Landmark study by the World Health Organization warns gender bending chemicals in your home, food and car ARE linked to a huge range of diseases
By FIONA MACRAE | UK MAIL | FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Chemicals found in every home may cause breast cancer, asthma, infertility and birth defects, global health chiefs said yesterday.
They warn the gender-bending compounds – used in toys, PVC flooring, car dashboards and credit cards – have ‘serious implications’ for health.
In a landmark report, the World Health Organisation suggested a ban might be needed to protect future generations.
It says it is ‘reasonable to suspect’ chemical substances called phthalates of harming female fertility and linked them with rising rates of childhood illnesses including leukaemia.
Also under suspicion is bisphenol A, which is found in a host of daily items including tin cans and sunglasses.
The man-made compounds are thought to interfere with the natural hormones that are key to our growth, development and overall health.
The WHO said there was ‘very strong evidence’ in animals they can interfere with thyroid hormones – something that can cause brain damage, stunted intelligence, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.
For prostate cancer ‘significant evidence’ exists of a link with agricultural pesticides.
And there was some evidence linking exposure in pregnancy to weight gain in infants and children and potential links to breast cancer.
In the same report ten years ago, the UN agency said there was only ‘weak evidence ’ that gender-bending chemicals were harming human health.
Declaring the chemicals a global threat, the new report’s authors said humans and animals were exposed to hundreds of compounds, many of which have yet to be identified or properly studied.
Some are inhaled in dust, others make their way into our bodies from food or simply licking our fingers.