Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

1. Bisphenol A – This is a chemical that is found in many products, including canned foods, plastics, and dental sealants. Studies have shown associations to many health problems, including obesity, early puberty, and misscarriage.

2. Dioxin – This long-lived chemical are widely found in foods and animal fatty tissue. It’s linked to lower sperm count and other reproductive system effects. Chronic exposure to dioxins has been linked to immune system problems and cancer.

3. Atrazine – This is a commonly found pesticide that can contaminate drinking water. In animal studies it has been linked to tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation. It is also known to turn male frogs into females. Buying organic produce and using a filter for drinking water can reduce exposure.

4. Phthalates – These chemicals are found in plastics to make the material more flexible, and in many products as dissvoling agents. They can be found in detergents, plastic clothes (raincoats) and even personal care products (soaps, shampoos and nail polishes. In animals these chemicals were found to cause effects on the reproductive system.

5. Perchlorate – This chemical is used to produce rocket fuel and other explosives…but it can also be found in many produce and milk products. Too much perchlorate can affect the ability of the thyroid gland to make hormones.

6. Fire retardants – These chemicals aare very persistent in the environment. They can disrupt thyroid activity, and have been linked to health effects such as lower IQ.

7. Lead – This toxin has been linked to brain damage, lower IQ, hearing loss and nervous system problems. Lead also had been found to affect hormones. In animals, lead can lower sex hormone levels.

8. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – These chemicals are found in non-stick cokware and are very persistent. This chemical has been linked to lower sperm quality, low birth weight, and thyroid disease.

9. Mercury – This metal can interfere with fetal brain development. It can also bind to a hormone that regulates woman’s ovulation, and can damage cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin.

10. Arsenic – This chemical is found in the environment so it can find it’s way into food and drinking water. One form of arsenic, inorganic arsenic, is a known carcinogen, and chronic exposures to low levels of it has been linked to increased risks of bladder, lung, and skin cancers.

11. Organophosphate – These chemicals can be found in pesticides and have been linked to effects on brain development, behavior and fertility, and can also affect testosterone levels.

12. Glycol ethers – These have been found in solvents in paints and cleaning products. These chemicals have been linked to lower sperm count in painters, among other health problems in painters. Exposure to these chemicals has also been linked to asthma and allergies in children.

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