Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are chemicals that act the same as, block, or change the way that natural hormones act in the body.Â
These chemicals may be found in the air, water, and soil around the world as well as things used in everyday life day, including childrenâ€™s toys, cleaning products, lotions, shampoos, and cosmetics.
They are a risk because endocrine disrupting chemicals change the way hormones in the body are supposed to work. Like natural hormones, even small levels of EDCs can affect body functions.
Endocrine disrupting hormones have been linked to several conditions and two of the chemicals are linked to thyroid cancer.
You can read the full article by Amy Hess-Fischl and Jodi Godfrey below. It was posted on endocrineweb.
Another interesting article I ran across this week is about antibacterial wipes. These wipes are being looked at as a growing health problem.
They are destroying beneficial bacteria along with the harmful bacteria. Plus they contain sanitizing chemicals which can cause other health problems like superbugs.
Not to mention that many contain Triclosan. Triclosan in soaps was banned by the FDA but it’s still allowed in other products like toothpaste, facial cleansers, mouthwash, and hand sanitizers. It has been linked to issues with human fertility, development, thyroid function and immunology, and asthma.Â
This story ran on a Seattle news cast. You can watch it below:
Have a great week!