Recent scientific and public policy discussions have focused on some natural and man-made substances, external to the body, and whether or not these substances interact with the endocrine system. The topic of “endocrine disruptors” is being popularized in media reports and discussed at scientific conferences.
Read the following article and watch the video on endocrine disruptors then answer the following questions in your initial post:
What is an Endocrine Disrupter? Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2014). Accessed at https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.setac.org/resource/resmgr/Publications_and_Resources/Endo-TIP.pdf on September 4, 2016.
Endocrine Disruptors. IAQAvideos. Accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m9sMYhe_FI on September 4, 2016.
- What is an endocrine disruptor?
- Is there conclusive evidence that endocrine disruptors are altering the normal functions of the endocrine system in humans? If so, how would you describe the evidence currently available?
- Do you think there is a real risk to human health from endocrine disruptors? Why or why not?