is an endocrine disruptor?
has been suggested that a large number of synthetic and
natural chemicals have the potential for biological effects
that disrupt normal hormone function.
For example, there is concern about the potential of chemicals
present in the environment to adversely affect human reproduction.
There are a number of terms that have been applied to these
chemicals These include endocrine
disrupters, hormonally active agents, environmental
estrogens and endocrine
There is considerable controversy surrounding the use of
these terms. For instance, some scientists disagree with
the use of the term "disrupter". They argue that
these chemicals may either over or under modulate the activity
of a particular hormone and not necessary "disrupt"
the endocrine system. Furthermore, the human health consequences
of these chemicals are still not clearly understood and
thus some believe it may be premature to attach the term
"disrupt" to describe the action of the chemical.
a more graphical ilustration of the endocrine disruption
process, go to the "endocrine
more information about endocrine disruption go to "science
& issues" section.