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Revealing the Hidden Dangers of COMPOUNDS: Insights from a Blood Test

Updated: Apr 1

Every day, subtle exposures to various substances occur without our awareness. Unfortunately, this is a widespread phenomenon happening globally.


I invite you to explore each aspect of this topic with me. By the end, you'll gain practical insights into verifying the information and understanding your own exposure levels. Rest assured, all information provided here is based on credible facts, with evidence available within the content.


Let's begin by examining each ingredient carefully to understand its origin and significance.




The norm for these chemicals is "0". None of these compounds should be in the blood at all!


Tolerable - This level indicates that certain organisms can manage the substance without adverse effects.

Borderline - At this point, the body's capacity to handle the substance is nearing its limit.

High  - This level signifies a significant degree of poisoning in the body, potentially leading to illness.

Very high - At this stage, there's a critical level of poisoning in the body, greatly increasing the risk of disease.



COMPOUNDS


Now we delve into the core of the poisoning issue, which involves hidden ingredients not disclosed on packaging and lacking adequate usage standards. These compounds, outlined below, are highly toxic and pose significant dangers. General blood tests may not provide accurate results, as demonstrated in item 6. Hence, it's essential to investigate a specific phthalate. All entries in Tables 12 to 19, 21, and 23 pertain to phthalates.


Phthalate



The majority of industrially produced phthalates serve as plasticizers in plastics like PVC, nitrocellulose, or synthetic rubber. Key examples include diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP). Additionally, compounds like dimethyl, diethyl, or dibutyl phthalate find application in cosmetics, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. While phthalate-based plasticizers dominated the market in 2010, regulatory measures and growing environmental consciousness are pushing for the adoption of phthalate-free alternatives.


Nine phthalic acid esters, including BBP, DBP, DEHP, DIBP, BMEP, PIPP, DIPP, DPP, and DnHP, are listed as substances of very high concern (SVHC) by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Evaluation of phthalates distinguishes between low molecular weight (e.g., DEHP, DBP) and higher molecular weight phthalates (e.g., DINP, DIDP). While some phthalates like DINP and DIDP underwent comprehensive EU risk assessments and are now registered under REACH, others like BBP, DBP, and DEHP are restricted to medical packaging use since February 2015.


Low molecular weight phthalates pose health concerns due to their suspected hormone-disrupting properties, potentially leading to conditions like infertility, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in men. Research suggests that exposure to phthalates may disrupt the hormonal balance in male fetuses and children, contributing to feminization. Studies from the USA and Canada indicate potential risks associated with phthalate exposure, including premature births and decreased fertility in women. A Danish cohort study in 2019 found a doubled risk of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer associated with high phthalate exposure, particularly through the ingestion of certain pharmaceuticals containing phthalates.


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16 Diheptylphthalate DHP


Since 2015, the EU chemicals regulation REACH prohibits the use of DEHP in manufacturing consumer products without approval within the EU. However, due to its presence in imported products and widespread environmental distribution, traces of DEHP may still be found in food.


To reduce DEHP intake in daily life, simple consumption and hygiene measures can be implemented. This includes preparing fresh meals more frequently, minimizing the use of pre-packaged products, and varying product brands as DEHP levels can vary depending on the source. Regular cleaning of floors and carpets is also recommended. It's crucial for small children to only put objects intended for them in their mouths. Although DEHP has been banned in toys and children's articles since 1999, occasional detections in such products still occur, as evidenced by reports from the European rapid alert system RAPEX. Older toys manufactured before the ban may also contain DEHP.


Reproductive-endangering phthalates like DEHP, DBP, and BBP have been prohibited in baby articles and toys in the EU since 2005. According to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, certain phthalates, including DEHP, BBP, and DBP, are not allowed in cosmetics.

Phthalate plasticizers, particularly those from the phthalate group, pose significant health risks as they can adversely affect the liver, kidneys, and testes. Some phthalates, such as DEHP (di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate), have been found to exhibit hormone-like effects. Phthalate plasticizers are not tightly bound to plastic materials, contributing to their potential health hazards.


17. Diisopentylphthalate DIPP


In December 2012, diisopentyl phthalate was added to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC) due to its classification as toxic to reproduction (Reprod. 1B). Subsequently, diisopentyl phthalate was included in the list of substances subject to authorization in June 2017, with the expiration date for use in the EU set for July 4, 2020. Additionally, diisopentyl phthalate is subject to restrictions outlined in Annex XVII, number 72 of the REACH regulation (implemented in Germany by the chemicals prohibition regulation).


Phthalates are salts and esters of phthalic acid, organic compounds primarily used in the production of plastics to enhance their properties. Plastics containing phthalates are less brittle and more flexible, making them suitable for the manufacturing of various everyday objects.


Phthalates can be found in articles such as:

  • Films intended for food packaging

  • Vinyl wallpaper

  • Sporting goods

  • Printer inks

  • Window blinds

  • Rain boots

  • Raincoats

  • Air fresheners

  • Paper towels

  • Children's toys


Phthalates in cosmetics

Phthalates are commonly used in cosmetics, particularly in nail varnishes, hairspray, deodorants, and perfumes. These harmful substances can also be present in products designed for direct skin contact, such as moisturizing lotions, shampoos, soaps, and shower gels. The majority of phthalates are found in strongly scented cosmetics, as they are responsible for prolonging the fragrance in perfumed products.


Phthalates in medical devices

Phthalates are even utilized in the manufacturing processes of medical equipment. These compounds are present in fluid and blood storage containers, tubing, dialyzers, anesthetic equipment, catheters, pharmaceutical pills, and other medical devices.


Phthalates - are they harmful?

Ongoing research indicates that phthalates have adverse effects on human health, particularly on children. Children exposed to phthalates are at a higher risk of developing asthma and allergies compared to those not exposed to products containing phthalates. These substances can also disrupt the endocrine system, potentially leading to endocrine disorders with excessive exposure. In children, phthalates can harm the nervous system. Additionally, studies have revealed that children born to mothers who were exposed to heavily contaminated air with phthalates during pregnancy tend to have IQ scores approximately 7 points lower than children born to mothers who breathed cleaner air.





Furthermore, phthalates are linked to the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Elevated levels of phthalates in the body have been demonstrated to elevate the risk of developing diabetes. Additionally, it is believed that phthalates have a detrimental effect on the quality of male sperm.

How to avoid phthalates?

It is advised to minimize exposure to products containing phthalates as much as possible. Current regulations are aimed at reducing the presence of phthalates in everyday items. However, it's important to carefully check the composition of the products you purchase. Additionally, reducing the usage of plastic items and opting for alternatives like wood, glass, and metal is recommended. Avoiding plastic cups, plates, and cutlery is preferable, along with refraining from drinking from plastic bottles and microwaving plastic packaging. When purchasing plastic items, especially toys, it's best to buy from reputable stores and avoid those with unknown origins.


In European Union nations, the use of phthalates in manufacturing toys, items with prolonged skin contact, and personal care products is prohibited. However, compliance with these regulations is not always observed in Asian countries. It's advisable to refrain from using air fresheners, as many of them contain phthalates. When using paints, ensure proper ventilation of the room. Additionally, carefully check the ingredients of cosmetics and opt for natural products that are free from harmful phthalates.


However, as evidenced by my blood test results, this statement is not accurate.


Now the toxicity level in the blood tests has reached its highest point - poisoned.


Continue reading for the subsequent category of blood toxicity - SUMMARY


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