Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, can occur naturally, while synthetic varieties are found in pesticides, electronics, personal care products and cosmetics. They can also be found as additives or contaminants in food.
The report also links EDCs to childrens’ health issues such as non-descended testes in young males, developmental effects on the nervous system and attention deficit hyperactivity.
“Close to 800 chemicals are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion. However, only a small fraction of these chemicals have been investigated in tests capable of identifying overt endocrine effects in intact organisms,” states the report. “The vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all.”
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