4/19/13

Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers,

The United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health
Organization have recently published a report titled, “The State of
the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals”.  The report presents
the scientific evidence, which is available on the subjects of
endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) exposure and damages to health
in wildlife and humans.  Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are
EDCs.  There are approximately 800 chemicals that act as endocrine
disruptors.  EDCs include BPA, fluoride, mercury, phthalates and all
of the POPs.  Due to the widespread and heavy exposures that nearly
everyone is having to EDCs, it is highly important that action on POPs
exposure minimization take place.  The matter of endocrine disruption
provides a strong impetus for POPs exposure minimization education.
Minimizing POPs exposure takes a large step toward reducing EDCs
exposure.

Please see our news release, which follows for more information on EDCs.

Thank you for your interest in using scientific knowledge to protect
public health.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig
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News Release
4/19/13 For Immediate Release

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
315.262.2456
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UNEP and WHO Publish “The State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting
Chemicals”

2013 United Nations Environment Programme – World Health Organization
Report, “The State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals”

A report summary is available at the URL found below.
http://www.unep.org/pdf/EDCs_Summary_for_DMs%20_Jan24.pdf

The full report can be accessed at the following URL.
http://www.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/78101/1/9789241505031_eng.pdf

“Endocrine disruption is causing harm to the health of humans and
wildlife around the world.  In a landmark 2013 report, the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization
(WHO) have set forth the state of scientific knowledge on the subjects
of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and damages to
health associated with exposures.  Persistent organic pollutants
(POPs) are a major group of EDCs.  Considering the widespread and
heavy exposures that people and animals are having to EDCs and the
serious damages to health associated with exposure to these chemicals,
it is of great health protection importance that POPs exposures be
reduced to an absolute minimum.”-Donald L. Hassig

Development from a single cell into a mature organism and reproduction
are critical parts of human and animal life.  Normal function of the
endocrine system is of critical importance in both arenas.  Three
areas of scientific knowledge serve as foundation for concerns over
EDCs: (1) the high incidence and increasing incidence of many
endocrine-related disorders in humans; (2) observations of
endocrine-related effects in wildlife populations; and (3) animal
studies demonstrating linkage between exposure to endocrine disruptors
and disease outcome.

“Approximately 800 chemicals are known or suspected EDCs.  The speed with which the increases in disease incidence have occurred in recent decades rules out genetic factors as the sole plausible explanation. Environmental and other non-genetic factors, including nutrition, age of mother, viral diseases and chemical exposures, are also at play, but are difficult to identify. Despite these difficulties, some associations have become apparent.   Wildlife populations have been affected by endocrine disruption, with negative impacts on growth and reproduction. These effects are widespread and have been due primarily to persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Bans of these chemicals have reduced (wildlife) exposure and led to recovery of some (wildlife) populations.”-Joe DiGangi, International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN)

Organisms are more vulnerable to the harm imposed by exposure to EDCs
during critical windows of development:  gestation, infancy and
puberty.  The mother’s body burden of EDCs is of great significance to
the health of offspring due to exposures that take place within her
body and as a result of nursing.  POPs are contaminants of breast
milk, making this group of chemicals especially significant in health
of newborn and infants.

For more information, contact:

UNEP
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson and Director of Communications (Nairobi) on Tel:
+41 79 596 5737 / +254 733 632 755 or Email: nick.nuttall@unep.org
Bryan Coll, UNEP Newsdesk (Nairobi), Tel: +254 20 762 3088 /+254 731
666 214, Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

WHO
Glenn Thomas, Communications Officer, Department of Communications, WHO, Tel:
+41 22 791 3983, Mobile: +41 79 509 0677 Email: thomasg@who.int
Nada Osseiran, Communications Officer, Public Health and Environment, WHO, Tel:
+41 22 791 4475, Mobile: +41 79 445 1624 Email: osseirann@who.int

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