Chemicals cause damage by bioaccumulation in the food chain and in our bodies. They are persistent, can pass on from mother to foetus and infant. They can cause developmental, mitochondrial and liver toxicity.
The health impacts of chemicals include asthma (1 in 4 children), autism (1 in 150 children on the spectrum), sky rocketing increase in Type II diabetes and obesity, developmental and reproductive disorders (1 in 6 couples diagnosed as infertile), sperm count decreasing 1% each year, increase in generalized immune diseases and increase in allergies and eczema.
Over 80,000 chemicals are now registered for use in Australia with 38,ooo of those chemicals been industrial chemicals. 75% of these chemicals have never been tested for their toxicity on the human body or the environment.
One of the most well known chemicals are phthalates as they mimic the bodies normal death inducing signaling in testicular cells causing abnormal cell death. Phthalates have been linked to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities. To minimise your exposure to phthalates avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys, plastic wrap and personal care products that contain phthalates (avoid fragrance as an ingredient)
Pesticides on food are designed to kill and be effective at low doses. They attack central nervous system, immune system and cellular structures of life form. They pass through the body virtually unchanged and damage organs on their way through. Organochlorine pesticides were used in the 1950s and largely phased out by 1990. DDT was one of these pesticides. Organochlorine pesticides persist in the environment for a long period of time, bioaccumulate in the fat cells of humans, are toxic to the nervous system, are endocrine disrupting toxins. Pesticides used today are organophosphates are generally short-lived in the environment, do not tend to bio-accumulate, they are still toxic to the nervous system and are endocine/reproductive disrupting toxins.