#455: Environmental and Everyday Toxins That Cause Hormone Deregulation with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

If You Want to Reduce Your Toxic Load, You Should:

  1. Optimize your gut health
  2. Reduce your pesticide exposure and plastic use
  3. Surround yourself with plants and fresh air
  4. Consider a 14-day gut and liver detox

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Episode Summary

Toxins play a huge role in the majority of chronic illnesses and hormone disruptions, and yet the numbers just keep getting worse. Every year new chemicals are introduced into our environment, especially into our cleaning products and personal care products, while only a very small fraction of the effects of these chemicals are investigated. This is why it is up to you to understand the harmful effects of these toxic chemicals so that you can protect yourself and your family’s health.

A Lifetime of Solving Problems with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway toward better health. He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners worldwide with an advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases.

Understanding the Why

When the body is bombarded with endocrine disruptors from numerous exposures every day, we see a range of issues, including mitochondrial dysfunction, low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, brain fog, weight resistance, insulin resistance, blood sugar issues, infertility, digestive upset, and so much more.

These endocrine disruptors influence how our bodies make hormones and can be one of the biggest causes of chronic disease and hormonal imbalance. By getting to the root cause of these imbalances, you can understand the ‘why’ behind your symptoms and move past them for good.

Ending Toxic Exposure and Hormone Disruption

There are five major contributing factors to the development of these chronic inflammatory diseases. Environmental triggers, such as the toxins found in your home, can be one of the biggest influences in determining your toxic load and overall hormonal well-being.

Once you understand the chemicals that you may be unwillingly bringing into your home, you will be able to take the baby steps necessary to clear your mind, body, and environment of these hormone-disrupting trouble-making chemicals.

Are you ready to clear the toxins from your environment? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!


“If you have a deficiency of a hormone, and you take hormones to feel better, you have to ask the question, ‘why do I have a deficiency of that hormone?’.” (7:35)

“The canary in the coal mine is a phrase that means an early warning system of eminent danger. And it is the brain that is the canary in the coal mine in the body for the amount of inflammation that we are being exposed to, and how it is damaging and destroying our tissue.” (27:42)

“What you need to learn, as the matriarch or patriarch of your family, is first realizing there are 100 little tidbits that you need to learn and it’s overwhelming, but you just take one at a time.” (33:16)

“You start to understand that what you bring into your home, you are exposing your family to.” (37:45)

“When you understand the big picture, you start to understand where these chemicals fit into the picture.” (49:04)

In This Episode

  • Why you need to focus on the deeper issues of your hormone imbalance (4:40)
  • The role of endocrine disruptors when it comes to your hormone dysregulation (14:05)
  • Suggestions for learning how to deal with the massive amount of toxins in our world and your home (30:35)
  • How toxins could be impacting your gut health and microbiome and how to address it (38:47)
  • Why the top 5 pillars of chronic inflammatory diseases are linked to environmental toxins (48:39)

Resources Mentioned

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Essentially You Episode #412: The Impact Hormone, Toxins, and Gut Imbalances Have on Inflamed and Aging Skin with Dr. Trevor Cates

Essentially You Episode #260: Becoming a Label-Reading Ninja and Chemically Aware of Dangerous Everyday Toxins with Samantha Wright

Essentially You Episode #169: Everyday Detox: Strategies for Reducing Daily Environmental Toxic Exposure with Lara Adler

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