Greentips…consigli verdi – Health and Environment

8 ottobre 2010 at 11:52 1 commento

It’ s undeniable that modern life offers the advantages and innovations that make us save time and effort. But can we say as well that new materials and life styles are harmless to our health?

Unfortunately the answer is, in most cases: no, we cannot.

Stress, sedentary lifestyle, pollution, noise pollution, electromagnetic pollution, plastics, solvents, GMOs, pesticides and other chemicals (found in detergents and personal hygiene products) have very high influence on our health. It is estimated that the chemicals are 400 million (in 1930 were “only” one million). It is almost inevitable that each of us is sensitive to at least some of these substances. In some subjects are particularly prone to risk fertility. The harmful chemicals that undermine our health is defined as “endocrine disruptors”. While it is essential to achieve the objectives (for example, due to pesticides are obtained plants more healthy and long-lived productive), on the other enters the body, often with negative important results and we are not referring only to tumors or degeneration which can occur after many years, but the chemicals can touch us even in our intimacy, affect fertility for both men and women. In highly industrialized countries such as America, Canada and Japan, infertility and other diseases related to environmental toxicity are so widespread that even took a name: MCS stands for multiple chemical sensitivity.

Let’s take for example smoking, particularly passive smoke. A study in America, who took the sample to 4,800 non-smoking women, showed exposure to passive smoking increased the risk of infertility and miscarriage by 68% and 40% of the women proved to be sterile or experienced at least one case of abortion.

But the food, our nourishment, they can hide similar pitfalls. Some vegetables are trattatecon highly dangerous pesticides which, if not completely removed can affect our health. Here is the list of most contaminated vegetables:

* Celery
* Peaches
* Strawberries
* Apples
* Blueberries
* Nectarines
Peppers *
* Spinach
* Cherries
* Cabbage
* Potatoes
* Grape

And these the least:

* Onions
* Avocado
* Maize (corn)
* Pineapple
* Mango
* Peas
* Asparagus
* Kiwi
* Savoy
* Eggplant
* Melons
* Watermelons
* Grapefruit
* Sweet potatoes (sweet)
* Melody White

Studies in America show that those who consume daily 5 different varieties among the most contaminated veggies assimilate about 10 different pesticides. Who consumes the same amount of fruits and vegetables among the least covered, however, eats a maximum of 2 different pesticides per day. Wash fruits and vegetables is a good solution, but does not completely eliminate the problem (some pesticides do not disappear completely). Peeling the fruit is a good remedy for protection too, but often some nutrients are concentrated in the peel. It would be appropriate then wash (with bicarbonate) fruits and vegetables and buy organic as much as possible. The organic producers ensure cultivation in protected areas and methods that exclude pesticides (antagonistic to those harmful insects are used instead of pesticides).
Studies on GMOs are still mixed, but a recent Russian experiments on mice have shown that GMOs may have influenced the fertility of mice. A first generation of mice that were given GM food showed no physical changes. In the second generation there was evidence of slow development and pregnancies in older age. The third generation of mice was detected totally sterile. Of course, other studies and investigations are still underway, but this first experiment leaves open the door to doubt about the dangers of GMOs.

Another controversial issue is the electro-smog. It seems that some animals (especially ruminants) suffer a negative when exposed to electromagnetic fields. In their minds there is a small amount of magnetite that can capture the earth’s magnetic field. This allows the animals to orient in their environment. The electromagnetic fields produced by electrodes (of course, artificially produced) cause interference with the Earth’s magnetic field, disorienting the animals. Documented effects in humans have shown an interference on the functionality of the thyroid and pituitary.

The endocrine disruptors are also strongly present in the plastic. Often we do not think enough on how much plastic is in our everyday life, from shopping bags in supermarkets to design furniture. We do not spend time think about how much plastic is thrown away without care and entering the ecosystem, polluting it. in recent decades, the plastic waste they created the Pacific Trash Vortex

Although in very small proportions, the same thing happens with water bottled in plastic (remember that Italy is at the top of the charts for the consumption of bottled water). The water absorbed by the plastic that contains bisphenol A (BPA), which is on the list of endocrine disruptors.

Even tap water is not as harmless as it may seem. Women on pill’s urine (which is rich in estrogens) pours Endocrine Dirsuptors, entering estrogens into the circulation in the pipes of the houses. The assumption of endocrine disruptors in water decreases the presence of sperm in males and causes early puberty in girls. Other damage reported are the negative influences on brain development and increase insulin resistance and diabetes.

How, then, to defend against endocrine disruptors? Let us be realistic: it is not easy. At all . However, it is possible to limit the intoxication reviewing our way of life. While pesticides have been introduced strict control and restrictions, for the majority of endocrine disruptors is not easy or determine the hazard, or see how certain substances attack the body. Studies conducted to date do not allow facts to determine whether an agent can potentially become toxic if treated as harmless by our bodies. It is also not possible to agglomerate the various categories which are the basis for other products: some of them are not often very toxic chemical ingredients, but so are their derivatives. In 2006 the EU launched the REACH directive (Registration Evaulation and Authorisation of Chemicals) came into force on 1 June 2007, which requires chemical companies to evaluate the toxicity of each chemical on the market.

Outdoor walks, organic food, reducing the use of plastics, elimination of smoking, use of natural products (avoiding the use of petroleum and derivatives) can definitely help us to maintain our body healthy and vital.

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  • 1. Survival Seeds  |  30 settembre 2012 alle 06:13

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