Hormone Deception

How our environment disrupt our hormones,
How to Protect Yourself and your Family

Hormone Deception by Lindsey Berkson
How our environment disrupt our hormones and how to protect yourself and your family

How Everyday Foods and Products Are Disrupting your Hormones – and How to Protect Yourself and your Family

In Hormone Deception, Lindsey Berkson clearly explains where hormone disruptors come from and how they affect adults, children and the unborn child.
Lindsey also gives easy, practical tips for protecting home and family, such as vacuuming frequently and using water filters.
Lindsey discusses the effects of common synthetic hormones such as birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and fertility drugs.

Book reviews – Lindsey Berkson Website and Twitter
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Puberty starting Younger and the Role of Endocrine Disruptors Chemicals

Why is puberty starting younger?

Why is puberty starting younger?
Top stories, special features, live blogs and more from TheGuardian.com

Early puberty in girls has been linked to breast cancer.  Data show that the worldwide incidence of precocious puberty has increased and the age of pubertal changes has decreased over the past two decades.

Many of the cases are attributed to excess weight gain but exposures to phthalates and endocrine disruptors chemicals have also been implicated as possible risk factors.

Read Why is puberty starting younger?
by Mona Chalabi, The Guardian, 4 November 2013

La Fabrique du Mensonge, Industriels manipulant la Science nous mettant en Danger

Par Stéphane Foucart, journaliste scientifique au journal Le Monde

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Stéphane Foucart, journaliste scientifique au Monde, accessoirement auteur de livres inflammatoires

Un pan entier de l’activité des grandes entreprises consiste aujourd’hui à manipuler la science. Confrontés aux faits, les industriels utilisent le discours scientifique comme un instrument de propagande pour instiller le doute. Les fabricants de tabac sont les premiers à avoir recruté des faux experts, fait publier des études biaisées, organisé des fausses conférences scientifiques et corrompu des sociétés savantes afin de convaincre que le tabac n’était peut-être pas responsable du cancer du poumon. Les mêmes procédés ont été remis au goût du jour pour dédouaner l’amiante de ses méfaits, pour relativiser ou nier le réchauffement climatique, pour faire du déclin des abeilles un «mystère» sans lien avec les nouvelles générations d’insecticides. Ils sont également à l’œuvre dans l’affaire du bisphénol A, l’un des plus graves scandales sanitaires de ces dernières décennies. Quant au «débat» sur les OGM, cela fait bien longtemps qu’il n’a plus rien à voir avec la science. Les intérêts en jeu sont trop colossaux pour laisser les chercheurs s’exprimer librement… Au-delà de tout militantisme, La Fabrique du mensonge décortique les mécanismes de ces manœuvres et montre comment abîmer la science et détruire le savoir met nos vies en danger.

The Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors

Twelve Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them

The Environmental Working Group and the Keep A Breast Foundation released a guide to educate consumers about some of the most problematic hormone-altering chemicals that people are routinely exposed to. EWG, known for creating the popular and widely used list of the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce, partnered with KAB to develop the Dirty Dozen list of endocrine disruptors to highlight the prevalence of these toxic chemicals, how they affect our health and simple ways to avoid them.

Includes:

12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them
Twelve Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them
  1. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
  2. Dioxin
  3. Atrazine
  4. Phthalates
  5. Perchlorate
  6. Fire retardants
  7. Lead
  8. Arsenic
  9. Mercury
  10. Perfluorinated chemicals
  11. Organophosphate pesticides
  12. Glycol ethers

More information and how to avoid them:

The European Food Safety Authority’s Independence Problem

More than half of experts at the EU food safety authority have conflicts of interest

The European Food Safety Authority's independence problem
European Food Safety Authority says it’s “Committed to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe”

Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) – an advocacy group that criticizes corporate influence on public policy – and Stéphane Horel – freelance journalist and documentarian.

The CEO October 2013 report identifies major loopholes in EFSA’s independence policy and finds that EFSA’s new rules for assessing its experts, implemented in 2012 after several conflicts of interest scandals, have failed to improve the situation.

The authors warn that this situation casts a severe doubt on the credibility of the scientific output of the key body responsible for food safety at the EU, with the agency issuing recommendations and risk assessments on crucial public health issues such as food additives, packaging, GMOs, contaminants and pesticides.

The main loophole identified in EFSA’s new rules for assessing its experts’ interests is that the agency’s assessment is too narrow, mainly looking at the panel’s specific remit to determine whether there are conflicts of interest. Instead it should consider experts’ wider conflicts of interest, in line with the agency’s broader mandate to guarantee its decisions remain independent from the industry it regulates. The current approach enables dozens of experts with multiple commercial interests (consultancy contracts, research funding, etc) to still be granted full membership of EFSA panels, including a majority of panel chairs and vice-chairs.

The CEO report also shows that EFSA failed to properly implement its own new rules in several instances, and that there is no visible difference between panels assembled under the new policy and those composed using the old policy.

Scientist with extensive Industry Ties quits the EU advisory Panel

Wolfgang Dekant and 16 others had collaborations with companies and industry trade groups

Scientist with extensive industry ties quits EU advisory panel
Prof. Dekant served as an expert for the European Commission for 13 years

Wolfgang Dekant, a German scientist critical of the European Union’s plan to regulate chemicals, with extensive financial ties to regulated industries has resigned from a key scientific committee of the European Commission.

Prof. Dekant, professor of toxicology at the University of Würzburg, was one of 18 scientists who authored a controversial editorial condemning a proposed regulatory policy for endocrine disruptors chemicals.
A September article by Stéphane Horel and Brian Bienkowski  – awarded by a Laurel – revealed that Wolfgang Dekant and 16 others had collaborations with companies and industry trade groups

Read Scientist with extensive industry ties quits EU advisory panelStéphane Horel, Environmental Health News, 15 Oct 2013

Related post: When Scientists attack: a Laurel to Stephane Horel

When Scientists attack: a Laurel to Stephane Horel

Scientists critical of EU chemical policy found to have industry ties

Scientists critical of EU chemical policy have industry ties
Officials from the European Commission stressed that the best available science will guide their endocrine disruptor regulations

Alexis Sobel Fitts, Editor for CJR.org confirms Stéphane Horel and Brian Bienkowski deserve a laurel for their article investigating a group of scientists who authored a controversial editorial condemning a proposed regulatory policy for endocrine disruptors.
Indeed the two EHN reporters chronicled the scientists’ financial and political affiliations – weaving a comprehensive story of the influences behind science policy.

What is this about?
Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a controversial editorial, 17 have collaborated with the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, tobacco, pesticide or biotechnology industries. Some have received research funds from industry associations, while some have served as industry consultants or advisors. The stakes are high in the controversy because it involves the European Union’s strategy to regulate hormone-altering chemicals – the first attempt in the world to do so. The new rules would have sweeping, global ramifications because all companies that sell a variety of products in Europe would have to comply.

Why Endocrine Disruptors, other Disrupting Chemicals and Pesticides should be banned

Call for ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides in Europe

In this short video clip, Lisette van Vliet (HEAL) and Hans Muilerman (PAN Europe) explain why endocrine disrupting pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in Europe should be banned, the goals of the multi NGO ‘EDC Free Campaign‘ and urge organisations to join them.

Environmental Chemicals are a Pregnancy Risk

ACOG Report: Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents

Report: Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk
A chemical should never be released if a concern exists regarding its effect on health.

Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nation’s largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday.  Their report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky.

ABSTRACT

Reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention for obstetricians, gynecologists, and other reproductive health care professionals. Patient exposure to toxic environmental chemicals and other stressors is ubiquitous, and preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic environmental agents can have a profound and lasting effect on reproductive health across the life course. Prenatal exposure to certain chemicals has been documented to increase the risk of cancer in childhood; adult male exposure to pesticides is linked to altered semen quality, sterility, and prostate cancer; and postnatal exposure to some pesticides can interfere with all developmental stages of reproductive function in adult females, including puberty, menstruation and ovulation, fertility and fecundity, and menopause. Many environmental factors harmful to reproductive health disproportionately affect vulnerable and underserved populations, which leaves some populations, including underserved women, more vulnerable to adverse reproductive health effects than other populations. The evidence that links exposure to toxic environmental agents and adverse reproductive and developmental health outcomes is sufficiently robust, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine join leading scientists and other clinical practitioners in calling for timely action to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents while addressing the consequences of such exposure.

Read Report: Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk, by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer, 24 Sep 2013.

Sources: Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Number 575, October 2013 – Full PDF.

Related post: Chemical Exposures during Pregnancy: dealing with potential, but unproven, Risks to Child Health.

Les phtalates, ennemis de la virilité

Evidence de perturbations hormonales chez des ouvriers exposés, dans le cadre professionnel, aux phtalates

Les phtalates, ennemis de la virilité
Les phtalates altèrent la production hormonale masculine

Une étude parue en mars 2012 sur le site de la revue britannique Human Reproduction met en évidence que l’exposition des testicules de l’homme adulte aux phtalates – un plastifiant – entraîne une inhibition de la production de l’hormone masculine, la testostérone. Jusqu’ici, un tel effet n’avait été constaté que sur les testicules de fœtus humain ou chez le rongeur.

Lisez Les phtalates, ennemis de la virilité, Le Monde, 11.04.2012.

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