A report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Health Organization has found pathogenic hormone-disrupting substances in a multitude of certain common, everyday materials like credit cards, sunglasses, toys, dashboards, pvc flooring, cosmetics and agricultural pesticides.
The report—produced over a period of two years by an international team of health experts—is titled “State of the Science of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals.” It was released February 19, and it notes the “serious consequences” for health of some of the culprit substances such as phthalates, bisphenol A and brominated flame retardants. According to the report, the consequences are grave enough to warrant a ban to protect future generations.
The report noted that the rise in health problems is just too rapid to be blamed on genes alone. It states that these endocrine disrupting chemicals (edcs)—some of which are airborne—have been linked to such health conditions as birth defects, stunted intelligence, autism, adhd, breast and prostate cancer, asthma, infertility and leukemia.
Natural hormones are vital to normal growth, development and overall health. When these hormones are disrupted by an edc, problems arise. Said the report:
The diverse systems affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating metabolism and satiety.
Effects on these systems can lead to obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, adult-onset diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.
A 2002 report on the same study showed the adverse effects of these chemicals on wildlife populations. However, there was “very weak evidence that human health was similarly affected” by exposure to these endocrine disruptors back then. Ten years later, following comprehensive scientific work and improved understanding, there is concrete evidence to reinforce the link between edcs and a host of health problems.
The chemicals studied thus far, the report notes, may only be the “tip of the iceberg.”
God intended mankind to live in a healthy, disease-free, productive and uplifting environment, completely free of harmful pollutants and injurious chemicals such as edcs. In such a world, man’s potential would not be limited by chemicals and diseases.