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Abattis Medical Advisory Board Chairman Brazos Minshew spotlights Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to infertility and other health problems.

There is a simple way to describe your endocrine system: it is the glands and organs that make hormones. Hormones are messengers: they deliver commands to your body. Once the command is completed, other hormones reply with messengers of their own. The cycle is intricate, but the steps are simple. When it comes to hormones, we “make” them, we “use” them and we “get rid of them” through detoxification.

BPA is a hormone disruptor, also called an EDC: Endocrine Disrupting Chemical. BPA is in a family of chemicals that prevents us from making the right blend of hormones, prevents us from using them correctly and blocks us from detoxifying them appropriately. This leads to hormone imbalances and a toxic soup of fake, inflammatory hormones circulated and stored inside of us. 

In 2013, scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital published findings showing that BPA exposure can affect humans. The authors add: "The detrimental effects on reproduction may be lifelong and transgenerational." That means it may ruin your health and be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

Infants and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA. Products that contain BPA include water bottles, baby bottles, skin care and cosmetics packaging, and sports equipment.

A review of previous studies, published in 2015, found evidence that BPA can interfere with endocrine function involving the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. According to the article, Thyroid effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (Boas M, et al. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2012) “…there is now reasonably firm evidence that bisphenol A may have thyroid disrupting properties.

One way to promote proper detoxification of Bisphenol A is by eating foods high in Quercetin – such as Saskatoon berries and Hawthorn berries. Quercetin balances the detoxification system for BPA (called glucuronidation). Quercetin improves the enzymes that “get rid of” BPA and prevents BPA from interfering with the way we “make” hormones.

It is important to prevent as much BPA exposure as possible by selecting BPA-Free products. This is especially true for children, women who are pregnant and both women and men who are planning a family. It is also important to consume high-quercetin foods to balance detoxification and promote hormone health.

Abattis Medical Advisory Board Chairman Brazos Minshew, MSc, ND presents Thyroid Cancer Update in Austin, Texas USA

The Chairman of Abattis’ Medical Advisory Board presented an update to physicians on the explosive growth in thyroid cancer diagnosis in North America. He states, “While many cancers are in decline in North America - especially those related to smoking cessation - the number of thyroid cancers are increasing at an alarming rate. Today, thyroid cancer diagnosis is the fastest growing diagnosis among women and men. Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer in women age 20 to 34.”

Statistics support these assertions. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer has tripled over the last three decades. The predominant clinical feature of thyroid cancer is the thyroid nodule. Up to 70% of people will have a thyroid nodule. Up to 5% of these nodules are malignant. “That means that in a gathering of 20 people, 14 people will have a thyroid nodule on ultrasound and one of them will likely be cancerous at some time” says Minshew.

Quoting an article in the Journal, Endocrine Related Cancer (2014) Minshew continues, “Repositioning of established non-cancer pharmacotherapeutic agents with well-known activity and side-effect profiles is a promising avenue for the development of new treatment modalities for multiple cancer types... For instance, the derivatives of cannabis and an anti-diabetic agent, metformin, both are able to inhibit ERK, which is commonly activated in Thyroid Cancer cells.” -Kushchayeva

The function of Abattis Medical Advisory Board is to continually shine a spotlight on the importance of phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System in the treatment of immune-related disorders.