Chemicals

Endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs are chemicals that can interfere with the body's endocrine or hormone system - the highly sensitive chemical messaging system the body uses to control different metabolic and developmental processes. Human and animal hormones regulate bodily functions such as metabolism, sexual development and growth. Hormones are released into the blood by various glands including the thyroid, ovaries and testicles.

Many question whether or not it is safe to eat fish.

The need for fish and its vital Omega-3 fatty acids and D-vitamiin, which is particuoarly important during the winter months, is discussed in many sections of Yellow-Canaries.com.

Breast development marks the onset of puberty for a girl.

Early onset of puberty in girls is a growing public health problem because research suggests that girls who reach puberty earlier are more likely to develop breast and uterine cancer later in life. USA's National Institute of Health, NIH, funded a study, which was part of a larger study on environmental factors and the relationship to breast cancer. 

Deciphering ingredient labels is difficult. They are hard to read and the ingredients are not well known. Here is a list of ingredients that are either safe or unsafe and may help you decipher the ingredients in your products. This list is excerpted from "Kanariefåglarna ryter".

                                   *carcinogens  **genotoxic

Acceptable preservativeas
Phenoxy ethanol, grapefuit seed extract, potassium sorbate, rosemary, scorbic acid and vitamins A, C and E.

Vegetable nutrients are easily affected when cooked. It is better to steam than boil vegetables as nutrients leach into the water when boiled. But when broccoli is microwaved its antioxidant and estrogen balancing benefits are reduced even more than when it is boiled. Its indole content is reduced by 74% and its vitamin C content by 40% compared to that of raw broccoli. (Vallejo et al 2007)1

Danish girls develop breasts a year younger that they did 15 years ago. This has been demonstrated by a Danish study that was shown on Swedish TV recently. The researchers suspect this is due to chemicals that act like hormones. Phthalates and parabens are chemicals that are used as softeners in plastics and in common everyday products like shampoo, shower gel, nail polish, perfume, cosmetics, floor covering and laundry detergent.

The headline has been hard to ignore. Across the world press, news media have announced that over 1,500 farmers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh committed suicide. The motive has been blamed on farmers being crippled by overwhelming debt in the face of crop failure.

The leading global supplier of monosodium glutamate - MSG - and the sweetener aspartame, a proven neurotoxin and carcinogen, Ajinomoto Company Inc. is seeking approval from the the US food and drug administration FDA for their latest sweetener, yet another biochemical "taste-enhancer" called Advantame.

The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed, including toxic byproducts of chlorination in Walmart’s Sam’s Choice and Giant Supermarket's Acadia brands, at levels no different than routinely found in tap water. Several Sam's Choice samples purchased in California exceeded legal limits for bottled water contaminants in that state.