THE XENOESTROGEN MONSTER
The Pervasiveness of Plastic Is Creating Cancers All Over The Planet
Guest blog post by Cecemmana 3 graduate Angela Angel.
Count the things that are made of or partially made out of plastic that you use or engage with in your daily life- multiply that by a trillion or so, and you have an idea of the scope of the plastic waste on earth.
Ten years ago I went through a plastic purging craze and got rid of anything polyester in my closet and all the free tupperwear my grandma has saved over the years for “baon” (Tagalog, take-away food). Something deep in my gut and vibration started to feel energetically and physically irritated by something in the air and something was telling me it had to do with plastic!
Seven years later Joni Mitchell is all over the news talking about a condition called Morgellons in which she sees fibers in her skin and feels like her clothing is eating her alive. People started calling her crazy and the condition is now dubbed a form of “delusional parasitosis”. Perhaps Joni Mitchell was suffering from an old trauma that created some delusion or perhaps she is seeing things that the the general population is tuned out of. I can relate to Joni, where I sit and contemplate the things that dumb us down and give us cancer, “Am I crazy or is there something new in the air? In the water? Or is what’s in the water making me crazy!?” I’ve figured out what the mysterious monster is in every horror flick, it’s a XENOESTROGEN MONSTER! It’s always been such a painful conundrum to participate in the plastic world! Plastic is so pervasive and we can’t hide! The problem of plastic contributes to the existing feeling overwhelmingness because of it’s pervasion.
The first step is awareness and as the wise-old saying goes, “what we don’t know, can kill us.” Well here is what is known and what is killing us (and what the petroleum/plastic industry doesn’t want to tell you):
WHY BE SCARED? WHY BE AWARE?
- Because xenoestrogens mimic estrogen, it therefore causes early puberty in girls. Early puberty increases the risk of cancer, menstrual and fertility problems, possible stunted growth and brain development,
- Don’t blink! There are endocrine disruptors in mascara.
- Most candles, air fresheners and other scented home items are made synthetically using dangerous phthalates (bottom of the oil barrels).
- Refined petroleum is also used in the food industry as an additive in a wide assortment of popular products, most of which are targeted at the youngest consumers. Petroleum is used for food coloring found in everyday items like sports drinks, soda, mac and cheese, cake, poptarts, M & Ms, and Cheetos
- Most tea bags are made out of old, repurposed mattresses and diapers and refined by adding other plastics and toxic binders.
- Canned tomato products are some of the biggest offenders with the highest BPA concentrations due to the acidic nature of tomatoes, which leaches more of the BPA.
- BPA free plastic has now been replaced by BPS, it’s cousin, which is equally as harmful
- Mac and Cheese OR Mac and Plastic? Phthalates were found in both certified organic and non-organic cheese products tested. A study commissioned by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging found phthalates — in 29 of 30 cheese products they tested. Cheese powders from boxed mac & cheese had four times higher levels of phthalates than natural, unprocessed cheeses.
- At current growth rates, there may be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills by 2050, and more plastic in the ocean may outweigh fish.
What are XENOESTROGENS? “Foreign estrogen”, man-made estrogen also known as endocrine disruptors. They are similar in function to phytoestrogens, naturally occurring estrogens in plants, but tend to be much stronger — creating estrogen dominance in our bodies therefore out-of-wack hormone levels!
FOUND IN- Every kind of plastic/petroleum derivative: food/lining of tin cans, candles, fragrances/perfumes, detergents/dry Cleaning chemicals, shampoos/soaps, herbicides/pesticides, bleached feminine products, toys, cosmetics, sunscreens and other toiletries
THUS FOUND IN- Air, Water, Soil, Our Bodies/Our Planet/Our Babies
Xenoestrogens or artificial estrogens, are not biodegradable. They are stored in our fat cells and can throw off normal hormonal function. Hormones choreograph processes such as growth, metabolism, and fertility. Because of this, xenoestrogens can build up rather easily and have been indicated in many serious health conditions, including: breast, prostate and testicular cancer, diabetes, infertility, endometriosis, early-onset puberty, miscarriages, and obesity- these chemicals are often referred to as ‘obesogens’.
Unfortunately, one of the most effective ways to absorb xenoestrogens is through skin contact. Xenoestrogens absorbed by the skin are ten times more potent than those taken orally, because they travel directly to the tissues instead of passing through the liver.
Endocrine disruptors have the ability to cause damage in three ways:
- They mimic naturally-occurring hormones in the body like estrogens, androgens (like testosterone), and thyroid hormones, potentially producing over-stimulation.
- They bind to a receptor within a cell and block the correct hormone from binding. The normal signal then fails to occur and the body does not respond properly.
- They interfere with the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled, for example, by altering their metabolism in the liver.
PLASTIC AND WhyTF WAS IT CREATED? –
Plastic is a $375-billion-a-year industry. Plastic manufacturing is a major part of the chemical industry, and some of the world’s largest chemical companies have been involved since the earliest days, such as the industry leaders BASF and Dow Chemical. Many of the top fifty plastics companies are concentrated in just three countries: United States, Japan and Germany.
After World War I, improvements in chemical technology led to an explosion in new forms of plastics, with mass production beginning in the 1940s and 1950s (around World War II). While I haven’t found any research that connects everything, it seems obvious that the invention of plastic was to proliferate the military industrial complex and petroleum industry. Thus, xenoestrogens is another form of colonizing our bodies, our earth.
An example of this all out war on our bodies with plastic, is when,The American Chemistry Council lobbied for plastics makers and refuted the science linking BPA to health problems and outright lied and said “consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.” This is similar to the way Big Tobacco bullies families. This was even after a biology professor Frederick vom Saal testified, “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.”
The fight over the safety of plastics traces back to 1987, when Theo Colborn, a 60-year-old grandmother was hired to investigate mysterious health problems in wildlife around the Great Lakes. Working for the Washington, DC-based Conservation Foundation (now part of the World Wildlife Fund), she began collecting research papers. Colborn eventually realized they had two factors in common: The young were hardest hit, and, in one way or another, all of the animals’ symptoms were linked to the endocrine system, the network of glands that controls growth, metabolism, and brain function, with hormones as its chemical messengers. The system also plays a key role in fetal development.
Colborn suspected that synthetic hormones in pesticides, plastics, and other products acted as “hand-me-down poisons,” with parents’ exposure causing affliction in their offspring. Initially, her colleagues were skeptical. But Colborn collected data and tissue samples from far-flung wildlife populations and unearthed previously overlooked studies that supported her theory. By 1996, when Colborn co-published her landmark book Our Stolen Future, she had won over many skeptics. Based partly on her research, Congress passed a law that year requiring the EPA to screen some 80,000 chemicals—most of which had never undergone any type of safety testing—for endocrine-disrupting effects and report back by 2000.
EVERY SYSTEM! Including THE ECOSYSTEM, the planet! But especially:
- ENDOCRINE, LYMPHATIC/BLOOD- thyroid issues
- REPRODUCTIVE- early puberty, breast cancer, uterine fibroids/tumors, endometriosis, PMS, Polycystic Ovary System, infertility, impotency/reduced libido, miscarriages, birth defects
- NERVOUS- mood swings/mood disorders, anxiety, foggy thoughts, insomnia
- CARDIOVASCULAR/RESPIRATORY- allergies, asthma
- DIGESTIVE- cravings for sugar, alcohol; skin allergies, diabetes, weight gain, hair loss
Cancers especially Breast/Reproductive Cancers, DNA damage, Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis
HELP WE NEED HELP!
REDUCING EXPOSURE- This can be a defeating feat because of plastic’s pervasiveness but there is some level of consumption control that can help, including:
- buying food in bulk with no plastic packaging
- Growing your own food, supporting farmers markets/organic
- making your own toiletries or buying Xenoestrogen-free products
- Using baking soda and ACV for cleaning and laundry
- Using less plastic and using more natural fibers that are not bleached or coated with plastic (wooden spoons, iron cast pans, canvas bags, cloth diapers, etc.)
- sticking to cotton and natural fibers for your clothing, esp. underwear and things that you wear tightly to your body
- Use a water filter (not all filters can filter all toxins)
- hiding in an unexposed crystal cave until the mushrooms eat all the plastic
DIETARY AND HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS
SPRING WATER, FILTERED WATER
DETOXIFIERS, BLOOD CLEANSERS/LYMPHATICS- Calendula, Turmeric, Cleavers, Burdock, Bittermelon, Dandelion, Red Clover, Parsley, Cilantro
LIVER CLEANSERS AND PROTECTORS- Onions, Garlic-rich in sulfur containing amino acids and the powerful anti-oxidant quercetin that both help the liver detoxify at a higher level and reduce the production of estrogen. Bitters, Turmeric (has a potent ability to destroy estrogen receptor positive cancer cells which are the most commonly found cells in breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
Dandelion, Burdock, Chicory, Milk Thistle, Bitter Veggies, Asparagus, Berries, Green Tea, Flax and Chia Seeds, Schizandra, Yellow Dock Artichoke, Bitter Berberines
RESPIRATORY/ANTIHISTAMINES/ALLERGY/CONGESTION- Thyme, Mullein, Ginger, Garlic, Onion, Sage, Plantain
REPRODUCTIVE/MENSTRUAL/FERTILITY/LIBIDO- Motherwort, Angelica, White Peony, Schizandra, Ashwaganda
ADAPTOGENS, IMMUNITY HERBS, DNA PROTECTORS and REPAIRERS/ANTI-CANCER- Moringa, Mangosteen, Graviola (Soursop), Schizandra, Ashwaganda, Astragalus, Fermented Foods
THYROID FUNCTION- Hypo- Kelp, Ashwaganda, Coconut Oil; Hyper- Lemon Balm, Motherwort
MUSHROOMS- Reishi, Chaga, Maitake, Turkey Tail
Dietary/Anti-Estrogenic and Detoxifying Foods-
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts , and cabbage contain several powerful nutrients that detoxify bad estrogenic molecules. These nutrients include Indole-3 Acetate, Indole-3 Carbonyl and Diindolylmethane. These cruciferous veggies also include sulfur, containing nutrients such as Sulfuraphane and Phenyl Isothiocyanates that enhance liver detoxification processes and destroy cancer cell formation. Increase your intake of indole-3 carbinols by munching on broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts (cook them if you suspect Hypothyroidism)
Anti-inflammatory- Plant based fats such as avocados, coconut oil, and olive oil are all powerful anti-estrogenic superfoods. Raw nuts and seeds such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia, and hemp seeds are rich in anti-estrogenic plant sterols. Cloves, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Oregano, Garlic
Anti-Oxidants- Berries, Pomegranate, Cherries, Green Tea, Hawthorne, Cacao
Organic acids is an advanced strategy for liver and gut health that enhances the body’s ability to remove these unwanted estrogenic molecules. Squeeze fresh lemon, which is rich in citric acid, in water and on salads, veggies, meats, and other dishes. Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid and other products that contain fermented superherbs in an organic acid base that are extraordinarily powerful for enhancing detoxification processes and neutralizing bad estrogen metabolites.
Hormone Deception, Lindsey Berkson
“The Anti-Estrogenic Diet.” Ori Hofmekler
Plastic Free, Beth Terry, book and site: https://myplasticfreelife.com/
Angela Basbas Angel is a traditional and holistic healing practitioner, medium/channeler and ceremonialist. She has continued her indigenous lineage as a young traditional healer (Bontoc and Ibaloi tribes- Igorot, Philippines). Angela received a vision directing her to explore how ritual and our innate psychic abilities can translate in the “modern world” as a step to bridge our ancestral knowledge and to begin healing historical trauma. She has since worked to integrate this directly with her social justice work. In 2013 she began coordinating free holistic and traditional healing clinics with the Bay Area’s Healing Clinic Collective. Angela is currently the assistant for Ancestral Apothecary, School of herbal, folk and indigenous medicine. She loves tending to her garden and holds her own healing practice in the Bay Area, CA. You can find out more about her work at: otherwaysofseeing.com
Angela began leading meditations intertwined with art and sound therapy techniques at the age of 18. She is trained and inherited ancestral medicine in several modalities including in herbal medicine, energy healing, art & color and crystal/gemstone therapy. In 2007 she began studying plant medicine in the Curanderismo tradition. However she considers her most potent healing work as being a psychic medium. Angela channels and communicates with ancestors and other beings. She is a seer and energy reader and travels dimensions in which she interprets visions, messages and dreams for the planet. She is humbled to serve as a vessel in this lifetime.