Chemicals in personal-care products might be one reason that the majority of autoimmune sufferers — 78 percent — are women.
According to consumer advocates at the Environmental Working Group, the average person is exposed to more than 126 chemicals before even leaving the bathroom in the morning (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, sunscreen, etc.).
How many personal-care products do you use in a day?
For more on the rise of autoimmune diseases, read “Autoimmune Disorders: When Your Body Turns on You.”
20 Things Overheard at the Functional Medicine Conference
- Parkinson’s disease: “Parkinson’s disease is an environmentally induced illness. Period.” — Robert Rountree, MD
- Chemicals safety: “Since WWII, over 85,000 synthetic chemicals have been registered with the U.S. EPA. Only a couple hundred have been tested.” —Robert Rountree, MD.
- Gut problems: “70% of Americans have gut symptoms or diseases.” —Thomas O’Bryan, DC
- Eating: “Chronic disease is a food-borne illness. We ate our way into it, and we need to eat our way out if it.” —Mark Hyman, MD
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