Dr. Theo Colborn is Founder and President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) and Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of Florida, Gainesville reads her letter to President Obama about the alarming impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on human health.
A report published in 2012 documents extensive research showing that endocrine disrupting chemicals – including endocrine disrupting pesticides -can be toxic to humans even in minute doses. Endocrine disrupting pesticides mimic or block estrogen, testosterone and other hormones. The study concluded that health effects “are remarkably common” when people or animals are exposed to low doses of endocrine-disrupting compounds and that low doses cannot be ignored. The health effects in people – from fetuses to aging adults – include links to infertility, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and other disorders.
Dr. Colborn is an environmental health analyst, and best known for her studies on the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Dr. Colborn’s work has prompted the enactment of new laws around the world and redirected the research of academicians, governments, and the private sector. Endocrine disrupting pesticides can impact human health at minutely low doses.