endocrine disruptor

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endocrine disruptor

A substance which interferes with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behaviour, fertility and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism).

Examples
DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls, bisphenol A, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, phthalates.

endocrine disruptor

(dĭs-rŭp′tĕr)
A chemical that may imitate or block the function of natural hormones if it is absorbed by the body. Many pesticides and plasticizing compounds, e.g., phthalates, are thought to disrupt endocrine pathways, esp. if they are absorbed by pregnant women during embryonic and fetal development.
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In addition, the noodles come packaged in styrofoam that contains bisphenol A (BPA), a well-known female hormone disruptor.
They mimic estrogen, a known hormone disruptor, interrupting hormone dependent pathways.
BPA is called a hormone disruptor, which means it enters the body and acts like a hormone, a chemical that can control body processes.
One, for instance, is a substance known as oxybenzone that is a suspected hormone disruptor that could contribute to the disruption of aquatic species reproduction.
Worse, benzophenone, a sunscreen ingredient, mimics estrogen in the body, which means it is a hormone disruptor.
OTHER MAKE-UP May contain BHA (butylhydroxyanisol) Suspected carcinogen and hormone disruptor
According to EWG's research, 22 percent of all personal care products on store shelves today-including children's products-may contain a cancer-causing ingredient (1,4Dioxane), while some 60 percent of sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor.
For example, oxybenzone, a mainstay in many sunscreens, is a suspected hormone disruptor that could have an impact on the reproduction of aquatic species.
It's a hormone disruptor found in plastic products, including baby bottles and water bottles, and in the lining of metal food and beverage cans.
Especially worrisome, Wallinga says, is that just tiny doses of a hormone disruptor can have a big impact.
Dozens of studies on the hormone disruptor say it packs an extra punch on the developing brain and reproductive systems of animals exposed to low doses during pregnancy and early life.
The problem: Polycarbonate plastics contain bisphenol-A, an estrogenic chemical and known hormone disruptor in lab animals, meaning that it can interfere with the way that hormones guide fetal development.