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EPA ‘should assess cumulative effect of hormone-disrupting chemicals’

December 19, 2008 by  

Toys may contain harmful chemicalsWhen analyzing the effects of potentially hormone-disrupting chemicals, regulators should focus on the cumulative effects of exposure, a panel has claimed.

The National Research Council was specifically commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s attitude toward phthalates, which are added to plastic toys to make them flexible.

Animal studies involving these chemicals have indicated that exposure over time can disrupt the male reproductive system and affect testosterone levels, according to the council.

It suggested that the EPA should change its focus from analyzing these chemicals individually to looking at how people are affected when exposed to numerous toxins from food additives, cosmetics, toys, household cleaners and other products.

"If we don’t do this as a cumulative risk assessment focused on these adverse effects, we’re going to be underestimating risks," said panel chairwoman Deborah Cory-Slechta of the University of Rochester, according to Reuters.

The government has already taken steps to ban phthalates from children’s products, beginning February 10, 2009, although stores will be permitted to sell toys that contain the chemicals if they were manufactured before that date.

Phthalates are already prohibited in cosmetics and toys in the European Union.
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  • CJV

    The accumulative affect of everything excessive or unnatural should be brought to the attention of the public.

    Much of what is considered “acceptable levels” of anything by law does not take into consideration the accumulative effect of the exposure. There are substances that our bodies are unable to metabolize and excrete so they become trapped in fat cells or the major organs, accumulating until they cause us to become ill, often terminally.

    That is why the “green” movement is such an important concept for us to embrace. It’s not just the chemicals and horomones we are unwittingly exposed to, but the very atmosphere. As a result of the technology revolution we are exposing ourselves to electromagnetic fields and radiation like never before. We sit for hours in front of computers, under artificial light, breathing stale recirculated air. As a result, we are are exposed to many hours every day of Wi-Fi radiation, cell phone radiation, microwave radiation, and electromagnetic fields from our electronic gadgets. The government says that exposure from these appliances are within the established “safe levels” but what they are not saying is; that being exposed to so many of these devices daily and all at once for weeks, months, and years won’t have an accumulative affect on us at the cellular level. As a matter of fact, it is already well known that exposure to these devices immediately alters the functions of the body at a cellular level. There is new evidence to support the idea that prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields can affect the bodies ability to utilize insulin and thus cause or make diabetes much worse. This was discovered by accident when a woman concerned about her exposure to radiation and electromagnetic fields (for other health reasons) took precautions to bring down the levels in her home. Almost immediately she found that her insulin dependent diabetes became so manageable she was able to control it with diet alone and no longer needs insulin or oral medication to control her blood glucose levels.

    The point is, if it’s not natural it probably has a risk associated with it due to the accumulative effect. We live in a world where we can’t escape it, and it seems to be getting more dangerous all the time. We can’t trust in the government to make everything “safe” for us. We have to use common sense, and take steps to protect ourselves as much as possible. We also have to become more educated and actively speak out to warn people of the dangers. We are are fighting against big profit and greed. These corporations have corrupted our government. Like no other time in the past is this becoming so evident. It’s right to question the motives of those making the decisions and policy “in our behalf”, it’s the intelligent and responsible thing to do. Only a fool takes any man at his word. I support this new administration by acting as a law abiding citizen, but I question every motive behind every decision, and am working diligently to protect my own health and the health of my family as much as I can through becoming educated and communicating my thoughts freely. That is my right as an American, so far.

    I enjoy the health information you present in these articles, at times I’m taken back by the political undertones, but that’s your right. A lot of information you present encourages me to research more in depth for that, thank you.

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