Huffington Post 5/10/2012
Since the beginning of the chemical revolution 70 years ago, over 80,000 man-made chemicals have been created, some making their way into the environment and posing a serious risk to both human health and wildlife. These chemicals have been classified by the Endocrine Society as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and defined as "any exogenous chemical, or mixture of chemicals, that interferes with any aspect of hormone action." Today every body (human and animal) contains cocktails of these chemicals. This alarming fact is magnified by research demonstrating that exceptionally low levels of EDCs can be biologically relevant, especially if exposure occurs during critical life stages such as fetal development. The consequence is not toxicity and death but morbidity and compromised quality of life, including sterility. EDC exposure does not change the DNA itself but how DNA is regulated (a process called epigenetics), having an everlasting effect that potentially can affect all descendants.