THE DOWNSIDE Inhibit the proper development of female reproductive organs that adversely affects reproduction into maturity. Decrease in fertility in adult males DDT exposure in utero-childhood obesity.
Uses: Industrial coolants and lubricants. Are created by heating benzene, a byproduct of gasoline refining, with chlorine. Direct skin contact results in a severe acne-like condition called chloracne. . Exposure increases the risk of skin cancer, liver cancer, and brain cancer. Is toxic to the liver and thyroid. Increases childhood obesity in children exposed prenatally and may increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Affect Estrogen/Androgen/Thyroid Inhibits estrogen binding to the receptor- anti-estrogen Anti androgenic
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers Plastic cases of televisions and computers Electronics Textiles
Disrupt thyroid hormone balance Interfere with thyroxine (T4) binding with transthryetin Variety of neurological and developmental deficits, including low intelligence and learning disabilities
Butylatedhydroxyanisole(BHA) Food antioxidant Estrogen--- Inhibits binding to the estrogen receptor.
What we CAN do Educate yourself about endocrine disruptors, and educate your family and friends. Buy organic food whenever possible. Avoid using pesticides in your home or yard, or on your pet Find out if pesticides are used in your childs school or day care center and campaign for non-toxic alternatives. Avoid fatty foods such as cheese and meat whenever possible.
If you eat fish from lakes, rivers, or bays, check with your state to see if they are contaminated. Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap. Do not give young children soft plastic teethers or toys, since these leach potential endocrine disrupting chemicals. Support efforts to get strong government regulation of and increased research on endocrine disrupting chemicals.