In 1946, there was a famous ad that read “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” In 1976, Coke’s slogan was “Coke adds Life!” Fast forward a few decades, and we all know better. Both of those ads, however amusingly anachronistic they may now seem, fooled a lot of people and helped damage the bodies of millions of people, the only upside being that now at least, there’s a warning label on cigarettes. I think Coke should have one too. A few years back former Mayor Bloomberg got close by banning sales of super-sized sodas in NYC, a move applauded by all of us in the health community. Not surprisingly, soda manufacturers fought the measure, hoping to shout down health and safety concerns, but the word got out and finally, soda’s getting the bad rap it so richly deserves.
At this point, we all know that when it comes to the wellbeing of babies, breastfeeding is vastly superior to formula feeding in every way. Still, for those parents who formula feed—whether by choice or necessity—they all want to know: what is the safest, healthiest formula I can give my baby? With so many organic options now available, choosing a safe formula seems easier than ever, but not so fast. There are many problematic ingredients in infant formulas, even the ever-increasing organic varieties.
I always tell my patients that it’s important that they clear their homes of as many endocrine disruptors as possible. EDs are hormone-mimicking, chemical compounds which interfere with and wreak havoc on your body’s normal hormone function (making them do things they shouldn’t) like stimulating cancer development and triggering immunity, fertility, metabolic, developmental and cognitive problems just to name a few (while stopping them from doing what they should be doing) namely protecting you from the aforementioned and keeping your body’s natural hormones balanced.
When patients come to me for help in taking charge of their health, one of the essential changes I encourage each of them to make is to reduce their toxic load – specifically to rid themselves of as many Endocrine Disruptors (EDs as possible. But why the fuss over Endocrine Disruptors? It’s pretty simple: EDs are chemicals that can wreak havoc with your hormones – making them do things they shouldn’t – like stimulating cancer development and triggering immunity, fertility, metabolic, developmental and cognitive problems just to name a few – while stopping them from doing what they should be doing – namely protecting you from the aforementioned and keeping your body’s natural hormones balanced.