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Eating Out May Disrupt Your Hormones

Eating Out May Disrupt Your Hormones

When you think of things that throw your hormones out of balance, you probably think of stress, or maybe trans fats or alcohol consumption, or perhaps pollution you breathe. You probably don’t think of a visit to a local restaurant, a dinner out at a nearby bistro or an evening at your favorite pub. But, eating out may be wrecking your hormones more than you realize, according to a new study. The research, published in the medical journal Environment International,…

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Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?

Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?

Let’s cover the original misinformation first: The earliest missives warned that microwaved plastic releases cancer-causing chemicals called dioxins into food. The problem with that warning is that plastics don’t contain dioxins. They are created when garbage, plastics, metals, wood, and other materials are burned. As long as you don’t burn your food in a microwave, you aren’t exposing yourself to dioxins. Migrating chemicals There’s no single substance called “plastic.” That term covers many materials made from an array of organic…

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Experts Link Chemicals to Diabetes, Obesity

Experts Link Chemicals to Diabetes, Obesity

By Brenda Goodman, MA    WebMD Health News     Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Sept. 28, 2015 – People who are trying to lose weight or manage diabetes should try to change their lifestyle not only to exercise or cut calories, but also to avoid chemicals that may be contributing to their condition, experts say. “You may have a healthy meal, but if it’s in a plastic container, it’s leaching chemicals,” said Andrea Gore, PhD, a pharmacologist at the…

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8 Household Items Newly Found to Lower Children’s IQ Significantly

8 Household Items Newly Found to Lower Children’s IQ Significantly

Chemicals that may cause a drop in children’s IQ are in products all around our houses. Children exposed prenatally to high levels of phthalates — commonly used in plastics and scented products — have IQ levels seven points lower than those exposed to low levels, a new study finds. The study is the first to find a connection between phthalate exposure during pregnancy and reduced IQ in children. The 328 women and their children in the study were from low-income…

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