December 30th, 2019
If you have an allergic phenotype, a tendency toward allergic diseases like allergic rhinitis, asthma and eczema, then you really want to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals, EDC's. The allergic phenotype immunologically is known as a TH2 or T helper cell type 2 polarized immune state. This means that at baseline your immune system releases chemicals that promote the release of cells like eosinophils and mast cells which in turn release chemicals like histamine that cause our nasty symptoms of sneezing, wheezing and itching.
It turns out that the EDC's promote the polarization of the immune system towards a TH 2 slant and away from the TH1 polarity. This shift leads to a movement away from effective pathogen killing in the body making you more susceptible to infections and inflammation.
EDC's are of no value to us as humans. We should avoid them at all costs. Visit the Environmental Working Group's site for more information. See the links below for a deeper dive.