Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
1. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are widespread in the environment, water, and food chain and are accumulating in fish and wildlife as well as in the water and food chain and in people to levels that are having significant hormonal and reproductive affects on fish and wildlife, and significant neurological, hormonal, immune, and reproductive effects on millions of people. The endocrine system controls the body’s main functions through supply of proper levels of hormones, and toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals are accumulating in the hormone glands and affect hormone function adversely at extremely low levels.
2. Endocrine disrupting chemicals that people and wildlife are commonly exposed to include Dioxins, Polychlorinated Biphenyls(PCBs), Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Pesticides, Phthalates, Mercury, and Organic solvents.
3. These chemicals and substances are accumulating in fish and wildlife, and the number of warnings regarding the eating of fish and wildlife due to these is increasing and has reached over 30% of total U.S. lakes, along with 15% of U.S. river miles, all Great Lakes, and most bays. Studies document that these chemicals are accumulating in fish and wildlife to levels that are causing serious hormonal and reproductive effects in fish and wildlife at the top of the food chain such as wading birds, alligators, Florida panthers, minks, polar bears, seals, beluga and orca whales, etc. Many subpopulations with significant exposure are experiencing major reproductive effects resulting in infertility and reproductive failures.
4. The National Academy of Sciences has indicated in a report that low levels of these chemicals such as are commonly found in fish and wildlife are sufficient to cause developmental effects in infants, and that 10% of all women of reproductive age already have body burdens sufficient to result in a high likelihood of developmental effects. A newer study has found dangerous levels of mercury in over 20% of women of childbearing age. Some of the conditions documented to be caused include spontaneous abortions, birth defects, learning disabilities, ADD, cancer, immune and autoimmune conditions, etc.
5. For limited informative on testing and alleviating these conditions for those who are affected by these conditions, see DAMS page
For those of you who are in Florida, a group that is making efforts to educate the public and slow the spread of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment is Florida League of Conservation Voters(FLCV) www.FLORIDALCV.org