EWG releases list of worst hormone disruptors

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a list of what it has found to be among the worst  hormone-disrupting chemicals, known scientifically as endocrine disruptors.

Endocrine disruptors are known or suspected to interfere with  hormones by affecting sperm count, reproduction and fetal development. They may cause abnormal genitals, kidney disease, thyroid disease and premature development in children. They are pervasive in modern industry–agriculture, manufacturing and food processing, in our fields, water, fertilizer, pesticides, cleaning products, food, paint , cosmetics, non-stick cookware , water resistant coating for clothing, carpets and furniture. Some have been around a long time, new ones are being developed by chemical companies all the time.

The hormone disruptors named on the recently released EWG list are: bisphenol A (BPA), arsenic, fire retardants, perfluorinated chemicals, organophosphate pesticides, perchlorate, phthalates, atrizine, dioxin, lead and mercury.

EWG is the nation’s most effective environmental health research and advocacy organization. To learn more about the hormone disrupting chemicals on this list, where they are most common, and how to avoid them as much as possible, check out EWG’s informative website at http://www. ewg.org.