Plastics and family health
Children are at the highest risk of all
Exposure to plastic toxins in children can lead to:
•Lower IQ, Autism and poor social communication
•Attention disorders and Hyperactivity
•Genital deformities and early puberty
Plastic pacifiers, baby bottles, toys and snack packaging are common routes of exposure to plastic toxins in children today
In studies conducted at the University of Gothenburg, a third of the tested plastic products released toxic substances, including 5 out of 13 products intended for children. The study can be found here.
Plastic toxins have been linked to thyroid malfunction and autoimmunity
Thyroid is a critical hormone for growth and metabolism. The thyroid gland is situated in the neck, as shown opposite. Every part of the body, including the brain requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning.
The endocrine disruptor function of plastic toxins means that molecules of BPA and Phthalate block the thyroid hormone from functioning correctly.
Thyroid problems can lead to stunted growth, diabetes, and obesity. Anxiety and depression also result from thyroid imbalance.
There is a dire need for regulatory policies on the use of BPA in plastic containers as suggested by this study.
Plastic toxins have been linked to Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a painful disorder in women where the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows on the outside wall instead.
It has been found that the additives and dioxins found in sanitary pads and tampons lead to endometriosis.
The best non-toxic menstrual products
•Sea Sponge tampon
•Non-toxic / Organic pads and tampons