Toxic Chemicals are Harmless at Low Dose

EDCs Myth vs. Fact, The Hormone Health Network Infographic

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a serious risk in modern society. These chemical compounds can interfere with the way the body’s hormones work, and they are associated with an array of health issues. Worse, they are almost everywhere: in consumer products such as pesticides, plastics, food storage materials, personal care products, clothing and more, and they also are used in electronics and agriculture.

Unfortunately, a number of myths about EDCs being safe have been perpetuated because of a lack of understanding about the realities of these chemicals and their effects on the body.

Some people claim EDCs represent no risk at all, and that all of the warnings about them are scare tactics and exaggerated. Others present myths as facts just so product sales will not be hurt. To take or maintain control of your hormone health, you must understand EDC facts so you can make wise decisions regarding your health.

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Les contrats entre médecins et industries seront rendus publics pour plus de transparence

Marisol Touraine renforce à nouveau la transparence des liens entre les acteurs du système de santé et les industriels

Communiqué de presse social-sante.gouv.fr , 30.12.16.

Marisol Touraine, ministre des Affaires sociales et de la Santé, annonce la publication ce jour d’un décret – n° 2016-1939 du 28 décembre 2016 relatif à la déclaration publique d’intérêts prévue à l’article L. 1451-1 du code de la santé publique et à la transparence des avantages accordés par les entreprises produisant ou commercialisant des produits à finalité sanitaire et cosmétique destinés à l’homme  renforçant la transparence des liens entre les acteurs du système de santé et les industriels du secteur. Prévues par la loi de modernisation de notre système de santé du 26 janvier 2016, ces dispositions viennent compléter les mesures déjà engagées pour préserver la nécessaire confiance entre les citoyens, les usagers et les acteurs du système de santé.

En juin 2014, Marisol Touraine a lancé la base de données publique Transparence-Santé, accessible sur un site Internet unique : www.transparence.sante.gouv.fr, qui répertorie l’ensemble des liens d’intérêts entre les entreprises qui commercialisent des produits de santé ou cosmétiques et les professionnels de santé.

Le décret relatif aux déclarations publiques d’intérêts et à la transparence des avantages accordés par les entreprises produisant ou commercialisant des produits à finalité sanitaire et cosmétique destinés à l’homme :

  • étend le champ des informations relatives aux liens d’intérêts entre les industries de santé et les différents acteurs, publiées sur le site Internet www.transparence.sante.gouv.fr : les montants des conventions signées entre les acteurs du système de santé et les industriels devront être publiés ; une rubrique dédiée permettra d’accéder plus facilement aux rémunérations perçues dans le cadre de ces conventions.
  • permet de rendre public le montant des rémunérations et participations financières des personnes soumises à l’obligation de remplir une déclaration publique d’intérêts.

“La loi de modernisation de notre système de santé a permis de nouvelles avancées pour la transparence des liens d’intérêts dans le secteur de la santé. Après la possibilité offerte par la loi d’extraire les données issues de la base, le public pourra accéder dès le 1er avril 2017 à de nouvelles informations sur le site transparence.sante.gouv.fr. S’il faut distinguer liens d’intérêts et conflits d’intérêts, il revient à chaque internaute, chaque citoyen, de connaître en toute objectivité la nature des relations qui lient les industries de santé aux autres parties prenantes du secteur”

a déclaré Marisol Touraine.

All Plastics Bottles are the Same

EDCs Myth vs. Fact, The Hormone Health Network Infographic

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a serious risk in modern society. These chemical compounds can interfere with the way the body’s hormones work, and they are associated with an array of health issues. Worse, they are almost everywhere: in consumer products such as pesticides, plastics, food storage materials, personal care products, clothing and more, and they also are used in electronics and agriculture.

Unfortunately, a number of myths about EDCs being safe have been perpetuated because of a lack of understanding about the realities of these chemicals and their effects on the body.

Some people claim EDCs represent no risk at all, and that all of the warnings about them are scare tactics and exaggerated. Others present myths as facts just so product sales will not be hurt. To take or maintain control of your hormone health, you must understand EDC facts so you can make wise decisions regarding your health.

Sources

Endocrine Disruptors

Converting ratios to percentage change

How does this all play out in Medicine?

Video published on 9 June 2016 by H. Gilbert Welch.

Listen to Dr. H. Gilbert Welch‘s explanations for converting common medical ratios (relative risks, relative rates, hazard ratios) into percentage change (30% lower, 50% higher).

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Over 50 years later, DES’ adverse effects continue

Women Exposed to DiEthylStilbestrol In Utero Face Ongoing Risks for Adverse Health Outcomes

October 8th, 2011, NEJM Journal Watch talked with two authors of the reportAdverse Health Outcomes in Women Exposed In Utero to Diethylstilbestrol“.

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Highly toxic mercury and its compounds to be banned in children, pregnant and breastfeeding women’s dental amalgam

EU agrees dental amalgam ban in children, pregnant and breastfeeding women

Mercury and its compounds are highly toxic to humans, especially to pregnant women and the developing nervous system. Amalgam consists of 50% mercury, which under certain conditions can transform to neurotoxic methylmercury.

Brussels, 8 December 2016 – European civil society has endorsed this week’s provisional agreement by the three EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of the European Union) to ban dental amalgam fillings for children under 15 and for pregnant and breastfeeding women as of 1 July 2018.

The text, which must now be approved by both Parliament and Council, also requires each Member State to set a national plan by 1 July 2019 on how it will reduce amalgam use. The Commission will report by mid-2020 on the feasibility of phasing out dental amalgam preferably by 2030 to be accompanied by a legislative proposal, if appropriate. The action is part of a broader package to ratify and implement the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

“The children of Europe have won. The next generation in Europe will be safe from mercury dental fillings.”

said Charlie Brown, President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

“With this agreement Europe takes an important step towards returning to world leadership in implementing the Minamata Convention. These steps towards a phase out of dental amalgam will now resonate across the world.”

said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo of the European Environment Bureau.

“Amalgam is a primitive polluting device. It is technically inferior to today’s modern alternatives. Dentistry’s amalgam era is over, a fact embraced enthusiastically by thousands of European dentists and accepted by the others.”

said U.K. dentist Graeme Munro-Hall, chair of the Transition and Training task force of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

“We welcome this agreement with mixed feelings. Such a decision should not only lead to a reduction of mercury in the EU, but it is also an open acknowledgement that mercury fillings should not have a place in our society. We regret that the measures for a full phase out of dental amalgam proposed by Stefan Eck (Rapporteur), did not survive the trilogue discussion. It is a missed opportunity to actually reduce the largest presence of mercury in the EU at its very source: dental amalgam.”

said Philippe Vandendaele of Health Care Without Harm Europe.

“This partial ban on dental amalgams is excellent news, especially for children’s health. It will not only help protect the health of mothers and children but also contribute to reducing everyone’s environmental exposure to mercury. Several Member States either disallow amalgam use or have already reduced it to less than 10% of all dental fillings. We hope each Member States will now take seriously its duty to reduce amalgam use for everyone.”

said Genon Jensen of Health and Environmental Alliance.

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Scientists call for industry intervention to reduce toxicological footprint

Drivers of U.S. toxicological footprints trajectory 1998–2013

Scientists are calling for an increase in sustainable and less toxic material in global manufacturing as one way of firms reducing their toxicological footprint and combating climate change.

Research led by Professor Lenny Koh at the University of Sheffield’s Management School and published in Nature Scientific Reports highlights toxicity and its impact on climate change.

  • The toxicological footprint of major sectors must be accounted for and addressed through industry intervention to combat climate change
  • Population, the economy and consumption also impact on a country’s toxicological footprint
  • Investment should be made in research around sustainable advanced treatment plans, and efficient techniques to reduce toxicological footprint

Abstract

By exploiting data from the Toxic Release Inventory of the United States, we have established that the toxicological footprint (TF) increased by 3.3% (88.4 Mt) between 1998 and 1999 and decreased by 39% (1088.5 Mt) between 1999 and 2013. From 1999 to 2006, the decreasing TF was driven by improvements in emissions intensity (i.e. gains in production efficiency) through toxic chemical management options: cleaner production; end of pipe treatment; transfer for further waste management; and production scale. In particular, the mining sector reduced its TF through outsourcing processes. Between 2006 and 2009, decreasing TF was due to decrease in consumption volume triggered by economic recession. Since 2009, the economic recovery increased TF, overwhelming the influence of improved emissions intensity through population growth, consumption and production structures. Accordingly, attaining a less-toxic economy and environment will be influenced by a combination of gains in production efficiency through improvement in emissions mitigation technologies and changes in consumption patterns. Overall, the current analysis highlights the structural dynamics of toxic chemical release and would inform future formulation of effective mitigation standards and management protocols towards the detoxification of the environment.

The Burden of Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and reproductive health, by “Bonhomme”

Around a hundred scientists asked Europe and the international community to act against endocrine disrupting chemicals. They condemned the use of strategies for manufacturing doubt employed by industries in the climate change battle.

  • Image sources: Let’s stop the manipulation of science, Le Monde, 29.11.2016.
The Investigation
  1. The Manufacture of a Lie.
  2. A Denial of the State of the Science.
  3. The Interference of the United States.
  4. The Discreet but Major Gift to the Pesticides Lobby.
Endocrine Disruptors

Woman delivers a baby 15 years after having frozen an ovary tissue before puberty

Baby born from ovary frozen in childhood

” When she was 9 years old, Moaza Al Matrooshi found out she would need chemotherapy in order to receive a bone-marrow transplant and treat a potentially fatal blood disorder.

Her family worried the chemotherapy would cause her to become infertile, so they made a decision that was considerably rare at the time: Professor Helen Picton, Head of the Division of Reproduction and Early Development at the University of Leeds removed her right ovary and froze the tissue.

Last Tuesday, about 15 years later, Al Matrooshi, of Dubai, gave birth to a healthy baby at London’s Portland Hospital for Women and Children. The 24-year-old woman is believed to be the first in the world to deliver a baby after having frozen an ovary tissue before puberty.” …

… continue reading Woman believed to be the first to have a baby using ovary frozen before puberty, The Independent, 19 December 2016.