Hormone Disrupting Chemicals Linked To Cancers: WHO

Through the course of a single day, your hands, mouth, and body come in contact with countless pieces of paper, plastic, fabric, and furniture.

You probably don't think about the chemicals these substances might harbor, or consider that they have a drug-like effect on health. But some do. They can make metabolisms slow down, subtly lower IQs, contribute to ADHD in children, and mess with sperm counts in men.

They're called "endocrine disruptors," and they're around us all the time. The chemicals change how our bodies work by shifting the way hormones operate, according to Leo Trasande, a pediatrician and public-health researcher at NYU Langone Health.

"Hormones are the basic signaling molecules in our body that take on so many actions for practically every organ system," Trasande told Business Insider. "And endocrine disruptors are synthetic chemicals that scramble those signals, contributing to disease and disability."

Jessica Alba, Marla Weston, and Leo Trasande join the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition on Capitol Hill to discuss the Safe Chemicals Act in 2011.
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In his new book, "Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future ... and What We Can Do About It," Trasande lays out the four big categories of endocrine disruptors he's most concerned about, based on evidence from scientific studies and observations in his patients.

They are:

  • Bisphenols, like BPA, which are often found in the linings of aluminum-canned food and drinks and on cash-register receipts.
  • Brominated flame retardants that are in some carpets, furniture, and clothing.
  • Synthetic pesticides on food.
  • "Plasticizer chemicals" called phthalates that show up in plastic food packaging, lotions, and cosmetics.

BPA makes fat cells bigger, contributing to obesity and lower sperm counts

The chemical BPA, and others like it, could make the body turn more calories into fat instead of muscle, predisposing people to obesity.

Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/endocrine-disruptors-dangerous-chemicals-2019-1

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