More Scientific Evidence that Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides Disrupt Thyroid Function

September 10, 2021 | Research conducted in Thailand and published in Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, shows that exposure to pesticides, even at low levels, impact the human endocrine system and distort thyroid function. The study looks specifically at interactions of genetics and environment: it investigates associations between variations in genes involved in pesticide metabolism […]

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Endocrine (Hormone) Disrupting Chemicals, including Pesticides, Also Affect the Nervous System

September 9, 2021 | A study published in Toxicology Reports finds the same chemicals that disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system also disrupt the nervous system. Endocrine disruptors are xenobiotics (i.e., chemical substances like toxic pesticides foreign to an organism or ecosystem) present in nearly all organisms and ecosystems. The World Health Organization (WHO), European Union […]

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296 Chemicals in Consumer Products Increase Breast Cancer Risk through Hormone (Endocrine) Disruption

July 28, 2021 | Research published in Environmental Health Perspectives finds nearly 300 different chemicals, in pesticides, consumer products, and contaminated resources (e.g., food, water) increase breast cancer risks. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, causing the second most cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Genetic factors only play a minor role in […]

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New Commercial Pesticide Toxicity Analysis Highlights Need to Shift to Organic Products

May 20, 2021 | Beyond Pesticides and Friends of the Earth (FOE) collaborated to analyze herbicide products at two of the most popular home and garden retailers, Home Depot and Lowe’s. This Commercial Herbicide Analysis highlights the adverse health and environmental effects of widely available toxic pesticides while encouraging retailers to expand on—and consumers to […]

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Breakdown Products (Metabolites) from Pesticides May Be More Toxic than Parent Compound, Study Finds

May 6, 2021 | Nearly half of all breakdown products (transformation products) from four common-use pesticides produce stronger endocrine (hormone) disrupting (ED) effects than the parent compound, according to research published in Environment International. Over 300 environmental contaminants and their byproducts—from chemicals in plastics to cosmetic/personal care products—are commonly present in waterbodies, food commodities, and […]

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Low doses, big effects: Scientists seek ‘fundamental changes’ in testing, regulation of hormone-like chemicals

  Small doses can have big health effects. That is a main finding of a new report, three years in the making, published Wednesday by a team of 12 scientists who study hormone-altering chemicals. Dozens of substances that can mimic or block hormones are found in the environment, the food supply and consumer products, including […]

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Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals:

  Endocrine Reviews. First published ahead of print March 14, 2012 as doi:10.1210/er.2011-1050 Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses Laura N. Vandenberg, Theo Colborn, Tyrone B. Hayes, Jerrold J. Heindel, David R. Jacobs, Jr., Duk-Hee Lee, Toshi Shioda, Ana M. Soto, Frederick S. vom Saal, Wade V. Welshons, R. Thomas Zoeller, and John Peterson Myers […]

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Androgen Blockers Appear In Effluent

  Water Pollutants: Popular germ killers could feminize male fish By Janet Pelley Scientists have long blamed environmental estrogens in wastewater for feminizing male fish downstream of sewage plants. Instead of estrogens, however, a new study of treated wastewater identifies a wide range of antiandrogens–compounds that block male hormones–that can accumulate in fish (Environ. Sci. […]

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Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones

  Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed-killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and low estrogen levels, scientists concluded in a new study. The most widely used herbicide in the United States, atrazine is frequently detected in surface and ground water, particularly in agricultural areas of […]

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Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products

  Robin E. Dodson, Marcia Nishioka, Laurel J. Standley, Laura J. Perovich, Julia Green Brody, Ruthann A. Rudel Abstract BACKGROUND: Laboratory and human studies raise concerns about endocrine disruption and asthma from exposure to chemicals in consumer products. Limited labeling or testing information is available to evaluate products as exposure sources. OBJECTIVES: We analytically quantified […]

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