Endocrine-disruptor—we at ACSH have been fighting an uphill battle against this pseudo-scientific term for years. According to radical environmental groups and others with similar anti-chemical agendas, we are being bathed in these things and they are doing serious, chronic harm to all of us.
“Nonsense,” says ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom. “Those with a stake in keeping America in a panic (and pushing their own “chemical-free” agendas) use this term with impunity.”
Here’s what it really means: There are multiple chemicals, both endogenous (in the body) and drugs, that bind to hormone receptors in the body and elicit pharmacological effects. Two common examples are hormone replacement therapy (used for menopausal symptoms) and estrogen blockers, such as tamoxifen, which is used to treat certain types of breast cancer. They don’t “disrupt” anything. They work by a known mechanism and do what they are supposed to do. Yet, the term is thrown around carelessly to include anything that may bind to a hormone receptor—no matter how weakly….ToRead More….