Post By: Molly Hover, Upstream Research™ Marketing Manager
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, or TEDEX, is a non-profit “dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low-dose exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors” (http://endocrinedisruption.org/).
The focus is on the endocrine systems in our bodies, which is a complex web of hormones and glands that “regulate vital functions” and interact with overall health. The increase of synthetic chemicals in our products over the last 60 years has introduced new chemicals into our endocrine systems. TEDEX filters this exposure down more fully to “plastics and resins” that are now found in cars, sporting goods, medical equipment, and pharmaceuticals.
“This project was designed to explore the health effects of products and chemicals used in drilling, fracturing (fracking, or stimulation), recovery and delivery of natural gas. It provides a glimpse at the pattern(s) of possible health hazards posed by the chemicals being used.”
The above excerpt gives TEDEX’s mission: to create awareness and attempt to fix a growing problem. In our blog post “Playing with Fossils,”[LINK HERE] we outline the negative consequences of living near power plants and being exposed to pollution. TEDEX likewise shows the degradation that fracking causes and the resulting contamination of water supplies.
The project acknowledges that there are hundreds of products and processes that are having negative environmental and health impacts on the public but they still “make no claim our list is complete.” By compiling facts, however, they are bringing this issue to light and helping to inform the public.
To learn more, go to http://endocrinedisruption.org/
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