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CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) or commercially raised animal operations, contain antibiotics, hormones and other industrial chemicals that can disrupt the normal ways in which your hormones work in your body. Such substances are called endocrine-disruptors. The endocrine system includes the adrenal glands, thyroid, sex organs (ovaries and testes), pituitary gland, pancreas and thymus. Together these organs work in a complex network sending chemical messengers called hormones into the bloodstream to control many important functions in the body.

Chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and artificial hormones often in the feed of, or administered directly to, commercially raised animals, become part of the animal’s biochemical make-up. When we repeatedly consume these animal products, we are now exposed to these substances.  Accumulative exposure can block hormonal signals and interfere with numerous functions in the body, including development and reproduction, immunity, and neurological function.

Although more costly, your family’s chicken and steaks could be the priority product in which to spend those extra grocery dollars on.  For guidance on how to decide where to spend extra for organic products, contact us.

Other endocrine disruptors we are commonly exposed to include personal care products, cleaning products, drinking water, canned foods, and pesticide sprayed produce. For further information and alternatives to these products, see