Thyroid Peeps – Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
There are over 60,000 chemicals being produced today with organochlorines (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, and Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, among others) being the most dangerous. They’re a chemical estrogen, which means that when we’re exposed to them our bodies cannot tell the difference between our own hormones or the chemical. Hormones alter the sensitivity of the immune system and this can really wreak havoc in many systems in our body. One type of chemical called dioxin is extremely toxic in small doses and can cause changes in thyroid hormone metabolism. It’s found in many sources, such as the paper in cigarettes, products made or treated with chlorine, the incineration of house hold waste, to even being found in food packaging. Another trigger for thyroid dysfunction is exposure to mercury such as from a tooth fillings, coal burning or vaccines containing thimerosal. Mercury can inhibit thyroid hormone production by occupying iodine binding sites and can inhibit thyroid hormone actions causing hypothyroid symptoms.