I struggle frequently with sharing information – full disclosure.
When I started my business I wanted to be a great source of information and solutions for those who were trying to transition to better health. I didn’t want to motivate people by scaring them but instead by encouraging them with positive information they could use for self empowerment.
Sometimes when I am writing an article I feel like the grim reaper. Today is one of those days.
Obeseogens. It’s a new term, for a new world and they may be responsible for your inability to lose weight.
What exactly are they?
“Foreign chemical compounds that disrupt normal development and balance of lipid metabolism, which can lead to weight gain/obesity.”
Why do they matter?
Cause and effect.
Having difficulty losing weight?
These little bastards might be interrupting your body’s ability to function properly and to lose weight.
In the simplest of terms, obeseogens are chemicals that disrupt our normal internal chemical process for breaking down food. You’ve heard me talk about hormone disruptors in the past, (the obvious ones I’ve highlighted are BPA and phalates and are generally found in the plastics we use for storing/delivering our food) but these obeseogens broaden this class of hormone distruptors. They make it difficult for your body to do many of its jobs. There is no way to sugar coat this so let’s just call it like it is — the end result is obesity and disease.
Here’s what frequently happens when I start to do research on a subject. It’s down one rabbit hole only to crawl my way very slowly back to the top and then be plunged down into another daunting rabbit hole in search of solid (read: reliable) information.
I saw a great quote from a reporter named Sharyl Attkisson this weekend. She was talking about news reports that aren’t accurately researched. She said,
“reporters who don’t do their homework will conduct an internet search, run across the blogs with scienc-y sounding names, and uncritically accept their word as if it’s face and prevailing thought.”
Well…there are a lot of people out there that do the exact same thing and I work hard at not being one of them. It’s super important to be CLEAR about the source of your information. When you see a headline that starts with the words, “STUDY FINDS” be sure you dig deep to find out who is funding and benefiting from the results of that study. I can pretty much guarantee you that 8 times out of 10 the results are slanted in favor of those who fund the study, not in favor of the facts.
Cynical? OMG, yes! I read a LOT of crap. A LOT!!
I’ve gotten very frustrated with research on several subjects and until the “scientists” can duke it out and see whose PR department has the biggest muscles, I’m erring on the side of RESULTS.
That’s right, results.
I’m sticking with cause and effect on some of these non-life threatening issues until someone can grow a pair and do some accurate research and/or
The science behind obeseogens is fairly new, mostly coming to light in the last decade or so. While it’s exciting for people like me to learn about discoveries that lead us to the root cause of many of our health issues (so that we can avoid them in the future), identifying specific chemicals and their source(s) means someone (remember corporations are people too, lol) is going to take a financial hit when the cat gets out of the bag, right?
Potentially good information like this is fought usually with two methods.
- Studies funded by and favorable to those who stand to lose the most (I am not making this shit up); and
- Reports from “science-y” sounding organizations and websites that discredit new and emerging science that is going to affect the bottom line of the companies that stand to lose financially. (Web MD is NOT your friend, FYI)
They make stuff up to leave you with a deep feeling of “reasonable doubt” so that you’ll keep doing what you are doing and their financial risk is reduced.
What’s the solution for this particular issue?
If you want to know if these obeseogen chemicals are making you fat, eliminate them from your food and water and find out for yourself if they are the root cause of your extra weight.
I personally know someone who made one change in their diet – they literally switched to organic and non-GMO foods and lost 70 pounds in a year. One change. They were still eating processed foods, but they were only eating organic processed foods.
Here are the most common suspected obeseogens found in food and water.
- Pesticides for sure but especially Atrazine and DDE. Atrazine slows thyroid function.
- Soy. There are over 90 different derivatives of soy on any given food label. Citric Acid? Usually soy. Here’s a list to get your started. Brace yourself (http://naturalandfree.blogspot.com/p/alternative-names-for-soy-and-soy-free.html)
- Glyphosate (main ingredient in Round Up) disrupts healthy gut function.
- HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
- Artificial sweeteners
Here’s my thought on this subject. If you have been having difficulty losing weight by eating conventional foods, just eliminatei it for 30 days. You’ll know quickly whether they are a factor in YOUR world or not.
Don’t drink tap water.
Read a few labels.
BONUS: If you get these horrible chemicals out of your body you might not only start to lose weight, but think about the carcinogens you are no longer consuming and how that will reduce your chemical load and potentially help you avoid the BIG C.
It’s impossible to avoid all of them because they are so pervasive, but I am doing my very best to be sure that I eliminate them anywhere I can and you should, too.
Give it a try. All you’ve got to lose is a few pounds.
Until next week!