Chemical Exposure and Menopausal Symptoms

Chemical Exposure and Menopausal Symptoms

Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
Menopause Relief: Could cleaning up your home be in the mix?


I think all of us can agree that household cleaning products can not be safe for anyone to breath whether you have asthma or not. These toxic fumes have long been suspected of causing a host of ailments, perhaps even disease.

But in this most recent study they looked at stain resistant, water resistant and fire resistant products. They even looked at plastic containers. All of these contained PFC’s. PFC stands for perfluorocarbons and there is strong evidence that it impacts a woman’s menopausal symptoms.

The West Virginia School of Medicine study observed over 26,000 women ages 18 to 65. Women who were exposed to higher levels of PFC’s were more likely to experience an earlier menopause. The PFC’s actually have an impact on the endocrine system which is vital to hormone functioning properly.

I will add to this saying not only an earlier menopause, but most likely more extreme menopausal symptoms.

A few months ago I interviewed, Dr. Mark Sneller, an air quality expert. He said one of the most dangerous things women can do to disrupt their endocrine system is to breath in toxic chemicals. He even included perfumes in this category. So this is not new information by any means.

So what can you take from this?

  1. Avoid stain resistant, fire retardant and water resistant materials
  2. Never heat anything in plastic, preferably stop storing things in plastic which I understand may be difficult
  3. Begin to move toward more natural cleaning products such as vinegar and water

All of this is certainly a process, but if you and your family want to feel great, this is some place you can start.

As with most studies, more research will need to be done before policies are put in place.

Source: Knox, S. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, June 2011.

Thank You EPA for A Reverse Earth Day Know Your Rights!

Thank You EPA for A Reverse Earth Day Know Your Rights!

Expert’s Name:  Dr. Karen Purcell
Tomorrow is Earth Day.  We should all be planting trees and thanking our planet for giving us a home.  Most of us love our homes and want to have gardens, flowers and trees for beauty and peace.  Well, so do I.  I have a lovely home in upstate New York in the Catskill area. Sadly, in 1998 there was a chemical spill on the parcel of land that borders mine.  The Environmental Protection Agency was eventually consulted by out wonderful Congressman, Maurice Hinchey and the site was put on the Superfund List.  Now this spill was not major… like Love Canal or some of the other horrible ones you’ve heard of. Over the years many positive things were done.  That is until recently…


I took some time off after some traveling and stayed home last week to rest.   What greeted me was like a documentary film on deforestation.  The project manager of this site sat right in my living room in February and said nothing about clearing every single tree from the site.  Last week, when I started screaming to every official I could think of , I found out many dreadful things that the EPA does when you’re not watching.  The Environmental “Protection” Agency basically wants to clear every tree from this site for expediency, nothing more.  They say they need to level the place because the backhoes can’t dig around the trees.  Basically, they don’t want to hire workers to shovel around them.  The trees behind my home provide a wind break for my home and others and assist in flood prevention, which is a problem in the entire area.  The EPA just started clearing without telling me or any of the neighbors.  The town or county officials were not consulted.  There was no environmental impact statement given to us.  There was no landscape architect’s report. In fact, there was no landscape architect.  A landscape architect provides information about  problems for the surrounding properties.  No one has told us where the test wells are or given us a groundwater report in years. No one has told us or the town about any plan for drainage.  Also, nothing about a new wind break.   They said that they are going to dig up all the contaminated soil and put it in a landfill on the site.  The site is right next to a large creek, which borders my property also.  This is part of the NY watershed.  So basically overnight my property is now at tremendous risk of increased problems with flooding and wind damage.  A friend of mine who is a civil engineer and has worked on other Superfund sites was appalled at the entire situation, especially the trees and the landfill by a large creek.  No wonder cancer is so common now!


Now, there are many people involved and some of the remaining trees have a 2 week reprieve while they “study” the issue.


I am writing this article for many publications, especially the Baby Boomers who have owned their homes for many years.  Please know your rights if the EPA comes along.  They will send in a nice man who basically tells you nothing…a lot of odd terminology that sounds reasonable.  Realize – they have no interest inprotecting your property at all.


Look at the before and after pictures and remember, this could be your home someday.


If anyone is or knows  a good environmental law firm that works “pro bono” and is willing to sue the EPA, please contact me  at


To your continued good health,
Dr. Karen Purcell
Are You Getting Enough Of This?

Are You Getting Enough Of This?

Sleep. Many menopausal women have issue sleeping and these can be due to hormone fluctuations or a number of other things.

First of all, what are the benefits of sleeping?

1. It repairs cells.
2. It puts you in a state of relaxation.
3. It boosts memory.
4. It is known to help control and maintain weight.

So how can you improve your sleep? 

1. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, white flours and white sugars as these are known to increase hot flashes.
2. Avoid eating a heavy meal before bedtime.
3. Avoid exercising before bedtime.
4. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
5. Practice relaxation such as deep breathing and meditation.
6. Set your bedroom thermostat at an optimal temperature.
7. Take melatonin which is at naturally occurring in the body.
8. Take B-vitamins or even 5-HTP.

Menopausal Relief: Headaches and Migraines

Menopausal Relief: Headaches and Migraines

I met an interesting individual today and I wanted to tell you about her. She specializes in the environment and toxins. And the reason why I bring this up is because I asked her why so many women in their peri-menopausal years complain of migraines and headaches. And what do you do about it?

One thing she suggested is really journaling. Finding out when and why you’re getting migraines and headaches I thought it was just a great idea. Some suggestions she had of what might be the triggers?

  1. Obviously environmental toxins, so look at where you getting these headaches and migraines at home, at work, etc. Do they go away when you leave for an extended period of time?
  2. What about stress levels in your life? Do you find that you’re getting headaches and migraines and is it related to stress in your life?
  3. Another thing are food allergies. Caffeine and chocolate triggers but it could be very well chemicals laced out in our processed foods.
  4. Also pesticides on our foods and vegetables.
  5. The most obvious reason for peri- menopausal women to get headaches and migraines are changes in estrogen and progesterone levels.

So really track is it when you’re ovulating, is it when you’re getting in your cycle, look at when you’re getting your headaches. From there you can start eliminate possible triggers.

Environmental Problems and Menopausal Symptoms

Environmental Problems and Menopausal Symptoms

Reduce your exposure of environmental toxins. Harmful substances on the outside of our body end up in the inside of our body. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use. Unfortunately toxins can cause a host of issues in our body from arthritis to cancer and extreme menopausal symptoms.

How can you reduce your environmental toxins?

  1. Find non-toxic household cleaning products
  2. Install a water filter at your kitchen faucet and even on your showerhead or better yet install a water filtration system in your home
  3. Avoid plastics number 3, 6 and 7. They contain BPA. BPA is known to impact estrogen levels which in turn can impact menopausal symptoms

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