En­docrine dis­rup­tors: true or false?

Pre­sent in 800 ev­ery­day con­sumer prod­ucts, EDCs are likely to play a role in the emer­gence and ag­gra­va­tion of dozens of med­i­cal dis­or­ders. Their nox­ious pres­ence on the mar­ket make EDCs one of the most ur­gent and com­plex mat­ters to be dealt with in pub­lic

Milk Magazine (English) - - HEALTH - text: amandine grosse — il­lus­tra­tions: ar­naud aubry

But, in fact, what ex­actly are EDCs?

En­vi­ron­men­tal en­docrine-dis­rupt­ing chem­i­cals, whether nat­u­ral or syn­thetic in ori­gin, are for­eign to the hu­man or­gan­ism and are likely to in­ter­fere with the func­tion­ing of the en­docrine sys­tem and thus in­duce harm­ful ef­fects on this or­gan­ism or its prog­eny. In June 2016, the WHO is­sued a def­i­ni­tion later used by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. “En­docrine-dis­rupt­ing chem­i­cal sub­stances are sub­stances that al­ter the func­tions of the hor­monal sys­tem and con­se­quently cause ad­verse ef­fects to hu­man health.” They af­fect the process of syn­the­sis, se­cre­tion, stor­age, re­lease, ac­tion and elim­i­na­tion of hor­mones, stresses en­docri­nol­o­gist Dr Valérie Foussier. EDCs im­i­tate the ac­tion of our hor­mones, block them or pre­vent them from be­ing trans­ported. Which is enough to un­bal­ance the ma­chine and stop it func­tion­ing cor­rectly.

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