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Support the Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 03, 2010 12:55 PM

Take action to help pass a new bill that would fund sustained research on the health impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals!

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that can interfere with your body's ability to manufacture and read hormones. Exposure to EDCs, especially during developmental stages, can lead to a number of health problems in people. Studies conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences show that EDC exposure can result in endocrine-related disorders such as Parkinsons, Alzheimers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infertility and other reproductive disorders.

Because these chemicals are found in many common materials such as plastics, flame retardants, and especially pesticides, exposure to EDCs is likely. To better protect our selves and our environment, more effort should be directed at studying EDCs and their impacts.

The Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act of 2009 is an amendment to the Public Health Service Act that seeks to establish a scientific program for studying EDCs and health effects that can arise due to EDC exposure. You can find the  full text of the bill here, along with a good amount of  background information on EDCs and how they impact health. We urge you to contact your legislators and ask them to support The Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act!