Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Research Highlights

Pregnant women are constantly exposed to EDCs – chemicals that interfere with our hormones. Researchers found that pregnant women exposed to specific EDCs had a higher risk of having a smaller baby. EDCs are found in plastic bottles and containers, liners of metal food cans, detergents and flame retardants. 

Research Highlights

Environmental toxins are all around us. We are constantly being exposed, often to many different kinds and levels of toxic chemicals. Studies show that there is NO SAFE LEVEL of exposure to environmental toxins and the impact of toxins on brain development is PERMANENT. Children who have higher exposures will never reach their potential cognitive ability.

The impact of toxins on the developing brain is usually subtle for an individual child, but the damage can be substantial at the population level.

Ways to Reduce and Avoid Air Pollution

1. Choosing organic foods when possible; do not use pesticides in and around your home.

2. Using personal care and cleaning products without fragrance, phthalates, or parabens.

3. Check your water for lead and use a filter if necessary.

4. Vacuuming frequently and using a wet mop for surfaces.

Further Reading /Research Articles

Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemical mixtures and infant birth weight regression.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013935121000438#

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“largest study to date to assess EDC mixtures in relation to birth weight, and we found that two out of five #chemicalmixtures were associated with decreased birth weight in offspring."

— Janice Hu, 
Doctoral Student

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