My original title for this serious blog entry was, “We should ban all endocrine disrupting compounds in commercial products”, but I felt it was a bit too long for a headline. But I do believe we need to ban these things called hormone disrupters in all commercial and everyday items.
I’ve been writing about this for many, many years and sadly, it has never really got major attention in the mainstream media or even among the more radical health activists. But now it seems like it might become a bigger public debate.
Examples of recent media attention
Evidence has doubled in the last five years about the negative impact on our health of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides, flame retardants and other merchandise, according to a new review of recent literature.
“It’s a global problem. These are chemicals used in consumer products all across the world,” said senior author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, chief of environmental pediatrics at NYU Langone. KSL.com
A new analysis published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology on Tuesday found that a growing number of endocrine-disrupting household chemicals have been linked to widespread health problems, including infertility, diabetes, and impaired brain development. The researchers examined hundreds of studies published in the past five years to come to their conclusions, which also include listing PFAS as an endocrine disruptor. Gizmodo.com
The recent reviews add 17 ties between certain medical conditions and endocrine disruptors to a list of 15 others already identified by a 2015 joint investigation led by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. For example, new findings suggest that PFAS, bisphenols, and certain pesticides may damage semen. In addition, the review identifies numerous new studies that link brain-related health concerns, such as IQ loss and attention deficit disorder (ADD), to flame retardants and chemicals found in certain pesticides.
“These newer studies have strengthened the evidence linking endocrine disruptors to physical and especially neurological health issues,” says one of the reviews’ lead authors, Linda Kahn, MPH, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Health. Scitechdaily.com
“Our understanding of endocrine disruptors has evolved, but the regulations in place to protect against them have not,” says the senior author of the reports, Leonardo Trasande, professor at NYU Langone. “What’s needed are more rigorous tests of commercial chemicals that account for these complexities.”
We have known for a long time that endocrine disrupters have been a serious health issue, but aggressive lobbying and some manipulated studies have kept these chemicals legal. I’ve personally nkown about this issue for 10-15 years now and I’m not even a scientist, just a news junkie.
What are endocrine disrupters
To better explain that I will refer you to the Youtube documentary below. I often use it to do the talking for me, when it comes to endocrine disrupters. It has been on Youtube for many years which also shows that there has been scientists worried and even warning about endocrine disrupters.
I personally think they have a major role to play in explosion of cancer during the last many decades. But it wasn’t mentioned in this new study, which I think it should. The things that are being reported on is enough to push this issue into the publics view and perhaps we’ll see some political push against endocrine disrupters.