Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can be found in flame retardants, pesticides, and plasticizers such as phthalates. In today’s world, it is difficult to escape exposure to endocrine disruptors. There are over 100 different endocrine disrupting chemicals and they can be found throughout your home.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can be found in flame retardants, pesticides, and plasticizers such as phthalates. In today’s world, it is difficult to escape exposure to endocrine disruptors. There are over 100 different endocrine disrupting chemicals and they can be found throughout your home. Their effects are now being studied, but some of the key issues can be summarized by reading these recent headlines:
- “Endocrine disruptors’ link to infertility confirmed”
- “The plastic plague: Hormone-disrupting chemicals in everyday things like water bottles DO cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism – and cost US $340 BILLION a year”
- “Environmental Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer Risk”
- “Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years – study”
These chemicals affect the body by mimicking hormones. Hormones in turn affect reproduction, puberty, and metabolism. A fetus is especially susceptible to these chemicals and his or her reproductive organs can be affected. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or have a child at home going through puberty, you should be particularly concerned about your exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.
You should avoid pesticides, furniture and mattresses with flame retardants, and plasticizers such as phthalates and BPA. Unfortunately, these chemicals are so pervasive in our everyday lives that you can even find these chemicals in the dust of your home. You can learn more about EDCs by visiting the National Institutes of Health.
Testing Your Home for Endocrine Disruptors
Indoor Science can test the dust of your home for pesticides, flame retardants, and plasticizers. Why do we measure these chemicals in the dust rather than the air? Most of these chemicals are semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and are not found in the air at high concentrations. We target 39 important endocrine disrupting chemicals. We provide you with the level in your home and compare it to published studies to aid in the interpretation of the results.
WHAT WE DO
Pesticides are chemicals that are used to kill different types of organisms including fungi, bacteria, and insects. These chemicals are typically sprayed onto fields or in homes where pests may be lurking. When using pesticides, we often only think about it’s intended effect which is to eliminate the pest. However, we rarely consider the effects on air quality after pesticides are sprayed. In this blog post, I will provide some information on pesticides and testing for these chemicals.
I can remember like it was yesterday when we took our firstborn home from the hospital. My wife and I spent countless hours getting our daughter’s bedroom ready with new paint, furniture, and decorations. In looking back at those preparations, I think that there was something else that I should have done; I should have made a greater effort in improving the air quality of our home prior to our trip to the hospital.
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