95% of San Francisco area wastewater contains chemicals known to disrupt hormones. Marine scientists have already found male fish developing eggs in their reproductive organs. If this is happening to fish, what’s happening to humans?
The chemicals are common ingredients in household cleaners, personal care products, and cosmetics. Researchers from the Environmental Working Group postulate that fertility problems, birth defects and sexual dysfunction may be related to the frequent exposure to chemicals in our household products – and I think they’re right.
Some helpful tips from EWG:
- Avoid products with fragrances
- Avoid plastic utensils, containers and cookware (go with glass, steel and cast iron)
- Avoid antibacterial products and those that claim to kill everything they come into contact with (soap and water work just fine)
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