Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment
Endocrine disruptor can be found in products that we use on a daily basic such as plastic bottles, cosmetics, detergents, toys, can foods, and pesticides. These disruptors are chemical that at specific dose may interfere with the body’s endocrine system, which in order can produce hostile neurological, developmental, immune, and reproductive effects in the human body. Disruptors can work in may ways such as impersonating a natural hormone, blocking the effects of a hormone from certain receptors, or by inhibiting or stimulating the endocrine system which causes underproduction or overproduction of hormones. The studies on endocrine was last done on laboratory animals in 1930’s so they are not of recent data, since than there has been a spike in the use of resins, sealants, and plastics. The article “Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment And Their Impact on Human Health” recaps the disturbing effects that different types of disruptors have on the endocrine system and its functions. Phytoestrogens, bisphenol, diethylstilbestrol, and phthalates are the different endocrine disruptors that are enclosed in this article.
Phytoestrogens is a plant derived compound that mimics estrogen. This compound was once believed to prevent cancer, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis but later discovered that the compound actually may increase the risk of breast cancer and cause thyroid disease. This compounds found in a wide range of foods, such as soy, fruits and vegetables but can becomes dangerous when u taken as a dietary supplement on a regular basis. Bisphenol and Phthalates are both carbons based synthetic compounds that are mainly found in plastic, bottles, CDs, DVDs, and water pipe lining. Bisphenol better known as BPA unveils hormone like properties at abnormal dosage levels that can cause a permanent disruption to pathways in the brain of offspring which in turn causes the brain to react in dose-dependent, region and...
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