones are both friend and foe and when these chemical messengers aren’t playing nice can make life a living hell. Probably the most common hormone experience for women is that of their monthly cycle. Being male I can only speak of the suffering I have observed in women, whose lives are paralyzed for a few days each month or those who experience a life time of suffering.
In my case I went searching for more answers when a close friend suddenly experienced immobilizing pain and cramping more so than ever before. I went looking beyond the surface into an area which I focus a lot on my practice “Heavy Metals and Endocrine Disruptors”.
We call these effects of Environmental Toxins "Endocrine Disruptors. They can be found in all areas of life from plastics (Bisphenol A), Insecticides chemicals found in cosmetics called pthalates, parabens and heavy metals.
In 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) defined endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), as “an exogenous substance or mixture that alters functions of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations.” (WHO, 2002)
Heavy Metal Endocrine Disruptors
Cadmium is a heavy metal that is found commonly in industrial applications and in more recent times is now found in many areas of modern living. Cadmium is considered to a highly toxic element which accumulates in the body such as the ovaries, testes, kidneys, and in the bones. Many reproductive issues are associated to problems in the ovaries and testes.
Cadmium is also known to affect the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Prolactin, of significant note is that cadmium was shown to reduce Progesterone production from the ovaries. Researchers have also indicated that Cadmium can mimic eostrogen in the body, have an estrogenic affect
Lead is a heavy metal that is found is exhaust fumes, contaminated water, old pipes, potter glazes and in old paints.
Lead exposure produces a wide range of adverse effects on human health, effects such as anemia, psychological disorders, peripheral neuropathy, nephropathy, and abdominal colic (WHO, 1995) Lead affects hormones through it's neurological affects on the brains endocrine signalling such as the Hypothalamus. .
Lead has also been shown to affect follicle development and maturation in the ovaries which may in turn affect natural fertility and the menstrual cycle. In men it has been shown to reduce testosterone levels and increase reproductive toxicity.
We have only discussed two metals and after the hundreds of tests we have performed there is massive evidence in the scientific community to clearly demonstrate the connection between metals, hormones disruption and fertility issues.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT HEAVY METALS!
Oligoscan Heavy Metal Test Scan
Female Patient with known reproductive and period issues.
Male Patient with Known Reproductive Issues.