Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Are Costly to ALL of Society

(not just those of us who are adversely affected before others)

“Global experts in this field concluded that infertility and male reproductive dysfunctions, birth defects, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurobehavioral and learning disorders were among the conditions than can be attributed in part to exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).”

New research estimates the cost in Europe alone to be in the billions of dollars. As these endocrine disrupting chemicals have been inflicted on the global population, and are found in countless everyday products and materials, the costs to society are huge (and the profits to the chemical and pharmaceutical companies are equally huge).

“The overwhelming majority of the reported costs were from “lost cognitive potential”
Dr Leonardo Trasande

I’ve posted about EDCs a few times, including here:

Endocrine Disruption… Huh? Why Should We Care?

Many of us have no idea what “those people” are talking about when they mention endocrine disruptors. Sounds like something foreign and insignificant, or at least it did to me, until something caught my attention a few years ago. …

Here are links to some of the news articles and how you can avoid some EDCs:

 

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via the EDC-Free Secretariat

 

 

Estimated Costs of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Exposure Exceed €150 Billion Annually in EU

Chemicals contribute to health conditions including lowered IQ, male infertility, diabetes, obesity


EDCs mimic, block or interfere with the body’s hormones. EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in till receipts and food can linings, certain phthalates found in plastic products and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides such as chlorpyrifos. Nearly 100 percent of people have detectable amounts of EDCs in their bodies, according to the introductory guide to EDCs (PDF) published by the Endocrine Society and IPEN.

perfume-bottle-spraying Getty Images via TIME

GETTY images via TIME

 

TIME Magazine:
Here’s the Staggering Healthcare Cost of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

BBC:
Hormone-disrupting chemicals ‘cost billions’
“Clearly we need further research, but there is a greater than 99% probability that these chemicals contribute to disease.”

National Geographic:
Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs
Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems.

There were many more… it’s a HUGE issue that is affecting us all (and some of us are being impacted sooner than later)

TEDX: WHAT YOU CAN DO to protect yourself and future generations

Take prevention into your own hands…

Stop buying toxic products.

EWGs Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them

EDC-Free Europe

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We have to turn this around and stop the chemical companies from polluting all of us for private profit while we are stuck paying the costs.

It won’t be easy, but we can do it!

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6 responses to “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Are Costly to ALL of Society

  1. A while back I was looking for some new pans. I can’t use stainless steel because of my nickel allergy and cast iron is too heavy. I bought one nonstick that said “PFOA free.” The salesman assured me that it was the best, of course. I usually do my research, but this was my friendly neighborhood store. Within a year, the pan was VERY scratched. My partner does most of the cooking and he never notices things like that. I looked on the website because the sales person had said these pans did not contain Teflon. The site literally said something like there was no Teflon in the sense that the word “Teflon” was used as a brand by Dupont! Otherwise, these pans have PTFE, which IS Teflon. So they don’t contain “Teflon,” only the chemical it’s made of! The most pathetic example of greenwashing ever! If anyone is reading this and is looking for the safest possible nonstick, run, don’t walk, from Swiss Diamond. Because I was eating Teflon flakes with my stir-fried organic vegetables.

    • UGH!
      Teflon flakes with my stir-fried organic vegetables doesn’t sound very appetizing.
      It can be so hard these days, there are so few morals and ethics when it comes to $$$…
      It’s insane what they are getting away with and how much money and effort they are spending to prevent regulations! They could use that to invent safer substances, nut no… they’d rather keep poisoning us all… They don’t seem to understand that #ThereIsNoAway… that they too have no other planet to go to when this one can’t sustain healthy life anymore.
      Till the time they can be kicked to the policy curb, we have to find ways to educate each other as to how to avoid their poisons, and how to try to heal the damages they have caused.
      If only people would stop voting for the people who dismantle the few regulations that protect our health, and vote for those who would create strong laws for public and planet health!

  2. Help i am giving a talk about mcs at my libary in May, the Green party asked me . Last sunday i had a reaction to the purell there, a mini reaction. I have asked the city to go fragfree and remove alll the scented purell and change to the purell advanced green certified instant hand sanitizer no frag. In it.
    Why are pll so addicted to the stuff? I am handing out mcs info everwhere i go.
    Can i use some of the info you have here for my talk ? How the heck am i going to fill 2hrs? Lol i have a long time to get it together, thank goodness.

    Did you see the story in Time magizine last month? ” is me cologe safe?” It said NO its not dont use it. So happy to see the issue going mainstream.

  3. I just found Healthy Legacy, a lobby group here in MN. Duh i have been in a fog for sooooo long. Go to healthy-legacy.squarespace.com . Good info and easy to understand. Maybe they will want to help with my talk!

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