Who Says Hormone Disruptors Are a Problem?
A lot of people. Here are just a few:
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): “The majority of the more than 2,000 chemicals that come onto the market every year do not go through even the simplest tests to determine toxicity.” They recommend you educate yourself about endocrine disruptors.
Environmental Working Group (EWG): “There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”
The Endocrine Society: “The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and metabolism, and insulin and glucose homeostasis.”
World Health Organization (WHO): Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO. “Research has made great strides in the last ten years showing endocrine disruption to be far more extensive and complicated than realized a decade ago,” said Professor Ake Bergman, Chief Editor of the report.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS): “Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife …. Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products — including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.”
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): In a letter to Congress: “Over the past several decades, tens of thousands of chemicals have entered commerce and the environment, often in extremely large quantities ... As children grow and mature, their bodies may be especially vulnerable to certain chemical exposures during critical windows of development. In particular, children’s endocrine systems have demonstrated sensitivity to environmental toxicants at specific stages of growth.”
What You Can Do
Follow these steps to reduce your exposure!