Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
Pthalate is a common ingredient in many plastics, and in many personal care products including fragrances, hairspray and nail polish, also PVC in toys, etc. It has been found to feminize the genital tract of boys, i.e. smaller penis and incomplete descent of testicles.
This research is from the October 2008 issue of Environmental Research, which has determined a biomarker in rodents, called anogenital distance (AGD) which is similar in humans. The research shows that the male ADG is similar to female due to mom’s phthalate exposure.
Pthalates reduce testosterone synthesis. They leach out of products, enabling humans to absorb them through diet, skin and inhalation.
Questions on infertility later in life due to exposure have not been studied.
Other questions might address the male menopause and the tendency for the medical industry to prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for this condition, when in fact it may be exposure to phthalates that reduce production of testosterone.
However, the most common reason for male or female menopausal symptoms is simply insulin resistance. This creates an elevated insulin level which interferes with both male and female hormones. The excessive insulin is due to too high an ingestion of carbohydrates, i.e. bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. As well, body fat slowly creeps up which further aggravates the insulin resistance and hormone alteration. If this is of interest to you then request Bioimpedance Testing, a simple 3-minute test which can accurately measure your percentage of body fat – ask for office Handout #271 for more information.
In general, to correct for phthalate exposure several plans of action apply. First, remove the source of exposure. Second, improve detox enzymes. (This means improving gut physiology, i.e. a diet of correct food, supplemented with gut microbes such as ‘Vital 10’ and ‘7-in-1’.) And lastly, sweat – through such means as exercise and sauna.