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Endocrine disruptors found in human brains

Amsterdam, 20 September 2017 – People are continuously exposed to Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates (plasticisers) in plastic. Around 80 diseases are linked to exposure to endocrine disruptive substances, or Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). As early as 2012, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had already warned of possible carcinogenic qualities of endocrine disruptors in its State of the science of endocrine-disrupting chemicals report, and it concluded that these substances are a threat to human health worldwide.

For the first time, it has now been demonstrated that endocrine disruptive substances can settle in the human brain. It was always assumed that volatile matter, such as parabens and phenols, cannot accumulate. The opposite seems to be the case. An international research team, led by Groningen University Medical Center, found endocrine disruptors in human brain tissue that do not leave the body. The results were published in September in the professional journal Environmental Research and Public Health.

This new scientific evidence comes at the point that the environmental commission of the European Parliament is to discuss the proposal by the European Union to regulate EDCs. There was much protest against the European Commission, partly because the requirements for burden of proof were so stringent. Last June, the Endocrine Society, the European Society of Endocrinology and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology issued a joint statement expressing their severe criticism to the proposal. It is with the power of the European Parliament to force the European Commission to amend the proposal.

There is a petition on the EDC Free Europe website which calls upon the European Parliament to ban EDCs and to enforce much more stringent regulations. Sign it here!