The Environmental Working Group has partnered with the Keep-A-Breast Foundation to bring attention to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies such as increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another – and so much more.
The two groups have created a Dirty Dozen list which includes BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors that are widespread in consumer products such as plastic containers, food cans and fragrances.
The list also includes common contaminants that many people don’t realize can be hormone disruptors, not only those familiar toxins – arsenic, mercury and lead – but other, less familiar chemicals such as glycol ethers and perfluorinated chemicals. The guide is intended for consumers of all ages, particularly young people who are most at risk from these dangerous substances.
EWG researchers compiled the new Dirty Dozen list by scouring scientific literature and identifying the most hazardous and widely-used hormone-disrupting chemicals that pollute the environment and ultimately our bodies. These substances are frequently found in food, water and consumer products. Studies have linked them to a wide array of health problems, including cancer, birth defects, lowered sperm count, lowered IQ, obesity and thyroid disease.