By: Gemma Lagasca
A recent study by the U.N. research group which was published by Reuters this year indicated that man-made chemicals we normally use every day maybe an added cause of hormonal cancers, psychiatric diseases and birth deformities. These substances can also affect a female’s fertility capability and decrease the sperm count of male when directly exposed to them.
In 2002, the academic experts working under the United Nations environmental and health agencies – the UNEP and WHO released their discoveries. Based on the study, there are potential dangers on man-made chemicals. “It is clear that some of these chemical pollutants can affect the endocrinal (hormonal) system and can also interfere with the development processes of humans and wildlife” according to the report. The team also added that animals and humans on earth exposed to any of these synthetic chemicals need further studies and resolution – since these formulations are in fact considered as a global threat to living things.
On page 28 of the report, this statement was highlighted: “We live in a world in which man-made chemicals have become part of everyday life”. That’s why -a policy guide for governments was soon released in 2012 entitled “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals”.
The Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals involve referred to as “phthalates” are extensive materials mostly used by humans. These substances are mainly used in manufacturing plastics – to increase their flexibility. So the usual items we use every day that contain “phthalates” are toys, perfumes, kid’s dummies, cosmetics such as deodorants and pharmaceutical products.
Moreover, Bisphenol A compound is also present in babies’ feeding bottles, food and drinks containers or cans. BPA is used to solidify plastics.
Countries such as Canada, some European Union members and the United States are strictly prohibiting the use of products that contain BPA and phthalates – especially for children’s use. Unfortunately, most people around the world are continuously using these harmful products despite the discovery. Experts are worried because such chemicals from plastic containers, cans and bottles can be absorbed by the foods and drinks we take into the body.
The Components were Underestimated
A group called IOMC working under the umbrella of U.N. agencies proclaimed that the real hitch was the makers of these consumer products. They overlook to determine many of their chemical contents. However, scientists admitted that they haven’t got into deeper studies about it yet. Therefore the risk in using EDCs or other substances with the dangerous combination cannot be measured exactly for the time being.
In the study, the effect of the synthetic chemicals on humans and animals was also linked to EDCs. It is assumed that they may have something to do with some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, prostate cancer, asthma, strokes, Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases plus infertility. The study suggested that babies in the womb who are exposed to EDCs can possibly develop those mentioned diseases in later life – including other behavioral and learning skill problems in growing children.
These possible defects may affect 5% up to 10% of babies exposed to EDCs. Likewise, autism also rated at 1% possibility. It is disturbing that brain cancer and childhood leukemia are hitting the rank. Although, scientists explained that all of these complex non-communicable diseases have both genetic and environmental factors also.
The team also added to their report that “since the increase in incidence and prevalence of these conditions cannot be solely blamed to genetics, it is important to focus on understanding the contribution of the environment to these chronic diseases based on the recorded trends in humans”.
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