Q: What is Endocrine Disruptor Substance (EDS)? How do we avoid this sort of pollution?

A: Endocrine Disruptor Substance is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body's normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control. Chemicals that are known human endocrine disruptors include diethylstilbesterol (the drug DES), dioxin, PCBs, DDT, and some other pesticides or some emulsifier. Many chemicals, particularly pesticides and plasticizers, are suspected endocrine disruptors based on limited animal studies.

Exposure to endocrine disruptors can occur through direct contact with pesticides and other chemicals or through ingestion of contaminated water, food, or air. Chemicals suspected of acting as endocrine disruptors are found in insecticides, herbicides, fumigants and fungicides that are used in agriculture as well as in the home. Industrial workers can be exposed to chemicals such as detergents, resins, and plasticizers with endocrine disrupting properties. Or people exposure to some cosmetics chemical. Endocrine disruptors enter the air or water as a byproduct of many chemical and manufacturing processes and when plastics and other materials are burned. Further, studies have found that endocrine disruptors can leach out of plastics, including the type of plastic used to make hospital intravenous bags. Many endocrine disruptors are persistent in the environment and accumulate in fat, so the greatest exposures come from eating fatty foods and fish from contaminated water.

We should be aware of this sort of pollution for our daily life.

1. Say no to weed killer and pesticides for your front yard and back yard. Providing the no pollute micro environment to your family and your pets, as most pesticides and weed killer contain known or unknown ED chemicals. The researches show that in American, people hire the gardener to look after their yard has four times high chance to suffer the hormone related cancer. Like prostate cancer. The reason to believe is relate to use the pesticides and weed killer freedom for “better garden”.

2. Say no to chemical personal care products. There are so many known or unknown man made chemicals in the products, like emulsifiers, preservatives, some surfactants, which could be the ED substance.