Chemicals in Perfumes Can Lead to Depression?

Depressed WomanAccording to a new study, a percentage of as much as 20% of the US population may have some sort of chemical insensivity.  We live in a very chemical-centric world.  There is also a lot of emotional and mental dysfunction with record amounts of people seeking psychological help.  Are the two linked?

High, constant chemical exposure

There are tens of thousands of chemicals manufactured in the US alone today that are used in a variety of consumer products. You are exposed on average to several chemicals every single day.

The exposure varies from inhaling these chemicals, putting them on your skin or hair, drinking or eating them or otherwise being exposed in some way.  Chemicals can interfere with healthy cell growth and cause abnormal cell division (cancer).

They can also interfere with healthy neurological functions and many of them also interfere with the healthy functioning of the brain and the endocrine network, which secretes and controls the level of various hormones being released in to your body on a daily basis.

Childrens development and chemicals

Some chemicals have been found to interfere with children’s development. They have even been implicated in higher rates of diabetes and heart troubles later in life.  So it stands to reason that avoiding chemicals is a really important part of protecting your health these days.

Studies have shown that those with chemical sensitivities are more apt to suffer from a wide array of health issues.  This includes asthma, heart problems and depression and anxiety.  There may be a causal link between chemical sensitivity and depression in fact, and that link is being researched further so it may be exploited one day to help treat depression more accurately.

The offending articles range from vinyl shower curtains and linens, perfumed products and scented lotions, and antibacterial soaps, cleansers, gels and wipes that contain triclosan and other chemical antibacterial agents.

You may have read about triclosan before. It is a highly toxic material that is used to kill bacteria and there is a big push now by consumer rights advocates to get it banned from use here in the US.

The bottom line is that the massive amounts of chemicals used in all our the products we come into contact with today have done nothing but add to the work our body has to do to detoxify itself.  After the body has taken on so many toxins, it is a matter of time before they start to be stored in organs and begin interfering with your brain chemistry.

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