Even Colbert is concerned about endocrine disruption!
Two decades ago scientists began warning that many synthetic chemicals, including a long list of pesticides, can disrupt the endocrine (hormonal) system, from fish to humans, causing a wide range of serious birth defects and developmental problems. This week the issue broke out with an editorial in Sunday’s New York Times: It’s time to learn from frogs. by Nicolas Kristof, and on Wednesday, the prominent columnist appeared on the wildly popular cable TV spoof show, the Colbert Report. Kristof’s column in turn keyed on the publication earlier in June of a “landmark” study by the Endocrine Society, in which mainstream scientists declared: “We present the evidence that endocrine disruptors have effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology.” As reported PANUPS, on April 15 the EPA finally told manufacturers of 67 pesticides that they had to test their products for endocrine disruption. The agency had been instructed to do so in 1996, and the new program is still “a pitiful skeleton of what it needs to be,” says Dr. Theo Colbourn. Colbourn and Pete Myers laid out the case for addressing endocrine disruption as a fundamental health problem in their 1996 book, Our Stolen Future.
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It’s time to learn from frogs. Some of the first eerie signs of a potential health catastrophe came as bizarre deformities in water animals, often in their sexual organs. Now scientists are connecting the dots with evidence of increasing abnormalities among humans. New York Times.