Among the everyday items containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which affect the hormone system, are food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The chemicals, which can leach out into food and be absorbed by the body, are also causing an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, it is claimed.
EEA scientists arrived at their findings after combing through scientific literature commissioned by the agency over the past 15 years. The study has been published in a report titled 'The impacts of endocrine disrupters on wildlife, people and their environments'.
It concludes: 'The effects of EDCs on humans may be more difficult to demonstrate, due to the length, cost and methodological difficulties with these types of studies – so wildlife and animal studies may be seen in some cases as an early warning of the dangers.'
To avoid this significant risk, always try to choose natural and organic household products, free from these chemical “nasties”.
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