How our environment impacts our health
The incidence of the civilization diseases has been increasing exponentially over the last decade.
Large-scale analysis reveal a correlation between environmental factors and chronic diseases such as cancers, allergies, atopic dermatitis or severe endocrine disruptions.
The toxic ingredients which impact the long-term health are found in the in/direct environment of our daily lives such as : ambient air, water, clothes, cosmetics, detergents...
They have immediate visible effects (like allergies) as well as long-term, silent and invasive effects (like cancers).
Apart from the health concerns, the chronicle diseases are pointed by the media as modern scandals and as a consequence leads to a sharp fall of trust from consumers in their daily consumption of food, water, fragrance, skin creams, ...
Allergy is a severe malfunction of the immune system which provokes an over reaction to certain substances in the air, water, food,... which are non-toxic per se.
Their incidence is forecast to reach 15% of the population in the next 10 years.
They have become the 3rd chronical disease ww, ranked by WHO.
Hygiene in excess, antibiotics, overwhelming preservatives in cosmetics or loss of reasonable simulations of the immune system are alleged to be the key factors of allergies.
Endocrine disruptors (ED) are chemical substances most of the time derived from synthetic chemistry which may interfere with the body endocrine systems and induce severe diseases not only to the concerned organism but also to its descendants.
Some of them (like diethylstilbestrol (distilben), are strongly suspected to cause endocrine-dependent cancers such as breast or prostate cancers.
Nanomaterials are objects of a minuscule size in all their 3 dimensions.
They are at the leading edge of the materials science. However their scale make them extremely invasive for the eco-systems and living bodies. The width of a DNA strand is 2 nanometers.
In 2017, more than 1500 usual objects in cosmetics, paintings, food, ... were containing nano-particles.
They profoundly modify the functions of the living organisms and may provoke damages in the nucleus of cells.