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Endocrine Disruptors

Despite Progress, Long Fight Ahead to Protect Rare Wildlife From Pesticides

Collette Adkins Giese | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Collette Adkins Giese

The Environmental Protection Agency, which is charged with protecting us and the environment from the risks of pesticide use, has failed to assess the impact of literally hundreds of pesticides on our nation's endangered species despite a clear legal requirement to do so.

Signs That Thyroid Disease May Have Been Missed by Your Doctor

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

You needn't have a medical background to know my symptoms were not normal. My hairdresser was watching my hair fall out by the handfuls for months, and she kept asking me about potential thyroid issues.

Everyday Chemicals Just May Damage Sperm Cells, Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science

New research suggests that so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals in many foods and household items put the whammy on human sperm cells, potentially...

Chemicals in Everyday Products Can Ruin Your Health

Beth Greer | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

Chemicals in your household products may be negatively affecting your hormones, says a recent study by the World Health Organization. The exposure happens on a daily basis from being in contact with items like soap, shampoo, cleaners, drinking water, food and plastic containers.

Lynne Peeples

Nature Has A Promising Replacement For Hormone-Scrambling Plastics: Shrimp Shells

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.15.2014 | Green

Javier Fernandez admits he's not a huge fan of chess. "I'm not very good either," he says. Nevertheless, his queen, king, rook and knight are attr...

Endocrine Disruptors: Latest Threat to Surface Waters

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The United States has one of the world's best systems for both wastewater and potable water treatment and distribution; however, that doesn't mean we are without challenges.

Safe Shmafe: How Slate's Latest Article on Pesticides Got It (Really) Wrong

Kristin Wartman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Why wouldn't we seek to further regulate all toxic substances on our foods, whether organic or not, rather than concluding we might as well eat the conventional foods?

Salivary Testing for Hormone Levels: Good Idea or Not?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

I would recommend using cortisol saliva testing if you need to figure out the severity of adrenal fatigue, but leave the other hormone testing to your serum tests, where the studies support more consistency to the results so that you get more for the money you are paying for your health.

Lynne Peeples

Flame-Retardant Chemicals Endanger Firefighters, Gymnasts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green

Flame-retardant chemicals permeate the world, and the bodies of nearly every person. But a new film and a new scientific study point to two groups of ...

Lynne Peeples

Watchdog Warns Hormone Disruptors Are 'Not Just BPA'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green

Bisphenol A has gotten a much higher profile in recent years, as the "BPA-free" label adorns an increasing number of water bottles and baby products. ...

Disrupted Development: The Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Wait, so we may be setting the stage for diseases like breast cancer before a baby is even born?

Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Mercola

A recent report, co-produced by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, suggests a ban of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be needed to protect the health of future generations.

Widespread Obesity: Are Certain Chemicals Also a Big Contributor? (videos)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Gerendasy

In part 1 of this interview, Dr. Susan Katz, a retired pediatrician, biochemist, and present Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group of the Orego...

Earth Day Highlights Challenges That Remain

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

As we come to celebrate Earth Day and the planet that provides a home to our species, we should ask ourselves if we need barbed wire and mines to stop the degradation of the ecosystem that supports us.

Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.

In addition to the traditionally acknowledged risk factors for breast cancer, scientists are increasingly coming to understand that many chemicals commonly found in products we use daily may also be contributing to the very high incidence of breast cancer.

Boys With Boobs: Hidden Chemicals Fed to Kids Can Impact Their Health

Beth Greer | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

Chemicals in the everyday products we use in our homes may be negatively affecting our hormones, says a newly-released study by WHO, the World Health Organization.

Hormones Out of Whack: The Global Threat From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Michael Green | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Green

I can imagine a world where children are not threatened by harmful chemicals in their daily lives, where simple acts of precaution are commonplace, and where our families' health matters more than short-term profits.

Lynne Peeples

Chemical Creep: 'We Just Don't Know Where The Contamination Is Coming From'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.07.2013 | Green

Brent Collett already had some inklings about the pervasiveness of hormone-mimicking chemicals such as phthalates and Bisphenol-A (BPA). He knew, ...

Are You Poisoning Your Baby?

Amy Ziff | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Amy Ziff

Preparing your "nest" isn't as simple as it seems. A new report published by the UN and WHO calls Endocrine Disruptors a "global threat" that needs to be addressed. What does this have to do with you?

Afternoon Tracks: Hormone Mimics, Toxic Air, Dirty Dare And More

Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.21.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback via email or Twitter. Chemicals that mess with hormones in humans and wildlife such ...

Friday Freak Out: BPA May Create An Even Bigger Hormonal Mess

Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome again to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback or ideas for environmental health topics via email or Twitter. Among its devas...

For Some Chemicals, Less Is More

Michael Green | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Green

For decades many scientists have believed that "the dose makes the poison" -- a chemical may be harmless in small amounts but devastating in higher amounts. But this latest research demonstrates that endocrine-disrupting chemicals act differently than other substances.

3 Steps the FDA Can Take in 2013 to Show It Is Protecting Americans From Harm

Peter Lehner | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Peter Lehner

For as welcome as the new food safety programs are, the FDA is still plagued with problems. It moves at a glacial pace in the face of pressing health hazards, like its three-decade-long refusal to act on its own findings that the use of antibiotics in livestock feed threatens human health.

How to Avoid Phthalates (Even Though You Can't Avoid Phthalates)

Maia James | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Maia James

f you're like me, you're already failing at most of your New Year's resolutions (I'm still not making my bed every day, and I haven't been to a yoga class yet in January). One goal that I am tackling in earnest? Banishing phthalates from my home once and for all.

Is Antibacterial Soap Making Your Kids Fat? How Hormone Disruptors Wreak Havoc on Health

Beth Greer | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

This post is part of a series I will be writing on chemicals in our everyday products that may act as endocrine disruptors. These include the antibacterial chemical tricolsan, found in many personal care products.