Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Endocrine Society: Expert panel pushes to regulate endocrine disrupting compounds like BPA

Continued exposure to BPA, phthalates, pesticides and other environmental toxins is worrisome for epigenetic changes from repeated exposure that could harm generations to come.

The scientific group says evidence is “strong” that BPA and other hormone disrupting compounds in the environment could cause infertility, cancers and birth defects in humans that should be further explored.

“In the absence of direct information regarding cause and effect, the precautionary principle is critical to enhancing reproductive and endocrine health. As endocrinologists, we suggest that The Endocrine Society actively engages in lobbying for regulation seeking to decrease human exposure to the many endocrine-disrupting agents.”

The Endocrine Society’s Scientific Statement is a call for more research and a push for decreasing human exposure to compounds like BPA, through government regulation of BPA, pesticides, plasticizers and other compounds that interfere with hormones, known as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs).

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