Chemicals found in everyday plastics materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men, according to researchers.
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These endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones which make the body function normally. Endocrine disruptors are found in many everyday products. Endocrine disruptors can produce harmful effects such as cancerous tumors, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, sexual development problems, obesity, diabetes, brain development problems and other birth defects.
In Europe, phthalates are often called “gender-bending hormones.” They can affect endogens and estrogens that determine whether a person is masculine or feminine, particularly in development. They seem to make males in the womb more feminine.
Many of these endocrine disruptors are added to plastics we think are normal parts of modern life. They are often found in consumer products and building materials. Bisphenols are used to make plastics harder while phthalates make plastics more flexible.
Extensive testing before deployment of these types of products has not been done to determine their health consequences. We are all “guinea pigs” for the manufacturers. We are participating in a health experiment without going through an ethical examination of whether the experiment should be done on humans.
The presence of these chemicals is now common, even though they harbor the potential for many medical problems.
Watch Justine Burt interviews Dr. Ann Blake about phthalates – which products contain them and what are the better alternatives.
We live in a modern world of profit-making chemicals. Even babies are being born with hundreds of chemicals in their tiny bodies. The choices you make today in the products you use will affect your grandchildren.
If you have more time to investigate this problem, please watch this documentary by Stéphane Horel on endocrine disrupting chemicals, with Linda Birnbaum, Philippe Grandjean, Jerrold Heindel, Andreas Kortenkamp, Niels Skakkebaek, Ana Soto, Shanna Swan.
The Great Invasion – Documentary on Endocrine Disruptors
Our ordinary everyday lives are steeped in chemical products. Invisible, they are encrusted in plastic, in detergents and toasters, concealed in our food, in toys, in shampoo. They have invaded everything, including our bodies.
Thanks to the consumer society, petrochemicals, with their magicical powers and unfamiliar barbaric names are happily strolling around our little insides. These phthalates, brominated flame retardants, parabens, bisphenol-a, all have the regrettable habit of invading our hormonal intimacy. They are endocrine disruptors. The pioneer scientists taking part in this documentary say that from breast cancer to obesity, this chemical invasion is closely tied up with the diseases of modern society.
These findings are more than dramatic, but the film takes a step back from the straight facts, alternating wry humour and poetry. The paper cut-out animation shows parallel sketches of the destinies of human beings and laboratory animals. 1950-60s TV commercials show radiant couples dancing between two-door fridges: a love story between modern man and the marvels of plastic and the profusion of electric appliances, pure allegories of the frenzy of progress.
With Linda Birnbaum, Philippe Grandjean, Jerrold Heindel, Andreas Kortenkamp, Niels Skakkebaek, Ana Soto, Shanna Swan.
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