Parabens, commonly found in suntan lotion, are among the endocrine disrupting chemicals under suspicion
These chemicals are called ‘endocrine disruptors‘ and they interfere with our hormone system causing cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Diethylstilbestrol is the perfect example.”They should be used with greater caution”, says the Environment Agency !!!! Not good enough! They should be banned full stop.
BPA: friend or foe? Well, that depends who you talk to. Broadly speaking, if you ask the chemical industry the answer is no, ask anti-BPA campaigners and you will get a yes, but ask the scientists and they really cannot say for sure …
Faces and Voices of People exposed to Diethylstilbestrol
A tribute to the millions of lives upended by exposure to DES, diethylstilbestrol, synthetic estrogen, toxic chemical, and carcinogenic prescription drug. In photographic portraits and interviews, DES daughters, mothers, and sons tell, in their own voice, what it’s like to be DES-exposed. Today the DES story continues to unfold as research brings new findings to light. DES Stories rings with daring honesty—and points to broader concerns about the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Background Bisphenol A (BPA) and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) are suspected endocrine disrupting compounds known to be ubiquitous in people’s bodies. Population disparities in exposure to these chemicals have not been fully characterized.
Methods We analyzed data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Using multivariable linear regression we examined the association between urinary concentrations of BPA, serum concentrations of four PFCs, and multiple measures of socioeconomic position (SEP): family income, education, occupation, and food security. We also examined associations with race/ethnicity.
Results All four PFCs were positively associated with family income, whereas BPA was inversely associated with family income. BPA concentrations were higher in people who reported very low food security and received emergency food assistance than in those who did not. This association was particularly strong in children: 6-11 year-olds whose families received emergency food had BPA levels 54% higher (95% CI, 13 to 112%) than children of families who did not. For BPA and PFCs we saw smaller and less consistent associations with education and occupation. Mexican Americans had the lowest concentrations of any racial/ethnic group of both types of chemicals; for PFCs, Mexican Americans not born in the U.S. had much lower levels than those born in the U.S.
Conclusions People with lower incomes had higher body burdens of BPA; the reverse was true for PFCs. Family income with adjustment for family size was the strongest predictor of chemical concentrations among the different measures of SEP we studied. Income, education, occupation, and food security appear to capture different aspects of SEP that may be related to exposure to BPA and PFCs and are not necessarily interchangeable as measures of SEP in environmental epidemiology studies. Differences by race/ethnicity were independent of SEP.
SourcesSocial disparities in exposures to bisphenol A and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals: a cross-sectional study within NHANES 2003-2006, Environmental Health 2012, 11:10 doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-10.
Phthalates, PCBs and parabens should be used with greater caution, claims environment agency
These chemicals are called ‘endocrine disruptors‘ and they interfere with our hormone system causing cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Diethylstilbestrol is the perfect example. They should be used with greater caution, says the Environment Agency !!!! Not good enough! They should be banned full stop.