Call on MEPs to protect us all from the real dangers of endocrine disruptors

Tell the Members of the European Parliament to put public health before corporate profits and ban harmful EDCs

Monsanto, Bayer, and BASF are about to score a major win by keeping toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that poison our health off the radar.

Recently, a majority of EU member countries accepted a European Commission legislative proposal on EDCs that would leave us vulnerable to these toxic substances — especially children and pregnant women most susceptible to EDCs.

Experts are slamming the proposal, which sets criteria for which chemicals get classified as EDCs. They say it sets the burden of proof of harm so high that most of these harmful chemicals will go unregulated.

Even more, this dangerous text is now in danger of becoming law throughout the EU.

But it’s not over yet. The Commission’s proposal must now be approved by the European Parliament on 3 October, which means there’s still time for our voices to be heard.

Call on MEPs to block the European Commission’s proposal to identify EDCs that leaves us vulnerable to unregulated chemicals.

EDC’s are linked to hormone-related cancers, birth defects, and other serious developmental disorders.

Besides requiring a level of proof to identify a chemical as an EDC that is way too high, the text proposed by the European Commission also foresees unacceptable exemptions. Moreover, it is limited to endocrine disruptors in pesticides and biocides, while these toxic substances hide everywhere –- from our cosmetics and food packaging, to medical devices used in hospitals.

Nearly half a million SumOfUs members and supporters of the EDC-Free Europe coalition have been standing up to the dangerous EU commission proposal on regulating these chemicals already.

It’s time to channel that same energy and remind MEPs from all over Europe that they should put the health and voices of citizens like you before the interests of Bayer and Monsanto lobbyists.

Call on the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to listen to the facts and reject the Commission’s dangerous proposal for endocrine disrupters.

While companies like Monsanto make money off of them, EDCs cost society an estimated 163 billion euros per year in Europe.

But the agrochemical industry is trying to drown out the voices of concerned scientists, public health experts and citizens, with an army of lobbyists in Brussels.

SumOfUs and EDC-Free Europe coalition members have already achieved major victories in the fight against toxic products in Europe. Because we keep coming together to take action, the renewal of toxic pesticides like glyphosate keeps being postponed.

Now, it’s time to pool our efforts once again to remind MEPs to put public health before the profits of Monsanto and Bayer.

We don’t have a moment to lose — the decisive vote will be held in Parliament in just a couple of weeks!

Tell our MEPs to prioritise citizens’ voices over corporate interests and to protect us all from the real dangers of endocrine disruptors.

Endocrine Disruptors
An 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.

Warning : This Drug May Kill You

Health experts discuss opioids and the dangerous role they play in treating pain

Told from the perspectives of four families devastated by opioid addiction, Warning: This Drug May Kill You offers a harrowing, unflinching look at the deadly epidemic currently facing the United States.

We should recognise the impact Primodos has had on women who took it, said Theresa May

MP Mims Davies asked PM about Primodos scandal in PMQs

Mims Davies, MP for the Eastleigh Constituency, questioned the Prime Minister about Primodos : “Should there be a public enquiry?

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal – presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who investigating it for six years – revealed how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

Opioids Kill More Than Pain

Know The Risks, 2017

What starts as a prescription all too often ends in an addiction. Learn the risk factors associated with opioid prescriptions and share your knowledge with others.

  • The “Know the Risks” campaign was created established by the Cuyahoga County Opioid Marketing Task Force to educate about the dangers of opioid prescriptions before a script is ever filled – with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of opioid-related deaths.
  • Watch more Meds: prescription drugs side effects videos on our YouTube channel.

Is advising people to take more exercise ineffective ?

Randomized controlled trial, 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Over the last 10 years ‘exercise referral schemes‘ have been popular even though the evidence for effectiveness of any one-to-one intervention in primary care is deficient. We report the results of a primary care based one-to-one intervention that compared the effect of two communication styles with a no-intervention control group on self-reported physical activity at 12 months.

METHODS
In all, 1658 middle-aged men and women were randomly assigned to 30 minutes of brief negotiation or direct advice in primary care or a no-intervention control group. The main outcome was self-reported physical activity at 12 months. Secondary outcome measures included change in blood pressure and body mass index.

RESULTS
Intention-to-treat analysis revealed no significant differences in physical activity between groups. Brief negotiation group participants who completed the study increased their physical activity significantly more than controls. There was no change in body mass index in any group. The brief negotiation group produced a greater reduction in diastolic blood pressure than direct advice.

CONCLUSION
If patients whose health may benefit from increased physical activity seek advice in primary care, 20-30 minutes of brief negotiation to increase physical activity is probably more effective than similar attempts to persuade or coerce. However, blanket physical activity promotion in primary care is not effective. The most effective way of increasing physical activity in primary care has yet to be determined.

  • Advising people to take more exercise is ineffective: a randomized controlled trial of physical activity promotion in primary care, International Journal Epidemiololy, NCBI pubmed/12177026, 31 Aug 2002.
  • Featured image credit thechurchofalmightygod.

When the sugar industry downplays the dangers of sweets and shifts the blame to fat

Adam Ruins Everything – July 2017

The bitter truth about sugar : fat isn’t the only thing that makes you, well, fat. Adam busts some dietary myths wide open.

Cumulative effects of prenatal-exposure to exogenous chemicals and psychosocial stress on fetal growth

When the human fetus is exposed to chemicals in the environment, fetal growth can be reduced

2017 Study Abstract

Background
Adverse effects of prenatal stress or environmental chemical exposures on fetal growth are well described, yet their combined effect remains unclear.

Objectives
To conduct a systematic review on the combined impact and interaction of prenatal exposure to stress and chemicals on developmental outcomes.

Methods
We used the first three steps of the Navigation Guide systematic review. We wrote a protocol, performed a robust literature search to identify relevant animal and human studies and extracted data on developmental outcomes. For the most common outcome (fetal growth), we evaluated risk of bias, calculated effect sizes for main effects of individual and combined exposures, and performed a random effects meta-analysis of those studies reporting on odds of low birthweight (LBW) by smoking and socioeconomic status (SES).

Results
We identified 17 human- and 22 animal-studies of combined chemical and stress exposures and fetal growth. Human studies tended to have a lower risk of bias across nine domains. Generally, we found stronger effects for chemicals than stress, and these exposures were associated with reduced fetal growth in the low-stress group and the association was often greater in high stress groups, with limited evidence of effect modification. We found smoking associated with significantly increased odds of LBW, with a greater effect for high stress (low SES; OR 4.75 (2.46–9.16)) compared to low stress (high SES; OR 1.95 (95% CI 1.53–2.48)). Animal studies generally had a high risk of bias with no significant combined effect or effect modification.

Conclusions
We found that despite concern for the combined effects of environmental chemicals and stress, this is still an under-studied topic, though limited available human studies indicate chemical exposures exert stronger effects than stress, and this effect is generally larger in the presence of stress.

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Why Dietary Supplements are just Modern Day Snake Oil

Adam Ruins Everything – September 2016

In the early 1900’s, you could put anything in a bottle and sell it. Turns out that’s still true today.

The Reason we believe Vitamins are Good for Us (they’re Not)

Adam Ruins Everything – December 2015

Adam Conover tells us the real story behind the vitamin supplement overblown health craze.

Anyone got any health problems after the HPV vaccination ?

Contact “TimeForAction”, a campaign group run by UK families for UK families

My daughter has developed health problems after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, what should I do ?

If your daughter has developed health problems after HPV vaccination, please get in touch with TimeForAction – a campaign group run by UK families for UK families. They’re campaigning hard to ensure that these health problems are properly acknowledged and investigated, that families are treated with compassion and respect within the health service and that there is educational support in place for the girls who are struggling to attend school on a full timetable.

TimeForAction is also calling for a full disclosure of all the potential risks associated with the HPV vaccination to be given to parents when seeking consent, in conjunction with a more accurate assessment of the stated benefits. For more information, visit TimeForAction website, call 07885 422690, email, tweet or use this form.