Alkylphenol Endocrine Disruptors and Allergies
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August

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[Music] in my video preventing childhood allergies I noted a study in Japan that found a higher maternal intake of meat during pregnancy was significantly associated with about three times yaws are both suspected and physician diagnosed eczema they suggested that certain components of meat may affect the fetal immune system but what about the moms themselves seasonal allergies have exploded in Japan in the past few decades starting with the first reported case in 1964 now affecting millions every year we’ve seen rising prevalence of allergic diseases around the industrialized world in past decades but perhaps nothing quite this dramatic researchers suggested profound changes in the Japanese diet may have played a role over the latter half century total meat fish and milk intake rose hundreds of percent in Japan so researchers decide to look into dietary meat and fat intake and the prevalence of these seasonal pollen allergies no association with overall fat but higher meat intake was associated significantly with an increased prevalence of disease so maybe it was the saturated fat no that didn’t seem to be it so what other constituents in meat may be to blame well there are the cooked meat carcinogens the heterocyclic amines polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrosamine but who knows this new review however raised an intriguing possibility there’s a class of industrial pollutants called alkylphenols recognized as common toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals that tend to accumulate in the human body and may be associated with the adverse effects of allergic diseases a variety of studies have shown how they may exacerbate allergen induced inflammation suggesting that alkylphenol exposure may influence the onset progression and severity of allergic diseases these toxic xenoestrogens can be found at human breast milk stored up in our body fat coursing through our urine our bloodstream and even the umbilical cord blood going to our babies how did it get there how do people get exposed through contaminated food it all goes back to a famous study about the reduction of penis size and testosterone levels in alligators living in a contaminated environment I don’t know what you all do for a day job but these researchers observed that a population of juvenile alligators living in one lake in Florida exhibited a significantly smaller penis size and lower blood concentrations of testosterone compared to animals on some different Lake the most important difference between the two lakes was that Lake stubbie was fed by relatively polluted waters they attributed the short penis phenomenon to estrogen mimicking xenoestrogen ik environmental metabolites of DDT that still pollute the earth this seminal work introduced the concept that endocrine disrupters environmental xenoestrogens might result in feminization of exposed male animals and that’s just a shriveled tip of the iceberg since then endocrine disrupting chemicals have been implicated in the dramatic rise over the last 50 years of diseases like breast cancer prostate cancer testicular cancer diabetes obesity decreased fertility such as dropping normal sperm counts not to mention genital birth defects such as penile malformations preterm birth neurobehavioral disorders in children linked to thyroid disruption disruption and earlier breast development in young girls because genes do not change fast enough to explain these increases environmental causes must be involved since our greatest exposure to the environment is through our gut it’s no surprise that our greatest exposure to these endocrine disrupting chemicals is through diet but which foods I’ll cover that next [Music] you


18 thoughts on “Alkylphenol Endocrine Disruptors and Allergies

  1. Excellent work Dr. Greger!  I found this article which illustrates this topic is far from new http://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/04/21/concerns-grow-about-hormone-disrupting-chemicals-in-wisconsin-water/  My wife has been plagued by allergies, taking tests and they determined she is allergic to everything (even the needles 😉 ).  She constantly has ear/allergic issues with headaches. Today, she found the symptoms and definitions of Mastoiditis of which she has had them all.  I wonder if endocrine-disruptors which are everywhere in WI could be causing her problem. 

  2. EED's are also implicated in the increase prevalence of, for lack of a better term, Gender Identity Disorder (such as Transsexuality).

  3. They also cut down a lot of natural forests and replaced them all with cedar, which produces a ton of pollen. And, of course, cedar allergy is way up. You've got to take that into account.

  4. The part about the crocodiles got my attention, I'm not swimming near places like that from now on, does boiling the water help ?

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