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Evans reported: "Using studies of the effect of the chemicals on humans and animals, the team added, a link to EDCs could be suspected in breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, asthma, obesity, strokes, and Alzheimer and Parkinson's diseases."

A woman wearing a mask walks along a street on a hazy day in Beijing, January 29, 2013. Beijing temporarily shut down 103 heavily polluting factories and took 30 percent of government vehicles off roads to combat dangerously high air pollution, state media reported on Tuesday, but the capital's air remained hazardous despite the measures. Picture taken January 29, 2013. (photo: Suzie Wong/Reuters)
A woman wearing a mask walks along a street on a hazy day in Beijing, January 29, 2013. Beijing temporarily shut down 103 heavily polluting factories and took 30 percent of government vehicles off roads to combat dangerously high air pollution, state media reported on Tuesday, but the capital's air remained hazardous despite the measures. Picture taken January 29, 2013. (photo: Suzie Wong/Reuters)

Man-Made Chemicals Behind Cancer, Birth Deformities, UN Says

By Robert Evans, Yahoo! News

19 February 13


an-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday.

These substances, dubbed EDCs, could also be linked to a decline in the human male sperm count and female fertility, to an increase in once-rare childhood cancers and to the disappearance of some animal species, they said.

"It is clear that some of these chemical pollutants can affect the endocrinal (hormonal) system and ....may also interfere with the development processes of humans and wildlife species," the report declared.

The international group, academic experts working under the umbrella of the United Nations environmental and health agencies UNEP and WHO, issued their findings in a paper updating a 2002 study on the potential dangers of synthetic chemicals.

Declaring "a global threat that needs to be resolved," the team said humans and animals across the planet were probably exposed to hundreds of these often little-studied or understood compounds at any one time.

"We live in a world in which man-made chemicals have become part of everyday life," said their 28-page report, "State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, 2012," issued as a policy guide for governments.

EDCs include phthalates long used in making plastics soft and flexible. Products made from them include toys, children's dummies, perfumes and pharmaceuticals, as well as cosmetics like deodorants that are absorbed into the body.

Another is Bisphenol A, or BPA, which is used to harden plastics and is found in food and beverage containers, including some babies' bottles and the coating of food cans.

A few countries - including the United States, Canada and some European Union members - have already banned the use of some of them in certain products, especially those destined for the use of children.

But, the report said, "many hundreds of thousands" are in use around the world and only a small fraction had been assessed for their potential to spark disease by upsetting the endocrinal, or hormonal, systems of humans and animals.

Experts believe that in general, such chemicals can be absorbed into drinks and food from the containers they come in.

Components Not Identified

The team, created by a 17-year-old chemical management body called the IOMC working with a range of U.N. agencies, said a key problem was that manufacturers of consumer products did not identify many of their chemical components.

Consequently, the researchers said, they had only been able to look at "the tip of the iceberg". Disease risk from the use of EDCs - or what could be even more dangerous a combination of them - "may be significantly underestimated."

Using studies of the effect of the chemicals on humans and animals, the team added, a link to EDCs could be suspected in breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, asthma, obesity, strokes, and Alzheimer and Parkinson's diseases.

Babies exposed to EDCs in the womb or in puberty, these studies suggested, were especially vulnerable to developing these diseases in later life as well as behavioral and learning problems like dyslexia as children.

In many countries, these disorders affected 5-10 percent of babies born, while autism was now recorded at a rate of one percent. Childhood leukemia and brain cancer is also on the rise, according to the report.

"All of these complex non-communicable diseases have both a genetic and an environmental component," it said.

"Since the increases in incidence and prevalence cannot be due solely to genetics, it is important to focus on understanding the contribution of the environment to these chronic disease trends in humans."

The researchers said their report had been based largely on studies in the developed world. But the size of the problem in developing countries had yet to be adequately assessed due to a lack of data from Africa, Asia and Latin America. your social media marketing partner


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+22 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-19 15:02
And waiting for the US Government to take effective action to get this out of our food is sillier than waiting for Godot.

Meanwhile, it is yet more evidence, as if any more were needed, that voting for either a Democrat or a Republican is voting for treason or worse.
+38 # Activista 2013-02-19 21:57
Like 10 years ago scientist estimated that 90% cancer in the Western World are caused by man made chemicals ... of course big chemicals and big research industry money are looking for "cancer treatment".
What about PREVENTION .... not enough profit in it ....
+14 # vt143 2013-02-20 07:42
Prevention, now there's a concept! All good except CANCER is now one of the 4 pillars of the U.S. economy (along with Christmas, Political Elections and, inexplicably, Mattresses--loo k around, there are mattress shops EVERYWHERE!!).
+31 # MidwestTom 2013-02-19 22:56
Having worked in the chemical, plastics, and energy industry, I have witnessed many times that there is a huge difference in tolerance to chemicals. In the plastic molding business 1/3 of the people hired quit within two days. I have no doubt that some people are harmed by chemicals, while others seem immune. The EPA has literally stopped the production of some dangerous compounds in this country, but they are still used here. Our safety rules simply move the production to where companies can operate without oversight. Chemicals can be very harmful, especially to certain people.
+10 # maverita 2013-02-20 08:04
And the more chemicals, the more people getting diagnosed with allergies, sensitivities and adverse reactions such as neuropathic disorders, cancers and mental issues. I cannot believe what people are willing to put into their bodies, what the are willing to feed their children. And the level of what at this point can only be called willful ignorance. I put my money where my mouth is and spend a LOT on organic food. I more than make it up in medical savings and added productivity. We need to all quit giving our money to corporations that put their economic welfare above our health and the health of our planet.
+46 # ganymede 2013-02-19 23:19
What else is new. Our modern artificial lifestyle is killing us. Most disease is preventable if we only use common sense.I'm 75 and lead a very active life.One has to eat healthy, get quality exercise, stay away from doctors, phamaceuticals and hospitals except on the rare occasions when it's absolutely necessary, and work to get rid of the mostly rightwing toxic politicans who have never ever done anything positive for this country.I think the tide is slowly turning and we just have to keep fighting these bastards.
+9 # RLF 2013-02-20 06:50
It is funny how we are supposedly richer than ever as a country and yet we are working more than ever and feeling more broke than ever. Expectations are a problem. We are buy what industry is telling us in order to make money...and they'll do it in the cheapest way to make the biggest profits...your and my health be damned.
+3 # Activista 2013-02-20 14:40
stay away from doctors, phamaceuticals and hospitals .... would add dentists and vets .. spend little more on QUALITY food, move away from poison, and exercise ...
+1 # cafetomo 2013-02-20 16:05
Agreed. But some of us are exposed already. The father of my wife would be alive today, if he were not so averse to doctors that it became too late to do anything, when his kidneys came loose and began to devour him. The key to surviving cancer of all kinds, is in catching it early. Doctors are not the problem. Though everything hinges on their diagnosis, they have been relegated a minute portion of the corporate health system. When it comes time, the best defense is in knowing better than to accept the incompetence of some underpaid intern who acts as if they are sure of what they are doing. More good people die between insurance company denial and staff that won't read instructions. Doctors are the best part of the health system. But there is an increasing amount that is worse.
+4 # JSRaleigh 2013-02-20 12:51
Seems like a lot of attention is paid to current chemicals, and not much to what can be done about the chemicals already in our environment. It's been more than 50 years since Silent Spring.
+1 # Activista 2013-02-20 14:43
US is producing more potent chemicals than ever - DDT ... rat poison DCON ... kills rat and everything up to food chain ... one example ... owls are gone in my small town .. there is small industry to kill moles .. WHY?
+7 # lorenbliss 2013-02-20 13:05
Capitalism is so deadly, a talented science-fiction writer might legitimately label it the terminal stage of an alien extermination virus.

Its toxicity is the logical fulfillment of patriarchy, which appeared with mysterious suddenness about 4500 years ago. Overthrowing our planet's biologically mandated and therefore ageless mammalian social order based on motherhood, patriarchy expanded and perpetuated its unnatural dominion by brute strength – the zero-tolerance tyranny of hierarchy – and brutal orthodoxies. These include relentless contempt for nature; reflexive rejection of science save as a technology of conquest or profit; institutionaliz ed hatred of woman (particularly as the source of life); and – as the common denominator uniting all these poisons – the implicit worship of death, complete with the (self-fulfillin g) prophecy of apocalypse.

The resultant miasma easily spawned capitalism – infinite greed elevated to maximum virtue – which now, exactly as prophesied, has become the doomsday machine.

Were our talented science-fiction writer to apply Occam's Razor to all this, the result might be an epic novel: intergalactic insectoids introducing patriarchy as the equivalent of smallpox-infect ed blankets – think of Ezekiel's fiery wheel – knowing it would eventually give rise to capitalism and thereby clear the planet for infestation by cosmic bugs, a cockroach paradise with neither serpent nor apple.
+1 # Activista 2013-02-20 14:45
infinite greed elevated to maximum virtue .. yes our consumerism MONEY CULTURE is killing US all ...
+1 # cafetomo 2013-02-20 15:27
Wait... What?

Does that explain the last of this regions' aging mill workers doused with toxic timber preservative showing up in oncology with livers, lungs, pancreas and intestines eating them alive? The one in a million cancers in ex-soldiers who had that experimental vaccine in Desert Storm? The rising tide of breast cancer from women who never heard of parabens in underarm deodorant? The children born or soon afflicted with leukemia and other various forms of blood cancers that defy description? The actions on the body found to occur with repeated exposure to corn syrup, toluene, xylene, teflon, PCB, BPA, GMO, etc., ad nauseum? Autism, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, all on the rise?

Here's an idea...

What do YOU think?
+2 # Phlippinout 2013-02-21 08:37
Thats because nothing but pirates run the world! They will buy and sell any thing and any one. But have proven to be really bad stewards of this earth. They are a great danger to us all. They kill and imprison us for trying to stop them.

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