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Definitions at e.hormone e.hormone is hosted and run by the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research. Their Featured Learning section provides definitions for many common terms in endocrine disruption research.
Our Stolen Future The book Our Stolen Future, by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers, brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption. This website tracks the most recent developments, including the cutting edge of endocrine disruption science, ongoing policy debates and suggestions for consumers.
Environmental Health News Environmental Health News provides access to hundreds of articles on environmental health topics published daily in the world press. Sign up for ‘Above the Fold’ to get daily news emailed right to your computer.
Environmental Working Group Environmental Working Group specializes in providing useful resources for consumers to protect them from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.
HealthyChild Healthy World HealthyChild Healthy World facilitates awareness of preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and promotes the protection of children from these toxics.
Body Burden Biomonitoring Resource Center Biomonitoring Resource Center is a program of Commonweal. The Center’s website offers information on biomonitoring, as well as a study of chemicals found in a cross-section of California residents.
Body Burden: The Pollution in People This site houses the Environmental Working Group’s biomonitoring studies covering adult, newborn, and multi-generational exposure. The site also offers discussion about the significance of the results and a self-quiz.
Breast Cancer Fund The Breast Cancer Fund links to resources on cancer prevention as well as efforts to measure the body burdens of chemicals in the state of California.
Centers for Disease Control National Biomonitoring Project The CDC’s Biomonitoring Project specializes in biomonitoring, which is the direct measurement of people’s exposure to toxic substances in the environment by measuring the substances or their metabolites in human specimens, such as blood or urine.
Chemical Body Burden Chemical Body Burden was created by a collaboration of health professionals, scientists, citizens groups and environmental organizations. This site focuses on the synthetic chemicals and heavy metals we carry in our bodies.
Healthy Milk, Healthy Baby Discussses the chemicals found in mother’s milk, and ways to reduce the burden. Also contains links to more information and resources.
National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental ChemicalsThis resource provides the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ongoing biomonitoring efforts.
Pollution in People A product of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, Pollution in People provides the background and results of a biomonitoring study
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 introduced by Senator John Kerry, facilitates cooperation between regulatory agencies to reduce exposure to chemicals identified as endocrine disruptors. This Act is essential to facilitate and strengthen the new Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. The Act addresses one of the most serious threats to the security and economy of our country: the health and well-being of our children who today face mounting odds of being born with an endocrine-related disorder. Please contact your Senators and Members of the House of Representatives and ask them to cosponsor The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011.
Most people are not aware of the thousands of pesticides and their formulations that are in use today, some of them in huge volumes and on huge acreages worldwide. They comprise acaricides, algicides, antifoulants, avicides, bactericides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, nematicides, piscicides, rodenticides, virucides, and the related plant and insect growth regulators; chemosterilants; bird, mammal and insect repellents, insect pheromones and other attractants. Product formulations may contain more than one active ingredient, as well as synergists, “safeners”, and other ingredients formerly known as “inerts”.
One particular concern about pesticides is that they have been designed to disrupt biological systems, causing death to target organisms, such as insects or plants. Some actually work by acting on the endocrine systems of insects. The problem is that the biochemistry of most living things is similar enough that humans, wildlife and plants can also be adversely affected by pesticides. In the past, much of the human and wildlife health-related research on pesticides has dealt with more or less immediate toxicity at relatively high doses, or has been concerned only with the primary mode of action of a single active ingredient in the pesticide product. In recent years, these concerns have broadened to include other possible actions of the ingredients, and testing at exposure levels more relevant to what may be in the environment. Follows is the literature that explores the adverse effects of pesticides, as well as the adverse health effects of their metabolites and formulations. Effects may happen at extremely low doses; they may affect multiple signaling systems that control function and development; they may be subtle, long-term and/or delayed; and through parental exposure they may even affect subsequent generations. (Published by TEDX The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.)Recommended Websites