Consensus Report- Endocrine Disruptors
These trends should get our attention. I happen to believe that in addition to all these statistics below, the epidemic of autism and related disorders affecting our children’s brains is also linked to this disruption of the endocrine system. This is the master gland hormone system that affects every cell in our body.
“Many endocrine-related diseases and disorders are on the rise.
- Large proportions (up to 40%) of young men in some countries have low semen quality, which reduces their ability to father children.
- The incidence of genital malformations, such as non-descending testes (cryptorchidisms) and penile malformations (hypospadias), in baby boys has increased over time or leveled off at unfavorably high rates.
- The incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth and low birth weight, has increased in many countries.
- Neurobehavioural disorders associated with thyroid disruption affect a high proportion of children in some countries and have increased over past decades.
- Global rates of endocrine-related cancers (breast, endometrial, ovarian, prostate, testicular, and thyroid) have been increasing over the past 40–50 years.
- There is a trend towards earlier onset of breast development in young girls in all countries where this has been studied. This is a risk factor for breast cancer.
- The prevalence of obesity and Type-2 diabetes has dramatically increased worldwide over the last 40 years. The WHO estimates that 1.5 billion adults worldwide are overweight or obese and that the number with type 2 diabetes increased from 153 million to 347 million between 1980 and 2008.
- Non-descended testes in young boys are linked with exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and with occupational pesticide exposure during pregnancy. Recent evidence also shows links with the painkiller paracetamol. However, there is little to suggest that poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) are associated with cryptorchidism.
- High exposures to polychlorinated dioxins and certain PCBs (in women who lack some detoxifying enzymes) are risk factors in breast cancer. Although exposure to natural and synthetic estrogens is associated with breast cancer, similar evidence linking estrogenic environmental chemicals with the disease is not available.
- Prostate cancer risks are related to occupational exposures to pesticides (of an unidentified nature), to some PCBs, and to arsenic. Cadmium exposure has been linked with prostate cancer in some, but not all, epidemiological studies, although the associations are weak.
- Developmental neurotoxicity with negative impacts on brain development is linked with PCBs. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is overrepresented in populations with elevated exposure to organophosphate pesticides. Other chemicals have not been investigated.”
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Avoid plastic food containers, including food in cans lined with plastic. Eat organic to avoid pesticides. Avoid flame retardants as much as possible.
Take your nutrition seriously- whole foods (organic fruits and vegetables) provide a measure of protection.