Environment

Imagine if children could grow up without the thousands of tiny chemical substances that are present in our environment today.

Individually these chemicals may seem harmless as they don't kill outright. But daily exposure during a lifetime is now linked to infertility, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hormone-related cancers. And even cognitive development of the brain.

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.

There are many things that affect our drinking water. In many parts of the world increased levels of chemicals and drug residues in drinking water poses a real threat. We need to ask ourselves how children will thrive if they are exposed to small amounts of pharmaceutical residues all their lives? The fact is, we don't know yet, because this is a new phenomenon.

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

Today's environmental debate is mainly about carbon emissions. Most of us find it hard to grasp complex environmental issues and put our trust in research and policy analysis. So what should we make of the "green motorists" and environmentalists who have led us to believe that ethanol is a safe environmental choice. Are they right or wrong?

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.