PFCs

  1. Household chemicals and hypothyroidism symptoms in women

    Common chemicals in new disease link

    PFCs are known as "everywhere chemicals" because, well, they're everywhere -- in everything from clothing to carpets to cosmetics to cookware.

    And that's just the letter "C."

    But do your best to make sure these "everywhere" chemicals are nowhere near you and your family, because they don't stay in clothing, carpets, cosmetics and cookware.

    They can get inside your body -- and once inside, they can do serious damage, with one new study of hypothyroidism symptoms in women showing how common PFCs can target your thyroid.

    That's a gland you need to produce essential hormones.

    But PFCs can change how the thyroid functions and even slow it down -- and in women, these chemicals can slow it down so much that it can cause mild hypothyroidism symptoms in women, according to the new study of more than 1,100 people.

    That's not just a reduction in thyroid hormones. That's when levels fall far enough to affect how you feel -- and it doesn't feel good. Hypothyroidism symptoms in women-- even mild hypothyroidism -- include  fatigue, depression, weight gain, menstrual problems and more.

    Unfortunately, I'm seeing an increasing number of thyroid patients in my own clinic -- both men and women alike -- and exposure to toxins such as PFCs is a big part of the problem.

    If there's any good news here, it's that all is not lost. A holistic physician can work with you on a detox regimen that can help restore function to the thyroid.

    But realize that your doctor can only do so much here -- because if you keep exposing yourself to these chemicals at home every day, then all the detox in the world won't make much of a difference in the long run.

    That's why it's critical to limit your exposure to PFCs during and after your detoxification.

    Start by replacing your nonstick cookware with an old-fashioned cast-iron skillet. In addition, wear clothing made from natural fibers that haven't been treated with anything to make them wrinkle-free, flameproof or stain-resistant.

    Yes, this means you might have to go back to ironing your clothes and maybe even cooking a little differently. But since PFCs have been linked to everything from cancer to early menopause, I'd say it's a tradeoff worth making.

  2. Household chemicals can damage joints

    Household chemicals cause osteoarthritis

    They're the secret ingredients, the household chemicals that add a touch of modern convenience to everyday life, making products no-stick, stain-resistant, wrinkle-free, waterproof, and more.

    They cost a little more at the register, but the real price of all that convenience isn't money.

    It's years of pain and suffering -- because the polyfluorinated compounds that make it all happen could eat your joints from the inside, with new research, of household chemicals, showing how some of these PFCs can increase the risk of osteoarthritis in women.

    Women with the highest levels of exposure to two PFCs, known as PFOA and PFOS, have nearly double the risk of osteoarthritis of women with the lowest levels of exposure.

    The risk is highest in women between the ages of 20 and 49, and a little lower in women over the age of 50. That's almost certainly because many older women didn't grow up with household chemicals and PFCs absolutely everywhere.

    If you're under 50, however, odds are these household chemicals have been with you every moment of your life -- from birth, until right now.

    You'll find PFCs in your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. They're the household chemicals in your furniture, on your walls and floors, and in your clothes. They're even in your food, and all that exposure can add up to a lot more than a higher risk of osteoarthritis.

    In women, they can increase the risk of early menopause by 40 percent -- and early menopause itself is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and more.

    In men, PFOA has been linked to testicular cancer. And in one new study, prenatal exposure to PFOA increased the risk of low sperm counts during adulthood.

    And in men and women alike, PFCs can cause immune system damage, hypothyroidism, birth defects, sexual dysfunction, and more. One study I told you about recently found that PFOA can increase the risk of kidney cancer by 170 percent.

    It's almost impossible to eliminate all sources of PFCs at this point. But you can dramatically reduce your exposure to some of the worst such as PFOA and PFOS by simply sticking to some of the old-fashioned options you grew up with.

    Since one of the most common sources of PFC exposure is from no-stick cookware, you can start by purchasing a good cast-iron skillet. And work with a doctor who can put you through a detoxification program to reduce the levels of PFCs and other toxins in your body no matter where they came from.

  3. Common chemical PFOA linked to cancer

    The common chemical PFOA used to make things non-stick and heat-resistant may increase the risk of cancer by 170 percent, according to an independent scientific panel.
  4. Household chemicals linked to early menopause

    BPA isn't the only common chemical that could be ruining your health - the very ingredients that add so much convenience to modern life could also cause early menopause.

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