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Estrogen disruption from pesticides

We know that pesticides are bad for us, but it can be hard to pin down exactly what they are doing in our bodies. Beyond Pesticides is a research website that looks at all the different ways that pesticides interact with our bodies. Pesticides are one of the most potent xeno-estrogenic compounds, as estrogenic strength and environmental half-life exceed those of other xeno-estrogenic compounds, so it makes sense they disrupt normal, natural estrogen levels.

The linked article is a comprehensive review of various research done on OP's (organochlorine pesticides), and we recommend reading the full article, however, here are some key takeaways:

  • These OP's affect women more than they affect men.
  • Over 63% of common lawn pesticides contain cancer causing pesticides.
  • These OP's are ultimately endocrine disruptors - they do this in four ways - “Mimicking the effect of endogenous steroidal hormones (androgens and estrogens), Antagonizing steroidal hormones, Altering the synthesis and metabolism of endogenous steroidal hormones, and, Modifying hormone receptor expression in different tissues.”
  • 'Biomagnification' occurs (i.e., greater risk of negative outcomes) from ingesting these substances.
  • Organic agriculture is a good alternative as it has health and agricultural benefits.
  • Nearly 40% of breast cancer incidents have direct links to environmental factors (e.g., chemical exposure) in women over 30.
To read the full article click the link below.