Enemy Products?

Published: 3 August 2005
Category: Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

In a very balanced and thorough story from USA TODAY, entitled “Are Our Products Our Enemy,” reporter Elizabeth Weise looked at a lot of the research in the area of endocrinology and the chemicals found in plastics and other products.

Are our products our enemy? By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY Aug. 3, 2005

She wrote:

“Exposure to phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) comes from direct contact with products that contain them, such as vinyl flooring, detergents, automotive plastics, soap, shampoo, deodorants, fragrances, hair spray, nail polish, plastic bags, food packaging, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage bags and intravenous medical tubing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

This was a real issue with children according to some researchers:

“Retha Newbold, a developmental endocrinologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, told the Endocrine Society, ‘Protective mechanisms that are available to the adult, such as DNA repair, the immune system, detoxification enzymes, liver metabolism and the blood/brain barrier, are not fully functional in the fetus or newborn,’ Newbold says. ‘Exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals during critical states of development may have permanent consequences, some of which may not be expressed or detected until later in life.’”

All of this is not beyond the government action, they noted “…the government has been able to eradicate other chemical dangers. We’ve seen lead levels dramatically decline in kids, PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) levels decline, all because of direct government intervention that gets these out of the environment,” says Jane Houlihan, a scientist with the Environmental Working Group.

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