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
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.